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  1. Sadly, I never got any PIC time in one, just BS time. It’s still a very vivid memory of when they let me start one up at the dock. I can still feel and smell this thing.
  2. Considering what the US and Boeing did (re the CSeries), I don’t think Canada should be taking any aircraft from our southern neighbours anytime soon. Grumble.....
  3. Sorry if I missed where this is stated about the part time work, and minimal training? As for around here, there is a computer learning module that must be completed, and then it’s a day of sim training. I believe this is more than enough given how much is already known about the issue. I for one am very happy to get back to the Max as it is (my opinion) a much more pleasant plane to spend time in vs the Ng. Just my 1.5 cents.
  4. Any word on when the folks in red will be doing that training?
  5. WJ pilots will start going down to MIA in January for training on the Max. I can’t speak fo AC folks.
  6. There’s already a rumour going round that they may change the Max’s name to 737-8. I mean, how many people would be able to tell the difference once seated in the back anyways?!
  7. We received a memo some time ago of how to deal with this as it’s no longer an unexpected fault, but is turning into a trend. As soon as you call Maint they usually already know what it is, and answer the phone with “GPS right”? As for unsubstantiated rumours, the one going around is that it’s a Russian satellite passing over Canada causing this. The scuttle-but has it that Maint knows when the issue will cease by looking up the position of the satellite, and when it will pass over the horizon.
  8. I haven’t seen one in the Caribbean, but I did see a NASA balloon back in the day while doing a very early morning flight from Winnipeg to north west of Thompson that was launched out of Lynn Lake. It was the first time I thought I saw a UFO. one minute it wasn’t there...the next minute there was this big a$$ thing floating in the sky, being lit up by the sun.
  9. That’s were on Floats Planes it’s a bit easier to ferret out the BS artists. Just ask them to taxi out in a little bit of a breeze and watch them dock again. Hard to fake that without experience.
  10. “Pucker Factor” trumps “meeting the parameters” at times. ?
  11. reverse thrust cannot be selected unless the forward thrust levers are in IDLE - reverse thrust lever is blocked at reverse idle until related thrust reverser is more than 60% deployed - movement into reverse thrust engages locking pawl preventing forward thrust lever from moving - terminating reverse thrust removes the locking pawl and restores forward thrust lever movement ability - reversers are electrically controlled, hydraulically operated - battery switch must be ON - engine fire handle must be down - NG aircraft must sense on-ground or Capt or FO's RA
  12. No conspiracies here. Just another WJer who is slowly feeling a little less cynical with all this time away from the job. Hence, I’m feeling like talking about aviation again. PS This time off has been the best thing that has happened to me in quite some time.
  13. The rumour for this has been going around for over a year now. So they finally pulled the trigger, and as per “The Shock Doctrine”, now’s the perfect time for them I guess.
  14. Twelve years with the company and just received my lay-off as of June 1st. Anyone need a float pilot out there?