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  1. Pilot Shortage Is Here

    The high cost of training is one barrier to filling those empty seats. This pilot shortage has been brewing for some time. We got relief because of 911 and then the change in the age restriction to age 65. The industry mostly did nothing and acted surprised when all of a sudden they had a hard time finding pilots. We’re facing a real perfect storm here. New pilots are being snapped up before they even finish training and the traditional career trajectory of the commercial pilot in Canada needs a rethink. The “school of hard knocks” in this country has served ok so far by washing out those who couldn’t cut the mustard or lacked the dedication to remain in this challenging environment. Those of us that went through this are going to have to accept that those days are gone and wrap our heads around having fresh commercial pilots filling these seats. TC needs to revamp its commercial pilot curriculum to better prepare new pilots for the real world. Airlines need to become part of the solution by incentivizing current pilots to spend some time training these new pilots...both financially and schedule wise. Otherwise there will be no one to teach which is happening as we speak. Personally I wouldn’t mind teaching ab initio, but it makes no financial sense to pay to get requalified and I can make more with a little OT. New hire pay needs to be addressed as well as recognizing the increased workload of those that have to fly with less experienced pilots. Most of this is going to require more dough from both industry and government.
  2. Pilot Shortage Is Here

    If Canada wants to maintain a degree of flight service to northern communities, they’ll need to pony up and subsidize like any other trade. But they won’t realize that until it’s too late and services are cut, including medivac services.
  3. Canada Buys USED fighters

    Trudeau must’ve asked WestJet for aircraft purchase advice... ”Hey Gregg, where do we get planes from?” ”Used Aussie planes can be had for a good price”
  4. Someone who had an axe to grind saw the unedited results and took the opportunity to give the company a black eye by releasing it to the press. I'm pretty sure we've all made genuine attempts to make amends in relationships (whether personal or professional) only to have those attempts rebuffed as insincere. I guess the point I'm trying to make is that the collapse of the relationship isn't as one sided as many are making it out to be. Sure the company doesn't get a free pass on the way some decisions (like bases) were implemented, but the answer to the question of "what happened" isn't a one sided one. I was using this as an example of how both sides can share the responsibility. The percentage of which is up for debate.
  5. You're assuming way too much. If you knew the guy who initiated it and who got the most stung by it, you wouldn't call it insincere. And it wasn't part of negotiating, it was a genuine fact finding mission.
  6. Not to poop on the executive bash fest, but there was attempts to quell the masses. Remember the news reports containing the results of focus group discussions? Well management was trying to find out what the issues were and that olive branch got thrown back in their face. Management ain't the only ones to blame here... Members of the pilot group think they can improve their lot by going with a union. Only time will tell if that's true or not.
  7. Porter Job Ad

    I've heard they're having a hard time retaining talent. Sounds like a problem not unique to Porter though and smaller carriers from the regionals on down need to become more creative if they want pilots to apply/remain on property. The commuting policy is a step in the right direction. I know quite a few pilot couples where the spouse has left the industry due to the scheduling challenges related to both parents being in the airlines. If they offered part time positions to new hires, maybe they entice them back to the workforce with a better work/life balance. This could also attract the recently retired who would like to still work, but not on a full time basis. Better to fill half a position than not at all...
  8. New Low Cost Start up in Canada

    Some things gleaned from the conference call... - Bare bones reservation system reduces cost - Passenger could be accommodated on WestJet flights when Swoop flights are cancelled. - Seperate branding so there is no confusion as to what you're buying
  9. Swoop??

    To the best of my knowledge, the same will apply to bags. Swoop is going to be very bare bones but they're being up front about that fact. Industries across the board allow the customer to pick a level of service and pay accordingly. Airlines used to do that within the same aircraft (economy vs business) and seem to be moving to a model of offering entire flights under a lower price point, but with lower associated service levels. It's hard to offer a prediction as to how successful Swoop will be. But if Canadians don't like it, then I don't think it will last long.
  10. Swoop??

    My understanding is the swoop customer will have to book a separate flight on their own or pay a fee to have the connection set up for them.
  11. RIP Gord Downie

    Says it all....brilliant lyricist and a great entertainer.
  12. Coalition of Canadian Airlines

    Both groups drew their lines in the sand with regards seniority. Both, in my opinion were unrealistic (pure DOH vs BOTL). An arbitrator decided an in between solution that one group vehemently disagreed with and walked away from the arbitrated settlement (I don't think this is revisionist). I think if these groups gave ground on their claims, maybe the industry would've been a more harmonious place. Instead we have infighting and a culture of trying to do everything to advance one's own group, sometime to the detriment of the other group. Companies saw an opportunity to use this division to their advantage and used it. So while I agree with Rudder in that a unified group would be to our benefit, I am skeptical about the ability to achieve this given history and selfish human nature.
  13. Coalition of Canadian Airlines

    Sorry to be a Debbie downer but with history having it's habit of repeating and all I see is another collapse happening in the future. Likely with equally devastating consequences for the entire profession (can you say "lawsuits", "stifled career progression" and unmitigated hatred between pilot groups). Pilots are still pilots gushing with self interest. I find the flight deck lacking with the knowledge of what happened when ACPA was formed in 1996. Pilots should at a minimum educate themselves if this CALPA V2 has a hope in hell of succeeding. For example, if a pilot group is unwilling to give some ground in seniority for the greater good, then nails will be driven into a brand new coffin. Until that happens, this theory of one big happy pilot group is just a fantasy. Hoping to be proven wrong.
  14. Actually, I have no horse in this race. Just a comment from the cheap seats. It shouldn't surprise anymore that people surmise something must be wrong when the democratic process doesn't work in their favour.
  15. I would argue that the results speak for itself. The agreement was voted in and therefore supported by the majority. Just because you disagree with the democratic result would hardly make it a debacle...