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blues deville

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  1. Thanks for sharing this great story Mitch. Perhaps it’ll be a chapter in someone’s book about all that has happened after deregulation in this country. Now there’s a retirement project for the right person  

    Some 20 years later I’m forgetting the merger details but it seems their results always leave a group of people upset. I’ve recently talked to some former CP guys who still hold a grudge as the stroke of a pen affected the balance of their working lives and retirement. 

    Glad you’re still doing well. Any music happening in your retired life? I recall you posted a well played tune on AEF with some of your band mates. 

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  2. Hard to believe an airline can’t recognize a fake pilot license. The one Canadian pilot caught years ago actually possessed a real ATPL but had not legally earned it. 

    The last time I was involved with interviewing pilots we had a process that included one person on the team checking all documents. The likelihood of a pilot producing a fake one was slim to nil.

    Is it possible some foreign airlines are so desperate to fill the front seats they just don’t care?

  3. On 6/3/2020 at 7:33 AM, boestar said:

    could it be that he was aware of the aircrafts position in relation to the populated area and held on just a bit to try and get it as clear as possible?


    Was thinking the same. That pilot had a lot of decisions to make in just a few seconds and perhaps waited longer to see where he was over the ground. 

  4. CNN’s daily coverage of COVID-19 with oversized floating virus images and heavy music has had its effect and anyone over 60 will probably avoid travel, leisure or business for some time going forward.

    Even though we have a little home supply of masks, gloves and sanitizer, we cannot get any of our retired friends to make a socially distant outdoor, backyard visit. Too  risky they say. No chance they will be flying anywhere soon.

    Repeated viewings of the planes hitting the WTC by CNN in 2001 didn’t help air travel either but it slowly returned to normal.


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  5. 10 hours ago, Super 80 said:

    Maverick said "The only thing of any real value that AT now brings to the table are the A321's..."

    I believe the TransAt group also owns a substantial number of resorts or ‘beds’ as the industry people call them. That has to be considered as valuable when it comes to future market share.

  6. On 5/22/2020 at 11:33 PM, Moon The Loon said:

    Not exactly "Airline" material but aviation at its heart. I watched the ISS tonight again, twice, overfly my abode. Gotta be 50+ times I've seen it. Many times by itself, a few times coupled to a shuttle, once after the shuttle detached for re-entry with two distinct targets. For anyone not witnessed such a magnificent event, go here https://spotthestation.nasa.gov/sightings/ to look for your times. They're accurate to the minute in whichever time zone you happen to be.

    Interesting Moon. How are you viewing it? Eyeball-180 or something stronger?


    Okay thanks for the info. I think Kip’s mention of how the pilot’s reaction would have been instinctive from hours of training whereas the PR officer’s might not could be a factor. I’m not sure if she was found in her seat in the aircraft or if she did eject just before impact with no chance of her chute opening. Either way it’s a very sad event.

    I’ve read this aircraft or another on the  team had some tech issues prior to this departure.  Perhaps it’s time to look at a newer aircraft. Maybe one with two engines. 

  8. Is it possible she passed out from the zoom maneuver? The pilot had to quickly do what was required in just a few seconds with not enough time to brief Capt. Casey. Is it possible to help eject the other seat from your own?

  9. On 5/3/2020 at 8:42 AM, Kip Powick said:

    Years ago when many Charter groups failed, any Military pilots employed with those companies could not get jobs with the Big Three....(AC and CP, and WD)  as those three airlines were really not hiring that many so opted to get back in the Military.

    Quite a few were accepted but they went back to BOD8Ds, ( Big Oak Desk, 8 Drawers),  for their penance,  and much later might have found their way back into a cockpit...... if they were lucky..

    Perhaps any ex Mil pilots may seek employment back in the RCAF ???.

    Big oak desk.....funny. 

    I think the invitation for ex-RCAF Pilots may already be happening. Our Air Force might get a break with experienced flight crews returning for an unknown period of time.  

  10. Some other on the job photos. Two of my favourite cities. One of my least favourite and worst ATC control 

    YYZ T3 photo: Stuck on ramp during pushback because tug did not have chains on its wheels. Contracted ground handler couldn’t find one. We blocked Lane 5 for a couple of hours. Ramp control was thrilled.











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  11. On 4/19/2020 at 2:40 PM, J.O. said:

    Nick Mason of Pink Floyd. Look for the opening of “Time” - 3rd track. He has more toms in that kit than most music stores keep in stock.

    Okay thanks. Tuned in now. Didn’t he write some of their hit songs? 

    My current gear setup. Last time I saw it! 



  12. Great topic Jeff. Trying to do the same with my band mates but Zoom has some audio/visual issues. Videos such as this one require hours of editing to sync it all together.  

    Regarding Robbie Robertson, the documentary on ‘The Band’ called ‘Once Were Brothers’ is worth watching. 



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