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  1. Oh it could be done, just not “successfully”. Two observations - I recall seeing a while back that the Veyron / Chiron require special tires to do speed runs in excess of 300 km/hr but those tires aren’t road certified. The other thing I noticed was when he “backed off” from 408 km/hr to about 390 when a slight rise in the road reduces his forward visibility, as if that reduction was going to make a meaningful difference in his braking distance.
  2. The least they could do is get the calls right.
  3. That's a good question. I think Omicron has changed the game because more people are asymptomatic with that variant. I know a guy who paid to get tested to travel to Europe and it came back positive. He paid for a second one just to be sure because the trip was very important - it too was positive. He still has no symptoms, but if he'd have travelled and only got tested on return, he likely would have been stuck there for 14 days. Edited to add that I doubt any of this was in the minds of the rule makers. The further this goes, the more they seem to be grasping at the wrong straws.
  4. I used to be a fan of WestJet, partially because I remember a day when they were outdoing their main rival in the area of customer service. It's both sad and amazing how losing the influence of their founding members has affected this area of their business.
  5. Fleet differences, simulator set-up and training costs may be a factor, especially if not all of the 767s are being converted.
  6. There aren't many times when I am truly jealous of another aviator, but this is definitely one of them. Very cool.
  7. The airspace through this area has been busy with helos all day, both civil and military. Their support is greatly appreciated.
  8. It sure is, Greg. Unfortunately, in spite of the NTSB identifying poor checklist discipline as a significant causal factor in many business aircraft accidents, that sector of the industry continues to struggle with the issue.
  9. Imagine if the terms “pandemicist” or “anti-vaxxer” were replaced by the “n” word or some other widely despised epithet. Most rational people would rail at that and address it immediately. Yet these words are becoming commonplace in social discourse as zealots on both sides attempt to marginalize those who disagree. It doesn’t matter which side does it, it’s wrong and it needs to stop. We should be better than this.
  10. I admit that I haven’t always been clean on this either but I have been working hard to stay above the fray and be respectful, reaping what I have sown so to speak. Like all things in life, I’m a work in progress. I acknowledge that perception belongs to perceiver, but really? You don’t see these as even a little condescending? “Some also jump before making sure the water is deep enough too” ”Ignorance is bliss, eh? Wow! ” “I wonder what you’ll say when they insist your child get a fourth fifth sixth and seventh vaccination shot. No parent control then, eh? But maybe you’re one of those that are OK with that lol!!!!!”
  11. 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.
  12. The maintenance program for a 30+ year old airliner is a lot to take on for any GA operation, even the “managed” ones. When it’s just someone’s vanity project, the outlook is often less than good.
  13. True, but that requirement is already embodied in the federal vaccine mandate which covers 85 Canadian airports including virtually all of the AC domestic network save for a few northern airports.
  14. All of the MD-80 family has LE slats.
  15. Really? Some of the biggest dolts on the planet wear a suit and tie to work every day. I could name names but I won't.
  16. I've turned off my ad blocker for this site and if the ads stay as they are now, I will happily keep it turned off. I hope it doesn't become like some others where ad content takes up 80% of a page (are you listening, AVCanada?).
  17. 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.
  18. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/alberta-severe-outcomes-covid-vaccination-1.6178449
  19. Every conspiracy theorist who contributed to this mess should face charges of criminal negligence causing death.
  20. The Phil Valentine story is filed under "be careful what you wish for". If people would leave science and medicine to the experts, we'd be much better off. I'm pretty sure no one on this forum would hop in the back of an airplane flown by a circus clown, or hire their favourite barista to defend them in a lawsuit.
  21. It certainly has. I wonder if we'll ever get to a point where we can focus on what we have in common rather than what makes us different.
  22. Indeed Don, there are far too many examples of a publicity stunt gone wrong when the operator(s) let their guard down in favour of the "show". And yes, this was little more than a publicity stunt, IMO.
  23. I'm double vaccinated and I believe mass vaccination is our best path back to normal, so I would like to see as many people as possible be vaccinated. I also have no problem with those who choose differently, provided that choice is for objective medical / scientific reasons. Unfortunately, there seems to be about one of those for every ten that have made that choice because of a misinformation campaign that's created a level of anarchy the likes of which Lex Luthor would be proud. Here in BC yesterday, there were protests against vaccine passports and mandates. These protests were organized through social media and they were held in front of most every hospital in the province. When I say organized, it was only in terms of timing and location. The messaging was a PR disaster. Many of the protest groups included people who hurled obscenities and racist barbs at medical staff as they came and went from their workplace. Any hopes of garnering sympathy for their cause was lost, not only because of the taunting, but because they chose places where thousands of front line workers have risked their own health and safety to help COVID patients survive and to keep the dying ones comfortable. The medical staff have paid a horrible price both physically and emotionally for over 18 months. These protestors chose to pile on against people who've had no more of a hand in shaping public policy decisions than my neighbour's pet Airedale. The response today from the majority in the community has been the polar opposite of sympathetic. Many people are now saying the protestors can go jump in a lake should they ever get sick in the future - for any reason. What's that old saying about catching flies with honey instead of vinegar?
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