Zan Vetter

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  1. What if porter and Air Transat are still in? Great data mining opportunity for AC, which is the raison d’être for rewards programs anyway (loyalty is for n00bs). For that reason, I’d expect them both to back out voluntarily. Alternatively, they both could submit to full takeover/consolidation. ?
  2. All due respect to porter but if you’re a current Aeroplan member this ain’t anywhere close to cutting the mustard.
  3. So, all other partner options explored and doors were closed? This can’t end well.
  4. As if 9 DECs hired in the middle of a union bust could stand there and play dumb.
  5. Alertness and endurance. If licensed pilots, of any age, can’t demonstrate those qualities at the start of every pairing, they are unfit. Might be acute, might be chronic. Age is a factor, no doubt. Now, if we are going to eliminate age as a disqualifying factor to hold an ATPL, better we ensure that all license holders are accepting work within their capability to perform. Lower FDT’s definitely extend the age to which one would be able to work a full day, be that 13, 12 hrs, 10 hrs overnight or whatever. I’m 40 and working 14 hrs is difficult, as it was at 25. BTW, claiming northern wor
  6. Uh oh age has entered the picture. I thought this was a no go topic, insofar as being too old to fly. Are you suggesting different, lower duty limits based on age? I know you’re not, but perhaps being able to work a full duty period, per CARs, is a BFOR. One size fits all indeed!
  7. Cubana should charter from canadian carriers. All have presence at Cuban airports. Operating a domestic turn would be totally possible. Might throw a wrench into NAFTA talks tho.
  8. Threat tactic, to the pilots, which they’ve lost. Threat tactic, to the market, which based on the likelihood of this being accretive to earnings, they’ve lost. Strategy meetings now should be focusing on the best way to abandon this venture with as little additional damage as possible. Until that happens, it will continue to be a drag on everything- management, culture, earnings, on revenue. Climb down now and it’s New Coke, a footnote.
  9. It’s more a threat tactic to reduce competition than it is necessarily a money-making opportunity for them,” he said. “If you have deep pockets and you have a diversified business, you can cross-subsidize a losing venture for a while.” Great plan, well done folks.
  10. LOL. I’d guess more like 1/20.
  11. To that I say, go get a pilot license. Everywhere is hiring.
  12. Starting pay at majors can lag because it’s the top pay that attracts people to the profession not the starting pay. In a 25+ yr career (or 40+ yrs, like many retiring boomers today) at a major who’s getting torqued about the first few years, especially when upward movement is fast? It’s high at US carriers now, because they are competing for pilots. AC is not, really, because it’s only other major competitor for pilots in Canada is in a major labour dispute. Were Canadian airlines forced to compete for pilots with American or other carriers- domicile and quality of life would factor too- pay
  13. Well, one pilot bidding around you, or a couple, is maybe just a preference? Every Captain probably has a couple, that’s just life. We’re not all perfect. I used to bid around a few people that are otherwise fine pilots because they tended to complain all day. 7 or more maybe indicates you have some kind of more significant issue that is causing people to not want to work with you. I don’t know about the actual number I’ve just heard it exists and might be around 7.
  14. I’ve heard that once a captain has 7 other pilots bidding around them it’s time for tea and cookies with the chief. Or if that’s not true, it should be. As they say where there’s smoke...
  15. I’m just going to preemptively write DELETED, as my rebuttal to this comment. Kindly, Kip, if you have nothing to of value to contribute you are invited to not talk.
  16. I like this podcast for other reasons but this is must listen. Discussion of the recent 60 minutes special on Allegiant. Caution: hyperbole. Also, very funny. https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/quoth-the-raven/id1348446973?mt=2&i=1000409029882
  17. Arriving from the south to YYZ, we fly over the lake to Humber Bay until precisely overhead some of the most expensive real estate in southern ontario, and then turn downwind and fly over it for 10 miles. Has to be a better way. Also...are the constraints mandatory like it says on the chart or not? Most times we are not given clearance early enough to descend to meet the constraints and it has become completely normalized to ignore them. Which I find very strange.
  18. I worked for a small seasonal operator that made us personal contractors. The Ops Manager credulously urging me to think of the write offs. Uh, ok my cell phone and um...what. 5km of gas a day? Wow you’re right I’m rich now. Oh wait what’s that auto expenses to and from work aren’t eligible? Ok just the cell phone then. Great.