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  1. The only thing I can think of , as to why they took a huge tailwind , would be to avoid thunderstorms on the approach to the into wind side of runway. Never take a tailwind, on a wet runway, with 737-800!!! Go somewhere else or hold till storm goes by.
  2. Thanks Captain Hudson, I quietly read and observe everything pilots like yourselves who have been around the block say and do.
  3. My 2 cents. I have flown all the different types at Air Canada. The auto throttle on the 737 is rudimentary. When the autopilot is disconnected, the autothrottle must be disconnected, ( one can leave it on longer with changes to SOP lately.) The other types of autothrottles or autothrust can remain on till rollout. Some people will laugh and say pilots should be able to fly their airplanes.... Airspeed control is critical, and I find that it can creep up . If one gets too slow, then one can add too much power and speed gets too fast as well. To compensate for this higher speed, one has a tendency to raise nose slightly to bleed off the speed . In doing so, they eat up valuable runway, landing too long. Add a slight tailwind and contaminant, it is a huge problem. I like the technical comments and the talk of over use of automation etc., but it all happens in the last 50 feet on any aircraft where a pilot earns their money in my opinion.
  4. The restaurants are terrible, food vendors are expensive. The escalators, moving side walks and trains routinely turned off. The GTAA seems oblivious. The stores that have been put in to simulate a shopping mall are boring . As mentioned, nowhere to sit, Ipad stations are dumb etc. Aircrew travel all over the world and notice good and bad terminals. Cyyz is below average.
  5. Now to find some of those pain in the axx experienced pilots who like training bonds. Ones who like to work a lot until they can get hired by the two largest Canadian airlines or overseas gigs. Then they hope to be bought out by said larger airlines.
  6. Yes!!! Plus, I would like a third AOA vane installed. Was shown , “roller coaster” technique in sim last month, works great, but when at low altitude , (as shown with US pilots in sim recently, they lost 8000 feet!!!!) it may not be enough. Good grief!!
  7. I too ,in the last number of years have noticed the high incidence of over runs of 737-800 and 737-900 aircraft. My theories are, 1. The aircraft sits lower ,due to the desire by Boeing to have low cargo doors for ground personnel to unload the aircraft without the need for extra equipment. The 800 and 900 have very long fuselages and low mounted engines. This requires very high speeds for take off and landing to prevent tail strikes. 2. On wet surfaces with the high speeds, compared to larger wide bodys with more gear and rubber, are at a disadvantage. They use a lot of runway. So, one cannot just assume that because a widebody landed with no issue, that a 737 should not have a problem. 3. The 737 have a more primtive auto throttle system, when Autopilot is disengaged, the autothrottle must be disengaged prior to landing. Other aircraft types, the autothrottle or autothrust system remains on. This presents a huge challenge to maintain speed. The airspeed can easily creep up on short final. To counter act the increase in speed there is a tendency to pull up to bleed off the speed, as well as pilots transitioning from instruments to visual in poor weather usually pull back as the runway rushes toward them. These actions will use up valuable runway. 4. The physical size of the throttles on the 737 can be tough to move and then get the reversers deployed can be a huge issue. Other aircraft are much easier. 5. The 737-800 and 737-900 use steel brakes as opposed to Max that uses carbon brakes. Max stops better. In general, the 737 should be respected and tail wind landings avoided. The 737 is not an entry level aircraft , but many operators in the world , including Canada, are treating it like it is. Any other theories are appreciated.
  8. I have never seen a more racist post on this form. Authorities have been notified.
  9. It is my humble opinion that the pilot shortage will affect a new airline like this. The two major carriers will just hire away all of their trained 737 crews. As well, who knows, it may get so bad that the two major airlines will have to merge to maintain some sort of national carrier due to the retirements and lack of new pilots entering the profession. You heard it here first!
  10. Actually the company is not smart enough for that. They do see future bookings and knew oil prices will be low for a few years. They probably as a joke said to each other, " lets offer them a 10 k bonus and see them sign their career away,"!!! The execs are laughing to the Global Powerhouse bank now.
  11. If airplanes are to be flown more , then there will be a boat load of overtime to be had and more hiring. Along with a new regional start up, good opportunities for pilots. Remember WJ pilots, it is only money. Try not to burn out. This is what AC is promising as a raise for the low cost. Work as much as you can. Yippee!
  12. I do not understand. Air Canada is competing with companies that use foreign pilots and wet leased aircraft from bankrupt countries of Europe. How are they to compete? The government then squashes airline labour movement in Canada , allows these airlines to get temporary foreign pilots ( under the same program as nannies and farm workers) , and expects everything to be back to normal. Btw, the experience level of these foreign crews is definitely in question, but they are cheap and people can get their cheap holidays. Pathetic
  13. Drunk posting!!!! Love it!!!
  14. It will be interesting to see if Westjet uses more foreign airlines to do its flying.
  15. Thanks Don, you continue to hit the mark. That is why I come to this fourm.