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  1. Air Canada "Scary" Landing in YWG

    At QK, you brief and announce that the landing gear would be retracted, re-extended then retracted. The theory being that all the shaking, juddering and wotnot would rattle the slush off. Never had a problem myself in the Maritimes (King of Slush region). The -146 had probs with freezing brakes in the early days but that got sorted out.
  2. Not sure if I came into this convo late or I missed something, Anyway, both YYZ and YUL have issued landing clearances with traffic ahead for years now. Don't know about YVR. Good, bad , or indifferent that's the way it is. The red landing signal is ridiculous. If you have been still active in the last 30 years, when was the last time you looked at the tower for a light? Especially if you'd already received a landing clearance. For me it was Springbank, for controller training in 1973. Sheesh. The other thing was ATC. Not good. I would have expected something like "ACXXX traffic on runway. Pull up and go around". Maybe with just a touch of urgency. This is kind of a big deal. That monotone blurb thing just blended in with the dross. They'll figure it out. Welcome to the imperfect universe.
  3. Sunwing Incident

    Shades of YHZ 747 crash.
  4. How Pilots party...

    Umm... well.. I got my box of wine and some guacamole. Does that count? No, I didn't think so.
  5. Well , the response may be the same I suspect the feeling may be different. I was in the air when Porter had an emergency descent into YQY due to smoke (very well done by the crew btw). When the crew declared mayday, you could palpably hear the anxiety in the controllers voice. Good job by him too. Cleared the airway and gave them what they needed. But I think he went for a li'l poop after that.
  6. Not to put too fine a point on it but one doesn't always need to declare an emergency ie 'mayday'. You use that when on fire or falling out of the sky etc. The 'pan' call will get you lots of attention. The Qantas 380 event used only the 'pan 'call. I had a serious hyd failure but not life threatening and called 'pan'. A manager later said I should have called 'mayday'. Not so. The distinction is clearly related in the manual. These guys didn't know they had a fire so under the circumstances a 'pan' call would have very appropriate. Had they known about the fire I expect the first words out of their mouths would have been 'mayday'. But the 'pan' call does up the ante very nicely.
  7. CL 415 hits boat mast

    At the one minute mark of the French interview video you can see a Q400MR water bomber in the back ground. Hmm. Did not know they did that. Cool.
  8. Autopilot Horn Over ride

    I'm confused what the problem is that they are trying to solve. I know that you don't want the AP to be disconnected with out everybody being aware. In my experience, the disconnect prompted the 'cavalry charge' which was supposed to be followed by the PF announcement 'autopilot out' or some such. If you heard the disconnect without the announcement - it was a wakeup call. What are they trying to fix here? Just curious.
  9. Smashing a perfectly good guitar

    Buddy says this is a $4000 dollar guitar. Seeing as everybody on this forum is an expert on something or anything, who thinks a 4 grand guitar has a finger joint connection at the nut? (look at the photos). Looks like a cheap (relatively) axe with strings under tension in an expensive hard case. AC's fault? Me thinks not.
  10. Loud and Proud to be Canadian

    *cricket cricket*
  11. Boom may be in your future

    Well, from my understanding, the leaking had nothing what so ever with the fuel. It was leaking simply because of the strain on the fuel tanks produced by the constant thermal expansion and contraction of the structure and they never found a way of effectively sealing the tanks. Fwiw, the very special fuel for the -71 was very difficult to ignite. It took a type of explosive called PEK to start the engines. If they ran out of the stuff and needed an airborne relight, they were out of luck. Ground fires were almost impossible.
  12. Boom may be in your future

    Yes the leaks were primarily on the ground when the aircraft cooled off. But frankly I don't think local environmental authorities care why it's leaking. But, correct me if I'm wrong but I believe the heat is not created by friction. It is primarily a function of compression. Not much you can do about that, I don't think. Lots of advances in all sorts of areas but running up past M2 I think still creates more expensive problems than you're going to want to throw money at. When I see a Mach 2 plus airplane being sold for 200 million dollars I'll believe it
  13. Boom may be in your future

    Well, this should be interesting. Heat dissipation I think is the biggest problem. I understand that is the reason for the Concorde being limited to just a hair over M2 was the heat generated when you go faster is a huge problem for the metallurgy, coatings, adhesives etc. The Concorde was VERY leaky. I went on board in YYT years ago. Tubs of Zorball under it with the Air France maintenance guy just shaking his head. TU-144 which was faster was worse. SR 71 for all the problems they solved to make it fly, they never got it to stop leaking. You go M2.2 - you got heat. Lots of it. Then throw in noise and airspace restrictions and ya got whatcha call yer hands full. I'll watch to see if they have a magic bullet workaround.
  14. Westjet bumps cycling team..

    Regarding westjet's recent commercials regarding no bumping, the phrase "Pride goeth before a fall" leaps to mind. Dumb asses.
  15. Vintage Photo

    Sorry - duped already. Can't turn your back around here!