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by m1m2
Sat Oct 09, 2021 7:03 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question For the Mechanics: Which Commercial Aircraft Have Been Easiest and Most Difficult For You to Work On?
Replies: 71
Views: 12493

Re: Question For the Mechanics: Which Commercial Aircraft Have Been Easiest and Most Difficult For You to Work On?

Never worked on a Douglas airplane fr8mech, but I've worked my share of hydraulic leaks. Never met a mechanic yet that had anything good to say about LD4.

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by m1m2
Sat Oct 09, 2021 6:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: CRJ - Whose have you flown?
Replies: 21
Views: 895

Re: CRJ - Whose have you flown?

CRJ-100: Air Canada Jazz, Air Georgian
CRJ-200: Air Canada Jazz and United Airlines (most likely SkyWest)
CRJ-700: Delta (GoJet Airlines)
CRJ-705: Air Canada Jazz
CRJ-900: Air Canada Jazz

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by m1m2
Sat Oct 09, 2021 6:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Dash 8: Whose have you flown?
Replies: 34
Views: 1869

Re: Dash 8: Whose have you flown?

-100 (Model 102)

Air Canada Jazz

-300 (Models 301 and 311)

Air Canada Jazz

Q400

Air Canada Jazz

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by m1m2
Fri Aug 20, 2021 12:48 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which Airline Pilots In North America Have The Most Challenging Weather?
Replies: 23
Views: 3014

Re: Which Airline Pilots In North America Have The Most Challenging Weather?

CrewBunk wrote:
Any pilot that has to fly to/from St. John’s Newfoundland. CYYT


I'm not a pilot but I worked with a pilot that said if you can fly to St. John's, you can fly anywhere. Gusting winds, fog, snow, all very common.

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by m1m2
Fri Aug 20, 2021 12:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question For the Mechanics: Which Commercial Aircraft Have Been Easiest and Most Difficult For You to Work On?
Replies: 71
Views: 12493

Re: Question For the Mechanics: Which Commercial Aircraft Have Been Easiest and Most Difficult For You to Work On?

I'd say the hardest airplane I have worked on is the Piaggio Avanti, just plain difficult to work on, and those pusher engines came with their own problems, had to clean the prop blades every day with jet fuel, and the inside of the spinners looked like the inside of a woodstove from all of the soot...

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by m1m2
Wed Aug 18, 2021 12:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Main Wheel Tire Shoulder wear - but on one side only
Replies: 10
Views: 1519

Re: Main Wheel Tire Shoulder wear - but on one side only

If it's edge wear, on one side of the tire (the "shoulder" tread if you will), I'm thinking it's a torque-link shimming problem. This would put the tire out of alignment making it wear with an uneven pattern. An imbalance will usually result in a shimmy of some sort.

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by m1m2
Sun Jul 11, 2021 1:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC-3 crashed in Colombia July 8, 2021
Replies: 38
Views: 8052

Re: DC-3 crashed in Colombia July 8, 2021

I just watched that Colombia video, I laughed when I saw the guy just pouring avgas into the wing from 5 gal. buckets without so much as a funnel.

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by m1m2
Sat Jul 10, 2021 2:43 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Q400 Cargo Hold Compartments
Replies: 4
Views: 2175

Re: Q400 Cargo Hold Compartments

According to my Q400 maintenance training manuals, the lower (FWD) floor has a load rating of 125lbs/sq.ft., or a total of 3500 lbs while the upper (AFT) floor has a load rating of 75 lbs/sq.ft., for a total of 1000 lbs in that section. However, it does say that the max for the entire compartment is...

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by m1m2
Sat Jul 10, 2021 2:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A220 Sales Campaign Thread - 2021
Replies: 499
Views: 82122

Re: Airbus A220 Sales Campaign Thread - 2021

https://www.abcdlist.nl/cseries/cseries.html ? I used to look there all the time to see how deliveries were going, but there's been no update since the 25th of May.
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Sorry, not directly contributing to the "sales campaign" part of this thread, but does anybody know what happened to https://www.abcdlist.nl/cseries/cseries.html ? I used to look there all the time to see how deliveries were going, but there's been no update since the 25th of May.

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by m1m2
Wed Jun 02, 2021 12:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Help Identifying Piper Antennas
Replies: 3
Views: 1166

Re: Help Identifying Piper Antennas

Another generalization on can make is Rad Alt. antennas are always on the bottom of the fuselage (Flat, square antennas with Direction of flight usually printed on them) and GPS antennas are always on top. Not sure a PA-28 would have either of these, but good for future reference. Oh, and welcome to...

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by m1m2
Sun Apr 11, 2021 8:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will airlines require COVID vaccine for employees?
Replies: 226
Views: 20022

Re: Will airlines require COVID vaccine for employees?

Well, I don't know if this is selfish or not, but I'm ready to take the vaccine as soon as it is offered to me. I've lived in this covid world long enough, I'm ready for my life back. It's done enough bad to me now that I'm ready to help with getting things back to normal, But, I guess if you are so...

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by m1m2
Tue Mar 23, 2021 10:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: why no metric system in aviation?
Replies: 58
Views: 5096

Re: why no metric system in aviation?

I forgot to mention that the PD-14 turbofan for the upcoming Irkut MC-21 aircraft is so named because the engine has a nominal thrust of 14 metric tons of force (14,000 kgf or 31,000 pounds). The PD-35 turbofan for the planned Russian-Chinese C929 widebody is similar in that it will have a thrust o...

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by m1m2
Tue Mar 23, 2021 2:17 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: CRJ-200BLR Performance
Replies: 4
Views: 1958

Re: CRJ-200BLR Performance

What engines are on the CRJ you are flying? I seem to remember seeing some American operated CRJ 200's that had been modified to use the older 3A1 engines. The CRJ 100 used the CF34-3A1 engines while the 200's used the CF34-3B1 engines. The 3B1 produced a few hundred pounds more thrust (I don't reme...

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by m1m2
Mon Mar 22, 2021 1:35 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: why no metric system in aviation?
Replies: 58
Views: 5096

Re: why no metric system in aviation?

I work on mainly Canadian built aircraft and I've never seen a metric fastener on any of them (Dash 8 and CRJ's). In my tool box is all standard size wrenches and sockets 1/4", 1/2", 3/4", etc. I've worked on Cessna and Piper in the past, all standard bolts/nuts, that sort of thing. ...

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by m1m2
Sun Mar 21, 2021 8:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: why no metric system in aviation?
Replies: 58
Views: 5096

Re: why no metric system in aviation?

I work on mainly Canadian built aircraft and I've never seen a metric fastener on any of them (Dash 8 and CRJ's). In my tool box is all standard size wrenches and sockets 1/4", 1/2", 3/4", etc. I've worked on Cessna and Piper in the past, all standard bolts/nuts, that sort of thing. I...

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by m1m2
Wed Mar 03, 2021 9:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sky Regional Airlines Inc. to close its doors
Replies: 23
Views: 3969

Re: Sky Regional Airlines Inc. to close its doors

"As far as I know PAL is operating these routes still." Actually, I believe you are correct, I meant no disrespect to PAL. In fact, they have just recently began to operate some Q400's. I wouldn't hesitate to fly on a PAL airplane either, they just slipped my mind when I typed that last re...

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by m1m2
Wed Mar 03, 2021 9:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sky Regional Airlines Inc. to close its doors
Replies: 23
Views: 3969

Re: Sky Regional Airlines Inc. to close its doors

Well if that's right, we will have a lot of small communities on the east cost without air service. Routes like YQX - YYR, YYR - YWK, YQX - YYT, and the list goes on.

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by m1m2
Wed Mar 03, 2021 1:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sky Regional Airlines Inc. to close its doors
Replies: 23
Views: 3969

Re: Sky Regional Airlines Inc. to close its doors

That's a good question, although Jazz never operated any B1900 routes, at least not in the last 15 years. On the east coast, they were all operated (the Air Canada branded ones) by EVAS. They flew only 1900's for Air Canada. I'm hoping the routes will come back when things in the world improve.

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by m1m2
Thu Feb 18, 2021 3:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Any airlines today with all over polished aluminum ?
Replies: 26
Views: 4230

Re: Any airlines today with all over polished aluminum ?

I remember seeing a picture of a JAL 767 cargo plane that was at least part polished aluminum, not sure how much of it. Speaking of the AC 762 that they "polished" a few years ago, the best description I've ever seen was a photo comment on here and I quote "looks like a soup can with ...

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by m1m2
Sun Feb 14, 2021 9:59 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Powering systems inside a hangar
Replies: 14
Views: 2052

Re: Powering systems inside a hangar

I've seen people start APU's inside a hangar, usually it's a mistake, but it can happen. Lucky enough the hangar we worked in then had no such sophisticated fire detection systems. As for powering up the aircraft in the hangar, some airplanes can be sufficiently powered by a DC cart (such as the Das...

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by m1m2
Sat Feb 13, 2021 2:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada News And Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 929
Views: 172127

Re: Air Canada News And Discussion Thread - 2021

I remember something about Air Canada doing a sale/leaseback on a 777 to raise cash. I did some research and found this https://www.wingsmagazine.com/air-canada-concludes-financing-for-80-million-us-dollars-2252/ Not sure if this is related, but the time-frame works, it's now approx. 12 years after ...

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by m1m2
Tue Feb 09, 2021 4:41 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 747-8i (Pax version) Oxygen System
Replies: 10
Views: 2090

Re: 747-8i (Pax version) Oxygen System

Thank you guys, I learned something today. How many bottles would be there and approx. how big would they be?

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by m1m2
Tue Feb 09, 2021 1:53 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 747-8i (Pax version) Oxygen System
Replies: 10
Views: 2090

Re: 747-8i (Pax version) Oxygen System

Are you sure that the 747 uses oxygen bottles for passenger oxygen? While I've never worked on large aircraft, I've never seen anything but oxygen generators on passenger aircraft (well, jet aircraft anyway). I'm not saying you are wrong, I'm just trying to imagine the size of the bottles that would...

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by m1m2
Mon Feb 08, 2021 4:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A Cat's Tale: A cat got locked in El Al's 739, probably since the plane's last flight on January 24th 2021.
Replies: 47
Views: 10467

Re: A Cat's Tale: A cat got locked in El Al's 739, probably since the plane's last flight on January 24th 2021.

As a mechanic, I've been lucky enough never to have to deal with any kind of urine. I have dealt with bird strikes though, that stinks as well, especially a seagull, or any bird that eats fish.

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by m1m2
Mon Feb 08, 2021 3:06 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aviation and 2020/21. The worst period ever?
Replies: 18
Views: 1910

Re: Aviation and 2020/21. The worst period ever?

People who work in aviation don't seem to realise... that the rest of society really isn't that interested in paying higher taxes to support aviation "I work in aviation and I'm not really interested in that either. That said, aviation is too big to fail. For example in the US, 1 in 13 jobs ar...

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by m1m2
Mon Feb 08, 2021 2:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A Cat's Tale: A cat got locked in El Al's 739, probably since the plane's last flight on January 24th 2021.
Replies: 47
Views: 10467

Re: A Cat's Tale: A cat got locked in El Al's 739, probably since the plane's last flight on January 24th 2021.

Well, if this were here in Canada, the cat would be in trouble for not having provided proof of a negative Covid-19 test before boarding...sorry, I just had to lol. Now that he/she is out of the airplane, there's the required three day hotel stay while awaiting another negative test, hopefully the f...

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by m1m2
Mon Feb 01, 2021 1:47 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most interesting plane still in commercial service?
Replies: 25
Views: 4611

Re: Most interesting plane still in commercial service?

https://www.airliners.net/photo/Cavok-Air/Antonov-An-12BP/5656649?qsp=eJwtjE0KwkAMRq8iWbsruOhOL1AXXiAkH22xOkMS0LH07s6U7t73w1tJ0jvwjUfJoJ4cbDLRmTIbv5z6lZ4on2RamYRtTKdSfvXgyeJWaqkcuIogB/ToB1NYm%2BCyu8bm7hrC7ke61Kiz54V3C4LnhbbtD1eSMHk%3D Not sure how rare this is, but it sure looks rare in YYZ. I belie...

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by m1m2
Mon Feb 01, 2021 1:32 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flying on B1900D?
Replies: 24
Views: 2631

Re: Flying on B1900D?

Well, Zach, after flying many trips from YYT to YQX on the 1900, some of what you have heard here is true. If it's cold outside, the airplane will be cold before start-up, but even before take off, it will start to warm up and by 5 minutes into the flight, it'll be toasty warm in there. After take o...

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by m1m2
Sun Jan 31, 2021 9:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Historical Data range from previously flown routes
Replies: 2
Views: 1171

Re: Historical Data range from previously flown routes

Same here regarding searching. I've been trying for years (Ok, maybe more like wondering) to find out which Air Transat 757 flew the YQX to YYZ route on 04/May/1998. I believe the flight # was TS415. Still, would be interesting to know.

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by m1m2
Wed Jan 27, 2021 9:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TREQ, Québec's New Regional Airline will Launch on May 1st
Replies: 48
Views: 9412

Re: TREQ, Québec's New Regional Airline will Launch on May 1st

Well, one advantage they have these days is an availability of pilots and engineers, well, any staff really. Should be lots of people out there willing to work at this point. "Lived under the approaches to YUL as a kid and remember seeing Connies, DC-3/4/6/7s, C-46s, Viscounts, Vanguards, Brita...

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by m1m2
Wed Jan 27, 2021 9:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Average number of cycles for aircraft tyres ? Who are the main suppliers ?
Replies: 20
Views: 3992

Re: Average number of cycles for aircraft tyres ? Who are the main suppliers ?

I know on a Dash 8-100, we were averaging (approx) a main tire every 3 months (6-7 cycles per day so around 600 cycles) and nose wheels every 2 months, or approx. 400 cycles. We always changed the nose wheels in pairs. Someone mentioned retreads and in my experience, retreads on the nose of the Dash...

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by m1m2
Tue Jan 19, 2021 2:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Man lived on the secure side of ORD for three months undetected
Replies: 49
Views: 7194

Re: Man lived on the secure side of ORD for three months undetected

I'm not sure what to think of all this. I understand the "large airport, blend in" scenario, but you would think people who work that airport on a daily basis would notice him there and realize that he isn't ever working. I'll give him credit for one thing, he sure has patience. I've spend...

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by m1m2
Mon Jan 18, 2021 5:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: De Havilland to "Pause" Q400 production, future uncertain
Replies: 122
Views: 20275

Re: De Havilland to "Pause" Q400 production, future uncertain

I'm thinking it would be the same on the 300 as it has the same engines as the 200. Are you thinking longerons rather than frames? I've seen the longerons replaced on the 300 and it's easily done during a "C" check. It's a bit of surgery and a lot of rivets, I'll give you that.

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by m1m2
Mon Jan 18, 2021 4:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: De Havilland to "Pause" Q400 production, future uncertain
Replies: 122
Views: 20275

Re: De Havilland to "Pause" Q400 production, future uncertain

"If you win the lottery and buy an aircraft, just recall the cost to own it and maintain, insure, and store it is about 30% of the purchase price per year." While I wasn't aware of the exact numbers, I know maintaining an airplane isn't cheap, but being able to do the work myself (I have a...

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by m1m2
Mon Jan 18, 2021 1:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: De Havilland to "Pause" Q400 production, future uncertain
Replies: 122
Views: 20275

Re: De Havilland to "Pause" Q400 production, future uncertain

I've always said if I could afford an airplane of my own (ie won the lottery), it would be a turbo Beaver on amphib floats. As an AME I could still do my own maintenance, just have to get someone to teach me to fly the thing!

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by m1m2
Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: De Havilland to "Pause" Q400 production, future uncertain
Replies: 122
Views: 20275

Re: De Havilland to "Pause" Q400 production, future uncertain

I still find it amazing that the Beaver is in such a high demand, still the same way it was built in 1947. I'm sure there were minor changes over the years, but I think, largely, the design of the Beaver was mostly the same for all of it's production run (the biggest exception being the turbo beaver...

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by m1m2
Thu Jan 14, 2021 9:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada News And Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 929
Views: 172127

Re: Air Canada News And Discussion Thread - 2021

I hope you guys are right about life returning to normal....I'm getting tired of life being this way.

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by m1m2
Thu Jan 14, 2021 12:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada News And Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 929
Views: 172127

Re: Air Canada News And Discussion Thread - 2021

Looks like the news is right then, I was hoping they were wrong. Thank you for the update.

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by m1m2
Wed Jan 13, 2021 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada News And Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 929
Views: 172127

Re: Air Canada News And Discussion Thread - 2021

"There are definitely mixed signals... CBC continues to report that St. John's Toronto direct flights are ending, even while AC shows 1 daily through February. Does anybody out there know which is correct?" I agree. I tried a mock booking on AC website and you can book flights from Gander ...

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by m1m2
Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada News And Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 929
Views: 172127

Re: Air Canada News And Discussion Thread - 2021

I don't know how often their site is updated, but https://www.aircanada.com/ca/en/aco/home/book/travel-news-and-updates/2020/route-updates.html#/na-1 shows Halifax to Gander being reduced to 4 flights per week and St. John's to Toronto being reduced to one per day. It also shows Halifax to Goose Bay...

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by m1m2
Tue Jan 12, 2021 9:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air Purchases Four Boeing 747-8 Freighters
Replies: 147
Views: 23024

Re: Atlas Air Purchases Four Boeing 747-8 Freighters

"Forgive me if this has been discussed elsewhere, but will Boeing continue producing parts or are there enough in existence for the foreseeable future?" I would think there is a legal requirement for Boeing to support their fleet for a certain timeframe. There is a warranty period (probabl...

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by m1m2
Tue Jan 12, 2021 3:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air Purchases Four Boeing 747-8 Freighters
Replies: 147
Views: 23024

Re: Atlas 747-8i orders more 747-8F

I'm thinking it all comes down to cost. If an airline or cargo company wants enough to make it profitable for Boeing, then they would make it work. As long as Boeing holds the rights to the 747, in theory they could build one at any time, but generally the cost of doing so is prohibitive. Having sai...

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by m1m2
Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air Purchases Four Boeing 747-8 Freighters
Replies: 147
Views: 23024

Re: Atlas 747-8i orders more 747-8F

I'm confused about the title of this thread. Why is 747-8i in the title?

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by m1m2
Sat Jan 09, 2021 7:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada News And Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 929
Views: 172127

Re: Air Canada News And Discussion Thread - 2021

You are right about that, the problem is that many still think Air Canada is a crown corporation and still getting those taxes/fees as well. I would really like Canada to reduce these fees so that the airlines could make a better recovery post covid. Some will say that the airlines will just raise f...

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by m1m2
Sat Jan 09, 2021 5:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada News And Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 929
Views: 172127

Re: Air Canada News And Discussion Thread - 2021

In my opinion AC_B777 writes one of the most accurate posts in this entire thread. It's been my observation that the more successful a company becomes, the more some people dislike them. As for the past, reverse only takes you one way, backwards. People can keep dredging up faults of the past, or mo...

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by m1m2
Fri Jan 08, 2021 11:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why are preflight walk-arounds done by pilots and not ground personnel?
Replies: 38
Views: 4915

Re: Why are preflight walk-arounds done by pilots and not ground personnel?

I don't know who would find it, but I'll volunteer to come down there and replace it for you.

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by m1m2
Wed Jan 06, 2021 10:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why are preflight walk-arounds done by pilots and not ground personnel?
Replies: 38
Views: 4915

Re: Why are preflight walk-arounds done by pilots and not ground personnel?

I'm not a pilot, I'm an AME, but here's why I think it's this way. While I think I could probably do a more thorough walk around than a pilot, he/she is the one flying the plane and I know if I was a pilot, I'd want to have a look before I took it into the air. Another reason is that many stops duri...

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by m1m2
Mon Jan 04, 2021 1:58 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Returning Stored Aircraft To The Skies
Replies: 10
Views: 3375

Re: Returning Stored Aircraft To The Skies

Then you'll have to find the keys for those 10 to move them first. Maybe some of them have remote start to warm them up or cool them down for more comfort. Now, to be a little more serious about the question, the length of time to get the aircraft back in service depends on the length of the storage...

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by m1m2
Sun Jan 03, 2021 9:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft Repainting In the 60s through 1990s
Replies: 6
Views: 2493

Re: Aircraft Repainting In the 60s through 1990s

I'm guessing they paint the blue patch with "American" in it first because blue is a horrible colour for hiding. It's easier to paint white over blue than visa versa.

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by m1m2
Sun Jan 03, 2021 9:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Returning Stored Aircraft To The Skies
Replies: 10
Views: 3375

Re: Returning Stored Aircraft To The Skies

Good question, if you gave me the key, I still couldn't find the ignition to use it in! We have had engineers at work telling apprentices to get the key for the Dash 8 so he could run it, not sure if the young guy fell for it or not. As for how to find the planes, I'm sure the facility operator just...

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