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  1. Hey, I hear you Jack. Some of my best days ever were flying Convairs and Dash’s and 737-200s around my beloved West. I loved it, but then I was done with it. It’s hard to explain. I still fly my little tail dragger off of my grass strip, so the love of flying remains. The airline was one kind of flying, this kind of flying is different. Maybe that’s why I don’t miss airline flying. The string never really broke, the romance of flying never left. It just changed. I do miss the people. (Not so sure that they miss me ?Lol)
  2. You know, I always thought that when the time came, they’d have to drag me out of the cockpit kicking and screaming. In the event, I went peaceably, and several years earlier than I had to. Don’t miss it, don’t pine for “the good old days”, and don’t regret it. I enjoyed the flying career; it was everything I had hoped for. But the time comes when you have had enough and you want to move on to other things. At least, that’s my experience.
  3. Interesting story. I have thought the risk to aircrew for skin cancer has been largely ignored. In my own case, I have to believe being bombarded with radiation at altitudes of 39000 to 41000 feet for more than a decade has been more than a passing cause of the five surgeries in the last five years to remove pre-cancerous and cancerous lesions from my skin. For context, neither my parents or any of my four siblings have experienced any form of skin cancer. I have also never been a sunbather, nor have I ever been in a tanning bed. Have always been a person who seeks the shade, and never have been a “shirt off “ guy (although my Adonis-like physique lends itself to it ?). The last tissue digging expedition was to remove a melanoma. The good news is that because I have been under careful watch for years, the doc found it right when it started. Even so, they excised an awful lot of flesh. Worth every stitch. The point of all this background is to hopefully illustrate the value in having your doctor do a thorough examination of all your skin every year. Don’t put it off. Melanoma that has had 6 months to invade is likely manageable. If it’s undiagnosed for years, it’s possibly fatal. So be careful out there! Slather on that sunscreen 60, order the long sleeved pilot shirts, and make sure you’re checked often.
  4. http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/westjet-questioned-about-termination-of-employees-on-long-term-disability-1.3641066 I was under the impression you couldn’t be fired while on disability. What gives?
  5. If spaceman Marc really cares about doing something worthwhile for Canadian passengers, start with some real flight and duty rules. We allow 14 hour international flights across 10 time zones with no augmentation. Ridiculous. Other civilized countries are (Buzz) light years ahead.
  6. Okay. We can split hairs. VP of People. So technically, not HR. A distinction without a difference. In any case, a likeable enough person.
  7. The VP in charge of the flight attendants has announced his retirement. I'll eat my hat if he's 50 yet. If memory serves, he was VP of HR in 2008 and 2010. Discuss
  8. True. There is another side of the system tho. You can change travel companions a couple of times a year. So a person who you met last week and made a travel companion can go before a day one employee. So, seniority indeed means nothing. You AC types should adopt this system
  9. Well then. Hopefully the company, WJPA, and PACT will do their bit to move the proceedings along to conclusion. I'd like to see the thing resolved, not dropped.
  10. There is no mandatory cool down period. You just can't have another certification vote within 6 months of the last one. Speaking of the CIRB, I was hoping that they would have ruled by now. Or is that phalanx of corporate lawyers still on the job?
  11. You aren't mistaken Seeker. When I used to ride on PWA to my rotational job at the always scenic Resolute Bay, we used to ride out to the combi on a people mover. Still had to climb the the rear air stairs.
  12. Live long and prosper Spock. I' like to share a little story if I might. I belong to the Vulcan flying club in Vulcan Alberta. As you can imagine, Star Trek is rather a big deal in Vulcan. Every summer, we have "Spock Days", and the Star Trek visitors centre on highway 24 draws lots of Trekkies from around the world, as well as day-trippers on Harley's and in mini vans from YYC. A few years ago, Leonard Nimoy was the parade master at the Calgary Stampede. He was gracious enough to accept an invitation from the Vulcan chamber of commerce to visit, and duly made the limo ride south. A fellow club member, whom we refer to as Pat the Undertaker ushered him around for the day ( Pat was the president of the chamber, having buried the competition ). So I asked him, what, typical Hollywood swelled head? Absolutely not, he said he was a very enthusiastic visitor, had time for everyone he met that day, and was genuinely humbled that the town had named a special occasion after him, and you could buy a set of plastic Spock ears at several locations in town. He sounds like the kind of down to earth ( pardon the pun) person you would be proud to know. R.I.P. Mr. Nimoy.
  13. I have a group of family members travelling trans Atlantic with TS this spring. Does anyone know which rows of economy seats have armrests that move up and between the seats? Thank-you, E.
  14. Yeah. Misery do love company, doesn't it?
  15. Hey, you forgot Air Canada! Didn't they operate an MD11 for a couple of years with American crews?
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