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Everything posted by Miles

  1. Is this the Swoop effect chasing Flair out of yhm?
  2. Funny how all the execs use the same playbook.
  3. John. I don't think you realize how untied our Westjet pilot group is. You can't scab 100 flights per day can you? Good luck with that.
  4. Sorry to put the topic back on topic, but when I read this article this morning I felt much the same as Anonymous. Mostly that this piece of stupidity actually made the news is truly what's mind boggling here. We are expected to believe that the engine was held together by a piece of speed tape covering a small access panel on the engine cowl. I don't blame the selfie-obsessed bimbo, I blame the reporter.
  5. Conehead, I thought the same thing until I saw the photo showing the other side of the plane. It's extremely smoky on the far side so likely they checked their windows and the port side looked better. IMO they shouldn't have used either front exit, but in the heat of the moment it's a tough fast choice to make
  6. I don't think you can call it russian roulette if the gun is fully loaded! haha!
  7. obviously there's a structural reason why they'd hang weights in lieu of engines... anyone know why specifically?
  8. All that matters, people, is that the terminal is nice and new, and artsy.
  9. perhaps this is a sign that engineering for max thrust produced for minimum fuel burned might be reaching a limit? i'm sure there's a fancy graph out there somewhere with an exponential curve drawn on it...
  10. No doubt the IT department will be busy the next little while correcting this little redundancy problem.
  11. I think some out of touch CEO with too much available credit will take the bait eventually... Deluce just needs to get desperate enough to price it so someone finally takes the bait.
  12. "What Weather Means Weather is basically the way the atmosphere is behaving, mainly with respect to its effects upon life and human activities. The difference between weather and climate is that weather consists of the short-term (minutes to months) changes in the atmosphere. Most people think of weather in terms of temperature, humidity, precipitation, cloudiness, brightness, visibility, wind, and atmospheric pressure, as in high and low pressure. In most places, weather can change from minute-to-minute, hour-to-hour, day-to-day, and season-to-season. Climate, however, is the average of weather over time and space. An easy way to remember the difference is that climate is what you expect, like a very hot summer, and weather is what you get, like a hot day with pop-up thunderstorms. "
  13. Can someone please look up the difference between 'climate' and 'weather'? Thanks. I had the pleasure only yesterday to help out with a science experiment in my daughter's class(grade 2). With about 5 kids per group, and only one group at a time, they were shown about 20 small objects(eraser, paperclip, styrofoam, cork, sponge, piece of cloth, short length of string, piece of wax crayon, etc) and were told to make a prediction whether each object would float in water or sink. Each child had their own chart to keep track of their predictions, and also to chart what actually happened when each object was dropped in a bucket of water. I found their behaviours during the experiment the most fascinating. Whenever they were proven wrong when the observed object did the opposite of their prediction, most were visibly upset and were quick to voice their displeasure. Some wanted to change their prediction so as to make it align with the observed effect. At this point, I explained to them that science isn't about being right, it's about being honest. A good scientist admits they made the wrong assumption and that the prediction isn't what's important. A good scientist reports the true findings of their experiment, regardless of their prediction or of the outcome or the experiment. When they were right about their findings, there was big cheers and congratulating each other on being 'right'. I also observed that the loudest and/or A-type child in the group would announce their prediction with 100% confidence, and it affected the other children's predictions as well. I observed some kids would wait until A-Type made their announcement, then use the same answer, others even changed their answer to what A-Type announced. Fascinating. I went through 5 groups of kids, and it was a real eye opener how each group, minus maybe 1 individual per group behaved in this way. I reminded each group several times throughout the experiment that being right was not important, and that's not what science is about... as a group I don't think they ever understood what I was getting at. I thought I'd share this little learned wisdom I picked up from a class of 8 year olds. Science should not be about ego, emotion, or the mighty dollar. Science research should not be influenced by these things yet I highly doubt something as controversial as man made climate change can keep these undermining factors out. When I understand the science is done properly, ie, peer reviewed, and experimented on by other scientists to the same outcome, THEN I have a lot more faith in the science. IE: anyone following the Faster than Light Neutrino experiment that threatened to turn the physics world upside down? Some might jump to the conclusion that bad science played a part. I submit that the opposite happened. The scientists that made the announcement went public with their findings because they did NOT believe the results they got, and they wanted other scientists to examine their experiment to find what they missed. Turns out it was a loose wire in one of the computers which threw off their calculations. The world can relax, Einstein hasn't been proven wrong, yet... Cheers all, shiny sides up!
  14. The simplistic answer is for the same reason Laywers have a Bar association, and Accountants have their own association. Self regulating, holding it's members to a standard. Can't get a job unless you're a part of the organization, among other things...
  15. Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) March 12, 2012 17:36 ET Sunwing flight attendants join CUPE OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 12, 2012) - Flight attendants with Sunwing airlines have joined Canada's largest union, the Canadian Union of Public Employees. The 700 flight attendants voted to join CUPE in a vote conducted by the Canada Industrial Relations Board. "We welcome the flight attendants from Sunwing to the CUPE family," said Paul Moist, national president of CUPE. "Flight attendants, like all workers, want to have decent paying jobs with rock solid health and safety provisions. At CUPE our track record defending workers speaks for itself and we look forward to representing Sunwing flight attendants," said Moist. CUPE is Canada's largest airline union. With workers from Sunwing, CUPE now represents nearly 10,000 flight attendants at both large and smaller air carriers including: Air Canada, Air Transat, CanJet, First Air, Cathay Pacific, CALM Air, Canadian North, and the ground agents at Porter Airlines in Ottawa. "In tough economic times, more and more workers see the benefit of joining CUPE," said Moist. "Flight attendants deserve basic rights such as proper crew rest, time off and respectable duty periods. We look forward to working with flight attendants to achieve these and other rights."
  16. If you're talking about capacity from YUL-YYZ, with AC out of the picture, I'd bet loads on WS and PD would double to about 50% LF...
  17. I don't know, but I'm just floored that Medve managed to get through a press release without slurring Westjet!
  18. "It's about character" Sums up nicely what's wrong with his mentality... what a stupid poem.
  19. I went with LCD because I didn't like how the Plasma screens were so reflective of ambient light in the room. Also I have 3 kids who use that TV and I was worried about the TV getting left on and having screen burn in issues as I've heard is an issue on the Plasmas. Top that off with a high power consumption, and the LCD's seemed best for me. No complaints with my decision. As for LED's no experiences with them...
  20. Always an interesting read. Thanks Bean. As I was trying to remember what Allegiant's previous profit margins were, I then wondered if you have a quarterly history of these airlines saved? What I'm wondering about was wasn't their margins up around 17% not all that long ago?
  21. What's with the sunglasses smilies?
  22. Thanks Don, took me a while to realize it's a 2 year old thread!