Robert Perkins

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  1. Thats going to leave a mark

    I seem to remember making at least a few reports of people on the breakwall behind us at Montego Bay. In one case they looked like they were directly in line with the CL. We delayed the takeoff until someone moved them. I got the impression that they didn't get called to move the folks too often..
  2. Missed Turn at YYZ

    That configuration has stop bars protecting 24R/06L. The article does not indicate if they were active or not. Pretty much all you can do has been done short of a MAJOR re-design of that south complex such as end-around taxiways (not likely to happen). Perhaps more emphasis on surface operations during recurrent training might be one partial solution.
  3. BA A380 (very) low go-around....

    Don't believe that 1 or 4 have reverse. Only the inner two. I don't recall the reason but could be for ingestion reduction because of the wide positioning of the outboards.
  4. Old (Ww Ii) Era Books

    Doing some cleaning and came across a couple of old books that might generate some interest here. One is a maintenance manual, circa 1941 for the Consolidated Model 28 PBY Canso aircraft, binder format. The second is the Manual of Ground School Training, 1940. A forerunner of From the ground up, in hardcover. Both are complete and in good condition, although the spine on the Ground School book has some damage. Interesting reading. PM if interested.
  5. 26 Years

    Well, for the first time that I can remember, March 10 has passed with no mention of one of the most infamous accidents in Canadian aviation history. Please, let's not lose the memory of the crew and passengers who lost their lives in Dryden, Ontario, March 10, 1989. May they all rest in peace.
  6. Drones And Planes

    Don I've seen that video, and several of a similar nature and even if it is a CGI product (which I agree it probably is not) it's only a matter of time before someone actually makes one. The regulations worldwide are either sadly lagging behind reality or they are non-existant with regards to drone operations. Canada is, in my opinion, not even close to addressing the issue properly, and as has been indicated by other videos, is not immune from aircraft/drone operations in close proximity. Again, only a matter of time...
  7. Captain Richard Sowden

    I worked with Richard last year on a wildlife project. Great guy, and had been a good friend for years. One of the good guys, he will be missed.
  8. Air Transat - Tugging At Heartstrings

    Did one of these on the '57 when we were operating it for Thomas Cook several years ago. Probably on of the most rewarding ( and FUN) flights I have done for quite a few years. The kids were amazing and they absolutely LOVED it when Santa "landed" on the roof of the aircraft. Very glad to see the tradition continues. Good Job Transat!!
  9. Tch - Threshold Crossing Heights & Air Distances

    If you want to really throw yor brain into a tailspin, consider the autolands or HUD guidance for flares and how that affects the air distance. The CRFI landing distances, based on actual landing distance, look a little scary then...
  10. Hi Don Partial answer I think. The term "aeroplane" is used ( ICAO and therefore TC) to differentiate 'normal' aircraft (Boeing, Airbus, Cessna etc.) from the rest (helicopters, balloons, gliders etc.) The term "aircraft" is all encompassing, whereas the "aeroplane" invokes a winged, powered (I think) vehicle subset from the others. WRT the fbw annotation, that is the way I read it, but I'm not sure about the 777. My understanding of the fbw logic in the 777 is that the aircraft will fight you but ultimately it will let you stall the aircraft without any special efforts whereas the Airbus will not let you do these bad things without going down several levels of law. I hope that helps, at least a bit. Bob Perkins
  11. Vacation Time!

    Well, Istanbul is easy. The Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, the Grand Bazaar, all must sees, and all pretty close to one another. There are quite a few rooftop restaurants and wine cafes in that same area, overlooking the Bosfor Sea. Spectacular at sunset. Dubrovnik you have to visit the Castle (a fort really) overlooking the town. Night visit is particularly nice. restaurants galore in the old town. Lots of bullet holes too from the fighting. Marina area is good as well. If you're flying into Dubrovnik, the ride from the airport is almost as breathtaking as the town... some pretty good cliffs and narrow road. Have a great time.
  12. Posting Guidelines And New Moderator System

    Hi There My last post under the "best things for your kids vacation" subject has a "warn status" that was not on previous posts. What have I done wrong I also can't find the list of moderators on the main page. The link to the moderators takes me to the members page. Thanks
  13. Worthwhile trips for kids - suggestions?

    Try a whale watching trip up the Johnstone Strait on Vancouver Island. We did that with our daughters (9 and 12) and they had an incredible time. Take a bit of time to research the best trip to see the Orcas because quite a few of the commercial whale watching out of Victoria might leave you a bit disappointed. The best time is in the spring, and while not "guaranteed" that you will see Orcas, the chances are pretty slim that you won't. Also any number of other wildlife species are in the area and give quite a thrill. Good luck.
  14. Air Canada pilot and wife die at air show

    All our thoughts and prayers are with their families. RIP
  15. B737 down near Resolute Bay

    I'd like to add my prayers and condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and wish a speedy and full recovery to the survivors. The Canadian north is one of the most challenging places to fly on the planet. I haven't flolwn up there for many years, but still know several at First Air. I am hoping that they are not among those who perished. Bob Perkins