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  1. 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.
  2. 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.....
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 6 points
    Who cares how Southwest feels. They got what they demanded, they get what they deserve.
  8. 6 points
    It is a nice irony that it was the Left Wing that got hit.
  9. 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'.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 5 points
    That's not where I would like to see our Prime Minister.
  13. 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!
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. 5 points
    Who really cares what anyone from Westjet thinks about Air Canada or what anyone at Air Canada thinks about Westjet. At the end of the day, is your life so shallow that your identity rests solely on who your employer is? I have been in this business for 31 years and I have yet to see any difference between a CAIL, AC, AT, WJ etc employee. It seems we all just want a decent way to earn a living, spend time with family and friends and fly our airplanes (the last time I looked both Westjet and Air Canada’s airplanes had two engines, a tail, two wings and went to some pretty decent places.)
  17. 4 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 4 points
    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
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 4 points
  23. 4 points
    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 to pay the bill. The bill cost her $45.00 She gave $50.00 and asked the owner of the restaurant to keep the change. This incident might have seemed quite normal to the owner but, very painful to the poor egg seller. The point is, Why do we always show we have the power when we buy from the needy ones? And why do we get generous to those who do not even need our generosity? I once read somewhere: 'My father used to buy simple goods from poor people at high prices, even though he did not need them. Sometimes he even used to pay extra for them. I got concerned by this act and asked him why does he do so? Then my father replied, "It is a charity wrapped with dignity, my child”
  24. 4 points
    This forum is a connection to the greatest career I could have imagined. Thanks
  25. 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........
  26. 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.
  27. 4 points
    I'm Tech Ops. Rules don't apply to us.
  28. 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 !!!
  29. 4 points
    I had to go out and buy a service animal to allay my stress.
  30. 4 points
    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...
  31. 4 points
    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) ....cut the HF antennae off at the mast as it was trailing behind us....cleaned out the glass from both landing light pods Waited for the grizzled old Captain to take the left seat...(now his sector) and then he said ......... "You take the left seat Bucko...good experience for you " Flew back to Base ( CFB North Bay) with my seat as low as it could go and max speed was 100 kts...not too windy ADDITION.... The Captain also played for the Toronto Maple Leafs. ( Small bio in the link) http://www.greatesthockeylegends.com/2016/03/shep-mayer.html .When the Captain retired from the RCAF/CF he was given a normal retirement dinner...He had so much time in a DC-3, (War-time/Peace Time), that the RCAF/CF gave him a complete left seat from a DC3. .............The Captain passed away in 2005 at the age of 81.
  32. 4 points
  33. 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
  34. 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.
  35. 4 points
  36. 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.
  37. 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."
  38. 4 points
  39. 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....
  40. 4 points
    You must be new around here. Jakr's posts and the reasoning behind -no spacebar - has been discussed. You might want to cut him some slack.
  41. 4 points
    This is way more fun than airline flying!
  42. 4 points
    JD, congratulations on retirement and thanks for posting that - enjoyable reading, brings many memories - twelve years now. Lots of ways of expressing the career & profession - words, images . . . I hope these bring some memories for others:
  43. 4 points
    ... and there it is. The first slam at a group of hard working people who are just like the rest of us. They go to work each day and do their best to serve the customers. We should be better than this. Like it or not, we're all small puppets in someone else's sideshow. IMHO we should try to remember that and keep it civil.
  44. 4 points
    It's statements like that which cause reasonable people's eyes to glaze over. Do you really think anyone believes that any Conservative government anywhere is actually dedicated to making the population dumber or that it deliberately manipulates the eduction system to achieve that end? If the road is in poor condition in my riding (Liberal BTW) am I then to conclude that Liberals want more accidents and fatalities on the highway? No one really believes that sheer is a white suprematist regardless of how many times JT screams it. They don't believe he is a Nazi either and making those statements only minimizes the evil effects those ideologies have perpetrated and insults the intelligence of reasonable people. Moving forward, Liberals and Democrats had better start thinking about how reasonable people view their antics.... time is short. As a former Liberal, I see it as over the top, self destructive and thus, bordering on idiotic. At a minimum, it is a huge insult and disservice to anyone who has ever been victimized by white suprematist or Nazi atrocities. Minimizing these things in a flippant manner for obvious and craven political ends will serve them poorly in the long run IMO. Where have reasonable, moderate, compassionate Liberals gone? Find me one and I'll vote for it. If the only reason your cabinet is 50% women is because it's 2015 then STOP. If the best people available are all women and 100% of the cabinet are women as a result, you will get no argument from me.
  45. 3 points
    I don't think this has been posted.
  46. 3 points
    You forgot Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, George Washington and William Lyon Mackenzie King. It’s scary to think you might actually believe what you just wrote.
  47. 3 points
    We haven't seen anything further from the TSB on the YHZ14 overrun so we don't know what the circumstances were other than what the METARS provides, (I'm not a fan of using ADS-B/Flightradar24 data because the sample rates, data sources, data validity, etc., are not defined so don't have standards which would permit use in a serious investigation). By recollection only, the overrun accidents which have final reports associated, appear to indicate that the touchdown point is beyond the normal TDZ of between 500ft & 3000ft/first-third-of-runway, (see FAA doc below).* For example, the 2018 Sochi overrun accident report which has just been issued by the MAK. Two causal factors are listed in the Report as: 3. Conclusion The aircraft overrun, destroying and damage by fire were caused by the following factors - repeated disregarding of the windshear warnings which when entered a horizontal windshear (changing from the head wind to tail one) at low altitude resulted in landing at distance of 1285m from the RWY threshold (overrunning the landing zone by 385m) with the increased IAS and tail wind; - landing to the runway, when its normative friction coefficient was less than 0.3 that according to the regulations in force, did not allow to land. The full report is available at https://mak-iac.org/upload/iblock/f4b/report_vq-bji_en.pdf In general, for airborne distances longer than 3000ft there have been several factors involved, not just one single cause. The most common one appears to be "float time" - flying just above the runway surface waiting for touchdown rather than "planting" the airplane under one's control. Long, dry runways can invite "finessing" the landing I suppose, holding the aircraft for a smooth landing instead of following the Boeing SOPs which requires a flare duration of 8" or less from the 50ft/threshold point to the touchdown point, but that builds operational habits including cognitive and "muscle-memory" habits that can get one into trouble when landing on a short, contaminated runway. Boeing's landing data tables for normal landings, (vice non-normal procedures), provide for a touchdown at 1500ft past the threshold. Approach speeds for the 800 appear to be roughly the same as the Classic (400) B737, perhaps a few knots higher but not significantly so. Regardless of type, approach speeds are in the neighbourhood of 220fps to 250fps, sp the margins built into the certification data for published landing distances get swallowed up very quickly. It's been a while since I flew the A320 but i have the impression that the approach speeds are somewhat lower for that type. (I haven't flown the B737 at all, just the B727). I don't sense that brake size has much to do with overruns. I think the causes lie in those decision-making, energy-management and SOP areas of an operation. Where needed, I think -800 brake performance in a rejected takeoff is impressive. Runway excursions, (off either side) are a different kettle of fish, involving loss-of-control during crosswinds, assymetric thrust, contaminated runways... *https://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/media/Advisory_Circular/AC_91-79A.pdf
  48. 3 points
    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Everyone is not entitled to their own facts. Alberta oil is cleaner than the oil we will import in it's place. It's also more ethical, from a human right POV, and benefits us economically - Kind of a tri-fecta.
  49. 3 points
    Honestly hats off to anyone who can tolerate this as either a passenger or operating crewmember. Personally I would need to be in first class with more than one beverage in my system to even survive thIs modern day torture
  50. 3 points
    I got gas today and the sticker was only in French... I dont read french. The next pump was in french as well. I live in the GTA. Who do I sue?