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  1. Have heard this week that the new Ramp Bid is coming out in two weeks for YYZ. The scuttlebutt is that the company is eliminating all full-time dayshifts and will be covering them with part-time. At this time when they want everyone to give 110%, does it pay to make your workforce annoyed? Not only will the dayshift guys be mad at going back to afternoons, but the guys on afts who have worked to get "early" afts will be mad at being bumped back. I guess this is just the latest attempt at lowering the headcount without having to give packages. Iceman
  2. You have to consider why people even drink the bottled stuff. Studies have shown that tap water is better for you due to the fact that it has the trace of chlorine in it. Bottled water is known to grow bacteria if it is shelved too long or exposed to light. All my life I've drank tap water and it hasn't affected feuapopoav ksdkcma; dn aldjf aoej fdkk;l;l...
  3. Speculation is that when Paul Martin becomes King of Canada, Mr. Colonhead won't be in the Transportation Portfolio any longer. Any thoughts as to the replacement? Iceman
  4. Didn't you recieve the company memo that states... "If you don't hear a rumor by 10:00,,,,, START ONE!!!!!!!!!"
  5. Here are the official plans for rebuilding Irag..... http://www.whitehouse.org/news/2003/031303.asp
  6. Just my opinion... The reason that the U.S. has asked the U.N. to step in is that the return on investment to secure the oil flow is becoming unmanageable. The States has always said that they would pay for the oil they take, and that is true. However the cost of "Controlling" the flow is becoming way too high in terms of money to support the troops and equipment. As well, the cost in lives is far exceeding what they had projected, especially with more troops being killed after the cessation of hostilities than during the actual war. So the States it looking to download the cost of obtaining oil onto the rest of the world to support their "Energy Fix". Iceman
  7. This isn't the first time that one of the 400's has been operating without a wingtip. If I remember correctly, a couple years ago one operated for a couple months without a tip after it was scrubbed off while being towed into the hangar in YYZ. Iceman
  8. Just caught up on my reading here and saw your post below... I know it is too late for you my friend, but I howled at your description... Hopefully this link will provide a valuable customer service to the others on this forum who you have probably scared the s%*# out of. Rgds... Iceman
  9. Now that they have announced that Tango is to be re-absorbed into the main fleet, will they go to a three class seating arrangement on the aircraft? I envision the same as the old Connisseur days with there being a separate cabin up front for the "J" passengers who should get what they payed for, and then the "Y" cabin being split with the different sections being designated with head doillies. The only major difference that I can forsee is that if you pay the economy fare, your meal might be included, whereas if you are in the Tango section with the lower fare, then you have the option of paying for your catering. Should make it easy to add or remove seats depending on loads, just by changing the headrests, and Cara can load up the appropriate catering at the last minute. As I am just a front line kinda guy, I hope that they have the foresight to consider this kind of program. Rgds... Iceman
  10. Latest drivel from the Toronto Star has the slant that AC can no longer operate safely. When the crew of 140 on Monday executed a go-around because of another aircraft on the runway, the Star has it written that it is AC's problem. Way to go Star. This is from the paper that critisised the police for catching criminals. I won't post the link because I don't feel they need the traffic. Everyone else have a nice day! Iceman
  11. I was inside watching through the window. About five years ago, I was close enough to a lightning strike in a golf course parking lot that the discharge melted holes in my umbrella. That was close enough for me and my shorts. Besides... The rule still holds, you never see the one that gets you! Rgds... Iceman
  12. They were standing under the wing of the loaded dash on 266, and lightning was observed touching on the other side of the field. Would you be standing out there? I know of a tow crew operator who was plugged in when lightening struck the tail, and the discharge blew him clear of the paymover. Ask around the towshack, you might meet him personally. Iceman
  13. The nomination goes to the two Jazz Captains and 2 first officers who took it upon themselves to go out on the ramp in YYZ yesterday during a RED ALERT in order to take pictures of the approaching cells. Your efforts to remove yourselves from the gene pool are greatly appreciated by your brothers who are, and will be layed off shortly, and you have reaffirmed to all the boys watching from the lunch room the mentality of "some" pilots. (Notice I didn't say all) Iceman
  14. I posted that to point out that it only takes a quick change in a regulation and a new procedure takes place. They're doing it to us, and what's to stop them from doing it to you? All it will take is one beancounter to justify the savings and the wheels would be put in motion. Just a point for discussion... Iceman
  15. Explains why people spent the way they do... http://www.newswire.ca/releases/July2003/23/c4351.html
  16. As well, lets look at the logical extension of this issue which has been brought up before... If a flight is delayed waiting for a Captain who was called in off reserve, wouldn't it be logical to substitute the First Officer off the next gate to get the flight off on time? Aren't they trained in the same procedures from the start also? Just Asking... Iceman
  17. The pilot was sitting in his seat and pulled out a .38 revolver. He placed it on top of the instrument panel, and then asked the navigator, "Do you know what I use this for?" The navigator replied timidly, "No, what's it for?" The pilot responded, "I use this on navigators who get me lost!" The navigator proceeded to pull out a .45 and place it on his chart table. The pilot asked, "What's that for?" "To be honest sir," the navigator replied, "I'll know we're lost before you will."
  18. Why alcohol should be served at work 1. It's an incentive to show up. 2. It leads to communications that are more honest. 3. It reduces complaints about low pay. 4. Employees tell management what they think, not what they want to hear. 5. It encourages car-pooling. 6. Increase job satisfaction because if you have a bad job, you don't care. 7. It eliminates vacations because people would rather come to work. 8. It makes fellow employees look better. 9. It makes the cafeteria food taste better. 10. Bosses are more likely to hand out raises when they are wasted. 11. Salary negotiations are a lot more profitable. 12. Employees work later since there's no longer a need to relax at the bar. 13. It makes everyone more open with their ideas. 14. Eliminates the need for employees to get drunk on their lunch break. 15. Employees no longer need coffee to sober up. 16. Sitting "Bare ass" on the copy machine will no longer be seen as gross
  19. It is summarised best in the last paragraph on the fifth page...... http://popularmechanics.com/science/aviation/2003/5/battle_of_xplanes/
  20. Robert It may have been a harsh response, but maybe it might illicit a response such as the one that the "Painless Pole" got in the original book of M.A.S.H. We are going through times now that have been extraordinary in creating stress levels, and I believe that the worst is yet to come. Not trying to be a nay-sayer, just looking at it realistically and trying to prepare myself for the future. I went back and read over the posts and at no time did I knock you opinions. It is in reference to the manner in which you put them forth that brought out that response. I deal with the same Union as you, and I have the same frustrations, but rather than allowing it to get me down, I return the grief to them through regular visits, phone calls, etc. As for working for this company, it has been a pretty good ride so far, but we all have to do what we can to support our families. If I have to take the big whack now to ensure that I can support mine, I will. I will also fight in the future to regain what I have lost, and if that is not possible, I will carry on and go elsewhere that will allow me to accomplish my goals. We're not at that point yet..... Iceman
  21. Great point of view Don! As well, I have noticed that our society has become one that shuns social interaction. This has come from years of noting how people talk to each other in public places. IMO there are very few people left who can carry on an intelligent conversation. They prefer to talk in "lingo" on cellphones, text message, or email. We as a society are fast losing respect for one another and it shows. Road rage, not moving over on sidewalks, and especially the way you are handled by clerks in stores now. I see it not as the fault of society as much as it is the fault of parents who don't make the time to interact with their children. I know that everyone has job and other time constraints, yet as a parent that extra effort is needed to make sure that the next generation is properly "socialised". In volunteering in the Scout movement, I see it on a regular basis. Yet it is a joy to see the rare child who displays proper manners and who has the skills to talk to others. As you said, people would rather watch vacuous television than inform themselves with what is going on around them. And that is exactly what the leaders of today want. I just hope the message gets out sooner than later and that a difference can be made. Rgds... Iceman
  22. Don With the situation being as it is, can you forsee any rebalancing of the current economic situation short of a scenario such as a "General Strike" as we saw earlier in this century, or through a major conflict greater that what we have seen in the Middle East? As you said, the big picture is hard to focus on right now, but maybe if the word gets around, people will start to avoid ABM's, self-serve check outs, et al, as well as being aware of where the goods and services they buy are actually produced, then we can start a true recovery in that jobs and wealth will be produced that will ensure the economic well being of everyone not just a select few. Thanks for listening... Iceman
  23. Don With the situation being as it is, can you forsee any rebalancing of the current economic situation short of a scenario such as a "General Strike" as we saw earlier in this century, or through a major conflict greater that what we have seen in the Middle East? As you said, the big picture is hard to focus on right now, but maybe if the word gets around, people will start to avoid ABM's, self-serve check outs, et al, as well as being aware of where the goods and services they buy are actually produced, then we can start a true recovery in that jobs and wealth will be produced that will ensure the economic well being of everyone not just a select few. Thanks for listening... Iceman
  24. At your request I have removed the paragraph from the post above. It is from my respect for your opinions and wishes. Rgds... Iceman
  25. Robert If you have no job it affects more than just the airline. Think of all the industries that rely on your paycheque. Sure, we could cause a major shutdown of the Canadian airline industry, but where would that lead us? Even the GTAA realises how bad things are and have been handing out $5 coupons to pax for spending in the shops and restaurants. The merchants can then turn them in to reduce their rent for the month. Do you think the GTAA got the picture? Better to give up some now than to lose it all.... To think of others, if AC is shut down, then there is no future, but if the cuts are made now, then there is always rehiring and growth.(Isn't that why you cut back rose bushes in the fall, for new growth in the spring?) This situation sucks,,,it really SUCKS!!! (Paragraph Deleted) However, there are those of us out here that believe that it will get better. It's nature's Law that everything has a natural cycle and that new growth will happen. Iceman
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