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  1. She arrived in YYZ, not sure how accurate the time is though. A 1:45 flight from YYC would indicate she has a different propulsion system than all other 767-300ERW's have http://flightaware.com/live/flight/CFOGJ/history/20150924/2000Z/CYYC/CYYZ
  2. For over a year we didn't take any UM's. It may have been over 2 years ago now. Hard to remember date details of it all. Anyone else remember specific dates to the restrictions?
  3. Sounds mostly like paper work issues. 5 hands in the pot stirring. Quantas, FAA, Boeing, Transport Canada & WestJet. It's ever easy getting all the paperwork aligned with 2 groups let alone 5. Wouldn't surprise me if the original pilots trained expire before they touch the plane.
  4. Once the checks are complete by Bleing the sales are supposed to be completed. The numbers Ive heard thrown around by the people in the know is for the cost 1 - 787 we can purchase up to 18 of these 767-3 if there were that many available. When the tails arrive in Canada there is still maintenance to do, add in printer and ACARS. For what ever reason Boeing is not installing those components.
  5. An individual from German Wings was at a forum for Pilot Assistance that was held a few weeks ago in North America. It's slow, but peer groups are making their way into those airlines. Rushing a poorly run/organized/driven peer group is worse than having nothing. They are doing it properly from my observation. They are looking at all other programs out there and then picking the pieces that work best for their structure. The collaboration of all the different structures is truely encouraging. The challenge is not allowing politicking to infiltrate the structures when these external pressures arise. All groups are unique and won't/can't support all specific structures as they have evolved in N.America. If fear and ego get to drive the reason, poorly organized and structured programs will be built and WILL fail in spectacular fashion. Programs that work are boring and not very media friendly. The hardest part is getting pilots to accept that having these conditions/maladies isn't a reflection on their ability to fly or be professional. In fact just the opposite is true. A truely professional person can and will accept we are not perfect (not easy for pilots) and there are numerous things in our lives that we are incapable of fixing without assistance (again a hard thing for pilots to admit to). Once we as a group can open up to these realities improvement will be easier to come for a large portion of our professional group who are effected. Stigmatizing mental illness and questioning why so and so was able to fly (while depressed as an example) continues to drive it under ground. The tide is shifting, it will be slow and patience is required. I know we will all be healthier for it once it takes hold.
  6. The program I know best is at WestJet. I'm not saying it is the best, only that I know it the best. I It was developed off the fundamentals off the P2P program at AC. Which, incidentally is still a great program. Ours is run fully by volunteer pilots, it is supported by Flt Ops and the WJPA. The confidentiality is paramount to the program. As an example we have a confidential 1800# as well as website. At WestJet it is called the Pilot Support Network. The cornerstone of the program was for addictions/abuse and has now evolved to include 3 other pieces. The volumteers aren't the professionals, only resource finders. The success has proven to other groups the viability of such a program and is being used as a map for growth in other areas of the company for other employee groups.
  7. 2 similar but different frames apparently. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caspian_Sea_Monster http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lun-class_ekranoplan
  8. TAIPEI, Taiwan -- One of the engines on TransAsia Airways Flight 235 went idle 37 seconds after takeoff, and the pilots may have shut off the remaining engine before attempting to restart them, but the plane crashed before that could happen, Taiwan's top aviation safety official said Friday. The details were presented at a news conference in Taipei by Aviation Safety Council Executive Director Thomas Wang as preliminary findings from the flight data recorder. Wednesday's crash into a river in Taipei minutes after takeoff killed at least 35 people and left eight missing. Fifteen people were rescued with injuries after the accident, which was captured in a dramatic dashboard camera video that showed the ATR 72 propjet banking steeply and scraping a highway overpass before it hurtled into the Keelung River. RELATED STORIES TransAsia crash survivor says engine 'did not feel right' TransAsia Airways: a closer look at the Taiwanese operator PHOTOS Divers search for missing passengers Search and rescue divers continue to search for missing persons at the site of a plane crash in Taipei, Taiwan on Feb. 6, 2015. TransAsia Airways Flight 235, with 58 people aboard, clipped a bridge shortly after takeoff and crashed into a river in the island's capital of Taipei on Wednesday morning. (AP / Wally Santana) Wang said the plane's right engine triggered an alarm 37 seconds after takeoff. However, he said the data showed it had not shut down, or "flamed out" as the pilot told the control tower, but rather moved into idle mode, with no change in the oil pressure. Then, 46 seconds later, the left engine was shut down, apparently by one of the pilots, so that neither engine was producing any power. A restart was attempted, but the plane crashed just 72 seconds later. Wang said it was too early to draw firm conclusions about the reasons why the engines ceased producing power. "It's only the third day so we can't say too much," Wang said. "We haven't ruled anything out." Taiwanese Vice President Wu Den-yih, mindful of the island's reputation as a tourist destination and its tense relations with China where most of the flight's passengers were from, went to a Taipei funeral parlor for prayer sessions to pay respects. At the parlour, where bodies are being stored, Wu expressed condolences and praised pilot Liao Chien-chung, who died in the crash. The pilots may have deliberately steered the plane away from buildings and into the river in the final moments. "When it came to when it was clear his life would end, (the pilot) meticulously grasped the flight operating system and in the final moments he still wanted to control the plane to avoid harming residents in the housing communities," Wu said. "To the plane's crew, the victims ... I here express condolences." Divers continuing search for bodies Divers with a local fire agency found one female and three male bodies Friday along the muddy Keelung River bottom about 50 metres from the crash site, a Taipei City Fire Department official surnamed Chen said. The agency suspects the eight bodies that are still missing may be in equally murky areas and has sent 190 divers to look for them. Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense dispatched three S-70C rescue helicopters to search along a river system that runs into the ocean off Taiwan's northwest coast. More than 30 relatives of victims cried wildly, prayed or were comforted by Buddhist volunteers at the riverside crash site as divers in black wetsuits brought back the four bodies. Some divers came ashore with their hands joined in prayer for the people they brought back. The pilot's and co-pilot's bodies were found earlier with their hands still on the controls, Taiwan's ETToday online news service said. Wang said the cockpit flight recorder was still being analyzed and a transcript would be provided as soon as possible. Investigators are to issue a preliminary report on the crash within 30 days and a fuller report within 3-4 months. A final draft will be submitted within 8 months and the full investigation concluded in about a year, Wang said. He said the engines had shown no problems before the flight and repeatedly stated that the plane would have been able to take off and fly even with only one engine working. Earl Chapman of Canada's Transportation Safety Bureau told the news conference that the plane's Pratt & Whitney engines were known for their reliability. "This engine type has millions of flight hours behind it with a very good safety record. So it's fairly unremarkable in that respect," said Chapman, who was participating in the investigation because the engines were made by Pratt & Whitney's Canadian division. The same airline operated another ATR 72 propjet that crashed on an outlying Taiwanese-controlled island last July 23, killing 48. Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou's office said Thursday it was worried that air crashes would damage the island's reputation as a tourist destination. Thirty-one of the passengers on Flight 235 were from China. Tourists from the mainland to Taiwan rose from a trickle before mid-2008 to a cumulative total of 9.7 million as of last year. China has claimed sovereignty over Taiwan since a civil war in the 1940s, chilling relations until Ma took office in 2008 and opened dialogue that led to an agreement allowing tourist visits. Tourists from China have also died in a construction site accident. A bus crash three years ago in eastern Taiwan injured 34. The vice president's visit to the funeral home may be a "gesture to keep up benign relations," said Alexander Huang, strategic studies professor at Tamkang University in Taiwan. As both sides handle the crash aftermath, a Chinese government minister in charge of Taiwan affairs postponed a visit scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. The two sides also need more time to discuss four new domestic flight routes that China declared on its own last month, Taiwan's China policymaking body said in a statement. Taiwan opposes the new Taiwan Strait air routes, saying they could cause safety problems for its own domestic flights. --- Bodeen reported from Beijing. Associated Press writer Ian Mader in Beijing and photographer Wally Santana and video journalists Johnson Lai and Tassanee Vejpongsa in Taipei contributed to this report. Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/both-engines-failed-in-deadly-taiwan-plane-crash-1.2223440#ixzz3QxnNCalb
  9. VCU's - Vodka Containment Units.
  10. The message given to them may have been more poignant if they were left in a Cuban jail over getting Canadian bail.
  11. From my sources at Rouge (pilots) they are making out pay way better than their A/C brothers and sisters, it seems there is a bit of a game going on to ensure they get drafted for work. If that's the case, the crews costs won't be as much of a savings as planned for. But that's just what I hear from the crew.
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