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by CanadianNorth
Tue May 11, 2021 7:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Lack of truck drivers in USA and problems from it
Replies: 69
Views: 3409

Re: Lack of truck drivers in USA and problems from it

I have a license to drive truck, don't use it much, and a big reason is although driving truck is kinda fun to do sometimes as a full time career the pay to b******t ratio just isn't really worth it. If I can make as much or more money for the same or less effort while getting as many or more days o...

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by CanadianNorth
Tue Apr 13, 2021 7:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Commuting Logistics for Airport Employees
Replies: 22
Views: 3718

Re: Commuting Logistics for Airport Employees

Never seen it a problem in maintenance. In some ways it's better than a office job in town because our work schedules avoid most of the traffic rushes and result in more days off over the course of the year than a standard 8-5 monday to friday would. Day shifts usually start before the morning rush ...

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by CanadianNorth
Thu Apr 01, 2021 7:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do all new-build cargo aircraft have lower deck cargo areas?
Replies: 10
Views: 2590

Re: Why do all new-build cargo aircraft have lower deck cargo areas?

Good question in theory, but in reality there is a few points here. - Not all new build freighters have lower deck cargo space. Various Cessna products, ATRs, most military based transports, etc. all are being built without. - Of the ones that do offer lower deck cargo, most are either based on or p...

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by CanadianNorth
Mon Mar 22, 2021 7:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Grass landing strips
Replies: 21
Views: 2475

Re: Grass landing strips

I've found them fine to operate on, never had an issue, though to be fair they've always been quite a bit bigger than I actually needed so there was lots of room to act if things started sliding. The POH for my airplane mentions grass runways, but the only mention I know of is in the takeoff and lan...

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by CanadianNorth
Tue Mar 16, 2021 3:18 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why are engines on planes changed so often?
Replies: 18
Views: 3599

Re: Why are engines on planes changed so often?

Lots of reasons to switch engines around... - Keep the airplane flying while an engine is out for repair or overhaul, sometimes operators will have a spare engine ready and if an engine in service needs to visit the repair shop that spare engine will be installed in its place, and then when that eng...

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by CanadianNorth
Thu Mar 11, 2021 8:18 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Holding the nose wheel off
Replies: 35
Views: 3965

Re: Holding the nose wheel off

Not sure about the big jets going paved runway to paved runway, but keeping the nose up is a very common technique when taxiing, taking off and landing on unpaved surfaces to keep the props/engines away from the gravel. Higher nose results in more ground clearance for the engines and also once the n...

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by CanadianNorth
Fri Feb 19, 2021 7:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is it true that when flying air pressure won't allow the cabin door to open?
Replies: 22
Views: 3077

Re: Is it true that when flying air pressure won't allow the cabin door to open?

Many pressurized aircraft have, mostly, plug style doors. A plug door is basically in the closed position the door is bigger than the hole, so the cabin pressure will hold it firmly in place. Not all pressurized aircraft have that though, HS-748, ATR, and others. Usually in these types of doors ther...

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by CanadianNorth
Mon Feb 15, 2021 8:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Powering systems inside a hangar
Replies: 14
Views: 1679

Re: Powering systems inside a hangar

Just a quick add-on question. Depends on the airplane, but most airliners seem to follow a similar theme... HS748: The battery power and ground power are selected on and off from the cockpit, and they can each be selected on and off independently. The only catch was the battery and ground power swi...

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by CanadianNorth
Sun Feb 14, 2021 10:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Powering systems inside a hangar
Replies: 14
Views: 1679

Re: Powering systems inside a hangar

We often power up most of the airplane's systems in the hangar using the ground power units (GPUs). They are the same units you'd find at the terminal, just mounted to a roll around cart instead of to a bridge. The only things we can't really power up on most aircraft are the engines and APU systems...

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by CanadianNorth
Sat Jan 30, 2021 3:11 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How are aircraft registration chosen?
Replies: 14
Views: 2606

Re: How are aircraft registration chosen?

In Canada as far as I know when you bring an aircraft onto the Canadian register or change a current Canadian registration Transport Canada will assign you a registration, but there is an option to request a specific one and as long as it's not already taken there's not really any reason for them to...

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by CanadianNorth
Sun Jan 24, 2021 9:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cargo in passenger cabin
Replies: 6
Views: 2383

Re: Cargo in passenger cabin

https://www.seatpack.net/ The airline here has been using these all the time in the 737s and ATRs with passengers on board for years. A 737 with 40 or 60 passengers on board and a dozen or so of these seat packs full of mail and such in the back few rows is pretty common on the northbound legs. The...

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by CanadianNorth
Tue Jan 12, 2021 5:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NAV CANADA announces workforce reductions
Replies: 64
Views: 8534

Re: NAV CANADA announces workforce reductions

They are proposing to close the tower in Whitehorse as well. There's currently a number of local companies and groups that are pretty strongly and vocally trying to keep it open. Meetings, petitions, etc. all going around now. Up until the pandemic the traffic did justify it and was growing for a nu...

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by CanadianNorth
Tue Jan 12, 2021 12:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's TUI Airways' rule when it comes to using jetbridges? Do they try to avoid?
Replies: 61
Views: 6915

Re: What's TUI Airways' rule when it comes to using jetbridges? Do they try to avoid?

It likely depends on the airport. Slightly off topic but related, here we have bridges in the big city and every other airport in the Territory is just stairs only. With the bridges the airport prefers them to be used over ground boarding because it reduces the number of customers out on the ramp, a...

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by CanadianNorth
Fri Dec 25, 2020 6:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can airlines re-purpose new biz seats onto smaller a/c?
Replies: 21
Views: 3796

Re: Can airlines re-purpose new biz seats onto smaller a/c?

Picture a $16,000 seat, and then multiply by 6 to put it in an airplane. $84K in wages and benefits per seat installation? I don't think so. UA spending 20 man-years (of its own, not contract labor) for a single 767 Polaris retrofit? From what I've seen of airplane parts it's pretty normal for a ne...

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by CanadianNorth
Wed Dec 16, 2020 6:41 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do you think I did anything wrong with this or was unprofessional?
Replies: 24
Views: 2156

Re: Do you think I did anything wrong with this or was unprofessional?

FGITD wrote:
Might explain why aviation can have so many family ties. Parents pass it on to their kids who get the memories of flying all over with mom or dad when they were little and loved it.


Pretty much exactly how I got into aviation, and I can name several others as well.

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by CanadianNorth
Tue Dec 15, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do you think I did anything wrong with this or was unprofessional?
Replies: 24
Views: 2156

Re: Do you think I did anything wrong with this or was unprofessional?

As long as he wasn't doing anything to bother other passengers and your time with him wasn't affecting the service of customers then I don't see anything wrong with it. At this point I am fully convinced that some people get up in the morning and purposely look for things to get offended by or upset...

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by CanadianNorth
Mon Dec 14, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trainer Aircraft in the 21st Century
Replies: 16
Views: 1798

Re: Trainer Aircraft in the 21st Century

Around here the most common trainer aircraft is, by far, the 172. The local flight school here has one Seneca that they use for multi-engine training and the rest of their fleet is various models of 172. The school also has the option to bring your own airplane to do the lessons with, in which case ...

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by CanadianNorth
Wed Nov 18, 2020 7:29 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Questions on how to become a pilot and training
Replies: 128
Views: 2992

Re: Pilot and business

Lots of pilots have side gigs. From what I've read and seen there's nothing wrong with it, as long as #1 you still meet all the requirements for duty day limits, rest periods, etc. and #2 your second job is not in any way in competition with the first job. If you are a pilot at one airline and you s...

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by CanadianNorth
Sun Nov 01, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question about ground personnel
Replies: 18
Views: 1749

Re: Question about ground personnel

Around here it depends on the airline and station as well. At our airline main bases with several airplanes coming and going we have dedicated ramp agents, cargo agents, cabin servicing agents, and passenger service agents, and at outstations where we often only have one or two flights pass through ...

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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: 5647

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: 2087

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: 6978

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: 5647

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: 6978

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: 34798

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: 6199

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: 1913

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: 2841

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: 10563

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: 15352

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: 18050

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: 18050

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: 18050

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: 6357

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: 8085

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: 4660

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: 6094

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: 5548

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: 2486

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: 4618

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: 1942

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: 4660

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: 2635

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: 2635

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: 22779

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: 22779

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: Tecnam P2012 Traveller News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 24780

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: Tecnam P2012 Traveller News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 24780

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: 12357

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: 9059

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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