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"The Gimli Glider" - Is It Still In Service?

Sun Oct 02, 2005 12:25 pm

I just finished reading about this amazing story (oddly enough, in a Bathroom Reader-type book hehe) and was wondering - is this 767 still flying? Does anyone have any idea what its reg. # was/is?

And, just in case someone is trying to figure out just what the heck I'm talking about, here's an account of it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gimli_Glider

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RE: "The Gimli Glider" - Is It Still In Service?

Sun Oct 02, 2005 12:27 pm

I believe that it's still in active service. It's reg. is C-GUAN if I'm not mistaken. Fin number is 604. Here is the most recent photo I could find in the database ...


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RE: "The Gimli Glider" - Is It Still In Service?

Sun Oct 02, 2005 12:32 pm

It is indeed still in active service. However, seeing as it is an 83' year make I would say they are more than close to pulling her and the rest of the fam. Though, if you think about it, they are still putting these aircraft on needed routes within Canada and though old she serves along side 5 other 85' and under make years. All other stored 767-200's of AC are actually of the same year or newer...

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RE: "The Gimli Glider" - Is It Still In Service?

Sun Oct 02, 2005 12:52 pm

Don't you think it's an odd coincidence that the world's two most famous gliding incidents are by Canadian carriers? (Re Air Transat A330 @ Azores). Got to hand it to those two carriers,they're like me when I go to fuel up my car when it's empty,instead of filling it up,I just throw in $5.00!  Wink
 
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RE: "The Gimli Glider" - Is It Still In Service?

Sun Oct 02, 2005 1:03 pm

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 1):
I believe that it's still in active service. It's reg. is C-GUAN if I'm not mistaken

You're right, it is Fin 604, however the reg is C-GAUN, and as far as I know it still is in service.

Recently AC sent Fin 601 into storage, so maybe "Gimli" will soon join her... who knows...
 
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RE: "The Gimli Glider" - Is It Still In Service?

Sun Oct 02, 2005 1:14 pm

Quoting Tribird1011 (Reply 4):
Recently AC sent Fin 601 into storage, so maybe "Gimli" will soon join her...

I assure you it will be a sad day if it follows 601 as it was recently broken at YUL and 605 was to head to the desert,but instead was also recently sent to YUL for breaking up. I suppose the parts are worth more than what it costs to store the aircraft,which suggests there is little likelihood of them ever flying again.
 
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RE: "The Gimli Glider" - Is It Still In Service?

Sun Oct 02, 2005 3:05 pm

Agreed. Its days are numbered  Sad

I saw 601 from a distance parked at the AC hangers in YUL on my way to work a few weeks ago. Is it already scrapped?
 
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RE: "The Gimli Glider" - Is It Still In Service?

Sun Oct 02, 2005 3:22 pm

A lot would have to do with the issue if is soon due for a major MX review/inspection. I assume it will be in the next several months, and the investment in that frame may negate control and into storage.
 
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RE: "The Gimli Glider" - Is It Still In Service?

Sun Oct 02, 2005 3:53 pm

Quoting Tribird1011 (Reply 4):
You're right, it is Fin 604, however the reg is C-GAUN, and as far as I know it still is in service.

Thanks for the correction (typo on my behalf).
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RE: "The Gimli Glider" - Is It Still In Service?

Sun Oct 02, 2005 9:39 pm

Quoting Tribird1011 (Reply 4):
Don't you think it's an odd coincidence that the world's two most famous gliding incidents are by Canadian carriers? (Re Air Transat A330 @ Azores).

Funny you should mention that. As I was reading last night about the Gimli Glider I immediately thought about the incident you're mentioning. Although in that case the pilots did not end up as heroes (only at first, if I recall correctly). I know some people were happy with the outcome, but felt the captain made a bad decision in dumping fuel from the one good tank to the bad one, thus losing even more fuel.
 
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RE: "The Gimli Glider" - Is It Still In Service?

Sun Oct 02, 2005 11:49 pm

Quoting Crazyro (Reply 9):
Although in that case the pilots did not end up as heroes (only at first, if I recall correctly). I know some people were happy with the outcome, but felt the captain made a bad decision in dumping fuel from the one good tank to the bad one, thus losing even more fuel.

Perhaps this should be posted in another thread; however, wasn't the guy following S.O.P. when he transferred the fuel on the Air Transat flight? Also, I think his hero lustre faded not because of the fuel transfer but after it was reported that he had a criminal record from years ago for flying smuggled drugs when he was a buck pilot.
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RE: "The Gimli Glider" - Is It Still In Service?

Mon Oct 03, 2005 1:20 am

Quoting RedFlyer (Reply 10):
Perhaps this should be posted in another thread; however, wasn't the guy following S.O.P. when he transferred the fuel on the Air Transat flight?

That is correct. The flight crew were following proper A330 procedures written at the time. It should be noted, that those procedures have since changed on all Airbus aircraft as a result. It could have been a very tragic learning experience!
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RE: "The Gimli Glider" - Is It Still In Service?

Mon Oct 03, 2005 1:28 am

Being an '82 model it's days with AC are probably numbered. Has AC released a retirement schedule yet? We may still see it with some carrier looking to snap up second-hand 767's.

Also what happened with the AC 777/787 deal? It was on, then off, then on again what is its current status?
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RE: "The Gimli Glider" - Is It Still In Service?

Mon Oct 03, 2005 2:13 am

Gimli Glidder in Edmonton landing on a frozen Runway.
And a cockpit snap.
'Registration is C-GAUN though'

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RE: "The Gimli Glider" - Is It Still In Service?

Mon Oct 03, 2005 3:16 am

Quoting AC7E7 (Reply 6):
I saw 601 from a distance parked at the AC hangers in YUL on my way to work a few weeks ago. Is it already scrapped?

No, they will most likely take all the parts they can take before scrapping it, and they havent started to rip any parts off yet. It's still outside.

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