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Everything posted by Canoehead

  1. I understand the need to speak up for yourself, but this probably is not a smart move on his part. "Hire me, employ me but if you ever have to let me go for any circumstance, and you don't give me what I feel I deserve (like lifetime passes even though I didn't meet the requirements), then I'll make a stink and take you to court..." I bet the headhunters will be tripping over themselves to recruit him. Not.
  2. There doesn't seem to be steep enough consequences for people anymore. Media likes to glorify these events. They are clickbait and revenue generators. And the neglected people in life get their fame for a few minutes. It's a win-win for media and the antagonists. The media never seems to follow up with the aftermath of court proceedings and maybe some jail time for people... but there actually might not be anything to report because the lawyers look after everything behind the scenes. And so the circle continues to revolve. Fame for the aggressive pax, clickbait for the media, revenue for the lawyers. The airlines get no support from lawmakers (maybe on the surface but certainly not in the end), and we, the "professional pilots and flight attendants" are left to look like we drive shuttle busses between the Maury Pauvich and Dr. Phil sets.
  3. Be interesting to see if "Approach Warn" go-arounds become more common on CAT II/III approaches in the new 5G world.
  4. As Johnboy says, it appears the "solo" was in another airplane (a Cessna) and not the Cirrus. It's very possible ATC knew the Metro was single pilot. These small airports, regular flights etc. Sometimes the controllers and pilots know each other by name. Very common for controllers to know lots of details about regular sked runs.
  5. Do you mean the motion sponsored by Ed Fast (Conservative MP) a couple of weeks ago boestar? I wonder if there was a reason why the Liberals voted it down from a procedural point of view. For example, perhaps there is an imminent "deal" and voting yes to that particular motion would (could) muddy the waters? Of course it's also possible that those elected officials feel that disagreeing with anything Conservative is more important than actually saving an industry and tens of thousands of livelihoods from being ruined. Given the intelligence of a large number of them, I fear it's the latter. I hope they like the train.
  6. Juan Browne has does a really good job of explaining incidents and accidents. He's a 777 pilot himself and was a US military pilot in the past. His military and civilian pilot experience shows when he describes the ins and outs of events like this. He did a fabulous job of explaining the Snowbird crash last year. .
  7. It was my attempt at humour and in consideration of my thoughts about GGN 2.0.
  8. Oh good- here I was afraid Pivot was going to get away with a YKF monopoly ? https://canadianaviationnews.wordpress.com/2020/09/15/pivot-airlines-partners-with-the-region-of-waterloo-international-airport-ykf-ottawa-toronto-windsor-and-montreal-here-we-come/
  9. A favourite thread of mine. All because someone asked about an APU...
  10. I agree; many respectable contributors, many I've admired here for about 24 years. And hopefully more will weigh in here. I'm glad to see you join in. Disclaimer; Mr. LaRoche and I have previously exchanged some differing opinions "elsewhere". I respect the work and research he and his writing partner have done, even though I disagree with some key components to the article. However one thing we fully agree on though is the need for high quality teachers (instructors) in simulators as a major factor in successful learning.
  11. Have a read of the following paper. I'm curious as to what other pilots on here think, especially those with instructional experience in flight simulators. http://www.cqfayul.com/com/simulator-motion.html
  12. Agree with you here TF. Just last week I was contacted to provide a reference for a (very junior) laid off AC pilot. When we spoke in advance, I asked him if this was a "temporary move while laid off, or a full-on career change" (paraphrasing). In short, he's seen enough, and will make the decision when it's presented to him, but at this point he's ready for a new challenge (IT infrastructure/Programming remotely job). My experience with many of the younger-Millennial and Gen Z personalities is that there is not the commitment to any one career anymore- even the opportunity of flying at the major airlines doesn't matter. It will be even harder to return to being paid airline entry wages comparatively when quite likely, working elsewhere will pay more. The shortage will return barring some further freak economic nail. Now if only Trudeau and his posse would start addressing the issue we could be prepared for it. In the short term however, he's giving us the finger.
  13. Look at the dirt coming out of those engines! ?
  14. Still sounds like nothing. Transport Committee? More like crickets. Minister Alghabra: where are you?
  15. From Kargokings posted article: Who comes up with this stuff? (And if you wonder what I mean, check out the AD).
  16. Kinda begs the question, did he get his Canadian ATPL and did he actually stay and maintain "current" as a line pilot at WJA? Bet I know the answer. That said, he certainly has an impressive resume (on the surface).
  17. It appears the new Transport Minister (by way of his press secretary) is just spewing the same line, presumably from Trudeau. This Transport Minister appears to be another talking-head (except he's not even talking). https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/air-canada-smaller-cities-cuts-analysis-1.5870690
  18. At the rate this industry is going, Jazz might be looking to sell the tractors and get into hacked-up Neons ?
  19. It was "positioning" at the aircraft. Not saying this was operator error (it may have been a mechanical fault), but I can't tell you the number of times I see ground staff (fuelers, caterers, ramp crews etc) taking no care or control of the jobs they are doing. Not all... there are many excellent and conscientious workers out there as well who set the example. But watching some of these workers treating multi-million dollar airplanes and their work environment like its an amusement park is frustrating. Especially knowing there are laid off workers who do a professional job. Put down the damned phones, slow down, give extra space and show some mechanical sympathy. Have some pride.
  20. Rita Trichur is an "opinion writer" who uses her platform to write how she feels about a particular subject. She isn't a journalist in the truest form- she knows a little bit about everything (I'm not disputing her general intelligence here) but instead of researching and giving the facts, she has gone all "Karen" and basically written a Facebook or Twitter post in one of the national papers about how she feels. If you think it's crazy and absurd that AC has hired "influencers" to promote travel, so be it. But post that crap on Twitter or FB or whatever. I'm tired of people (including opinion writers and "journalists") who think they know everything about the airlines spewing crap all the time because they have a personal vendetta or can't be bothered to actually research what they are writing. She may be "award winning", but she hasn't got much integrity as a professional journalist (IMO). But I guess you can't display integrity in the office awards cabinet, nor does it help sell the G&M to the AC haters.
  21. Thanks Malcolm. The NOAA stuff is excellent, and I've always used their products whenever I can. Even if it feeds Environment Canada/Nav Canada information- their tools and website functionality blows the doors off the AWWS. Aviation weather availability and presentation in Canada is archaic.
  22. So, Minister Garneau; how are those talks coming along? Or are you still sipping eggnog by the fireplace?
  23. Idiotic, dangerous behaviour now twice in as many weeks. Well since we weren't lucky enough to read that they were sucked into #2, the Judge who presides needs to ensure they are sentenced to max allowable. They should also hand them the bill for every extra penny they cost Delta and all of the cascading costs associated (fuel, mx, passengers, contact companies other airlines who were delayed etc.). I mean get some really smart person to investigate and add up all of the costs, and include that person's costs into the bill as well. Then the media needs to be responsible and report on the outcome. Cameras in court, make it a big deal and be sure that every other a$$hat who thinks this is funny can see what happens. They wanted attention: give it to them right to the very end. (Please someone tell me their charges will result in stiff penalties...!?)
  24. I'm genuinely curious on how they conduct these sim exercises. Having test pilots or FAA inspectors doing the flying isn't a proper assessment in my view. It's like having a biased jury in a local trial because they have been immersed in the news. They should be doing a "change of venue". Line pilots who don't spend any more time in simulators than legally required. Pick a range of crews from high performing to low performing (based on training records) and give them a very basic briefing (the "dumbed down version"). That's where they should be setting the benchmark. A pilot took 4 times longer than expected eh? Well guess what... in the airplane on a dark and ugly night over the water on departure some time in 2 or 3 years from now is when its going to come up, and I'm certain that it will be unexpected. So a couple of test pilots or FAA inspectors bolted firmly to the sim bay floor after days and months and now years of working on this doesn't scratch the sniff test with me. As for the other points of the article about Boeing's coziness with the regulator, old news and nothing seems to change.
  25. Casual observation from the back as a pax, but on the AC fleet of 320 series, the Emergency Exit signs all light up with 3 Green, and extinguish when the gear is retracted (chime included). Maybe that's a customer configuration or an procedural setting/result, but if they operate the same way, you'd think an F/A might have the brains to call up front after a while and ask if "everything is ok". Situational Awareness was obviously left on the shelf that day. I think boestar nailed it... no brains.
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