Rich Pulman

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  1. Wow! That's about the same rate that an engineering student can consume beer. Very impressive.
  2. The A333 doesn't have fuel-dumping capability. But it does have both brake temperature and tire pressure indications. Most likely those would have shown amber Xs after the wheel departed, but that doesn't indicate a lost wheel, just a loss of sensor information. I taxied by the aircraft last night in LHR. It was parked on remote stand 254 for those with enquiring minds. #4 wheel still missing and no maintenance activity whatsoever so be seen. From afar, other than a missing wheel, it didn't look like there was any other damage. Our maintenance guys in LHR told me the aircraft taxied onto the gate after landing, so that would indicate the crew weren't aware of the lost wheel even at that point. To me, the miracle is that someone didn't get injured when the wheel came off.
  3. Does it come with a drogue chute for those wet runways?
  4. When you pay the higher price of a refundable ticket, you have bought "cancellation insurance".
  5. More likely just some Indian-style contract negotiations. Jet Airways is actively recruiting on all fleets.
  6. Likewise Kip et al.
  7. No doubt about it! But I offer you these nuggets for consideration... 1) I suspect there aren't any 30-something pilots earning C$500-600K (gross) in the US or Canada. 2) With that level of income, I can show anyone how to generate a perpetual income of $100+K/year within ten years, even while living on $10,000/month during that period. Add another ten years and a net worth of C$10,000,000 is well within reach. Go for 25 years and you'll be pushing $20M. That's a LOT of retirement benefits! 3) About ten years ago I was having breakfast with a retired legacy-carrier Captain from the US. He had just turned 64, hadn't flown since retiring at age 60 (the US had yet to increase the retirement age to 65), and was just starting a one-year contract as B777 Captain with Jet Airways. With tears flowing, he explained that his pension had been cut by 80% to $25K/year and he'd lost most of his other retirement benefits. Those retirement benefits aren't guaranteed. That being said, after 11 years of expat work, I'll be happy when it ends. I won't be going for the 20-year plan, even though my age permits it.
  8. I don't know anyone in China (expat) who isn't making that amount, unless they're on a 4/4 or reduced-hours contract.
  9. Wow! They're finally getting close to what they pay pilots in China.
  10. Maybe if we could prevent "man" from exhaling we'd have a viable solution.
  11. Well then, what happens when the people being "re-accomodated" are crew from another airline who need to take that flight in order to prevent inconveniencing 75 (or more) passengers the next morning? Whose passengers are more important? This situation was easy to resolve with either more incentives or an alternative method of transportation for the United crew. Let's have a paradigm shift whereby there's-no-I-in-team agents are permitted to think outside the box in order to go from good to great. (FWIW, I have positioned many times on "other" airlines. I have also positioned on a corporate jet when alternative flights were not available.)
  12. It's interesting that United has no trouble asking its customers to be inconvenienced in order to avoid being inconvenienced itself. If it's okay to bump a passenger who absolutely, positively has to get there on time, then it should be okay to "re-accommodate" those crew who absolutely, positively had to get there on time. It's hard to convince passengers that overbooking and bumping are necessary evils when the company is unwilling to play by the same rules. I wonder how long it will take for a Google search of "Hoisted by their own petard" to return "United Airlines" as the top result.
  13. It doesn't take more than a brief look at that list to know it shouldn't be taken too seriously.
  14. Don't worry Moon, if we keep telling people we sit around on a "flight deck" pushing buttons/flipping switches for a living, there won't be too much interest in anyone becoming a pilot. Now, if we say we work in a "cockpit" using our hands & feet to manipulate control columns and throttles in order to manoeuvre a multi-ton highly-complex machine in a high-speed four-dimensional dynamic environment in all weather conditions.... well, that might generate a bit more interest. (At least until the starting salary is discussed )
  15. I've flown with six of the guys involved with the Vimy flying while they were still in the RCAF. Great guys! They have a Facebook page, "VIMY flight" and a website http://www.vimyflight.ca/. Wishing them a successful mission today.