John S.

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John S. last won the day on April 18 2016

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  1. I agree with everything that Kip said; with enthusiasm. For most of my career I was involved in retirement planning in one form or another (helped set up a Group RRSP, helped set up a DB Pension Plan etc.) and I looked forward to my last flight. I was ready, willing and able to take the family for my last flight, hand in the red card and get on with life. BONUS: I managed to do it while still in my 50's. (But not 'freedom 55' as I had wished for.) I did not, however, truly appreciate the retired lifestyle and learned very quickly that Kip is right when he said "I don’t have enough time in each day to do everything I want to do." On the other hand, there are many pilots who dedicate a vast amount of time to their work and their whole social life revolves around work and/or co-workers. Some of these pilots have difficulty making the transition to retiree as they are cut off from the only thing they know and feel comfortable with. They are NOT ready, willing and able to retire. To those pilots I'd suggest trying some hobbies, or some new activities (pickle ball is not just for seniors), or some old activities (ridden that old bike lately?). It just might be a little taste of what awaits for you.
  2. You can not use your red tag to get past security if not on duty and working for the employer shown on it. In 2010 I was an Olympic volunteer based at YVR during the Paralympics. We had some volunteer stations that were on the gate side of security so I had to get my red card updated to show the YVR Olympic Committee and my airline as 'employers'. I was told there was only one other person volunteering for the Olympics that came 'pre-cleared' with another employer. It took me all of 4 minutes in the pass office to get the modified red tag. (But, ironically, much longer to get it reversed to one employer.) P.S. I support blues' idea of being carried through the goal posts.
  3. What have people been saying lately? "Your words count."
  4. Thanks Kip - that Well worth the Watch video was well worth the time it took to watch. Comment: Last summer the Port of Vancouver was advertising how it provided shore power to cruise ships. The commercial showed the massive electrical conduits being attached while a voice over mentioned how much airborne pollution was being prevented by having the ships shut down their engines while in port. Huge numbers. Your video makes mention of how much pollution is spewed out by just 16 large tankers and it is rather amazing isn't it? Kinda makes one wonder why consumers like us are being forced to pay much more than our fair share for the sins of the global tanker industry.
  5. Kip - Kathy & I will be sleeping the new year in as well. Bought a big RV this year and must be up early to catch a flight to our 'winter home' where it's parked. Here is a shot of our front yard in the early morning:
  6. Kip, after reading your post I had no inclination to add up the numbers. But I am fond of quoting Mark Twain: "Just be glad you are not getting all the government you're paying for." Also was thinking of the (lucky super-senior) Challenger crew getting an all-expensed paid vacation in the sunny south. I sure hope they appreciate my small contribution to their lifestyle.
  7. Last day of the year. Last day of the career. Even if this pilot is having a lot of personal turmoil right now it's very hard to have sympathy for drinking and driving and even more so for drinking and flying. Very sad for all involved.
  8. It's a lot easier to see when you know where to look!
  9. On the TSB website on ongoing investigations there are now only four aviation accidents that pre-date this one. I wonder if it will make the bottom of the list one day. Ongoing aviation investigations
  10. Looks like Don is still using White Rock snow tires on that plow. Hope the plows he ships to North Vancouver (and all of Ontario) come with chains.
  11. Regarding YVR - I was talking to a senior management person after the north runway was built and in service for a few months. He told me that there were a 'small handful' of residents who lived directly north of YVR that generated a 'significant number' of YVR noise complaints. But here's the interesting part of the conversation: After the runway was built there were hours and hours of flight testing. Some flights had to be done at night and notices were published in the local papers about the dates and times. Sure enough, every night the same residents called in many complaints. They even called when flights were scheduled but had to be cancelled! They also called in immediately after the 'start time' listed in the papers when, in fact the flights went 4 hour later. Most interestingly there were no calls recorded on nights when non-scheduled follow-up flight testing had to be done. To highlight another interesting fact - one of these auditory sensitive residents continued to call in noise complaints when she moved to Burnaby. North Burnaby. Ever since then I've also been skeptical about YVR noise complaints. By the way, YVR had (and may still have) noise monitors around the city and on the approaches. There was reams of data gathered before approval for the north runway was granted and that data had to show who or what caused any noise at YVR. The 737's, 727's and BAac1-11's were probably only exceeded by the C-180's (with 3-bladed props) on the noise spike data. I know that YVR took noise seriously when gathering data for the new runway. I was told that the sensors were so sensitive that lawnmowers in Southlands would make enough noise to cause a 'spike' and thus be noted. And perhaps the flock of crows that fly to Burnaby every evening, which is an amazing sight to see and hear, is what causes YVR to get a few calls to this day.
  12. Wonder how good it is and if anybody, or make that any VISITOR, ever goes back for a second glass?
  13. You thinking someone had peppered asparagus sandwiches for breakfast?
  14. Back to the movie. . . . My wife & I saw it yesterday. It is always a challenge to make a movie when the audience know so much about the story, including the outcome, going in. So I was impressed with Clint Eastwood's directorship on this. Some comments for those who are planning on going: 1. Let me know if the TSB hearings depicted in the movie are factual, or did the movie take liberties to heighten the drama. 2. Any AirBus pilots wish to comment on what appears (to me) to be some errors on certain displays? 3. Stay till the end of the credits - some little gems are worth it. By the way - at the theatre we went to there were a total of 10 people in the audience. The other 390+ seats were empty. So it looks like this movie will not be a huge draw for non-aviation people or non-Hanks fans.
  15. Seven or eights months ago my wife & I talked about going on this cruise - and I almost made a booking when I called Crystal to ask a few questions about the letter they sent me. At that time I was also looking for a 45' Newmar Essex (or London Aire) motorhome as comfortable RV travel has been a retirement bucket list/dream. . . I just got a lock on a RV deal the same week the lady from Crystal called back to see if I had made up my mind. I had to tell her to give my 'tentative booking' to the next caller. I bet it will be a very special cruise for those that get on.