Moon The Loon

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  1. CYYZ is a MAJOR inconvenience - an international embarrassment: not only the physical airport operation (noise complaints) but just as much, NavCan's inability to structure efficient approaches.
  2. My continual fear (perhaps irrational) in flying freighters is the growing list and cost of HazMat and the potential for onboard fires. Secondly, and it just happened to a dear friend, two pilots on the freighter, and he died at the controls. Nobody other than the other pilot (to the best of my knowledge) to administer First Aid. Having said all that, had I not acquired my current assignment, it probably would have been a cargo operator here in central Canada.
  3. AC retirement projections

    ...and that would be? (!)??
  4. AC retirement projections

    YaBut...the younger kids aren't coming into the game with the same credentials. We've had our 10 safest years of aviation. Together with MCPL and the resistance to flight crew duty time limitations as well as the regulator's inaction in changing/updating the CAR's, you're kicking out the talent, the experience, the one remaining safety factor in flight crew continuity. Age 67 or even 70 (medical conditions notwithstanding) will help bridge those failures. And personally, I don't now nor have ever given a rat's about delays to youngsters' upgrades. I paid my dues. So too can they.
  5. Navigation Art

    Yeah, and get a load out those eyeBALLS...
  6. Fossil fuel emissions to reach an all-time high in 2017, scientists say, dashing hopes of progress Emissions are forecast to reach around 37 billion tons of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel burning and industrial activity in 2017 Washington Post Published on: November 13, 2017 | Last Updated: November 13, 2017 10:48 AM EST
  7. Gary Clement: The Northwest Passage by degrees

    Note to self: Read twice before posting.....
  8. Gary Clement: The Northwest Passage by degrees

    Hey Malcolm: Great post - have followed the voyages of C3 over the summer during our surveillance flights about the NW passage. A great sovereignty trip. A great political trip. A unifying trip with indigenous appeal! I hope you enjoyed the communities you were able to visit!
  9. Interesting go-around

    Wow. After such a hard landing, irrespective of the bounce, the go-around seemed well executed. Unlike a go-around done by an AC DC-8 at Pearson (then Malton) in 1970 when the hard landing caused severe damage. After the go-around, the plane broke apart in the downwind and all aboard died.
  10. The Americans are "famous" for this: Imagine being third in a row on approach, two ahead of you and one lining up on the ground for takeoff, and you get your landing clearance. All in good VMC notwithstanding. Ludicrous.
  11. Would you be a passenger on this flight?

    Only in the King James "translation" of the modern testament's Book of Revelations. Translated from ancient Greek from spotty manuscripts scraped together by the Council of Nicaea circa 325 C.E. Had a flight a few years ago with an extremely superstitious co-captain. He went for a coffee and came back to see 4 T5's displaying 666 each. I'm certain he went to confession after the flight... (my bad...)
  12. A380 - 22mph x-wind landing...... "While the board agreed that the co-pilot was at fault, it split 3-2 over whether the rudder design or the pilot training was more important in the crash, deciding ultimately that the rudder design had a greater impact. According to the NTSB, Molin had been cited twice by senior pilots for "overreacting" over wake turbulence. " Also: A300-600: " According to the official accident report, after the first officer made his initial rudder pedal input, he made a series of alternating full rudder inputs. This led to increasing sideslip angles. The resulting hazardous sideslip angle led to extremely high aerodynamic loads that resulted in separation of the vertical stabilizer."
  13. R.I.P. Tom Petty, Aged 66 It's not been a good week...
  14. "So you wanna be a pilot?"

    That's not a selfie, izzit?
  15. R.I.P. Tom Petty, Aged 66

    Missed him at BluesFest in Ottawa. Maybe, if scant reports are correct, a second coming may occur.
  16. Air France A380 engine failure

    Great job by all. I wonder what it says about both the engine design and AF's maintenance practices...
  17. Death Of A Friend A dear and trusted friend and former colleague dies at the controls of his aircraft on Wednesday. He will be deeply missed by those who loved this guy - a former Canada 3000 colleague, a former Air Atlanta, Parc Aviation, LAT Charter & Ethihad pilot - Captain Patrice Grenade. My deepest sympathies to his family, his friends and all those who were touched by him in his short, oh so short life. RIP Patrice.
  18. Posted by Jaydee: Controversial new rules proposed by Transport Canada, which would put restraints on pilot flying time, are being called "absurd" and "stupid" by some in the industry in the North. The changes could force some northern air operators — and supporting businesses in communities — to shut down, says Glenn Priestley, executive director of the Northern Air Transport Association (NATA). "If these rules go through by Transport Canada, regarding flight and duty times, there's going to be a significant increase in the cost to deliver all forms of northern and remote society services," he said. "Or there will be a reduction in services — one or the other." Either way, it will "impose economic hardship on Canadians and communities," said Priestley, whose group advocates for a safe, sustainable northern transportation system, and has been lobbying Ottawa to consider the unique situation in the North. "Many communities will lose their aviation lifelines, or have the cost of the service increase dramatically," he wrote in a letter to MP Wayne Easter, chair of the standing committee on finance, for consideration ahead of the federal budget. The rules, which are still being reviewed by Transport Minister Marc Garneau, are designed to prevent pilot fatigue through a "very complicated formula of flight and duty time," Priestley said. They would limit shifts by capping the hours that can be worked or the number of takeoffs and landings that can be done. ****************************************************** Rubbish. They hire the requisite number of pilots and charge back their costs to the customers. End of story. This is an argument used by operators dating back to Icarus. r
  19. AND not only from their lungs...
  20. Spot on, Wolf. The ONLY solution is for a worldwide cessation of burning hydrocarbons. A full and complete cessation. In about 100 years, the atmosphere will be back to a pre-industrial, middle age condition. But we will still have 20 billion souls on the planet by 2050. What is the REAL problem here?
  21. Been saying this for decades and from the very beginning of this thread. The oceans cover nearly 80% of the surface of our pale blue dot. Their average depth is 10,000 feet. All atmospheric weather is a result of the atmosphere's physical contact with the oceans. The unbelievable vanity of the human creature to believe they have had an even infinitesimal effect on where our atmosphere/biosphere is evolving is overwhelming. The disgusting play by the Gor-Zuki lobby to influence world wide governments to steal the hard earned monies of their populace will be seen by historians as the Scam Of The Century.
  22. Captains of the Clouds

  23. Identify this aircraft.

    First one SR-71. Haven't looked at second "challenge"...
  24. Wheel Tug - Cool!

    SO MUCH NEGATIVITY!!! These systems are GREAT innovations - using GPU electrical power to take the aircraft to the hold short line of the runway of departure...What's not to like? C'mon - extra weight? Vs up to 30 minutes all engine fuel burns while waiting in line? Yes, gate hold procedures help, but these devices improve fuel burns even more.