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  2. Malcolm

    Amazing Do It Yourself Project

    And another project is on the go in Yellowknife. Yellowknifer rebuilding plane that dropped bombs 75 years ago Mikey McBryan, the general manager for Buffalo Airways, bought the shell of the DC-3 aircraft on eBay. DC-3 aircraft will be flight-ready for 75th anniversary of WW II's D-Day CBC News · Posted: Dec 15, 2018 7:00 AM CT | Last Updated: an hour ago Mikey McBryan, general manager of N.W.T.'s Buffalo Airways, bought the aircraft on eBay. (CBC) 0 comments A gutted, vandalized plane sitting at an airport in Montreal is getting new life from a Yellowknifer. Mikey McBryan, the general manager for Buffalo Airways, bought the shell of the DC-3 aircraft on eBay. McBryan plans on making it flight-ready for the 75th anniversary of D-Day, which was June 6, 1944. FROM 2014 | Mikey McBryan makes D-Day jump out of Buffalo Air DC-3 "I've been doing D-Day stuff with DC-3s for the last 10 years," said McBryan. "I never knew the DC-3s dropped bombs on D-Day." The information can be found in the plane's logbook, according to McBryan. McBryan said on D-Day, thousands of these planes flew over the English Channel in the invasion to drop paratroopers over Normandy. (Jason Howe) McBryan wrote in a social media post that the logbook says the plane hasn't flown in almost 30 years, and that it had once dropped a dozen 20-pound bombs. The plane is in pretty rough shape. There are no engines on it, the flight controls have rotted off, and the inside has been stripped by "treasure hunters," he said. But Buffalo Airways has many of the parts needed to put the plane back together. The company's flagship aircraft are the Second World War-era DC-3s and DC-4s it uses for passenger and cargo flights. Buffalo and McBryan were featured on the former History Channel show Ice Pilots NWT. N.W.T. pilot follows great-grandfather's footsteps into WWII-era planes The airplane is in pretty rough shape, said McBryan. There are no engines on it, the flight controls have rotted off, and the inside has been stripped by 'treasure hunters.' (Benoit de Mulder) He said they will need to travel to Montreal to work on the plane. He'd like to get the plane flying in six months, in time for the anniversary. On D-Day, he said thousands of these planes flew over the English Channel in the invasion to drop paratroopers over Normandy. "There's very few surviving aircraft of any type that did this job. So finding something with this much history is kind of like a needle in a haystack." McBryan acknowledges that the plane has a dark background, as it dropped bombs on people. "The more troubling thing is paratroopers that were in these airplanes had … only about a 20 to 30 per cent survival rate." He said there was a good chance that many, or all, of the soldiers on the plane died. "It's something to remember," said McBryan. He doesn't know what the future of the plane will be after it is up and flying. But he said if anyone wants to follow along with the plane's progress, he will be updating his social media pages. mikeymcbryan Verified •Follow Montreal Saint-Hubert Longueuil Airport mikeymcbryanikey Well folks, I bought a “new” DC-3. This isn’t just any regular goonybird though. This bird flew in the D-Day invasion! Her log books (FZ668) even mention she dropped 12 twenty pound bombs as she flew to her drop site that morning. Making her a D-Day “Bomber”. She hasn’t flown in almost 30 years and guess what... we are going to try and fly her on the 75th Anniversary of D-Day where she sits in Montreal. This will be a huge undertaking as this aircraft has been stripped out over the past three decades. But luckily enough we know where is lots of DC-3 parts. After that we plan to fly her to Oshkosh Airventure 2019 so you guys can see her in person. Aircraft History: this aircraft was built in January 1944 by Douglas Aircraft Company at their plant in Oklahoma City. S/N 12253, C-47A-5-DK, tail number 42-92451. The RAF registration FZ668 was subsequently assigned to her when she was based in Europe. The Night before D-Day on June 5th 1944, FZ668, this Dakota, took off at 23:20 as one of a fleet of 108 RAF C-47s whose mission was to neutralize the German forces behind the beaches to be used for the landings. Her crew was F/O Nicholl, F/O Dale, F / s Marsden and Sgt Caves. On board FZ668, bearing the chalk number 253 for this operation, twelve 20-pound bombs, "a small surprise for the troops defending the coast in France" as it was referred to in the operation log of the squadron, were dropped when crossing the French coast. Seventeen paratroopers jumped at around 00:50 on DZ "K" located near Toufreville that morning on D-Day. 
Their objective was to destroy the bridges over the Dive River. The paratroopers were split into two groups and met strong German resistance. The bridges were destroyed by engineers and the battle for the liberation of Europe began. FZ668 landed safely back at Blakehill Farm at 3:10. On top of D-Day this Aircraft also flew 5 mission during the operation Market-Garden. After the war, she was purchased by Canadair, converted as DC-3C and flew for Trans-Canada Airlines as CF-TER During the 70's she was acquired by Transport Canada who flew her until the early 90'S as CF-DTD. Aircraft location: CYHU - St-Hubert Airport, Montreal, Canada
  3. Malcolm

    Amazing Do It Yourself Project
  4. December 14, 2018 9:33 pm Rare WWII Hawker Hurricane plane restoration almost complete By Kent Morrison Anchor Global News News: Restoration almost ready on rare WWII Hawker Hurricane in Wetaskiwinx link to story and video: WATCH ABOVE: A rare World War II fighter plane is being restored in Wetaskiwin and it's almost ready for the public. As Kent Morrison explains, the Hawker Hurricane has taken years to re-build and once caused a battle between allies. Passion isn’t something often captured in words. Sometimes you can see it — sometimes you can’t. But you can always feel it. Feel it in yourself, or feel it in someone else. Inside a hangar in Wetaskiwin, Alta., passion is everywhere. I actually promised not to reveal exactly where this particular hangar is. “We wouldn’t get any work done,” I was told. Passion is contagious, after all. For more than five years, Greg Davis has been slowly and meticulously re-building a rare WWII aircraft called the Hawker Hurricane. Hawker Hurricane airplane restored in Wetaskiwin, Alta. December 14, 2018"> Hawker Hurricane airplane restored in Wetaskiwin, Alta. December 14, 2018 Kent Morrison, Global News A process that began with what he calls “a pile of boxes on the floor.” Pictures of the Hurricane are pinned on the wall. Diagrams and magazines litter tables. He has a Hurricane manual and a number of textbooks. He re-assembled the plane using the pieces he was given. Most everything else he built himself. Figuring out what paint to use took a year and a half. “Trying to find out exactly what shade of green is appropriate for this airplane is almost impossible,” says Richard De Boer. He’s the president of the Calgary Mosquito Aircraft Society. He has a huge diagram of the plane rolled out in front of him. A fellow aircraft aficionado and model builder drew up the diagrams. READ MORE: Shearwater Aviation Museum unveils Hawker Hurricane aircraft replica Few have actually seen what Davis has been working on, but de Boer has been here a lot. “You know, every few months to check on the progress, to help out with parts, to source materials and plans and information has been my life for quite a number of years and I love that part of the process,” says de Boer. You see, he’s the money side of this operation and he knows just about everything there is to know about the Hawker Hurricane. “It was a few 100 guys in the Royal Air Force flying Hurricanes and Spitfires that beat the German invasion back and prevented them from taking over the UK and that’s where the Hurricane really made its name,” says de Boer. <img class="story-img" src="" alt="Hawker Hurricane airplane restored in Wetaskiwin, Alta. December 14, 2018"> Hawker Hurricane airplane restored in Wetaskiwin, Alta. December 14, 2018 Kent Morrison, Global News The few allowed in the room agree that though the Spitfire gets most of the credit for famous WWII air battles — it’s the Hurricane that is the hero. “The reality is, the Hawker Hurricane shot down more German airplanes than all other allied aircraft types combined,” says de Boer. The Hawker Hurricane was also used in the Second World War to defend Canada’s Atlantic sea approaches. READ MORE: Montreal veteran gets 70-year-old wish by flying in B-25 bomber According to de Boer, about 14,500 Hurricanes were built for WWII. Around 1,400 were made in Canada. The one being re-built inside this hangar guarded Canada’s west coast in the 1940s. Following the war, it was sold to a farmer in Gravelbourg, Sask. In 1963, it was purchased by the Air Museum of Canada, which intended to build an aviation museum in Calgary. A few years later, the museum idea disappeared and the plane eventually ended up property of the city of Calgary. “It literally sat disassembled in in boxes, in storage from 1963 onward,” says de Boer. READ MORE: Saskatoon man restoring vintage German fighter plane About 10 years ago a wealthy collector from the UK approached the city about buying another vintage plane owned by Calgary, called a de Havilland Mosquito. The collector was willing to pay $1 million for the Mosquito and the Hurricane, with the intention of restoring the Hurricane and sending it back to Calgary. de Boer suspects the restoration would have been done with cheaper parts, so the Calgary Mosquito Aircraft Society wanted to stop the sale of the planes. “We went to the city as the owners and said, ‘look don’t do this deal, it’s a really bad idea,'” de Boer said. It took years, but the Society convince the city to keep the planes. Eventually they worked out a deal. Calgary would pay $700,000 to have both planes restored and The Calgary Mosquito Aircraft Society would have to raise the another $700,000. It was done in less than two years. “Anything it takes so that this airplane doesn’t leave Canada.” Hawker Hurricane airplane restored in Wetaskiwin, Alta. December 14, 2018"> Hawker Hurricane airplane restored in Wetaskiwin, Alta. December 14, 2018 Kent Morrison, Global News There are 62 Hurricanes left in the world, and just 17 of them fly. This one won’t take off, but it will come close — able to start up and taxi the runway. By the spring, it will be at The Hangar Flight Museum in Calgary. READ MORE: I’ve seen things that humans shouldn’t see’: 99-year-old Calgary veteran shares WWII memories flying over Europe “We can start it up and put it on the runway and let everyone enjoy it,” says Brian Desjardins from the museum. “The completion will be the cherry on top of the ice cream on the top of the sundae,” says de Boer. As for Davis, he won’t mind when the Hurricane is out of his hangar. Restoring airplanes is his passion, but it’s also his job. Once the Hurricane is gone, another passion will be waiting. WATCH: Londoners enjoyed a flypast of fighter aircraft on the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, when four Supermarine Spitfires and two Hawker Hurricanes flew over the Westminster Abbey. © 2018 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.
  5. blues deville

    Aviator Crabbing Season in the UK

    Malcolm these AEF’ers are a tough crowd.
  6. WHISTLER MAYOR APOLOGIZES Resort backtracks on energy bill Calgary Herald 15 Dec 2018 RYAN RUMBOLT On Twitter: @RCRumbolt The oil and gas portion of an investors conference in Whistler has been scrapped after the resort town’s mayor demanded fossil fuel companies pay for costs associated with climate change. Mayor Jack Crompton posted a video apology to Facebook on Thursday after Postmedia reported on his letter to Calgary-based Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. “I sincerely regret that anyone felt unwelcome here,” he said. “We recognize there are hundreds of thousands of Canadians who work directly and indirectly in the oil and gas sector and they are very proud of the work they do.” In the letter, Crompton asked CNRL pay a “fair share” of the town’s “costs of climate change,” including part of a $1.4-million wildfire protection budget. But the apology hasn’t stopped investors from cancelling their trips to Whistler for the 21st annual CIBC Whistler Institutional Investor Conference in January, and Postmedia has learned CIBC has cancelled the oil and gas sector’s part of the conference. “The Canadian energy industry has been a global leader of responsible energy development,” CIBC said in a statement. “We are committed to our clients in the energy sector as they play a key role in driving the Canadian economy.” Crompton acknowledged in his apology how the resort community depends on fossil fuels and said Whistler has “a responsibility to respond to the climate change challenge ourselves, and do it locally.” In a lengthy response to Crompton, CNRL president Tim McKay said on Thursday that the company shares Whistler’s concerns about reducing greenhouse gas emissions but emphasized how Canadian producers have already taken “meaningful action” against climate change. “At Canadian Natural, we have invested $3.1 billion since 2009 in (research and development) and technologies to continuously improve our environmental performance and deliver results,” McKay said. Those improvements include scaling back corporate greenhouse gas “emissions intensity ” by 18 per cent since 2013 and a reduction of 17.9 million tonnes of CO2, “the equivalent of taking 3.8 million cars off the road,” over the last five years, he said. Calgary-based royalty management company Prairie Sky Royalty Ltd. backed out of the conference before CIBC’s cancellation. Andrew Phillips, president and CEO, said the decision not to attend this year’s event was a direct response to Crompton’s letter. “We’re just showing support and solidarity for the many producers in Canada that have an exceptional track record of producing some of the world’s most ethical and clean energy,” Phillips said. Brett Harris with Cenovus energy said the company also planned to stay away from the conference “to take a stand against these nonstop unfounded attacks on our industry.” Fifteen other B.C. municipalities have sent similar letters to oil and gas producers under an initiative by West Coast Environmental Law. The firm’s campaign started as a motion to the Union of British Columbia Municipalities during its annual meeting this year, but the motion was defeated. The West Coast Environmental Law campaign carried on with the letter-writing program to “demanding accountability from fossil fuel companies,” the campaign website reads. Andrew Gage, a lawyer with the firm, said the goal was to start a conversation about who ought to pay for the effects of climate change. CNRL was the only Canadian company to receive the Whistler letter, but similar requests for funding from the resort were sent to 19 international producers, including British Petroleum, ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, Royal Dutch Shell and Devon Energy. “Our intent was to join that call to action,” Crompton said in the Facebook video. “Our aim was never to make anyone feel unwelcome in Whistler.” The Whistler Chamber of Commerce declined to comment on the impact CIBC’s dropping the oil and gas section of the conference will have on the local business community.
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  8. Boeing marked a key milestone in its relationship with China s aviation industry today, delivering the first aircraft from its 737 completion and delivery centre in Zhoushan. View the full article
  9. Boeing marked a key milestone in its relationship with China s aviation industry today, delivering the first aircraft from its 737 completion and delivery centre in Zhoushan. View the full article
  10. Business news in brief Arkansas Democrat-GazetteDrones part of review into jet damage. Grupo Aeromexico is investigating whether a drone slammed into a Boeing 737 jetliner as the aircraft approached its ... View the full article
  11. DEFCON

    777 Tail strike...Hkg

    Consider the location of the landing gear, the most forward point of impact damage, the position of the tail skid, the geometry of the fuselage keel between the latter two points and their respective angular relationships to the runway surface.. It would seem that the most forward damage could only be imparted if there was a significant vertical component to the touchdown?
  12. Chorus Aviation Inc (CHR) Plans Monthly Dividend of $0.04 Fairfield CurrentChorus Aviation Inc (TSE:CHR) declared a monthly dividend on Wednesday, November 21st, Zacks reports. Investors of record on Friday, November 30th will be ... View the full article
  13. I don't see how you can guarantee your return relying on base fares plus additional, discretionary optional charges. But perhaps that is why WestJet showed a loss recently. Normal pricing would have the base fare on a single fare low cost being a break even number , of course for a multi fare traditional airline then the total revenue per flight from the fares would form the base and the rest would be gravy or if you prefer the profit margin. In other words the total fares charged for a flight must be equal or greater than the cost of operation. Ancillary revenues then, if purchased by the passengers, generate a profit. Maverick not trolling, simply stating my POV and regarding trolling, I guess I can accuse you of the same. I guess though you might be in Marketing or a yield analyst so maybe I must defer to your superior knowledge but Things do change but the basics do not. . So it seems to me base fares (all tickets sold on the flight) must be no less than the break even (cover all costs) level. Ancillary revenue can not be guaranteed.
  14. Didn’t know what to post this under, but it’s kind of an interesting :
  15. Rare WWII Hawker Hurricane plane restoration almost complete Global NewsIt has taken years to re-build, but a rare World War II Hawker Hurricane fighter plane being restored in Alberta is almost ready to be unveiled. View the full article
  16. The comparison cannot be base fare to base fare - it's not how airlines price their service.
  17. No, Malcolm. That's not how it works. The fares are almost always loss leaders. It's the ancillary revenue that's everything. Allegiant has been probably the most profitable airline in the US for years and they did it flying gas-guzzling MD-80's. I know lots of people that flew BLI-LAS for less than $20 each way. Of course they got their AC or WJ buddy's that were flying standby to take their bags but that's another story. They gamed the system and that's fine. My old physiotherapist is Irish and she always talked about taking Ryanair from Dublin to Faro for pocket change with her friends and buying underwear and soap when they got there. I'd like to think you're just trolling but I see you really haven't grasped how the landscape has changed and that's okay. You're retired and it's to be expected I suppose.
  18. RE everything costs money over and above the fare but that is only if you take the extras ….. so the comparison should be and should remain base fare to base fare. In your world you would also add in a extra bag or two, some snacks on board, a couple of drinks etc. that would only end up comparing apples to oranges.
  19. Chorus Aviation Inc to Issue Monthly Dividend of $0.04 (TSE:CHR) PressOracleChorus Aviation Inc (TSE:CHR) declared a monthly dividend on Wednesday, November 21st, Zacks reports. Shareholders of record on Friday, November 30th ... View the full article
  20. You're right WestJet has changed. Some people made suggestions and guesses - some were wrong, some were right. WestJet today/tomorrow isn't the WestJet of yesterday. Not sure what point you're trying to make? On the surface it's easy to suggest there are similarities of WS vs. AC circa 2002 or whatever and Flair vs. Swoop/WestJet. I say there isn't. Back then AC's costs were around 40% higher than WJ. Back then AC was losing billions of dollars a year. Back then AC launched Tango and Zip - really, just repainting some planes and not doing much else to lower costs (I stand to be corrected, I don't recall any initiatives that drove lower costs for either). Back then pricing was more or less all-in - none of the ancillary fees you see today. The environment today is very much stripped down. In the ULCC space - a space that hasn't been touched since Flair started operating - you pay for a seat and that's it. What's it worth? I don't know the answer. But everything else costs money - a drink, your bag, a boarding pass, a change fee, preferred seat, etc. Swoops costs are significantly lower than WJ's and in-line with Flairs. I watched back in 2004-2005 when Jetsgo decimated the Canadian industry. People criticized WJ for taking too long to react to the competition (Jetsgo). The launch of Flair and others (Jetlines? Whatever the Enerjet is attempting to launch as) forced WJ to react. WestJet couldn't compete with Flair - it's costs are too high (there's a similarity for you!). Launching Swoop was a competitive move to be competitive and open up a new market. I'll be the first person to admit I am wrong if Flair succeeds in its suit. I just don't see it happening.
  21. Malcolm

    Aviator Crabbing Season in the UK

    Changed the title of my first post. Cheers
  22. Malcolm

    Trump 2.0 Continues

    back in 1967,when working at Pearson, I lived fairly close to the airport and waked to the airport when on early shift (weekends) as I could not afford a car and the transit service did not start up until much later in the day. Good old brownstone apartments.
  23. Sort of under the heading of do not **bleep** on your own door step. Oilpatch stays home from B.C. conference after Whistler mayor calls for climate-change compensation Cenovus is the latest energy company to opt out of a investment conference in Whistler, B.C., after the mayor of that community called on Canadian Natural Resources to help compensate them for the costs of climate change. CIBC tells clients it is considering the location of its conference held annually in Whistler
  24. deicer

    Trump 2.0 Continues

    Malcolm, I appreciate your concerns and although I don't live in Toronto but nearby, all I can say is that if you are from not here, the hustle and bustle can be intimidating and scary. Much like every major city. However when it comes to the big crimes, it mostly involves the bad guys going after each other. Consider is a form of 'Roach Control'
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  26. Me too....kind of ignored the post a few times for that reason. After watching the clip, I was surprised and some nice displays of airmanship, especially around the 8:10 mark and 18:00 with some nice technique displayed by the EMB 145 (?). The 757 at 19:00 was surprising, nose about 20* off centreline...never could bring myself to try that.
  27. The US Air Force is aiming to improve how efficiently it uses its fuel by collecting data on consumption across all of its fleet. View the full article
  28. The US Air Force is aiming to improve how efficiently it uses its fuel by collecting data on consumption across all of its fleet. View the full article
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