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  1. I can't believe I'm saying this but Manitoba was waaaaaayyy ahead of the rest of the country when it came to vaccination passports. I received mine on June 8th. Since then I've has no one kick in my door or tail me. I have had my personal email hacked but that's happened before my vaccinations too. Keep on removing privileges from those that choose not to get vaccinated and adding perks to those that have is fine by me.
    8 points
  2. Merry Christmas... Happy Holidays... Happy Saturday... I hope you are all keeping well and holding your loved ones close in these difficult times. What else could matter? Cheers all!
    6 points
  3. I am not the author but I wish I was.
    6 points
  4. It is not. It is identical. When drugs are fully approved, the manufacturer brands them. And vaccination is not forced. No one is going to strap you to a table and inject you with anything. We, the 80% prefer not to expose ourselves to the heightened risk you, the 20% pose to us. No vaccine is perfect, and even if the odds are greatly reduced that I will get sick, I choose not to sit or work beside an anti-vaxxer. I will not go to dine, indoors, at a restaurant, if it admits you, because what we know of now of the virus (its spread by aerosols primarily) and Delta (its the most contagious variant yet), the odds of me getting even an asymptomatic case are better than zero. And some of the same people who are anti-vaccination are anti-mask, intolerant of people who prefer to protect themselves. So no one is going to come to your house and grab your arm, but don't expect to mingle freely in all places with the vast majority who aren't buying your nonsense.
    6 points
  5. Mitch; Much has changed in terms of the sophistication of flight planning systems, historical fuel burn, wind modelling and route analysis. When I started flying the big iron, it was common to see 2 to 5% errors in the planned fuel burn. These days, flight plans are virtually bang on the great majority of the time. That in itself has helped build confidence among most pilots. But like any other type of automation, it’s still not perfect. No operation should question a captain who can reasonably justify fuel that the dispatcher didn’t include in the flight plan. Maybe they missed a hitch in the forecast, or a NOTAM that hints at delays enroute or for arrival. If you point it out calmly and without accusing them of missing something, dispatchers will usually see your point and agree with the adjustment. But taking extra “just because” is thinking from a time when flight plans were less accurate and there was a lot less information and support available to flight crews. Bottom line is carrying extra fuel costs money and increases our carbon footprint - 4% per hour flown is what it costs for extra fuel carried (on average). As a guy who supports taking it easy on our planet, you understand that cutting back on our fuel consumption where it’s safe to do so is also a good thing for the environment.
    5 points
  6. ......and the west will be better off for it.
    5 points
  7. The other side of this qualifies as anecdotal I guess, but in my little circle of acquaintances, those with the strongest views (on both sides) of the vaccine debate are unable to discuss the issue at a high school biology level. It’s noteworthy that this forum has a wealth of aviation experience that exists on virtually any topic you could name. From UAV/UAS to hang gliders and from helicopters to heavy commercial jets. We have business professionals and lawyers, flight safety specialists and even investment, financing and IT people. We could discuss almost any aspect of almost any aviation topic in significant depth. But imagine it, what if we discussed aviation safety, or a host of related topics with the same lack of depth that I see here. In general, I’m gobsmacked by the questions not being asked, current events both domestic and global wilfully ignored by the media and impenetrable narratives unlikely to survive first contact with the goddess of unintended circumstance. Please don’t get the idea that it’s only here, or that I’m picking on any particular individual…I’m not. I fear that we have collectively become a nation of silly people and that comes at a cost. Not only is the cost self inflicted, it’s always payed for by people who no longer want what they thought they did when they were adamant in demanding it.
    5 points
  8. Hello again, Seeker - Ok, I'll move "for Pete's sake" to the strong response cupboard (& try to tone it down) My dilemma: the Seeker that wrote: "Look, I'm not blaming the experts - we just really underestimated the problem or overestimated our ability. Really - not blaming anyone for this. We're all in it together and it turned out to be harder than we thought" doesn't sound the same as the guy above who predicates his question with the premise vaccinations aren't working. When the manifestly are, but limited by a difficult cohort that won't take them. An earlier post outlines the confirmation of that in current ON #'s. Again I'd invite you to consider the aspirational #'s if almost everybody was vaxxed. The recent levels of infection & transmission would show about 2-400 instead of 7-900 daily new ones. But with full vaxx uptake, we'd never even have reached those levels. With community spread reduced by more than half, R#'s would be way below the expansionary range, and outbreaks could be quickly contained. You wrote: "Somewhere early in the process we were told that we (society) could throw a bunch of money and our best experts at the problem, have an expedited vaccine ready in a year or so, vaccinate 75%-80%, achieve herd immunity and then Build Back Better." We could apply the same inference to ON #'s for an 80% uptake, i.e. about 12M vaxx'd instead of current 10M, yielding about 200 or so fewer dailies. Don't know exactly where that would place R#'s, but pretty sure it's < 1. All that with the hope that an even more communicable variant doesn't mutate while we've still got these millions of determined human petri dishes. The guy that wasn't blaming the experts would be onboard, instead of talking about vaccines "not working". Quick thought about Ivermectin that just might resonate for you . Your no-harm-no-foul approach could be analogized with the power of prayer. No apparent harm (not even nausea and/or diarrhea), and far be it from us to prevent good folk from praying their hearts out if they think it "works" . BTW, of course off-label usage of prescription drugs is widespread and respectable. It's also usually conducted in relatively quiet privacy. The problem with loudly validating these off-label usages online, even as panic courses through the web, is that stupid people feel encouraged to unintentional self-harm. Whether that should matter at all or not is another type of discussion altogether. Cheers, IFG
    5 points
  9. Yabut… mathematically, it’s working just as perfectly as it can given the vaccinated/non-vaccinated ratio.
    5 points
  10. Whenever I observe resistance to wearing masks, (admittedly, a PITA, but...), self-isolation and vaccination being expressed as a limit on one's personal freedom, I am puzzled. Facts: It is a scientific fact that the currently-available, western vaccinations work with unexpected efficacy; Long-term, broad data establishes the fact that without vaccination, one is at risk of serious illness, hospitalization and death; The same data establishes that, with rare exceptions, vaccinated people will not require hospitalization and will not die; Both the vaccinated and unvaccinated can carry & transmit covid-19 Delta, through virus-loaded nasal passages. The claim of broad, public "confusion" when the CDC issues advice as reason for complaint and resistance is, in my view, a red-herring and just plain, bad thinking. I say this because eighteen months ago, nothing was known about covid-19. That's why it was/is called a "Novel" Coronavirus. So new information is being discovered all the time, as the Delta variant continues to teach us, harshly, it appears, leading to "new" advice from healthcare leaders and providers. It is puzzling to me that the introduction of new knowledge regarding Delta etc., is greeted with frustration, even anger. That response, while understandable is a real puzzle because it is misplaced. It is as though, having discovered the design-fault with the B737MAX, our frustration & anger is somehow touted as a "solution" when in fact, analyzing the design, determining solutions then fixing the problem is what will keep people alive. I would have thought that such discoveries and facts are being made, very swiftly, would be greeted positively because it would mean that we are closer to defeating this terrible scourge. Our healthcare leaders are telling us there IS a way to stay alive in the face of the Delta variant. How can one reasonably be angry with that? After all, if for example, one's cancer treatment wasn't working out as expected and one became aware of new information and new medicines regarding a "miraculous" treatment that really did work which prevented both hospitalization and one's death, wouldn't one want it? Wouldn't one welcome the news and gladly adapt to the changes that could cure one? It is not the CDC (or other agencies) that have changed; it is the science and the virus that has changed. I think this is a reasonable comparison and approach to hesitancy. Unfortunately, because public and private entities can't survive lockdowns forever nor can they accept the high risks of swift infections for all, from unvaccinated people and they are forced into what is mistakenly labelled "discrimination" which is a pejorative political term, not a healthcare term.* So I'm puzzled by the broad, political response and the unfortunate endurance of conspiracies that masking mandates as somehow a "loss of one's freedom", when the greatest loss of all freedom is one's death, and the way to keep one's freedom in the face of such a certain threat, is vaccination. *added: Seattle area employers rethink the rules on masking, vaccines as pandemic takes a new turn.
    5 points
  11. The mess we've seen with Boeing's existence in the past years is exactly the kind of trouble I worried about as it became clear they were basically being allowed to police themselves. Except that, I thought we'd see it with Airbus first. Anyway, the shenanigans continue:
    4 points
  12. https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/racism-report-to-take-caf-to-task-for-not-doing-more-over-past-20-years-1.5874626 Nothing in my experience suggests to me that the military is systemically racist or hateful. Given the nature of military service and the fact that mission and group cohesion is widely considered more important than the individual, I would suggest that the exact opposite is prevalent and that instances of racism (and all of the other isms) are statistically insignificant and hardly systemic in nature. People like that just don’t last long, they get crushed pretty quickly... IMO, they would be seen as dangerous and no one would want to work with them. Given my brief foray into airline flying I would make the same observation about pilots and FAs in the majority of airlines. If crew seniority lists are heavily weighted with racists, misogamists or anti-gay members I have to say I never saw it. Again, I would suggest that people of that ilk don’t do well in that environment either. When I hear this stuff I’m inclined to think, “wait a minute, if this was truly systemic and widely pervasive wouldn’t I have seen some evidence of it?” Am I so slow and stupid that I consistently missed all of the signs over the course of a 32 year career? Clearly the absence of evidence isn’t evidence of absence but if something is truly systemic, surely a person of average intelligence would be able to discern it in the wild… no?
    4 points
  13. William of Boeing was working on this design while his cousin, William the Conqueror, was leading the Norman invasion of England.
    4 points
  14. The Ukrainian immigrants have added so much to Canada. I think that our governments should welcome and even encourage the current refugees to come to Canada. We currently have a massive number of Canadians of Ukrainian descent living here, primarily across the prairies, and new Ukrainian immigrants could relatively easily adapt to Canadian life. I read recently that Canada already has the largest Ukrainian diaspora in the world. Heck, Vegreville could become a major Canadian hub. This war is an enormous tragedy for millions, but ironically Canada might benefit from it in the end with a large number of Ukrainian immigrants. Hopefully the bloated Canadian bureaucracy can stay out the way.
    4 points
  15. The plural form of Aircraft, is Aircraft. ...No s. Got it? Good. Krikey I get tired of seeing that. ...and "landing gears". Ugh... ...ok, shutting up now.
    4 points
  16. It's a bit like the battered wife syndrome or the stockholm syndrome. Communism allows bully's to win out and get away with atrocities. You ask how the people can allow it but it's really not that hard to control the mindset of a population. The Russians have mastered it and that's why they have produced so many of the heinous rulers of this world. The chinese aren't far behind. Those folks will tell us we're just as bad and admittedly the West could be better but we do have a free press and functional democracies that help keep us honest. If anything is a threat to that objectivity and the truth in the West it has to be our corporations. They have no principals and their willful ignorance will fuel our enemies attempts to undo our democracies. Here's a nice article from Fiona Hill on what we in the west are really facing. I agree with her completely. The implications are ominous. https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2022/02/28/world-war-iii-already-there-00012340
    4 points
  17. Still here. My pic 2 minutes ago.
    4 points
  18. 4 points
  19. Should've moved headquarters to Toronto years ago.
    4 points
  20. I wanted to like this post but it seems that option isn’t available for your comments. That said, I’m not a fan of people who appear on a forum anonymously and immediately start tossing hand grenades and calling people who’ve chosen to be vaccinated “naive idiots”. If you (Mr. C. T.) truly had the courage of your convictions, you would put your name to what you say. This IMHO is why you’re getting the blowback, and you’ve earned it. I also want to be clear that while I believe in the vaccine program, I am dead set against the mandate. I’m having a hard time seeing past the hypocrisy of a government that spent months telling us their political opponents didn’t truly believe in a woman’s right to make choices for her own body, then turning around and telling all of us that we don’t have the right to determine what is injected into our bodies, all in in exchange for a paycheque or the right to get on an airplane. I also hate what this is doing to the mental health of a lot of good people. I’m lucky to work for a company that treats every team member as family. We’re struggling to reconcile what’s been forced on us by the mandate with the damage its doing to our culture. It’s a small sample of what’s being done to our country, and I’m sick of it.
    4 points
  21. Here is a great fun video appropriate for the time. Don't stop after the first minute or so. https://www.youtube.com/embed/oXvJ8UquYoo?vq=large
    4 points
  22. This is the part I struggle to agree with. In fact, I’d say no, they’re not. There was a day when expertise was earned through decades of study, research and dedication to the craft. When experts spoke, the vast majority listened because faith in our fellow humans was engrained. Today by contrast, there are far too many experts who are anything but; who’ve put in nowhere near enough time and skin in the game to have developed expertise. They pronounce themselves as such and are crafty enough with their words to draw in the easily swayed. In truth, they are no better than a Jim Jones or a Jimmy Swaggart, and people are dying unnecessarily because of it.
    4 points
  23. UD I am not trying to pick and choose, but frankly, I find your response highly selective. The alberta triage plan not implemented yet? So what? The need is being discussed. Look to the US. Look around the world. One almost has to put effort into not seeing health care infrastructure crumbling. The 'great unwashed'. What is wrong with you? That is a corrosive inflammation of what I said. Who would not be offended being framed that way? I find your characterisation of the nurses' situation beyond belief. After the stupidity with the harassment at the health care institutions and just how destructive that was to people who were already beaten down, I thought the press coverage was more thorough than you acknowledge. It wasn't just unions doing the talking. It's not just nurses BTW. You might want to check into the retirement curve of the docs in Ontario, for example. There is a curve that's not flattening. It feels like Kellyanne Conway was contagious. Play with this all you like. At the end of the day, there are real people getting sick, and some of them are getting sick because they are following misinformation. Some of them are getting sick at work, trying to save people who could have avoided being there altogether. Vs
    4 points
  24. That's an odd question. Alberta provincial triage statements? CTV news? All of the interviews with burnt out health care workers? I believe you can see for yourself the percentage of cases in hospital and ICU that are vaccinated and not. Vs
    4 points
  25. Hmmm. Maybe time to give decaf a try. Vs
    4 points
  26. Every conspiracy theorist who contributed to this mess should face charges of criminal negligence causing death.
    4 points
  27. I'm pretty old and was never all that smart to begin with, so maybe someone here can help answer this. Why is it that the same crowd that opposes COVID vaccines as insufficiently proven to be safe embraces a medication in a form that has never been tested on humans? Vs
    4 points
  28. Hi, Seeker - If this was in Ontario, I have to wonder if a little was lost in translation there. I had my car towed within the last month through CAA. It was made clear when booking the tow that I'd not be able to ride in the truck, due COVID protocols (vaxx never even came up). And here's what strikes me. It never occurred to me to argue. TBH, I don't know why anybody at all, even vaxxedx2 as I am, would blithely expect the driver to unnecessarily (CAA is not taxi service) expose himself (and thereby his family) to close contact > 15 minutes with a total stranger, maybe several times a day, every workday. I was pretty much "well, that sucks, but I get it", and went about alternate arrangements. I just don't see what presents here as an intolerable encroachment. Talk about 1st world problem. On another note : Estimates of preventable hospital deaths are too high, new study shows | YaleNews "Previous estimates of preventable deaths of hospitalized patients may be two to four times too high, a new Yale School of Medicine study suggests. The meta-analysis of eight studies of inpatient deaths, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, puts the number of preventable deaths at just over 22,000 a year in the United States, instead of the oft-cited 44,000-98,000 estimate of a landmark 1999 study by the Institute of Medicine. Other frequently cited studies have placed the number of deaths as high as 250,000 deaths per year, which would make medical error the third leading cause of death, behind cancer and cardiovascular disease ...." Quarter million figure certainly piques curiosity . What percentage of total deaths is that? 1 in 3? Where people die - Harvard Health "Although more than 700,000 people die in hospitals each year in the US, the trend is toward fewer in-hospital deaths." JH study may not be limited to hospital deaths (likely as wide a net as possible was cast), but I'll bet many people read that into the study's conclusion. The top 10 leading causes of death in the United States (medicalnewstoday.com) "According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 2,813,503 registered deathsTrusted Source in the United States in 2017." Total death rate above suggests JH saying almost 10% of ALL deaths (guns, crashes etc. included) are medical error, which FWIW still seems high to me. IAC, Don't want to bog down with amateur statistical analysis. That quarter mill number does not seem to lie in the centre of estimates for caused-by-error (except perhaps for malpractice lawyers). One is open to be convinced, but as the saying goes, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence . Cheers, IFG
    4 points
  29. There is a post going around twit/gram/book that a Vet posted. It was asking all those using a veterinary medicine to fight covid to please also get themselves spayed and neutered while they are at it.
    4 points
  30. So let me understand this: If a physician fails to follow the health authority infection control measures (e.g. sterile technique) and infects a patient, say with staph from their fingers and the patient gets sick or dies, then the physician is liable and will be sued to the limit of the law, possibly face criminal charges. If a hospital fails to enforce infection control measures among its staff, it is liable for negligence. If a free to fly individual fails to follow health authority infection control measures and infects someone else, say with covid from their nose or mouth, well, too bad, they were just exercising their personal freedom? It's like a haiku. Vs
    4 points
  31. Crap! Their rights stop w when their rights could cause harm to me and mine.
    4 points
  32. So, again- to my knowledge- AEF turns 25 years right about now. (That's the first time I signed on here, anyway- fall of '96.) Happy Anniversary, everyone!
    4 points
  33. Hi AIP; Well, some other country's rulings are certainly confusing but isn't this hindsight? At the time, the best vaccine, first & second, was the one in your arm, and given the efficacy of every one that Canada approved, one took what was available in the early days, (March '21, etc.), instead of rolling dice, so to speak. I agree it makes no sense, but how would one be able to anticipate what other countries were going to do? Who knew that some countries would later view both mRNA vaccines as somehow "different", for example? I certainly have views on such a decision as any travel plans we may ultimately make will be affected, but at the time, (June '21), only one mRNA type was available and there was no information on when the next shipment of the "same" vaccine was coming. Time and protection was of the essence and we are thankful to be fully vaccinated. I think such a Pfizer/Moderna restriction isn't going to last once sufficient data is in on mRNA vaccines. The ineptness was early on, when Canada was gazzumpted by other countries but that was then and this is now; - at present we're #1 of the vaccinated nations. From the Seattle Times, originally from the NYTimes:
    4 points
  34. Hmm, somebody at the NYTimes doesn't understand the science of partial pressure of gasses like oxygen (PO2), how O2 gets into the blood stream, nor do they appear to know the composition of the air we need to breath every few seconds or so! I think that the NYTimes has done a really poor job of writing this story. Initially I thought it had to do with the aircraft emergency oxygen system, "failing" to provide oxygen in a depressurization and wondered where "switches" came into play! I read further, and more slowly. There are no "oxygen switches" and one can't "increase oxygen" by turning the cabin airflow on "High". Oxygen levels don't "drop" because of failed switches on airplanes of course! What drops is the partial pressure of all gasses. So if there is a loss of pressurization, there is less partial pressure for nitrogen, oxygen, argon, carbon-dioxide, etc., to cross the membranes in the lungs, and hopefully the cabin pressure sensors that warn the crew of a cabin altitude higher than approximately 10,000ft, work. I'm sure those in charge will get it right and find/fix the problem, then have a chuckle at the NYTimes' level of "aviation" knowledge and consquently its writing. ?
    4 points
  35. I've been retired for over 17 years now and I still check in here pretty much every day. It keeps me in touch with the aviation community. I agree that our numbers are down but that may noy be permanent either. I very much appreciate this site. Cheers Greg
    4 points
  36. When stupidity is considered patriotism, it is unsafe to be intelligent. - Isaac Asimov "Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacutring industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowlegeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distingquish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into supersitution and darkeness. The dumbing down of America is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30-second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudo-science and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance." - Carl Sagan, The Demon-haunted World - Science as a Candle in the Dark, p.25 Carl Sagan, like Tony Fauci today, would be in danger. I believe that view reflects a minority and that it is the media-megaphone that makes ignorance and stupidity appear larger than it is - it sells. Nothing succeeds like failure however, and it remains dangerous as people lose their "center", (ref. to Yeats' poem, The Second Coming) "Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception." - Sagan
    4 points
  37. Tell her it’s cheaper to operate, more fun to be around, and would get you out of the house more often… than a mistress.
    3 points
  38. I have to admit that I love this site. but certainly I miss a lot of the previous posters. For one thing it is my primary link to the career I aged out of some time ago. I don't like any of your alternatives. I think that the problem is that those that still contribute are too extreme, not in the way of their view but how they express those view. There are too many insulting comments, too many cartoons ridiculing positions opposed by the poster, (they don't constitute any form of discussion), too much labelling of others etc. There have been so many thoughtful discussions in the past and there is still some of that but too much of the other. My suggestion would be to lay down stricter guidelines and moderate them, and if necessary add a warning on the post or just delete them. When this is done I would send an email out to all members advising them of the actions taken. Thanks for all the work and even financial resources you put into this site. Greg Robinson
    3 points
  39. Too large to cut and paste. Interesting read though. If we must go down the fighter path then I think Gripen is probably the one to get. Not as stealthy as the F-35 but the operating costs are a fraction of it. https://www.saab.com/globalassets/markets/canada/english-brochure.pdf
    3 points
  40. ok then Due to you not revealing your vaccination status you shall not be allowed to operate flights to any destination that requires a vaccination for Covid, yellow fever, WPV, Malaria, BiH,Polio. As an international worker these requirements are set in place by the countries to which the airline operates. If you can not meet those requirements then you can operate YYZ-YSB 3 days a week for the rest of your career because working around your irrational fear of health privacy is not in the best interest of the company.
    3 points
  41. I believe that at the time the intentions were good. The planners didn’t think far enough ahead for possible problems with that approach though. This seems to be a common occurrence with certain groups now.
    3 points
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