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by robsaw
Mon Jul 22, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: what's going on with the last new 737-8K2 for KLM
Replies: 90
Views: 17692

Re: what's going on with the last new 737-8K2 for KLM

The fuselage is manufactured by Spirit AeroSystems, so you may want to direct your question in their direction... V/F Boeing is ultimately responsible for the quality of the product presented to the customer, regardless of how badly Boeing's suppliers screw up. Also, Spirit may make the fuselage, b...

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by robsaw
Thu Jun 20, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing supplying Airbus parts to BA???
Replies: 9
Views: 1408

Re: Boeing supplying Airbus parts to BA???

This sort of thing happens all the time across many industries - competitors are also suppliers, subcontractors to one-another or to the same end-customer. Antitrust and similar regulations on anti-competitive actions prevent or limit the ability to stop this sort of scenario from evolving.

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by robsaw
Thu Jun 20, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Parents of Children With Food Allergies - D.O.T. considers severe allergies a disability
Replies: 5
Views: 474

Re: Parents of Children With Food Allergies - D.O.T. considers severe allergies a disability

The ruling is actually providing people with severe allergies with a false sense of security. The airline can provide a reasonable level of accommodation for the purposes of "wiping-down" a space but that provides no control over other passengers or the totality of the environment. I don't...

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by robsaw
Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More details on BOOM SST at Paris. SFO to Toyko in 5.5 hours. First flight in 2020...
Replies: 102
Views: 12844

Re: More details on BOOM SST at Paris. SFO to Toyko in 5.5 hours. First flight in 2020...

Boom are basically a tech company making an aircraft, so the value here is in the IP. Closing $100m in Series B is impressive - it shows the due diligence has been done and that enough people / parties consider it worthwhile to proceeded. Wishing them all the best here. The term "tech company&...

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by robsaw
Fri May 31, 2019 4:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Long Did It Take American to Retire the TWA Brand?
Replies: 53
Views: 9706

Re: How Long Did It Take American to Retire the TWA Brand?

Bought the airline, parked the planes, laid off the employees, and closed the hubs. How in the hell this got past regulators is still beyond me. Letting the company die a natural death and get liquidated would have been kinder. They actually didn't buy the airline, AMR bought the assets out of the ...

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by robsaw
Wed May 22, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Air Canada to buy Air Transat
Replies: 308
Views: 49856

Re: Air Canada in exclusive talks to buy Air Transat

Nothing can be done in perpetuity. But I’ve heard rumours from around that WS will often book up half of a Flair flight and then cancel as late as possible causing their flights to be pretty empty and another one about the guys at swoop parking their ground equipment in places that blocks Flair fro...

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by robsaw
Tue May 21, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B 797 - One pilot cockpit?
Replies: 177
Views: 17922

Re: B 797 - One pilot cockpit?

That lack of visible feedback and force worked well for Air France over the Atlantic, didn't it? Assuming you mean AF447. They had visible feedback from the instruments on an inappropriate attitude. Force feedback wouldn't have helped when the pilot was flying the wrong solution to correct a stall....

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by robsaw
Tue May 21, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B 797 - One pilot cockpit?
Replies: 177
Views: 17922

Re: B 797 - One pilot cockpit?

I think we can both agree that they do not fly into LAX during the rush though which is what this airplane would have to do. I don't think that it will be practical for generations or until someone invents a general AI but who will be still employed after that :lol: . Oh, I agree, there is much tim...

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by robsaw
Tue May 21, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B 797 - One pilot cockpit?
Replies: 177
Views: 17922

Re: B 797 - One pilot cockpit?

Not the size of a 767 at 400 MPH, Drones do not interact with the airspace system and require hours of preplanning to launch a mission. The technology is just not practical for a commercial airliner and won't be for decades. If you meant the RC quadcopters that have been labeled as drones then yes ...

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by robsaw
Fri May 17, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Air Canada to buy Air Transat
Replies: 308
Views: 49856

Re: Air Canada in exclusive talks to buy Air Transat

Air Transat has many equals with which to merge: Sun Country, Norwegian, TUI, Thomas Cook, Atlas Global, Nordwind, Azur, Beijing Capital. Air Canada had not be Air Transat`s first choice for negotiating that. And all those others aren't Canadian controlled, which means they have a limited equity st...

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by robsaw
Wed May 15, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: TSA To Deploy 100s to the Border Including Air Marshals
Replies: 25
Views: 3497

Re: TSA To Deploy 100s to the Border Including Air Marshals

The worry is that these staff are being redeployed from the northern border (i.e. Canada), which may mean longer line-ups entering the US from land or air pre-clearance. Northern US states have already expressed concern about the impact on travel and business.

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by robsaw
Tue May 14, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Business insider: Boeing 737-800 is “older version of MAX”
Replies: 104
Views: 16618

Re: Business insider: Boeing 737-800 is “older version of MAX”

"Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect that the 737-800 is not an older version of the 737 Max, but is instead part of an older generation of 737 aircraft." "Boeing has come under fire in recent months following two deadly crashes involving its 737 Max aircraft. The 73...

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by robsaw
Mon May 13, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WestJet acquired by Onex in $5-billion deal
Replies: 103
Views: 19804

Re: WestJet acquired by Onex in $5-billion deal

Of course, but Private Equity (PE) is not about making a good airline better. PE's sole purpose is to create profit for its investors within a short time frame 1 to 5 years on average. The sole purpose of a publicly-traded company is making profit for shareholders, in that regard no different than ...

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by robsaw
Mon May 13, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WestJet acquired by Onex in $5-billion deal
Replies: 103
Views: 19804

Re: WestJet acquired by Onex in $5-billion deal

There is only ONE reason a private equity firm is buying WestJet: TO MAKE A QUICK BUCK. I expect the following scenario: 1) Sell of non-performing assets. 2) Load up WestJet will billions of debt 3) Get a positive investment return as soon as possible ($10B minimum) 4) Sell airline back to market, ...

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by robsaw
Sun May 05, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to Acquire CRJ Program from Bombardier
Replies: 309
Views: 30537

Re: BBD CEO: "We are divesting out of commercial, focus on business aircraft moving forward"

Wouldn’t winding down and writing off the CRJ be a better financial move than selling because of the tax advantages? Or is Canada accounting less forgiving? Your assuming there is a lot of profit now and anticipated in the next few years that would benefit from the loss associated with a write-down...

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by robsaw
Sat May 04, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't America have an international leisure airline?
Replies: 56
Views: 9383

Re: Why doesn't America have an international leisure airline?

You guys are missing the obvious answer. International travel (EXCLUDING Mexico and Canada) by Americans to Europe, Asia, et. al is mainly done by upper middle class and upper classes. The real middle class and lower classes in America don’t go to Europe because of how expensive it is and also due ...

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by robsaw
Sat May 04, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to Acquire CRJ Program from Bombardier
Replies: 309
Views: 30537

Re: BBD CEO: "We are divesting out of commercial, focus on business aircraft moving forward"

Well that's unfortunate. On a conceptual level at least BBD has designed some excellent commercial aircraft recently like the Q400 and CSeries. Though they tend to drop the ball on the execution side of the business. The Q is world renowned for being a hangar queen and the CSeries program turned in...

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by robsaw
Tue Apr 30, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Media: Air Transat in Talks of Selling the Company
Replies: 64
Views: 12576

Re: TRANSAT sale

https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/transa ... -1.5116543

Appears to be for the sale of the entire Transat A.T. company, not just the airline.

https://www.transat.com/en-CA/corporate ... ses/124217
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/transa ... -1.5116543

Appears to be for the sale of the entire Transat A.T. company, not just the airline.

https://www.transat.com/en-CA/corporate ... ses/124217

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by robsaw
Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Frontier FA Has Woman Arrested For Complaining About Vomit on Child's Seat
Replies: 72
Views: 9036

Re: Frontier FA Has Woman Arrested For Complaining About Vomit on Child's Seat

... Let us forget about simple breach of contract. We have a huge problem with simple codes of human decency. And also not forget the even when laws and regulations provide seemingly unrestrained authority (i.e. obey direction from a flight attendant) there are general principles in law that apply ...

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by robsaw
Thu Apr 25, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier continues to disappoint
Replies: 30
Views: 10535

Re: Bombardier continues to disappoint

While BBD has order/delivery issues on aircraft, I'd say that the execution issues that could really hurt them are in rail.

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by robsaw
Wed Apr 24, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will/Should Boeing Have a Top Management Change?
Replies: 30
Views: 2699

Re: Will/Should Boeing Have a Top Management Change?

Is there a criminal investigation in the US over the 737Max crashes ? I'm not aware of any directly associated with the MAX crashes but there is a US Justice Department investigation into Boeing's Federal Aviation Administration certification and marketing of 737 Max planes, which could lead to cri...

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by robsaw
Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TSA Scanning Machines Flagging Too Many Black Women
Replies: 68
Views: 9882

Re: TSA Scanning Machines Flagging Too Many Black Women

Yes, the TSA is a joke and is mostly putting on security theatre but to try and make scanner alarms into a racist thing is beyond ridiculous. I'm a white male and have had countless pat downs due to false alarms. I don't "feel singled out" because of it. I just laugh at how it happens so ...

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by robsaw
Sat Apr 20, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines 737 MAX Future - Bright or Bleak?
Replies: 76
Views: 9368

Re: Alaska Airlines 737 MAX Future - Bright or Bleak?

The advent of social media has made the public relationship to the 737MAX different than in the past; A.NET is just a microcosm of that effect. Personal opinion becomes as significant to the general populace as does expert opinion, knowledge and evidence-based analysis. An unfortunate trend generall...

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by robsaw
Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IZ's BCN-TLV returns safely to BCN after engine fire
Replies: 6
Views: 1952

Re: IZ's BCN-TLV returns safely to BCN after engine fire

1989worstyear wrote:
Jeez... what is it with the poor reliability of the 767?


Care to elaborate? There has been an engine fault (caused by ??) and one of 4 engine families involved. What conclusion can possibly be made about reliability of the 767 from this?

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by robsaw
Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta announces reduction in recline on A320 fleet
Replies: 176
Views: 20592

Re: Major US carrier announces reduction in Recline

I don’t understand all of the vitriol regarding smaller seats and reclines. Most travelers want cheap. Period. That’s a well known fact and people express this with their spending. The airlines are just giving people what they want. Then I see complaints the seats are too small. Talking out of both...

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by robsaw
Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SEA congestion INTL arrivals
Replies: 60
Views: 9612

Re: SEA congestion INTL arrivals

I want to know more about this mysterious bullet train. Is this a private venture? We’re lucky to get a 15-mile bypass built through Tacoma for Amtrak, and that took 10 years. I believe the initial statement on "once the bullet train gets built" was one of hope and speculation, not certai...

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by robsaw
Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic drops Flying Lady
Replies: 120
Views: 19095

Re: Virgin Atlantic drops Flying Lady

Why is it that the people who claim "PC gone mad" are often the ones most offended by anything. This is essentially nothing, they're changing a logo which they have every right to do, nobody was offended by the original flying lady, this is just them showing a bit of diversity. The realit...

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by robsaw
Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Obscure airlines chartered for 737 Max grounding
Replies: 53
Views: 11472

Re: Obscure airlines chartered for 737 Max grounding

In the US you could definitely see Sun Country, Swift, Miami Air and the like picking up some slack. There is no slack to pick up. Maxs at AA and WN equaled less than 5% of capacity. Passengers will be reaccomodated on existing flights. Does anyone seriously think Swift or Miami Air will be carryin...

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by robsaw
Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 714191

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

https://twitter.com/CBCNews/status/1105974480604667905 Transport Minister Marc Garneau explicitly states that MCAS is responsible for the Lion Air crash and that the flight data from the ET crash has some similarities. Did he investigate it and come to his own conclusion? Purely speculation on his ...

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by robsaw
Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 714191

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

How do people still not get this? Flying in a given airspace is a privilege. Not a right. As such the burden of proof to show that the aircraft is safe enough to operate in a given airspace falls on the OEM. We aren't talking about individual civil rights here - and characterizing it in terms of pr...

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by robsaw
Sun Mar 10, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Surviving L1011 Numbers?
Replies: 74
Views: 9587

Re: Surviving L1011 Numbers?

On airlinerlist.com we count 60 extant L1011s. I think that's closer to reality. It includes partially existing frames like the nose at Delta's museum in Atlanta, the wrecks in Thailand, Jordan, Kenya, France, Kansa City, Roswell and other things mentioned above etc. Very sad. My first flight ever ...

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by robsaw
Sun Mar 03, 2019 6:22 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Tax on kerosine
Replies: 90
Views: 7825

Re: Tax on kerosine

The chart I posted simply refutes the fact that “China and India are doing more than the west”. The fact is, their emissions continue to grow.. and faster than anywhere else. Meanwhile, in the US, they are falling faster than anywhere else. Your argument is nonsensical! A graph that only provides c...

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by robsaw
Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 5 Years Later, When Will They Find MH370?
Replies: 94
Views: 16707

Re: 5 Years Later, When Will They Find MH370?

The Titanic was found 73 years after it sank. The necessary technology didn’t exist at the time. I think MH370 will be a similar story. Its discovery will no doubt make big news sometime in the future. Maybe even after we’re all gone. I would concur with this view. The current technology is not suf...

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by robsaw
Sun Feb 24, 2019 11:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question" Should Alaska Airlines purchase and use the 787?
Replies: 28
Views: 3862

Re: Question" Should Alaska Airlines purchase and use the 787?

I think there is certainly room for the 787 with Alaska Airlines. I've been thinking this lately, that a 787-8 or -9 with a similar layout to WestJet could be very well served on HNL and East Coast routes. If you're going to compare with Westjet, then suggest the 787s go along with Westjet-like tra...

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by robsaw
Sun Feb 24, 2019 11:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Calls for SNA to be Renamed
Replies: 92
Views: 8379

Re: Calls for SNA to be Renamed

They stopped teaching history in schools. If we are supposed to erase the past then maybe we need to give out free Dementia pills to the masses and we only live for today. What a bunch of BS all this is. Anyone that spoke a word prior today is under scrutiny. Some people in the opposite coasts need...

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by robsaw
Sun Feb 10, 2019 2:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The “new” Flair Airlines coming Feb 13th
Replies: 62
Views: 9683

Re: The “new” Flair Airlines coming Feb 13th

Since 2017, they have: 1. Rebranded from New Leaf to Flair (old branding) 2. Forced to change their website domain due to the poor handling of their initial IT contract and subsequent conflict with the company (2 different court cases are currently ongoing) 3. Rebranded Flair to their current logo ...

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by robsaw
Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta AMS-JFK Cancels for Drunk FO
Replies: 134
Views: 24453

Re: Delta AMS-JFK Cancels for Drunk FO

Done being fired, gone, terminated, over There is no successful HIMS program for pilots drunk in cockpit. That is criminal activity. We live in a world where everything firm is questionable nowadays. The pilot world and cockpit are not like that. Black and white rules to follow. Plain and simple. T...

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by robsaw
Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fire in Upper Deck Economy Cabin BA208 Sunday 20th Jan
Replies: 27
Views: 8039

Re: Fire in Upper Deck Economy Cabin BA208 Sunday 20th Jan

In you drown a LiIo-battery in water it actually accelerates the reaction. You have to put it in sand or in a fire proof bag to choke the reaction. If such a battery does burn and does'nt get extinguished, it burns through the end and will not restart. B. We are talking about Li-Ion batteries here,...

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by robsaw
Sun Jan 20, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines ordered to pay Virgin America flight attendants for unpaid wages for duty time, etc.
Replies: 56
Views: 8368

Re: Alaska Airlines ordered to pay Virgin America flight attendants for unpaid wages for duty time, etc.

UpNAWAy wrote:
These are contractual agreed to rules. I don't understand the issue? The FA's agreed to this in their contract, right?


Contract terms that conflict with applicable law and regulations aren't enforceable.

Up to the courts to decide what is applicable.

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by robsaw
Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Family sit on floor during flight, not enough seats.
Replies: 48
Views: 13701

Re: Family sit on floor during flight, not enough seats.

Yeah you guys are screaming a lot about nothing. The passengers had a seat for the flight phases requiring a seat belt to be worn. If the aircraft is within its weights, within its certified exit limit, all belts are worn at phases requiring them, I don't see what is legally wrong. An aircraft is t...

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by robsaw
Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 'We've just grown too big, too fast:' - WestJet's CEO
Replies: 98
Views: 23939

Re: 'We've just grown too big, too fast:' - WestJet's CEO

WestJet has become reactionary and un innovative. Who would have thought just a few years ago that WestJet would be the struggling airline in Canada (unionization/failed 767 strategy/retreating in certain markets and so on). I feel that the "take a breather" strategy is not planned but ne...

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by robsaw
Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B777-9 future prospects?
Replies: 350
Views: 52368

Re: B777-9 future prospects?

Actually, longer fuselages have lower drag. Ask any first-year aeronautical student. Qualified aerospace engineer here. The longer fuselage 777-300 will have more drag than a 777-200. You have more surface area. That is why the 787-10 has higher thrust engines compared to the 787-9 despite the same...

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by robsaw
Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 'We've just grown too big, too fast:' - WestJet's CEO
Replies: 98
Views: 23939

Re: 'We've just grown too big, too fast:' - WestJet's CEO

The problem I see with Canada is that both its main national carriers, AC and WS, are fighting over the same cities/hubs (with the exception of YUL - that fully belongs to AC), which makes supporting two national carriers unsustainable. If it was set up where AC would take YVR, YYZ and YUL and WS w...

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by robsaw
Fri Jan 04, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B777-9 future prospects?
Replies: 350
Views: 52368

Re: B777-9 future prospects?

Actually, longer fuselages have lower drag. Ask any first-year aeronautical student. Qualified aerospace engineer here. The longer fuselage 777-300 will have more drag than a 777-200. You have more surface area. That is why the 787-10 has higher thrust engines compared to the 787-9 despite the same...

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by robsaw
Sat Dec 29, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another PW engine fails in A320 Neo aircraft
Replies: 77
Views: 18046

Re: Another PW engine fails in A320 Neo aircraft

I am only worried about safety. With hundreds of flights per month, what's the probability that both the PW engines eventually fail? Airbus will wash their hands off as customers chose the engines and PW will claim that we didn't force the customer to fly if they felt unsafe. As I have previously p...

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by robsaw
Thu Dec 13, 2018 12:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Canada updates fatigue and alcohol rules for pilots
Replies: 11
Views: 1940

Re: Canada updates fatigue and alcohol rules for pilots

It’s half assed and nothing should surprise anyone close to this. The federal government can’t do anything right. It was never going to do anything substantive. It’s naive to think they would. You’ve got an ex astronaut as transportation minister who is ignoring the science and recommendations crea...

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by robsaw
Mon Dec 10, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possible Strike at Flair Airlines
Replies: 29
Views: 3601

Re: Possible Strike at Flair Airlines

Strike has been called off according to the latest news. Supposedly there was an internal memo saying anyone who picketed will not be scheduled for any further work and the company was offering a $150 per day bonus for anyone crossing the picket line. And, "The union says it’s going to challen...

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by robsaw
Fri Dec 07, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't PHX use flat baggage carousels?
Replies: 23
Views: 4167

Re: Why doesn't PHX use flat baggage carousels?

I don't know that there is any validation that airports select the baggage carousel type based upon "easier for older people to use" but rather based upon how they integrate with the overall luggage handling system and feed points to the carousel.

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by robsaw
Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK - Canada agree on post Brexit Air Service Agreement
Replies: 17
Views: 3898

Re: UK - Canada agree on post Brexit Air Service Agreement

Presumably U.K. airlines will no longer be able to fly from 27 other countries to Canada ? Will passengers on flights between U.K. and Canada still be protected by EU 261 rights and compensation? Will Norwegian be able to launch flights from Hamilton to Glasgow or Belfast or will people in Northern...

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by robsaw
Thu Nov 29, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are serious incidents investigated?
Replies: 34
Views: 4603

Re: Plane NEARLY crashed investigation team

Any competent jurisdiction will have flight/aviation safety programs that have mandated processes to escalate every "occurrence" that falls out of the bounds of normal and accepted maintenance/operations depending on the actual AND POTENTIAL severity of the occurrence. Like any system, it ...

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