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John S.

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  1. It would be fun to fly under the Lions Gate Bridge and not have to worry about extra paperwork! From the article:"While floatplane pilots will train in simulated, high-resolution reproductions of Victoria and Vancouver harbours, and on nearby Cowichan Lake where glassy water landings can be practiced, Coughlin said that pilots will still need actual time in a float-equipped Twin Otter." Thank heavens.
  2. Kip - if you had the patience to watch that second video then congratulations, you more tolerant than I. (I could only take about one minute of his s-l-o-w droning voice.) As to the point of this post - that SCORKL thing will never replace real SCUBA gear; and if somebody tries to use it on dives then deaths will surely follow. However I can see a use for it - as an aid when snorkeling. Last time I was in Australia and snorkeling over the Great Barrier Reef with my trusty underwater camera there were several missed shots when I ran out of time and breath. If I could have held my breath for another 75 seconds the photos would have been perfect. So, I can see a use for a SCORKL if used for snorkeling. Quick question: how long have you two been diving? I was PADI certified in the 1960's.
  3. Kip - not to pass judgement on this (or any) any crew but knowing and remembering are two different things.
  4. "a bonfire of the schedules" Best way to describe the mess I've ever read. Hey Kip - it is a good time to be retired, no?
  5. Just spent some time looking at the 12 Flights individual videos. Well done WestJetters.
  6. That was a good snippet of flying in the 60's. I noticed that some things have not changed 50 years later: seat belt buckles and the way crews are treated on turns.
  7. Something seems out-of-date with the OP: Posted last week, closed last month?
  8. I read that and thought how time flies. Even faster than M2.2 (groan)
  9. What kind of 'weather' requires a switch to a smaller aircraft? Fog in the parts department? Tornados at the gate? A rash of crew solar flu? This is a time when the WestJet spokespersons should back up and explain what they mean.
  10. Doesn't matter where you go so much as who you go with. Good friend and family can make just about anywhere a fun place to be. "The second week of Deer camp" can be an example in black fly country.
  11. Perhaps the truck had gone from the pilot's left to right with plenty of time & room but stopped as soon as it got to the green 'safe' area. Can't tell if there is a ladder sticking up from the back of the truck as the winglet is in the way, but if there is one that would explain the slat dent and the tip-over.
  12. Hi Kip, Benefits have been few? I do believe that velcro was invented for the space program. Years from now you will be happy to have velcro pants, shirts, shoes and slippers. You may not remember the space program, but you will benefit from it.
  13. Kip, I agree with you to a large degree. For retirement I have chosen to get as much travelling as I can done in a comfortable RV. After a six month search I found a good used King Aire and we are very pleased. Here's a low-res photo of a our interior to give you some idea of what I mean. The soft leather seating makes one harken back to the First Class service of the 70's. (But I imagine your yacht is along the same level of 'comfort'?)
  14. THAT would be a good video to see at full speed, at half speed and at 1/4 speed.
  15. Kathy & I are cleaning up and getting ready to move to a smaller place. Part of the moving process is to go through old files and try to throw out the one that have not been touched in years, something I'm doing today. I just came across one of Kip's postings that I thought so much of when I read it that I printed it out and put it in my 'good things to read' file. I'm sure glad I did; it was just as powerful today as it was years ago. Thanks (again) Kip. For those who were not here in 2003 have a look at this link: https://theairlinewebsite.com/topic/8004-the-chair-revisited/#comment-14348
  16. Kip, I was told that those boats get about ten feet per gallon - that means you hold about 588 gallons. Not too shabby.
  17. Remember when BA (and others) did five minute mini-movie style commercials? Perhaps they would not be effective with a generation of "4 seconds to hold interest or I click another page" consumers. Ah, the good ol' days, right?
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. What have people been saying lately? "Your words count."
  21. 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.
  22. 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:
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
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