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  1. The runway layout has a lot to do with it. Take a look at EWR or BOS; Now look at YYZ: Closely spaced parallel runways without a taxiway between them are highly conducive to runway incursions. I'm not excusing the pilots who did this but they probably were more familiar with the taxiway-between layout. In general terms you want to land and get off the runway as quickly as possible. At busy US airports you are expected to exit the runway are fairly high speed and use the exit taxiway and the taxiway between to continue to slow (yes, I know there are US airports that do not have this layout and, naturally, slippery conditions will necessitate a change to this procedure). At YYZ, landing on 24L you cannot exit the runway at high speed because the hold short line for 24R is very close to 24L. I'm always surprised that the ATIS doesn't include a plain language warning such as ; "Aircraft landing 24L be aware that runway 24R is active. These runways are closely-spaced and the hold-short line is very close to the exit point of 24L." I guess it's hard to phrase it succintly and in ICAO-approved terms.ate the threat it poses Of course professional pilots should notice this on their own and be able to mitigate the threat the runway layout poses.
  2. Are Pilotless Planes in Our Future?

    Again? Do we really have to re-hash this every three months? Look, here's what you tell people who think this is a good idea or it's going to happen. It is possible to create a system that can fly people around without human pilots at the controls but it is not possible to achieve an equivalent level of safety for less money than human pilots therefore it won't happen. The cost of developing, installing and monitoring the systems that would be required is greater than the cost of having a couple of humans sitting there. Do you know the US military has "lost" over 400 drones?
  3. As of this morning the replacement to the replacement forum has gone dark. Any scoop on why this happened and where we're going to find a safe place to chat? (via PM please.)
  4. Interesting re Life Choices

    One thing that occurs to me; how many preflight duties are getting offloaded to her fellow pilot as she runs around on the short break trying to pump? And, during the flight, how distracted is she by thinking/planning about the next pumping? Women are told a bill-of-lies - that they can have it all; career and family. Many women expect a career that is exactly the same as if they didn't have kids and at the same time a brood that they spend every weekend, bedtime and holiday with. The truth is that you can't. You end up with having to make limiting career choices or kids that only see you a couple of times a week and who spend most of their time with the nanny - one of them, maybe both gets sacrificed. I once worked with a guy who was a pilot but who also had a small business. He spent every minute of time on turns on his phone trying to handle business issues and I know he was distracted while flying because of it. It has nothing to do with being male or female and nothing to do with whatever it is that is the distraction but if you aren't in a proper mental and physical state to devote yourself to the activity of flying - you shouldn't be there.
  5. WestJet Changes the Rules

    Wow! Really? Westjet now has fares with no change fees? How innovative!
  6. Air Canada Soars to record profit

    Very good BNN commentary;
  7. whats that noise???

    Even better; "Gun's not loaded. See?" Before deciding to prove this fact by pointing the gun at his own face and pulling the trigger - died instantly since the gun actually was loaded. Johnny Ace - 1954.
  8. Not Political, Non Aviation

    All of the issues listed above come down to the same thing in the end; post-modern self-entitlement.
  9. The difference is that, according to the laws as they exist now, children born overseas to a Canadian parent automatically have Canadian citizenship. We can either try to integrate them now or wait until they are adults and they come knocking after spending their entire childhood growing up in Afganisyriawackistan - which is better?
  11. Isn't that guy dead yet? Not that I wish he was dead, it's just that I've been listening to stories about how great he is for my entire life and I'm getting old myself.
  12. Well, that'll teach me to dash off a quick post without adding all the caveats, exceptions, explanations and justifications. The last two jets I flew did not pitch up with added thrust. In fact it's been so long since I flew one that did I even forgot to add that part.
  13. Yikes! And how much damage in the overrun? (from landing in Mont Joli)
  14. Yes, thrust taking you uphill does no good. The little scenario I'm imagining has speed low and aircraft not climbing, thrust added as the nose falls. You don't have to wait until the nose is down to add thrust only until you are no longer climbing and the nose is falling. Anyway, more than 60 degrees, maybe, probably not needed. Might be more, might be less. The "80 degrees nose up" was meant to be hyperbole.
  15. Take a "normal" abnormal situation; ATC neglects to mention you'll pass 5 miles behind the "Super" for example and you find yourself in an upset - 80 degrees noseup. The trained, but inexperienced, pilot could follow the "upset recovery guidance" and save the aircraft. He may not understand exactly what happened or why what he did worked but doesn't matter. The trained, experienced guy would add thrust, roll to 60 degrees of bank to unload the wing and as the nose drops back toward the horizon roll level - also saves the aircraft. Now take an "abnormal" abnormal; all the probes freeze up for example and the aircraft gets upset; the inexperienced guy who "needs" the guidance might be lost. The experienced guy who understands the aerodynamics would save the aircraft (we hope). That's speaking in generalities of course. There are plenty of inexperienced guys who are sharp enough to handle whatever comes along and certainly more than a few old, high time pilots who might struggle but, all things being equal, experience and training beats "if something happens follow this guidance."