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  1. Emirates Moscow Incident

    ...and the 2 pilots involved have been fired......
  2. It was a regular flight. The left seat was occupied by an upgrade candidate with the trainer in the right seat. Upgrade candidate was removed from the roster and dead headed home and, last i know, still not flying.
  3. Emirates Moscow Incident

    One of many recent incidents most have which been 'hidden' internally (or, to be fair, not picked up by media because ATC didn't report it). The results of years of 95-100 hour months and fatigue and a dramatic decline in the experience levels of new hires. The crash last year (which I think many of us saw coming) hasn't changed a thing. In fact the companies response to the DME incident has been to 'blame and attack' the pilots as it was after the crash. Pilots have now been warned that failures or a poor sim performance will result in serious consequences. No responsibility from the side of management with regards to schedules. lack of training etc. Gotta love modern management!
  4. Was also a training flight.
  5. AC Declares Emergency 4 X

    Yup, sounds like India! Would be interesting to know the length of time between the first and 4th Mayday. India, parts of Asia and Africa can have incredibly poor ATC. It can be fun watching the expression of a new FO when I simply say NO to ATC - not something pilots from the West are used to having to do.
  6. The airlines in the Middle East for the most part mimic the EASA regs while 'modifying' them to suit their own needs. 100 hours is the max in a 28 day cycle - but it is true that bunk time does not count towards that 100 hours. So on a 17 hour Houston flight with 4 pilots the 6 hours or so that you get in the bunk will NOT count towards your 100 hour max (though at EK you are paid for it). I have done 112 hours in a 28 day cycle. But Canada is still way behind! EASA and most of the world have a 900 hour yearly limit. Max duty may be 14 hours if started during the morning but decline quickly based on start times and number of legs. Rest as least as long as the previous duty. Duty day regulations are meant to be MAXIMUM limits that ensure pilots are rested and safe for any scheduled flight. The problem is that those maximums have become TARGETS in many operations in Canada and around the world. On more than one occasion I have had to refuse a duty that was 'legal' but where I was too fatigued to operate. When constantly operating to maximum limits those limits quickly become too much. Different operations have different needs and the regs will effect each differently. But the non airline operators in Canada have gotten away with far too much over the years. Another issue is flight time vs duty time. I do a 7 hours leg (so a approx 9 hours or so of duty) to Europe while the next guy does 4 legs of 1-2 hours (and the same or more 9 hours of duty). I would argue that his work is more fatiguing then mine and that his duty AND his legs should be taken into account. Yet they are not. A more extreme example would be the pilot who does a 12 hour duty but only say 4-5 hours of flight time (the medevac exec in the one post illustrates this - he doesn't view the pilots on the ground as 'working' so, presumably, they can have a longer duty). What happens when that 7 hour leg is now at night? Why is it treated the same in the regulations? FAR more fatiguing and difficult from a human perspective. A more realistic approach, at least in my opinion, would be to link duty and flight time more closely and to adjust max flight time/duties to the time of the day. For example, if you took 3/4 of a duty day an equated it to flight time, then the short haul pilot doing 3-4 legs a day where a significant portion is on the ground but still busy (offloading, onloading, setup etc) would be more limited in a monthly cycle (his time counting toward max limits). Next would be to adjust limits based on the time of day the pilot operates. As an example, any duty/flight between midnight and 6 am would count at double (200%) the 'regular' time. So a pilot operating outside his normal rhythm would end up with more time off (due to the higher hours) and have time to recover. Flight time by itself, as a basis for limitations (which is essentially ensuring the pilot is not fatigues and is safe) is not comprehensive enough. EASA's flight time limitations based on start time (acclimatized).
  7. What pilot shortage............?

    The man is a complete moron....and that is putting it nicely! Gets good 45 sec in.
  8. I would hope there are strict rules regarding 'flexibility'!!!! Heard the exact same thing at Emirates and now we fly 95 plus hours per month and they squeeze in a few 'short' night turns between ULRs to make sure they get 'productivity' out of the pilots. Productivity, in the view of airline managers (at least in my opinion) is not only hours flown but days off - they hate seeing pilots getting more than 8 days off a month since other workers only get 8 days off a month. Combine that with Canada's complete lack of reasonable duty regs and your asking for it. Hopefully the union has it well thought out.
  9. How They Ruined Airline Jobs

    JO, in general I would agree. But while Lufthansa may have a robust cadet system many other airlines do not. But it costs - and if an airline can compete by cutting that cost, in an environment that is becoming 'less' regulated (and many parts of the world with essentially no regulation or true oversight) then it will remain an issue. The AF accident highlights that well - why have a flight operated by 2 FO's and 1 Captain - cost! In the end, after all the holes lined up, what should have been the final line of defense - well trained/experienced pilots - didn't exist.
  10. How They Ruined Airline Jobs

    Exactly! The problem is that pilots flying in Canada (and Cdn companies) have not had to deal with this. When you add to that lack of experience the expectations of some of these low timers and it adds a new dimension. I have had FO's who are upset that command times have increased and they have been flying for a GRAND TOTAL of 4 years! It can be interesting when you get these types in the sim and let them try handle and manage a situation that they can't grasp. For some it is humbling....others dismiss it and STILL believe they deserve a command!!! Something as basic as hand flying a 3 degree approach with the ILS and nav aids off is a challenge! The Otter pilot would have little issue in a jet doing the same. So while that experience may be changing it is certainly valuable. Worse, airlines don't want to invest the money is the type of training it takes to get these low experience FO's to a suitable standard. The safty record is as good as it is through luck, experience in the left seat and reliable automation. I 'd suggest that the AF 330 accident in the South Atlantic is a good example of what happens when inexperience meets an unusual situation.
  11. How They Ruined Airline Jobs

    The airline will hold out as long as they can while waiting for the economy to turn again all the while hoping they have just enough pilots with minimal experience to hire. They don't value experience and don't want to pay for it! They can't quantify experience in terms of safety or dollars and so it is not a priority. If it was wages would have risen for experience long ago. There are lots of Cdn pilots overseas that would come back if anyone would hire them and pay them reasonably. Instead we have more leaving to China etc. When a new hire at AC (or any other airline) makes $50,000 there is a problem.
  12. Last of the hummingbirds (wildly o/t)

    You might enjoy this .....
  13. SFO Incident

    Dagger - and that likely would have been a 'reduced' thrust go around since the 777 is designed to target a climb of approx. 2000'/min. Hit the TOGA a second time and the thing will climb like hell! No doubt as a passenger it is quite an event.
  14. New Brass at WestJet

    Holy crap that is nice. Sell the house and move into the RV!!!!
  15. A320 Down In France (Germanwings)

    About time--one of the most useless regs I can think of.