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  1. In 30 years flying for Jazz and it's various iterations, I don't ever remember there being an implication of reprisal over safety issues. That doesn't mean there weren't vigorous discussions about issues. But, end of day, if I said we weren't going till an issue was dealt with, we didn't go. End of story. In fact one time they were going to cancel the flight because of a fuel transfer snag. I said 'Wait a minute. Plan it via another airport for diversion purposes. Legal and safe'. They said 'Ok. Cool! Did not think of that.' I had pretty high confidence in common safety motivations in all the divisions. I would think things would be pretty similar at the mainline.
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    The New Bearded ones

    The best one I remember back in the day being told that mustache wax would spontaneously combust in the presence of oxygen (not true, of course). I bought some mustache wax once out of curiosity. It is disgusting, icky stuff. If it catches fire, you deserve it. It is an excellent birth control method because no right headed woman would come near you without bursting into laughter.
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    Different Take on the HFX Crash of the AC 320

    Help me here, Lucy. The wind that miserable night was right down 33. The approach was RNAV 33. 624 couldn't do that app cuz it's an old 320 with no GNS rnav app. So, with a perfect xwind they chose the LOC 05. Wx is going above and below limits for that app. but never goes below limits for the ILS 23. Why, if they were going to live with the big xwind for 05,not take the same xwind for the ils23 with real vertical guidance? 05 can be a real black hole in wx like that. Never have figured that out. L'il help?
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    Who Would Want This Home Simulator? I would throw up in my mouth in about 10 seconds without the vertical acceleration. Been there, done that. Actually, I think I just did.
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    Ryanair Emergency Descent

    Ahh jeez you guys are making me all misty eyed. In another life I flew a Grumman (NOT Gulfstream!) G-1. Sim time was hard to come by (but fun). Simulated emerg descents were not at idle - hard on the layshafts of the engine I gather. But even then, we'd go down at better than 7 grand a minute, hangin in our belts. We came into YYC from Inuvik (YEV) and ended up a little high for a visual. Like 5 thousand feet high. Tower guy says "You gonna make it down OK?" "No prob" we says, "no prob". On that airplane the main gear can be extended, leaving the nose gear up, with no restrictions. Fell out of the sky. God, it was fun.
  6. My wife had a brain tumour removed (benign, we hope) about three weeks ago. (Doing fine . Thanks) Caring, great staff. Attached, attentive surgical staff all around. We are not bankrupt. As these things go - not bad. Ooops, oops - thread drift...sorry.
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    New BA Safety Video

    it says these are the 'directors cut' so I imagine the onboard version would be appropriately shorter.
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    One Hail of a Storm.

    Years ago, I was on descent into YYC late at night. Big storm NW of the airport. Hook echo, the whole bit. "Rats" I thought, "Probably a red alert, a hold and I'll miss the hotel van". Then the storm splits off, airport in sight, cleared the visual 34. Yay me! And I'm 10 minutes early to boot. Hotel van just rolling up. CAC 727 right behind me. Didn't go so well for him. I come back to work the next day and there sits the 27. Radome, lens' all gone. Life is timing.
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    Wind at CYYZ yesterday...yikes !

    The follow on video (if you see the same list I did) answers the age old question "when a tree falls in a forest, does it make a sound?" The answer is 'yes, yes it does cuz it's right FREAKIN' OVER THERE!!'
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    Test Pilot

    My experience with a test pilot - Back in the early 80's we were doing an ITRAN to import a modified Grumman G-1. Because of the mods, Transport wanted a flight test of their own. So the TC dude comes for a meeting. Very nice guy, no nonsense but friendly. He had a flip pad of paper with a checklist of the maneuvers he wanted to see. Nothing really crazy but testing performance, stability, the usual stuff. So he briefs us and pushes the pad across the table to us and says "OK. You guys go do all this stuff and if you come back, then I'll go up with you." We kind of looked at each other, "Is he joking?". He was serious. Still makes me laugh tho.
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    LH Diversion

    people are funny, but not really. They figure that a rested replacement crew member should be just be cooling his heels in YYT just waiting for an opportunity such as this. (Would that not be just such a great gig, by the way?) I once carried a 767 front end replacement crew from Newark all the to Gander to pickup a flight from Europe to Newark that had a sick FO from the day before. It was just easier to have the flight stop in YQX, hot swap the crew and carry on. The crew we brought in spent about 30 hours in QX waiting. Rest assured, we kept them entertained. They had a blast. Another time I had a flat in Gaspe and had to wait about 8 hours for the new wheel. One buddy couldn't understand why we just didn't fit that Ford 350 wheel on 'er and light 'er up.
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    RAF BAe 146 bounce....bounce....

    A superb machine in rough conditions. You could see where it 'fell out' on him. I had it happen just like that. You just set the attitude and ride it out. The landing gear will do the rest. If there's ever a bombing attack - I'm gonna go hide under that landing gear. The second guy - well, that's about the worst handled landing ever. It was manageable but they , to be kind, bungled it. But @#$% happens and it still worked out. But, oo, to have it recorded. Harsh.
  13. Hmm, interesting comment. I'd forgotten about the wide difference between Jazz and AC reserve work rules. Jazz res rules assign specific hours of availability. There is a 2 hour check in window at the end of your res period ie at 120 minutes before the end of your period, you're done. No callout. You had your life back. Chatting with friends who went to the mainline just shook their heads at the work rules. I would have though the mainline would be leading the way.
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    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.
  15. 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.