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  1. On the 320 we didn't have to eat off the log book on our laps and we we didn't have to worry about breaking our knee cap when we trimmed the aircraft. That should be enough right there, although I'll have to admit the bean counters really didn't care.
  2. I'd like to think that quality counts too. I wonder if the AC bean counters had buyers remorse after the 37 was grounded.
  3. I'd suggest that the bean counters prefer the 37 is because Boeing will take whatever discount they have to so they can make the sale. After that I believe the operating economics of the Airbus are better but I might be corrected on that.
  4. Doesn't that sound just a trifle anti-democratic?
  5. Here is an email I received from the Leslyn Lewis campaign. The issue seems very well documented. One of the tools that the radical left uses to avoid dealing with legitimate concerns raised by conservatives, is to label everything racist, sexist, bigoted or - if all else fails - a conspiracy theory. This tool is deliberately used to avoid accountability, so that we can't have conversations about real problems in the system. It is a form of bullying that attempts to shame people and shut down debate. What if I told you that people with connections to the Trudeau Foundation and the WHO were deliberately trying to silence me because they don't want to talk about amendments to the International Health Regulations which will be voted on this week at the World Health Assembly in Geneva? And then, what if I added they also don’t want to talk about the Global Pandemic Treaty which is in the process of being negotiated between 193 countries? The immediate temptation would be to say "That's a conspiracy" - right? Our system is broken and distrust in government, media and even academia is a direct result of institutions feeling beholden to the government that funds them. We need to restore check and balances, respect conflict of interest and promote the objectivity of academia and the media. Here's the background: I raised the issue of the World Health Assembly with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during Question Period on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 On Thursday the CBC - which receives $1.2 billion annually from the government - ran an article criticizing my claims Quotes were featured from three allegedly neutral legal experts who chose to engage in name calling - specifically that it was "fearmongering" and - you guessed it - "a conspiracy theory". CBC did not ask me to respond to any of the claims made about me or my positions by the alleged "neutral" experts in the article. Spoiler alert: they were not neutral at all. A basic Google search of the experts chosen to discredit me reveals immediate conflicts of interest and important political linkages. Have a look at the individuals that CBC chose to put in the article, and - more importantly - look at the information they chose to exclude. Timothy Caulfield Mr. Caulfield is listed online as a member of the Trudeau Foundation. This was NOT mentioned in the article. A quick scan of Timothy Caulfield's Twitter account shows dismissive and divisive language against those who have chosen to not be vaccinated against COVID-19, and articles with headlines like: "No, You're Not Entitled To Your Own Opinion." I couldn't disagree more. We all need to be able to have - and voice - our own opinions. That's freedom of speech, and it's critical to the health of our democracy. Dr. Steven Hoffman Dr. Hoffman is also listed online as a member of the Trudeau Foundation. This was also NOT mentioned in the article. But even more importantly, Dr. Hoffman, in addition to his linkage to the Trudeau Foundation, has a direct employment link to the federal government. He is a Director for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, which reports to Jean-Yves Duclos, the federal Minister of Health. Minister Duclos is leading Canada's delegation to Geneva for the World Health Assembly talks. Essentially, Dr. Hoffman was defending his boss in the media, but without letting people know who his boss is. To their credit, the CBC did actually mention that Dr. Hoffman is doing work with the WHO. Dr. Kelley Lee Dr. Lee is a former WHO employee. It's totally fine to have a former employee defend the WHO, but the CBC should have declared this. It is also not mentioned that Dr. Lee's position is funded by the Canadian Research Chairs Program, which is funded by the federal government and overseen in part by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. As already mentioned, CIHR reports to Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos. To be clear: I doubt that there were any discussions between these individuals and the Minister's Office or even the PMO. But when academics are connected with the Trudeau Foundation, have active and historic working relationships with the WHO, and have employment income stemming directly from the federal government, it's easy to spot potential conflicts of interest and bias. As Conservatives we need to have the courage to speak up on issues like Canadian sovereignty. We can't let online name calling from the Left or pundits in the media stop us from defending Canada's interests. Canadians are depending on us to speak the truth. I am ready to respectfully - but directly - push back against faulty media narratives. We need to be ready to proudly communicate a conservative position on all issues - even the most difficult ones. With the vote in Geneva happening this week, I will continue to push for the Liberal government and other voting delegates to do what is right, and reject these amendments to the International Health Regulations.
  6. I was not happy about having to switch my RCAF blues as well as the RCAF name for the CAF greens. I had enlisted in the RCAF and my father had died in service in the RCAF in 1944. I delayed as long as I could but kept on wearing my blue wedgie. At the end of my 1st year with AC I enlisted in 403 Sqn of the reserves in YUL and continued to wear it while I was in the Reserves causing some to be unhappy with me. I never knew George MIller but I wish I had.
  7. 87-year-old pilot ends elite flying career with cross-country flight to N.B. George Miller's 68-year career at the controls ended at the airport that started it all Shane Fowler · CBC News · Posted: May 19, 2022 7:00 AM AT | Last Updated: 4 hours ago After flying for nearly 70 years, George Miller descended from the skies one last time to land in New Brunswick. (Shane Fowler/CBC News) "Nobody's flown that low at this airport in 20 years." That quip came from a Miramichi-Chatham Airport employee about 87-year-old George Miller's visit in his 1940s-era Ryan Navion. Roaring by the eastern New Brunswick airport under a blazing sun, the Navion's unpainted silver fuselage reflected so much sunlight it stung the eyes. The plane has a 1950s sci-fi movie spaceship vibe, from back when the future was made of chrome. WATCH | George Miller's emotional final flight Pilot's emotional final flight after 7 decades of flying 7 hours ago Duration6:45 George Miller's storied career culminates with a flight across Canada and a parked piece of history. Aircraft fanatics would recognize its fighter plane lineage. Designed by the same company that built the legendary Second World War P-51 Mustang, the Navion emits a throaty growl as it flies by. They don't make planes like this anymore. And on this spring afternoon, the Navion came out of the sky for the last time, touching down at the Miramichi-Chatham Airport. It will never fly again. Neither will its pilot. Meet Miller "I just love that airplane," said George Miller. "And I know that it'll be hard to finally take the last look at it." "It's a real gut-wrencher to give it up." After spending 68 years in the air, George Miller is saying goodbye to flying and goodbye to his Navion, flying it across Canada to donate it to a New Brunswick museum. Born on Fogo Island off Newfoundland's north shore in 1935, Miller recalls being enraptured by a float plane delivering supplies to the island when he was just six years old. On his 18th birthday, he signed up with the RCAF. For the next 35 years he was a fighter pilot. And it was this little New Brunswick airport that gave him his start. 'A crazy career' In his early air force days, Miller says the first transonic fighter jets, planes capable of flying as fast as the sound barrier, were just coming into service. He put in a request to be trained to fly them. To this day, he still can't believe it was granted. Miller moved to New Brunswick and started training to fly CF-86 Sabre fighter planes, an aircraft first flown against Russian MiG's in the Korean War. The airport was a military hub then, much bigger than the humble airstrip it is today. Built immediately after the Second World War, Miller's Navion is a four-seater plane that he's been flying for the last 20 years. (Shane Fowler/CBC News) "This was our major, major fighter base, like Cold Lake is right now in Alberta," said Miller. "It's part of my soul, really, because I grew up with it," said Miller of the Miramichi-Chatham Airport. "I was so involved with, and so engrossed with the whole fighter business and the air force." Miller's first tour in 1955 was flying Sabres in Germany in the early years of the Cold War. "Basically, that was to counter the impending Russian threat because the Russians … they really had plans on moving into Europe and the threat was real," said Miller. "And then, of course, we'd be in the Third World War." Nuclear era He eventually upgraded to the Canadair CF-104 Starfighter, a jet capable of flying at twice the speed of sound. It was also capable of nuclear strikes, carrying US-supplied nuclear weapons. After piloting the Starfighters in Germany, Miller was transferred to Sardinia, Italy where he trained Canadian pilots on transporting and deploying nuclear weapons. Miller ran a sea survival school, training pilots who ejected or parachuted over water how to survive. Miller's Navion at the Miramichi-Chatham airport. (Shane Fowler/CBC News) He also spent time in the 1970s in Kingston, Ont., as the director of the Air Force Staff College, and then was sent to Egypt when that country was entering into peace talks with Israel. "That was an amazing time in my career … and they gave me one year of intensive Arabic language training, so I became bilingual in Arabic … and I had some crazy missions across the 'no man's land.' "I was often in the centre of it, trying to get intelligence for the Canadian government," said Miller. After stints in Israel and Sudan, Miller retired after 35 years in the RCAF. "That was a crazy career," he said. Hawks and Snowbirds Miller was also part of both of Canada's high-flying air force stunt squads. His talent flying those first Sabres landed him a spot on the 1962 Golden Hawks squad. The Golden Hawks would showcase high-speed manoeuvres and stunts at airshows, wowing crowds across the country. Miller, far right, was a member of the Golden Hawks, Canada's first national military aerobatic team, predating the Snowbirds. (Shane Fowler/CBC News) In 1973, he went to Moose Jaw, Sask., to help fashion the newly formed Snowbirds flight squadron into a national aerobatic team. The Snowbirds still perform across Canada today. Miller eventually formed his own flying aerobatic team after retirement, the Fraser Blues, flying alongside his son, putting on shows throughout British Columbia. WATCH | George Miller shows off his 1940s-era Ryan Navion one last time 1947 Ryan Navion aircraft walkaround 7 hours ago Duration10:43 Pilot George Miller shows off his Ryan Navion before donating it to the New Brunswick Aviation Museum. Miller's plane for those shows was the Navion. But despite still being in excellent health, this was the year to give up flying, he said. "I feel very capable of flying, there's no problem there," he said. "But I think it's good to be sensible. "I've done enough 'hundred-dollar hamburger' type trips, where you spend a hundred dollars in gas for a 15-dollar hamburger." Donating history When Miller started selling his beloved Navion, he spoke to Kevin Anderson, the executive director and founder of the New Brunswick Aviation Museum. Anderson has been working since 2013 to create a museum showcasing the province's aviation history. The current museum collection sits in a hanger off the tarmac at the Miramichi–Chatham airport. It already includes George Miller's flight suits from both the Golden Hawks and Snowbirds. It will now also include the Navion. Kevin Anderson, executive director and the founder of the New Brunswick Aviation Museum, is grateful for Miller's donated plane. (Shane Fowler/CBC News) Miller decided to cancel the sale of his plane and donate it to the fledging museum. "Well, I had a pretty big smile on, I'll say that much," said Anderson. "The reason that it was important for us to get it is that with the Golden Hawks being formed here in 1959 they were a huge part of Canada's aerobatic team history," said Anderson. This concept art is for the New Brunswick Aviation Museum that Anderson says is on track to be built in the coming years. It will house Miller's donated Navion. (Shane Fowler/CBC News) Trip of a lifetime Miller decided to deliver the Navion to New Brunswick himself, making the final flight from his home in Langley, B.C. His plan was to wait for good weather in early summer to fly across the country one last time. But on May 1, as he was going to bed, he checked the weather on his phone. He was shocked to find the perfect tailwind flowing across Canada. "I couldn't believe it," said Miller. "It was from coast to coast. This was a Sunday, and I said, 'I'm leaving Monday,' and I did." The perfect co-pilot But at 87, Miller knew he couldn't complete the trip alone. With any older plane, maintenance and upkeep is a constant variable, so he'd need someone who wasn't just along for the ride. He chose 27-year-old engineer Freya Inkster. "She's an absolutely wonderful maintenance engineer," said Miller. A pilot herself, she maintains about 30 to 40 airplanes, including Miller's, and said she was honoured when he asked her to help him make his final flight. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/the-final-flight-of-george-miller-1.6451216 Freya Inkster has been the Navion's maintenance engineer in Langley, B.C., for years. She maintained the plane on Miller's final flight. (Shane Fowler/CBC News) A good thing too. About halfway through the trip the Navion started having engine troubles and had to land in Kenora, Ont. "I was thinking, 'Please don't be a cylinder,' but it was a cylinder," said Inkster. She ended up having to replace it, shipping in a rebuilt one they luckily had back in Langley. The rest of the flight went by without incident. "This one is special," said Inkster. "Every single Navion is different, it doesn't matter if they were from the same year, every one is different." Final landing Last Thursday, after nearly seven decades of flying, Miller descended out of the sky for the final time. To his surprise, two fire trucks arched streams of water across the runway as a welcome. After an emotional hug with Anderson, Miller handed him the keys to his plane. "An end of an era, that's for sure," said Miller. "I'm hoping that when the new museum is open, I'll come back here, and I'll take Freya with me, and come back and see it, and that will be the last time I will see it." Miller with his Navion. (Shane Fowler/CBC News)
  8. There are those who hate intolerance except it is a good thing to be intolerant of anyone questioning their views.
  9. That was my favourite pub. They had a great fish pie. They also had fun trivia nights. Interesting background to the place. This pub-cum-hotel, designed by architect C.H. Worley, went up in 1898–9 at the height of the great London pub-building boom and was one of the most opulent around. It had a restaurant on the second floor and a concert room on the first. The large left-hand room was a billiard room while the right-hand space was originally divided into five compartments including a ladies’ bar. The space in between was called the saloon and has a marble counter, a remarkable marble fireplace, and richly treated ceiling. Until 1987 it was known as the Crown Hotel (the name appears on a clock in the servery), but took its present title thanks to a wondrous myth. The story went that the entrepreneur responsible, Frank Crocker, thought the Great Central Railway, then making its way into London, would end up by his new venture. In fact, it terminated a mile away at Marylebone. Ruin, disaster, despair, and he threw himself to his death from an upper window. In reality the destination had been approved back in 1893 and Frank actually died a natural death in 1904 at the tender age of 41: his estate wqas worth £4108 12s. 9d. so he wasfar from impoverished. He is buried in Kensal Green Center. The building reopened in 2014 after ten years’ closure and is now more of a restaurant than a traditional pub. https://pubheritage.camra.org.uk/pubs/53
  10. Sounds like we are of the same vintage. I was a proud graduate of Medicine Hat High School in 1961.
  11. I have to admit that growing up in southern Alberta I didn't ever hear of such an event, although it sounds like it was meant innocently enough if this happened in your early teens.
  12. I'd forgotten those. As I recall it was a dance where the girls got to ask the boys. It was a fun era, and a much more innocent time.
  13. Thanks KK. It doesn't sound like it will happen.
  14. I wonder ho well it might work our for an airline to buy a couple of A380 aircraft and convert them to freight. They would be cheap enough to buy right now and would carry loads that a 767 can't. Another possibility would be C17s.
  15. Jack Knox: It's a mother of a job, but sign me up Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there! We wish you never-ending ­appreciation and recognition by children who always help out around the house, seldom give you an eye-roll and are never found passed out drunk face down in the driveway. Jack Knoxabout 5 hours ag One of the perks of being a mom: breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day (not a guarantee).Getty Images A formidably pleasant woman in well-tailored business attire, she shuffled through the files on her desk, pulled out the one with my name on it. “Good morning, Mister, um … “Right, so it is. I’m Ellen Fredaine, director of human resources here at FamCo. It says here on your application form that you’re looking to fill the position of …” “Mother.” “Pardon?” “Mother. I saw in your ad that Canada is terribly short of mothers and FamCo has openings. Thought it might be the career for me.” She paused. “Well, yes, it’s true that motherhood isn’t as common as it used to be, but are you sure you’re the right person for the job?” I bristled. Here it was: ageism in action. “I can assure you that while there might be smoke on my roof, there’s still fire in the furnace,” I huffed. “OK, most of the snow has slipped off the roof, but I think you’ll find me as vigorous as any 25-year-old. Or, at least, any 25-year-old with wonky knees, a bad back and a habit of falling asleep during Law and Order reruns.” Flustered, she appeared to struggle to find the right words. “It’s not your age,” she said, almost sounding as though she meant it. “It’s just that most of our mothers are… women.” It was my turn to pause. I took a moment to compose myself, then fighting to keep the edge out of my voice — asked, “Do you have a calendar? “A calendar?” “Yes,” I said, “I just wanted to make sure we weren’t STILL STUCK IN 1964!” She soldiered on. “You know that we at FamCo also have ­several openings for fathers.” “Tried it,” I shrugged. “Failed miserably.” “Also,” she said, “there’s a whole array of options outside of FamCo. Canada is desperately short of family physicians….” “Too much paperwork, stress and overhead.
  16. Hmmm..... just how well did that war go anyway.
  17. Sounds like he is still driving at 103. That is definitely part of my plan from now on.
  18. I'd rather than do that than having to make one or two stops to get from SYD to LHR. I remember one time it took 16 1/2 hours to get from YVR to HKG. Another 3 1/2 hrs wouldn't make that much difference but then I did have a pretty comfortable seat and some time in a bunk. Just as long as the seats aren't too cramped.
  19. Airbus did a great job with their flight control systems but IMHO it would have been better if the side sticks had been interconnected.
  20. That's a low blow. Certainly not an original line by yours truly, but we used to joke that it got airborne because of the curvature of the earth. I didn't fly the 47 but I did fly the 767. The flight management systems on the Airbus was far superior to the Boeing product, and from friends who have flown the 777 I gather that still holds true.
  21. I do think though that sometimes there are other alternatives. For the odd time it will happen you can look at an enroute landing if things go south, and I know on the A340 we could save considerable fuel by reducing to M.80. There are more tools available in our back pocket than simply putting on more fuel, however sometimes more fuel is the best option and maybe the only one.
  22. Boy, there'll be a lot of career diplomats fighting to get that position I'll bet....
  23. Kamala Harris has Covid and all of a sudden early treatment sounds like a good plan. I wonder why this is only being used now after more than two years of Covid. I wonder how long before our vaccine driven governments will relent to allow Covid to be treated prior to it become life threatening. https://thehill.com/news/administration/3467171-harris-prescribed-covid-19-antiviral-pill-after-testing-positive/
  24. Flair CEO to respond. https://globalnews.ca/news/8775020/flair-airlines-ownership-review/
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