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by CanadianNorth
Sun Nov 06, 2022 5:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATR crashes into Lake Victoria
Replies: 50
Views: 17421

Re: ATR crashes into Lake Victoria

Sad news indeed. At least some got out, looking forward to hearing what the causes were.

zkncj wrote:
Which is interesting, as doesn’t the ATR’s have an roof escape hatch in the cockpit?

Yes they do.

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by CanadianNorth
Thu Oct 20, 2022 4:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Turboprop Airliners and Blade Failures
Replies: 26
Views: 3532

Re: Turboprop Airliners and Blade Failures

Any airplane with propellers out on the wing that I've worked on does have an extra layer added on to the fuselage in the vicinity of the props so any ice, gravel, etc. that gets thrown by the prop will damage that extra replaceable layer instead of the actual fuselage. If a blade let go it might sl...

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by CanadianNorth
Tue Sep 27, 2022 4:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Freight Handling on the ATR series vs other turboprop Freighters
Replies: 6
Views: 3320

Re: Freight Handling on the ATR series vs other turboprop Freighters

- Largo Cargo door - 50", 88" and 110". Not sure about the exact sizes but I know that although the standard size cargo door is by far the most common ATR does offer new build freighters with a large door from factory and there are also a few STCs out there to convert older airframes...

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by CanadianNorth
Sat Sep 24, 2022 3:07 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: EV support vehicles at airports.
Replies: 7
Views: 1776

Re: EV support vehicles at airports.

Electric baggage tugs, belt loaders and forklifts are getting common here, seems most operators are buying mostly the electric options to replace older stuff as it wears out.

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by CanadianNorth
Sat Sep 17, 2022 6:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM 737 lands with cargo door open
Replies: 13
Views: 4902

Re: KLM 737 lands with cargo door open

On the 737 opening a pit door should illuminate the associated "FWD CARGO" or "AFT CARGO" light on the door warnings section of the overhead panel and also trigger a MASTER CAUTION - DOORS light on the dash. Where I work it's on the checklist to confirm all the door warning light...

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by CanadianNorth
Fri Apr 08, 2022 9:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How come Air Canada doesn't fly to Northern Canada?
Replies: 11
Views: 3376

Re: How come Air Canada doesn't fly to Northern Canada?

Air Canada directly serves two of the three Territorial capitals, Yellowknife has daily flights operated by Jazz and Whitehorse has daily flights also with Jazz but has been flip flop between Jazz and mainline over the years. I believe they also were serving Iqaluit for a while but it looks like the...

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by CanadianNorth
Sun Feb 27, 2022 6:04 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Right and left-handed pilots and side sticks?
Replies: 21
Views: 4565

Re: Right and left-handed pilots and side sticks?

I've only flown aircraft with a regular yoke, but exactly as mentioned by other members the vast majority of the flight I will have my outboard hand on the flight controls and my inboard hand will be operating engine controls, radios, lights, etc. After flying the same aircraft from left and right s...

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by CanadianNorth
Sun Feb 20, 2022 9:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pre-Departure Walkaround Top of Fuselage
Replies: 20
Views: 4436

Re: Pre-Departure Walkaround Top of Fuselage

Cards do come up every few weeks for mechanics to go up and have a look around at the top of the fuselage, but as mentioned there's usually not much to see up there. There might be a small crack starting or minor corrosion under an antenna or something found every now and then, but these are usually...

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by CanadianNorth
Tue Feb 08, 2022 9:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Tire Pressure on A32X Family
Replies: 9
Views: 3072

Re: Tire Pressure on A32X Family

Not sure why, but the 737s here are similar. -400 and -500 they run the same wheels and tires, with the main tire pressure the same all around but the nose tire pressure slightly less on the -400 than on the -500s.

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by CanadianNorth
Sun Dec 26, 2021 10:00 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Air North (Yukon) & Reservation Frustrations
Replies: 5
Views: 2733

Re: Air North (Yukon) & Reservation Frustrations

No problem, it's nice to see the north get some attention! As for market share yes, in the Whitehorse-south market there is a healthy competition going between Air Canada and Air North, with Air Canada having the upper hand in traffic coming/going from onward destinations connecting to the Whitehors...

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by CanadianNorth
Tue Dec 21, 2021 5:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 727 Leading Edge Device Question
Replies: 13
Views: 2972

Re: Boeing 727 Leading Edge Device Question

I’m 99% certain that all 737s back to the -100 had Kreugers. Upon further reading it looks like all 737s do have basically the same leading edge flap system. The original -100/200 had on each wing two kruegers inboard and three slats outboard, all normally powered by A system hydraulics. The Advanc...

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by CanadianNorth
Tue Dec 21, 2021 2:24 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 727 Leading Edge Device Question
Replies: 13
Views: 2972

Re: Boeing 727 Leading Edge Device Question

Good explanation of the 737 leading edges is here: http://www.b737.org.uk/flightcontrols.htm#Leading_Edge_Devices Basically on the 737 up as far as the -500 (I've never worked on anything newer) there are krueger flaps inboard of the engines and slats outboard. Kruegers are two position, retracted o...

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by CanadianNorth
Sat Dec 18, 2021 2:55 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Air North (Yukon) & Reservation Frustrations
Replies: 5
Views: 2733

Re: Air North (Yukon) & Reservation Frustrations

My understanding is it's largely based off of pretty much a home made reservations system that's been somewhat linked into one or two of the world's mainline systems. As for the viability it seems like a stretch, but it must work pretty well for the routes Air North flies as when the internet or ser...

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by CanadianNorth
Fri Dec 17, 2021 4:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United CEO Tells Senate Panel that 100 Regional Jets are Grounded Because of the Pilot Shortage
Replies: 153
Views: 17262

Re: United CEO Tells Senate Panel that 100 Regional Jets are Grounded Because of the Pilot Shortage

Been seeing a shortage in several airline departments up here in Canada too, not just pilots but also mechanics, rampies, etc. too. From my experience probably 3 out of 4 times it is not a shortage of people willing to work, but instead a shortage of people willing to work the schedule proposed for ...

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by CanadianNorth
Thu Sep 23, 2021 7:02 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How much effort to develop ATR combi with front pax loading?
Replies: 10
Views: 1848

Re: How much effort to develop ATR combi with front pax loading?

Probably could be done with enough cash thrown at it, but I doubt there would be much point since ATR combi is already available and in service using the standard forward freight and aft passenger setup, First Air now Canadian North and Air North both use them, and I'm sure there are others around a...

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by CanadianNorth
Thu Sep 23, 2021 6:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Low-Cost Carrier and Cargo
Replies: 37
Views: 4604

Re: Low-Cost Carrier and Cargo

Westjet does, pretty sure Air Transat does, don't know about Rouge but I can't see why they wouldn't take some Air Canada cargo with them if they had room for it.

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by CanadianNorth
Sun Sep 19, 2021 8:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country Network Thread 2021
Replies: 89
Views: 7422

Re: 2 SY 738's damaged in storm at MSP

No idea if these airplanes were chocked or not, but I have seen a 737 parked on an icy surface with both main gear chocked slide sideways out of the chocks when an abnormally strong gusting crosswind came up, so it is technically possible. In my case we were luckier though and were able to repositio...

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by CanadianNorth
Sat Sep 18, 2021 7:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: French routes news thread - 2021
Replies: 86
Views: 12159

Re: French Bee: PPT-YYZ?

YVR makes more sense on a map, but I've heard they've been having issues with their supply of JET-A lately. The rumor I've heard is fuel there is available, but they're having issues with transporting it to the airport, so the supply on hand is not as much as usual and thus it's being priced accordi...

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by CanadianNorth
Thu Aug 26, 2021 5:34 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Night ops restrictions
Replies: 4
Views: 1040

Re: Night ops restrictions

In Canada night restrictions and noise restrictions are seperate things, and where they exist they will be indicated on the charts for that airport. Normally an airport with night and/or noise restrictions will have specific things they want pilots to do or not do based on local terrain and such.

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by CanadianNorth
Fri Jul 23, 2021 7:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A321 Tire Replacement
Replies: 18
Views: 6465

Re: A321 Tire Replacement

I just replaced a no good tire on a 737 on a turn this week. Took two of us probably 40 minutes from when the phone rang until the logbook was signed and we were driving away. The catch is though we are a base that has spare tires and associated jacks and tools here and ready. Away from base it take...

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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: 5346

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: 4838

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: 3049

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: 2966

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: 4335

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: 4982

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: 3516

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: 2810

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: 2810

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: 2994

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: 2579

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: 68
Views: 10599

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: 7834

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: 4204

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: 2527

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: 2527

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: 2060

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: 3874

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: 2148

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: 6556

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: 2322

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: 7673

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: 6556

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: 7673

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: 36953

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: 7181

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: 2139

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: 3319

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: 11201

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: 16398

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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