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  1. Don agreed. What I'm having difficulty with is the assertion (GTFA) that this Captain was dismissed as a direct result of her conduct during the investigation. How does anyone know that at this stage, unless of course the poster has information we are not privy to. Somehow I doubt it, but rather it is his/her's conjecture of events. A bold position IMO.
  2. Kip have a listen here. The Captain takes over on short final. BTW, the majority of the tape is the tower controller trying to coordinate emergency services after the accident.
  3. ????? Would you care to elaborate on what SHE could have done during the investigation to warrant dismissal?
  4. Anyone know what the unit is that's sitting on top of the MCP?
  5. By this thread http://www.pprune.org/rumours-news/519707-southwest-klga-gear-collapse-26.html it would appear, that Southwest had seen enough.
  6. HST


    I could of been more specific. The biggest surprises IMHO in the ITCZ (~20 yrs experience) is, frontal (read sub tropical), at night with little or moon less nights that require all your skills. All adept professional pilots should be adjusting the radar tilt/gain frequently in manual mode and gain in auto mode. Keeping the range to a max. of 160 nms (preferably less) gives the best wx picture and allows for the best forward planning. In CRUISE I rarely use beyond +1 up tilt as over flight isn't an option and navigating on the upwind side usually gets my vote. The point of my original post was due to the experience of arriving for relief duty with insufficient radar down tilt to realize we were over flying dissipating thunderstorms in the ITCZ. Not an enjoyable ride.
  7. HST


    IMO, a time to stand up and take notice is the ITCZ. Unlike CB's in the northern hemisphere the area between 10N to 10S (around the globe) is unique. If your radar isn't tilted as much as -3DN (auto or otherwise) with all of your undivided attention you will be in for a rude awakening.
  8. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/ottawa-man-grandson-safe-after-wing-snaps-off-float-plane-1.1872420 Accuracy awards (wing snaps off...emergency landing???) are not in line for CBC on this piece.
  9. JL what I believe is shown at 3:10 is carbon dust (possibly from lengthy taxi tests) being expelled from the brake discs as the mains are snubbed prior to entering the gear bay. Its not often you see an aircraft landing with the RAT deployed.
  10. Here is a link to 3 viewpoints (albeit succinct) on what to do with North Korea. http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/02/17571557-how-do-you-solve-a-problem-like-north-korea-three-viewpoints?lite I'm one of a number of Canadians who make a living out of the region closest to this regime.
  11. "Wait approximately one minute after de-icing is completed to restore engine and APU bleed air and pack operation to ensure all de-icing fluid has been cleared from the engines:" Right you are.
  12. I stand corrected, the ram air inlet but you get the idea. As seeker has mentioned and I have experienced more than a few times, is to monitor the situation and if it dissipates carry on.
  13. Typically it enters through the pack air inlets. Boeing de-icing procedures have a delay (1 min) to allow fluid to flow away from inlets before turning the packs on. When the fuselage is sprayed it can provide a steady stream of fluid into the packs.
  14. Thanks I will pass the info on to junior.
  15. Thanks for the information. J.O. any idea on an implementation date?
  16. I have heard that TC will adjust how co-pilot time is accrued to meet the 1,500 hour ATPL requirement. At present only 50% of co-pilot time is counted. 421.10 Crediting of Flight Time Acquired by a Co-pilot The holder of a pilot licence may be credited not more than 50% of co-pilot flight time towards the total flight time required for the issuance of a higher class of pilot licence. Talk is that co-pilot time (on aircraft requiring 2 pilots for its operation) will now count as 100% towards a higher licence. Does anyone here know if there is any truth to this and if so when this new requirement will take effect?
  17. flybye I'll guess you don't read the entire thread before posting
  18. On my first visit (years ago) to Hawaii the locals would be the best source for great restaurants etc. Some of these same locals have created a book called Maui Revealed. You can also purchase the app here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/maui-revealed/id431462560?mt=8 . I found it an invaluable planning tool and a great way to see "hidden gems".
  19. With stranded passengers unable to deplane maybe the answer is something similar to the U.S. Tarmac Delay Rule. http://airconsumer.dot.gov/rules/EAPP_2_FAQ_01-11-2012final.pdf The Denied Boarding Compensation (DBC) is a good read.
  20. I've been in it (pointy end) for 30 years so I'm no novice. If you were to pick up the phone and dial AC, Westjet, American, Delta right now, only one will give you a busy signal. IROPS is an ugly part of what we do but all airlines are not the same in this regard.
  21. Boestar, I am in this business and I am very familiar with IROPs. With all due respect, AC needs to figure out how to professionally deal with their customers in circumstances like this. Busy phone lines and ignorant staff aren't the answer. The other airlines manage it better. Is asking for a system that allows customers to eventually speak to someone considered looking through rose coloured glasses? I don't think so. IMHO, AC's problem is systemic, and you sir are demonstrating why this will unlikely change.
  22. I've had family have the unfortunate circumstance of having to deal with AC during this most recent storm delay. The problem is trying to talk to someone on the phone. The website has delay info but some people just want a reassuring voice to talk to, no matter how long the wait. That opportunity at the moment with AC simply doesn't exist. The line is busy and has been for hours. At the airport the check in staff are irritable beyond belief. A quick call to Westjet got through to a long wait but at least it felt as if we were getting somewhere. We (individuals and companies alike) are measured not on how we handle ourselves when all is running smoothly but how we face adversity. IMHO, AC repeatedly fails the grade.
  23. Here is a good description of what Boeing is up against. http://www.wired.com/autopia/2013/01/boeing-787-electric-fire-grounding/?utm_source=Contextly&utm_medium=RelatedLinks&utm_campaign=Interesting
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