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by TheStig
Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: First RCAF C-295 makes Maiden Flight
Replies: 32
Views: 2179

Re: First RCAF C-295 makes Maiden Flight

We hear lots about the failures, political intervention, skewed requirements, and so so forth. I'm actually just happy to see anything actually get ordered and delivered. The C-27 to me seems like more of a 'mini-Herc' in the sense that it maybe more of a tactical airlift design than a SAR aircraft....
by TheStig
Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Air Transat
Topic: Congrats
Replies: 53
Views: 7693

Re: Congrats

Remaining separate isn't possible. Merging the companies, employee groups and negotiating Collective Agreements wont happen overnight. There are a wide range of opinions on both APLA and ACPA, and say what you will about the ACPA collective agreement, Article 1, Scope is clear and simple. I'm not go...
by TheStig
Tue Jul 02, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: The Air Canada OTS thread
Replies: 1150
Views: 301530

Re: The Air Canada OTS thread

June, July and August are the high water marks for the airline, the objective is to have all hands on deck for the peak season. Accordingly conversion courses are planned to be completed prior to the summer. With all the pilots on the property flying the line there is more simulator space available ...
by TheStig
Thu Jun 27, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Air Transat
Topic: DOH merge.
Replies: 355
Views: 33675

Re: DOH merge.

When rouge was created in 2010-2011 pay tables for the 767 were cut and pasted from Transat and the A319’s from WestJet. Air Canada was loosing money and market share. In the past 8-9 year both pilot groups have made small improvements in their contracts. I know this is the internet, but for a secon...
by TheStig
Thu Jun 27, 2019 5:36 am
Forum: Air Transat
Topic: Air Canada Outbid
Replies: 71
Views: 10744

Re: Air Canada Outbid

A deal has been reached pending Transat Shareholder and Regulator approval.

https://aircanada.mediaroom.com/2019-06 ... -Companies
by TheStig
Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: Upgrade Times and current pool of eligible FOs
Replies: 37
Views: 6316

Re: Upgrade Times and current pool of eligible FOs

The objective of any training, initial upgrade or otherwise, would be to have a pilot re-enter the line flying with the right amount of confidence to safely operate day to day while being equipped with the proper toolbox to handle anything out of the norm. Transitioning from right-seat to left-seat ...
by TheStig
Mon Jun 24, 2019 5:23 am
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: Upgrade Times and current pool of eligible FOs
Replies: 37
Views: 6316

Re: Upgrade Times and current pool of eligible FOs

The failure rate is no where near 80%. You don't fail your upgrade if your Command Simulator sessions aren't successful, you continue line indoc and attempt the command simulator sessions again after additional training. A candidates entire upgrade performance is an evaluation through the simulator,...
by TheStig
Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: Who will bid the A220?
Replies: 14
Views: 2781

Re: Who will bid the A220?

Problem is AC needs to renew its NB fleet, Volkswagon was forced to buyback its defective TDI cars, but owners were easily able to go pick up new cars. At a minimum Air Canada is stuck with its current 24 737-8's for the foreseeable future. Airbus and Boeing have a comfortable duopoly in the market ...
by TheStig
Mon May 27, 2019 7:39 am
Forum: Air Transat
Topic: DOH merge.
Replies: 355
Views: 33675

Re: DOH merge.

Because he will go from an awesome schedule to a shitty one, again it may be hard to see because it’s not the same goals in life but some people are ok making less money for a good schedule. I think this is a good discussion to have between two groups that are potentially merging within the next fe...
by TheStig
Tue May 21, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: AC offer AT $13 per share
Replies: 160
Views: 18184

Re: AC offer AT $13 per share

What age are Transat's 330s? All over the map. Some less than 5 years old, some really old ones. Not to mention the Azores bird is still in the fleet. Just imagine! All you AC folks could have the opportunity to fly a piece of history! 😬😉 If they play their cards right there will be a few pilots wh...
by TheStig
Tue May 21, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: AC offer AT $13 per share
Replies: 160
Views: 18184

Re: AC offer AT $13 per share

Question. I just took a look at Rouge’s 767 fleet. A couple are 16 and 19 years old, the rest are between 23 and 29 years old. So the babies in the fleet likely have upwards of 80,000 hours, the others 120,000 hours plus. They cannot be sustained for more than a few more years. Air Transat’s 310s a...
by TheStig
Sun May 19, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Time for Transat pilot future poll
Replies: 27
Views: 4975

Re: Time for Transat pilot future poll

nd The AC/Cdn merger left everyone with a bad taste in their mouth because it was the forced marriage of two failing businesses that watched their combined market share dwindle. It's noteworthy that no pilots who lived through it have commented here, they've moved on, it was nearly two decades ago. ...
by TheStig
Fri May 17, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Air Transat
Topic: DOH merge.
Replies: 355
Views: 33675

Re: DOH merge.

Wow that escalated quickly! I’m excited about the AC purchase, I believe it has a lot of potential. Rouge has helped AC become competitive on a cost basis with TS and made this acquisition possible. The missing element has been what Transat brings to the table; the tour company, relationships with h...
by TheStig
Mon May 13, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: WestJet to be sold in friendly deal to Onex Corp. for $5 billion
Replies: 129
Views: 16183

Re: WestJet to be Acquired by Onex

I agree with Rudder, Westjet is a bargain at $5B. It's share price has been undervalued due to instability and with foreign ownership limits increasing to 49% there is lots of potential to unlock value. I believe that WJ has more value as a whole than the sum of its parts, do you think there is bill...
by TheStig
Mon May 13, 2019 6:22 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: WestJet to be sold in friendly deal to Onex Corp. for $5 billion
Replies: 129
Views: 16183

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

With a Market Cap of 2.1B Westjet was under valued, seems like a smart purchase. Congrats to everyone holding shares. I'm sure there will be many more questions than answers but I'm curious to see how this affects the airlines long term plans (ie Swoop and International expansion). Westjet has alway...
by TheStig
Thu May 09, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: The Air Canada OTS thread
Replies: 1150
Views: 301530

Re: The Air Canada OTS thread

Okay so GGN finally flowing to mainline... Do you know if GS will continue during summer or like Jazz they’ll resume in September ? Ground schools are planned to run though the summer. The only ***asterix I would include with respect the the GGN pilots is that they were part of a short lived flow t...
by TheStig
Sun May 05, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: What bases and routes do you think the A220 will have?
Replies: 30
Views: 5470

Re: What bases and routes do you think the A220 will have?

Interesting potential routes. Which of those is the union stopping the airline from operating? Maintaining ETOPs qualifications on a relatively large fleet of aircraft that primarily does domestic operations is difficult. Ordering an entire fleet of ETOP capable aircraft when only a few are required...
by TheStig
Sun May 05, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: Record revenues vs 4 year flat pay
Replies: 66
Views: 7719

Re: Record revenues vs 4 year flat pay

Air Canada doesn't need to attract the 'most' qualified pilots to be honest, airlines have no interest in raising pay to poach each others Captains. AC isn't recruiting DEC's. Pilots hired in late 2016/early 2017 may go down as the most fortunate group in Canadian aviation history, but even they wil...
by TheStig
Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Seneca College Airline Pilot Flight Operations Diploma
Replies: 62
Views: 3205

Re: Seneca College Airline Pilot Flight Operations Diploma

Just for a second take a moment to consider that L39Guy might actually be a 787 Captain (and Engineer, who owns his own firm and who flies his own L39 for fun) who wanted to share his observations from his life time of experience in the Canadian aviation industry. Even though I don't know L39guy per...
by TheStig
Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:41 am
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: Record revenues vs 4 year flat pay
Replies: 66
Views: 7719

Re: CEO pay vs 4 year flat pay.

<Rant on> I refuse to accept the present pay conditions at AC or any company that pegs it's dollar to theirs, which is why I've stuck to my holding pattern where my pay has always continued to increase. I have NEVER taken a paycut for metal. I just think it's funny and ironic the compensation durin...
by TheStig
Mon Apr 01, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Coast to Coast Flight - Aerodrome recommendations
Replies: 13
Views: 956

Re: Coast to Coast Flight - Aerodrome recommendations

Thanks for starting this thread, I've enjoyed reading it, hopefully you can share some pictures and stories from your experience. The puppy-mill I attended for flight training wouldn't rent out their aircraft for days/weeks to facilitate these types of trips. Some of the best trips of my flying care...
by TheStig
Fri Mar 29, 2019 4:48 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines: 'No survivors' on crashed Boeing 737 max
Replies: 442
Views: 33960

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

What a obscenely antiquated airplane to still be rolling off the production line. Eric, I know you're familiar with both Airbus and Boeing products. However, for anyone who wonders about the differences between the two. The same scenarios in an Airbus identified as follows: Master Warning & Upper EC...
by TheStig
Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Harbour Air switching to battery powered planes
Replies: 59
Views: 6555

Re: Harbour Air switching to battery powered planes

Disclosure: I'm a card carrying anti-tax, pro-pipeline conservative. I think this plan has merit. As far as the how 'green' are electric vehicles? These aircraft would be charged by BC's hydro-electic dams, they are the automatically the cleanest powered aircraft ever. They are powered by precipitat...
by TheStig
Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: 737 max
Replies: 202
Views: 24421

Re: 737 max

Raymond Hall, that was one of the better interviews I've heard about the Boeing 737 MAX, or as the host tweeted Boeing 737 Super Max. I don't agree with feeding the media frenzy. Boeing is in the business of selling airplanes, that isn't some conspiracy, neither is industry working with regulators t...
by TheStig
Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: 737 max
Replies: 202
Views: 24421

Re: 737 max

If you're going to be speaking as an expert witness about an aircraft you have no expertise on you should probably know the name of said aircraft.

Boeing 737 MAX 8, not 800 Max.

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