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  2. We were advised yesterday that Jeppesen is going to be removing the half degree least for now.
  3. It usually very clearly states on the rental contract that if a vehicle is dropped off at a rental location outside of business hours, the renter is fully responsible for the vehicle until that location's next business day.......or words to that affect. It's a pretty clear statement whatever the exact wording is. I found out the hard way 20some years ago with a rental from Alamo in DFW after returning a vehicle after hours. Long story short, I had the replacement cost of an Oldsmobile 98 on my credit card for almost 6 months. It was only after finally getting the intervention of the rental companies CEO that I got the matter resolved.
  4. IFG, touched a nerve did I? Among the questions posed 21/2 years ago to TC was whether there was an expectation of pilots to be knowledgeable of airport infrastructure levels and requirements. TC at the time suggested that this may indeed have to be the case. Many flight safety representatives took note of that to go back and raise the issue within their own ranks. Given the number of industry representatives that attend these meetings (usually in the 50 - 70 range) I am surprised that this info seems not to have filtered down the ranks as a heads up at least. Re TP312, have asked TC previously to interpret said document in reference to taxiway lighting when the taxiway joins an instrument runway. The document seems quite clear in that regard. At least one airport operator has chosen to ignore what is contained in that document and when TC was pushed on the issue the answer received was "TC doesn't want to come between the airport and the user". It can be frustrating to the industry when TC continues to pick and choose what they will enforce and when they choose to do it. Regards
  5. With all due respect to folks I must say I am a bit surprised by some of the responses here. These are not new regulations as pointed out by others and were hilighted in a CBAAC back in 2006. I was at one of the regular Atlantic Regional Civil Aviation Safety Committee meetings in November of 2006 where this was discussed. In attendance as well were flight safety representatives of Jazz, ACA along with most 604, 702, 703 and 704 operators in the Atlantic region, most airport authorities in the region, TC, NC and others. This should not be new information to any of those folks. The airport where we have our main base has been keeping us updated on their RVOP planning. TC had required a plan to be in place as of last fall. At a meeting with airport authorities in November '08 we were advised that TC had delayed this until March 2009. Nobody should have been caught off guard here.
  6. Doesn't the Principal work for a school board? Wouldn't the board be responsible for polices such as this? School Boards were done away with in New Brunswick in the mid-nineties. The Principal is an employee of the Minister. As stated in the original news article, the Dept of Ed has given the option to the local administrator (principal) I went to public school in Quebec in the 60's and very early 70's. We never sang Oh Canada in any language.. My kids have never sung Oh Canada in their school careers either.
  7. Received this and wanted to pass it on. This poem was written by a peace keeping soldier stationed overseas. The following is his request, I think it is reasonable. PLEASE. Would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as many People as you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our Canadian service men and women for our being able to celebrate these Festivities. Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make people stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us. The Night Before Christmas T'was the night before Christmas, He lived all alone, In a one bedroom house, Made of plaster and stone. I had come down the chimney, With presents to give, And to see just who, In this home did live. I looked all about, A strange sight I did see, No tinsel, no presents, Not even a tree. No stocking by the mantle, Just boots filled with sand, On the wall hung pictures, Of far distant lands. With medals and badges, Awards of all kinds, A sober thought, Came through my mind. For this house was different, It was dark and dreary, I found the home of a soldier, Once I could see clearly. The soldier lay sleeping, Silent, alone, Curled up on the floor, In this one bedroom home. The face was so gentle, The room in such disorder, Not how I pictured, A Canadian soldier. Was this the hero, Of whom I'd just read?, Curled up on a poncho, The floor for a bed? I realized the families, That I saw this night, Owed their lives to these soldiers, Who were willing to fight. Soon round the world, The children would play, And grownups would celebrate, A bright Christmas Day. They all enjoyed freedom, Each month of the year, Because of the soldiers, Like the one lying here. I couldn't help wonder, How many lay alone, On a cold Christmas Eve, In a land far from home. The very thought brought A tear to my eye, I dropped to my knees, And started to cry. The soldier awakened, And I heard a rough voice, 'Santa, don't cry. This life is my choice. I fight for freedom, I don't ask for more, My life is my God, My country, my corps.' The soldier rolled over, And drifted to sleep, I couldn't control it, I continued to weep. I kept watch for hours, So silent and still, And we both shivered, From the cold night's chill. I didn't want to leave, On that cold, dark night, This guardian of honor, So willing to fight. Then the soldier rolled over, With a voice, soft and pure, Whispered, 'Carry on Santa, It's Christmas Day, all is secure.' One look at my watch, And I knew he was right, 'Merry Christmas my friend, And to all a good night.'
  8. What would be an interesting poll is one that asks: How many of you folks that are responding to these polls online actually got off your backside and took part in the democratic process and went to a polling station to cast your vote? I did an informal survey of the whiners at work yesterday and today....27 people asked.....67% did NOT vote last election. Amazingly, they took it as a personal affront when I suggest that since they didn't bother then perhaps they should have nothing to say now.
  9. I have the 8830 on the Bell system. We have a mixture of the same units on Bell and Rogers systems within the flight department. Overall we find that the Bell units seem to have better coverage. I don't use mine as a phone (I don't like holding a brick to my ear). I use a seperate cell phone for that. I have used my 8830 in Europe with excellent coverage.
  10. Yes Mitch, that's more what my mental picture was at the time.
  11. Shortly into this new century, at a holiday meal gathering, a discussion came up on the previous century. One of my children posed a question, what single image best captured the previous 100 years. Many answers flowed around the table but mine, while not this exact photo, was one similar. (I believe the one I had in mind was a similar Apollo 8 photo). For the first time in our collective history, mankind was able to view itself from a previously unkown perspective. Glyn
  12. Driving through Cape Canaveral a few months back I spied a business very proudly advertising "Colon Hydro Therapy". I must say that I was a bit taken back by the size of the parking lot and the number of cars they could accomodate at any given time. Someone is planning a brisk business. Then again my better half recently described an overheard conversation at work where two women were discussing the pros and cons of various colon cleansing products. "The times they are a changing"
  13. Mitch, In the corporate (604) world, our MCM requires a test flight after a single engine change let alone a dual change. Glyn
  14. Just starting engines for a quick flight down to KTEB when we got word to shut down and await further. Went inside to the lounge and wasn't long in realizing that we weren't going anywhere that day. Interesting how fate deals its hand....we had a minor technical glitch that morning that had delayed our departure. We had been scheduled to arrive at KTEB at 08:30 local.
  15. That presumes you can just de-register and re-register an aircraft just like a web domain Not uncommon in the 604 world. Flew an aircraft yesterday that wore three different registrations in a seven day period in February of this year.
  16. Remember airport administrator George Kennedy in Airport Well actually no I don't. I seem to recall George Kennedy wearing something identifying him as a TWA employee. Burt Lancaster was the airport administrator. You gotta love the press. Ok, I'll leave now
  17. It's not a question of the hardware, but the data. Interesting that you should raise this point. Our business aircraft has TAWS and every time we landed on rwy 27 in CYFC we would get a terrain warning followed shortly later to an escalation of a "pull up" command. This would happen at 2.9 miles final. The first time it happened in IMC the adrenalin levels spiked as the power levers went forward, nose pointed to the moon and we got outta Dodge. To make a long story somewhat shorter we investigated the event and later tried successive approaches to the same runway in VMC and each and every time we received the same warnings at the same place with nothing but a flat river valley and a runway threshold in front of us. Now for those that may not have flown into CYFC lately, the terrain around the airport is relatively flat and there is no reason to encounter such a warning. I couldn’t get much help from TC or NC other than a “huh, that’s interesting” from one and a “well that shouldn’t happen” from the other. I contacted the hardware maufacturer, L3, and queried as to the cause. They pointed their finger at the database provider, Jeppesen. I contacted Jeppesen and they pointed their finger at the hardware manufacturer, L3. This went back and forth for 20 months. In the mean time I had occasion to talk to crews from AC Jazz, Delta/Comair and other crews from the 604 world that had experienced the same event on the same runway at the same airport. It seemed to have all been chalked up to “just one of those anomalies” that folks were aware of and that’s why we are provided with an INHIBIT button. The whole thing wasn’t sitting well with me for the obvious reason that I didn’t want any of our crews to get into the habit of, oh well just that nuisance warning again, smashing the INHIBIT button and continuing on. 20 months after this all started, through a friend of a friend, I had a conversation with a design engineer at L3 that worked on the initial design of their first TAWS system and he became very interested very fast. He was able to run the same approach in their Sim and had the same results. He and I examined the raw terrain database that had been provided to L3 from Jeppesen and found that there was a 477’ ASL hill where in fact there was no hill in reality. Interestingly enough, Jeppesen also provided the navigation database for our FMS and it correctly permitted one to descend to 400’ ASL in the same area. After 5 more months of back and forth between myself, L3 and Jeppesen the terrain database error was finally corrected. After this long drawn out exercise I am left with the question that if a database provider can insert a hill where there isn’t one, does the opposite hold? While all this gee wiz stuff in the pointy end is great and I do enjoy it, I find it a little too common these days to find the younger guys and gals saying to me something like…..well the box says we’re good, without always putting it through their own brain for a reasonable check. A symptom of the video game generation perhaps? So if I get into a cockpit with synthetic vision before I don the retirement hat it will be with a certain amount of trepidation that I would use such a system in real world always knowing that it is seemingly rather easy for a bad key stroke or two to get through all the checks and balances. I dunno, maybe it's just old dogs and new tricks..........
  18. As others have indicated, Flight Aware's (along with the other public websites offering the same) information must be viewed with a very large grain of salt. The information originates from the FAA air traffic management computer in Virginia. The information from this computer is utilized by the FAA, NC and other air traffic management agencies as one of the tools to help allocate the division of resources, adjust traffic flow management plans etc in a dynamic environment. This information of course is very useful to NC which is why Canada and other foreign states make their internal information available to the FAA computer. The downside however is that under US law, some or all of the output from this FAA computer is deemed to be public information. A natural growth of the public's fascination with all things aviation was the birth of these websites. Now, even though the information is "public" some of the information is massaged or blocked outright (all flights with a military callsign, those that apply to have their identities blocked etc). These websites are not recognized users of the data and therefore do not get the final complete and accurate product but rather a stream of some of the raw data which they compile into these entertainment programs. The information is not complete, sometimes not accurate and is delayed but is interesting to look at as long as it is viewed in that context. As an example, just last week I was looking at one of our aircraft on Flight Aware and according to that website there were two targets traveling under the same callsign in opposite directions, 200 miles apart on J500. If you clicked to get some more detailed information then you got a compilation of the data for both targets. Unless you knew what was accurate and what wasn't, it was certainly confusing. Back to the story at hand, Newsworld is certainly getting into the spirit of things this morning. Heather Hiscox with flushed excitement is oscillating between AC 190 plunging hundreds or thousands of meters. Now the bit about seconds from disaster hasn't crept in yet but it's still early in the day.
  19. Much like polls, unless one is aware of how a question is asked and in what context, getting worked up over media hogwash is a waste of blood pressure. Never mind the fact that the "reporter" asked how many people before getting the quote he or she was looking for? The media loves to bash AC just like they love to bash politicians, public education, successful Canadians, people with black hair.................and on and on. Just accept it as the Canadian thing to do. Who the hell flys from Boston to Ireland via Halifax anyway when there are direct flights daily out of Boston! You deserve to get stranded.
  20. Just for clarification, contrary to the thread title it was not "The Tim Horton's Jet"
  21. Cadors Number: 2007A1278 Reporting Region: Atlantic Occurrence Information Occurrence Type: Incident Occurrence Date: 2007/10/19 Occurrence Time: 1815 Z Day Or Night: day-time Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Canadian Aerodrome ID: CCQ3 Aerodrome Name: Debert Occurrence Location: Debert (CCQ3) Province: Nova Scotia Country: CANADA World Area: North America Reported By: Transport Canada AOR Number: TSB Class Of Investigation: TSB Occurrence No.: A07A0129 Event Information Engine failure Fuel - exhaustion Aircraft Information Flight #: Aircraft Category: Aeroplane Country of Registration: CANADA Make: PIPER Model: PA31 Year Built: 1969 Amateur Built: No Engine Make: AVCO LYCOMING Engine Model: TIO-540-A2B Engine Type: Reciprocating Gear Type: Land Phase of Flight: Approach Damage: No Damage Owner: MARITIME AIR CHARTER LIMITED Operator: MARITIME AIR CHARTER LIMITED (10413) Operator Type: Commercial Detail Information User Name: MacQuarrie, Jack Date: 2007/10/30 Further Action Required: Yes O.P.I.: Aviation Enforcement Narrative: A Canadian registered PA-31, enroute IFR from Iles de la Madeleine (CYGR) to Halifax (CYHZ), cancelled IFR and diverted to Debert (CCQ3). On the final approach to Debert, the aircraft experienced engine failure due to fuel exhaustion. The flight crew was able to successfully glide the aircraft to a safe landing on Runway 27 in Debert. User Name: MacQuarrie, Jack Date: 2007/11/06 Further Action Required: No O.P.I.: Aviation Enforcement Narrative: UPDATE TSB: A07A0129: A Piper PA-31 with two pilots and five passengers on board, was en route on an IFR flight plan from Iles-de-la-Madeleine to Halifax. At around 30 nm north northeast of Halifax, the pilot became concerned about the low state of the aircraft fuel supply at which point the flight crew cancelled the IFR flight plan and diverted the aircraft for a landing in Debert, Nova Scotia. Approximately two nm on final approach for Runway 27 at Debert, the left engine stopped and the right engine began surging. The pilot feathered the left engine and landed the aircraft without further incident. The aircraft was refueled, an extensive run-up was carried out, and the aircraft was flown from Debert to Halifax. The operator will be supplying the TSB with further information involving the incident.
  22. Of all the incidents that happened in the last few years, none could be attributed to the fact that pilots were /were not speaking the same language With all due respect, lets be honest here. There will never be an accident report in this country that attributes cause as the use of more than one language in ATC communications. Suggesting that a negative or absence of the affirmative is somehow proof that all is well is a tad disingenuous. Glyn Sorry for the thread drift.
  23. I wonder if the two machines that Hydro-Quebec has on sched service are affected? One is an early serial number that they have had in service for 5 years.
  24. Well the prop is garbage for starters. Looks like at least three blades twisted.