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  1. 8 points
    The initial actions for a power loss/engine failure in the Tutor is "Zoom, idle, air start". We were always taught that if this happened on take off and if the engine did not stabilize/re-light before the apex of the zoom manoeuvre, EJECT, EJECT, EJECT. There was no consideration given to landing straight ahead unless there was sufficient runway remaining, and it was specifically emphasized that NO consideration should be given to where the jet would end up after it was jettisoned. That would just eat up time you didn't have. It has been proven time and again that the odds of surviving a low-altitude & nose-low ejection is very slim. Ejection seats are certainly life savers, but they aren't miracle workers. Even a 0/0 seat can't overcome downwards inertia + the acceleration of gravity at low level. As I posted elsewhere, my heart goes out to the Snowbirds and their families. What a shitty thing to happen to a superb group of people trying to do a nice thing for our country.
  2. 7 points
    In the past two weeks, as a full revenue passenger, I flew on both Air Canada and WestJet. Both provided quality service. We are very lucky to have two such great airlines here in Canada. I used their APPs. to keep track of my flights and booked online. Just too darn easy.
  3. 7 points
    When compared to wearing blackface and dancing like an ape, or standing under a terrorist flag while mourning one of the most ruthless terrorists of the decade..... I pick cheating at golf; I'd even accept driving a golf cart above the posted limit to see how far you can get through the sand traps. People are now blaming Trump for the fact that a rogue terrorist nation shot down a civilian airliner. And don't be fooled, Iran denied this for 3 days yet knew full well what happened minutes after the missile launch, so don't even try to snow the Snow Queen. Now lets try something closer to home that may be analogous: The Toronto Police Service decides that they won't arrest pistol packing gangbangers because it might anger their gang colleagues. None the less, one of the gang members shoots at police officers during his arrest for drug trafficing and is killed in the engagement. His death results in gang members shooting up the streets of Toronto and killing numerous innocent bystanders..... If I were to suggest that it was the Police Service's fault for trying to arrest him in the first place, how would that play with the citizens of Toronto? Democratic and Liberal hypocrisy, supported by a mindlessly partisan media is fascinating to watch, especially for veterans..... all of these ideas stand as A-OK with them as long as you don't make the OK sign with your thumb and index finger. I will now predict that Bernie will be the nominee, he will maintain the charted course of madness to Crazy Island, the Democrats will lose in Nov and Liberal minded folks will be astounded by the result... as well they should; my neighbour has a blind goat that could beat Bernie in the primaries. I bet Crazy Island has an active volcano and Democrats are selling guided tour passes.....
  4. 7 points
    Thanks...it will be a frosty day in Hell if I am ever told to Not wear a Poppy. Really unfortunate that most Canadians have never had a tour of the battlefields of Europe and seen the rows and rows of men who gave their all in the name of freedom. What was most impressive was the young age that so many were when they met their demise..... FOREVER grateful for those that gave me this life I enjoy... PS...The creeps, and there will be some again this year, that steal the donation boxes should be forced to spend a day looking at actual photos of the horror that so many endured...... for all of us.
  5. 7 points
    The world is gone to hell. Exactly .000002% of the population identifies as neither male or female. What are we doing catering to an extremely small subset of people? Anybody who can't deal with a greeting of "hello ladies and gentlemen" shouldn't be allowed out in public let alone on an aircraft.
  6. 6 points
    Some of you will remember, and some of you probably thought I was lying... I couldn't tell the whole tale at the time, but I'm retired now and nobody will take offence, I don't think. I was off work at the time, on disability for what I was first told by my doctor was, "sleep deprivation", but had then been diagnosed as, "depression", by a psychiatrist. All I knew was I was in a hell of a state. I'd just returned from a visit to the psychiatrist in Toronto and I was shaky as hell. I never have liked the city and any visits anywhere near downtown got my nerves spinning. Visiting the shrink was also a particularly nerve rattling affair for me anyway. So I sat in my office at home, smoked a joint to relax me a little as I read through posts on the AEF, and I came across some conversation about how Milton had presided so well over the AC/CDN merger (or something like that). I thought he'd blown it badly. We all know the results of that merger and I won't go into it other than to say that what I had witnessed didn't make any sense financially. So I had my opinions. Now, being an opinionated arsehole who isn't shy about voicing those opinions, I added my thoughts to the thread and said something like, "If he doesn't think he blew it, he's an idiot". ...then within a few minutes of hitting the "Submit" button on that post, my telephone rang. Now, please remember, I'm just a poorly educated slug, who'd crawled my way out of the lower end of the 'grunt labourer' world, by pushing myself back to school as a married and unemployed bum, to learn the craft of aircraft maintenance. I'm essentially a 'nobody' (I know, we're really all nobodies, floating around the universe on this little speck of debris from an exploded star, orbiting our tiny little "G type" star, in a universe with billions of billions of stars. ;)). I don't know the corporate world and I don't speak corporate speak and I very rarely communicate with those who do. Yes, I said I'd smoked a joint to relax me a bit. Dope wasn't legal at the time, but tough, it is now so I can say it. I've always found it's good for my nerves when I'm rattled and in that time period (what was it? 2000? somewhere around then.) my mental health was such that "rattled" was almost the best I could hope for. I was a mess, and smoking a little pot helped calm me somewhat. "Ring, Ring" ... "Hello?"... "Hi, is that Mitch?" "Yeah, I'm Mitch." "Hi Mitch, it's Robert Milton." Well crap! I think my jaw hit the floor at the same time my heart hit the ceiling. I didn't fall out of my chair, but that was probably only because I was frozen stiff. "Oh F$#%!" I'm thinking... "I'm gonna get fired now, I just called him an idiot and he's obviously pi$sed" For a brief moment I actually wondered if he knew? ...and how did he know? ...does he read the AEF, is he a contributor? A zillion thoughts raced across my mind. (I eventually gave up wondering but thought the most likely scenario was he was the contributor who called himself "Airmail" at the time. ...and I think it was a post by "Airmail", blowing smoke up Milton's behind, which I had responded to.) But there he was... the ultimate boss. The-buck-stops-here guy. The freaking Chief Executive of the company I worked for was calling little old ME on the telephone! "How TF am I ever going to explain this to Diana if he fires me?" I probably should have said, "Hello Mr. Milton." But I thought, since he'd introduced himself as "Robert Milton", maybe it was OK to call him "Robert"? ...so I believe what I said was, "Hi Robert, oddly enough I was just talking about you on an online aviation forum where someone was blowing smoke your way and I didn't think you'd done a very good job with the merger, and I said so." I thought I'd better get that out in the open right quickly, before he'd have to read it to me. Anyway, he spent about 10 minutes talking to me, mostly defending himself and telling me all the obstacles he'd had to deal with during the merger (and they were plenty), but he never did fire me. Toward the end of the conversation I asked him if he'd agree that, in the final analysis, he hadn't handled the actual merging of the two different entities very well? (To many of us, from both airlines, it was pretty obvious that it was a complete $#it show for a while) After taking a moment to think, he said, "Well I know you're going to quote me, so I think all I'd say is: I guess, in hindsight, I can see that I could have done better." Afterward, as I headed off to the local LCBO for some rum (a joint would NOT be sufficient to calm me after that call!), I laughed as I thought about the oddity of such a man, sitting in his big office, probably wearing a suit and tie, taking the time to call a little shmuck with a keyboard, who just got home from a visit with his shrink because his head was such a mess, and had just smoked a joint... and what a shame it was that I couldn't tell anyone that part of the story. So now I have. Cheers all. Hope you're wearing your masks and staying COVID free. Mitch
  7. 6 points
    I’m not defending Trump or his policies, but at least the Potus has open access by the press...he may answer, he may ignore them, he may tell the to F off, but at least he has the guts to be in front of journalists and take unscripted, unfiltered questions. Our guy??? Not a F@$*ing chance!
  8. 6 points
    Maybe I'm in a sour mood.. Nurses deserve credit, 100%. But so too do the doctors and janitors at hospitals; firefighters, police officers, and paramedics attending emergencies; customer service agents at grocery stores, liquor stores, gas stations; flight crews; and anyone else who has to be "exposed" to the general public. These aren't heroes these are people doing their jobs because they have to while some people don't. Nurses deserve a lot of credit I just don't want to diminish the contributions of a lot of other people in society right now.
  9. 6 points
    Dr. Fauci has unblemished integrity and remains the only trustworthy source for information regarding this virus and its behaviour. He states that testing and contact-tracing are the only ways to open any economy safely. Being a flight-data specialist I would fully agree with such a statement - you can't conduct as safe an operation as possible if you don't know what your aircraft are doing on a flight-by-flight basis, period. Where/when the rubber meets the road, it is data, not opinions that keep people safe in high-risk enterprises. Given strict adherence to CDC guidelines, if the present U.S. administration permits the country see them, the economy can probably be safely opened slightly earlier but that is a political-economic question, not a health question. There are almost certainly correct answers for both questions even when posed at the same time. Deft governance, honesty such as that exhibited by British Columbia's Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonny Henry for example, and empathy accompanied by meaningful financial support for those who are rapidly loosing their livelihoods or professions is required. The Covid-19 virus is not under control in the United States. The border should not be opened until it is, designated essential travel excepted. Great progress has been made in the U.S. and we all know that opening too soon and believing its all over will simply return us to February or March.
  10. 6 points
    I had the opportunity to fly in the A220 twice last week. What an outstanding aircraft. I was in business class but took the opportunity to go back and sit for a moment in economy. It’s going to be a very popular A/C for AC. Easily more comfortable than either the 737 or A320. I have some observations made from the trips. Pros Very comfortable J class seats. Large 18 inch displays using the latest Panasonic x3 system. World class leading High Definition IFE Each seat has its own single 110ac plug, 2 USB charging ports, and two headphone inputs so two people can watch the same movie together. Each seat has a little seat bed nook to hold a water bottle/ phone. J class reclines, has a deployable calf rest as well as a pull-down foot rest. The J Cabin is separated from PY by a hard divider, which allows the last row of J class to fully recline, without feeling guilty reclining into the economy row behind you. The forward lav is large and tall, as big or bigger than the 777. No problem for 6’3 to stand straight up. Lots of room in the forward galley to stand straight up, not do the Embrajer/737 hunch over. Very cool, sophisticated F/D with all the toys a pilot could want. Dual heads Up displays, joysticks that move together and thrust levers that move, two very big Boeing vs Airbus complaints. Trackball Drag and drop navigating as well as normal FMS navigation. The flight deck is large for this size of aircraft, allowing straight up standing by the door, and sufficient space behind each pilot for their overnight roller bags. I had been worried that an airplane with this kind of mission endurance would get a regional E190-sized Flight Deck. I was wrong. Being able to stand up and stretch without opening the door is a huge plus. Very large windows Very Large Max type overhead bins, though larger on the right side than the left, which allow roller bags to be placed on their sides allowing probably at least 4 bags per bin. All seats in economy are 18.5 inch wide and are larger than normal AC economy, and the middle seat gets an entire extra 1/2 inch of width (19 inches). Finally a reward for middle seat users. Easily the biggest economy seats in NA. (Edited as I was able to look up the actually numbers - very roomy seats) Cons For an airplane which is so quiet on the outside, it is surprisingly noisy on the inside. It seemed to be fan and duct noise, not parasitic drag noise. This could be definitely fine tuned in production numbers further down the line. Definitely not 330/777 quiet in the cabin. Perhaps a Q400 ANR system could be installed. Though not outrageously loud, it was more than expected from an aircraft this age/size. Noisy brakes, but this could be that they are brand new. On both flights, smooth air, two different fins, a very subtle, continuous vibration (buffet)is felt. It doesn’t seem to be engine related as there is no change with thrust settings. I wondered if there is simply some gear doors which need adjustment, or is it a sonic buffet happening somewhere on the airframe, which could be changed with Vortex generating devices. At the L1door opening (and I assume the others as well), there are two door latching hooks sticking a full inch up out of the floor you walk over at the threshold. Though painted hazard yellow, they are a tripping hazard, and I’m kind of amazed it made it into production. For having such a huge lavatory, the sink is surprisingly grey-hound-bus small. It’s hard to get your hands under the taps, measuring only about 10x8 inches. It is hard to get your hands out of the sink cupped with water if you wish to wash your face as the tap is in the way. Im not a fan of the glare shield mounted radio control panels. When ATC instructions are given with frequency changes, there may be some hand collisions as right seat reaches for left RCP and left seat reaches for auto pilot functions. Romances are born this way. Overall, I think this is going to be THE MOST popular NB aircraft in Air Canada history. It seems to be a winner from what I got on two four hour flights. I agree that it is a shame to relinquish identifying the Canadian ingenuity that went into it, but I have no doubt that with Airbus now in charge, they can continue to improve small irritants to this excellent product. BTW, this is coming from someone who was a sceptic, based on disappointment of Bombardier aircraft in the past (dash-8 and RJs). I wasn’t expecting to be this enamoured with it, but am willing to admit Bombardier knocked this out of the park. Well done.
  11. 6 points
    No this is not aviation but since we’re talking a lot about the effects of COVID-19 on our lives, I thought it worth sharing. In these days of lockdown, there are plenty of examples of artists who are getting together to record music from a distance and some of them are really well done. I’ve been seeking them out and came across this one which was actually done a few months ago. It includes Robbie Robertson for some Canadian content. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
  12. 6 points
    Yeah, I agree, it's a stupid article - everyone knows that when the "climate change" really kicks in there will massive starvation and therefore average passenger weights will fall and average TOW will be less than before CC and the effect of the higher temperatures will be mitigated!
  13. 6 points
    To validate that - I can attest that when the front wheel of your pickup truck detaches from the wheel hub, you will be able to see the wheel accelerate past you on it's path into the brush.
  14. 6 points
    Who cares how Southwest feels. They got what they demanded, they get what they deserve.
  15. 6 points
    It is a nice irony that it was the Left Wing that got hit.
  16. 5 points
    Damn. .... I'd really hoped to keep quiet. ... I thought I could get away with popping the "Thanks" button on a few posts and not have to bring this back up again... But y'see... (he says in a Bugsy Malone sorta voice)... I got's this kinda issue with bein' a dick, and I don't wanna do it. But now, after having ground through some several hours worth of noggin nonsense that the pro's call "ruminating", I've decided, since I answered the one time poster, Tyler (who, of course I had to answer, Thank you again,Tyler, for your addition to the thread.) I owe you other guys a response. Please understand it's only a messed mind that makes me hesitate, and that what I say comes from the heart. It's just that I'd kinda wished I'd STFU by now. [wow eh? you can perhaps begin to see the mess in this mind by these ramblings?] J.O. Thank you, but it's more of a curse than a gift. I get in soooo much trouble, still, in my 60's. Maverick! Great to see you're still here to represent. Trust me, I handled nothing well. That curse J.O. called a gift, ...it gave me a familiarity with people who didn't appreciate ...what I had to say, sometimes. Some people are a little bit like bears; If you stand sideways to them and make a lot of noise, they might go away. Others are like dogs, and they'll keep watching for your weaknesses, so you gotta stay one step ahead of 'em. Being a people watcher can be both entertaining and educational. Conehead... Thank you for such kind words. I doubt I earned 'em, but thank you, none the less. Very nice to hear. ... and I know , the beard was way out of control... now it's tame, it's just the rest of me that's gone. Lol. Mister Hudson.... [grin] Don... I wish somehow things had gone differently enough, that you and I could have spent every Saturday afternoon at a pub someplace, beating around theories of everlasting nothingness and everything-ness over a few ales... I'm sure I'd have enjoyed that immensely. Cheers all.... I'm ducking for the comfort of silence now. [grin] Mitch ...I just broke my own rule.... about posting while drinking... Screw it, there it is.
  17. 5 points
    If you want to play that silly game at least show that you have enough intelligence to post a culturally representative image. Pakistan is predominantly Muslim. The US has just barred PIA.
  18. 5 points
    Now we all have to quit quoting him so we never have to see a post from him.
  19. 5 points
    What a stupid article. Right now the "best" of the two is whichever of them is actually flying where you want (or need) to go. In six months, the whole calculation will change - in which way it will change is anybody's guess but one thing is for sure, the information in this article will be hopelessly out-of-date.
  20. 5 points
    For Air Canada Today NO..... YES.... Called AC Res yesterday...was on hold 43 minutes.....Explained my problem to agent .........within 5 minutes I had two .pdf files in my email advising me that my credit card had been fully refunded for; (A) The flight (B) The seat selection The young fellow was just exceptional...Sent an email to Res Supervisor advising the agents name/time/date and a few details concerning the exceptional service.
  21. 5 points
    I wonder if we could do a straight across swap with Mexico. Trudeau for Obrador. We can throw in a second round cabinet pick and Mexico can keep the 787. If necessary, (and it probably would be), we could sweeten the offer. Here's hopin'.
  22. 5 points
    Recently did a round trip on WestJet down to Florida and back…. YYZ – Florida -YYZ I was going to do a normal review but thought better of it but would like to relate to you why the title of this thread is what you see. Coming back from Florida I was given an “A” seat and the lady in the “C” seat was an amiable person but then in bounced a young lady, I would guess her age at about 23-27 and she took the “B” seat…..and she just loved her iPad and iPhone. As we started to taxi out the FAs asked everyone to remove any headsets as they wished to commence the Safety Briefing, and at that time “B” seat decided to do a FaceTime call with her father. So there she was giggling and guffawing with her Dad as the FAs did their job. My patience waned and after about 15 seconds I took the iPad, looked at Dad and stated that the Cabin Crew were doing a passenger safety briefing and Jennifer should be listening and if there was time, she could call him back…..FaceTime closed. Yes, the young lady was PO’d and just stared at me until the briefing ended. I then grabbed one of the emergency cards and asked her……Where are the emergency exits? (((We were 2 rows away))) Puzzled and confused looks, How many emergency exits are there?….. eyes darting around and no answer….where are the life jackets ? This time she actually answered and pointed at the overheads and said “I think, in there ? ”. By this time she had calmed down and I took the “fatherly approach “ and pointed out all the features on the card and tried to impress her that the information, both from the crew and on the card could possibly save her life in the event we actually had an emergency… She mellowed and was actually civil by the time we had the Cat III approach into YYZ. There you go …..Old Man Yelling At Clouds.
  23. 5 points
    There's a pettiness in our politics that leaves us with a 24 Sussex Drive that is empty and should be either renovated or replaced, old jets when new ones would, in the long run be cheaper to operate or maintain, etc. Why not just get a bipartisan committee together and settle these issues. It's not terribly difficult. They can solicit expert opinions, and move all these files forward. We're not talking billions of dollars here. For an economy Canada's size, coming up with a nice but not extravagant residence for the PM can't be hard. And just replace those old challengers with new jets with longer range so the A310s don't have to fly politicians around except for the largest state visits abroad.
  24. 5 points
    That's not where I would like to see our Prime Minister.
  25. 5 points
    Some very smart people are finally pushing back, Ben Shapiro and Dr Jordan Peterson to name two. The Left Wing nut-jobs are doing all they can to squash free speech, ANTIFA being at the far end. If you are not familiar with these two gentleman, they both have a lot of YouTube content. Time to push back for the sake of the next generation, these aren't just angry old white guys Dagger. Ben Shapiro is early 30's, there are people with common sense, but they are getting afraid to speak out. Time to tell them to go sc@ew themselves!
  26. 5 points
    Yea, what Seeker said. Some humility on your part would definitely be a good thing. I see from your profile that you have been around this board since 2004 so maybe you just missed the previous explanations. Jack is a highly regarded and much beloved Ex Air Atlantic, and LTDed WestJet pilot who suffered a serious stroke a few years ago while on a pairing. Not using the spacebar is the least of Gentleman Jack's concerns.
  27. 5 points
    14,000 Words Of "Blame The Pilots" That Whitewash Boeing Of 737 MAX Failure The New York Times Magazine just published a 14,000 words piece about the Boeing 737 MAX accidents. It is headlined: What Really Brought Down the Boeing 737 Max? But the piece does not really say what brought the Boeing 737 MAX down. It does not explain the basic engineering errors Boeing made. It does not explain its lack of safety analysis. It does not mention the irresponsible delegation of certification authority from the Federal Aviation Administration to Boeing. There is no mention of the corporate greed that is the root cause of those failures. Instead the piece is full of slandering accusations against the foreign pilots of the two 737 MAX planes that crashed. It bashes the airlines and the safety authorities of Indonesia and Ethiopia. It only mildly criticizes Boeing for designing the MCAS system that brought the planes down. The author of the piece, William Langewiesche, was a professional pilot before he turned to journalism. But there is so much slander in the text that it might as well have been written by Boeing's public relations department. The piece is also riddled with technical mistakes. We will pick on the most obvious ones below. The following is thus a bit technical and maybe too boring for our regular readers. Langewiesche describes the 737 MAX trim system and its failure mode: That’s a runaway trim. Such failures are easily countered by the pilot — first by using the control column to give opposing elevator, then by flipping a couple of switches to shut off the electrics before reverting to a perfectly capable parallel system of manual trim. But it seemed that for some reason, the Lion Air crew might not have resorted to the simple solution. Wrong: The manual trim system does not work at all when the stabilizer is widely out of trim (i.e. after MCAS intervened) and/or if the plane is flying faster than usual. That is why the European regulator EASA sees it as a major concern and wants it fixed. Langewiesche knows this. He later writes of one of the accidents: The speed, meanwhile, was producing such large aerodynamic forces on the tail that the manual trim wheel lacked the mechanical power to overcome them, and the trim was essentially locked into the position where the MCAS had left it Is that a 'perfectly capable system'? Of the crashed Lion Air flight 610 Langewiesche writes: At 6:31 a.m., 11 minutes into the flight, Suneja got on the radio for the first time. He did not know their altitude, he told the controller, because all their altitude indicators were showing different values. This is unlikely and has never been explained. Wrong. The value given by an Angle of Attack sensor is also used in calculating the speed and attitude of a plane. If one of the two AoA sensors fails the instruments on the side that with the failed AoA sensor will show different values than those on the other side of the cockpit. Langewiesche knows this. Further down in his piece he writes: That story actually starts three days before the accident, when the same airplane — under different flight numbers and Lion Air crews — experienced errors in airspeed and altitude indications on the captain’s (left side) flight display that weren’t properly addressed. Those indications are driven by a combination of sensors on the surface of the airplane. Is that 'unlikely' and unexplained? This is an unfounded claim: Boeing believed the system to be so innocuous, even if it malfunctioned, that the company did not inform pilots of its existence or include a description of it in the airplane’s flight manuals. Wrong. Boeing sold the new plane with the dubious claim that it handled no differently than its predecessor. It left MCAS out of the manual because it did not want to add to training requirements for the pilots which would have contradicted its marketing claim. Furthermore Boeing did not do any additional safety evaluation when it later increased the effect of the system. Another wrong part: A set of independent duplicate sensors drive the co-pilot’s (right side) display. A third standby system provides additional independent backup and allows for intuitive troubleshooting when any one of the three systems fails: If two indications agree and the third one does not, the odd one out is obviously the one to ignore. This sort of arrangement helps to explain why flying a Boeing is not normally an intellectual challenge. Furthermore, the airplane provides an alert when airspeed or altitude indications disagree. There is no general third standby system on a Boeing 737. There is a set of standby instruments for altitude and airspeed. But these give uncorrected values that differ from the ones shown on the two flight control displays. Those values are calculated by two flight computers and each takes the value of only one pitot (speed) tube and one AoA sensor into account. If an AoA sensor fails the instruments on one side show wrong values. The instruments on the other side will show different but hopefully correct values. The standby instruments will show different, uncorrected values than both of the calculated ones. Langewiesche describes an earlier Lion Air flight that also experienced an MCAS failure but was by chance saved: Immediately after liftoff, the captain’s airspeed indication failed, airspeed-disagreement and altitude-disagreement warnings appeared on his flight display and his stick shaker began to rattle the controls in warning of an imminent stall. The Bali captain was enough of an airman to realize that he was dealing with an information failure only — not an actual stall. No direct mention has been made of this, but he must have immediately identified the replacement angle-of-attack vane on his side as the likely culprit. Wrong. How would the pilot know that? The pilot noticed intermittet automatic down trim. That failure mode was not in the flight manuals and pilot had no way to attribute it to an AoA sensor. The claim is also contradicted by the pilot's maintenance log entry of which Langewiesche writes: After pulling up to the gate in Jakarta, the Bali captain informed a company mechanic about “the aircraft problem” and in the maintenance log noted only three anomalies — the captain’s airspeed and altitude indication errors and the illumination of a warning light related to a system known as Feel Differential Pressure. That was it. Apparently the captain noted nothing about the failure of the newly installed angle-of-attack sensor, or the activation of the stick shaker, or the runaway trim, or the current position of the trim cutout switches. If true, it was hard to conclude anything other than that this was severe and grotesque negligence. The captain noted nothing about the AoA sensor because he did not know that it failed. The captain did mention a trim problem but he had not experienced a runaway trim. A classic runaway trim is continuous. An MCAS intervention like the one the captain experienced stops after 9 seconds. But the pilots on that flight did not even know that MCAS existed. The captain reported all the basic symptoms he experienced during that flight. A runaway was not one of them. Langewiesche fails to mention, probably intentionally, the captain's additional entry in the maintenance log. The captain wrote: "Airspeed unreliable and ALT disagree shown after takeoff, STS also running to the wrong direction ...". STS, the Speed Trim System, moves the stabilizer trim. It does that all the time but discontinuously during every normal flight. The pilot correctly described the symptoms of the incident as he perceived them. Those were not the symptoms of a continuously runaway stabilizer. But the pilot knew, and documented, that he experienced an intermittet trim problem. It was the mechanic's responsibility to analyze the underlying error and to correct the system which is exactly what he did. The author's "blame the pilots" attitude is well expressed in this paragraph: Critics have since loudly blamed it for the difficulty in countering the MCAS when the system receives false indications of a stall. But the truth is that the MCAS is easy to counter — just flip the famous switches to kill it. Furthermore, when you have a maintenance log that shows the replacement of an angle-of-attack sensor two days before and then you have an associated stick shaker rattling away while the other stick shaker remains quiet, you do not need an idiot light to tell you what is going on. At any rate, the recognition of an angle-of-attack disagreement — however pilots do or do not come to it — has no bearing on this accident, so we will move on. An AoA sensor failure and a following MCAS incident will cause all of the following: an unexpected autopilot shutdown, an airspeed warning, an altitude disagree warning, a stall warning and, after MCAS intervenes, also an over-speed warning. The control column rattles, a loud clacker goes off, several lights blink or go red, several flight instruments suddenly show crazy values. All this in a critical flight phase immediately after the start when the workload is already high. It is this multitude of warnings, which each can have multiple causes, that startle a pilot and make it impossible to diagnose and correct within the 10 seconds that MCAS runs. To claim that "MCAS is easy to counter" is a gross misjudgment of a pilot's workload in such a critical situation. After blaming the pilots Langewiesche bashes the foreign air safety regulators which are now investigating the MAX accidents: According to sources familiar with both investigations, Boeing and the N.T.S.B. have been largely excluded and denied access to such basic evidence as the complete flight-data recordings and the audio from the cockpit. ... It is a forlorn hope, but you might wish that investigators like those in Indonesia and Ethiopia would someday have the self-confidence to pursue full and transparent investigations and release all the raw data associated with the accidents. I am not aware of an accident in the U.S. where the FAA investigators released "complete flight-data recordings and the audio from the cockpit" to foreign entities that were suspected to have caused the incident. Nor will the FAA "release all the raw data" associated with an accident. Certainly not before an investigation is finished. Boeing screwed up by designing and installing a faulty system that was unsafe. It did not even tell the pilots that MCAS existed. It still insists that the system's failure should not be trained in simulator type training. Boeing's failure and the FAA's negligence, not the pilots, caused two major accidents. Nearly a year after the first incident Boeing has still not presented a solution that the FAA would accept. Meanwhile more safety critical issues on the 737 MAX were found for which Boeing has still not provided any acceptable solution. But to Langewiesche this is anyway all irrelevant. He closes his piece out with more "blame the pilots" whitewash of "poor Boeing": The 737 Max remains grounded under impossibly close scrutiny, and any suggestion that this might be an overreaction, or that ulterior motives might be at play, or that the Indonesian and Ethiopian investigations might be inadequate, is dismissed summarily. To top it off, while the technical fixes to the MCAS have been accomplished, other barely related imperfections have been discovered and added to the airplane’s woes. All signs are that the reintroduction of the 737 Max will be exceedingly difficult because of political and bureaucratic obstacles that are formidable and widespread. Who in a position of authority will say to the public that the airplane is safe? I would if I were in such a position. What we had in the two downed airplanes was a textbook failure of airmanship. In broad daylight, these pilots couldn’t decipher a variant of a simple runaway trim, and they ended up flying too fast at low altitude, neglecting to throttle back and leading their passengers over an aerodynamic edge into oblivion. They were the deciding factor here — not the MCAS, not the Max. One wonders how much Boeing paid the author to assemble his screed. --- Previous Moon of Alabama posts on Boeing 737 MAX issues: Boeing, The FAA, And Why Two 737 MAX Planes Crashed - March 12 2019 Flawed Safety Analysis, Failed Oversight - Why Two 737 MAX Planes Crashed - March 17 2019 Regulators Knew Of 737 MAX Trim Problems - Certification Demanded Training That Boeing Failed To Deliver - March 29 2019 Ethiopian Airline Crash - Boeing Advice To 737 MAX Pilots Was Flawed - April 9 2019 Boeing 737 MAX Crash Reveals Severe Problem With Older Boeing 737 NGs - May 25 2019 Boeing's Software Fix For The 737 MAX Problem Overwhelms The Plane's Computer - June 27 2019 EASA Tells Boeing To Fix 5 Major 737 MAX Issues - July 7 2019 The New Delay Of Boeing's 737 MAX Return Will Not Be The Last One - July 15 2019 737 MAX Rudder Control Does Not Meet Safety Guidelines - It Was Still Certified - July 28 2019 737 MAX - Boeing Insults International Safety Regulators As New Problems Cause Longer Grounding - September 3 2019 Boeing Foresees Return Of The 737 MAX In November - But Not Everywhere - September 12 2019 Posted by b on September 18, 2019 at 16:41 UTC | Permalink
  28. 4 points
    We need to take the word "Authority " out of their name. Why do we have airport "Authorities ", and Police Services. They should be called "Airport Service Providers ". Maybe deflate their heads a little.
  29. 4 points
    An operator that employs and certifies as qualified a crew that is capable of demonstrating this level of incompetence and wilful non-compliance with FCOM procedures should not have an operating certificate.
  30. 4 points
    Except that would be "LUM" and to qualify as liberal speak it needs to sound cute in a sentence. As in, "I'm going to MAP an new 60 inch colour TV set bros. Saying "I'm going to LUM a new smartphone" just won't resonate with the sort of peaceful protestors who normally attend a MAP...
  31. 4 points
    Rubbish. This Team is the spirit of Canada seen by Canadians from coast to coast to coast.( I ask for some to forgive my piggy-boarding about CBC Radio 1 being a similar, binding Canadianism from coast to coast to coast.) Captain Casey - my deepest condolences to your family, your team and your friends for your sacrifice; Captain MacDougall, godspeed to a full recovery and heartfelt thanks for steering your ailing bird away you best you could away from harm's way on the ground. Your latest ejection seems proof of that heroic deed.
  32. 4 points
    We're doing all of those things, especially here in BC. But when I talk to a person who did all of them too and yet got infected during one visit to a grocery store (while wearing a mask and gloves), I know this enemy doesn't fight fair. A pilot I knew is dead. Got it on a layover while trying to do the right thing. When America sneezes, Canada gets a cold. When you take out the recent decline in NY state, the rest of the country is still seeing a marked increase in cases, heck it's even inside the White House. I now have zero confidence in that country's ability to get control of the situation. They're thinking with their wallets and gambling with lives to win an election. By opening many areas too soon, their second wave is inevitable and it could make the first one look like gentle foreplay. Open the border too soon and we're the ones who'll be getting screwed. Especially those workers who will be directly exposed. All IMHO of course.
  33. 4 points
    Well I guess I'm in the minority so far because I did see snippets of truth and reality in the video. Well I can understand that many are upset with the Federal government actions concerning the economy and perhaps their slow response to the medical problem, the question has to be asked.................if you were King how would you have handled the start of the medical issue, followed by the economic problem? Based on the fact that "someone has to eventually pay for the financial assistance to everyone...how would you handle it?? Would you just forget about all the companies, small businesses, and all the other parts of our society and just let Canada slide into a depression and then work our way out?? How would you manage that ??? I can understand why most of Western Canada dislikes the PM...he didn't come from the west but he is the Prime Minister and he has flaws but the question is still there....what would you have done or who do you think, out of our elected officials, could have come up with a better plan and what would that plan be? The cliche....hindsight is 20-20. Venting is good for the soul but to criticize and condemn without putting forth what can be considered as a better solution does nothing to soften the medical and economic blow we are "all" part of... Perhaps there are parts of the video that have religious undertones but there was much just "food for thought" and I enjoyed that...in particular the fact that life was/is just too much rush-rush and the pollution??? Well satellite photos show the good old blue marble is taking a long awaited breather from pollution and that should be a good thing for all of us.. Not sure if you are leaning toward a supreme being here or not but if that was your intent, your remarks would be more applicable to the great Chinese Famine in which it is estimated that 15 million died or the Holocaust which is estimated to have 6 million lives lost. I am sure that those that "believe" .can reconcile what is, and has, happened and their concern is embodied in their beliefs. What has been done is done and we all have to roll with it.........unless someone has a much, much better plan.....Happy Easter.... with or without your complete family. MODERATOR...........As you can see this thread has nothing to do with airlines, airplanes, etc. so if you feel it should be moved, ...feel free. My intent was just to show that, via video, there is always a snippet of silver lining in most tragedies... DKP
  34. 4 points
    Yes, Zaphod was a character in "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". Congrats on knowing/finding the reference to Rich, J.O. and Marshall but you guys still haven't got the significance to the reference. It's just something that occurred to me and, obviously, not some earth-shattering revelation but calling Trump "Zaphod" works on many levels. - Zaphod was the President of the Galaxy and Trump is the President of the USA - that's one. - Zaphod was described in the book as being "hedonistic and irresponsible, narcissistic almost to the point of solipsism, and often extremely insensitive to the feelings of those around him." I would say that's a fair description of Trump as well - that's two. - Zaphod is boorish, immature, impulsive and prone to temper tantrums - that's three. - Zaphod was briefly the President of the Galaxy (a role that involves no power whatsoever, and merely requires the incumbent to attract attention so no one wonders who's really in charge.) This refers to the idea that the President of the USA (which changes every 4 or 8 years) is relatively insignificant to the "real" control which is held by the military-industrial complex - that's four. Anyway, I've never heard anyone else call Trump "Zaphod" so maybe it's just me that sees the similarities but I thought it was funny.
  35. 4 points
    After reading this thread my thoughts went back 20 years to a recorded telephone message, from Robert Milton, to all employees explaining the Canadian Merger. His explanation to employees was the Feds have made it clear we have no choice. Routes threatened etc. That would have been Jan 2000. Next came 911. Then SARS. Then Bankruptcy. Although I didn’t post at the time I remember being glued to posters like Don Hudson and Daggar. I was just new with AC and the stress was high. Two messages. 1) To those who are vulnerable right now. This will pass. AC pilots will do what it takes to keep furlough to a minimum in the mean time. Only listen now to people who you know have a good idea of what they are talking about. Forget the masses. 2) Dagger you must be old. . Actually about 20 years late but thank you.
  36. 4 points
    Just think of the amount of off-the-books debt (pensions, health care, etc) countries can shed with a virus that targets the folks who will need this funding. And the social problems associated with the ratio of retired/working increasing are instantly reduced. If this was indeed an “engineered” virus, it’s brilliant to tackle these issues. Sadly though, it leaves us (slightly) younger folks who use lots of plastic and can’t make soup using potatoes. Note: My Mum is 82 and most of my Aunts & Uncles are in that age group. I don’t wish any harm to come to them, our any of your parents, grandparents, elderly relatives. Let’s all pull together, don’t hoard food, binge watch some Netflix, get out the board games, wash our hands, etc. in a community-wide effort to help/protect the vulnerable.
  37. 4 points
  38. 4 points
    This forum is a connection to the greatest career I could have imagined. Thanks
  39. 4 points
    Experts are hailing a British Airways flight as the fastest subsonic New York to London journey. However the aircraft had to wait 80 minutes for its scheduled gate to be free before passengers could deplane........
  40. 4 points
    I never understood the logic of a TOGA button on a modern FBW aircraft like the 777. This is another reason why I much prefer the Airbus FBW technology. For a go-around, you push the thrust levers all the way forward. It gives you everything you need in that moment - flight guidance and thrust. If the automation fails, you still have the thrust you need.
  41. 4 points
    I'm Tech Ops. Rules don't apply to us.
  42. 4 points
    What I should have qualified above is what I would call an immigrant in 2019....which are the ones Trudeau drags in unnecessarily for political purposes from Syria, Lebanon etc and the invasion he allows to waltz across the border unhindered at Roxham Rd. “ Statistics Canada recently took a close look at that first cohort of 25,000 Syrian refugees who had landed as of May 10, 2016. Employment is the most important metric by which to gauge the integration of refugees into Canadian society. And here the news seems rather disappointing. Only 24 per cent of adult male Syrian refugees were working, according to census data.“ https://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/how-syrian-refugees-to-canada-have-fared-since-2015/ Looked at another way, 4 years later, going on 5... Canadians are STILL supporting 76% of them, and their families and no doubt their sub families that have come since the initial invasion. Canada’s resident idiot in charge makes a mockery of the entire legal legitimate immigration system that has worked successfully for eons. He gives to the ones that had to apply, go through interviews and then wait for years, the ones who had to meet some mandatory monetary and education qualifications. I whole heartedly support the “normal” process. Canada needs immigration, in fact the more the better , except that we need people who will be the solutions to Canada’s problems .... not addIng to our problems Canada needs employable workers with skills, not Freeloaders !!!
  43. 4 points
    I had to go out and buy a service animal to allay my stress.
  44. 4 points
  45. 4 points
    Kenny lays it on the line to Quebec!! Either accept western oil, or give up equalization. You can’t have it both ways !!1 https://www.facebook.com/kenneyjasont/videos/1187364091448510?sfns=mo
  46. 4 points
    I have seen a long in the tooth Boeing 727 refit with modern avionics and systems simply because the aircraft was still viable and the modifications were cheaper than buing a new aircraft, spares, training etc. etc. Canada manufactures some of the best Business aircraft on the market. I have see many delivered to different governments around the world. I personally think the executive fleet should represent the best Canada has to offer. Perhaps a Global 7000 or the like. Long range, large aircraft, Canadian Made. The Challenger is still a good aircraft but to represent Canada is something cutting edge would be better.
  47. 4 points
    I’ve reviewed the vehicle accident statistics in the GTA and compared them with similar sized cities overseas. By comparison, the Toronto area is pretty safe to drive in. I conclude from this that people in Toronto do not speed or tailgate. The fact that you have lived there for decades and have a contrary opinion (based on experience) only proves that you are a racist, in addition to being wrong.
  48. 4 points
    Who cares? Some of you are making far too much of this. If one wanted to be accurate previously, the greeting should have been "Welcome ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls" or some such. I don't think a five year old is a lady or gentleman. File this in the "Grumpy old retired guys like to complain about anything."
  49. 4 points
    Maybe we should start announcements with the hip,trendy and culturally acceptable...... YO YO....... ‘SUP BITCHES Or how about.... LADIES, GENTLEMEN, AND THOSE NOT SURE....
  50. 4 points
    This is way more fun than airline flying!