Interesting story of how to turn a 767 into a glider.
Kinda along the lines of Sully landing in the Hudson. No practice run just do it right the first time.That was one HELLUVA story/SAGA! The Captain, Bob Pearson, was one of the BEST pilots I ever flew w/ (in Air Canada) - while I went thru "RCAF Officers School" in Esquimalt, BC, w/ the First Officer - Maurice Quintal, back in 1967.
I haven't watched that video, so can't comment on how accurate it is, but the POTUS awarded the two of them for doing one of the most impressive bits of airmanship ever performed even surpassing the Moon landing, because Bob and Maurice did it FOR REAL w/out practicing it in the simulator as did Neil Armstrong.
WRONG! (Read down for an explanation.)sorry.... pack of dumasses that take off without being sure how much fuel is on board. thats what I think... professional aircraft mechanic, inspector, instructor, etc for 40 + years, private pilot for a bit more than that. good thing it was a Boeing.
WRONG! (Read down for an explanation.)That was my first thought as well. So passenger airliners don't have fuel gauges? Or even a computer-generated alarm like "Low fuel beep beep, low fuel"?
You only find out when the engines stop? Familiarity builds complacency I guess.
No wonder they were initially suspended.
WRONG! (Read down for an explanation.)No doubt it shouldn't have happened. Our fuel gauges are presented in pounds of fuel. At least all the airliners I've flown. Dunno what the Air Canada aircraft had prior to this incident if they were Kg or Lbs. We have a "Flight Release" which is mandated by the FAA which shows the minimum fuel we are required to have onboard at takeoff in pounds.
So the question in the case of Air Canada is how was the difference between pounds vs kilograms presented? Pilots fly so many flights per day, per week, per year, that we become pretty automated. When something changes or things get abnormal is when it can go off the rails pretty quickly. Changes like from Kg to Lbs are huge traps begging for someone to fall in.
My guess is the Air Canada crew saw 22,000 on their paperwork and 22,000 on the fuel indicators, and their years of experience blinded them to the issue of units. Throw in some other distractions like passenger problems, flight attendants asking you to call the caterer back for more coffee cups, bad weather to plan around, or running late and it gets pretty easy to revert to habits. See 22,000 here, see 22,000 there, good to go.
It is easy to condemn the crew when something like this happens, because it shouldn't happen. But good humans make errors.