20th anniversary of the "Gimli Glider"

Derg

Cap, Roci
Staff member
Re: 20th anniversary of the \"Gimli Glider\"

If I were the captain, I'd be all "Check please.... retirement that is..."
 

pilot602

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Re: 20th anniversary of the \"Gimli Glider\"

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Using a computer to calculate fuel also caused confusion over responsibilities. In the past, when fuel was calculated manually, a flight engineer’s duties included checking the fuel load. Flight engineers were a thing of the past on this 767, as a Presidential task force, under Ronald Reagan, had determined that aircraft could be built to be operated by two pilots instead of three, if the tasks previously given to the second officer (flight engineer) were either fully automated or handled by ground staff.

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Thanks President Reagan! Gotta love it when an actor becomes a politician then tells everyone how they should do their jobs.


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The tale has an interesting postscript. After putting the aircraft down, Pearson was left waiting at Gimli until two in the morning for the Air Canada mechanics dispatched to assess the damage. Driving through the back roads from Winnipeg, they had run out of fuel.

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But that is classic.


Great flying skills but one more story that proves it's not one thing that gets you it's a chain of small things.
 

A300Capt

Freight Dawg
Re: 20th anniversary of the \"Gimli Glider\"

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Link didn't work.

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I just checked it and it's working for me. It's a 968KB downloadable file and requires Adobe Reader to open and view it.
 

TheWife

New Member
Re: 20th anniversary of the \"Gimli Glider\"

Huh, oh well. I have reader version 6 and when I clicked the link it just was a white page with a little icon in the corner. Maybe myreader needs an update or something.
 
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