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hollywud last won the day on July 14 2013

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  1. While I have my deep suspicions about Clinton, right now the simply fact is the choice is between her or Trump. While neither choice is optimum, Trump reads like an open book that could easily be titled the English version of "Mein Kampf." A vote for Trump will collapse economies around the world and that is just the start of worse things to come.
  2. Personally, I am thrilled that Bombardier, through all it's launch struggles, has built another wonderful aircraft by the looks and sounds of it (pun intended). We should all be proud of this company and what means for this country and our industry.
  3. Going to Bali or Jakarta from Toronto, Vancouver, LAX, New York? Let's see, Garuda or Cathay Pacific? Garuda could be giving away free tickets or direct flights but I would fly CX every time. I didn't include Air Canada in this, solely because they don't fly to Bali or Jakarta.
  4. Hi J.O, funny you should ask. We thought, like many others that the show had ended so we got into our car and found ourselves hopelessly trying to exit. Then we heard and saw the 'Waco' doing it's thing. I heard a jet engine but couldn't make where the sound was coming from. We decided to stay put instead of leave, jumped out of our car and watched and marvelled at the Waco flying. In fact, it turned out to be one of the highlights of the show in my opinion. It was crazy what this machine could do - especially climbing vertically and literally watching it hang on the prop/jet thrust. We loved it!
  5. Typically we only hear negative occurrences from the media. I'm sure there are plenty of positive examples of the operation, none that we will ever hear about. I'm not defending them, but this sort of thing does happen - even to the best of us.
  6. I took my family to our yearly Abbotsford Airshow. Having twin 13 years old, this year was different from previous years. This year, after watching the Snow Birds outperform the Breitling Team (at least in our opinion they did), both of them started mumbling about how 'cool' it would be to fly for the military. Also, they were in awe at watching the long line of young and old waiting to get the Snow Bird pilots autograph! The Snow Birds are wonderful ambassadors for the Canadian Military but do need an equipment change. The Hawk gets my vote!
  7. I have to agree with Rudder; with the temp was 49C and possibly landing at close to MLW if the go-around was attempted after the thrust was at idle, then these monster engines would probably take 6 seconds or more to fully spool up - with no where to go but down. However, I find it hard to imagine with a "Too Low Gear" GPWS warning blaring in ones ear that the approach would have continued to the point of flare without some corrective action occurring well before this point. Undoubtedly there will be more lessons learned from this accident.
  8. For now, the 380 and 747-8 are undesirable aircraft for most airlines, but I suspect in time their orders will improve as airports, especially in China/Asia become more and more congested.
  9. If you have had the privilege to fly a Boeing or an Airbus, you should count yourself lucky! Both manufactures have done nothing buy push innovation and make fine, beautiful (yes the 380 too - the ugly duckling of the group, but still a thing of beauty) aircraft.
  10. Don, you are absolutely correct that a visual approach at night should be 'part of a pilot's kit' but I can tell you that I work with a large number of individuals that I wouldn't trust performing this routine exercise with my family on board. Many of the Asian carriers out this way, operate from ILS to ILS in relatively benign weather conditions (when the weather gets even a little dodgy, the authorities close up shop). In large part this has reduced the number of potential incidents. However as the article wrote, put two weak pilots in the same aircraft under less than ideal situations and trouble is never far away - a very real probability in this fast growing region.
  11. I am 'pretty sure' of only one thing; the pilots did not intentionally crash the aircraft. While we may not comprehend how this accident could have happened, we should try to remember a couple of things: (1) it was an ACCIDENT and (2) that the flight crew probably have wives, children, parents etc. and that they may face life imprisonment (or worse) back in Korea. Do they deserve such a fate? Does a bus driver with a long history of safe driving who gets into an accident (perhaps he fell asleep at the wheel) which causes a lose of life deserve the same treatment? I for one sympathize deeply for the flight crew. I can't imagine the nightmare they are living through right now. We know how flawed the system in Korea is and sadly the crew are simply products of their flawed environment.
  12. If I recall, the BA crash was a result of a fuel freeze situation. I flew into LGW from HKG that same day and can contest that it was 'some cold' over Russia - several hours at -70C. I doubt that this crash was a result of frozen fuel given the time of year. Just my thoughts.
  13. There are no good jobs for those that can't spell.
  14. Richard, look what you've started! A little comment about having a table in the cockpit and the Airbus vs. Boeing crowd pounce. It happens every time. Opinions aside (because after all it's only opinions being expressed here), if yokes were really superior, I wonder why the Space Shuttle designers opted for the side-stick? Just curious............
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