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Jack Sparrow

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  1. Rightly so...many "keyboard fliers" will say the Cirrus is just proving the concept that pilot qualifications have taken a back seat when so many "protections" are in front of them. However, those that know the history of Cirrus Design, and their concept of the CAPS, will know WHY it was implemented. For this EXACT scenario. Not for those who get too close too the stall and "geek out", or those that "don't have the training". Cirrus never designed a "crutch". They saw risk and opportunity in a system that other GA OEMs had yet to get their heads' wrapped around.... And that is, the current generation of GA pilots is not like the last. That is not a marker of competence, rather, a marker of cultural distinction. The fact that this event was flown by a pilot on their FIRST SOLO in their own SR22, speaks to that generational shift. No longer is it common that a student takes a 30-year old C150 from the local flying club. "General Aviation" is now million dollar plus machines that go 190kts, with automation and onboard connectivity that will make a B777 pilot blush. I ain't that old but damn, times 'a changin....
  2. WestJet now laying off 1700 pilots. ? http://globalnews.ca/news/6825183/coronavirus-westjet-pilots-layoffs/
  3. ? looks like it went for a bath in “type IV”. I suppose it is ‘eye-catching’. ?
  4. “A company gets the union it deserves...” - someone
  5. Actually, I believe some of the most ardent supporters of ALPA are the senior pilots/day-one’ers. They’ve had front-row seats to the dramatic change at WJ, and clearly see what senior management has done to the pilot group.
  6. My guess....nobody north of middle management cared about what the responses were.
  7. In case you haven't seen it yet....A Message of cheer from WestJet: https://youtu.be/ME9PmSZedB4 Merry Christmas! 4S
  8. Great stories Mitch!!! I don't think I can beat 'em, but here's a try... The Mrs. (before she was Mrs. 4Stroke) and I were driving south from YYB along Hwy 11, somewhere north of Huntsville. We came over a hill, and down we go, doing about 120k (ish......) in a 90k. I can see the 4 cop cars along the side of the highway pulling people over, and before I can get a "oh F$#^" out of my mouth, I see 1 copper standing in the right hand lane, waving me over to stop. So I do. Car in park, get the license out, fumble with the glove box to get the registration. Mrs 4Stroke turns down the stereo. Gives me a look. Now that I'm married, I see this look often. Window goes down, cop leans in...."Hi there. You know the posted limit is 90 here right? Can I see your license?". Me: "Yes, sir, here you are". Mrs 4Stroke: "Ya, you know I told him he was distracted, we were listening to Jimmy Bufffett way too loud". Cop: "Ha, Buffett eh?". Smirks and disappears with my paperwork. 3 Minutes later, cop comes back, hands me my license and says: "Ok, drive safe you two parrotheads." I kid you not. To this day, my wife reminds me that she got me out of a big speeding ticket. I love her. =) 4S
  9. ....and they are again. At least two of the 'college program' pilots are now at AC. RJ or Dash as a first job, then a couple years later off to AC. Yep, nice career progression! ATPLs were obtained by renting time in singles to build PIC. Not saying its wrong or unsafe, just that this 'model' from Europe is now apparently accepted in Canada.
  10. Looks like the BEA has released their prelim FDR and CVR discoveries: BEA AF 447 Update 4S
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