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by Cat Driver
Sat Jul 14, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Learning to fly in the golden years
Replies: 12
Views: 599

Re: Learning to fly in the golden years

A lot depends on the individual as we all age at a different rate. I retired from flying for a living when I was seventy because I wanted to be home instead of half way around the world doing something that I no longer enjoyed, not because of age related issues. I was flying for " The French Flying ...
by Cat Driver
Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Running out of fuel.
Replies: 19
Views: 1438

Re: Running out of fuel.

For sure there can be unexpected circumstances that can arise during flight that can change your fuel situation, mechanical failures are generally something you have no control over but the amount of fuel you have in the airplane is something you do have control over and it is determined by what you...
by Cat Driver
Sat Jul 07, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Employment Forum
Topic: Instructor Pay
Replies: 25
Views: 858

Re: Instructor Pay

It's assbackwards.

Those who teach should be paid more than other pilots, not less.
by Cat Driver
Tue Jul 03, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: How far do you lean while on the ground before takeoff
Replies: 19
Views: 564

Re: How far do you lean while on the ground before takeoff

What happens if you do not lean on the ground?

Is there any way to tell if something has changed because you did not lean on the ground?

Is it difficult to rectify the problem should one arise?
by Cat Driver
Mon Jun 18, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Pet peeves of fellow pilots
Replies: 89
Views: 5427

Re: Pet peeves of fellow pilots

Perhaps, but often it's just an old captain that flies like a granny.
Could you elaborate on that statement?

How exactly do grannies fly?

I'm old and do not want to become inferior to all you young experts.
by Cat Driver
Tue May 29, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Chuck's incident with TC
Replies: 51
Views: 4629

Re: Chuck's incident with TC

It is simply amazing how many of the long time members of this forum are still reading it, good to see you are still here flyinthebug and thanks for the comments. I would like to respond to these issues. Now that said, I am familiar with Chuck`s situation that he went through, and clearly Chuck was ...
by Cat Driver
Thu May 24, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: FTU-OC
Replies: 46
Views: 1536

Re: FTU-OC

I respect that you'd be doing it for fun, and not for money. Every instructor dreams of having only 50 hour students, and if you're prepared to turn away nine out of every ten students who sign up with you, then you too can achieve that dream. There is a reason I can afford to turn away nine out of...
by Cat Driver
Thu May 24, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: FTU-OC
Replies: 46
Views: 1536

Re: FTU-OC

At the time you break the news to someone they're not a "50-hour" student, how keen do you think they'll be to stick around and become one of your 80-hour students? Actually I wouldn't want to teach them so they can go to a school. Remember I would only be doing this because I enjoy training, not b...
by Cat Driver
Thu May 24, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: FTU-OC
Replies: 46
Views: 1536

Re: FTU-OC

At the end of it, if say you had a cub and the regs permitted it, would you want to be teaching private licenses with it? If so what would you be charging? Getting back on this subject I will go back to this question and flesh it out a bit more to cover all the training needed as the Cub is lacking...
by Cat Driver
Thu May 03, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Quoting ICON about low altitude flying
Replies: 13
Views: 1192

Re: Quoting ICON about low altitude flying

It worries me, am I understanding what is written as it is intended? For a "Standard graduate" ICON pilot, that pilot might consider maneuvering +- 45 in bank, and +- 10 in pitch below 300 feet in a water flying environment?!! I am close to a loss for words to comment about the above. So to make it...
by Cat Driver
Sat Mar 24, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Professionalism
Replies: 98
Views: 7894

Re: Professionalism

Or just be an actual bus driver. Sounds like you'd be happier
Not to mention better off financially.

Far better working hours.

Far less bureaucratic B.S. to put up with.

And you can plan your home life and leisure time.
by Cat Driver
Thu Mar 15, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Employment Forum
Topic: Now there's a sign of the times...
Replies: 1
Views: 1279

Re: Now there's a sign of the times...

Conair is a great company to fly for.
by Cat Driver
Thu Mar 15, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Employment Forum
Topic: New Pilots
Replies: 59
Views: 6992

Re: New Pilots

Don't do ramp jobs if you are a CPL and are promised a promotion to the flight line if they like you enough. Do the ramp job if that's a job you actually wouldn't mind doing. Whinny and entitled? I don't think so. A CPL is a CPL and thats the end of it. Once you have it you can fly people for money...
by Cat Driver
Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: The Coolest Flying Jobs In The World!
Replies: 31
Views: 4298

Re: The Coolest Flying Jobs In The World!

How could you guy seriously not recommend any northern ontario operator so that he can go see Pikagikum!!!

And you can take home the gift that keeps giving.
by Cat Driver
Sun Feb 25, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Since this "Pilot Shortage" started, has pay gone up at any regional or major airline?
Replies: 40
Views: 5356

Re: Since this "Pilot Shortage" started, has pay gone up at any regional or major airline?

What if everybody said no to getting that job what would these companies do?
They would either offer more money or park airplanes.

Are any companies doing that yet?
by Cat Driver
Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Twin Otter Beta Use in Flight
Replies: 93
Views: 6066

Re: Twin Otter Beta Use in Flight

This is one of those times that I know more than I'm willing to post on a public forum, so take my word for it, no matter how good you think you are, you can still loose control of a DHC airplane attempting flight behind the gate. Or to put another way if you select behind the gate in flight you ar...
by Cat Driver
Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Single Pilot Airliners?
Replies: 113
Views: 4625

Re: Single Pilot Airliners?

To start the aircraft and check systems you literally only have to press the "Start" button.
AAhhh but can you taxi it all by yourself??? :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
by Cat Driver
Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Employment Forum
Topic: Where to apply for jobs for Airbus 320?
Replies: 40
Views: 5702

Re: Where to apply for jobs for Airbus 320?

I didn't mind flying Cessna for training but I would not be happy doing that my entire life!!! My dream was to fly the Boeing or Airbus There is nothing wrong with wanting to fly a Boeing or Airbus, however flying a Turbo Prop is a far different experience as you get to do some real interesting fly...
by Cat Driver
Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Employment Forum
Topic: Where to apply for jobs for Airbus 320?
Replies: 40
Views: 5702

Re: Where to apply for jobs for Airbus 320?

Flying a jet has always been my dream and I'm not sure I will enjoy/be happy with flying props now that I've had a taste of the big metal.

He/she has no clue what a pilot is.
by Cat Driver
Mon Feb 05, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: A President’s Message and a must read
Replies: 65
Views: 4223

Re: A President’s Message and a must read

Buuuut that's impossible cat, you didn't have a degree :lol:
Isn't that amazing.

Lets see what the educated members of this group have to say about how I could possibly been successful without a degree. :prayer:
by Cat Driver
Mon Feb 05, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: A President’s Message and a must read
Replies: 65
Views: 4223

Re: A President’s Message and a must read

Well there is one sure way to bring a bit more credibility to this discussion. I left school after grade eight. That meant I could read and write which allowed me to self educate myself in the profession I chose to work in which was aviation. I spent fifty one years working as a pilot, mechanic and ...
by Cat Driver
Mon Feb 05, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: A President’s Message and a must read
Replies: 65
Views: 4223

Re: A President’s Message and a must read

There is no minimum educational requirements to get a pilots license as long as you can read and write and do basic math you can pass all the tests both written and practical flying skills.

Period.
by Cat Driver
Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: A President’s Message and a must read
Replies: 65
Views: 4223

Re: A President’s Message and a must read

I think what they meant is that AC strongly prefers hiring those with aviation college or a university degree.
O.K. that is reasonable.
by Cat Driver
Sun Feb 04, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: A President’s Message and a must read
Replies: 65
Views: 4223

Re: A President’s Message and a must read

They already are. See salary at AC vs WJ. If they pay less to someone with less education does that pilot make less for the rest of their career? Or do they not let the less educated pilots fly some trips because they lack the flying skills to safely fly those trips and they are only given the easy...
by Cat Driver
Wed Jan 31, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: What kind of watch do you wear?
Replies: 111
Views: 7111

Re: What kind of watch do you wear?

When I was flying for a living I wore a Breitling limited edition watch.

The cost to me was free because they were one of my sponsors in the air-display business in Europe.

For sure it was a quality time piece.

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