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  1. 3 points
    I don't think I'd call it "dumb." It's just human nature - everybody wants to get ahead of the other guy and/or protect what they have. I'd call it "self-serving." It is ironic though. Back when Westjet started they were essentially stealing passengers, jobs and growth from Air Canada and Canadian. Naturally nobody from AC or CDN liked that very much and told them so. I distinctly remember comments from the upstart Westjetters about pilots, and other staff, at AC being overpaid and underworked! I distinctly remember the reply, "wait till you're big enough for someone to undercut you and you'll have a different opinion." Well, here it is - their jobs, pay scale and productivity is about to be undercut by their own management (again, 'cause Encore was kinda the same thing).
  2. 2 points
    "Trump will be responsible for the largest depression the world has ever seen" What a shallow crock! BTW, are you Lefties turning your Trump generated gains over to your favorite causes, or just keeping it all for yourself? Nonsense aside, stock market performance, like currency & the economy are mostly driven by public & investor 'confidence', nothing more. If the Left finally does succeed and somehow undermines the nation's sense of well being, the bubble will burst and EVERYTHING related to the economy will fall into ruin including the worth of your pension plans and other assets. So then, if you guys just keep up your good work and continue on being the antithesis to all the good that's happening your destructive wishes may eventually come true and then we'll all be living together in the sort of abject poverty you obviously prefer.
  3. 2 points
    Pretty shallow thinking from the author imo.... Just where do you think the rich spend their money? Certainly not everything they make is spent on luxuries which I gather you presume is what’s it’s all about. And let’s for one moment say they did....someone somewhere sells them building materials, makes their cars and boats....all which guarantee that “ little “ guy the ability to put groceries on the table. Maybe , just maybe, it’s being reinvested on stocks and other investments that solidify some companies bottom line that ensure it stays in BUSINESS thereby protecting the jobs the “little guy” so depends on? But what do I know.....
  4. 2 points
    Why was an 11 year old child paraded in front of cameras in a national press conference? That is the only question in my mind. And, be assured, that question has nothing to do with the alleged offence and nothing to do with the fact that it turned out to be a hoax. Slobbering politicians and a population addicted to polarizing news stories need to hang their collective heads. A sad and shameful display all around.
  5. 2 points
    And this matters why? According to the American voting system in place he won fair and square. Using your train of logic, I guess you must really be **bleep** that Trudeau won since he was elected with less than 30% of eligible voters....but it was legal so all Canadians will have to live with his stupitidiy until sanity returns.
  6. 2 points
    Evidently Trump called some nations "**bleep** holes" and of course is now being viewed as racist. However based on the following definition, he may have only have been accurate.
  7. 2 points
    I don’t get nervous until AFTER the cavalry charge…
  8. 2 points
    Doesn’t this strike anyone else as the “proving grounds” for pilotless aircraft? Imagine what Mr. MBA is thinking when 2017 had zero fatalities in commercial jet operation, yet the experience level in the cockpit is as low as it has ever been.
  9. 2 points
    The airlines will simply continue to lower the requirements to fill seats. They will lower them to nothing more than a basic licence if they have to. The regionals in Canada are already scraping the bottom of the barrel and the other operators take what is left over. These companies will simply lower the upgrade requirements as well. As long as the seats are filled they don't care. Airlines around the world have been doing this for the last 5 years (only now is it hitting Canada). Emirates is at the point where is is hiring pilots with 2000 hours or less. They have been short for a long time and simply increased monthly flying to the point where pilots are flying 100 hours or more a month. Doesn't matter as long as the fights go! Emirates (and it's sister company Fly Dubai) have crashed TWO airplanes in the last few years and .....nothing changes. In the last 6-8 months EK has had two 380's almost descend onto the ground on approach, multiple other approach and departure incidents... nothing changes! I forecast our 777 crash well before it happened and, but for some luck, will crash another one and not get as lucky with no deaths as the last one. You cannot have inexperience in BOTH seats of a flight deck. Concepts like the MPL etc may work if you have an extremely rigorous training regime combined with experienced captains. You also cannot simply squeeze more flying out of the existing crews - especially if they are inexperienced. Canada hasn't experience this yet but they are starting to. In the past, even at AC the FO's had good experience PRIOR to joining and spent enough time in the right seat (or sideways) to learn. In the last 3-5 years the basic ability of the FO's I have been flying with has declined dramatically. The current crop (with 2000 hours or so) are barely competent and, worse, do not realize it! They can fly wonderfully on the autopilot but anything, ANYTHING, out of the ordinary and they are lost. I could write paragraph after paragraph of examples just from the past year. Worse is the poor attitude showed by many of them - not sure if it is generational or an age related issue. This is what you will start to see very soon here (from friends at some smaller airlines in Canada they have already started to see it).
  10. 2 points
    Many investigations can come down to listening to the CVR trying to hear the "Click" of the switch. Just because you verbalize something does not mean it actually took place. I think the video camera is a good idea when implemented correctly.
  11. 2 points
    Not this guy Malcolm. The first ILS approach in Canada was installed in Moncton, NB. My father did the the ILS instrument installation and calibration on the the MOT aircraft, a Lockheed 10 I believe, which was then test flown by qualified pilots. Today, CATIIIb approaches are flown daily around the world, again by qualified pilots in the most sophisticated aircraft in service. Amazing advancements in aviation, but after 40 years of flying airplanes for a living and knowing what I know can happen to the best laid plan there’s no way I will ever be a passenger in a pilotless aircraft.
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  13. 1 point
    According to several articles I have read, it was his lawyer who directed him to not answer certain questions and not the White House. The only one pushing the White House theory is a Democrat named Schiff and even his statements are riddled with that extremely mighty small word IF !! IOW, it’s all conjecture at this point. Like every thing else that has fizzled in the last year, this is no doubt another attempt by the Democrats to keep throwing **bleep** at a wall trying to get something to stick of which they have failed miserably time and time and time again. Like Fido says...Hillary Lost...
  14. 1 point
    WRT the DOW. One needs to look at history to see what is coming. One also needs to look at why its high. Don't kid yourself, this is not a good thing. In fact this is a very bad thing. Trump will be responsible for the largest depression the world has ever seen and no american except for the top 1% will have any protection because of the moves he made. This is not a mark of his success but will be his largest failure
  15. 1 point
    Don’t forget this little stunt demonstrates the need for M103 and how it is a necessary piece of legislation for the new diverse Canada.
  16. 1 point
    And after the way I was treated by them in 2009, I’d recommend that Canadians avoid them as well.
  17. 1 point
    He’d be retired now living in Florida!
  18. 1 point
    Probably because the US Supreme Court has ruled the checkpoints themselves are not illegal.
  19. 1 point
    That’s quite a comprehensive list. Looked for DHC2 Beaver I flew which was a former Ontario Gov’t owned plane. It was built in 1947 and I believe had a low serial number....#13? CF-OBY. Also looked for this DC3 which was one of six I have flown on wheels and skis in northern Canada. I even helped repaint this one a year before when I worked for MB’s DNR out of Gimli. After some TLC and a complete overhaul is still flying in the US.
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  22. 1 point
    Or on the hotel shuttle....or airport crew bypass. This industry is rife with either hypocrites and two-faced masqueraders....or folks with extreme short-term memory loss. There will be absolutely no shortage of applicants, for the posted positions.
  23. 1 point
    Comfort animals are a "pop-psy" means to relieve stress. Remove the source of stress and ....surprise!! No stress! I endorse the comments above....address and resolve service delivery issues and you eliminate the " demand" for pets. But seriously......comfort pets? I think I'm more comfortable with the concept of " comfort women"!
  24. 1 point
    Watch the historical news ... Obama and Biden both had nasty names, Biden the worst, for sh!thole countries. Why is cnn so inflamed by the President's use of minor slang, but then uses the words several times an hour as they broadcast to the few people watching ... false rage driven by the need for better ratings perhaps? Trump should get credit for raising the question every taxpayer has wanted an answer to for decades now. Americans should be thanking their god that Trump has the gonads to 'attempt' to right the Country that his predecessor worked so hard to destroy. In the meantime ... we have the walking useless in justin trudeau.
  25. 1 point
    The airports involvement is limited to allowing it to happen. Not exactly a resource waster and having watched how effective it is, I’d say it’s a great idea. But then again, I’m a serious dog lover and have enjoyed a quick visit with them several times.
  26. 1 point
    When is the Alt Left going to learn that using the word racist simply make them a bigot? Buzzwords are simply an endless loop to no where and accomplishes nothing.
  27. 1 point
    Not saying that the debt is great, and I'm not a fan of Wynne or the Liberals, but this is not specifically Wynne's doing, (although she didn't do anything to improve it...) the following is taken from a Fraser Institute document from 2011. The ratios of California debt vs Ontario debt is almost the same in the poster above as it was in 2011. 2016/17 ratio = 1.658 2011 ratio = 1.646 While this seems to show that the PCs operate more fiscally responsibly, remember that Mike Harris sold off the 407 for about 25% of its retail value (and we pay record $ for using it today). This was also the case for a significant amount of provincially owned property. Fraser Instituted document: On every measure of indebtedness, Ontario is markedly worse than California. Ontarios debt is almost two-thirds larger than Californias bonded debt even though California is a much larger jurisdiction in terms of both the size of its economy and its population. Specifically, Californias bonded debt is $143.9 billion as of 2011 while Ontarios is $236.6 billion, two-thirds larger than California. As a share of the economy, Ontarios debt (38.6 per cent) is more than five times larger than Californias debt (7.7 per cent). Ontarios per capita debt ($17,922) is over four-and-a-half times that of California ($3,833). Think about that Ontarians are handing their children a debt load between four-and-a-half and five times that of Californians.
  28. 1 point
    YYC is a joke. How’s WestJet agreed to let that ridiculous new terminal with flaws everywhere to be built is a massive failure on their part. I’ve heard numerous complaints about US and International connections there and people intentionally avoiding it, preferring Edmonton and Vancouver. Disclaimer: My only personal experience was departing from the hell hole that is the D70-73 swing gates. But at least there are animals to pet.
  29. 1 point
    Rex Murphy....the other sides equivalent to Bill Nye and Al Gore ******************** Of course I believe in global warming. How could I not? It happens even in the meteorological riot ward I know as home, dear, cruel Newfoundland. Yes, even in Newfoundland you see it every year. It’s cold and dirty and heartbreaking in February, and yet by June, well — sometimes a little later, say July to be safe — it is actually measurably warmer. In places. Sometimes. Most years. Once every decade, for sure. With a few exceptions. There are parts of Placentia Bay in mid-June, when the fog is in, the wind onshore, and an iceberg in the harbour, that could freeze the nuts off a banker’s conscience. But, as we in the warming communion remind both heretics and hecklers — that’s weather, not climate, you dummies. Overall though, fairly regularly, most likely on the west coast, it warms up in the summer (as we like to call the late weeks of June and bits of July) and then tapers off for the rest of the year. The folks back home are pretty steady on this. Come winter, no matter how often the water pipes freeze up, the lights go out from another sleet storm, the snow piles up such that you can’t get out the door, and the Witless Bay Line is clogged from Holyrood to Bay Bulls with the latest blizzard, our folks show no slack. “Cursed weather,” they exclaim. “Cold as a nun’s beads.” (Ed. note: a necessary edit has been made here. For the children.) No. The faith is strong. They curse the weather. But they never blame the climate. During the most savage Hyperborean blasts and numbing cold even the little ones busy themselves with exercises to remind themselves of the truth of things. Children in schools hang up posters of the Amazon rainforest, check the temperature in Tanzania, have revivalist reruns of An Inconvenient Truth to keep the sense of global peril fresh in their anxious empty little heads. They gather round the red-hot, pot-bellied stoves in the outport schools and plan a Thousand Acts of Green for when the snow clears. And pin little green David Suzuki and Bono buttons on their survival suits to manifest their creed. I wish I could say things were as healthy, attitude-wise, on this front up in Ontario right now. As I peck away at this incomparable aria there’s a huge sheet of frost mist stretching full across Lake Ontario, half a mile high. Generated, beyond question, by the terrible, fierce, glacial pall that has lain over the province for the past 10 days or so, the mist is a shroud of pure ghostly frigidity, “as cold,” in Mr. Swinburne’s evocative couplet “as a winter wave/In the wind from a wide-mouthed grave.” Cheerful lad, was old Algernon. It is so cold that the downtown scalpers in Toronto are selling tickets for next year’s March of the Penguins, which it is anticipated will start in Buffalo and terminate just off the Toronto Islands. David Attenborough will MC. “Colder than when Mike Harris was Premier,” says a local Liberal. Up here folks are tending — a curious turn I agree — to a more lukewarm stance on the crucial climate/weather distinction. So too, in other ice-embalmed regions of the country and continent. There are mutters from icicled lips of “this is not what we were promised.” A like sentiment prompted a little-attended (it was too cold) labour protest recently that featured plaintive cries of: What do we want? Global Warming! When do we want it? Now.” Of course the absolutely hopeless global warming skeptics are making great fun of all this, taunting the faithful, mocking the past predictions of snow-free winters, glaciers melting in 30 years, the fading industry of ski resorts. In equally bad form, they call up all the hot summer days of years past when even the TV meteorologists or “weather specialists” as they delight to call themselves, marked every humid breeze, every tilt upwards of a degree, the start of forest fires, the demands on air conditioning as “yet another sign,” another proof of the incontestable fact of our ever-heating globe. Not so much talk during those torrid days of the great cleavage between Climate and Weather. For some reason on hot days it is not thought necessary to make the distinction. Scientific scruple, I guess. Fortunately, the Jesuitical mandarins of Pembina and Greenpeace and Sierra, assisted by the sovereign intellects of Bill Nye (your smarmy weather guy), Neil Young, Prince Charles and the concentrated brain power of the entire Green Party (Elizabeth May Inc.) are on the case: batting away their simplistic mockeries and confounding them with whole buckets of settled science and clips from We Day. And reminding everyone that they have long ago “rebranded” Global Warming so it does not mean that anymore. It’s Climate Change now, up, down, across and around. Climate Change, meteorology’s ToE (Theory of Everything). We are fortunate to have such guardians, to direct us away from our senses, and beckon us back on the road to faith. Climate Change can cause cold temperatures, too, they intone. And wet weather. And dry. Hurricanes and cyclones. Droughts and floods. In fact, any variety of weather whatsoever can be traced, if you but model hard and often enough, keep the grants flowing and the contradictions unexamined, to the One Holy Underlying Theory of All Weather. Climate Change, everything proves it. It’s the scientific method at its best. So ignore the frigid moment. All is unfolding as it should. As soon as our Climate Superheroes, Mr. Trudeau and Ms. McKenna, bring in the new, higher carbon dioxide tax — reminder: it is NOT a carbon tax, no tax on soot — temperatures will rise, summer will return, and with another 20 or 30 dollars a ton, by next year Newfoundland will be indistinguishable from Tahiti in the golden days under a Polynesian sun. http://nationalpost.com/opinion/rex-murphy-too-frigid-for-global-warming-this-is-why-they-rebranded-it-climate-change
  30. 1 point
    I went to Sears today. As I approached the entrance, I noticed a driver looking for a parking space. I flagged the driver and pointed out a handicapped parking space that was open and available. The driver looked puzzled, rolled down her window and said, "I'm not handicapped!" "Oh, I'm sorry," I said. "I saw your, 'I voted Liberal for Justin Trudeau" bumper sticker and just assumed that you were mentally handicapped." She gave me the finger and screamed some nasty names at me. Some people just don't appreciate help anymore.
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  32. 1 point
    I won’t say never, but the only way I’d do it would be if the remote pilot was strapped to an electric chair that administered the appropriate “feedback” based on the success of the flight. Skin in the game folks. Skin in the game.
  33. 1 point
    That might be true Boestar but the nationalities/culture/values aren’t the same as the past.
  34. 1 point
    Pretty much all workplaces are covered by cameras these days, so what's the issue? I know from seeing it, that many ramp incidents are quickly explained by the constant watch of the silent eye. Tech nowadays doesn't even require a movable camera any more. YYZ has fixed HD cameras overlooking the ramp, and software then allows them to zoom in on any thing/incident/person they want to watch. Why should a cockpit be any different? Aren't we all supposed to work to the same safety standards? Much like what happens on the ramp, it is for safety purposes and does not get released to the public. As long as they don't have cameras in the locker room or washrooms. Personally I don't have a problem with it. Don't some airlines even have cameras in the lavs as well?
  35. 1 point
    Video Store? and blaming labour costs? how about "Who the hell rents videos anymore"
  36. 1 point
    Again... We have been letting these immigrants in for decades at the rate of about 200,000 a year. Doesn't matter which government is in power.
  37. 1 point
    anecdotal evidence in other jurisdictions says no
  38. 1 point
    Yep ... but Justin would have his gullible idolizers believe diversity is somehow a proven national strength while unity of purpose etc. remains the past realm of ideologically challenged know-nothing Canadians.
  39. 1 point
    Long term, there are many issues with oil and gas. There will be pipelines built, although I think the TransMountain line will be built before Keystone or the Enbridge Line 3 expansion, both of which continue to face state regulatory hurdles and court challenges. CN has an interesting new concept to pelletize bitumen, which can then be transported in open hopper cars like coal because the polymer coated pellets won't explode, burn or sink. The pilot plant is up this spring and scale up could following in 2019. On diversification, for sure. And that's why high tech is not just a Toronto or Montreal thing. It should be a Calgary and Edmonton and Lethbridge and Regina thing, too. High tech specializing in improving all types of natural resource extraction and conversion - mining, forestry, petroleum, plastics – and agriculture promises to be a huge business. It converts human capital on the rigs and combines into human capital running control systems and analyzing markets. Diversification is happening in Ontario, too, where the auto industry will never be as big as it once was, but all kinds of high tech sectors are expanding, like artificial intelligence where Canada has gotten in on the ground floor and is emerging as one of the bigger global players.
  40. 1 point
    Thanks Dagger, a good post about a very complicated problem. Price increase is good but unless the oil can get to market, it is meaningless. So long term there needs to be less reliance on the sale of Crude and more on processing and marketing the refined product in Canada. That being said the only "real" hope for the future is a diversification of industries in Alberta and Sask, which is apparently happening. Here is the goto to a look at what is happening in Alberta. Why Alberta's economic 'recovery' feels so different this time The GDP is booming and jobs are coming back yet things are not returning to what they once were By Robson Fletcher, CBC News Posted: Jan 10, 2018 5:30 AM MT Last Updated: Jan 10, 2018 10:28 AM MT http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/alberta-oil-layoffs-jobs-recovery-harsh-reality-1.4474862
  41. 1 point
    "A secret spacecraft launched by a SpaceX rocket on Sunday failed to enter a stable orbit and was lost." All reports to the contrary, I'd bet the 'secret' satellite was secretly maneuvered to a point where it now sits in a secret geosynchronous orbit.
  42. 1 point
    If the goal is to determine cause of accidents, the more information available, the better. I'm sure many of the same points being raised here were raised relative to FDR and voice recordings when they were first introduced. As I recall, BOAC pilots had the ability to remove the voice tape at the end of every flight to avoid their conversations being "used against them" by management. For those that have seen recorded sim sessions, you know that a single camera at the back of the flight deck would provide very little information.... one of the reasons why we don't do that anymore. Voice and instrument recordings are the greatest source of accident investigation data, but there are always opportunities to fill the blanks... for example, if a switch was not activated, did the pilot attempt to do so but was not successful?... that could uncover a design flaw. Or if the pilot recalled that he attempted to activate a switch but it did not react, this could be confirmed or proven incorrect with a video recording. Perhaps cameras focussed only on the various panels would be the right way to implement video. Video cameras could also be focussed outside to identify sources of laser attacks. Video data could be used to exonerate as much as it is used to find fault. I don't agree that good pilots will exaggerate their activity, any more than they speak louder today just because they are being recorded. And if they do, I would suggest that they probably are "book" pilots anyway...
  43. 1 point
    I fully understand that sentiment and used to share it. But, I’ve had more exposure to UAV/UAS than I ever wanted to admit to. Now that the skill fade era is upon us, I mostly drive. Then again, I’m the sort of person who will drive a motorcycle to Mexico just for coffee. What do you say to the notion that a simple overshoot and VFR circuit at night has become a potential life extinguishing event and a hand flown raw data ILS to minimums followed by a stable transition to landing is now beyond the skill set of most, especially overseas. I don’t mean that to sound alarmist, I briefly worked as a TRI/TRE with mostly foreign students and was dismayed…
  44. 1 point
    Say Whaaaaat ?????? Maybe I'm wrong but most other trained and competent pilots would have "gone around" much earlier, especially when not one approach altitude or air speed was realized during the entire approach....I don't think he was overloaded...he was trying to salvage an extremely poor flown approach, an approach that should have been aborted long before he was even 6-8 miles from the airport. Many an accident has had serious consequences and only because the PF felt he could handle everything and anything....
  45. 1 point
    NASA launched dozens of classified missions, mostly involving spy satellites. This was probably another intelligence gathering payload of some sort.
  46. 1 point
    Well, a hull loss is a $2,000,000,000+ event. I wonder how many of those the bean-counters have factored into their near-future projections. Personally, I’d welcome an opportunity to return to flying in Canada. But with the BEST I could achieve in salary is 25% of what I currently earn, I’ll just carry on offshore for another two years and then this 20,000+ hour pilot will simply retire from the industry at age 53. I suspect there’s others here who will do something similar. Until the industry is prepared to prevent the loss of that kind of experience, the cry of “pilot shortage” is the same as crying wolf. As an old friend of mine likes to say: “sympathy lies somewhere between sh!t and syphilis.”
  47. 1 point
    Can you imagine the shock when Canadian Air Force pilots went to airlines ??? In the RCAF the instructional syllabus was such that if you could build the aircraft you were going to fly, "they" would allow you to fly it !! After 28 years of the RCAF I joined the airline industry and my first "high tech" aircraft was the A310 and every time we asked the instructor about how things worked, (systems etc), we were told .."You don't have to know that...in the event of a malfunction the ECAM will tell you what to do". I was fortunate, perhaps a bit stubborn after being DND for that length of time, and was paired up with an Airbus developer from Toulouse France who rode along with us for a week or so in WD...... and I picked his brain so much that he gave up, and handed me his personal, very detailed binder and one night in the hotel in OW I photocopied it ($38.00 worth of paper), and learned more from his notes than I did from the AOMs. I think the breed of pilot is now entering the industry doesn't have the background, the experience or the desire to sink into the books....it is all magic and the young kids can handle the technology, like their video games, but we have all heard, read, or seen incidents where the lack of complete understanding of aerodynamics and systems can lead to a disaster. I have learned to live with technology but still want to know how it all works but as far as the actual fun in flying, in the airline industry......well that is all gone and fortunately I only had to live with the locked door for two years. Good luck guys/gals and no matter what seat you sit in..NEVER let the other pilot put you in harms way.....
  48. 1 point
    “ As Joshua Boyle, thank God, must be presumed innocent, so may Justin Trudeau be presumed to be merely stupid.” http://nationalpost.com/opinion/christie-blatchford-charges-or-no-it-was-odd-for-trudeau-to-meet-with-boyle-family
  49. 1 point
    Opioids and pot are two different classes of drugs. https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070923195247AA9s04V
  50. 1 point
    ...Oh yes, I know...that last foot and the sudden stop after the last foot. DC9-15 onto YSB30...I recall the captain saying it was the first time he'd seen the dust rise at the other end of the runway...