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  1. read the report on the Aviation Herald and was dumbstruck. How in the 7 hells do you have procedures that don't require pilots to monitor distance and altitude on final approach? Heads need to roll at Air Canada and I'm not necessarily talking about the flight crew's Airbus is being sued by Air Canada over the accident with claims about not having particular equipment aboard and it's also being sued by the passengers. Given that the lawsuits from the passengers is probably following on from Air Canada's it will be interesting to see where things go. Other than points 6,7 & 8 under section 3.2 I'm not seeing anything that really supports legal action against the manufacture. Point 6 about impact absorption could applied to just about any aircraft from any manufacture and something I don't know if we currently have the designs or technology to do anything about.
  2. not related to the acceleration problem the TTC experienced with their articulated fleet?
  3. There seems to be a number of runs either delayed or cancelled in recent weeks due to mechanical issues. One wonders if there's some sort of wide scale problem or (more likely) just one particular bus that has a problem.
  4. the affordability program is going in next year's budget - seems like on so many other things transit management couldn't get itself organized on the issue in time for 2017 budget. Was interesting that they decided to have the announcement made at the bus yard. wasn't going to be there initially and members of the public were invited (include some from the disable community - then it comes out that it's going to be at the bus yard and that's not open to the public). And do we really need new handi-vans? Went pass the bus yard during the week (mid-afternoon) and there was 5 vans parked by the fence and one by the shed (which probably meant it needed repairs). Pity the money can't go to more service with what we have before new stuff is bought.
  5. Jones might be the covering Noake's job but at the end of the day he's the transit manager for the city of Peterborough (his mail sig says "Manager, Trasnsportation") Gary Noakes was the Manager of Transit Operations. Can't say the departure of Jones would be in anyway a bad thing. From bits and pieces I've heard he's utterly unwilling to fix the problems with transit with the problems being compounded by less that stellar management by those down the ladder (handi-van service in particular) Think he only go the job because of his involvement in the Transit review that was done a few years back (and come to think of It not sure if any recommendations have been implemented other than peak services?).
  6. it was also covered in the examiner as well. Not sure they kept the bus fitted with it exclusively on a Trent run then again not much with transit management is making sense at the moment.
  7. Sorry should have been clearer - Coburg's system allows riders to see where there bus is via cellphone etc so riders know if it's late before heading to the bus stop. The mybeat messages aren't always timely so real time tracking etc would be more helpful.
  8. Oh there are definitely management issues from what I've heard (coming from people who've had direct contact with transit management). I have seen a few new drivers on a couple of different runs - some solo, some under supervision, On Chex last night they had a report on how Coburg Transit has introduced a system so riders know where there buses are. Suprised Peterborough Transit hasn't come out with something similar.
  9. Don't know if it's the weather, driver shortages or mechanical issues but there have been quite a of service cancellations over the past couple of weeks.
  10. What if I can't afford to pay for it? For many people, flying is is still very rare and expensive luxury. Being a low a low income family, the only reason my wife and I have flown in recent years was I inherited some money when my grandfather passed away. Give it's finite amount I'm going to be looking for the lowest airfare possible but I still prefer a "premium carrier" not an LCC because my wife is special assistance and LCC and SA are not a good mix. So why the hell should I be penalized because I'm only able to afford the cheapest air fare when I'm going with a premium carrier? It's the sort of thing of thing you'd expect out Ryan Air
  11. It shouldn't be on any class of tickets - it's discriminatory.
  12. sorry I disagree - the issue of people stuffing everything into the overhead can be handled by actually enforcing the size and quantity restrictions for carry on. Instead this is simply another attempt by an airline to screw more money out of the passengers.
  13. Sorry, when you have incidents like the Sullenburger and the A320 in the Hudson or the uncontained engine failure on a QANTAS A380 a few years back or the recent miss between A330's in Shanghai think I'd still prefer 2 humans in the cockpit. Sure there are some mediocre pilots out with there with ATP licences but there are also the good ones with the experience and instinct you just can't program into robot.
  14. Interesting that this one makes the news yet an Air Canada A320 that lost cabin pressure on August 28 doesn't get a mention. Guess an engine issue is more scarey for people and thus a bigger headline. No report on avherald.com at this point.
  15. And now they've got the relevant license they could go off and work for TTC or whoever with saying they didn't want to drive transit a lie. baAn agree would be nice - say "you work for use for X years and we'll pay for your training and anything less and you have to reimburse the costs unless there's a very valid reason.