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  1. 8 hours ago, Wolfhunter said:

    I can't fathom the notion of putting multi-layered automation at the disposal of the average driver and expecting them to manage it with no training. Even conditioning pilots to select the appropriate level (to the task at hand) can be problematic... at some point, every sim instructor has seen crews respond to RAs with ALT SEL and vertical speed selections.

     LOL, "I Was on autopilot and checking on my dog when I hit the police cruiser"..... the only question to be asked here is "what did you think was going to happen?"

    Imagine how shocked these folks are going to be when gang members in Toronto don't turn in their banned weapons next year..... how did we get here, GPS database error maybe?

    Yup, the truth is - people are stupid!  As you said - even highly trained professional pilots will mishandle automation to (potentially) serious implications.  This idea of unleashing complicated technical systems on the untrained public and hoping for a "good" outcome is ludicrious.  A few years ago I was shopping for new vehicle.  This was when the new collision avoidance systems were first being introduced.  I went from dealership to dealership looking for information about how the systems (front collision detection, lane change warning systems, etc) worked and could not find out if they were RADAR, SONAR, LASER, magnetic interference).  The salespeople did. not. know. how the systems worked or what the limitations were and the companies were not providing any information.  The "front collision system" detected a potential collision.  Period.  At what speed or distance or closure rate the "system" detected a potential collision was not disclosed.  How the system might fail, how to detect a failure or what to do to prevent/manage/control a failure - no information.  I'm a technically sophisticated guy and I couldn't figure out the systems.  Is it any wonder that the average soccer mom or random dude can't figure them out?  We hear about people all the time who follow their GPS system's commands to drive into a lake or off a cliff - a system that's 99.9% accurate still results in 1 out of 1000 being mislead.

     

    Interestingly enough after posting this I happened to watched the movie First Man which prompted me to research the meaning of code "1202" and lead me to this article:

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/lanceeliot/2019/07/16/apollo-11s-infamous-landing-error-code-1202-offers-earthly-lessons-for-self-driving-cars/#6e3b403834bc

     

     

     


  2. Was checking CADORS to see if there was anything about this - nothing found but I did find this: 

    February 20, 2019

    Incident at ABBOTSFORD BC (CYXX)

    The Abbotsford police called the Abbotsford, BC (CYXX) tower to request that a Swoop Inc. Boeing 737-800 (WSW106) from Abbotsford, BC (CYXX) to Hamilton, ON (CYHM) return to the apron. The aircraft was on Taxiway Alpha at the time. The aircraft returned to the apron and a police officer boarded. No impact to operations.

    I wonder what that was about?


  3. 2 hours ago, Maverick said:

    There's so many holes in that report it's almost comical. 

    That's got be close to write-off...

    Yeah.  The tow crew had the aircraft stopped, chocked and park brake set.  Then they noticed the aircraft was moving fast enough to jump the chocks, defeat the park brake and sustain major damage all within the space of one hangar length.  Something doesn't add up

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  4. 40 minutes ago, Don Hudson said:

    Long-range, high-capacity airliners, like autonomous flight, are a long way away yet.

    This is true but I recently talked to someone who is familiar with the Harbour Air DHC-2 project and his opinion is that it will be viable.  The reasons are quite specific to Harbour Air's operation. The usual flight is just 15 minutes or so - across from Vancouver to Nanaimo and the battery will be (anticipated to be) capable of 1 hour operation - pretty much lines up perfectly with a flight and required reserves.  On the turn it would get plugged and and is anticipated to be able to recover the 25% used in about 30 minutes.  Perhaps a waiver of the 45 minute reserve is possible for a VFR float plane, perhaps the turn gets stretched to 45 minutes, perhaps there's a quick swap system for the battery pack to handle longer flights.  IAC, this isn't a pie-in-the-sky plan.


  5. 4 hours ago, boestar said:

    Doug Ford Cancelled a Wind farm that was 2 weeks from going operational.  Cost to Taxpayers was in the hundreds of millions.

    Someone needs to explain to me how cancelling a project that is in the final testing stage before going online makes any Economic sense at all.

    We, as Ontarians have spent more tax money on projects that were never completed or in some cases started.  The Liberals did their share over 15 years but Dougie has passed them already in a few short years.

     

    Likely because it was burdened with unrealistic rates for the energy to be produced - it would cost more to run than to cancel and tear it down.  The Liberals get tagged with this error.

    According to the auditor the Liberals over-payed 9.2 billion (Billion!) for green energy projects plus you gotta add a few billion for the cancelled gas-plants.  Dougie has a long way to go before he comes anywhere close to the incompetence and malfeasence of the Liberals.

    https://lfpress.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-were-still-paying-for-liberal-hydro-blunders/wcm/c83a6cc2-0598-48ff-9792-ad19fdf7bc6a

    Yes, I agree, wasting a hundred million having to cancel some faulty Liberal project sucks but this is a Liberal legacy, not a Conservative mistake.

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  6. 5 hours ago, boestar said:

    Yeah we got stuck with an idiot conservative.

     

    I don't live in Ontario and am therefore not really entitled to an opinion but here it is anyway - I'm not a big DF fan but after the gross mis-management of the province by the Liberals can anyone really believe that he's worse than they were?  As someone (Jaydee perhaps?) has already posted when a Conservative government finally gets elected and shows a bit of fiscal restraint and un-does some of the previous Liberal government's largess they get labeled as the bad guys - hardly seems fair.  Doug Ford has a bit of a bull-in-the-china-shop style but if I had to choose between that and the whip-out-the-chequebook Wynn style I know which one I'd choose.

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  7. 3 minutes ago, boestar said:

    The Jigs were never destroyed.  They were sold off to Viking who now holds the type certificates for the entire legacy DH line.

    That's not really the point I was making.  Boeing bought DHC simply to ingratiate itself to the government hoping to sell a bunch of 737 junk and then dumped the company when their plan didn't work.  It seems like Airbus's participation in the Canadian Aerospace industry is likely to last longer and provide more benefits for Canadians.


  8. 41 minutes ago, Super 80 said:

    All concerned are better off, Airbus planting their flag at Mirabel is the best thing to happen to the Canadian aerospace industry in forty years.

    Certainly better than Boeing's short (and painful) ownership of de Havilland. 

     

    This, from wikipedia:

    In the 1980s, the government of Canada privatized DHC and in 1986 sold the aircraft company to then Seattle-based Boeing. The government claimed to have guarantees from Boeing not to discontinue any product lines, but shortly thereafter, Boeing discontinued both the successful Twin Otter and the Dash 7. The jigs and specialised equipment for their manufacture were destroyed.

    Boeing was in heavy competition with Airbus Industrie for a series of new airliners for Air Canada, at that time a Canadian crown corporation. Boeing used the DHC purchase to further strengthen its commitment to shared production contracts. The contract was particularly contentious. When Air Canada announced that Airbus had won the contract in 1988, amid claims of bribery, Boeing immediately put DHC up for sale, placing the company in jeopardy.


  9. The woman was identified as a student taking a flight attendant course at the Guilin Tourism University, according to the state-run People's Daily. It is unclear whether she is personally connected to the pilot.

    I think it's safe to say that the pilot hoped she would be "personally connected" to him some time after the flight.


  10. Well, I don't necessarily think Mitch and Deicer are wrong with their end goal.  Society will eventually evolve (devolve?) to an environmentally-friendly state.  My problem with environmentalists is that they want it to happen NOW without any process to get there.  I do believe we (society) should move towards a sustainable future but you can't just switch off the taps without something ready to replace the energy needs.

    IMO, we should build the pipelines and use the resources we have while simultaneaously working towards the end goal.  The oil revenues will/can provide the bridge to the electric future.  I do not see a contradiction in this.  The environmentalists have it right but are simply wrong about the path to get there.

    Imagine some sort of massive infrastructure project like elctricfying the rail system between  Windsor and Quebec City.  This would have a huge benefit for society and massively reduce CO2 but can we afford the 50 gazillion dollars to do it?  No, we can't.  However we could use the oil revenue to fund the replacement for the oil industry.  The greens want to eliminate the oil industry before building the replacement system.  That's a problem.


  11. Hi Mitch, glad to see you back posting.  Well, economics is the primary concern ultimately - you can do all the good you want until the bank account is empty and then what?  Assuming you got your wish and all oil production ceased in Alberta - what is your plan to replace the lost dollars in the federal coffers?  Where does the money come from to pay for health, education, etc?

    I don't disagree with the idea of moving toward a renewal energy future but we need the resource revenue from oil and gas production to pay for it and sustain us until we get there.  If you hate your job you don't quit immediately but rather use the pay from that job to afford the education to allow to you to eventually quit.

     

     

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  12. A $50K (US) SUV with a 450 HP engine that goes from 0-60 in 3.5 seconds.  Who needs that?  Produce a 200HP SUV that can tow a small utility trailer and costs $25K (US) and it will replace 80% of the vehicles on the road.

    I don't get that manufacturers.  Tesla, BMW and now Ford.  All of them.  Designing and producing these stupid vehicles - don't need (or want) a vehicle that can do F-14 carrier launches.  What I want is a vehicle to drive to the Sobey's and Home Depot.

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  13. 4 hours ago, Airband said:

    Yes, I understand the sentiment but I would need further convincing that disenfranchising some portion of the citizenry and denying them the right of representation they are currently guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms would go any distance in lighting a fire under the butts of undefined 'non-contributors'. Who qualifies/who doesn't - there's a bureaucracy in the making. One person-One vote is a long sought goal around the world - why would we choose to go backwards?

    Well, my posts on this topic are in response to the article posted by Jaydee.  The idea of giving "the youth" 2 or 3 votes while others get one is crazy.  If anything it should go the other way.  Very few people pay the tab for their public education, healthcare, etc until well into their 40s and many never do at all.  I was a "youth" once and now no longer am.  If I look back at myself when I was young I can clearly see that, although I was ambitious and (relatively) hard-working, I honestly had no real understanding of the issues.  Can anyone truly understand what "deficit" means until they have a mortgage, a maxed-out line of credit and bills to pay and are facing an economic recession?  I have voted in every Federal election since I turned 18 - did any of those votes I cast before I knew what I was doing, and what I was voting for, help the country move to a better place?  It's quite probable that my vote, and others of my generation, reduced the ability of those who really did understand to elect an effective and responsible government.

    So, yes, I agree, disenfranchising a portion of the population isn't feasible but the opposite is also true - giving them "extra" voting power would be a disaster.  As would following May's proposal of lowering the voting age to 16.  Haha, you think it's bad now - we'd see political platforms including; "free" cellphone data packages and "free" pizza in school cafeterias (which isn't actually that far off what we have already seen).  

    Compare the difference between Herbert Hoover saying that Republican prosperity meant "a chicken in every pot and a car in every backyard" vs Jagmeet Singh saying the NDP will "cap your cellphone bill and give you free tuition".  


  14. 8 hours ago, Airband said:

    I'm sure the stay at home moms (and dads) would say 'that's about right, go for it'.

    Did you read to the end of my post?  Maybe we consider volunteering at the school as "public service", maybe raising a family is public service or maybe it isn't  - I hardly know the answer.  My point is that society has too many "takers".  Encouraging and rewarding those who step up would be a good thing - no?

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  15. 5 hours ago, deicer said:

    By saying that those who pay taxes, and/or own property should be the ones able to vote, won't that cut off the 1% from being able to vote as usually they don't pay tax and any properties they occupy are held by 'holding companies' to shield them from tax liabilities?

    You've been misinformed by your Liberal tribe - the 1% pays more than their fair share of taxes.  Obviously my 2 sentence description of some sort of contribution-to-earn-a-vote is not meant to be taken as a full plan.