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by tailgunner
Fri Sep 30, 2016 12:52 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Piaggio Vs. King Air 350 Pros/Cons
Replies: 26
Views: 4494

Re: Piaggio Vs. King Air 350 Pros/Cons

Another outstanding type for your mission would be a C441 Conquest 11. 310 KTAS, and RVSM'd to 35000. Will burn around 400lbs an hour at 35000. Plus, there are numerous 441's in Canada for advice/support/technical. Any pilot who has flown one absolutely loves it.
Edited because of a brain cramp....
by tailgunner
Wed Aug 17, 2016 12:05 pm
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: What age is too old to go to AC and collect a full pension?
Replies: 33
Views: 14731

Re: What age is too old to go to AC and collect a full pensi

DB plans are NOT indexed to the inflation rate....
by tailgunner
Fri Aug 05, 2016 4:36 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: F/A-18E vs F-35: Why is the government still debating?
Replies: 153
Views: 18156

Re: F/A-18E vs F-35: Why is the government still debating?

They can call it contested airspace, or whatever, the bottom line is that the F35 gives you a chance of surviving whereas the F18 Super Hornet does not.
by tailgunner
Sat Jul 09, 2016 4:08 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: F/A-18E vs F-35: Why is the government still debating?
Replies: 153
Views: 18156

Re: F/A-18E vs F-35: Why is the government still debating?

Rockie, Having a "proper competition" is impossible in Canada. Politics and regional fights rule the day. Even now, the Libs are insisting that the RCAF write, or rewrite their list of needed capabilities. How much do you dare to wager that these capabilities will be watered down until the correct p...
by tailgunner
Tue Jul 05, 2016 6:33 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: New Flight Duty Time Regs are going to happen?
Replies: 36
Views: 8729

Re: New Flight Duty Time Regs are going to happen?

Bobcaygeon, You were the one who raised the issue of pilots (ACPA and ALPA) driving 1 hour to and from work. I just pointed out that what you deem as odd, is in fact legal. If you are having problems with the math, I will do it for you. 1 hour drive + 2 hours of personal time + 8 hours prone rest + ...
by tailgunner
Tue Jul 05, 2016 4:54 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: New Flight Duty Time Regs are going to happen?
Replies: 36
Views: 8729

Re: New Flight Duty Time Regs are going to happen?

Bobcaygeon,
ACPA has secured a 12 hour home base minimum between pairings.
So to put it politely, you do not know your a$$ from your elbow.
Cheers.
by tailgunner
Mon Jun 20, 2016 6:59 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: F/A-18E vs F-35: Why is the government still debating?
Replies: 153
Views: 18156

Re: F/A-18E vs F-35: Why is the government still debating?

To further my point, when was the last time you flew a CF18 with the new cueing helmet, or used Link16. You probably retired before the AMRAAM's were in service and definitely before the new AIM-9's. The tactics you used have most definitely been superseded and have evolved. Yet you like to come acr...
by tailgunner
Mon Jun 20, 2016 6:51 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: F/A-18E vs F-35: Why is the government still debating?
Replies: 153
Views: 18156

Re: F/A-18E vs F-35: Why is the government still debating?

Rockie, you accuse others of knowing little of fighter tactics, etc, and THE WAY IT HAS CHANGED..My question to you is, are you still current on the CF18? I would venture to guess that you are not. So essentially you are out of currency as those you accuse of ignorance. Kind of ironic huh? You can b...
by tailgunner
Wed Jun 15, 2016 1:08 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Sunwing is starting a cadet program
Replies: 23
Views: 8403

Re: Sunwing is starting a cadet program

Don't worry about these cadet pilots being able to upgrade. Sunwing will just outsource Captains from,Europe to fill their cockpits. In fact, if this program is wildly successful, Sunwing could make a legitimate argument for more European captains, because they would not be able to crew their aircra...
by tailgunner
Tue Jun 14, 2016 8:04 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Sunwing is starting a cadet program
Replies: 23
Views: 8403

Re: Sunwing is starting a cadet program

Is it based in Canada or the Czech Republic?
by tailgunner
Tue Jun 14, 2016 1:43 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: F/A-18E vs F-35: Why is the government still debating?
Replies: 153
Views: 18156

Re: F/A-18E vs F-35: Why is the government still debating?

Old fella, Sadly, military procurement in Canada is wholly a political game, often played at Banana Republic levels. An abrieviated history goes as follows...Cf105 cancelled...Cf101 bought. Bomarc's bought, but the warheads to make them lethal kept under US wraps, or off site in another sovereign na...
by tailgunner
Sun Jun 12, 2016 1:13 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: F/A-18E vs F-35: Why is the government still debating?
Replies: 153
Views: 18156

Re: F/A-18E vs F-35: Why is the government still debating?

Furthermore, how many follow up orders has Canada placed to replace lost/destroyed F18's? The answer is none. If you are concerned about attrition and the loss of airframes, then ordering the F35 makes the most sense. In 2 years time, it will be the only US produced fighter. The SH is coming to the ...
by tailgunner
Sun Jun 12, 2016 1:06 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: F/A-18E vs F-35: Why is the government still debating?
Replies: 153
Views: 18156

Re: F/A-18E vs F-35: Why is the government still debating?

Rockie, your numbers breakdown is wrong. The 15 F35's for an OTU as you put it is wrong. NATO,and the other nations ordering the F35 will be pooling all training aircraft at Luke AFB in Arizona. Canada will contribute a few of our 65, or simply lease a few from the USAF to maintain the correct comba...
by tailgunner
Sun Jun 12, 2016 7:35 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: F/A-18E vs F-35: Why is the government still debating?
Replies: 153
Views: 18156

Re: F/A-18E vs F-35: Why is the government still debating?

Rockie, You are correct in that the F35 cannot be in two places at once. No aircraft can. But the F35 will be in the CORRECTplace at the correct time. The F35 can download the radar pictures gathered from NORAD's over the horizon radars, thus allowing the pilots a complete view of what, where, and h...
by tailgunner
Sat Jun 11, 2016 2:42 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: F/A-18E vs F-35: Why is the government still debating?
Replies: 153
Views: 18156

Re: F/A-18E vs F-35: Why is the government still debating?

What 4th generation specs does the F35 not meet? If you are referring to the "fly off "between a clean F16 and the F35 you are being misinformed. The fly off was purely an envelope expanding test flight. It has no bearing on the future effectiveness of the F35. The F35 was not using any, or very few...
by tailgunner
Fri Jun 10, 2016 3:13 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: F/A-18E vs F-35: Why is the government still debating?
Replies: 153
Views: 18156

Re: F/A-18E vs F-35: Why is the government still debating?

Rockie, the F35's integration into the information web, makes it a bigger force multiplier than sheer numbers. This aircraft can use ANY allied radar information as its own.....it can see what an Aegis destroyer is painting, or it can use what an AWACS is seeing. THAT is a force multiplier! It can a...
by tailgunner
Thu Jun 09, 2016 2:18 pm
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: More confirm Q400s for WJ
Replies: 13
Views: 8207

Re: More confirm Q400s for WJ

Or,
They will grow Encore and slowly return leased 37's to the lessor. Mainline pilot numbers will stagnate, while Encore, with their lower costs, will grow.....
by tailgunner
Thu Jun 09, 2016 6:54 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: F/A-18E vs F-35: Why is the government still debating?
Replies: 153
Views: 18156

Re: F/A-18E vs F-35: Why is the government still debating?

What a political decision. The SH is nearing the last of its production run. Literally, we will be getting the last marks off the line. The F35 is now starting to fly with numbers in the USAF. There has been at least 1 fighter wing stood up at Hill AFB. Admittedly, these have early computer loads, b...
by tailgunner
Mon May 30, 2016 11:29 am
Forum: WestJet
Topic: Ex pilot sues Westjet
Replies: 63
Views: 30549

Re: Ex pilot sues Westjet

Brooks, Seems to me that each of the "Westjetters" who lost money need to carry a huge degree of responsibility. They each GAVE this person money on the hope /expectation of a reasonable, and I would guess profitable, return. Who does this without investigating the background story or business plan?...
by tailgunner
Mon May 09, 2016 9:13 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Fort Mac Relief
Replies: 12
Views: 2566

Re: Fort Mac Relief

Xchox,
I believe that it isn't a shortage of aircraft, but a shortage of airspace.
Cheers.
by tailgunner
Wed May 04, 2016 9:20 am
Forum: WestJet
Topic: WJ vs. AC......performance
Replies: 150
Views: 39147

Re: WJ vs. AC......performance

Transonic, You do realize that WJ has cut the number of mainline 737's through lease returns and delivery deferrals , while increasing the size of Encore? It would appear that junior WJ pilots are the ones nearer the perverbial ledge....WJ leadership blamed BBD for not deferring the Dash deliveries,...
by tailgunner
Sun Apr 24, 2016 8:02 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Westjet cover up: Alleged sexual assaults by pilot
Replies: 425
Views: 36708

Re: Westjet cover up: Alleged sexual assaults by pilot

Rockie,
I cannot believe I am saying this, but I agree 100 percent with you on this issue.
Cheers.
ps. This does not change my opinion of your stance on the FP 60 , and the F35.. :)
by tailgunner
Tue Apr 12, 2016 10:19 am
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: No Clear Winner in FCA Mandatory Retirement Decision
Replies: 200
Views: 41494

Re: No Clear Winner in FCA Mandatory Retirement Decision

Raymond,
Do you have the final award of costs that the FP60 group owes AC and ACPA?
I would venture that some of the enthusiasm of said members may ebb when they realize that they may have to sign a cheque over to ACPA and AC.....
As always, have a great day.....
by tailgunner
Wed Mar 23, 2016 7:20 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: The F-35 is not dead
Replies: 932
Views: 53865

Re: The F-35 is not dead

If they push the decision to 2020, the ONLY aircraft available will be the F35. The Super Hornet is in the final year or so of production, and unless the Euro Typhoon wins any more orders, it will be out of production in a few years as well. The French may prolong the Rafael production, but it also ...
by tailgunner
Thu Mar 17, 2016 7:10 am
Forum: WestJet
Topic: Westjet Service is Bad
Replies: 12
Views: 5885

Re: Westjet Service is Bad

Not me,
I have noticed that the WJ pilots are really "hands on", and because they can't seem to take no for an answer, I have experienced zero ATC delays with them. Furthermore, most do not abide by the " go slow" approach..it is full steam ahead and "balls to the wall".....
Sorry, Too soon?
Cheers.

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