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Everything posted by J.O.

  1. I don't know if the same mindset still exists today but I remember when the Fredericton accident led to a decision there would never be DECs at Air Canada again.
  2. When the union's mindset at the table is "we don't negotiate for people who aren't here yet", it opens the door for the pay scale you are referring to.
  3. Airlines and pilot unions had best put their heads together and find solutions to the lack of interest or the drive to innovating pilots (at least one of them) out of the cockpit will come fast and furious. The challenge will be the lifestyle expectations of the young generation of available workers. We may not like the fact that they want more work life balance in their younger years than we were willing to accept, but when it's a seller's market, the buyer has to innovate if they want to play.
  4. Kind of defeats the purpose of tankering, not to mention calling into question the airline's flight planning software.
  5. “Darker Shades of Blue: The Rogue Pilot” is an excellent read. The author is Tony Kern and he was a colleague and friend of Bud Holland who was the aircraft commander in the B52. He was commissioned by USAF to review the accident and was shocked to learn what his friend had been up to and how the command structure had known about it and condoned it (and even laughed about it) for years.
  6. That’s a lot of standing water!!!
  7. Right now, it’s better to be the guy that brings the refreshments to their friend’s boat than it is to be the friend with the boat (financially that is).
  8. From my conversations with those in the know, it was more than just acquisition cost. The 737s also had a lower per hour operating cost.
  9. The answer will depend on who's giving it. Pilots who've flown both will be 50/50 in their opinion. Maintenance folks tend to like the Airbus more. Bean counters will take the 737 all day long. Personally, I prefer the Airbus because I appreciated the benefits of the technological advances it provides, and because they gave me a table!
  10. Problem is I can only ever go in one direction - downwind.
  11. That's more of a Red Bull corporate culture thing. Crazy stunts are kind of what they do.
  12. Was that the four-engined version of the Cosmo?
  13. Some marinas in BC are charging over $2.50 per litre for marine diesel. My neighbours just cancelled their planned trip around Vancouver Island in their cruiser.
  14. Large petroleum consumers like the airlines, rail and shipping don't get the wild price swings we commoners do because they won't stand for it and their buying power gives them the clout to cut it off. Our current pump price increases aren't fully explained by the world oil price increases and carbon taxes. The last time world oil prices were at the current level (pre-COVID), we were paying about 25% less. IMO, the current consumer price is nothing more than the industry trying to claw back what the believe they lost when demand tanked in 2020.
  15. About as well as every other attempt to liberate Afghanistan in recent history.
  16. Obviously they would have cut their staffing numbers due to the downturn caused by COVID, but I wonder how much of CATSA's problem lies in the number of people they had to let go due to the federal vaccine mandate.
  17. This was quite the operation. The Navy Extracted a Jet Fighter from 12,400 Feet below the South China Sea - Scientific American
  18. Mitch; Much has changed in terms of the sophistication of flight planning systems, historical fuel burn, wind modelling and route analysis. When I started flying the big iron, it was common to see 2 to 5% errors in the planned fuel burn. These days, flight plans are virtually bang on the great majority of the time. That in itself has helped build confidence among most pilots. But like any other type of automation, it’s still not perfect. No operation should question a captain who can reasonably justify fuel that the dispatcher didn’t include in the flight plan. Maybe they missed a hitch in the forecast, or a NOTAM that hints at delays enroute or for arrival. If you point it out calmly and without accusing them of missing something, dispatchers will usually see your point and agree with the adjustment. But taking extra “just because” is thinking from a time when flight plans were less accurate and there was a lot less information and support available to flight crews. Bottom line is carrying extra fuel costs money and increases our carbon footprint - 4% per hour flown is what it costs for extra fuel carried (on average). As a guy who supports taking it easy on our planet, you understand that cutting back on our fuel consumption where it’s safe to do so is also a good thing for the environment.
  19. It is indeed the captain's call, but every group has a few who have a penchant for carrying "granny gas" that never gets used. I've seen the data that's been used to support exemption applications and it was very impressive. It's hard to argue with statistics that show years of operations that carried fuel that was never used.
  20. Sure, because it's JT who sets world oil prices. You give him way too much credit.
  21. 18% interest is what you have to pay when your business lacks the solid footing that comes with a proven revenue stream and solid customer base. Now when you see such rates used to finance a corporate takeover, you're probably dealing with a corporate raider who's only looking to maximize short term earnings and couldn't care less if it bankrupts the host.
  22. It’s all in the numbers. Most airline bean counters don’t give a flying fadoo about the pilots’ preferences.
  23. The water tanks don't take up much of the interior space in the CL water bombers. Even the original piston 215's had rows of "seats" in the forward cabin ahead of the tanks.
  24. San Jose airport gets two types of weather. CAVOK or monsoon. The ditches are for the monsoons.
  25. Canadian controlled is more about financial control and voting shares than on where the management team comes from.
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