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  1. I did my last flight two weeks ago. Here's a short video my son made of that day.
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  2. Just finished my LOE (final sim check) at 2230 tonight on the new bird and enjoying a celebratory scotch. Looking forward to seeing how she flies in real air. I'm the Newest 787 Captain in the World!!!!
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  3. Disclaimer, I am in a mood for a soap box. Probably not my best post to follow. Here's why. DH today, in uniform, seated next to a rather medicated business fellow armed with a newspaper and a snoot full of ideas about pilots. The fellow held up his paper in front of my face, "What do you think of this - they say he did it on purpose - Eh? what do you think?" I think all I could manage amid the rising streak of red up the back of my neck was to comment that speculation, no matter how well printed, remains that. It's been a difficult week, let's let the process run a bit. "But still, ya gott
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  4. Gee Parakeet.... You read funny. What I've read from all WJ contributors in this thread has been an honest and civil exchange of opinion. Which is exactly what the forum is for. I've been quite impressed with the lack of animosity that so often shows it's ugly face in similar circumstances. I think that speaks volumes for WJ and its pilots. Dave has been a contributor here, off and on, since WJ was a baby... and I'm pretty sure he's earned the right to offer his opinion in ANY public forum he chooses. As for you.... Your opinions are as welcome as anyone else's, but if you're going to threaten
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  5. Kip, with respect, I am not speculating on the cause of this accident and I doubt I am alone. I have been part of investigative teams, dealt with those left behind. It is hard to accurately describe the experience of being with these people when public chatter like this reaches them. Cruel is such an inadequate word. I would like to think that many who have been down this road would, at most, comment on the process ahead. That, at least, would be factual. And this is not a couple of colleagues in a hangar over coffee wondering aloud about what took down their friend. Thi
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  6. Having watched this topic for too many days (21 apparently) I have these pointless comments WJ doesn't owe anyone a detailed explanation, maybe some compensation anytime a pilot quotes their years of service and flying hours I know that they don't really have a point when someone with detailed knowledge of how the industry works makes it a calling to determine why a specific flight was cancelled/delayed because they were personally inconvenienced and then tries to make it a pubic issue shows a distinct lack of class and huge sense of entitlement the initial query was to
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  7. Come now, this has been said of every immigrant group to Canada since the early 19th century. The Irish came, they were despised by the majority. They were dirt poor, often sick, settled in slums like St. Henri in Montreal, did all the dirty jobs, clung to the Roman Catholic faith. Then came the Lutheran Germans, and they weren't anything like the Scottish elite, and they clung to the language for a long time. They too started off poor. Then came the Ukrainians, Eastern European Jews and the Southern Italians. The invective against them, their strange religious ways, their language, their stra
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  8. I find this argument increasingly sterile and meaningless, because the underlying premise is AC vs WS. The question of relevance really boils down to "What am I trying to prove". Well, WS has a more profitable platform, a clearer sheet, so to speak, than AC, and should always be more profitable. Haver we got that out of the way? What is relevant, to each airline's investors (and staff), is where each is going qualitatively. Comparing the two airlines on that score doesn't add any value to each. What matters to investors and the investment community is "upside" and what each is doing to captur
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  9. RCAF Snowbirds have recently installed a rear facing 4K HD GoPro camera on the smoke fuel pod of Snowbird 1. The following video by Snowbird 6 is probably the coolest inflight video you will ever see...... https://www.youtube.com/embed/tTnTEvKC-sE
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  10. Go to full screen and turn on the sound:
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  11. 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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  12. Milton did a lot of things I disagree with, but he sized up AC pilots very accurately. My words, not his, but ACPA pilots as a herd are moronic. No matter what the issue is, it seems there is always another faction willing to snakebite the whole for a limited focus or short term gain. The extended retirement fight is a perfect example. Some very wealthy, senior, some might even say pampered individuals did not want the cash flow to change, despite what they signed up for, so wrapped their personal desires in the constitution and, in addition to enriching themselves, ensured that t
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  13. Daily there are disturbing new articles concerning our latest immigrants. Some people have taken it upon themselves to protest the arrival of our newest (future citizens) with personal verbal attacks, harassment, racist hate filled graffiti etc. This must stop. It isn't the immigrants fault that they were brought to Canada, we (through our Government) invited them and it is our duty as Canadians to treat them no differently than we do our other longer term residents and citizens. If you see the harassment happening, report it or at the very least speak out against it.
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  14. Well today marks three milestones......... 1) My birthday, and the best gift I got was that Scuba 02's heart examination came back flawless, (6 years since surgery). 2) It was almost 27 years to this day that I retired from the Military service, (1989), and went Civil Airlines 3) And today, again 27 years later, I received and big official brown envelope from The Department of National Defence and inside was a large, ready for framing certificate signed by the Chief of the Defence staff, along with a small pin, and a letter thanking me for my 28 years of Mi
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  15. I was in HNL on a new years day 5-6 years ago -and had just taken over a -800 for the trip back to YVR when I looked out the window of the flight deck and saw a massive fuel spill was taking place. We had yet to board the aircraft but it was obvious this was going to cause a major delay ( cleanup etc) after calling ATC and CFR I advised the FAs of the delay and went up to the boarding lounge to make a PA to the guests ( many had young children and all of them were looking tired and wanted nothing more to board the flight and go home) I explained about the fuel spill and that we would have ab
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  16. It may be a case of setting up a scenario for failure. It's easy to point fingers here, but what are the core reasons for this occurring? A switch to hyper dense seating without allowances being made for normal per person carry on baggage stowage? Systems and procedures not designed or implemented to deal with the above? Airports greedily collecting AIF's but not providing simple bag chute infrastructure at gates THEY, and NOT the airline, own and control? Turn times not sufficiently adjusted to allow for loading and unloading of the additional 100 people on the high density aircraft? Manag
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  17. Today there was a get together in Ottawa at the Riverside pub to honour Captain Don Cameron. Don has Parkinson's disease and is in a wheelchair. He has been a faithful RAPCAN luncheon attendee but the Gloucester Mess in Ottawa is a challenge for someone in a wheelchair. Through the efforts of retired Capt. Bill Tate it was decided to throw a surprise beer call for Don. What transpired as far as I was concerned was a piece of aviation history related to Air Canada. For those of you who don't know or remember Don was the Captain of the ill fated DC-9 accident in Cincinnati many years ago. That i
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  18. 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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  19. 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
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  20. Hey Kip, it's been a while. This is going to be a bit of a threadjack but what the hell. It's always amusing for me to read people's take on this stuff and their perception of history, and Johnny's is not even close. I can answer this one definitively for you. When WestJet started, grooming was part of the flight attendant job description. Full stop. There was no pilot or "voluntary" grooming it was just the flight attendants. There certainly was no culture of "we are all equal" in fact back then the pilots were all considered management. None of the original flight attendants,
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  21. If members were to 'ignore' everyone that ticks them off, this forum would become a pretty quiet place. I've always regretted going off on Inchman. I thought he added flavour to the forum, but it's not like his comments were always innocent and lamb like either. For instance, I never thought I would have wanted to hang with 'The Bean' , but I did enjoy his contribution to this board. Unfortunately, Inchan couldn't live with Bean's very effective cheerleading on behalf of WJ and responded by brow beating The Bean until he eventually was driven off the forum. And I was looking forward to h
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  22. I agree. Let me tell a personal story; one time I was flying into ORD and from several miles back we could see a situation developing on our intended runway - one guy slow to clear and another slow to go to position. We didn't go around at the first indication that it wasn't going to work, we continued down the slope. PF and PM discussed the probability of a G/A but continued the approach until it really, really wasn't possible to land and then we did our G/A - about the same time as the TWR called for it. An outside observer might comment about how "close" we came to disaster or abo
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  23. It was just a short while ago when we had to listen (again) to the justification for paying excessive salaries and bonuses to senior executives at Bombardier: words to the effect that they have to offer attractive salary packages to attract good people. And it’s not just Bombardier, it’s true of all major corporations. I for one, am getting sick of listening to these rationalizations that are nothing more than a veiled apology. It’s the excess, the lavishness, the extravagance that I, and I suspect many others find difficult to justify, let alone accept: salaries in the many hundreds of thousa
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  24. I guess we run in different circles... I don't hear anyone laughing - but I hear a few like you with zero substance complaints and baseless derogatory comments. I like reality. Facts. I'm not a Trudeau fan, I'd prefer a few things run differently, but overall he's getting more done than the Harper Government did... Barely one year in - after being handed a shiit sandwich economically with oil tanking and the US now turning inward and we have 2 pipelines, plus keystone coming, we stood tall against the Belgians and secured CETA, there's a middle class tax cut, firm action on ca
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  25. I can do one better, I talked to "the kid" the night of July 13th when this whole story went down. YYZ was having another tough night due to thunderstorms all over the US eastern seaboard. I was on the delayed AC145 to YYC, connecting from ATL. The Kid had come from YWG and was trying to get to YHZ. We briefly talked at the FIDS while looking at flight options. Everything was delayed in all directions of travel, but it looked like everything would resolve itself between 10:30 to midnight. The kid is a head taller than me and an octave lower in voice, a good head on his shoulders a
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  26. Say what you like about Rob Ford, but he was the only mayor of a major Canadian city of the last generation who was willing to call the trendy left on their bullshit rather than pander to them.
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  27. ModerateChop: I am not for unlimited immigration with no rules but once we have granted entry then it is up to us to treat them as well as we would like to be treated ourselves.
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  28. To say I was initially sceptical of CR’s appointment wouldn’t be an over-statement, but fairness now demands reconsideration and a reversal of that ‘opinion’. During my adult life there have been many CEO’s of AC, but not a one capable of reordering the corporate structure, changing the culture, placing the Company on solid financial footing and delivering record numbers. I know the industry is fickle and presents many unexpected challenges and opportunity, but credit should be given where it’s due and although I still think CEO’s are over-paid, in this case I think CR dese
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  29. I do agree that questions should be asked. I am well known for kicking up dirt when big corporations try to roll over people. From the perspective of all employees using passes, I do think that it is unfortunate, but not necessarily unfair. With many of the other airports in Canada charging for pass travel, it seems that the GTAA held off charging for longer than the others. Why are we treating them like the bad guy now? I didn't hear anyone hear lauding them in the past as one of the few that didn't charge. And, after having been on opposite sides of the table from one branch of the GTAA, I a
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  30. It's about time. Now, start taxing churches, mosques, temples, actually anything that now enjoys tax-free status that is even remotely attached to religion.
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  31. Sorry, but I wholeheartedly disagree with these changes to the pass policy. The granting of B1 (pilots) and C1 (effays) passes is a slap in the face to all the other employee groups....and to the retirees. Yes, in the past, changes/enhancements to the pass allocations have been granted for “above-and-beyond efforts, IROPS, etc” - usually on a “one-off” basis - and I don’t think anyone begrudges occasional perquisites such as those for specific services rendered. But generally speaking, the pass system used to treat all unionized and retired employees equally, i.e. ‘time in’ dictated your
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  32. This is the only aviation industry forum I know of that isn't heavily redacted by moderators who are risk averse to the extreme. As has been said, we don't just talk aviation when we are at work. Please don't change it, we're all capable of separating the wheat from the chaff.
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  33. Skooshing and Slooshing One of the most pleasant individuals I ever had the privilege to fly with on the B737 was the late Doug Rogerson. He and I did many flights together and many were during that period of turmoil when CDN was in the throes of furloughing pilots in 1995-96. I was pretty junior back then and Doug, as a member of the Union Executive, kept in constant touch with his peers, no matter where he was over-nighting. Doug, to many, was a quiet and reserved individual, not prone to outbursts of emotion, always ready to sit back, gather information, process the same, and make a decis
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  34. ISIS can get people into Canada without refugee immigration. As a matter of fact, I think that the current environment provides a heightened level of awareness and that the risk is lower today than it was in the spring. There have been terrorist groups in Canada for many years. Some succeed in their (fortunately, relatively small) efforts to date. I don't think that that will change, but the moment a refugee steps foot on the property, the next attack will no doubt be blamed on the government's immigration policy. The easiest way to get someone on your side is to treat them the way that you wo
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  35. Where would one have dropped the bomb to take out the perpetrators of last night's Paris attacks before it began? Downtown Marseille? Don't be surprised if every one of them was a citizen of France. To suggest that these assholes are in any way connected with Syrian refugees is disingenuous at best. Those refugees are desperately trying to get away from these jerks. A good percentage of them are Christians. I'm as angry at this crap as anyone but I am not going to engage in emotional knee jerk reactions that will do nothing to stop them. We've had decades of trying to bomb and sniper them out
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  36. Well they did get the fire hoses out for him so he sorta got the traditional sendoff
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  37. My feelings on this thread will come as no surprise to anyone. I believe it is a fundamental professional discourtesy to the operating crew and those close to them to speculate like this. 8 pages now. Was the wind correct, was the approach correct, conclusions drawn on true vs magnetic wind, approach options that no longer exist at this airport, etc. Maybe someone here was on frequency at the time, had the NOTAMS, ATIS, live weather info or has a direct line to the investigators. But it doesn't sound like it to me. Instead what seems to be here are conclusions formed from press releases a
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  38. Australian comic Jim Jeffries' view of American gun ownership - performed in Boston. Well worth the time to watch - George Carlin-ish, including the language. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fP3HJVp3n9c
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  39. Though this was part of a different thread discussion, the answer is so good and interesting, I thought I would break this out to its own discussion since it seems to be a question many have wondered about. My daughter is a Speech Pathology/Linguistics student. I asked her why sometimes we might add the S at the end of the word Air Canada, as in the case "Air Canada's 844", and why we don't hear others like US Air and WestJet following suit? Is it an ego thing, or perhaps just poor radio telephony. This is the answer she said without even having to pause for a moment (yep, she's a smart girl
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  40. Hi, Moderate Chop - First, I'd like to re-iterate what I said before: I don't personally believe that there's much point in booting border-line trolls off the forum (based on what I've seen - I don't know if there was something else going on), They will only return (again) under another of the limitless supply of anonymous rocks under which to reside. It is ironic, but the 'threat' of expulsion really only covers those of us who stand behind our postings; I know I would not be able to return, because I don't choose to hide. Contrary to what you say, most of the folks here, anonymous or not, r
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  41. If I recall correctly the peanut allergy issue was the first to become widely known and I don't think most parents have a problem with not sending peanuts and peanut butter to school. When my kids were in elementary school and we got the news about the peanut product ban it took us about 3 minutes to come to terms with it and agree that it was appropriate given the life-threatening consequences to the child with the allergy. The issue now however is that every parent with a child that has any food sensitivity at all is demanding the same ban. I won't send peanut butter if it's life-threaten
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  42. Louise As a joke, my brother-in-law used to hang a pair of pantyhose over his fireplace before Christmas. He said all he wanted was for Santa to fill them. What they say about Santa checking the list twice must be true because every Christmas morning, although Don’s kids' stockings were filled right up, his poor pantyhose hung sadly empty. One year I decided to make his dream come true. I put on sunglasses and went in search of an inflatable love doll. They don't sell those things at Wal-Mart. I had to go to an adult bookstore downtown. If you've never been in a X-rated store, don't go. You'l
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  43. Dedicated to Frank Crismon (1903-1990) by Capt. G. C. Kehmeier (United Airlines, Ret.) I ought to make you buy a ticket to ride this airline!" The chief pilot's words were scalding. I had just transferred from San Francisco to Denver. Frank Crismon, my new boss, was giving me a route check between Denver and Salt Lake City. "Any man who flies for me will know this route," he continued. "'Fourteen thousand feet will clear Kings Peak' is not adequate. You had better know that Kings Peak is exactly 13,498 feet high. Bitter Creek is not 'about 7,000 feet.' It is exactly 7,185 feet, and the
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  44. It is always informative, yet saddening, how in our modern times, the will to do something kind is challenged by holding up a mirror to our chronic, embedded lack of kindness. Why should the refugees get compassion when those in our country don't? My wish is that all of the domestic 'look after our own' reasons that have been given are put on a priority list and, as part of the overall effort to improve how we balance the scales, dealt with along side the refugee issue of the day (and to be clear, this will not be the last time). Perhaps the scale of the Syrian crisis may actually provide th
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  45. I would only support abolishing the Senate if we also abolish omnibus bills. As long as a government can bury hidden agenda items in a completely unrelated bill, we need a venue for sober second thought. Also, no Prime Minister (or series of them) should have the power to kill the Senate by stopping appointments to fill open seats. A national referendum should be held to give all Canadians the chance to decide the future of their own governance.
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  46. That's quite a statement for someone who just arrived at a party, Nighthawk. While there is the occasional jibe across the bow here and the ongoing fight between Bean and MD2, a lot of us have worked at AC for quite a while and I, being one of them, take offence.
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  47. Anonymity in combination with the power to communicate with millions of people at once brings a new dimension to the reasons behind civility in personal exchanges. While almost everyone here would quite quickly recognize "something different" in any face-to-face communication with a person who was expressing the kinds of serious issues described in the articles, online masks and performance-anonymity prevent such traditional human recognitions and the accompanying wariness. We tend to give a larger benefit of the doubt online than we otherwise might, (lest, perhaps, we be judged ourselves, but
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  48. This is a piece of literature that was passed to me by a friend. I don't know who was the original author but hopefully she/he doesn't take issue with the fact that I have taken the liberty to modify the document to fit 'our forum' ...as I believe a lot of the content to be applicable to many of us that frequent AEF. No matter what forum, blog, or website you enter - anytime there is an invitation for commentary you are going to encounter the many comments that you may agree or disagree with. What baffles me is when posters allow comments from people they do not agree with to really hit them
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  49. I've resisted the temptation to post on this forum for some time. This thread however warrants an exception. Don, of all the people I know, I think you rank among the most humble, yet knowledgeable. It makes me smile to see you still engaged here, as in the other orbits we share. May your input, and influence, long continue. To those who would use this tragic accident as a springboard for waging a personal argument based on speculation about what was going on, perhaps a reminder about one of aviation's oldest rules is in order. Every lesson we have ever learned in aviation has been paid fo
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  50. Ooops... there's evidently a limit on how many "like this"'s you can hit in a day... I just ran out. Anyway, thanks folks, green is much more comfortable.
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