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  1. Demanding that your employer reduce your amount of work is only going to undermine your ability to earn income. Allowing the Government to dictate rules to address scheduling rules is a invitation for confusion and conflict. WE, as professionals need to take responsibility for our own well being and negotiate wages and working conditions that reflect our commitment to providing the highest levels of safety, with efficiency.
  2. Subscription required. Any other link to the article?
  3. It's like building a boat that will only stay upright if the "auto-stabilizing" system is active. Maybe Boeing should just build a better aircraft.
  4. That could be indicative of the high expectations of Canadian travelers. Good news/bad news.
  5. That event occurred in March. Measures to detect and avoid the spread have been significantly improved since then.
  6. Looks like a perfect storm of issues escalating due to hypersensitivity of our currently paranoid society. Very sad.
  7. WHOA!!! I just checked my profile for date of joining. 1969???? Did I do that? I was only 10.
  8. This certainly reinforces the adage that knowing your aircraft is your best safety tool. All that "enthusiasm" would better be spent on meeting the parameters rather than yanking on levers that won't work until the parameters are met.
  9. " Fast-Change", "conversion"? This may be more marketing pitch and jargon than anything particularly technical. It looks like the conversion is to remove seats from the aircraft and install tie-down latches in the seat tracks. Is there more to it than that? Of course there are W/B and fire watch concerns but that is an issue with the carriage of any cargo. With the floor loading limits remaining equal, will the aircraft actually carry more cargo by piling packages on the floor than by securing it to the existing seating structures? GTFA
  10. Well, this is where the level of professionalism of each pilot comes in to play. Kerns, Sumwalt et al have been preaching this for a while... Company culture and training priorities are, as they should be, brought in to the spotlight to reenforce the value of well trained, experienced flight crew. This is a wake up call to the industry. Unless, of coarse the investigations find that the malfunctions were deemed to be unmanageable.
  11. When there are multiple variants of a common type we are still required to be trained on the differences. Boeing is definitely on the hook if they did not properly declare the differences.
  12. Also to be clear, I am not un-pointing at Boeing. I am pointing ANOTHER finger at other causal factors. I believe we may finally be at a crossroads in aviation where training and standards are being displaced by technology. Instead of raising the lowest denominator we are expecting manufacturers to make ever more complex systems to overcome the shortcomings of industry to provide competent crews.
  13. The pilot reports from the NASA safety reporting program is a red herring. What would be significant is a summary of ALL available safety reports related to this system from both maintenance and flight ops. Any major carrier who operate this aircraft has internal reporting programs most of which are widely used and respected.
  14. So, if Boeing is correct that the aircraft was properly tested and certified, what if the problem is not with the manufacturer but with the operators and their governing agencies? Front line experience levels and training standards need to be a significant part of this conversation. By front line I mean pilots and maintenance personnel.
  15. On what grounds exactly are they claiming that Boeing is liable for the cancellation of MAX-flights? On what grounds is the FAA going to be liable? It is being discussed in other forums that in the hands of a proficient crew, the malfunction is in fact manageable.
  16. Dagger, while Boeing may have played a part by allowing their technical department to run ahead of their marketing and training support, there is are much larger factors at play here.
  17. Yes, so even without applying trim input is it physically possible to control the pitch to overcome the the change in aerodynamic and thrust influences?
  18. When "hand flying", does the pitch moment exceed the ability for manual trim changes during transition to flap 0?
  19. "I have read all of these stories many times and used them in teaching scenarios but cannot resist reading them again whenever they are introduced to use as examples of mismanaged risk/reward ratios. Mr. Albright's personal story is very amusing and serves to remind us also that the biggest threat to a skilled and confident pilot is actually his own skill and confidence. Don't phool yourself, physics trumps everything!" At risk of being repetitive, " A superior pilot is one who uses his superior judgment to AVOID situations requiring the use of his superior skills."
  20. A lot of familiar family names in the journey log book from early Canadian Pacific days. Does anyone have any copies?
  21. "Neeleman is exploring the possible creation of a new low-cost carrier in the U.S., trade publications Airline Weekly and Airfinance Journal reported last month." Another low-cost airline. Really... why? Does this not just perpetuate the problem of underfunded, short-sighted shoestring operations relying on low cost employees, low-cost maintenance, Low cost everything? Does <<you-get-what-you-pay-for>> still mean anything? How is another Low-cost airline going to improve the degradation of service, comfort, reliability and safety? Why can't people like Neelman focus on making existing carriers better? From an industry perspective our energies should be on improvement of safety, service and cost for the companies who are carrying passengers now.
  22. We need to focus on the people who care about getting the right people into the positions of pilot and AME. The travelling public, the airline executive office, the College of Professional Pilots of Canada. The industry needs to realize the critical nature and therefor value of any person who puts in any "Touch-Time" on aircraft that effects safety of operations.
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