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by complexintentions
Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Canadian Airline Pilots and US Customs
Replies: 5
Views: 980

Re: Canadian Airline Pilots and US Customs

For the sake of discussion the terms "status", "category", and "classification" can all be used interchangeably. I'm quite aware that even without a visa any Customs entity has to assign something to non-citizens entering a country. But said "status" isn't really in question, the full particulars of...
by complexintentions
Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:42 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Canadian Airline Pilots and US Customs
Replies: 5
Views: 980

Re: Canadian Airline Pilots and US Customs

Even a turnaround flight needs to clear customs before returning to Canada. Yes, I know. But I remember the procedure as more cursory than having the entire crew enter the terminal for processing. Or do you have to do that now? I was told a couple times to select Business travel as the purpose. Tha...
by complexintentions
Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Canadian Airline Pilots and US Customs
Replies: 5
Views: 980

Canadian Airline Pilots and US Customs

I have a question for the collective brain: what Customs procedures do those Canadian pilots who fly commercially to the US use when entering? Not referring to turnaround flights of course, only if you have to clear Customs. Over many years of entering/exiting the US I've never had any problems, but...
by complexintentions
Fri Jul 05, 2019 2:10 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Hi-Fly A340 Fuel Jettison During Landing MCO
Replies: 5
Views: 1282

Hi-Fly A340 Fuel Jettison During Landing MCO

I'd be interested to get Eric's thoughts on this one, particularly as its being identified as a Norwegian plane. It is a Norwegian leased flight, but not a Norwegian aircraft or crew...kind of an important distinction. http://i63.tinypic.com/2lac2v4.jpg Orlando airport doused in jet fuel when Norweg...
by complexintentions
Fri Jul 05, 2019 1:39 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: The turbine engine might warn you that it is about to fail
Replies: 4
Views: 1070

Re: The turbine engine might warn you that it is about to fail

Each real world event was slightly different than what the article stated but that seems to be the way it is with most malfunctions, few of which are exactly the same as the written aircraft manual. But I think it shows that one might want to consider an alternative to taking off if the engine is g...
by complexintentions
Sat Jun 22, 2019 2:53 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Best Cellphone Plans for International Crew Members
Replies: 11
Views: 2962

Re: Best Cellphone Plans for International Crew Members

Just be aware that using a sim card plan from one country internationally can be problematic over the long term if the provider spots that the card is being used more outside of the country of intended use than in. Most fine print agreements will state this. This is referring to contract plans - eve...
by complexintentions
Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:33 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: How to improve flight training.
Replies: 73
Views: 2470

Re: How to improve flight training.

Let me toss this out there...if we really want pilots with good hands and feet - and the MAX issue is demonstrating that in spades - how about making an aerobatic endorsement mandatory, particularly if it is on a tail dragger? Hit two birds with one stone - better hands and feet from a tail dragger...
by complexintentions
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: WestJet
Topic: 787 Pilots
Replies: 34
Views: 7222

Re: 787 Pilots

altiplano wrote:
Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:53 am
You got it... no one really cares.
Well, at least you're honest - that DOES at least explain a few things we hear from my beloved fellow North Americans! :mrgreen:
by complexintentions
Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:15 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: 10 years ago today Colgan Air 3407
Replies: 24
Views: 3453

Re: 10 years ago today Colgan Air 3407

Pure incompetence. Have to agree. Using fatigue as an excuse to completely mishandle a stall recovery is just not on. Or if one is actually so tired they don't know that pitching up at low airspeed is a bad idea, then they're not fit for duty and shouldn't have reported. The fact that the accident ...
by complexintentions
Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:04 am
Forum: WestJet
Topic: 787 Pilots
Replies: 34
Views: 7222

Re: 787 Pilots

I'm not saying it that way, it makes less sense than just a clear readback. Reading it back the way you're supposed to IS the clearest way. No one really cares what you think about who's the "master of the English language" or what you "believe is superfluous" or other such irrelevant nonsense. The...
by complexintentions
Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:52 am
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: How much is the new pension worth?
Replies: 9
Views: 2494

Re: How much is the new pension worth?

Just a small point, but RRSP "tax refunds" are actually "tax deferrals" - you still pay tax on the contribution when you withdraw it in retirement. Hopefully at a much lower tax rate, of course. But I'm not hopeful that tax rates will be lower for retirees in the future than they are now, given the ...
by complexintentions
Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:21 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Boeing's "Battle over blame": reduce power or not?
Replies: 27
Views: 1894

Re: Boeing's "Battle over blame": reduce power or not?

Of course it will reduce the speed, but a key difference between large and small aircraft is how long it takes to slow down due to inertia and aerodynamic efficiency, which is why large aircraft (or small high-performance ones) are fitted with speedbrakes. The point is the situation was already out ...
by complexintentions
Sun Jun 16, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: WestJet
Topic: 787 Pilots
Replies: 34
Views: 7222

Re: 787 Pilots

Maybe study your proper radio phraseology so you don’t sound like a douchey American but it’s not really that different. Please do. Still needs a lot of work. Hear Canadian flights coming into London every day, some sound more American than the Amurricans. And read the damn Jepp/LIDO notes on WHAT ...
by complexintentions
Sun Jun 09, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Future 797 single pilot?
Replies: 54
Views: 4740

Re: Future 797 single pilot?

I think it will happen. Just look at how many planes could have been saved if there was an override from the ground. Paine Stewart, Helios, Germanwings, heck... the four airliners in 9/11. And if you can override or even operate the flight from the ground... with one operator managing several aircr...
by complexintentions
Fri May 31, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Getting a mortgage as a Pilot
Replies: 53
Views: 3594

Re: Getting a mortgage as a Pilot

Lots of great advice here! Most of it is standard knowledge, but then I am over 50 so have had time to hear it before.... Nice to see it so well presented and all in one spot. The career path of a pilot adds its own nuances ie moving, bonds, seasonal jobs, ..... A young fella at work once told me h...
by complexintentions
Tue May 28, 2019 2:50 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: 737 Max 8 Simulators
Replies: 59
Views: 7749

Re: 737 Max 8 Simulators

No one is trying to "blame" anyone, not in the finger-pointing sense. But to suggest that the crews of any of the accident flights mentioned do not bear a measure of responsibility is foolhardy. MCAS did not cause the crew to reach 340 kts. The AF FO pulling full aft sidestick for minutes at a time ...
by complexintentions
Wed May 22, 2019 1:14 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: So even the greatest pilots in the world (Americans) couldn't save you from the MAX...
Replies: 20
Views: 2376

Re: So even the greatest pilots in the world (Americans) couldn't save you from the MAX...

@jjj Exactly. Any situation can become unrecoverable if you allow it to proceed way too far without the correct intervention. I hate straw man videos like this amateurish clickbait shit. @confusedalot Not sure what your point is - that simulator time has little value? Have to strongly disagree with ...
by complexintentions
Tue May 21, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: 737 Max 8 Simulators
Replies: 59
Views: 7749

Re: 737 Max 8 Simulators

The guys had taken off in Night VMC condition with scotch tape on all their Static ports. The 737-8 accident crews had similar experiences..... No. It was daylight VMC with the Ethiopian accident. Even with a delay to account for startle effect, an unreliable airspeed/ spurious stall warning should...
by complexintentions
Tue May 21, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: 737 Max 8 Simulators
Replies: 59
Views: 7749

Re: 737 Max 8 Simulators

Confusedalot, How would an MCAS failure look differently in a simulator compared to a stab trim runaway? What are the differences in the emergency drill? Answer: there is no difference. That is false. 1) The Standard Runaway trim fault does not have a stall warning and stick shaker associated with ...
by complexintentions
Tue May 21, 2019 6:10 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: 737 Max 8 Simulators
Replies: 59
Views: 7749

Re: 737 Max 8 Simulators

The QRH page you posted isn't current and hasn't been since the fall. If you believe MCAS is uncommanded trim and thus should be cut out anytime it runs how will it remain certified? I think I'm done here. Enjoy the bigger Boeing's. How has the new QRH page/procedure changed? Or are you just being ...
by complexintentions
Tue May 21, 2019 5:55 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: So even the greatest pilots in the world (Americans) couldn't save you from the MAX...
Replies: 20
Views: 2376

Re: So even the greatest pilots in the world (Americans) couldn't save you from the MAX...

Youtube videos by "Professor Simon, EU Resident" featuring some bizarro homemade sim in someone's basement. Rambling on about "technic".

Seems legit. :lol:
by complexintentions
Fri May 17, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: WestJet to be sold in friendly deal to Onex Corp. for $5 billion
Replies: 129
Views: 16094

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

My bet isn’t that Onex sells off Encore it’s that they buy Transat and merge it into Westjet. Hope you didn't bet too much. Who is this brooks clown? Air Canada has just bought a company. WestJet has just been bought by a company. I know the words sorta sound like the same thing, but they're really...
by complexintentions
Mon May 13, 2019 7:40 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Cargo Jet Drake's Privat Jet (Air Drake)
Replies: 7
Views: 2936

Re: Cargo Jet Drake's Privat Jet (Air Drake)

More like D-Bag Air.

Rapping about climate change, buys a private B767.

Makes sense.
by complexintentions
Mon May 13, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: WestJet to be sold in friendly deal to Onex Corp. for $5 billion
Replies: 129
Views: 16094

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

Hopefully they see the mess that is swoop and kill it before it wastes more money. Or they could go the other way and focus on expanding Swoop with its lower cost base. Which strikes me more as exactly what buyout specialist companies like Onex do - merge coincident operations and cut the highest c...
by complexintentions
Mon May 13, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Digital logbook recommendations
Replies: 26
Views: 2346

Re: Digital logbook recommendations

Any good proprietary logbook software will have the option to output your data in a more raw format (ie .csv, comma delimited etc) so the fear of losing your data due to obsolescence is a bit overblown. Excel is great for complex accounting, total overkill for a logbook, and fugly as any other MS pr...

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