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The Captain was demoted to First Officer for 6 months and the First Officer was suspended for two weeks. Three maintenance techs were also disciplined. The Captain continued employment for AC for another ten years and the F/O was eventually upgraded to Captain status. So it is complicated but when the fuel gauges weren't working there was a "dipstick" method of measuring fuel in the tanks. The Captain dipped the tanks which was read in centimeters of fuel. The error was in converting centimeters to kilograms to gallons to pounds. In his defense the metric system was relatively new in Canada and the 767 was one of the first commercial airliners to employ a metric system. A cluster of errors we often refer to the swiss cheese model. If each hole in a piece of swiss cheese is a human or mechanical error, and if you line up 10 pieces of swiss cheese, eventually you will have one of the holes matching on all the pieces. That is usually an accident. It would only take one error to have been noticed or mitigated and the holes would not line up and the accident would never happen. At the end of the day the Captain gets the big bucks and is the last line of defense against all the forces that are trying to kill him and everyone on board.

My experience is everything from commercial bush flying in the late 70's and early 80's through to big business jets (I lived in the middle east for a few years). Twin Otters in the arctic, floatplanes in the north, Dash 8's, most every Learjet model built, Challenger 604, and a host of others big and small. I flew Dash 8 for a regional airline in Ontario (decided I didn't like flying the milk runs) and ended up in the middle east doing high visibility VIP corporate work. Flew Learjets for LifeGuard (some air ambulance but a lot of organ transplant related work) and have hauled fishermen into remote lakes and camps with Cessna185's and Twin Otters. Flew scheduled stuff in the Caribbean (both Dash 8 and Twin Otters) and in south East Asia and I have held type endorsements on more aircraft than I care to remember.

Now I just want to live the Corvette life....lol. Thanks for asking.
 
The Captain was demoted to First Officer for 6 months and the First Officer was suspended for two weeks. Three maintenance techs were also disciplined. The Captain continued employment for AC for another ten years and the F/O was eventually upgraded to Captain status. So it is complicated but when the fuel gauges weren't working there was a "dipstick" method of measuring fuel in the tanks. The Captain dipped the tanks which was read in centimeters of fuel. The error was in converting centimeters to kilograms to gallons to pounds. In his defense the metric system was relatively new in Canada and the 767 was one of the first commercial airliners to employ a metric system. A cluster of errors we often refer to the swiss cheese model. If each hole in a piece of swiss cheese is a human or mechanical error, and if you line up 10 pieces of swiss cheese, eventually you will have one of the holes matching on all the pieces. That is usually an accident. It would only take one error to have been noticed or mitigated and the holes would not line up and the accident would never happen. At the end of the day the Captain gets the big bucks and is the last line of defense against all the forces that are trying to kill him and everyone on board.

My experience is everything from commercial bush flying in the late 70's and early 80's through to big business jets (I lived in the middle east for a few years). Twin Otters in the arctic, floatplanes in the north, Dash 8's, most every Learjet model built, Challenger 604, and a host of others big and small. I flew Dash 8 for a regional airline in Ontario (decided I didn't like flying the milk runs) and ended up in the middle east doing high visibility VIP corporate work. Flew Learjets for LifeGuard (some air ambulance but a lot of organ transplant related work) and have hauled fishermen into remote lakes and camps with Cessna185's and Twin Otters. Flew scheduled stuff in the Caribbean (both Dash 8 and Twin Otters) and in south East Asia and I have held type endorsements on more aircraft than I care to remember.

Now I just want to live the Corvette life....lol. Thanks for asking.
Quite the resume…….thanks for sharing!
 

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