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by CanadianNorth
Tue Oct 06, 2020 7:22 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline orders that never were.
Replies: 62
Views: 4453

Re: Airline orders that never were.

Also would it be true to say there were never any factory new MD80s delivered in Canada ? I'm open to corrections of course, but the only C- registered MD-80s I can think of are the MD-83s that Jetsgo flew, which were all previously-enjoyed airframes. The only factory order I can name is the MD-88s...

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by CanadianNorth
Mon Oct 05, 2020 6:45 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Simulators and Spatial Disorientation
Replies: 13
Views: 1809

Re: Simulators and Spatial Disorientation

Good question, and I'm not sure the answer. My amateur opinion though is I don't think the typical human brain can really tell enough of a difference, considering the lack of being able to tell the difference without matching clues from other senses is what causes a lot of disorientation problems in...

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by CanadianNorth
Sun Oct 04, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Demographics of GA aircraft owners
Replies: 43
Views: 5985

Re: Demographics of GA aircraft owners

I rather asked about the financial/occupation demographics but thanks for the input. Of the ones I know some common themes are several aircraft mechanics and a few other airline employees doing some bush flying on their days off, a couple of small business owners using that to justify their toy, an...

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by CanadianNorth
Sat Oct 03, 2020 11:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline orders that never were.
Replies: 62
Views: 4453

Re: Airline orders that never were.

A few off the top of my head... Wardair MD-88: Ordered for their post-regulation expansion into domestic scheduled flying, but before any were delivered they were bought out by Canadian who cancelled the orders and instead standardized on the 737. Wardair F100: Same story. CP Air 767-200: Ordered in...

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by CanadianNorth
Sat Oct 03, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Demographics of GA aircraft owners
Replies: 43
Views: 5985

Re: Demographics of GA aircraft owners

For what it's worth around here the demographics of GA pilots and owners is all over the place, most between early 30s and a bit past retirement. I've seen and welcome all types and ages, but I do feel like old white dudes is the biggest portion. Cost to get in is definitely one of the biggest obsta...

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by CanadianNorth
Fri Oct 02, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fate of 717 post Delta
Replies: 192
Views: 31558

Re: Fate of 717 post Delta

Big jets always have both electric and pneumatic starters. The electric starters are routinely used to spin engines to ensure the cool down doesn't bind the rotors (CFM-56, all PW GTFs, going from memory). This has been a standard option for decades. Some engines only do this if you immediately shu...

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by CanadianNorth
Thu Sep 24, 2020 6:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heart Unveils Electric Propulsion System for ES-19 Airliner
Replies: 63
Views: 5850

Re: Heart Unveils Electric Propulsion System for ES-19 Airliner

Having read through quickly one big thing I didn't see was is that 400 km range the total drop dead range, or the actually useable range with a worthwhile payload, alternates, and reserves accounted for? Around here the vast majority of our regional air routes are indeed well under 500km, however th...

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by CanadianNorth
Tue Sep 08, 2020 4:13 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Remaining passenger airliners with dedicated freighters
Replies: 17
Views: 1788

Re: Remaining passenger airliners with dedicated freighters

Several 705 operators in Canada have a freighter or three in the fleet as well. Air North does mainly passenger and combi work but one of the HS-748s is a proper freighter. Similar stories at Wasaya, Air Creebec, Air Inuit, Calm Air, and likely a few others that I couldn't name off the top of my head.

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by CanadianNorth
Sat Sep 05, 2020 2:58 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Over wing fueling the 747
Replies: 23
Views: 2639

Re: Over wing fueling the 747

I've overwing fuelled airliners multiple times in the last 10 years. No fault of the aircraft, just happened to need a splash of fuel at airfields that didn't have single point fuel hookups available but did have JET-A in overwing form available. Never worked on the 747 but on the 748s and 737-100/2...

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by CanadianNorth
Thu Sep 03, 2020 12:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another Passenger Opens Emergency Exit
Replies: 62
Views: 10396

Re: Another Passenger Opens Emergency Exit

Interesting that the slide didn't blow. The airline might have some explaining to do as well. Do 737s have slides under the wings? On the 737s the forward and aft doors are equipped with slides, but the overwing exits are not. There is a height specified in the regulations that determines whether n...

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by CanadianNorth
Sun Jun 28, 2020 7:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Completely Disobedient Pilot Refuses to Vacate LAS Class B Without Clearance/Argues With ATC
Replies: 46
Views: 14868

Re: Completely Disobedient Pilot Refuses to Vacate LAS Class B Without Clearance/Argues With ATC

As a pilot myself with limited experience in busy airspace this sounds to me like it started out as an honest mistake, but when called on it the guy did handle it pretty poorly. In my experience the vast majority of people on the other side of the radio are actually super nice and willing to help, i...

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by CanadianNorth
Wed Jun 17, 2020 5:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are there any jet alternatives to the 737-200C for gravel operations?
Replies: 100
Views: 17747

Re: Are there any jet alternatives to the 737-200C for gravel operations?

Nolinor does indeed have a glass cockpit fitted to the -200C, pretty neat but I'm sure the cost was astronomical and you still have the issues of old airframes and thirsty engines. Cool to see as I quite liked the JT8Ds, but I'm surprised it happened. At the airline I worked on the 737-200C for they...

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by CanadianNorth
Mon Jun 15, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are there any jet alternatives to the 737-200C for gravel operations?
Replies: 100
Views: 17747

Re: There's any jet alternatives for the 737-200C for gravel operations?

The Bae146/ Avro RJ have been used as combii, freighter, and gravel runway aircraft. https://www.regional-services.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Remote-Runway-Operations.pdf Interesting read, thanks! The RJ85 has been used on gravel with success by Summit, but I believe they run full pax only. I h...

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by CanadianNorth
Sun Jun 14, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are there any jet alternatives to the 737-200C for gravel operations?
Replies: 100
Views: 17747

Are there any jet alternatives to the 737-200C for gravel operations?

The 737-200C is/was nearly a perfect aircraft for the job. 727s worked well too, but they're pretty much gone now, as the 737 can do most of the same for 1/3 cheaper. Sad to see the 737-200Cs fading, I grew up around them and worked on one for years so I will admit I have a bit of a soft spot for th...

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by CanadianNorth
Sun May 31, 2020 5:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL1327 (FAI-SEA) diverts to YXY
Replies: 35
Views: 6242

Re: DL1327 (FAI-SEA) diverts to YXY

I believe it was the first 220 to visit here, nice to have something new to geek out to. I was also surprised they chose here and not Juneau to avoid the customs hassles. Whitehorse usually has non-stop flights from/to Frankfurt with 767s during the summer so facilities aren't an issue, but first I'...

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by CanadianNorth
Thu May 14, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What on earth was this plane doing?
Replies: 19
Views: 7990

Re: What on earth was this plane doing?

Around here you'll see that sort of thing or hear it on the radio every now and then. Usually it's some kind of survey work, sometimes photography work.

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by CanadianNorth
Thu Apr 30, 2020 2:15 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What made the 737 more "upgradable" than the 727?
Replies: 37
Views: 4560

Re: What made the 737 more "upgradable" than the 727?

I don't think such a 727 mod would have much better performance than the 737NG. Everywhere I've read, the '727 - while being a lot more fuel thirsty, would get from A to B a little (or a lot) faster then the NG. Thats what we want. Speed. Flight times have gone backwards over the decades. Something...

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by CanadianNorth
Sun Apr 26, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: old planes still flying
Replies: 31
Views: 5959

Re: old planes still flying

I wonder if there is a civil aircraft regulation that can prohibit. to fly a classic B747 to steal foreigners? or it could be a DC-10 or L1011. Civil aircraft regulations are generally set by the government of each country, so they change depending where you go. Most countries line up their rules t...

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by CanadianNorth
Sat Apr 25, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did Wardair retire/sell their 747-200s instead of the older -100s?
Replies: 16
Views: 5414

Re: Why did Wardair retire/sell their 747-200s instead of the older -100s?

The replies so far line up fairy well with how I understood the story as well. Wardair for many years operated primarily vacation type charters, for which the 747s were a good fit. In the mid to late 1980s they pushed hard to get into the scheduled airline market, but one of the challenges was their...

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by CanadianNorth
Sat Apr 25, 2020 7:11 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Anti-ice system JT8D engine
Replies: 6
Views: 2409

Re: Anti-ice system JT8D engine

Yes I recall there are a couple of valves for different things on the JT8D-17s that I worked on that could be considered anti-ice vavles. Troubleshooting is fairly easy, you could get someone to run them while you watch as I believe most of them had some kind of an indicator on the valve you could s...

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by CanadianNorth
Thu Apr 23, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What is that on this 737’s landing gear?
Replies: 9
Views: 4531

Re: What is that on this 737’s landing gear?

That certainly is a gravel kit. I looked after a 737 based on a gravel strip for a few summers, it was a great time. From what I remember the differences between it and the regular 737-200s in the fleet were (it was also a combi, but that's its own can of fish)... ⋅ The "ski" on ...

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by CanadianNorth
Tue Apr 21, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Throttle/Thrust Settings, How's It Work?
Replies: 12
Views: 1683

Re: Throttle/Thrust Settings, How's It Work?

Depends a lot on type of engine... Pistons: - A basic piston engine with a fixed pitch prop you'd typically be using RPM as a power setting and that's that, keep an eye on temperatures and things but RPM is your main setting. Throttle is your main engine control and directly affects RPM. - A step up...

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by CanadianNorth
Fri Apr 17, 2020 6:04 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What made the 737 more "upgradable" than the 727?
Replies: 37
Views: 4560

Re: What made the 737 more "upgradable" than the 727?

All doable yes, but it a twin engine two-pilot 727 would likely do basically the same thing as an upgraded 737 would have done for the vast majority of operators. The only difference being the 737 already had a two-pilot cockpit and twin engine layout to start with, making the upgrade much easier. I...

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by CanadianNorth
Mon Apr 13, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: B737-200 question
Replies: 7
Views: 2574

Re: B737-200 question

The electric pump is only used as a back up to the engine driven pumps. Fairly sure both the electric and engine pumps are selected on during flight on the -3/4/5. On the -1/2 I know they are because the B system hydraulics is entirely electric pump powered. The system from the NG back through the ...

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by CanadianNorth
Sun Apr 12, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: B737-200 question
Replies: 7
Views: 2574

Re: B737-200 question

Having worked on both I can't say I've noticed. Could be the electric hydraulic pumps working harder maybe? I believe the flaps are normally B system hydraulics, and on the -1/2 the hydraulics are A system is powered by the two engine driven pumps in the cowlings and B system is powered by the two e...

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by CanadianNorth
Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger repeatedly punches back of reclined seat
Replies: 242
Views: 22483

Re: Passenger repeatedly punches back of reclined seat

I'm a tall guy, but it is what it is so I deal with it. There is lots of ways to deal with it, 99% of the time you'll be uncomfortable for a couple hours but other than that you'll be fine. I am fully convinced that people out there are purposely looking for things to complain about and/or be offend...

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by CanadianNorth
Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger repeatedly punches back of reclined seat
Replies: 242
Views: 22483

Re: Passenger repeatedly punches back of reclined seat

I'm a tall guy, but it is what it is so I deal with it. There is lots of ways to deal with it, 99% of the time you'll be uncomfortable for a couple hours but other than that you'll be fine. It's not necessarily my fault if I don't fit properly, but any reasonable adult will quickly realize it's not ...

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by CanadianNorth
Wed Feb 12, 2020 5:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Status of Tecnam P2012 Traveller?
Replies: 85
Views: 16324

Re: Status of Tecnam P2012 Traveller?

Thanks. Though in fairness to the ATR, first article "...instead of following the correct checklist procedures", second article fair enough, third article "...may have caused the de-icing personnel to not be sufficiently attentive", and fourth article "This, in conjunction w...

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by CanadianNorth
Tue Feb 11, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Status of Tecnam P2012 Traveller?
Replies: 85
Views: 16324

Re: Status of Tecnam P2012 Traveller?

The ATR still suffers from icing issues. Sorry to go off topic, but source? There are several operators in northern Canada who have been flying ATRs in icing conditions for years now and they're fine. There was issues with ice in the earlier days of ATR yes but they came out with a series of modifi...

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by CanadianNorth
Sat Jan 25, 2020 8:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Saving a Fokker F-28-1000 (C-FTAV)
Replies: 69
Views: 11936

Re: Saving a Fokker F-28-1000 (C-FTAV)

Excellent news to hear! Hoping all continues to go well and I can come down and see it some day.

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by CanadianNorth
Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Transavia 737 Takes Off With Gear Pin In
Replies: 35
Views: 8800

Re: Transavia 737 Takes Off With Gear Pin In

Seems clear as mud what pin was left in reading the article? Poor translation I suspect. There are two types of gear pins on the 737... "Gear pins" = there are three pins, one for each gear leg, that lock that gear leg in the down position. Often used by maintenance for a wide variety of t...

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by CanadianNorth
Thu Dec 26, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Adopt an Airline
Replies: 22
Views: 1962

Re: Adopt an Airline

I'll take any airline, just need the operating certifications and maintenance approvals really. Ground crews will be splendidly awesome and flight crews will look great. Ground minions will get free lunches, air crews will get shiny toys, and the maintenance department always has beer in the fridge ...

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by CanadianNorth
Fri Dec 13, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Saving a Fokker F-28-1000 (C-FTAV)
Replies: 69
Views: 11936

Re: Saving a Fokker F-28-1000 (C-FTAV)

I remember flying on these little Fokkers several times as a kid in the '90s when they were wearing Canadi>n Regional livery. It would be great to see one saved and on display. Please keep us updated, I'd love to come and see it some time.

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by CanadianNorth
Thu Oct 03, 2019 2:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Commerical pax/cargo aircraft introduced without direct input from customers?
Replies: 3
Views: 918

Re: Commerical pax/cargo aircraft introduced without direct input from customers?

Nowadays manufacturers are very customer driven. Back in the day though it was quite common for people and companies to come up with an idea, build some prototypes, and then go around and pitch the idea to potential customers. One of many cases that comes to mind should be mandatory reading for any ...

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by CanadianNorth
Fri Sep 27, 2019 2:51 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 30+ Year Old Aircraft in Scheduled Passenger Service
Replies: 44
Views: 5387

Re: 30+ Year Old Aircraft in Scheduled Passenger Service

There are no more 737-200s flying in the Air North fleet. The only gravel runway Air North regularly flew the 737 from was paved this spring and so the last serviceable -200 was sold. There are still the first two 737-200s on the property but they are long retired and are used for spare parts and sl...

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by CanadianNorth
Sat Sep 14, 2019 6:03 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Any tips on getting the crew to let you in the cockpit?
Replies: 29
Views: 16173

Re: Any tips on getting the crew to let you in the cockpit?

Pretty much what they said, unfortunately in today's world visits to the flight deck from the general public on commercial airliners during flight are almost always a hard no. But, there are three ways I can think of off the top of my head... 1) Before and/or after the flight if you simply ask nicel...

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by CanadianNorth
Sun Aug 18, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Who Needs First Class? | Air North | ATR, B735 | Inuvik - Whitehorse - Ottawa |
Replies: 10
Views: 10486

Re: Who Needs First Class? | Air North | ATR, B735 | Inuvik - Whitehorse - Ottawa |

Hey, that's me chucking bags in Dawson! I miss the old 737-200s, still working the same gig but with a 737-500 now. Good to hear you enjoyed the trip, it was a pleasure having you fly with us as always.

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by CanadianNorth
Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What does it take for an airline to change an aircraft engine type?
Replies: 16
Views: 2946

Re: What does it take for an airline to change an aircraft engine type?

Can’t change an engine type on a plane that’s already engined as the pylons, and other hardware and software are totally different. Sure you can. You just have to pony up enough money to where it becomes uneconomical. Yes. My experience has been you can actually do quite a lot with your airplane if...

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by CanadianNorth
Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pushback by men, pushback manually
Replies: 30
Views: 6009

Re: Pushback by men, pushback manually

As I understand it, this is NOT good for the empennage structure. I wouldn’t recommend doing that. From what I was taught it depends on how and where you push. I should have been more clear, I try to use fuselage structural points near the empenage if I can. I know a few guys who swear by the sitti...

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by CanadianNorth
Fri Apr 05, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pushback by men, pushback manually
Replies: 30
Views: 6009

Re: Pushback by men, pushback manually

I push my Cessna 172 around manually by myself just about every time I fly it. Apply weight on empenage structure and swing it around to point it and then use the wing struts to push. I helped move an HS-748 by hand once, there was I think five of us, it was hard work but do-able. If I recall correc...

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by CanadianNorth
Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Merger of 7F and 5T; will adopt Canadian North name, First Air livery
Replies: 23
Views: 4879

Re: Merger of 7F and 5T; will adopt Canadian North name, First Air livery

Interesting news for sure. It feels like Canadian North and First Air merging has been on and off and then on and then off again for a number of years now. The same two concerns are brought up over and over again each time it's on again - reduced frequencies and increased prices. The thing is though...

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by CanadianNorth
Fri Feb 08, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA pilot arrested at MAN believed to be over alcohol lmit
Replies: 61
Views: 8893

Re: AA pilot arrested at MAN believed to be over alcohol lmit

An unfortunate incident all around, and it is happening more often than it should. Having said that though I'll happily bet a crisp brown one that if you were to pick a random day to test every employee across every industry you'd find a very surprising percentage with alcohol or equivalent recreati...

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by CanadianNorth
Tue Jan 29, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airline food distribution system
Replies: 11
Views: 3207

Re: Airline food distribution system

Around here the pop/juice/snacks/etc. are loaded to a standard quantity and then the actual meals are made to suit the loads. A morning shift will do up the meals for the flights that afternoon/evening, and an evening shift does the meals for the following morning. One of the first steps is they che...

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by CanadianNorth
Fri Dec 28, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Enerjet to morph into a ULCC in 2019
Replies: 22
Views: 5218

Re: Enerjet to morph into a ULCC in 2019

It must be a long time since you've flown a European LCC as the practice you describe here is no longer allowed in Europe. About a decade ago this was still the case, but nowadays if a flight is advertised for $ 9.99, that is the final price.. Never flown on a European LCC, and the free tickets I w...

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by CanadianNorth
Thu Dec 27, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Enerjet to morph into a ULCC in 2019
Replies: 22
Views: 5218

Re: Enerjet to morph into a ULCC in 2019

A few things come to my mind, all just my own opinions of course.. 1 - "Aww jeez, not this s*** again". The "ULCC" concept has been tried over and over again in Canada and they rarely last long. Plus, in the last while there's been a bit of a flood of them, as we already have Fla...

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by CanadianNorth
Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AM 737 collides with drone at TIJ
Replies: 67
Views: 13492

Re: AM 737 collides with drone at TIJ

And this is how you take a fun activity and ruin it for the rest of us. I'm fairly confident there will be more regulations and limitations on drones coming soon. And I'm also fairly confident these extra regulations and limitations will make drones a pain the a** for the people who at least somewha...

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by CanadianNorth
Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NCAA basketball game canceled due to charter pilot not wanting to land in rain
Replies: 44
Views: 8366

Re: NCAA basketball game canceled due to charter pilot not wanting to land in rain

Dumbest article I've read in a long time. 1) I wasn't in that cockpit at the time but I'm 99% sure it wasn't "the plane's pilot" that decided not to land, but the crew. Crew Resource Management is basically mandatory when operating transport category airplanes these days, and for good reas...

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by CanadianNorth
Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines leasing houses instead of booking hotel rooms
Replies: 122
Views: 15414

Re: Airlines leasing houses instead of booking hotel rooms

We're a small-ish cheap-ish airline and it's standard procedure for each employee to have their own hotel room any time they're away from home base for the night. Housing would probably be slightly cheaper but the airline would have to arrange transport and meals for the people staying there as well...

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by CanadianNorth
Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Near Miss Between two DC-3 in Rural Colombia?
Replies: 15
Views: 2548

Re: Near Miss Between two DC-3 in Rural Colombia?

Looks f***ing tight, but also looks like at that airfield there isn't much choice, so yeah. Looks like it was done that way on purpose to me. Great stuff! This is real aviation... :yes: You can get CRJs and A330s anywhere, they're boring. If a DC-3 is on final I'll happily drop what I'm doing to com...

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by CanadianNorth
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no commercial jets airlines build with wing on the top?
Replies: 77
Views: 15552

Re: Why no commercial jets airlines build with wing on the top?

As with almost anything, designing aircraft is always a compromise. Low wings: - If you have a round-ish fuselage the wing box can go through the fuselage and still have an uninterrupted main deck cabin. BAe146 has reduced cabin space at the wing, ATRs and Dash 8s have the wings mounted above the fu...

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