Rich Pulman

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  1. Rich Pulman

    WOW coming to YVR

    I did a Skype interview with WOW and was offered a SIM slot for further screening. Had to turn them down once they told me the salary being offered (didn’t want to waste their time). They’re definitely a “low pay” airline as well as a “low cost” airline. So, they will consider Canadian pilots, but not sure if any have been hired.
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    WOW coming to YVR

    I wonder how much the “ancillary fees” will add to the final purchase price.
  3. As a NEXUS holder, I was “invited” to become a “registered traveler” without any interview required a couple of years ago. Before that I always begged a priority pass when heading into LHR. For anyone who has gone through LHR during peak arrival times, you know how long the queue can get. The e-gates are awesome and well worth the £50 annual fee.
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    The never ending KC-46 saga

    Don’t think they’ll be seeing any A330 or B767 left seat time at either of those airlines any time soon.
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    AC Has Wing Clipped In LGA

    Been there, done that. With an A330 in LIBP if you recall. (That was a long day.) That winglet is huge! Didn’t notice any difference in fuel burn. Trivia... You’re only allowed to remove one winglet on the A330.
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    You can't make this stuff up

    If you want to survive in the expat world, pragmatism trumps pride. Dave was the 3rd CP at 9W since I’d been flying there and he was the only one who took the job to make the company a better/safer place. All the others just wanted the title and extra $$$. He stuck it out in even when faced with some significant challenges; one of which I mentioned. He did the best he could within the parameters available to him, and I think he did an outstanding job. Personally, I’m glad he didn’t resign because that would have just made an ugly incident even worse. Things aren’t as cut & dry in the expat world as they are at home. It’s tough changing a culture.
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    You can't make this stuff up

    True enough, but you’re missing (or not considering) some vital information wrt that “under-resourced regulator”. Remember, this is India we’re talking about. The caste system is alive & well down there. Pilots are more than likely from a higher caste than government officials. Pilots are more likely to be from a much wealthier family than government officials. Pilots are more likely to have much better political connections than government officials. This stuff shouldn’t matter in the aviation world, but it DOES matter there. For example, when I was working at 9W, two of our Indian TREs (one doing an annual line check on the other) landed off a very unstablized approach into HKG (i.e. they were in “flap-relief coming across the FAF, crossed the threshold around 170kts, and landed 5000’ down the runway). This was picked up by the QAR and our FSO referred it to the CP. The CP interviewed the two pilots, and decided some form of disciplinary action was required. He was going to remove the TRE status of both pilots. Both pilots came from wealthy families and were politically connected. CP was told that any disciplinary action would result in his VISA being cancelled (he was a Canadian) and him being invited to leave the country immediately. No disciplinary action was taken. DGCA officials are working under similar conditions. Doing their job may result in them losing their job. Bottom line is, you can’t always make rational assessments about the stories you hear/read about in foreign countries. You’d think that by now we’d all understand that FS culture should trump foreign culture; but it still doesn’t work that way in many parts of the world. Trust me, it can be frustrating!
  8. Rich Pulman

    Terry Fox Run - 2018

    Many thanks for the "pinned topic" status and the donations received so far. PMs sent to those who have sponsored me this year. To date I've raised $1380 towards this year's goal of $5000. If you've been thinking about it and putting it off, there's still plenty of time to sponsor my run. If you'd prefer to sponsor our team, the link is: Team Sparky Team Sparky will gather next Sunday at the Stouffville run site. If you're in the area, please come out and join us. Everyone is welcome! Thanks again for all the support I continue to receive from the folks here.
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    For all of those who have or will fly

    No PFR = no inspection required. Same on 330 & 340.
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    For all of those who have or will fly

    Overweight landings aren’t really a big deal in the A330/340. There’s even a QRH checklist to do one. Indeed, the heaviest A330s in our fleet (242T) don’t even have a fuel dump system and the MLW is 187T. That’s a lot of fuel to burn off if an immediate return is required! The A330 is actually certified to do a single-engine auto-land at 229T. What’s more critical is the V/S at touchdown when an overweight landing is performed. The engineers have a chart showing V/S versus weight at touchdown. If the landing data is below the line, no heavy landing check is required (at least that’s what I’ve been told). All in all, it’s really a non-event.
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    For all of those who have or will fly

    The jettison operation is automatically stopped when actual GW reaches the value inserted in the MCDU (FUEL PRED page). If a final weight isn’t entered on that page, it the jettison operation must be stopped manually. Works the same on both the A330 & A340.
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    Terry Fox Run - 2018

    Dear AEFers, What would you do if you were 18 years old and lost your leg due to cancer? If you’re not familiar with Terry’s story, here’s what he did... Terry's story. Even if you know his story, check out the link. (Take a moment to get a tissue first.) I think you’d agree that it’s a pretty incredible feat. In a way, Terry was lucky. Following his cancer diagnosis, he was able to get out and raise funds for this cause. Many cancer patients cannot. Despite being at a serious disadvantage, he was determined to complete his “Marathon of Hope”. He didn’t cower. He didn’t wallow in self-pity. He got up and ran a marathon a day for 143 days straight! He did it so that others could have a better chance of survival. Imagine the courage and conviction required to do what he did. Could you do that? Would you? I know I couldn’t. Heck, running 10km on two good legs is tough enough for me! Think about the changes that have taken place in cancer treatment during your lifetime. The survival rate is still not 100%, but vast improvements have been made. Personally, I have had several friends and family members who succumbed to cancer, but many others have survived. And I know for a fact that some of those survivors have directly benefited from research funded by the Terry Fox Foundation. That’s powerful motivation to keep running year after year! On September 16th I will once again be proudly supporting The Terry Fox Foundation by taking part in the Terry Fox Run. As usual, I will be running 10km in an effort to prove worthy of your support. I hope you will consider sponsoring me in support of my effort, confident in the knowledge that your kindness will impact the lives of so many people living with cancer. Please click the link below to sponsor my run. If you’d prefer to make an offline donation, please send me a note with your pledge and we’ll figure out an alternative that works best for you. Please click here to sponsor my run. If the link doesn’t work, type into your web browser to reach my fundraising page. Thank you very much for your support! Richard For more information about The Terry Fox Foundation, please visit Questions?
  13. Rich Pulman

    Capital Airlines hard landing

    Likely. Scary stuff happens regularly that doesn’t get into the media. ICAO is well aware that the number of Chinese incidents/accidents is under-reported.
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    Capital Airlines hard landing

    Damn, I hope it wasn’t a foreign Captain or I’ll have to do yet another extra simulator check-ride! Already have one booked for next week thanks to the Xiamen accident in Manila (foreign Captain).
  15. I haven’t flown 452, but have flown with its current owner Greg Colyer. In more than 2850 hours in the T-33, I can confirm that the yaw string Kip mentioned is a very useful tool; especially in a left-hand final turn or when inverted at 40,000’ with less than 100 knots showing on the ASI. Rudder was needed at slower speeds to counteract the torque produced by the centrifugal-flow engine. BTW, the USAF version (Shooting Star) was made by Lockheed and powered with an Alison J33 engine producing 4600 lbs of thrust. The RCAF version (Silver Star) was made by Canadair and powered with a Nene 10 engine producing 5100 lbs or thrust.