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    Pilot Shortage Is Here

    Sunwing has an upgrade failure rate closing in on 50%. They have smartened up and begun interviewing experienced captains, hiring them as FO's with the knowledge that they will upgrade quickly. The last several ground schools those hires have been transferred directly into the left seat during initial training. FO's will upgrade when their experience allows Flair, within its CBA, has the ability to hire DEC's and has begun that. Again, FO's will upgrade when hours, experience and, most importantly, ability allow. If a company can remain nimble and have the ability to hire pilots in the seat they require they will find candidates. The biggest danger, in my opinion, is having a situation where you upgrade a relatively inexperienced FO into the left seat and have them fly with a very inexperienced FO. That is the situation that will soon rear its head for many companies and is the one that has to be avoided. The problem is compounded by, dare I say it, the millennial attitude that they deserve that left seat regardless of experience or, in some cases, performance. One other aspect to dealing with this training. Most expat pilots on this forum will likely agree that the "Command Course" and its requirements at airlines outside Canada are rigorous and effective. Airlines in Canada will have to adopt the same and that takes time and money.
  2. CUPE couldn't care less about the handful of FA's at Flair. However, they have a strong interest in negotiations at WJ and failing to show 'strength' in the Flair talks would be a problem. Their tactics have been somewhat underhanded as they lead the flight attendants to make decisions based on misinformation or lack of information. When the 30% pay decrease was discussed the flight attendants were told it was meant for them and not just the new hires because CUPE has an agenda and it was clear that if the current FA's would not take a pay cut they would not vote against the contract. They could not get answers because it didn't make sense to CUPE to provide them.
  3. Many more articles can be found. There are certainly two sides to the argument.
  4. Agree Kip - they have not completely thought out how to deal with driving aspect. If fact, a judge in my local area recently lamented that the number of drunk driver cases he is seeing has never been so high! It seems people don't care or believe it is their 'right' to smoke or drink and then drive. There are so many cases clogging the legal system in Alberta that they are decriminalizing drunk driving. Wonderful. But lets ban guns! They are the real problem.
  5. I'm not a smoker (of any kind) but it will be interesting to see if this holds. I can't see how it is legal for a company to ban something that you do on your own time - provided you are not under the influence when you show up for work (or the legal definition of influence). SUppose someone could say it is their religious right
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    Air Canada fined $65K

    I had this dozens of times over the last 10 years. Each time we would call Medlink (doctor) and each time they had the pax removed until they had at least 12 hours symptom free (no vomiting). It happened so often that there was always the thought to not bother making the call and simply have the person offloaded. I always did make the call though for this exact reason - if a doctor advised against travel you have covered yourself, your crew, your airline AND looked after the best interest of the passenger.
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    There’s a new Sheriff in Town....not

    Except that is not extensive training. 100 rounds a year is minimal and anyone who shots regularly will agree. Placing time constraints during the qualification, while increasing the level of stress, marginally, doesn't simulate any real world environment. Many police forces have altered their requirements because their officers simply cannot meet the requirements. Like anything you need practice.
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    ID Check

    Wait a everyone now supposed to assume that if a person is identifying as transgender that they should not be 'outed' or that they want to be discreet???? What is someone supposed to do?? If your ID is male and your present as a female then you should be questioned. It is your choice to present/identify as another gender but not anyone else's responsibility to attempt to figure out how you feel about it. This is getting out of hand and I don't see how they were 'unsafe'.
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    There’s a new Sheriff in Town....not

    Guessing it also comes down to pay - if you are armed you can demand a higher salary. Do CBSA's in airports earn leass than at land crossings due to carrying a weapon.
  10. You don't have to spend much time in the Middle East to realize they often act like spoiled children. The Saudi's, in particular, are an incredibly arrogant bunch and would be the only nation that I could honestly say 'I can't stand' - and that is using polite language.
  11. Not sure what he was thinking. Though the footage is nice.
  12. Wolfhunter - agree completely. I'm back after 15 years and driving anywhere in the GTA is a frustrating experience. Dubai was similar but worse - the signal was a notice that the person should accelerate to block you, leaving a gap was a sign that you were stupid and they would move into it, merging lanes meant turn 3 lanes that were merging into 2 lanes into FOUR lanes - me first, me first. It was primarily Indian and East Asian drivers that were the offenders. Speaking with a few Indian buddies it was explained that the driving was FAR superior to what was experienced in India but those characteristics remained. Before anyone goes off on a rant about racism - it has nothing to do with that but is an accurate observation. And, yes, of course there are other bad drivers.
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    Westjet pilots strike vote

    9 or 10 captains in the first batch of 19. Not sure how many in the current ground school.
  14. Trader

    Westjet pilots strike vote

    They will be kept in their positions and protected. Perhaps at the bottom of the list but kept. From the rumor mill.
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    Emirates Parking Planes

    blues - oh, no doubt!!!!! Which is why pilots are leaving and why I left myself. I decided to come back (for some of those poor wages ) for a multitude of reasons, the work schedule at EK being one reason.