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  2. Indonesian Aerospace (IAe) conducted the first flight of its N219 commuter aircraft on 16 August. View the full article
  3. Indonesian Aerospace (IAe) conducted the first flight of its N219 commuter aircraft on 16 August. View the full article
  4. SFO Incident

    SFO has apparently made some changes to their procedures. https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/faa-changes-san-francisco-landing-procedures-after-a-440380/
  5. Embraer, HondaJet Headline LABACE 2017 News Aviation Today Honda Aircraft delivered 24 aircraft to customers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and countries in Europe during the first six months of 2017. The company is steadily ramping up production to meet customer demand and is currently manufacturing the ... and more » View the full article
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  7. Despite the volume of useless information on them, I do find that YYZ does issue the ATIS pretty consistently... about 7 minutes after the hour. The US and UK do their weather readings at 50, so it would make sense that their ATIS's are issued 6 or 7 minutes after the weather is assessed.... same as Canada... 1 minute before the new one is issued, it is about 1:06 old.... the same as Canada. ...apologies for participating in thread drift.
  8. Issue the ATIS at the same time every hour, similar to the US, UK, etc., at 56 to the hour. It's quite annoying that the ATIS can be issued at whatever time they get around to it. For me, at all close parallel runways, I brief that we hold short of the other runway. Eg. landing on 24L in CYYZ, hold short of 24R and stay on tower frequency. Cheers.
  9. There really isn't a valid way to compare air cleanliness (the methodology of the Fraser) to emissions (the methodology of the Conference Board). Production is based on per capita and cleanliness is based on cubic volume, of which Canada has much. If we had 1,000,000 people in Canada and they generated as much total pollution as the US, we would still have cleaner air than the US simply because of our size. But, needless to say, they would be very high polluters. I do feel that Canadians are incorrectly charged for the per capita emissions from the oil sands production. These should be charged, pro rata, to the countries that use Canadian oil, including Canada. And the US deserves some of the credit for the improvement in Southern Ontario's air quality. But, just because you $hit in a big forest and it doesn't stink as much on average throughout your forest, that shouldn't mean that you should $hit more than the guy in the little forest where the average stink is higher. Both the Conference Board and Fraser are correct. And, the Fraser Institute is smart enough to know that. For them to try to discredit the Conference Board by presenting data with different criteria and trying to say that the CB is wrong as a result is underhanded, at least.
  10. As the secretive General Atomics opened up its doors to a media pool for the first time this week, GA-ASI executives told reporters the company is pursuing a potential sale of 90 Predator C Avengers to an international customer. View the full article
  11. As the secretive General Atomics opened up its doors to a media pool for the first time this week, GA-ASI executives told reporters the company is pursuing a potential sale of 90 Predator C Avengers to an international customer. View the full article
  12. I think the comment about no parallel taxiway between parallel runways is a good one. It does a couple of things, including providing some deceleration space. One of my pet peeves in YYZ is their tendency to yap out clearing instructions as you are slowing down, possibly transferring control. I've had it where I was told to expedite clearing, then a late clearance to ground who wanted me to make a sharp right turn at the first parallel taxiway, while I was still at 30 knots. I wouldn't want to try that in my car, let alone an aircraft. Of course, everything is HIRO, max speed until the turn off. That doesn't leave a lot of room between the 24's to get things stopped. Another little gem is the tendency to give a complex clearance involving multiple runway and taxiway crossings, then create a conflict with a subsequent clearance to another aircraft, then try to untangle the resultant situation. If the crew of the first aircraft does not get the amended clerance on time (and it is pretty frequent that the flight number is clipped from the transmission, or the transmission gets stepped on), then they simply execute their initial clearance and viola! They are assessed an incursion. How about a clearance short of the intersection if there is active traffic in that vicinity, or not clearing a subsequent aircraft into a conflict until the first aircraft is given and reads back the new hold short? Rant over.... Vs
  13. I agree. Too much junk on the ATIS. Give me the weather, active runways and any critical temporary abnormal conditions that might apply that I might have missed when reading through the 6000-odd notams I got in my briefing package... ie. closed runway, ILS inop, high speed exit closed... that sorta stuff... Put the permanent warnings on the JEPP info pages. Go into detail as appropriate... bird species, favourite foods, nesting habits, mating rituals... ie. Arrivals/Departures - Significant Year Round Bird Activity at Airport. Closely Spaced Runways - Hold Short when Clearing North from South Runway. Do Not Cross Hold Line Until Cleared by Tower. ...etc, etc...
  14. According to the Fraser Institute think tank... " Conference Board report misrepresents Canada’s air quality " " Canada’s air is among the cleanest in the world. The Conference Board’s faulty methodology paints a false picture of reality." https://www.fraserinstitute.org/blogs/conference-board-report-misrepresents-canada-s-air-quality
  15. The Cold Lake Sun Canada 150 Global Odyssey makes local stop The Cold Lake Sun As most of the countries they would be stopping in were members of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), coordination was fairly simple across Canada, U.S., and Europe. Even Russia, who is not a member of ICAO, adheres to many of the ... View the full article
  16. CBS San Francisco Bay Area SFO Landing Rules Changed After Air Canada Near Miss CBS San Francisco Bay Area SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Federal aviation officials announced Thursday they have changed night landing procedures at San Francisco International Airport following a near miss by an Air Canada flight that came within 59 feet of crashing into other jets ... FAA changes San Francisco landing procedures after A320 near missFlightglobal FAA changes San Francisco landing rules after close callSeattle Times all 10 news articles » View the full article
  17. 25 close calls on Pearson runways in 5 years

    Migratory because they feed north of the airport and hang out in Lake Ontario year round which doesn't freeze. We have the same Canada Goose route over our house close the lake. More ATIS comments might be noise but it's less than the sound of crushing aluminum.
  18. The ATIS in YYZ is the longest ATIS in the world as it is with year round warning of migratory birds (if they migrate, why are we talking about them in January) and now "small birds". I don't understand why they don't include rodents and coyotes. Can't remember if they still have the thing about operating transponders on the ground.... adding one more thing is just more noise. All the tower has to say is "Cleared to land, hold short 24R on clearing".
  19. The Federal Aviation Administration has modified nighttime landing procedures and control tower staffing requirements at San Francisco International airport following a close call last month involving an Air Canada Airbus A320. View the full article
  20. The Federal Aviation Administration has modified nighttime landing procedures and control tower staffing requirements at San Francisco International airport following a close call last month involving an Air Canada Airbus A320. View the full article
  21. 25 close calls on Pearson runways in 5 years

    The added comment to the ATIS is a good idea! LAX has the same problem for aircraft landing 24R and departures on 24L.
  22. Avgeekery (blog) National Aviation Day Honors America's Past and Future of Flight Avgeekery (blog) Today, there are one hundred military and civilian aviation-related museums across the United States and Canada. While many are free of charge, they likely appreciate a small donation to help keep the bills paid. Air show pilot Steve Kapur of the GEICO ... View the full article
  23. Fun Times At Swissport

    Picketing Swissport employees are blocking the gates at YYZ Viscount Rd. airport parking. One group placed a highway cone in front of a gate and wouldn't allow its use. There was reflective vest wearing GTAA worker waving others through and the protesters didn't hold me up. Not quite sure how effective it to slow down others but I suppose they're on guards for replacement workers .
  24. The runway layout has a lot to do with it. Take a look at EWR or BOS; Now look at YYZ: Closely spaced parallel runways without a taxiway between them are highly conducive to runway incursions. I'm not excusing the pilots who did this but they probably were more familiar with the taxiway-between layout. In general terms you want to land and get off the runway as quickly as possible. At busy US airports you are expected to exit the runway are fairly high speed and use the exit taxiway and the taxiway between to continue to slow (yes, I know there are US airports that do not have this layout and, naturally, slippery conditions will necessitate a change to this procedure). At YYZ, landing on 24L you cannot exit the runway at high speed because the hold short line for 24R is very close to 24L. I'm always surprised that the ATIS doesn't include a plain language warning such as ; "Aircraft landing 24L be aware that runway 24R is active. These runways are closely-spaced and the hold-short line is very close to the exit point of 24L." I guess it's hard to phrase it succintly and in ICAO-approved terms.ate the threat it poses Of course professional pilots should notice this on their own and be able to mitigate the threat the runway layout poses.
  25. LATAM Airlines Group dropped deeper into the red in its second quarter, as foreign exchange losses hit the bottom line. View the full article
  26. Malaysia's government has yet to commit to restarting the search for missing flight MH370 but is assessing various proposals for a renewed hunt. View the full article
  27. Malaysia's government has yet to commit to restarting the search for missing flight MH370 but is assessing various proposals for a renewed hunt. View the full article
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