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  2. With many popular models already approved, low-cost autopilot maker TruTrak says it's expanding the number of aircraft that can be fitted with its Vizion autopilots and with several hundred already in the field, the company is refining kits to reduce installation costs. At AirVenture 2018 this week, TruTrak is showing its new autopilot in a Mooney and other models are on the horizon. View the full article
  3. Kip Powick

    Funny Aviation satire youtube channel
  4. Thanks, I had a look soon after the incident was reported (Friday?) but couldn’t find them at the time.
  6. conehead

    Funny Aviation satire youtube channel

    It certainly is!
  7. Maverick, where’d you find the pictures of the pitot covers installed? I’ve been looking for these without success...
  8. If I was the judge he would be at the very least facing a stiff fine along with some gaol time. B.C. man arrested after inflatable sex toy sent into Vancouver air space Staff Published Saturday, July 21, 2018 2:14PM EDT A North Vancouver man could face charges after allegedly sending a blow-up doll into flight paths at Vancouver Harbour. The West Vancouver Police Department said two men at Ambleside Beach in North Vancouver were filming a video on July 3 with “an adult-sized and shaped inflatable" with 10 large helium balloons attached to it. "The officer believed release of the inflatables posed a hazard to aircraft entering or leaving the harbour area," officers said in a news release. "As the officer approached, one of the males released the balloons and inflatable, which then floated several hundred metres into the air west of Lions Gate Bridge." Related Links WVPD: Balloon Release - Hazard To Harbour Aviation Police notified Transport Canada and the Civil Aviation Branch about the incident who in turn sent an alert to all aircraft in the area. Police arrested the men and seized their phones. They were both released pending an investigation. One of the accused, a 19-year-old North Vancouver man, was released from custody under a promise to appear in court. A YouTube prankster under the name BrodieTV claimed responsibility for the incident on Twitter. “I'm going to court September 19th on a charge of mischief for letting a sex doll that was strapped to a few balloons fly away,” he tweeted. “Just wanted to let everyone know that in Canada you must have no fun.” BrodieTV also tweeted he still intends to post the video. and he seems to think it was not a big deal....^tfw|twcamp^tweetembed|twterm^1019307946008694784&
  9. mo32a

    Air Service to Small Cities

    Craigs list - need a ride/have a ride, split the gas bill.
  10. What is worse is taking off with the "Gust-Locks" still on...
  11. CTV News BC man arrested after inflatable sex toy sent into Vancouver air space CTV News Police notified Transport Canada and the Civil Aviation Branch about the incident who in turn sent an alert to all aircraft in the area. Police arrested the men and seized their phones. They were both released pending an investigation. One of the ... View the full article
  12. I read elsewhere that Malaysian’s SOP for Brisbane is for the covers to be left in place until just before pushback because of the prevalence of mud wasps who love to build nests in pitot tubes and static ports. The engineer is supposed to pull the covers and bring them to the flight deck when they present the final sign-off of the tech log.
  13. Ex 9A Guy

    Funny Aviation satire youtube channel

    The maintenance controller one is priceless. No offense intended to any of our professional maintenance colleagues on here.
  14. Some charter airline will take the offer and provide scattered flights to a few destinations at odd times of the day. Aimia will stagger on for a year or two losing more money each year as cardholders bailout when they realize the redemption of their points is getting harder and harder. Then we'll have one day of incessant news reports about the unaware who saved points for 30 years for their dream vacation and got stuck holding the bag. Gabor Lukacs will make his appearance yakking about passenger rights and....we're done!
  15. Not noticing the pitot covers is pretty bad but even worse is continuing a take-off with no valid speed indication.
  16. Malaysia Airlines A330 took off with pitot covers on… JULY 21, 2018 Malaysia Airlines Airbus A330 flight MH134 returned to Brisbane Airport, Australia due to airspeed indication failure during take-off on 18 July 2018. The flight MH134 bound for Kuala Lumpur departed Brisbane Airport at 23:31 LT with the pitot covers on, and reported loss of air speed and returned to Brisbane Airport after 40 minutes into the flight dumping fuel. According to passengers, the flight made a hard landing at 00:33 LT and the aircraft suddenly came to a stop on the runway. Apparently the crew couldn’t measure the landing speed and made a hard landing damaging its nose wheel. In a post-landing announcement, the Captain announced, the aircraft was unable to taxi and was waiting to be towed to the terminal because the landing gear door was opened.
  17. Bunch of funny videos (1-2 minutes). Here are a couple to get you started:
  18. NAFTA appears headed into bilateral talks, with U.S. looking to strike quick deal with Mexico: experts ‎Yesterday, ‎July ‎20, ‎2018, ‏‎6:15:00 PM | Tom Blackwell WASHINGTON, D.C. – The on-again, off-again NAFTA talks appear headed in a whole new direction, one that could see the United States strike a quick deal with Mexico first, then turn to Canada with potentially added leverage, experts suggested Friday. The scenario might even result in the States sparing Mexico further punitive tariffs on steel or possibly cars, as Canada remains in the vice, said one analyst, citing sources in the administration and on Capitol Hill. “We are looking at a possible scenario that at some point in mid- or late-August, the U.S. announces automotive tariffs and exempts Mexico, but not Canada,” said Dan Ujczo, a trade lawyer and expert on Canada-U.S. relations. “That could be a significant challenge politically,” he added. “The trillion-dollar question is: Does Canada continue to rally around the prime minister at that point, or do we really start seeing the private sector push to take a deal (with concessions)?” On the other hand, Canada could benefit from a two-stream approach, as its interests and economic conditions are much closer to those of the U.S. than Mexico, said Chris Sands, head of the Center for Canadian Studies at Johns Hopkins University. The comments came after a flurry of developments this week pointing to a possible split in the negotiations. President Donald Trump suggested a separate deal with Mexico was near after the U.S. had a good session with its officials, while one with Canada might come “later”; close aides also talked of progress with Mexico; and the Mexican economics minister made plans to meet the chief U.S. trade negotiator in Washington, next week – a session that would not include Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday a trilateral approach was still the best path for increasing prosperity in the region. “That’s why we’re committed to renegotiating and improving and updating NAFTA,” he told reporters in Markham, Ont. Kirsten Hillman, Canada’s deputy ambassador to Washington, suggested in an interview earlier this week that three-way talks would get going as soon as Mexico was prepared after its recent election. “We are ready, willing and able to get going as soon as possible,” she said. Two sets of bilateral talks may yet result in a single, updated North American Free Trade Agreement, said Ujczo, but trilateral negotiations are unlikely to occur any time soon. Mexico’s Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo Villarrea, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer during NAFTA negotiations in January 2018. More trilateral negotiations are unlikely to occur any time soon, one analyst says. A split in talks may not be inevitable, but is more likely than not, echoed Sands. Both analysts attribute that shift mainly to the opportunity presented by the long transition to power of Mexico’s newly elected president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. There is motivation for outgoing president Enrique Peña Nieto to strike a deal, and Obrador has said he would respect it when he takes office in December. The leftist Obrador might also push for his own accord, meaning the U.S. could play both politicians off each other, said Sands. But Canada’s approach has also contributed to the U.S. making Mexico a priority, he said. Robert Lighthizer, the U.S. Trade Representative, is known to be angry at Canada for failing to present creative proposals, not backing him on pushing for higher wages in Mexico and broadly challenging the States at the World Trade Organization, the Johns Hopkins professor said. “The tip of an iceberg really because Lighthizer has a long list of beefs with the Trudeau government on trade,” said Sands. “Both Trump and Lighthizer reacted badly to Trudeau and (Chrystia) Freeland lecturing them about the virtues of free trade while insisting on protection of dairy supply management.” Such irritation is likely part of the reason the negotiations seem to be splitting, agreed Ujczo. “We hear frustration from U.S. officials that Canada was dragging its feet in the negotiations,” he said. “That’s at least the U.S. perspective, whereas Canada would say, ‘We were negotiating in good faith, to try to get a win-win situation.’ ” • Email: tblackwell@postmedia
  19. Jaydee

    Trump 2.0 Continues

    The scary far left...Will those with Trump Derangement Syndrome and their hate filled agenda eventually win the war on society? Or will common sense prevail?
  20. Jaydee

    Our Prime Minister

    From a Canadian Veteran.... " It makes me laugh and disgusted at the same time to think that all of these folks that claim we have to be careful not to violate these terrorist's human rights give no thought to the human rights of all of those brutally murdered in the name of a cult of death. Oh well a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian. Just ask any Liberal or progressive and they will tell you because its 2017. Cannon fodder and fools hoping that the alligator will eat them last. "
  21. Rex Murphy: Justin Trudeau and the climate alarmists are the fear mongers Environmentalists of the most desperate kind do not play the fear 'card.' Their whole deck is fear. They savour catastrophe as a kitten laps milk. 'We’re Doomed' is their prom theme A recent column in The New York Times may be the silliest production of the human mind since the first spark of consciousness, or the latest episode of The View. Unsurprisingly, of course, and inevitably, it’s by a global warmer. As a piece of scare-pessimism, “Raising My Child in a Doomed World” is quite unsurpassable. It was emoted/written by a John Scranton, author of a book on the same theme: We’re Doomed. Now What? Essays on War and Climate Change. He is a professor of English literature, although I think it fair to claim that neither English nor literature should be thought complicit in Mr. Scranton’s fifteen-alarm brand of climate lugubriousness and pitiless despair. Prof. Scranton is not a cheerful boyo. No one will don the party hat after reading his explanation that one logical conclusion is “… the only truly moral response to global climate change is to commit suicide. There is simply no more effective way to shrink your carbon footprint. Once you’re dead, you won’t use any more electricity, you won’t eat any more meat, you won’t burn any more gasoline, and you certainly won’t have any more children. If you really want to save the planet, you should die.” Well, break out the marshmallows, throw another log on the fire, and tune up the ukulele — we’re going to have a sing-song. A little math: within the set of All Campers, there is a subset of Happy Campers, among which Mr. Scranton is not to be located. Does he exude manic hopelessness and possess an imagination mesmerized by the thrill of apocalypticism? Does the Pope like bears he encounters in the woods? Try this passage: “Barring a miracle, the next 20 years are going to see increasingly chaotic systemic transformation in global climate patterns, unpredictable biological adaptation and a wild spectrum of human political and economic responses, including scapegoating and war. After that, things will get worse.” (Emphasis mine.) I cite these samples not to stir a Gadarene impulse among the Canadian population, nor indeed to stir the worthy subscribers of the peerless National Post, as they say on the web, to Read it All. That way madness lies. I merely wish to point out the brilliantly obvious point, which Mr. Scranton so indefatigably illustrates, that the strongest undercurrent in the great global-warming crusade is, and has always been, outrageous, hyperbolic and unhinged doom-saturated scare mongering of the millenarian kind. The most rabid in the eco fringe are fear merchants, different only in the formulation of the message from those lonely loonies in wild robes who used to station themselves outside baseball parks holding scraggly posters screaming “the end is near.” (c.f. An Inconvenient Truth.) Environmentalists of the most desperate kind do not play the fear “card.” Their whole deck is fear. They savour catastrophe as a kitten laps milk. “We’re Doomed” is their prom theme. Of all the world’s political movements there is none so invested in the art of raising scares and projecting calamity — unless its doom prophets are heeded — as environmentalism. This scenario has advantages … for them. It allows for the grand assumption of the role of messiah, flattering for those who assume it —something else for the sane people looking on. And it supplies thereby an endless stream of immaculate self-righteousness, with the attendant arrogance of wanding away any counter-views. I am the Saviour. You are the Denier (or Satan). Now Mr. Scranton’s article to which I have alluded is such a pure syrup of perfect alarmism and global-warming fear projection that I should not be surprised to see it tweeted by our current minister of the environment and climate change with the tag #MustRead. Some will dare call it “science.” It is perfectly in accord with our minister’s blithe dismissals of all who think and see differently from her. These are considerations to keep in mind when you read of Justin Trudeau’s latest bath in stagnant waters of rhetorical cliché. He’s gone for the weary “politics of fear” meme, so stale even the moths have stopped chewing on it. Lately, in the face of growing anger over his leadership, he’s taken to accusing “conservatives across the country (of) playing the fear card.” Nor does he limit it to local conservatives: he sees this as a global phenomenon: “I think one of the things that we’ve seen… they are playing not just here in Canada, but around the world a very dangerous game around the politics of fear, the politics of division … raising the kinds of anxieties…” etc. etc. A few months back, Radio-Canada reported on Mr. Trudeau’s speech to France’s National Assembly: “With his trademark rhetorical flair (!) Trudeau began his address by talking about the fear and anxiety gripping working people around the globe, pushing the disenfranchised further into the hands of populist and xenophobic movements that threaten Western liberal democratic values.” Now, this is not a Cranton-esque level of doom projection, but there are at least two points about Mr. Trudeau’s recent fascination with levelling scare-mongering charges against his opponents. Maybe three. I’ll let the capital-c Conservatives speak for themselves. Yet I am willing to go on the record as noting that their leader Andrew Scheer is less “scary” than a Care Bear, and as far his as playing the “fear card” and “raising anxieties” he’s a total flop. Not one pulse has raced since he claimed the leadership. Secondly, who’s scare mongering here? Why, the politician who is claiming that “liberal democracy” is under “threat” from his opponents. Thirdly, and this is by far the most consequential: Mr. Trudeau is the foremost political leader in the world fully subscribed to the global-warming theory that all things are coming to an end — now! A movement that pulses with fear mongering, dances with dystopia, is fascinated by extinction and apocalypse, and elevates within its ranks such superb dark, witless visionaries as the author of We’re Doomed. Now What? Who’s playing the fear card?
  22. Delta, WestJet to form transborder joint-venture ch-aviation According to the ch-aviation capacity module, in terms of the US-Canada market, the two airlines are nearly the same size. Delta currently offers 49,084 one-way seats per week between the countries, while WestJet offers 48,762 one-way seats per week. View the full article
  23. In The News

    13 Survive C-47 Crash

    Thirteen people aboard Bluebonnet Belle, a well-known Commemorative Air Force C-47, escaped after the aircraft crashed on takeoff at Burnet Airport near Austin, Texas on Saturday. View the full article
  24. In The News

    C-130 Goes Inverted At Farnborough

    Big airplanes have been putting on increasingly dramatic performances at the Farnborough Air Show in recent years but it might be some time before anyone tops the loop performed by the civilian version of Lockheed Martin’s C-130 on Thursday. View the full article
  25. In The News

    Pilot Killed In Jet Warbird Crash

    The pilot of de Havilland Venom jet warbird was killed, two people on the ground were injured, and about 50 calves had to be euthanized when the aircraft crashed into a calving barn on a dairy farm near Sheboygan, Wisconsin on Friday. View the full article
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