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by longhauler
Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada A220 launch - Interior Picture and New routes
Replies: 108
Views: 16035

Re: Air Canada A220 launch - Interior Picture and New routes

My apologies. I realize on rereading the internal memo going on and on about "The Inaugural", I realize now they were referring to the inaugural of the two new routes, YYZ-SJC-YYZ and YUL-SEA-YUL and not the airframe. It should have dawned on me as it was from "marketing" and not...

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by longhauler
Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada A220 launch - Interior Picture and New routes
Replies: 108
Views: 16035

Re: Air Canada A220 launch - Interior Picture and New routes

So AC is going to keep the aircraft out of operation from Q4 2019 all the way until Q2 2020? Seems a like a lengthy entry into service, no? While the last few EISs have been smooth, they have not been on time. Looking at the fleet plan, it appears they are not expecting the A220 to be on the proper...

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by longhauler
Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada A220 launch - Interior Picture and New routes
Replies: 108
Views: 16035

Re: Air Canada A220 launch - Interior Picture and New routes

the first 6 months they will initially deployed from Montreal and Toronto on routes such as to Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and New York – La Guardia No. The inaugural for the type at AC is on May 04, 2020 as stated. YUL SEA YUL and YYZ SJC YYZ. The old school thought of keeping them close t...

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by longhauler
Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada A220 launch - Interior Picture and New routes
Replies: 108
Views: 16035

Re: Air Canada A220 launch - Interior Picture and New routes

9w748capt wrote:
Just curious is AC outfitting their A220s with in-seat IFE a la DL?

Air Canada has had in seat IFE in every narrow body aircraft in the fleet since 2006. (And the E175 and CRJ900 at the regionals).

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by longhauler
Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SU / KL IL-62
Replies: 39
Views: 7204

Re: SU / KL IL-62

On the other hand, I was told by colleagues with firsthand experience, that the TU 114 was a terrible aircraft from a passenger comfort perspective with a high level of noise and vibration. Many years ago, I used to fly with my Dad on trips. He too was an Air Canada pilot. When on the DC-8 he took ...

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by longhauler
Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SU / KL IL-62
Replies: 39
Views: 7204

Re: SU / KL IL-62

My hardcover book, “A Day With Aeroflot,” gifted to me by the Aeroflot ticket office on 5th Avenue jn NYC in 1975 has pictures of the Aeroflot-JL IL-62, along with hundreds of other pictures from that era, I treasure it. I doubt that there are very many left in existence. That's amazing. I have a c...

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by longhauler
Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question about Toronto Pearson YYZ Airport...
Replies: 10
Views: 1364

Re: Question about Toronto Pearson YYZ Airport...

So do you have to go through security and go to baggage claim at the main terminal and bus over for everything? Yes, it is a horrible horrible operation that is very time consuming. When first built, the Infield Terminal (as it is called), 500 series gates, was to overcome gating shortfalls during ...

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by longhauler
Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Toronto’s Second Major Airport
Replies: 40
Views: 6298

Re: Toronto’s Second Major Airport

Every now and then Toronto/Pickering Airport is mentioned publicly. I don't know if any serious development is happening, but it has been going on a long time.

When first proposed and land expropriated ... I was in Grade School!

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by longhauler
Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SU / KL IL-62
Replies: 39
Views: 7204

Re: SU / KL IL-62

Interesting, I did not know this. What other airlines had a similar service and on what aircraft? How did the KL pax feel about flying a Soviet plane? I flew on an Aeroflot IL-62 in the 1960s. The standard of service was better than most European carriers and the aircraft itself was far more modern...

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by longhauler
Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airliners with air stairs
Replies: 44
Views: 3831

Re: Airliners with air stairs

AirKevin wrote:
CRJ also doesn't have them as an option, they're just there. Same for the rear airstairs for the 727, DC-9, and MD-80.


Not sure about the 727 or MD-80, but they were optional on the DC-9. Air Canada’s -14s and -32s (for example) were not equipped with rear air stairs.

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by longhauler
Sat Aug 03, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: British Airways 747 Route Network of the past.
Replies: 100
Views: 10455

Re: British Airways 747 Route Network of the past.

They were configured with 18 ClubWorld and 138 WorldTraveller seats. I don’t mean to contradict earlier posts, honest, but the BAR 757s did not have a First Class cabin. I was only going by what was actually written in the BA timetable dated 27 October, 1997. It certainly wasn't a "First"...

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by longhauler
Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Was it possible to build the MAX on 757 Platform instead of 737
Replies: 60
Views: 9163

Re: Was it possible to build the MAX on 757 Platform instead of 737

Because that 10% exists, and its usually a constrained airport that needs capacity. I don't follow you. Are you saying a "constrained" airport has shorter runways? I am a bit dubious even of 10%. I can only think of a couple of operations where runway length could be an issue (SNA or EYW ...

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by longhauler
Wed Jul 31, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Was it possible to build the MAX on 757 Platform instead of 737
Replies: 60
Views: 9163

Re: Was it possible to build the MAX on 757 Platform instead of 737

Except when you need short field performance. While the A321 can be a dog at higher altitudes, it is no slouch off the runway. Normally it has better field performance than the A320. Max thrust, Config 3 on the advanced wing and it's a real kick in the pants! That big thick Boeing wing on the 757 w...

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by longhauler
Tue Jul 30, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Was it possible to build the MAX on 757 Platform instead of 737
Replies: 60
Views: 9163

Re: Was it possible to build the MAX on 757 Platform instead of 737

The 757 even today performs as good as the A321 which is just a cheap copy of the B757. If Boeing right today announced an updated digital 0version of the B757 the A321 sales would plummet! Yes a 757 performs as well as an A321. But, so does a 707 or a DC-8. Wanna resurrect those too? Boeing stoppe...

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by longhauler
Tue Jul 30, 2019 1:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus airliners name conventions
Replies: 27
Views: 4408

Re: Airbus airliners name conventions

If I´m not wrong the A310 gets its name from A300 minus 10 , the amount of frames removed from the fuselage to make it shorter. And it became A310 I have never heard this before. The A300B series started as the A300B1, then the A300B2 then A300B4, etc. What eventually became the A310 started as the...

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by longhauler
Tue Jul 30, 2019 1:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC A330 Fleet News and Updates Discussion Thread
Replies: 327
Views: 88954

Re: AC A330 Fleet News and Updates Discussion Thread

Given that business class on the ex SQ birds is currently being sold as Premium Economy and these are due for refurb, if you bought a ticket for next year and the refurbs are complete, does that mean you’d be dumped into the new premium economy cabin while business is sold subsequently, or would yo...

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by longhauler
Tue Jul 30, 2019 1:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another AA A330 fume issue
Replies: 31
Views: 5700

Re: Another AA A330 fume issue

Seems rather interesting that only crew were rushed to hospital. Passengers were breathing different air apparently. It is normally the airline's Medical Officers that dictate blood testing after a suspected toxic fume event. Some of these events have led to permanent medical issues up to and inclu...

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by longhauler
Tue Jul 30, 2019 1:14 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Air Canada CRJ ✈ E175 ✈ B767-300ER ✈ B777-300ER J
Replies: 11
Views: 5274

Re: Air Canada CRJ ✈ E175 ✈ B767-300ER ✈ B777-300ER J

I don't know why else everyone wouldn't get a meal. In any case I appreciated the meal. I'm interested by the different service that some of your cabin from EWR-YYZ got; I've never heard of that before. Air Canada flights that make a round trip out then into a main base are usually catered for the ...

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by longhauler
Fri Jul 26, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Tanzania A220-300 on DAR-BOM (2500 nm)
Replies: 30
Views: 5234

Re: Air Tanzania A220-300 on DAR-BOM (2500 nm)

What's with everyone's obsession/hatred with narrowbody aircraft on long flights? You sit in a small seat for hours and hours, regardless of whether the fuselage is a little wider or not. Why would it be a "difficult experience"? First world problem = no real problem at all. I agree. With...

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by longhauler
Thu Jul 25, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: SNA-takeoff procedure oddity
Replies: 24
Views: 4733

Re: SNA-takeoff procedure oddity

What are the white/green lines with the little white circles, and the green triangles under them? The green/white line with the circle are the gear doors. Green indicating the actual gear door position is in agreement with the selected/commanded position. During extension/retraction they will be in...

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by longhauler
Thu Jul 25, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update: The AAirpass & How It Cost AA Dearly
Replies: 35
Views: 4465

Re: Update: The AAirpass & How It Cost AA Dearly

Exactly. The pass allows you to TRAVEL in an unlimited manner and take a companion. Booking 5 out of 6 dummy reservations is not TRAVELING. That alone was a violation of the intent. Then there is the definition of companion. Booking a seat for a dog or a box of files or a bag of diamonds or a cello...

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by longhauler
Wed Jul 24, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: British Airways 747 Route Network of the past.
Replies: 100
Views: 10455

Re: British Airways 747 Route Network of the past.

Just to clarify; someone wrote that BA received 767's in 1993. I confirmed that I had flown one in September 1990, 3 years earlier. It was a perfectly appropriate nessage. That's how I saw it. You politely corrected a previously stated misconception. In other words ... the main intent of a public f...

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by longhauler
Wed Jul 24, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321neo operators alerted over 'excessive pitch' anomaly
Replies: 92
Views: 25359

Re: A321neo operators alerted over 'excessive pitch' anomaly

It's good to see Airbus seems to have sufficiently alerted airlines before loss of lives or other potential embarrassments. Hopefully, a fix comes soon. The whole FBW system is very dynamic and has been evolving ever since my first A320 course almost 30 years ago. It's just program code / algorithm...

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by longhauler
Wed Jul 24, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Effect of MAX Grounding on Airlines without 737NG (AC, FI)
Replies: 41
Views: 10240

Re: Effect of MAX Grounding on Airlines without 737NG (AC, FI)

I know that AC pilots are still being paid, but have some of them returned to other types for which they were rated? The two sides continue to work with each other. The MAX pilots continue to be paid and all pilots allow the company to wet lease aircraft to keep the operation going. The MAX pilots ...

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by longhauler
Sun Jul 21, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: British Airways 747 Route Network of the past.
Replies: 100
Views: 10455

Re: British Airways 747 Route Network of the past.

speedbird52 wrote:
What seating did BA use on the 757s?

18 F (recliners, not sleepers) and 141Y. There was no J.

The flights flew YYZ-JFK-BHX-JFK-YYZ with fifth freedom rights between YYZ and JFK.

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by longhauler
Sat Jul 20, 2019 12:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF447 - French prosecutors indict AF for negligence
Replies: 7
Views: 1636

Re: AF447 - French prosecutors indict AF for negligence

After incidents like AF the FAA and I imagine other regulatory agencies simulators are now being programmed to provide the capability to simulate full stalls and it is part of the training now.. This is one of the legacies of AF447. Not only are full stalls now performed in the simulator, but it is...

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by longhauler
Sat Jul 20, 2019 12:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Virgin America Failed
Replies: 51
Views: 9190

Re: Why Virgin America Failed

It never ceases to amaze me the people that complain how they were not lowkey begged to get a drink or a snack by the cart service, or when they ordered through the IFE and they didnt bring you the stuff “with the best attitude”. You wanna be pampered and splurged? Hire a private Gulfstream like th...

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by longhauler
Fri Jul 19, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM getting bad press over breastfeeding
Replies: 104
Views: 7536

Re: KLM getting bad press over breastfeeding

But here we’re talking about the Dutch national airline. KLM doesn’t even deny this should be fine according to Dutch culture, but somehow gives prevalence to people from different backgrounds. That’s what’s wrong with their stance: you don’t burden mothers from your own culture with the offense ta...

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by longhauler
Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: North America to Israel nonstop on a 707? (And a flashback, courtesy of Informa's Airlineroute)
Replies: 13
Views: 1664

Re: North America to Israel nonstop on a 707? (And a flashback, courtesy of Informa's Airlineroute)

They were doing nonstop since the arrival of the 707s; they had a famous ad running around that time: "No Goose, No Gander" - referring to Goose Bay and Gander, where the Britannias would normally stop. Actually it was the introduction of the Britannia on the non-stop New York to Tel Aviv...

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by longhauler
Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ten dead after King Air crashes shortly after takeoff
Replies: 71
Views: 18191

Re: Ten dead after King Air crashes shortly after takeoff

Heard it was just sold from one organisation to another, the position would be from maintenance for the prepurchase inspection. A frightening thought, but certainly the holes in the Swiss Cheese would have aligned! I have never flown a King Air, I am curious if the rudder trim would not start to be...

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by longhauler
Thu Jul 18, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ten dead after King Air crashes shortly after takeoff
Replies: 71
Views: 18191

Re: Ten dead after King Air crashes shortly after takeoff

Actual Cause - The ATSB found that the pilot did not detect that the aircraft’s rudder trim was in the full nose-left position prior to take-off. The position of the rudder trim resulted in a loss of directional control and had a significant impact on the aircraft’s climb performance in the latter ...

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by longhauler
Sun Jul 14, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airliners Past: A Braniff Boeing 747 video
Replies: 36
Views: 4243

Re: Airliners Past: A Braniff Boeing 747 video

Someone with more airliner knowledge than me- why did they remove the cap over the nose once it was parked? Or was it covered? I wonder if that’s not a different aircraft. The one taxiing in had an orange radome, the last shot being one with a black radome. (Unless there were a maintenance issue, t...

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by longhauler
Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 6000ft and no chimes
Replies: 25
Views: 2833

Re: 6000ft and no chimes

Another reason airline pilots earn their pay—the customers! This is a very important point. While we would like to think otherwise, quite often pilots are in the Public Relations business! If a passenger has a pseudo-technical question for you when deplaning, quite often he is not looking for an an...

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by longhauler
Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL A321 Seats Blocking Exit Door
Replies: 67
Views: 13827

Re: DL A321 Seats Blocking Exit Door

Question: is it a regulatory mandate or just a "common practice" to have the active Emergency Exists highlighted on the outside? By highlighted, I mean that they are visible on the paint scheme (even if by just a white band around like this 727). I am not sure about the United States, but...

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by longhauler
Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL A321 Seats Blocking Exit Door
Replies: 67
Views: 13827

Re: DL A321 Seats Blocking Exit Door

0349476 727-200 with extra forward of wing exit. There actually is history behind those additional exits.... Early in their jet operations United Airlines had a few accidents where passengers survived the accident, but perished before being able to escape. With the introduction of the 727-200, UAL ...

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by longhauler
Mon Jul 08, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic flight cabin fire
Replies: 69
Views: 14457

Re: Virgin Atlantic flight cabin fire

That makes more sense. What is the maximum controlled descent rate for an A330? There are a lot of options and a lot of methods. It really depends on the purpose of the fast descent. In a rapid depressurization, the thrust at idle, the speed brakes extended and flying MMO, you follow a constant Mac...

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by longhauler
Mon Jul 08, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flyadeal cancels 737 max Commitment
Replies: 72
Views: 14896

Re: Flyadeal cancels 737 max order

Correct. I’ve posted a number of times now that a software fix was begun immediately after Lion Air. I don't think a lot of people understand this. It was not a case of Boeing being "caught", it was more like an undiscovered anomaly was discovered and Boeing was racing to fix it. I am cer...

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by longhauler
Sun Jul 07, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic flight cabin fire
Replies: 69
Views: 14457

Re: Virgin Atlantic flight cabin fire

Well, that's not comforting. It's not comforting at all. That is the whole issue! So far, the only large scale catastrophic loss of an aircraft due to Lithium Ion thermal runway has been on a cargo aircraft. I am sure most people that were even aware of the accident thought, "never happen on a...

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by longhauler
Sun Jul 07, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANY update on Southwest to Canada
Replies: 52
Views: 7552

Re: ANY update on Southwest to Canada

Any update on WN to Toronto?... BUF. Except for very rare exceptions, it is unlikely someone from Toronto would drive to Buffalo to fly to the United States. (The reasons why have been hashed about this site for a decade so I won't repeat them all). Oddly enough, people here seem to forget what mad...

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by longhauler
Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic flight cabin fire
Replies: 69
Views: 14457

Re: Virgin Atlantic flight cabin fire

Well... I just got off a BA flight today, during which I stupidly forgot two power banks in my checked baggage. Both devices were still in my checked baggage when I landed ! You are lucky you weren’t caught. Where I fly, dangerous goods violations (even unintentional ones) are often met with fines ...

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by longhauler
Fri Jul 05, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The Inflight Movies on Flights that Crashed
Replies: 44
Views: 6936

Re: The Inflight Movies on Flights that Crashed

It's that while pax would've obviously known that something was wrong, from the point of engine separation if they were on the port side... the often described idea that they actually "watched the ground rush up at them" is very unlikely to have been the case. This point comes up a lot an...

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by longhauler
Fri Jul 05, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic flight cabin fire
Replies: 69
Views: 14457

Re: Virgin Atlantic flight cabin fire

Delta safety video now says: “If you lose an electronic device between your seat, do not adjust your seat and ask a crew member for assistance.” I recall seeing that on an Air France safety video about 4 or 5 years ago. I thought it odd at the time. But ... later when understanding the dangers of L...

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by longhauler
Fri Jul 05, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interjet put up for sale
Replies: 18
Views: 6553

Re: Interjet put up for sale

So the billionaire finally turned into a millionaire. While many have complimented the airline for service, its clear the business model is not sustainable. In addition, things like the SSJ was a terrible distraction for the airline. Yes, have flown them many times from Toronto to Mexico and would ...

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by longhauler
Fri Jul 05, 2019 12:54 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do pilots always understand ATC?
Replies: 39
Views: 7262

Re: Do pilots always understand ATC?

ATC isn’t there to serve him; we are there to serve everyone equally. Including Emirates. It’s amazing that some of the heavy pilots are some of the worst in hearback/readbacks. Quite possibly. But it has little to do with the size of his equipment. More likely the environment in which he is flying...

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by longhauler
Fri Jul 05, 2019 12:23 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do pilots always understand ATC?
Replies: 39
Views: 7262

Re: Do pilots always understand ATC?

Yeah well I’m going home on the end of my shift soon. If you have an attitude; I could give two shits if you are still at the gate. Indeed. ATC. In this case though, he was not "at the gate", he was blocking a taxiway. And let me tell you, An A380 is a pretty effective block. The point I ...

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by longhauler
Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do pilots always understand ATC?
Replies: 39
Views: 7262

Re: Do pilots always understand ATC?

As accurately noted above, if a pilot does not understand a clearance, he requests it restated until he does. I think the funniest thing I heard was at YYZ last year. As it was the late evening Ground and Clearance Delivery were the same controlller. As we were taxiing in, Emirates received the clea...

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by longhauler
Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 727s Texas to Puerto Rico and viceversa non-stop?
Replies: 12
Views: 1958

Re: 727s Texas to Puerto Rico and viceversa non-stop?

At 1881 nm, I see no reason why a 727-200ADV could not operate DFW-SJU-DFW easily with standard tankage. Even the overwater issues are vitually non-existent, as a GC route clips the nothern end of the Gulf of Mexico and east of Florida, you follow along the Bahamas. The route flown by Air Canada I m...

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by longhauler
Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flair Air chairman urges Canada to cap airport improvement fees
Replies: 25
Views: 2421

Re: Flair Air chairman urges Canada to cap airport improvement fees

Dominion301 wrote:
Where many Canadian airports are still lacking investment is on airside safety. Why in 2019 do so many of the primary runways at Canada’s major airports lack an ILS?


:checkmark:

Indeed. I'd chose a safer approach over another canoe in the lobby any day!

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by longhauler
Tue Jul 02, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vancouver Airport and Lima Airport meet to discuss direct flights
Replies: 33
Views: 4067

Re: Vancouver Airport and Lima Airport meet to discuss direct flights

If one pulls out Great Circle Mapper, you’d see that with various combinations from South America to Asia, routings through YYZ are not much further than through YVR. And .... in some cases, shorter. The greatest difference is noted on the west side of South America, like SCL and LIM, and even still...

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by longhauler
Sun Jun 30, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest 727 routes by type
Replies: 27
Views: 3480

Re: Longest 727 routes by type

Former Danish airline Sterling Airways operated 727s on TATL routes, usually CPH-KEF-BGR/YYZ-Florida/Caribbean. They also operated some "Round the world" charters with their 727s. They also ditched a 727 TATL in the 90s. Still don’t know why they ditched.. I am having a hard time finding ...

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