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  1. 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-a
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  2. I can't speak for everybody, but IMHO all of us who are AC or ex-AC employees owe Calin a huge thank you for what he has accomplished for AC as a company and for us as individuals. Yes, things are terrible right now for something that is obviously beyond his control, but he has put the company in the best possible position to weather the situation and protect our jobs, salaries and pensions. We sure weren't in a position like this when he took over the company. Thank you for a job well done Calin.
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  3. 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.
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  4. 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.
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  5. 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.
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  6. 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 t
    6 points
  7. 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 l
    6 points
  8. Just make scrambled eggs, problem solved.
    5 points
  9. What if Right sizing means getting rid of a large percentage of the fleet? Should a government help pay the rent or loan payments for underutilized/stored aircraft? I don't how many Westjet aircraft (or other airlines) are currently in long term storage but it seems foolish to throw money in that direction. Might be better off having the government subsidize NavCanada and help the airports in exchange of lower operating fees than to interfere while normality is far away and the airlines need to "right size" to this new normal.
    5 points
  10. I think it was one of several prerequisites, as was a revised Transat deal. If the government is to support the industry, it must be based on some kind of sustainable basis going forward. Trying to underpin excess capacity or unreasonably expensive takeovers isn't and never was the answer. You only have to look to the first US bailout package which kept most everyone on the job and a lot of aircraft flying uneconomically in the belief the industry would begin a sustained recovery this fall based on the virus impact receding. So what happened? The virus receded during the summer, but
    5 points
  11. What troubles me with this government is I think they'd happily let AC, WJ and everyone else die so they can take green credit for it. I've never been so nauseated in my whole life with these crooks in power.
    5 points
  12. 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
    5 points
  13. 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
    5 points
  14. 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!
    5 points
  15. 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
    5 points
  16. 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
    5 points
  17. 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.
    5 points
  18. 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!
    5 points
  19. 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'.
    5 points
  20. 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,
    5 points
  21. Only in "Smallville" out here On my way to get groceries this morning I stopped at a new gas station quite near the Mall to get a cup of hot chocolate. As I walked up, I noticed 2 police officers watching a woman who was smoking while fueling her car. I saw her and thought, is this lady stupid, crazy, or both, especially with the police standing RIGHT there..But anyways, I minded my own business and went inside and got my beverage. As I was paying for my drink, I heard someone screaming!! Like I’m talking violent death screams!! I looked outside and I saw that this woman
    4 points
  22. Yes, well, if you look carefully, you’ll notice TWO photos. In the second photo the phone is “flipped” over. It can’t do many other tricks, and even flipping usually requires assistance; however, if you leave it on vibrate long enough, it can flip over on its way off the counter. This usually leads to the put-the-phone-back-together game, which is one of the only games available on this fine unit. Of course, there is the snake game which comes in handy while waiting in line for mediocre food & drink at Tim Horton’s or when you’re just bored of the bland scenery while driving along the 401.
    4 points
  23. This image was posted on twitter... Nice gesture by the Thunderbirds:
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  24. I've never understood the logic that says an infant doesn't need a safe seat until they are suddenly at risk when they reach their 2nd birthday. Parents of infants have been getting an undeserved break on air fare for too long. It's time to do the right thing - mandatory child seats for all infants under two.
    4 points
  25. 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.
    4 points
  26. 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.
    4 points
  27. 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.
    4 points
  28. Oh I can - it's called the Conservative party, which is so eager to open up it's doing it haphazardly in some cases. In Ontario, there is widespread criticism of the government for allowing day care centres to reopen without guidance or support - most, in fact, won't - and churches without a mandatory masking rule. It's all Doug Ford's gut - the director of public health for Ontario is rarely seen or heard. If we had had a proper lockdown in Ontario for 2-3 weeks at the outset, instead of Swiss cheese lockdown we myriad exceptions, we would be close to zero cases today.
    4 points
  29. I'm so glad that this probably means that there isn't a mechanic wondering if he/she missed something.
    4 points
  30. The primary pilot trainer years ago was the versatile "Chipmunk" but was coming to the end of its life. A replacement was required and we bought the " Musketeer". The cost included a two color choice.......White/blue trim... or Blue /white trim. An BOD8D pilot who probably had not flown since hey was awarded his wings was told to make a final color decision. Since he went through pilot training during the time the earth was cooling, he had flown the YELLOW Chipmunk and the YELLOW Harvard, and thus he felt YELLOW should be the color of the new acquisition. One of his arguments was
    4 points
  31. Now we all have to quit quoting him so we never have to see a post from him.
    4 points
  32. 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.
    4 points
  33. There’s a reason they’ve lost respect around the world and it’s got nothing to do with where they park their bombers.
    4 points
  34. 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, s
    4 points
  35. For those directly affected by these very difficult decisions as well as those now looking over their shoulder... Having seen a bit of this in a previous life, this too, shall eventually pass to become a distant memory. Keep hope strong, keep optimism alive and most of all keep in "touch" with one another using the usual electronic means. Don
    4 points
  36. 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 wi
    4 points
  37. 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,
    4 points
  38. She asked him, 'How much are you selling the eggs for?' The old seller replied, '$.25 an egg, Madam.' She said to him, 'I will take 6 eggs for $1.25 or I will leave.' The old seller replied, 'Come take them at the price you want. Maybe, this is a good beginning because I have not been able to sell even a single egg today.' She took the eggs and walked away feeling she has won. She got into her fancy car and went to a posh restaurant with her friend. There, she and her friend, ordered whatever they liked. They ate a little and left a lot of what they ordered. Then she went t
    4 points
  39. This forum is a connection to the greatest career I could have imagined. Thanks
    4 points
  40. 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........
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  41. 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.
    4 points
  42. I'm Tech Ops. Rules don't apply to us.
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  43. I had to go out and buy a service animal to allay my stress.
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  44. Whew!!! Thank god garneau got involved.....Air Canada would have never known there was a problem ...... I’m sure the co. would have let this continue for years......thanks Captain Obvious .... btw has the governments fixed the Phoenix pay system yet??? It’s only been 5 years...
    4 points
  45. July 25.....1966 Driving a DC 3 at 8000 feet in cloud (I was the FO but in the Mil we switched seats for each sector) Encountered some turbulence in cloud Then the sh!t hit the fan Hail rained down on the old bird Port engine started to sputter My windscreen cracked, caved and fell in pieces into` the cockpit...(not too much wind effect) Recovered from the left wing down, slight spiral, at 3000 feet Landed at Earlton (YXR) Ontario Kicked out the remaining glass. The "F/E " sewed up the horizontal stab, (ripped by the hail), with some fishing line
    4 points
  46. That's not where I would like to see our Prime Minister.
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  47. 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
    4 points
  48. I have family that is transitioning from CERB as well. Although they do qualify for EI they took another route. They got a JOB.
    3 points
  49. 3 points