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  1. 6 points
    About 10 years ago, I gave a Christmas gift of an introductory flight to each of my sister's 3 kids, my two nieces and nephew. Since then, they've completed high school, paid their own way through university, gotten their degrees. How did they pay? They've been tree planting ever since the oldest tried it 6 years ago. They've all spent every summer since doing just that and making REAL money ($45K in 4 months!). There is no lack of work ethic in these kids, now all in their very early 20's. The oldest niece wanted to become a teacher and, after finishing Nippissing, went to Australia to get her teacher's certificate (recognized in most provinces here in Canada). After 2 years, she's back. What did she do this summer? PLANTED MORE TREES! The middle one, my nephew is finishing his Business degree at Ryerson, is unsure of what he wants to do, has a long-time steady girl friend who has just graduated Photographic Arts, Motion Picture Production, at Ryerson (the EXACT same course I did back in the early 70's but never completed) (my nephew never knew about my taking that course!). My youngest niece is just completing her degree at UofO in languages and international affairs. She had planned on traveling the world with CIDA (or whatever that entity calls itself today.) OKAY. So what does this post have to do about aviation? Well, I just learned that the youngest (CIDA hopeful) has enrolled herself in an aviation course at Algonquin College, is going to get her flying license then pursue a career in aviation. All I could say was WOW. That gift that was planted 10 years ago has blossomed into this. I hope she does well and spends a couple years doing what most of us did in one form or another before going into the airlines, which seems to be her goal. Of course, her Uncle Moon will do anything he can to assist her along the long and winding road of our profession and wishes her to be safe and well in the coming years!
  2. 2 points
    unfortunately, as the pool of experienced adn trained engineers drains and the inexperience and untrained begin to fill the ranks this kind of issue will be more widespread. Its already starting.
  3. 2 points
    Done. $5000 goal reached. Have a good run Team Sparky.
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  6. 1 point
    From two years ago....two down, two to go!!
  7. 1 point
    Our maintenance staff use respirators when working with solvents and other noxious chemicals and we fit test them annually. They must be clean shaven when they take the test. WorkSafe BC has pulled the ticket of a few testing services who werent enforcing that rule - and for good reason. I’ve done that fit test and experienced how little of a break in the seal it took to have the acrid test smoke make me gag. To each his own I guess but there’s no way I will ever fly without being clean shaven, just in case I have a bad day and need to wear that mask to stay alive.
  8. 1 point
    Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Some Of the pilots I see in the terminals look pretty unkept Took me until I was in my forties to be able to grow a beard. It’s evident that some are in the same boat.
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    You see them at airport terminals around the world. You see them in the morning early, sometimes at night. They come neatly uniformed and hatted, sleeves striped; wings over their left pocket; They show up looking fresh. There's a brisk, young-old look of efficiency about them. They arrive fresh from home, from hotels, carrying suitcases, battered briefcases, bulging, with a wealth of technical information, data, filled with regulations, rules. They know the new, harsh sheen of Chicago 's O'Hare. They know the cluttered approaches to Newark ; they know the tricky shuttle that is Rio; they know but do not relish the intricate instrument approaches to various foreign airports; they know the volcanoes all around Guatemala. They respect foggy San Francisco . They know the up-and-down walk to the gates at Dallas , the Texas sparseness of Abilene , the very narrow Berlin Corridor, New Orleans ' sparkling terminal, the milling crowds at Washington . They know Butte , Boston , and Beirut . They appreciate Miami 's perfect weather; they recognize the danger of an ice-slick runway at JFK. They understand short runways, antiquated fire equipment, inadequate approach lighting, but there is one thing they will never comprehend: Complacency. They marvel at the exquisite good taste of hot coffee in Anchorage and a cold beer in Guam . They vaguely remember the workhorse efficiency of the DC-3s, the reliability of the DC-4s and DC-6s, the trouble with the DC-7 and the propellers on Boeing 377s. They discuss the beauty of an old gal named Connie. They recognize the high shrill whine of a Viscount, the rumbling thrust of a DC-8 or 707 on a clearway takeoff from Haneda, and a Convair. The remoteness of the 747 cockpit. The roominess of the DC-10 and the wonderfully snug fit of a DC-9. They speak a language unknown to Webster. They discuss ALPA, EPRs, fans, mach and bogie swivels. And, strangely, such things as bugs, thumpers, crickets, and CATs, but they are inclined to change the subject when the uninitiated approaches. They have tasted the characteristic loneliness of the sky, and occasionally the adrenaline of danger. They respect the unseen thing called turbulence; they know what it means to fight for self-control, to discipline one's senses. They buy life insurance, but make no concession to the possibility of complete disaster, for they have uncommon faith in themselves, their crew and what they are doing. They concede the glamour is gone from flying. They deny a pilot is through at sixty. They know tomorrow, or the following night, something will come along they have never met before; they know flying requires perseverance and vigilance. They know they must practice, lest they retrograde. They realize why some wit once quipped: "Flying is year after year of monotony punctuated by seconds of stark terror." As a group, they defy mortality tables, yet approach semi-annual physical examinations with trepidation. They are individualistic, yet bonded together. They are family people. They are reputedly overpaid, yet entrusted with equipment worth millions. And entrusted with lives, countless lives, behind and below him. At times they are reverent: They have watched the Pacific sky turn purple at dusk and the stark beauty of sunrise over Iceland at the end of a polar crossing. They know the twinkling, jeweled beauty of Los Angeles at night; they have seen snow on the Rockies. They remember the vast unending mat of green Amazon jungle, the twisting Silver road that is the father of waters, an ice cream cone called Fujiyama; the hump of Africa. Who can forget Everest from 100 miles away, or the ice fog in Fairbanks in January? They have watched natural and man-made satellites streak across a starry sky, seen the clear, deep blue of the stratosphere, felt the incalculable force of the heavens. They have marveled at sun-streaked evenings, dappled earth, velvet night, spun silver clouds, sculptured cumulus: God's weather. They have viewed the Northern Lights, a wilderness of sky, a pilot's halo, a bomber's moon, horizontal rain and snow, contrails and St Elmo's Fire. Only an aviator experiences all these. It is their world. It once was mine. It will be missed, forever
  10. 1 point
    It is always good to question things! Keep 'em coming!
  11. 1 point
    Respectfully, I have probably spent more days in airports than you. Not only days, but hours in the days... As for observation, that is why I question things.
  12. 1 point
    The fool trudeau could have left well enough alone and let the Yanks sort out the issues, but like everything else the incompetent touches, legalization is & will go on to cause a lot of unnecessary hardship for Canadians and legitimate business at the border.
  13. 1 point
    Is Soros intentionally directing trudeau to steer Canada into bankruptcy and the hands of his fellow globalists?
  14. 1 point
    “You see them at airport terminals around the world. You see them in the morning early, sometimes at night. They come neatly uniformed and hatted, sleeves striped; wings over their left pocket; They show up looking fresh.” As seen at ORD on 16 Oct 2017.
  15. 1 point
    Kip, I think I heard a live rendition of that during a recent 'combined' session at ART, but the speaker was no longer in grade 5.... Vs
  16. 1 point
    Not exactly new news. For the better part of this year, beards have been allowed at Jazz which follows AC’s policies. I don’t believe the restriction had anything to do with O2 masks. IIRC, it began when applicants were hired that had beards as a result of their culture.
  17. 1 point
    Like I said...... ”Minimums”...... Go Around Stable approach criteria.
  18. 1 point
    Hmmm. This discussion seems familiar somehow. First comment - were the crew using their own devices in the flight deck. There would have been zero benefit in so doing and I have never seen this practiced at AC on any type. Even with the current generation of iPads (not available at the time of this accident), there is no vertical information of use during approach. Second, there is an error in the video - the crew saw cues which gave the impression they were runway lights, but in hindsight are believed to be from a different source. As for the PAPI and actual runway lights, the situational awareness disconnect from the controller advising lights would be at strength 5, but then failing to actually do so, is significant. A large component of this event was due to expectation bias. While removing any one of a number of factors would have changed the entire outcome, this one presented a critical threat. The difference from strength 4 to 5 is not a small increment. FWIW Vs
  19. 1 point
    https://theaircurrent.com/dispatches/beyond-the-carrier-deck-a-glimpse-at-the-777x-folding-wingtip/ The static test aircraft is complete
  20. 1 point
    The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, hitting its lowest level in nearly 49 years and pointing to robust labor market conditions. US weekly jobless claims drop to near 49-year low https://www.foxbusiness.com/economy/us-weekly-jobless-claims-drop-to-near-49-year-low
  21. 1 point
    I simply don’t understand how reasonable people can support the perspectives that have lead to things like the situation in Toronto and then ascribe the mess to unrelated cause factors. I can only surmise it’s a lack of real world experience at the individual level. According to the Ontario NDP, if you wear a vest on police ride alongs it’s because you are a racist. Who even thinks this up, it’s a foreign thought process… like paying attention to the safety briefing causes crashes. When I talk to people about things like the Paris Accord, green energy, gang violence and guns, immigration vs integration, it becomes clear that there is a complete disconnect in perspective…. NO, light bulbs are not enough. It is the same disconnect that has lead American foreign policy to failure in places like Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Libya etc… people think everyone else has the same values, aspirations, cultural norms etc that they do and refuse to listen to those who actually have spent time there. They think multiculturalism is about ethnic food on sunny days and simply CAN’T understand the plight of a single mother from Somalia trying to control her teenage sons and keep them out of gangs. THEY CAN’T EVEN FIND SOMALIA ON A MAP. If you’ve ever tried to convince a teenage girl not to quit high school and move in with her 30 year old boyfriend you know exactly what I mean. https://torontosun.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-bring-back-tavis-and-carding Now, just for fun, try and find a breakdown of gang ethnicity and turf location vs shooting stats in Toronto. Good Lord, surely the damn birds are harder to track.
  22. 1 point
    Peoplekind. Veterans asking for too much. The budget will balance itself. Ummm ummmm ummmm ummm. Canada has no core identity. Obsession with Indian wedding clothes. Bollywood dancing. Can’t get a trade deal done...with anyone. Can’t get a pipeline done...in any direction. Creepy sock fetish. More selfies than a class of teenage girls. Replaces Canada’s old F-18s with Australia’s old F-18s. Waves to an empty tarmac when boarding the government plane. Thinks we should thank muslim refugees for moving to Canada. His love of all things Castro and all things Red China. Imposes tough regulations and taxes on oil from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland but not oil from Saudi Arabia. Every new project has to undergo strict environmental assessments...except cement plants in Quebec. Thinks old stock Canadians should be replaced. Chases foreign companies (and their investment capital) out of the country like they have the plague. Chases our WW1 soldiers out of our national anthem... lest we forget. Brings in 10s of thousands of unemployable “refugees”. Tweets out a welcome to 10s of thousands more fake refugees from the US (even gets the RCMP to be their bellhops). All his fake refugees get better healthcare than Canadians do, while they put a strain on all our public services and contribute little. Pays $10.5 million to a convicted terrorist who murdered an unarmed US army medic. Forgot Alberta was a province. Called small business owners “tax cheats” while he sucks at the teat of a family trust fund. Taxes cow farts. Screws up our trade relations with our most important trade partner because he failed to stop Chinese steel from flowing through to the states and he won’t give up supply management which hurts Canadian consumers. $8 million for a skating rink. $4.5 billion for a 65 year old pipeline (and KM uses that money to build a pipeline in Texas) Billions added to the national debt. Creston..Kokanee groper. Illegal migrants are just “irregular border crossers”. Gets India to invest $250 million in Canada but we have to invest $750 million in India first. Compared returning ISIS terrorists to Italian immigrants and says they will be an extraordinary powerful voice for Canada. Terrorists deserve to keep their Canadian citizenship. Thinks Canada is 100 years old instead of 150. Generally making life less affordable for the average Canadian. Gave Canadian taxpayer’s money to the Clinton Foundation. Gave Canadian taxpayer’s money to Hamas. Increased the number of personal pronouns to 50. The only Canadian PM convicted of ethics violations. Outraged over fake racist attacks, says nothing about real terrorist attacks. Takes a personal day for every pair of socks he owns. Sits in photo ops like he has no balls...which is true..... Stupid and incompetent.. Anyway you look at it. This man is an idiot!! And his supporters should be ashamed. And we have 1 more year of this
  23. 1 point
    We can only hope this really pathetic financial scam disappears for once and for all. WAY TO GO DONALD!
  24. 1 point
    You would first have to have a ruling government that’s not complicit. Tides foundation...aka Soros https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/millions-in-foreign-funds-spent-in-2015-federal-election-to-defeat-harper-government-report-alleges
  25. 1 point
    Many thanks for the "pinned topic" status and the donations received so far. PMs sent to those who have sponsored me this year. To date I've raised $1380 towards this year's goal of $5000. If you've been thinking about it and putting it off, there's still plenty of time to sponsor my run. If you'd prefer to sponsor our team, the link is: Team Sparky Team Sparky will gather next Sunday at the Stouffville run site. If you're in the area, please come out and join us. Everyone is welcome! Thanks again for all the support I continue to receive from the folks here.