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Everything posted by j.k.

  1. There are still box cutters and knives on the secure side... 911 was an opportunity for some to justify making a lot of money on all the extra layers of BS.
  2. What? Nobody to buy a pizza? Seriously though... That's what travel insurance and self sufficiency is for... Go book a room! Feed your children! Take a taxi! Oooooh... fending for yourself in this world... The horror. If you can afford a week or two vacation for your family you can pay a couple hundred bucks for a last minute hotel booking for the night to look after your family and then sort it out with the airline or the insurance when you get home... Those people will absolutely fly Westjet again if they are the cheapest option by 2$...
  3. I'm not saying that. As I stated "truths"... But somebody will inevitably have a problem with him and anything he says no matter how right it might be. Some are more interested in shouting down discourse because of the messenger rather than listening to an idea on its own merit. It's impossible to bring up some things now, impossible to reference some people now, without someone else being deeply offended. Anyway... my statement was more a joke about that... "LoL"... and the association to the "victims" of this well handled oceanic diversion and recovery.
  4. "non-contributing zero" Sums it up well... LoL... Be careful about dropping Louis CK truths though... Someone will have a problem with that too.
  5. The Pilots made a great decision... probably just inside ETOPs when the issue occurred, well ahead of the ETP... a little bit of figuring and coordinating was likely before the turn around which took them further out... but why chance it with 1 system left over a big ocean into a base with minimal support and a shortish runway. The flight got back to YVR at 1433. Replacement flight left YVR at 1936, into OGG late that evening - Pax didn't miss any nights... Less than 5 hours in the terminal... all considered not too bad IMO. If you can't get by with a 10 dollar sandwich and a coffee, chip in an extra 5 or 10 and get what you want. I mean what do you want? Surf and turf and a bottle of '81 Chateau Latour? No these people want to be victims. Like the story of the Hawaii holiday trip and oceanic diversion isn't enough. And instead of saying great job pilots and airline, we're glad we were accommodated reasonably quickly all considered and got there safely later that day, they call the CBC and feign outrage. Get a life.
  6. I heard A350-1000 orders are in the works too as a 777 replacement... not B777X.
  7. Shunning more Boeings plays well politically too after the BS from Boeing and the Americans.
  8. How does it stall progression? Wasn't Swoop going to do that anyway?
  9. It's like a Mexican standoff. Hamilton wants the airlines' commitments before expansion, the airlines want the expansion before committing... Hamilton loses either way.
  10. I tried to take the flight a few times... Every time the flight was full or close to full. They had just moved to 3x daily from 2x... if I recall when they launched the route a few years back it was only 1x. I suspect it's more than light loads that caused the route to be pulled... maybe politicking with airport authority or something.
  11. Was it a MAX or NG? Sounds like NG... "737-800"
  12. Sounds like a great reason to bilk taxpayers for a bunch of business class trips around the world... "research"...
  13. Yeah, they totally showed everyone on the Atlantic how to do it with the 767 operation...
  14. Swoop is a new airline. They still need the required FAA approvals to operate into the US. Once approved it's open skies. Seems pretty amateur that they wouldn't have this taken care of ahead of time, before they started selling the tickets. Swoop should be rebooking all the affected people on other airlines, or wet leading replacements for every flight cancelled... not making excuses and giving refunds. Where's Gabor when there is a real complaint to raise?
  15. No matter what the will a always be someone who would rather commute, but it certainly doesn't help being based on some of the most expensive cities in the planet (YVR, YYZ). Especially as effective pay goes down, while inflation goes up, taxes go up, pension costs more, utilities up, interest rates rise... free cash gets tight when average home price is over a million... Companies need to pay to afford a life in the city you're based in...
  16. CDM is anything but collaborative. Guaranteed delays...
  17. Jazz policies? Yeah, yeah there's an AC FOM note... 1/2", trimmed... probably the line right below no facial hair below your upper lip line for those wearing moustaches. I haven't heard anyone complaining against the moustache guys with bushy staches or handlebars wrapping down the sides.
  18. Put the strawman back in the bag. Ties and beards and backwards ball caps are completely different things... and I'm sure there are bankers with beards. And you're wrong.
  19. I originally thought/heard that also, but I have it on good authority that's actually not true. It was coming anyway. Jeez, I don't know why anyone cares! Beards are accepted in our society... From business to government to academia to celebrities...
  20. "Published grooming standards" Lol, got that brochure in the mail I think... And some guys need a haircut, or to fix whatever it is they've been getting that they call a haircut... some are deathly in need of new shoes, others should dryclean their pants for Fs sake... or get rid of the wheels from China that light up pink when you walk... Everyone I see wearing beards look great. Better than some of the staches I've seen over the years at least... I say keep on keepin on...
  21. Absolutely. No disagreement from me there... My post was only speculating what they were doing that led then into an unacceptable position... one guy looking outside, figuring he's lining up about where dolpn is, 4-5 mile final, while the other is in a rush to select the flap, the gear, do the landing checklist, etc. and nobody crosschecking inside...
  22. For the sake of accuracy, it's DME 6.6, but 4.5nm from RWY 06. I think rushed is the threat here... "Do you got it?" "Uhhhh... uhhhh, I think I see it, uhhhh yeah there it is..." "Cleared the visual" "SH!T! Better get down..." CLICK, CLICK, "FLAPS! GEAR!" "Uh... SH!T... that's not it! GO AROUND, FLAPS!"... The pressure we put on ourselves to take the visual to accommodate ATC/traffic/efficiency/time esp. in the States... "Do you have the field? Report field in sight. Do you have it? How about now?"... If it's not an airport I am very familiar with or a published visual procedure... NO THANKS. Even then I have no interest anymore in carving an airliner onto final at 1000'AGL, 3 NM final, or rushing to keep it in tight while high on profile. Maybe that's just me... but I don't need to prove anything and I don't need the aggravation... With the stable approach requirements, tdz awareness, etc... Keep it simple, give yourself space and time.
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