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by Eric Janson
Tue Sep 27, 2011 12:47 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Air France and Thunderstorms... AGAIN!
Replies: 36
Views: 5169

Re: Air France and Thunderstorms... AGAIN!

I'll be honest, I don't know much about activity of ITCZ areas and storms associated with it, nor did I ever flown through that area even as a passenger. I'm curious, if the wx wizards working in the office can forecast well in advance these monsters? I should be specific. Can they foresee them wel...
by Eric Janson
Tue Sep 27, 2011 12:30 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Air France and Thunderstorms... AGAIN!
Replies: 36
Views: 5169

Re: Air France and Thunderstorms... AGAIN!

I'll say directly to you, Eric, that the fact that tropical storm systems are all the more violent and altogether nasty, is all the more reason to avoid them. This attitude of " Damn! This area of storms is so huge I guess I have to go through them! " is an idiotic one at best. You are pa...
by Eric Janson
Sun Sep 25, 2011 12:42 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Closed Taxiways at end of runway... everyone backtrack?
Replies: 5
Views: 1605

Re: Closed Taxiways at end of runway... everyone backtrack?

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport EHAM/AMS

Take-off only

36L/09/18L

Landing only

18R/36R

The most fun approach was the ILS 27 with a "break off" for a visual landing on 24. This is now a published procedure mostly used during Autumn/Spring storms.
by Eric Janson
Tue Sep 20, 2011 7:57 pm
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Air France and Thunderstorms... AGAIN!
Replies: 36
Views: 5169

Re: Air France and Thunderstorms... AGAIN!

I see most of you have never flown in the tropics. Tropical thunderstorms top out well above 40,000. The tops either contain very little moisture or the moisture present is in the form of ice/snow. In both cases weather radar will not give a very strong return if it gives any at all. Even with the r...
by Eric Janson
Sat Sep 03, 2011 8:30 pm
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Canadian pilots in foreign markets
Replies: 19
Views: 4997

Re: Canadian pilots in foreign markets

Never give up a stable job in your home country to become an Expat I've heard this one many times. hehe. Thanks for all the comments. I suppose the romanticism of moving to a foreign country is what makes us take such leaps in our lives. Most of the Expats I work with are not Expats by choice - the...
by Eric Janson
Mon Aug 29, 2011 12:17 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Canadian pilots in foreign markets
Replies: 19
Views: 4997

Re: Canadian pilots in foreign markets

@Strobes What is your experience level? Without that I can only give you general advice. There are 2 types of Expat jobs :- Airlines with mostly Expat Pilots (Emirates/Cathay/Gulf Air/Etihad etc.) These are normally permanent positions. You can start as F/O and move up to Captain. Airlines that hire...
by Eric Janson
Fri Jul 08, 2011 9:28 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Flying the MPL Route
Replies: 29
Views: 2552

Re: Flying the MPL Route

I am the only one, or is anyone else none too crazy about the idea of a 240-hour 19-year-old kid at the helm of an airliner ( even if he is sitting next to a 1540-hour 21-year-old!) ? I've flown with a 19 year old F/O straight out of flight school onto the 757 at a Western European airline. I had t...
by Eric Janson
Mon Jun 13, 2011 7:54 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Relief Pilot Positions (Airlines)
Replies: 9
Views: 2672

Re: Relief Pilot Positions (Airlines)

At my Airline we normally do long haul with 2 Captains and a First Officer. One Captain operates and the other is the relief Pilot. On the return sector the second Captain operates and the first Captain is the relief Pilot. One Captain is designated as Commander and he has overall responsibility for...
by Eric Janson
Sun May 01, 2011 8:07 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Time of year for weather radar..
Replies: 13
Views: 2467

Re: Time of year for weather radar..

The picture above is showing almost all ground returns. This area is very mountainous. The only possible weather I can see are a few returns on the left side at 40 and 60 nm. My Airline operates in the Tropics and thunderstorms are a part of normal operations 12 months a year. The Monsoon is just st...
by Eric Janson
Sun Mar 13, 2011 9:27 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Ice Pilots of NWT Series on History Channel this Fall!
Replies: 1407
Views: 142959

Re: Ice Pilots of NWT Series on History Channel this Fall!

@CFR

The last link (NTSB) refers to a different Buffalo Airways.
by Eric Janson
Sat Feb 19, 2011 5:15 am
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: USA - Eureka: routing and fuel
Replies: 107
Views: 9078

Re: USA - Eureka: routing and fuel

Eric, I've flown both (admittantly not to Eureka, but how many on here have?) but as far down the Alaksa Hwy. and down the Alaskan Peninsula as far as Chignik Lagoon and am curious as to why or what part of flying the Alaska Hwy do you think is safer or easier other than the one obvious point of ha...
by Eric Janson
Thu Feb 17, 2011 8:41 pm
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: USA - Eureka: routing and fuel
Replies: 107
Views: 9078

Re: USA - Eureka: routing and fuel

Guys, Digits has also posted on the Dutch Forum. He has stated he will just have obtained his Commercial Licence by the time he takes this trip. He has greatly underestimated the difficulty of this trip and greatly overestimated his own abilities. My opinion:- Digits does not have the necessary expe...
by Eric Janson
Sat Feb 12, 2011 7:32 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Ice Pilots of NWT Series on History Channel this Fall!
Replies: 1407
Views: 142959

Re: Ice Pilots of NWT Series on History Channel this Fall!

Typically, the DC3 or C46 is the first tail dragger we fly starting our career when we show up at Buffalo Wow. That's one heluva first taildragger! I remember the Basler guys telling me they liked crews without any tailwheel experience to fly 50 hours in a Maule before they flew the BT-67. The DC-3...
by Eric Janson
Wed Jan 19, 2011 7:53 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Go to Asia
Replies: 41
Views: 4066

Re: Go to Asia

There are plenty of Expat jobs in Asia. Most jobs are for Captains although there are some F/O positions. You need to be:- Type Rated Experienced (1000 PIC on Type is normally required) Most countries will train their own citizens for F/O positions. This is the region where all the growth will be fo...
by Eric Janson
Wed Jan 12, 2011 1:38 am
Forum: Employment Forum
Topic: Opportunities overseas?
Replies: 23
Views: 3045

Re: Opportunities overseas?

There are 2 ways to work overseas - as a National or an Expat. As a National you will have to have the appropriate passport allowing you to live/work in the country. With an EU member passport you can work in all EU countries. In reality you will need to be fluent in the local language to stand any ...
by Eric Janson
Fri Nov 19, 2010 9:18 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Air India plane crash: 'Sleepy' pilot blamed
Replies: 15
Views: 3050

Re: Air India plane crash: 'Sleepy' pilot blamed

Meatservo wrote:You're right Eric. That comment about computers was uncalled-for.
You're closer to the truth than you'd imagine.

Most of my work is done by Computers - I'm more of a "Systems Monitor" than a Pilot these days. :lol:
by Eric Janson
Wed Nov 17, 2010 1:49 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Air India plane crash: 'Sleepy' pilot blamed
Replies: 15
Views: 3050

Re: Air India plane crash: 'Sleepy' pilot blamed

The "Buzzer" used to wake up the Pilots in the previous incident was the HF SELCAL. HF was still tuned to Mumbai Radio from the crossing of the Arabian Sea. Don't expect much accuracy in any news reports from Indian media. Always easier to blame a dead Pilot than to look at company rosteri...
by Eric Janson
Tue Nov 02, 2010 1:40 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Terrorism - 747 Crash in Dubai
Replies: 25
Views: 6079

Re: Terrorism - 747 Crash in Dubai

What about the Air France 330 that went missing over the ocean? Yes, I know "bad pitot tubes" There was a known issue with Pitot Tubes from one manufacturer - there have been a number of events where they have iced up in severe weather. I've experienced a few strange indications whilst fl...
by Eric Janson
Fri Sep 24, 2010 11:26 pm
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: "Ground to flightdeck..."
Replies: 16
Views: 4279

Re: "Ground to flightdeck..."

I don't fly for a Canadian Airline but I do fly Internationally to countries where the level of English is very poor. Standard communications are very important to prevent misunderstandings. Here's the Expat perspective. 1) How early do you like to pop the brakes? It's my understanding that this sta...

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