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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: 695

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: 4481

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: 7316

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: 6339

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: 2738

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: 5633

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: 5633

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: 4540

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: 8581

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: 3056

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: 5041

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: 5041

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: 13102

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: 8079

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: 14796

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: 2501

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: 15119

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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by CanadianNorth
Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Studying To be come a pilot
Replies: 13
Views: 1637

Re: Studying To be come a pilot

Different part of the world, so it may not apply to your case, but here in Canada this has been my experience... First of all what missed years? If you're 18 you have nothing but time and opportunity in front of you. I know a lot of people who would pay a million dollars to be back at your age just ...

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by CanadianNorth
Sat Sep 22, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How come quads outlasted trijets?
Replies: 86
Views: 15444

Re: How come quads outlasted trijets?

Lots of reasons, most already mentioned here. None of them I don't think on their own would make or break the tri-jet concept, but all put together they have lead us to where we are today. Fuel burn: A bit of a trap for logic. Quads vs. tri-jet one would think that 25% less engines would be 25% less...

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by CanadianNorth
Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:57 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Does 737-700 require thrust reverser to be operational
Replies: 22
Views: 2341

Re: Does 737-700 require thrust reverser to be operational

We don't operate -700s but on the 737s we do operate the MELs say the thrust reversers can be inoperative, however the more usual issue is the reverser unlocked indicator lights in the cockpit. If the light comes on during pushback or taxi it would normally be a return to the gate to find out why it...

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by CanadianNorth
Sun Sep 09, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: I can't be a pilot.
Replies: 40
Views: 4277

Re: I can't be a pilot.

Just some follow up to my previous post... As I said there are probably a million different career paths involved with commercial aviation, far more than even the most observant of passengers would think of. We're just a small airline and even for us our pilots and flight attendants are actually a p...

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by CanadianNorth
Sun Sep 09, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: I can't be a pilot.
Replies: 40
Views: 4277

Re: I can't be a pilot.

I'd say don't give up on aviation entirely, as others have said I'm fairly confident the aviation bug will return if given even the slightest chance. Best advise I can think of is take a break and go play with something else for a while. Another user farther up had a good idea as well, while your do...

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by CanadianNorth
Fri Aug 31, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New 737-200 Combi Operator in Canada - Chrono Aviation
Replies: 10
Views: 1547

Re: New 737-200 Combi Operator in Canada - Chrono Aviation

Nice looking airplane. The top photo is definitely a photoshop though. - The empenage, as mentioned, is a -3/4/5 empenage. The design is much the same as the -200 except the horizontal stabilizers are extended several inches and the vertical stabilizer has a dorsal fin added, and the photo clearly s...

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by CanadianNorth
Sat May 26, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Replacement for the 737-200s Gravel Versatility?
Replies: 97
Views: 12875

Re: Replacement for the 737-200s Gravel Versatility?

BAe146 is closer than most, but again lack of a combi config does still limit it. At that point other than being a jet there's not really any advantage to it over the ATR. There are some 146s around, Summit was operating some for First Air out of YZF at one point, but I've heard First Air came to ba...

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by CanadianNorth
Fri May 25, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Replacement for the 737-200s Gravel Versatility?
Replies: 97
Views: 12875

Re: Replacement for the 737-200s Gravel Versatility?

Not a lot out there can directly replace the 737-200C with a gravel kit. The issue is to truely replace it you'd need an airliner that can land on gravel runways AND has a combi option with a good cargo door. The 737-200Cs in Canada's north are often flown with a mix of passengers and cargo, ~ 60 se...

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by CanadianNorth
Sat May 19, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Methamphetamine Indictments for DFW AA subsidary employees
Replies: 18
Views: 3523

Re: Methamphetamine Indictments for DFW AA subsidary employees

Wouldn't there be exemptions for critical parts and tools? And would the use of such items be tightly controlled? If tools and such are company property, I doubt an employee would be bringing them from home and have to take them through security. At least in my part of the world the vast majority o...

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by CanadianNorth
Fri May 04, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cessna 172 Wings
Replies: 33
Views: 6886

Re: Cessna 172 Wings

As an aircraft maintenance engineer and a Cessna 172 owner I'm curious to know the answer as well. Is it wing low while on the ground or flying? Ground... Are the tire pressures the same? Start with the simple stuff. Are the tires themselves the same size and type? I highly doubt they'd be different...

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by CanadianNorth
Thu May 03, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: F9 Contract Employee Murdered on PHL Ramp by Fellow Employee
Replies: 35
Views: 13171

Re: F9 Employee Murdered on PHL Ramp by Fellow Employee

Of course tools are needed, but most places I've seen require a master inventory of those items. And if requested, you'll need to provide the inventory as well as every item listed, to ensure nothing is missing. It's just a shame. Already so many hazards on the ramp. Last thing you should have to w...

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by CanadianNorth
Thu May 03, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: F9 Contract Employee Murdered on PHL Ramp by Fellow Employee
Replies: 35
Views: 13171

Re: F9 Employee Murdered on PHL Ramp by Fellow Employee

Horrible situation. However unfortunate it is, it's also definitely worth noting that an employee in the sterile zone had a knife... Having not been there I have no idea where the knife came from, but it's worth pointing out that knives and other tools are regularly in the "sterile zones"...

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by CanadianNorth
Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:56 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ATR 72 Apron Safety
Replies: 16
Views: 3489

Re: ATR 72 Apron Safety

Port and Starboard are nautical terms not appropriate in aviation. I've worked on aircraft where the aircraft manuals straight from the manufacturer clearly state port and starboard. Aviation inherited many things from the nautical world, including port and starboard, red/green/white navigation lig...

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by CanadianNorth
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:37 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: CVR question
Replies: 9
Views: 1067

Re: CVR question

There is a test button in the cockpit that is part of the daily checks, and there is a more in depth scheduled maintenance check as well, I think it's an annual item but I could be wrong. The CVR boxes themselves are usually pretty easy to remove and install, and any issues with them it gets removed...

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by CanadianNorth
Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Rebooting a 787
Replies: 23
Views: 5236

Re: Rebooting a 787

No 787 experience, but on the ATR it's not uncommon to have issues with avionics or electrical when getting ready to depart in the morning. We usually tell the pilots we'll be down there shortly to have a look but in the mean time turn everything off so the cockpit is 100% dark, have a sip or two of...

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by CanadianNorth
Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:12 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are air stairs an option on the A320 family?
Replies: 21
Views: 5126

Re: Are air stairs an option on the A320 family?

737-100/200 aft airstairs were an option mostly found on combis, where the main deck cargo in the front and passengers in the back would make the forward airstairs basically useless. I've seen photos with them on aircraft without the main deck cargo door but I think that's pretty rare. The aft airst...

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by CanadianNorth
Thu Apr 05, 2018 2:04 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Static Wick
Replies: 11
Views: 1743

Re: Static Wick

Replace them all the time in winter on the 748s, the wing covers tend to win. Those ones are attached with two screws, just regular aircraft 10-32 screws. We buy them about a dozen at a time and it usually takes longer to go find a ladder than it does to replace the static wick. As mentioned previou...

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by CanadianNorth
Sun Apr 01, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: April Fools 2018 - Airlines
Replies: 27
Views: 9463

Re: April Fools 2018 - Airlines

Air North's 2018 edition: https://www.facebook.com/airnorth/videos/10156559434249665/

Previous editions, been some good ones over the years:
https://www.youtube.com/user/flyairnorth

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by CanadianNorth
Sun Apr 01, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What airline had the first Website?
Replies: 64
Views: 11196

Re: What airline had the first Website?

I'm sure remember seeing an article in a magazine regarding Canadi>n Airlines being the first major airline to have a website in I believe 1994. I had a quick look around for the article no luck, but I'll keep looking.

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by CanadianNorth
Wed Mar 28, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do short RJ flights of 60 to 70 miles get logged a compress/decompression cycle
Replies: 16
Views: 3530

Re: Do short RJ flights of 60 to 70 miles get logged a compress/decompression cycle

Smaller GA airplanes will use either a Tach meter to track engine run time (ran off of engine rotation), or Hobbs Meter to track actual flight time (most a powered and ran by different sources. Depends on airplane). Airliners will have ACARS track the times along with the FDR. Depends on the aircra...

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by CanadianNorth
Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DHC-8 reverse thrust?
Replies: 11
Views: 3051

Re: DHC-8 reverse thrust?

Do they change the pitch to push forward? Yes, the prop blades simply change pitch past the flat position and into a range where they're actually pushing air forward instead of aft. Not sure the exact details for the Dash but I believe it's pretty similar to the ATRs, and on those the little bit of...

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by CanadianNorth
Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Should I get my PPL?
Replies: 3
Views: 397

Re: Should I get my PPL?

Yes. Practically and financially, getting the PPL done during a time of year when you have the most free time is best. The more often you do your flight lessons the easier and cheaper it will be, because lessons a day or two apart requires less reviewing time and thus leaves more new learning time v...

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by CanadianNorth
Mon Mar 26, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do short RJ flights of 60 to 70 miles get logged a compress/decompression cycle
Replies: 16
Views: 3530

Re: Do short RJ flights of 60 to 70 miles get logged a compress/decompression cycle

Out of curiosity, how are flight time and cycles tracked? Is there something like an odometer in the flight deck that displays that info, or does the airline have to manually maintain records? Where I work and at the flying club we just use the journey log book as the main source. As per Transport ...

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by CanadianNorth
Wed Mar 21, 2018 3:40 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do short RJ flights of 60 to 70 miles get logged a compress/decompression cycle
Replies: 16
Views: 3530

Re: Do short RJ flights of 60 to 70 miles get logged a compress/decompression cycle

As far as aircraft maintenance goes usually only three numbers are tracked. - Calendar days: Exactly as the name suggests. Calendar due dates are common for corrosion checks and that sort of thing. An example might be a scheduled task to check underneath the galleys and lavatories for corrosion ever...

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by CanadianNorth
Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:42 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Angled nose gear leg
Replies: 7
Views: 1332

Re: Angled nose gear leg

Not a designer, so I don't know. A couple of my guesses though... - Shorter distance to retract, so shorter/smaller/lighter retract jack? - One tire off the ground during sharp turns would mean more weight on the tire that remains on, which would actually increase traction on a hard surface and make...

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by CanadianNorth
Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air had 3 incidents of unreliable airspeed yesterday 2/26
Replies: 18
Views: 5013

Re: Wizz Air had 3 incidents of unreliable airspeed yesterday 2/26

De-icing is maintenance because the correct procedures, equipment, and fluids need to be used in order for safety of flight is ensured. Incorrect procedures such as not cleaning the windshield of snow before turning on the window heat can result the incidents like this. I suspect these incidents ar...

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by CanadianNorth
Thu Mar 01, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air had 3 incidents of unreliable airspeed yesterday 2/26
Replies: 18
Views: 5013

Re: Wizz Air had 3 incidents of unreliable airspeed yesterday 2/26

It is maintenance, listed in the Airbus Aircraft Maintenance Manual (AMM) 12.31. Refuelling is also technically maintenance, it also has a AMM task. Our deicing is recorded in the Aircratt Maitenece Log before departure including the time of application and types of fluid used. The airline is not r...

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by CanadianNorth
Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air had 3 incidents of unreliable airspeed yesterday 2/26
Replies: 18
Views: 5013

Re: Wizz Air had 3 incidents of unreliable airspeed yesterday 2/26

It is not maintenance. On Monday, 26th there was very strong snow, low temperatures and wind in Sofia. There was something wrong with the deicing procedures of the particular ground operator, working for Wizzair...that is what I've heard. Technically de-icing is Mx De-icing is servicing, not mainte...

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by CanadianNorth
Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air had 3 incidents of unreliable airspeed yesterday 2/26
Replies: 18
Views: 5013

Re: Wizz Air had 3 incidents of unreliable airspeed yesterday 2/26

Maintenance wise things seem to go in threes more often than you'd think. Not that long ago a coworker and I were talking about it at work, I think it was starters it had been years since either of us had to replace one, and then suddenly we found ourselves doing three in less than a week. Maintenan...

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by CanadianNorth
Mon Feb 26, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Canadian Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 212
Views: 20526

Re: Canadian Aviation Thread - 2018

Wasn’t DE 2x weekly at YXY until a couple of years ago? It was for several seasons, but YXY was a triangle with the Alaska flights. If I remember right it was Tuesdays and Thursdays FRA-YXY-ANC-FRA, though I feel like it might have gone to Fairbanks instead on one of the days, but I can't remember ...

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by CanadianNorth
Sun Feb 25, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Canadian Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 212
Views: 20526

Re: Canadian Aviation Thread - 2018

4N has announced YXY - YYJ which starts in May. It is part of their YLW service, though I can't remember in which direction. Yes, Whitehorse - Victoria sched is the news here in the Yukon. 4N (Air North) schedule since the launch of YLW a few years ago has had the YLW service in with the afternoon ...

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by CanadianNorth
Sat Feb 24, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VIDEO - MX worker leaves cockpit window open, cockpit floods during rainstorm
Replies: 17
Views: 7510

Re: VIDEO - MX worker leaves cockpit window open, cockpit floods during rainstorm

How stupid they are? Q No excuse workers at airport! Q Sorry, but contrary to what appears to be your belief airport/airline employees are not perfect robots, they are humans just like everyone else. The people wrenching on airliners are no more or less human than the people mopping the floor at yo...

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by CanadianNorth
Sat Feb 24, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VIDEO - MX worker leaves cockpit window open, cockpit floods during rainstorm
Replies: 17
Views: 7510

Re: VIDEO - MX worker leaves cockpit window open, cockpit floods during rainstorm

How stupid they are? Q They were probably just busy and forgot about it, we've all done that with something at some point. I know at work maintenance doesn't always have time to go for a toodle all over the airfield looking to see if someone left a window open every single time it rains, if it happ...

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