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by RB211
Sat Dec 24, 2011 6:40 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Merry Christmas
Replies: 42
Views: 2340

Re: Merry Christmas

Tourtière Is in the oven, glass of wine in hand and looking forward to an evening with the family. Life is good!

Here is wishing all a Merry Christmas and may 2012 be safe and prosperous for you. :smt114 :drinkers:
by RB211
Tue Dec 06, 2011 2:25 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: How far will you follow SOPs?
Replies: 28
Views: 1987

Re: How far will you follow SOPs?

SOPs are important for a multitude of reasons, not least of which is to create a base line of expected response/action for a crew that has not worked together before. Quite common in larger airlines. At the end of the day, though, the Captain has the legal authority and, in fact, the responsibility ...
by RB211
Tue Nov 29, 2011 11:01 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Cross wind causes media panic.
Replies: 38
Views: 3687

Re: Cross wind causes media panic.

As far as what is a normal x-wind technique for large aircraft, this video of B777 fight test landings is an oldie but goodie!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_z2LtHrn ... ata_player
by RB211
Mon Nov 28, 2011 5:34 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Interesting article from the 'sandbox'.
Replies: 35
Views: 3686

Re: Interesting article from the 'sandbox'.

Dubai/Doha/Abu Dhabi are by no means prominent tourist destinations. The bulk of their traffic is picked up from India and shipped to the rest of the world. They are projecting themselves as major hubs to transfer pax between the east and the west. The running joke in India is that the national car...
by RB211
Sun Nov 27, 2011 11:15 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Interesting article from the 'sandbox'.
Replies: 35
Views: 3686

Re: Interesting article from the 'sandbox'.

Agree with most of what you said, however: It does not get "cheap fuel", even if it could do so in the Middle East, where do you think it is purchasing its fuel when it flies worldwide? ... When you consider that fuel costs make up 35-40%+ of an airlines operating costs, then buying 50% of your fue...
by RB211
Sun Nov 27, 2011 10:05 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Interesting article from the 'sandbox'.
Replies: 35
Views: 3686

Re: Interesting article from the 'sandbox'.

?..Of course I can't prove anything I've said here but if I'm mistaken, it means the friends I have at the companies in question are mistaken as well. With respect to EK/Dubai both you and your friends are mistaken on much of what you stated as fact. Complexintentions has a more accurate assessment...
by RB211
Sun Nov 27, 2011 10:02 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Interesting article from the 'sandbox'.
Replies: 35
Views: 3686

Re: Interesting article from the 'sandbox'.

watermeth wrote: and I can't imagine the seniority list and a never ending "time to command". :rolleyes:
Do you mean at EK or AC? Guys are entering the upgrade process at 3.5 to 4 years at EK now.
by RB211
Sat Oct 22, 2011 1:14 am
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: Air Canada's Questionable Hiring Process.
Replies: 51
Views: 10048

Re: Air Canada's Questionable Hiring Process.

Ok, dude, we get it...you have an engineering degree, you don't speak french, you weren't in the airforce, and you didn't get hired. Suck it up, buttercup, reapply in 6 months, and maybe you'll make it then. Better hope for a widebody position, though, because otherwise between the skipper, you, an...
by RB211
Sat Jul 17, 2010 9:50 pm
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Future of Expansion?
Replies: 15
Views: 3428

Re: Future of Expansion?

EK flooding the market to Canada isn't going hurt just AC. Every airline flying into Canada will suffer. WS is going to suffer as well with the new code share agreements! 28 flights is flooding the market? Really? I would think WS would have an opportunity to benefit since there will still be a num...
by RB211
Sat Jul 17, 2010 11:09 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Future of Expansion?
Replies: 15
Views: 3428

Re: Future of Expansion?

...By your logic, we might as well outsource everything, doing away with good jobs here at home. I'm no NDP supporter by any means, but when a company has such a tilted playing field, a gov't needs to be very careful about the priveleges granted to such companies. But we already do outsource close ...
by RB211
Sat Jul 17, 2010 3:03 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Future of Expansion?
Replies: 15
Views: 3428

Re: Future of Expansion?

Yes, a consultancy (aka "word-whores for hire") named "Centre For Asia Pacific Aviation" can be depended on for a balanced view... :roll: With such gems as these, I suppose: "Canute-like, Canada stands firm against the forces of change" As much as Emirates likes to play Canada as the bad guy, it is...
by RB211
Sat Jul 17, 2010 12:02 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Future of Expansion?
Replies: 15
Views: 3428

Re: Future of Expansion?

Read the thread on PPRuNe and you will see lot of reasons why we shouldn't allow EK to expand in Canada. http://www.pprune.org/canada/408976-emirates-vs-air-canada.html Pay attention to the post on the reaction of European airlines and why they are protecting themselves against EK. The one time in ...
by RB211
Tue Jun 29, 2010 1:46 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Emirates out to hire 700 pilots over next 18 months . . .
Replies: 37
Views: 5247

Re: Emirates out to hire 700 pilots over next 18 months . .

They must be doing something right? You guys need to research a little. Emirates pays zero dollars in corporate tax. They also advertise tax free salaries which are actually comparable to post tax salaries here, based on similar equipment. So they are basically saving the income tax paid by each an...
by RB211
Fri Jun 25, 2010 8:49 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: The other half
Replies: 12
Views: 1578

Re: The other half

This is certainly one of the downsides to this career choice: the difficulty of pursuing one's career in the location one most wishes to live. Having a supportive spouse is an absolute necessity. Although I have tried not to move just to get a step up that would come to me with a little patience, I ...
by RB211
Sun Jun 20, 2010 11:46 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Emirates out to hire 700 pilots over next 18 months . . .
Replies: 37
Views: 5247

Re: Emirates out to hire 700 pilots over next 18 months . .

With their 90 A380s, this does not surprise me. Someone please tell me why any airline in their right mind would order this many aircraft? Is it necessary? Is there that much traffic flowing through dubai? I think not! Well I guess it is good for EK that you are not running the airline! The traffic...
by RB211
Thu Jun 17, 2010 12:31 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Delta Airlines hiring
Replies: 5
Views: 2466

Re: Delta Airlines hiring

Aside from the individual cases mentioned, this article paints an overall rosier picture. Let's hope they got it right!

http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/20 ... climb.html
by RB211
Sat Jun 06, 2009 4:56 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: CMA vs Pacific Coastal?
Replies: 19
Views: 2263

CMA vs Pacific Coastal?

I am sending my son to Comox from Vancouver this July and the travel choice is CMA or Pacific Coastal.

My feeling, it is 6 of one and half a dozen of the other, but is there any reson I should pick one over the other? Price and schedules are the same for the trip.

Thanks in advance.
by RB211
Sun Jan 18, 2009 11:07 pm
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: You want to be an airline pilot?
Replies: 14
Views: 2571

Re: You want to be an airline pilot?

I read this and it kinda bugged me. Did things change that much? But.... ... Happy new year :rolleyes: As compleintentions said this was meant as a joke; a tongue-in-cheek look at how the industry has changed. I guess, though, if you wear your uniform in public on your days off, you would miss that...
by RB211
Tue May 06, 2008 8:25 pm
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Emirates profit soars 62pc to $1.36bn
Replies: 24
Views: 2253

Re: Emirates profit soars 62pc to $1.36bn

RB. I have the ability to work in Europe and would love to but that doesn't mean that I would belittle AC or any other good job in Canada. Any critism would probably be constructive and relative, funny (?) not degrading. You're absolutely right, we all have different ambitions. I would love to live...
by RB211
Tue May 06, 2008 11:46 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Emirates profit soars 62pc to $1.36bn
Replies: 24
Views: 2253

Re: Emirates profit soars 62pc to $1.36bn

RB. I would think that unless one is single and adventurous or lives in a third world country, there would be little incentive to leave home unless they just can't find work. Can't leave AC? Some have. We have even hired one back. And just so we're clear, I will again repeat, we are not against goo...
by RB211
Tue May 06, 2008 7:34 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Emirates profit soars 62pc to $1.36bn
Replies: 24
Views: 2253

Re: Emirates profit soars 62pc to $1.36bn

... Good point. Some of the ex-pats that I know, or have met abroad, (the same ones that often bash AC or other legacy carriers) have ended up as ex-pats' only because they were unable to get hired by those same carriers in the first place. No need to call Dr. Phil in on this one. Obviously years o...
by RB211
Sat Oct 06, 2007 9:35 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Severe turbulence
Replies: 13
Views: 1885

Unless you're implying it was a WestJet flight again? Ya sound a little sensitive? There are other 737 operators in Canada. It isn't always about WJ. In my experience, by the definition below, 'severe' turbulence isn't all that common. Fortunately. SEVERE Turbulence that causes large, abrupt change...
by RB211
Sat Sep 29, 2007 10:45 pm
Forum: WestJet
Topic: Whats wrong with WestJet?
Replies: 36
Views: 5792

Re: nice

CANAIR wrote:very educated... what's next all women should be in the Kitchen doing dishes...
You imply that is a bad thing!? :wink:
by RB211
Wed Sep 12, 2007 9:35 am
Forum: Employment Forum
Topic: Sunwing?
Replies: 2
Views: 1437

Sunwing?

Is this Sunwing? It was on the Flight International site. B737 Captains and First Officers - Immediate Contract for 12 months Job Role: Flight Crew Job Hours: Full-Time Location: Canada Job Position: Contract Company: PAS Aviation Associates GmbH Salary: Posted Date: September 11, 2007 10:55:14 AM O...

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