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  1. Yeah, heard it the same way - the only APP they can clear you to do is the one in the title on the plate. The plates used to say, "ILS XX or LOC XX" but I find a lot of them just say "ILS XX" now, there is still a box with LOC mins and you can still do a LOC APP but you can't be cleared for a LOC APP.
  2. Nobody slept through that one!
  3. I think the reason is that everyone has seen a G/A go bad. Usually it's just in the sim, sometimes in real life but pilots know what that can look like and sometimes it just seems easier to try for the landing.
  4. Why would you do that? Sounds like a hero move.
  5. There's a lot more than you might think; Timmins, Dryden, Fort Frances, Kenora, Yellowknife, Fort MacMurray, Flin Flon, The Pas, Thompson, even Whitehorse has a MacD's.
  6. If you knew what I looked like you'd know that couldn't possibly be the reason......
  7. Funny story; Way back when I was a brand new commercial pilot working my first flying job I wheeled in to the local MacDonalds one day and was spotted by a young woman I knew from the float base with a friend of hers. I found out later that the friend thought I was good-looking and wanted to meet me but changed her mind when she saw the old beater I was driving. My reply to this was that I wouldn't waste my time with any woman who would judge me by the car I drive.
  8. This thread reminded me. You want to see something really scary, watch this video. It's a small homebuilt hovercraft and the designer provides an option to add a wing. Just so you know, there is no knowledge about aerodynamics from the designer or the builders, no approved procedures for construction and the wing doesn't even have flight controls. Yup, a big fat wing being flown around using adverse yaw only. No license, no certifications of any kind, no instruments, no training, no supervision.
  9. Flying cars always remind me of this: Functions as a hammer - barely, functions as a set of pliers - barely. The flying car would be a huge PITA as a car; visibility would be terrible, crashworthiness non-existent, fuel economy probably poor. The list would go on and on. It would likely be the worst car you had ever driven. Meanwhile as a plane - same deal! Heavy, poor performance, etc, etc. The worst airplane you'd have ever flown. A 1958 C-172 would fly circles around it and a new Hyundai Accent would outperform it on the road by every conceivable measure and the combination of the two would be 1/10 of the price.
  10. Maybe there's some I'm not aware of but everything I've seen (in the pen design) has a microSD card. Surprisingly the key fob is not noticed by people when you're out walking around because having keys in your hand is a normal thing. If you didn't care about the video you could just have it sitting in any orientation and capture the audio.
  11. Here you go; http://www.ebay.com/itm/8GB-Digital-Audio-Voice-Recording-Spy-Pen-MP3-Player-USB-Drive-Stereo-Dictaphone-/330939897580 I have several of these little spy devices and video recorders that I bought just out of curiousity. They work just fine. The problem with the pen version is that they need to be big enough to accommodate the microSD card. This makes them kinda fat - big enough that they aren't inconspicuous. There is also a version that has a camera. A better device is this one; ebay which looks like a car key fob.
  12. If Westjet is paying 100 million each for their aircraft - that's the problem. Obviously they aren't, the guy who wrote the article is clearly uneducated.
  13. And, posted on other forums, the possibility that it is meant to affect employee wage and benefit discussions and/or pro-union sentiments.
  14. Over the years I have seen AMEs do things I couldn't or wouldn't be able to do. I think as a group they are under-appreciated and under-paid. I also believe that what pilots do is completely misunderstood by non-pilots. The reason for this is that the only time most people see pilots is when they are in relax-mode with their feet up drinking coffee or sitting around telling jokes. The real work happens behind a locked door. I had a flight attendant one time in the jumpseat on a 2 hour flight to a destination with CAT2 weather and a slippery runway. The whole flight was a blizzard of approach plates, updated weather, landing distance calculations, a rapidly changing plan of do-this-approach-with-the-tailwind-because-the-limits-are-lower-but-if-the-runway-gets-worse-do-this-approach-so-we-can-stop-on-the-runway and then re-doing it every time the wind or runway conditions or ceiling would change. She told me later that she had a new appreciation for what we do up front and for how complicated it can get. Of course this is what pilots do all the time although not usually as complicated. Kip started this thread as humorous and I don't want to spoil it with a dissertation. I intended to just write a few lines and it got away from me but I've wondered over the years about where the pilots-think-of-themselves-as-gods trope comes from. I think it comes from confidence. In much the same way as my mother, who was a nurse, would say that surgeons walk around the hospital like gods. And, no, I'm not comparing pilots with surgeons except for the fact that both occupations require a certain amount of self-confidence in one's ability. Really, you want your pilot and your surgeon to be confident. I guess any profession/career/occupation that puts individuals in charge of a complicated process will lead to a confident personality presentation to the outside. All that being said I fully acknowledge that they are some pilots (and some surgeons) who really are arrogant, self-congratulating, jerks. As an aside; A few years ago I had a rather invasive internal surgical procedure done. At my six month follow-up with the specialist/surgeon he brought up what he thought was an interesting parallel between a surgery and a flight - once initiated both commit you to a completion. I realize lots of things are like this; once you mix the catalyst into the resin you are committed to doing the fiberglass repair and once you mix the eggs into the batter you are committed to make the pancakes but, anyway, he seemed to think the higher level of commitment was significant so I thought I'd share that.