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by BE20 Driver
Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: WestJet
Topic: Duty of Fair Representation: LOU (One List)
Replies: 100
Views: 4387

Re: Duty of Fair Representation: LOU (One List)

John - I just don't get what your end game is here. Those of us who launched Encore and did all the heavy lifting for a few years got screwed by the company many times over. Now we have you doing all the heavy lifting to either purposely throw some of us under the bus or aid and abet those that do. ...
by BE20 Driver
Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Sky Regional Direct Entry Captain Posting - What a Joke
Replies: 31
Views: 6536

Re: Sky Regional Direct Entry Captain Posting - What a Joke

I guess in fairness, Encore had socialized bidding where everyone got an equally crappy schedule.
I don't have a dog in this fight but 2 months to get off of reserve isn't really a long time. How long would it take to get to a position where you had a better schedule once you hold a block?
by BE20 Driver
Sat Sep 15, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Sky Regional Direct Entry Captain Posting - What a Joke
Replies: 31
Views: 6536

Re: Sky Regional Direct Entry Captain Posting - What a Joke

Encore was a seniority based system that required DEC's from time to time. Once the matrix was introduced there, some FO's didn't have enough time and experience for an upgrade and new aircraft were scheduled to be delivered. Some people found themselves in a funny position where their FO's had more...
by BE20 Driver
Mon Sep 10, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: 20th Century power
Replies: 26
Views: 2179

Re: 20th Century power

I think my point wasn't that an engine failure can't happen. I know people that have had failures in a Turboprop and Turbojet engine as well (I don't know if I hang out with a bunch of unlucky pilots or what). Piston engine failures can happen no matter the engine. I realize that in a certified airc...
by BE20 Driver
Sat Sep 08, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: 20th Century power
Replies: 26
Views: 2179

20th Century power

A few nights ago, I was doing a death flip with a captain who had just bought a kit plane for his son to learn on. We got talking about all of the advances in design since we had both learned to fly. It's amazing the changes in avionics etc that have come about over the last decade. We both agreed t...
by BE20 Driver
Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Employment Forum
Topic: Companies responding to market forces
Replies: 0
Views: 667

Companies responding to market forces

I noticed an ad by APAS for Hong Kong Airlines posted recently. I seem to remember looking at these positions about a year ago. It was a while ago but IIRC, the contract rates were about half of what is being offered now. It seems like some companies are trying to be competitive rather than be indus...
by BE20 Driver
Sun Aug 26, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Going to airlines without PIC time
Replies: 39
Views: 4067

Re: Going to airlines without PIC time

Everything I have got out of this industry has been because of PIC time. You never know when the crap will hit the fan and you might have to rely on some previous experience. My experience will be vastly different than that of a 20 year old commercial pilot who is still wet behind the ears. Going to...
by BE20 Driver
Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Bose Proflight Headset
Replies: 2
Views: 847

Bose Proflight Headset

Is anyone on here using one of Bose's new headsets? I'm thinking of switching and want to see if anyone had tried them out yet.
by BE20 Driver
Sun Mar 25, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Steam Rocket flight for research.
Replies: 7
Views: 996

Re: Steam Rocket flight for research.

Confirmed. I don't know why these nutbars don't wander over to the edge of the flat disk and just take a picture of the edge. I would think that walking, driving or sailing towards the edge would be a lot easier than almost killing yourself in a home made steam-powered death machine. They can't be a...
by BE20 Driver
Wed Mar 14, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: WestJet
Topic: CIRB Decision
Replies: 101
Views: 17345

Re: CIRB Decision

Ask anyone who started Encore 5 years ago how much they were able to drop and pick up. I'll help you out John, after carrying the zero and dividing by Merlot -- nothing. The assumption that you've made is that Flica will be available from day one and that the work rules will permit you to dump your ...
by BE20 Driver
Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Employment Forum
Topic: CommuteAir add
Replies: 4
Views: 1059

Re: CommuteAir add

What pay would you get at Encore in your second year (remember new deliveries stop)? Air Canada?
by BE20 Driver
Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: WestJet
Topic: Gregg Saretsky is the modern Frank Lorenzo
Replies: 100
Views: 18621

Re: Gregg Saretsky is the modern Frank Lorenzo

I don't have any issues with change. I don't think the majority of my colleagues do either. The issue with Gregg and the BOD is change management. How they treat the employees says a lot about Gregg and the BOD. You can still implement change and be respectful of your employees. These things are not...
by BE20 Driver
Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Theoretical discussion - Clearance void if not airborne...
Replies: 5
Views: 775

Re: Theoretical discussion - Clearance void if not airborne...

Flow times are given a 3 minute window either side of the wheels up time for this very reason. Wheels up time are often to accommodate other aircraft nearby. If you're that close, just ask for a new time. Odds are ATC gave the other traffic a good enough buffer that they can still let you sneak out.
by BE20 Driver
Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Some U.S. regional airlines are now sponsoring Canadians for the H1B Vis
Replies: 88
Views: 8648

Re: Some U.S. regional airlines are now sponsoring Canadians for the H1B Vis

I'm not sure I follow some of these arguments. If you're at a company and locked in half way through a 10 year collective agreement, what can you do other than vote with your feet? Mexican farm labour is paid $1-2/hour to pick vegetables in Mexico. They're paid $5/hour in California. What nationalit...
by BE20 Driver
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: WestJet
Topic: Gregg Saretsky is the modern Frank Lorenzo
Replies: 100
Views: 18621

Re: Gregg Saretsky is the modern Frank Lorenzo

I almost spit out my coffee thinking about Gregg offering our Captains $30-60k USD bonuses.
by BE20 Driver
Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Canada Jetlines
Replies: 1
Views: 1502

Canada Jetlines

Just noticed an ad on my Facebook feed. Seems Jetlines is still planning on starting up this coming summer. My first thought was that Swoop is also starting up around the same time. The difference in the two is that they can copy and paste all the documents required for an OC, FOM, etc. They have a ...
by BE20 Driver
Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Flying to Alaska
Replies: 25
Views: 1721

Re: Flying to Alaska

Many insurance companies have a clause excluding Alaska. Be sure to check before you leave, just in case.
by BE20 Driver
Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: China the Aviation Mecca? Think again.
Replies: 18
Views: 4415

Re: China the Aviation Mecca? Think again.

Canada certainly isn't Meca either. If anyone has figured out which jurisdiction is, please feel free to post.
by BE20 Driver
Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Westwind
Replies: 309
Views: 63882

Re: Westwind

What's going on at Westwind? Are the pilots still sitting around collecting a cheque? I noticed they posted a job ad for a "Flight Operations SMS Investigator" today. They've got to be getting deep into the red. Loosing the mine charters would no doubt be a big blow to their bottom line. Not trying...
by BE20 Driver
Sat Jan 27, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Employment Forum
Topic: Link PNG
Replies: 3
Views: 766

Re: Link PNG

The PNG Fokker posting states "Primary responsibility will be operating Fokker aircraft in accordance with the PNG CASA regulations..." I believe most of these locations have their own licensing and regulator. Beautiful part of the world. I just wonder what a competitive salary is. A certain recruit...
by BE20 Driver
Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: WestJet
Topic: Why would anyone want to go to Swoop?
Replies: 184
Views: 21574

Re: Why would anyone want to go to Swoop?

And what's happened to all the happy Tealy-faces? The only Tealy-faces are in management these days. Oh, an Captain Wing Nut (but I think that's from hypoxia.) when people try to warn me away from a job because they feel I should do so to help protects theirs, it makes me idly consider it. Pilot 1:...
by BE20 Driver
Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: WestJet
Topic: Why would anyone want to go to Swoop?
Replies: 184
Views: 21574

Re: Why would anyone want to go to Swoop?

...this is about to get very messy for a very long time and there is no telling how this is going to play out after the courts/arbitrators/CIRB are done. ...WJ is not the same as it was a decade ago. 10-15 years ago WJ was the best airline job in Canada - hands down. Today, I would argue it is the ...
by BE20 Driver
Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: WestJet
Topic: Swoop pilot hiring.
Replies: 190
Views: 23946

Re: Swoop pilot hiring.

How many of you "not a dollar less per hour" guys have emailed ALPA to suggest Status Pay? If you're so convinced that everyone be paid equally, put your money where your mouth is. Maybe ALPA will knock it out of the park with the negotiations and you'll end up with a huge raise that can be distribu...
by BE20 Driver
Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Employment Forum
Topic: Buffalo again
Replies: 79
Views: 12178

Re: Buffalo again

Has anyone ever worked for Buffalo that was happy they went to work there? I used to work with an ex-Buffalo employee. He was immensely happy with Buffalo and said he was considering going back. He said that Joe fired him twice but when joe was more mellow, he was a good guy. Paid well, flying was ...

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