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  1. Not sure what he was thinking. Though the footage is nice. https://dronedj.com/2018/07/18/what-on-earth-is-this-guy-thinking-flying-his-drone-next-to-an-a380-taking-of-from-mauritius/
  2. 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.
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    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.
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    Emirates Parking Planes

    The article is somewhat misleading in that it is only 10-20 aircraft a month over a period of several months. Not 45 at once. However, EK has had 8-12 parked for the last 18 months at least and that is just what is visible. But EK never learns. They have a hugely experienced pilot base - or had, as it is rapidly dwindling. But short sighted management (both Arab and Western) pushed and pushed with deteriorating conditions. I flew 112 hours last Feb and 95 hours is average (though the managers would be quick to point out that is not 'every' month since you have vacation ). Most of these 'managers' stay for terms under 5 years so there is no incentive, other than their bonus, to keep pilots. They work in a culture where saving face is more important than anything else so the problems get swept under the rug. They crashed an airplane over a year ago and have at least 6 major incidents in the last 18 months (some which made it public). Inexperience and long hours rearing their heads. Canada is only now starting to see and attempt to deal with their shortage and are WAY behind the curve. The Chinese have been very proactive with high wages and increasingly adjusting contracts to meet the requirements of different pilots, ages and nationalities. Meanwhile in Canada the wages and conditions remain pathetic. I'm not sure what the managers here plan to do (if they have a plan at all) but it is going to cost them dearly either in a lack of pilots or an accident as they push less and less qualified people into seats, particularly the left seat.
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    Cdn Duty Day Regs

    http://www.cpac.ca/en/programs/headline-politics/episodes/61703566 Perhaps it is time for the Canadian unions to band together and hold their own press conference. This was frustrating to listen to!! G. Sugar, from Cargojet, even had the audacity to attempt to deflect the debate by claiming that they should be focusing more on alcohol and drugs among pilots.
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    Swoop News and Changes at WestJet

    Or did they go overseas because there was no work in Canada????? To come home they are offered, what, $46,000/year to work at AC!!!! HA, ya and it is the pilot that is the issue!!!
  9. EK actually 14 crew standard and 16-18 for ULR on the 777.
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    Swoop - Apply now

    Hiring of Canadians is beginning again. China Eastern is now processing Cdn applicants.
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    Pilot Shortage Is Here

    The airlines will simply continue to lower the requirements to fill seats. They will lower them to nothing more than a basic licence if they have to. The regionals in Canada are already scraping the bottom of the barrel and the other operators take what is left over. These companies will simply lower the upgrade requirements as well. As long as the seats are filled they don't care. Airlines around the world have been doing this for the last 5 years (only now is it hitting Canada). Emirates is at the point where is is hiring pilots with 2000 hours or less. They have been short for a long time and simply increased monthly flying to the point where pilots are flying 100 hours or more a month. Doesn't matter as long as the fights go! Emirates (and it's sister company Fly Dubai) have crashed TWO airplanes in the last few years and .....nothing changes. In the last 6-8 months EK has had two 380's almost descend onto the ground on approach, multiple other approach and departure incidents... nothing changes! I forecast our 777 crash well before it happened and, but for some luck, will crash another one and not get as lucky with no deaths as the last one. You cannot have inexperience in BOTH seats of a flight deck. Concepts like the MPL etc may work if you have an extremely rigorous training regime combined with experienced captains. You also cannot simply squeeze more flying out of the existing crews - especially if they are inexperienced. Canada hasn't experience this yet but they are starting to. In the past, even at AC the FO's had good experience PRIOR to joining and spent enough time in the right seat (or sideways) to learn. In the last 3-5 years the basic ability of the FO's I have been flying with has declined dramatically. The current crop (with 2000 hours or so) are barely competent and, worse, do not realize it! They can fly wonderfully on the autopilot but anything, ANYTHING, out of the ordinary and they are lost. I could write paragraph after paragraph of examples just from the past year. Worse is the poor attitude showed by many of them - not sure if it is generational or an age related issue. This is what you will start to see very soon here (from friends at some smaller airlines in Canada they have already started to see it).
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    Pilot Shortage Is Here

    They still don't want to admit to it- wages and conditions are so bad in Canada that no young kid wants any part of it. Anyone with experience can't afford to come back and pilots are leaving Canada for big dollars elsewhere. The other issue, which Canada and Canadian companies have not had to deal with yet is the lack of experience. You can have inexperienced FO's, as Canada has now and has in the past. What you can't have is inexperienced FO's with inexperienced captains which is something I think is quickly happening in Canada. The last few years I have seen the results at EK (lasts of issues that have not made the news) and I am sure at many other airlines. Numerous accidents/incidents and almost accidents that have been due to inexperience.
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    Disagreement in the flight deck

    Agree Rich, NOTHING surprises me in India....or the ME with its huge Indian population. Could write a book - a comedy - about it!
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    Tarmac accident at YYZ

    Not sure if you can see the wingtip on a 737 but the pilots are dealing with a situation they cannot see. They are relying on information coming from cabin crew and ground controllers, attempting to asses that information and then decide on a course of action. Not an easy position to be in and, I'd imagine when (if) a call of "fire" was relayed they had to make a decision. In my view, based on what we can see and what they probably knew at the time they made a call that erred on the safe side.
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    Ryanair..... again......still

    This is how Ryanair operates - no surprise. Most of their pilots are on contracts through agencies. They can be moved from base to base at anytime. They can be forced to operate from another base for short periods of time and are required to pay for their own hotel when at that base. I fly with a lot of ex-Ryanair guys and the conditions are unbelievable. This is nothing more than keeping the pilot group apart and unable to organize successfully.