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by beechnut
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 2462
Views: 322106

Re: Due to the 737 MAX grounding, GOL is leasing 13 737NG

Although there is a typo...B727-800! That’s not a typo, that’s Boeing’s new and improved name for the MAX! No no no, it's their solution to getting rid of MCAS. The issue was too-big engines too-far forward required MCAS to correct some funny flying characteristics. So they're axing the two big eng...

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by beechnut
Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First full electric airline service
Replies: 24
Views: 3241

Re: First full electric airline service

Yes, you'll have to add battery weight but the electric motors should weigh less than the piston engines. Not to forget that the BN-2 has 1440 lbs fuel capacity. Tesla Model 3 batteries, from what I can see, weigh around 1000 lbs. Model S battery weighs 1200 lbs. Horsepower is comparable to two BN-...

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by beechnut
Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has the Max 8 been damaged as badly as DC-10 in the mind of the public?
Replies: 55
Views: 5215

Re: Has the Max 8 been damaged as badly as DC-10 in the mind of the public?

The DC10 Chicago crash was fundamentally caused by faulty maintenance procedures, and the cargo door issue only caused one accident even though there was almost a second accident from it. The publicity that the MAX issues and the entire certification process have gotten and will continue to receive...

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by beechnut
Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF signs MOU for 60 A220 plus 30 options and 30 purchase rights, A380's to be retired by 2022
Replies: 559
Views: 94713

Re: AF signs MOU for 60 A220 plus 30 options and 30 purchase rights, A380's to be retired by 2022

Furthermore, Air France is the first major global, traditional, western airline that demonstrates significant confidence in this aircraft, it has an actual role in their fleet. I'd count Delta as a major global traditional western airline, wouldn't you? Or Air Canada with their order for 45 A220-30...

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by beechnut
Sat Jul 27, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC A330 Fleet News and Updates Discussion Thread
Replies: 327
Views: 89069

Re: AC A330 Fleet News and Updates Discussion Thread

Air Canada's 330s look to be about the same age as TS. I wonder if there's a case to move TS 330s to mainline after the merger and move the 788s and buy more 788s to replace the TS 330s and Rouge 763s. Fit them with 290-300 seats like Norwegian and you have a solid LCC fleet. Is a ~290 seat 788 a v...

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by beechnut
Tue Jul 23, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: British Airways 747 Route Network of the past.
Replies: 100
Views: 10470

Re: British Airways 747 Route Network of the past.

When the 744s were new, BA did LHR-YMX with them for a while, to help crews build experience. I flew on them on a trip to JNB on business at that time. They also flew the 741 and 742s on LHR-YMX. I believe the flight went onwards to DTW. Flew on those too, in 1985 (741) and 1994 (742).

Beech

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by beechnut
Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC A330 Fleet News and Updates Discussion Thread
Replies: 327
Views: 89069

Re: AC A330 Fleet News and Updates Discussion Thread

I think the idea of the A330s was flex capacity, that is capacity that they can shed quickly in a downturn. I'm guessing that would preclude new builds unless on operating leases from leasing companies. Probably the MAX debacle is creating a short-term bump in demand that may not last. An A330 is bi...

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by beechnut
Sun Jun 30, 2019 1:17 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest 727 routes by type
Replies: 27
Views: 3481

Re: Longest 727 routes by type

AC did YUL-YVR non-stop regularly with the -200ADV. If memory serves, 2287 s.m. or thereabouts. Flew on them regularly. CP did the same route with a 737-200. They only had a couple of birds with aux tanks for that route; I was on a YVR-YUL flight once that had to have the long-range 737 subbed with ...

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by beechnut
Sun Jun 23, 2019 1:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada's mid-'90s Tristar flights
Replies: 15
Views: 2515

Re: Air Canada's mid-'90s Tristar flights

I remember flying on one in that time period, on a Rapidair YUL-YYZ shuttle, on business. It was my last ever Tristar flight. Loved that bird! Very comfortable in its day.

Beech

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by beechnut
Sat Jun 22, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar speeds up A380 retirement
Replies: 94
Views: 16922

Re: Qatar speeds up A380 retirement

We have seen planes like the DC-8/9/10, MD-80, 737-200’s, 727s and others fly on for years after production ended and they were withdrawn from the major carriers. I get the feeling we won’t be seeing that kind of longevity with the A380... but who knows! I think the older jets you mention at least ...

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by beechnut
Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris AIr Show 2019: Other Manufacturers and Engine News and Orders Thread
Replies: 163
Views: 26636

Re: Paris AIr Show 2019: Other Manufacturers and Engine News and Orders Thread

Air Lease is buying 50 A220: Shouldn't this be in the Airbus thread? ;) Beech It means the world for a few thousand Bombardier employees and loads of other component/sub-assembly suppliers. Yes true, and as a Canadian and Quebecer it is with mixed feelings that the C-series became the A220 for a so...

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by beechnut
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385315

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

et's pilots it doesn't matter how much sim time if you let your speed run away from you. I think this is being grossly unfair to the ET pilots. They likely had to contend with rapidly increasing airspeed and stick forces when MCAS activated with only a few thousand feet of altitude in which to sort...

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by beechnut
Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Returns to the Skies
Replies: 93
Views: 13666

Re: De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Returns to the Skies

I wonder if they will revive the Q200 or Q300. And who do you suppose would buy them? Lots of Dash-8-100s/300s in Canada that are getting on. Air Canada Express alone has 15 100s and 25 300s still operating. Air Inuit has 1 100 and 10 300s. Canadian North has 3 100s. Of course they could all just b...

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by beechnut
Thu Jun 06, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Air Canada to buy Air Transat
Replies: 316
Views: 53682

Re: Air Canada in exclusive talks to buy Air Transat

AC closed a large 737MAX contract to replace their aging A320 fleet. In recent years they had second thoughts on replacing their A321's and even started adding used / new ones at a low rate. The A321LR is a new type to the fleet. But I don't see them being replaced by 737-9, -10 anytime soon. I'm w...

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by beechnut
Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Returns to the Skies
Replies: 93
Views: 13666

Re: De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Returns to the Skies

The big issue, I suspect, is whether they can offer the level of global support for the aircraft, that Bombardier did. ISTM that global support is one of the big reasons the Russian aircraft fail to make a dent in the market.

Beech

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by beechnut
Thu May 23, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Air Canada to buy Air Transat
Replies: 316
Views: 53682

Re: Air Canada in exclusive talks to buy Air Transat

Why would Air Canada and their 787 and 777 want an A330 fleet that is old and used with very tight configurations to fly to many destinations they fly to already ? YYZ to GLA is not a desirable route. AC's A330 fleet is old and used. They're updating them, and moreover they've been shopping around ...

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by beechnut
Mon May 20, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier CRJ, upgrade or sunset product line? Re-engine after all?
Replies: 54
Views: 10856

Re: Bombardier CRJ, upgrade or sunset product line? Re-engine after all?

I used to own a C-150. I remember a day with good stiff headwinds flying parallel to the main Montreal to Toronto highway and rail line, being passed by semis and trains... Eventually made it all the way to a Beech Sundowner before retiring. Bigger, more comfortable, but still slow. Getting back to ...

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by beechnut
Mon May 20, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier CRJ, upgrade or sunset product line? Re-engine after all?
Replies: 54
Views: 10856

Re: Bombardier CRJ, upgrade or sunset product line? Re-engine after all?

ODwyerPW wrote:
1. Single Pax Ops


Then a Cessna 150 could do the job :D

Just kidding, I'm sure you meant single pilot ops!!!

Beech

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by beechnut
Sat May 18, 2019 11:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385315

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

I thought the CVR indicated the FO stated he couldn't turn the wheel. No, the FO didn't say anything specifically about the trim wheel. It can't be confirmed that either attempted the maneuver. It may have occurred, but the information made public doesn't confirm it. Instead it raises doubts that i...

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by beechnut
Sat May 18, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Air Canada to buy Air Transat
Replies: 316
Views: 53682

Re: Air Canada in exclusive talks to buy Air Transat

If WS employees believe their CEO’s shtick that Onex will not make any changes and are simply along for the ride, they must still believe it is 2008. Apparently WS employees do not have a pension plan, they depend on the stock ownership plan to build up some kind of decent retirement. With Onex tak...

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by beechnut
Fri May 17, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Air Canada to buy Air Transat
Replies: 316
Views: 53682

Re: Air Canada in exclusive talks to buy Air Transat

TS has a very positive brand association amongst Canadians, and Rouge has well, an atrocious brand association with Canadians. AC could theoretically keep the Transat name and brand, and use that as their major leisure carrier as a sort of the group, while using Rouge for lower yielding domestic an...

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by beechnut
Thu May 16, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Air Canada to buy Air Transat
Replies: 316
Views: 53682

Re: Air Canada buying Air Transat

Assuming the MCAS issue is taken care of, why is the MAX 9 defacto gone? Within North America, UA/DL/AS all fly the 739s on coast to coast missions, profitably. The MAX 9 order has already been deferred. That to me, is a telling sign that AC is not necessarily in love with them. Will they be conver...

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by beechnut
Thu May 16, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Air Canada to buy Air Transat
Replies: 316
Views: 53682

Re: Air Canada buying Air Transat

Wow... but I had a sneaking suspicion that this would happen. The fleets should integrate well; the A330s with the existing AC 330 fleet, all RR powered, and the 321s are a natural fit as well. The 321LR are an interesting acquisition. My prediction? AC will never take up its order for the MAX 9, bu...

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by beechnut
Wed May 15, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why weren’t the A330s grounded after the pitot tube issues?
Replies: 94
Views: 16922

Re: Why weren’t the A330s not grounded after the pitot tube issues?

The A330 has more than one pitot tube supplier. Thales and Honeywell come to mind. Only the Thales tubes were affected by the issue. AF 447 was a classic Swiss cheese. Iced up pitot, night, caught in thunderstorms, severe turbulence and aircraft upset, inexperienced pilot at the controls, captain in...

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by beechnut
Sat May 11, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Media: Air Transat in Talks of Selling the Company
Replies: 64
Views: 12644

Re: Media: Air Transat in Talks of Selling the Company

Skywatcher wrote:
Monsieur "drama queen". I don't see where the capital needed to purchase would come from unless he hoodwinked the Quebec government like he did with the Videotron arena in YQB.


How to become a millionaire: start out a billionaire and buy an airline!

Beech

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by beechnut
Thu May 02, 2019 1:04 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: MD88/MD90/B712 Love/Hate Relationship
Replies: 73
Views: 7018

Re: MD88/MD90/B712 Love/Hate Relationship

I'm a BIG DC-9 fan. In the my working days I flew across Canada on business, and I probably have nearly as much DC-9 time (and other AC and CP types) as I put on my old Beech Sundowner. Maybe more. First flight on one (my second ever airplane ride at age 11) was in 1969. Noisy in the back but very q...

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by beechnut
Mon Apr 29, 2019 12:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Effect of MAX Grounding on Airlines without 737NG (AC, FI)
Replies: 41
Views: 10243

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

I have always been an Airbus fan. Personally I hope deals are being worked in the background where Air Canada could say, "Hey Boeing, come pick up your trash, we're going with A320s after all". But ... they didn't ask me, and my scenario is very unlikely! ;) Like you I doubt it would happ...

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by beechnut
Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 716131

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

Does CAE in Montreal make 737 Max simulator? Yes, it makes a MAX simulator. If I'm not mistaken, Air Canada already possesses one, and all AC pilots have cycled through it because AC had no 737s prior to acquiring the MAX 8 (well it did inherit a handful of -200s with the merger with CP but they we...

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by beechnut
Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Varadero Cuba (you’d think you’re in Canada!)
Replies: 61
Views: 14601

Re: Varadero Cuba (you’d think you’re in Canada!)

I used to joke that Canada should have offered to Fidel to make Cuba Canada's 11th province. We could have enticed him with a permanent seat in the Senate. Then Canadians would have been able to spend their winter dollars in Canada instead of another country. Plus, being just a 90 mile ferry ride aw...

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by beechnut
Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What MAX Ban Means For Air Canada TATL
Replies: 108
Views: 20138

Re: What MAX Ban Means For Air Canada TATL

AC went way out of their way to go for MAX so they will have to live with it and hope it works for them even though there are some fundamental issues with a 50 year old frame that is worse in every way imaginable to the competition. I don't think they have any leeway with Boeing to take back anythi...

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by beechnut
Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH to order 100 B737MAX or A320NEO next year
Replies: 211
Views: 35411

Re: LH to order 100 B737MAX or A320NEO next year

IWMBH wrote:
I would be stunned if this is going to be a MAX order. This is airbus’ order to lose.


Same was said about Air Canada...

Would these aircraft meant to be spread around some of LH's sister companies?

Beech

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by beechnut
Thu Mar 21, 2019 1:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What MAX Ban Means For Air Canada TATL
Replies: 108
Views: 20138

Re: What MAX Ban Means For Air Canada TATL

Understandable. I wonder if AC's management regrets choosing the MAX over the NEO. I mean its pretty obvious... Given the engine problems with the NEO, it isn't quite so obvious to me. The MAX seemed to be beating expectations until the first crash. Hopefully the fix will be effective, it will be p...

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by beechnut
Sat Mar 16, 2019 1:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 716131

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

Kinetic wrote:
There are witnesses however, reporting seeing the airborne plane on fire.


Eyewitnesses without aviation experience are notoriously unreliable.

Beech

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by beechnut
Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 716131

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

Now I'm all for a grounding, but only if it's backed up by facts. At the moment it's mere conjecture that's driving the mass hysteria over the 737MAX. We do have facts. At the moment the "facts" we do have are that two brand-new airplanes went down in very similar circumstances in nearly ...

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by beechnut
Mon Mar 11, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 716131

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

Why can't we take a middle ground - instead of an outright grounding, just disable the MCAS until it's cleared. It was done 60 years ago with the Lockheed Electra, so why can't it work now? AFAIK, the MAX was certified with MCAS. Without it, it is operating outside of its certification requirements...

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by beechnut
Sat Mar 09, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Transat diversion to EWR due to smoke
Replies: 17
Views: 3904

Re: Air Transat diversion to EWR due to smoke

icelandair75w wrote:
Ironically, BA185 G-ZZZB operating LHR-EWR just landed here in KEF reporting smoke in the cabin. Seems to be precautionary of course, there was not an emergency declared.


Smoke most definitely is an emergency, one that has been taken very seriously since Swissair 111.

Beech

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by beechnut
Sat Mar 09, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery
Replies: 661
Views: 133162

Re: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery

Have they done anything with the interior such as headrests and seat covers? Also do ATC refer to them on RT as BEA or BOAC? “Line up after the BOAC 747 / BEA A319” “Line up after the BO-AC 747 ahead” was the line on Sunday. Umm, wouldn't ATC be saying "Line up after the Speedbird 747/A319&quo...

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by beechnut
Sat Feb 23, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did the 777 become a twin jet instead of a trijet?
Replies: 18
Views: 4307

Re: Why did the 777 become a twin jet instead of a trijet?

When Boeing first developed the 777 it was meant to be a trijet why did it become a twinjet? Better engine technology. Lower fuel consumption, lower maintenance costs, ETOPS Why TriStar over DC-10? It's seems a more complete design, what were the advantages? https://www.airlinepilotforums.com/74984...

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by beechnut
Mon Feb 11, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France will place an order at Le Bourget - Anne Rigail, CEO
Replies: 116
Views: 22871

Re: Air France will place an order at Le Bourget - Anne Rigail, CEO

Okcflyer wrote:
Outside of the parent company, there is no part of the A220 that’s native to Europe or France.


Not so, at least until Brexit. The wings are manufactured by Bombardier (ex-Shorts) in Belfast.

Beech

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by beechnut
Fri Feb 01, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MD-11 Safety Discussion
Replies: 175
Views: 22138

Re: MD-11 Safety Discussion

My only flying experience is as a private pilot, but for most of my flying "career" I owned a Beech C23 Sundowner. It was also an aircraft with a bad reputation on landing, with many landings ending in a porpoise, a broken nose gear and a prop strike. If you flew it like the "referenc...

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by beechnut
Fri Feb 01, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MD-11 Safety Discussion
Replies: 175
Views: 22138

Re: MD-11 Safety Discussion

It appears, if flown "by the book", the MD-11 is as safe as other aircraft. However, it appears too that the MD-11 is much less forgiving than other aircraft; and at that time, the reaction from the plane is quite drastic and dramatic. If you look at the stats in Airsafe, the MD-11's reco...

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by beechnut
Fri Jan 25, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada Looking to expand NB Transatlantic Operations
Replies: 80
Views: 15897

Re: Air Canada Looking to expand NB Transatlantic Operations

And ... speaking of DC-8s, did anyone else notice that the registration of that 737 is the same one that once adorned an Air Canada DC-8-61? No, but that's because I never really pay much attention to the 737s in general. I'm not really fond of them. As long as they don't register one as C-FTIW, -F...

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by beechnut
Fri Jan 25, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada Looking to expand NB Transatlantic Operations
Replies: 80
Views: 15897

Re: Air Canada Looking to expand NB Transatlantic Operations

sanjet wrote:

Only 18 fins are ETOPS certified. I guess they can change the option on future deliveries.


There are currently only 18 MAX in service! So that means, so far, that all are ETOPS.

Beech

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by beechnut
Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727
Replies: 78
Views: 14901

Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

One sound drilled in my mind forever is the sound of the jackscrew whirring as the 727s flaps/slats are retracted/extended. I don't think I can count the number of times I flew on a 727 (mostly -200s, only twice on -100s).

Beech

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by beechnut
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727
Replies: 78
Views: 14901

Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Hard to believe. I did a lot of business flying in the '80s, '90s and early 2000s and most N. American flights I was on were either 727s or DC-9s. AC even used them transcon YUL-YVR. Good quiet ride, but tricky to land smoothly as more than one 727 pilot has told me. Flew on AC's until the A320s rep...

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by beechnut
Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would a B-52 passenger variant have been possible?
Replies: 95
Views: 13937

Re: Would a B-52 passenger variant have been possible?

WOW! An eight-engine airplane? A B-52 makes a DC-10 or an L-1011 look like a Cessna 172 next to a DC-3! A B-52 was being escorted by a gaggle of F16s. One of the F16s started to show off doing some loops and rolls around the B52. The F16 pilot radios to the B-52 crew "whaddya think of THAT!!!&...

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by beechnut
Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would a B-52 passenger variant have been possible?
Replies: 95
Views: 13937

Re: Would a B-52 passenger variant have been possible?

Boeing did have some history with this, the B-29 being the basis for the 377 Stratocruiser. With similar modifications to the B-52 as they did with the B-29, it would be an interesting aircraft to say the least. The Stratocruiser experience probably discouraged Boeing from any other such misadventu...

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by beechnut
Mon Dec 24, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada to buy 4 A321s from WoW
Replies: 105
Views: 24781

Re: Air Canada to buy 4 A321s from WoW

I highly doubt the Max 9 will ever see AC colours. They have been progressively delaying those slots or changing the to Max 8s. If I had to guess, they are waiting on the Max 10, and will likely order ~20 to replace the A321s eventually. They have the last remaining Max 9 orders they can convert, i...

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by beechnut
Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline denies boarding to a fish
Replies: 102
Views: 12163

Re: Airline denies boarding to a fish

Was the fish called Wanda?

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by beechnut
Mon Dec 17, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: End of the road for Swiss Super Constellation HB-RSC?
Replies: 19
Views: 5586

Re: End of the road for Swiss Super Constellation HB-RSC?

I never saw them in service, but I have seen a few flying. When I was a kid in the '60s, I lived under the approach path of RWY 28 at YUL. Back then, early '60s, CP was still flying DC-6s, and Connies were still in service, with Nordair (along with DC3/C47s and Curtiss C46s). So I saw, and equally ...

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