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by complexintentions
Fri May 17, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: WestJet to be sold in friendly deal to Onex Corp. for $5 billion
Replies: 122
Views: 10640

Re: WestJet to be sold in friendly deal to Onex Corp. for $5 billion

My bet isn’t that Onex sells off Encore it’s that they buy Transat and merge it into Westjet. Hope you didn't bet too much. Who is this brooks clown? Air Canada has just bought a company. WestJet has just been bought by a company. I know the words sorta sound like the same thing, but they're really...
by complexintentions
Mon May 13, 2019 7:40 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Cargo Jet Drake's Privat Jet (Air Drake)
Replies: 7
Views: 1940

Re: Cargo Jet Drake's Privat Jet (Air Drake)

More like D-Bag Air.

Rapping about climate change, buys a private B767.

Makes sense.
by complexintentions
Mon May 13, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: WestJet to be sold in friendly deal to Onex Corp. for $5 billion
Replies: 122
Views: 10640

Re: WestJet to be sold in friendly deal to Onex Corp. for $5 billion

Hopefully they see the mess that is swoop and kill it before it wastes more money. Or they could go the other way and focus on expanding Swoop with its lower cost base. Which strikes me more as exactly what buyout specialist companies like Onex do - merge coincident operations and cut the highest c...
by complexintentions
Mon May 13, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Digital logbook recommendations
Replies: 26
Views: 1900

Re: Digital logbook recommendations

Any good proprietary logbook software will have the option to output your data in a more raw format (ie .csv, comma delimited etc) so the fear of losing your data due to obsolescence is a bit overblown. Excel is great for complex accounting, total overkill for a logbook, and fugly as any other MS pr...
by complexintentions
Thu May 09, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Leaving a good paying secure job for aviation
Replies: 30
Views: 1774

Re: Leaving a good paying secure job for aviation

Oh make no mistake I'm a big fan of wealth, financial security, pensions, and the like. Wasn't counselling to leave the government teat lightly, as distasteful as it may be to live your life just surviving for your retirement. Ugh. But two points: - leaving a soul-crushing government job for a flyin...
by complexintentions
Wed May 08, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Leaving a good paying secure job for aviation
Replies: 30
Views: 1774

Re: Leaving a good paying secure job for aviation

A lot of it is just attitude and outlook. The mindset of "hanging on for the pension" makes my skin crawl, and why I don't think I could ever go into a job where that was my overriding priority. Unfortunately that type of thinking exists in aviation too, you see it in the heavily unionized airlines ...
by complexintentions
Wed May 08, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Pet Peeves?
Replies: 42
Views: 6336

Re: Pet Peeves?

I love threads like this. Gives me ideas on how best to trigger uptight Canadians. Just wish you didn't make it so easy, there's no fun in that! :mrgreen:
by complexintentions
Tue May 07, 2019 3:58 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Read all the MEL details
Replies: 5
Views: 1005

Re: Read all the MEL details

There's never any embarrassment in immediately embracing the safest option, which in this and pretty much any pressurization event is to descend. According to the report the remaining CAC's were able to maintain a 6,000ft cabin altitude to FL390. This only changed when they attempted to climb anothe...
by complexintentions
Thu May 02, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Bonds
Replies: 58
Views: 2859

Re: Bonds

I once interviewed at a company, they said the bond was up front and specified the interest rate. I went home and looked at my financial situation. I could not secure financing at the rate the company offered. Long story short, I was going to loose approximately $200 in interest over the course of ...
by complexintentions
Thu May 02, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Bonds
Replies: 58
Views: 2859

Re: Bonds

Remember JetsGo? Leblanc required Training Bonds; 30K, a lot of pilots were out of substantial amounts of money when the company failed. No. JetsGo aka "Canada 30,000" required bank guarantees , ie hard cash, of $30,000 to be put up by pilots, at hiring. Not the same as a bond AT ALL, and perfectly...
by complexintentions
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:13 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Emirates
Replies: 84
Views: 20761

Re: Emirates

Nope, wasn't aware of it on my watch. So I spoke to colleagues still there who've been there nearly 20 years and they don't have any info either. As an aside I haven't heard anything about The Talking Horse in forever, he was such an ass and so despised I'm sure anyone he intervened for would be far...
by complexintentions
Sat Apr 13, 2019 3:34 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Emirates
Replies: 84
Views: 20761

Re: Emirates

It does seem to happen a lot in the UAE doesn't it? As keen as you are to be alarmist about Dubai, if I can live there for a decade and not end up in jail, anyone can. :mrgreen: Well - at least one of your Emirates colleagues wasn't as fortunate. Oh please. I'd be willing to bet that there are a lo...
by complexintentions
Fri Apr 12, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines: 'No survivors' on crashed Boeing 737 max
Replies: 436
Views: 30425

Re: Ethiopian Airlines: 'No survivors' on crashed Boeing 737 max

On a recurrent sim brief the crew on the usual RTO, v1 cut, engine fires and failures. Then give this etiopian scenario on the first go, it would be interesting to know the success rate. Lion air guys didn’t even know MCAS existed, imagine being thrown into this without any knowledge of such a powe...
by complexintentions
Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Emirates
Replies: 84
Views: 20761

Re: Emirates

You're only proving my point, which was that such nonsense has existed in Dubai for ages, and yet life goes on. I'm pretty sure that the UAE isn't the only place in the world where people are being detained on specious and unjust grounds. Not that that makes it ok, but the fact that you regularly si...
by complexintentions
Fri Apr 05, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines: 'No survivors' on crashed Boeing 737 max
Replies: 436
Views: 30425

Re: Ethiopian Airlines: 'No survivors' on crashed Boeing 737 max

Try to keep the arguments rational, not emotional. Your post would be better suited to a hysterical Facebook group. Every modern airliner uses various forms of augmentation with both hardware and software. MCAS as a concept is sound - flight envelope protections exist as software solutions in multip...
by complexintentions
Mon Apr 01, 2019 5:47 am
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: 737 max
Replies: 180
Views: 21247

Re: 737 max

There are RNAV SID's that are simple and ones that are complex. LHR is definitely one of the latter. Of course, the example cited was in the sim. But in real life? Better not screw up, it'll be hard to justify. I am completely in agreement with maintaining handling skills. But a "real pilot" also ha...
by complexintentions
Mon Apr 01, 2019 5:30 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Pilot shortage State side
Replies: 35
Views: 3934

Re: Pilot shortage State side

hahah oh I don't really care...for 400 bucks it was just another iron to have in the fire. So many other opportunities for experienced pilots around the globe. In 9 years I hope to have been retired for about 4! Certainly not looking for a career at a major. Everyone's situation is different but the...
by complexintentions
Wed Mar 27, 2019 3:14 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines: 'No survivors' on crashed Boeing 737 max
Replies: 436
Views: 30425

Re: Ethiopian Airlines: 'No survivors' on crashed Boeing 737 max

Fair enough, my mistake in focusing on the Ethiopian crash in the thread title. I read the two accident reports but not the one of the incident flight where they landed safely, I had presumed they continued because the stab cutouts had restored a level of flight control and indications they deemed a...
by complexintentions
Wed Mar 27, 2019 1:39 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Pilot shortage State side
Replies: 35
Views: 3934

Re: Pilot shortage State side

Could be, wouldn't be surprised. It has happened in the past though. I seem to recall rcaf types ending up at united (or some other major) in the 60's, I think that was even after a recruiting roadshow but not sure. My US based friend actually confirmed that. Another time was either in the late 70'...
by complexintentions
Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines: 'No survivors' on crashed Boeing 737 max
Replies: 436
Views: 30425

Re: Ethiopian Airlines: 'No survivors' on crashed Boeing 737 max

It appears that only a Pilot sitting on the jumpseat prevented the fatal outcome of the other 2 events. Even in that event the flight was continued to destination - I guess we're at the point now where Airmanship and Common Sense have completely disappeared. I can't quite see how anyone other than ...
by complexintentions
Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Harbour Air switching to battery powered planes
Replies: 58
Views: 5153

Re: Harbour Air switching to battery powered planes

https://www.magnix.aero/products/ At 265 lbs for 750HP they can put a few batteries in. What do those radials + 2 hrs fuel weigh? You can't compare weight pound for pound. Low energy-to-weight ratio in terms of net calorific value (NCV), as well as a relatively short life span, makes batteries unsu...
by complexintentions
Tue Mar 26, 2019 4:08 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Emirates
Replies: 84
Views: 20761

Re: Emirates

Meh. The party isn't over because it never was a party. You of all people know that expat life is never a picnic. I've had lots of friends leave EK, I left myself, but I still know more than a few flying there and they're fine. Still raking in the big tax-free income. Granted, they have great senior...
by complexintentions
Sun Mar 24, 2019 2:03 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines: 'No survivors' on crashed Boeing 737 max
Replies: 436
Views: 30425

Re: Ethiopian Airlines: 'No survivors' on crashed Boeing 737 max

90% of the passengers have no clue what airplane they are on, or what the difference is between a 767 and 737; let alone the difference between a 737NG and MAX. If it saves them $20 on their internet search they will book and complain later. Yep. And by then they'll be on to the next scary thing th...
by complexintentions
Thu Mar 21, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines: 'No survivors' on crashed Boeing 737 max
Replies: 436
Views: 30425

Re: Ethiopian Airlines: 'No survivors' on crashed Boeing 737 max

@Eric Janson, I appreciate your viewpoint and do not mean to diminish the difficulties facing both accident crews. Certainly it is possible the multiple events, particularly something as alarming as the stick shaker could mask the sound of the trim running. Still, if there is any aircraft where it i...
by complexintentions
Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:16 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines: 'No survivors' on crashed Boeing 737 max
Replies: 436
Views: 30425

Re: Ethiopian Airlines: 'No survivors' on crashed Boeing 737 max

I'm pretty sure there is no "Unfounded MCAS Activation" checklist, and I know there wasn't at the time of the first crash because no crews even knew MCAS existed. If such a checklist existed, and was trained for at time of delivery, I would agree with you that this is pilot error. If the trim is tr...

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