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  1. 3 points
    If trimming with the pickle switches stops/helps/impedes the problem why all the focus on trying to find the appropriate checklist (Lionair) With proper training and experience I think most pilots would lean toward a stabilizer problem. No question that having multiple systems barking at you can muddy your focus, but you still have ground speed/power settings/artificial horizon, and in both of these incidents a visual horizon. There is a faulty system on the Boeing that needs a remedy, but the larger issue appears to be basic piloting ability. Systems do fail, we've all been grilled in the sim - fly the airplane first.
  2. 2 points
    Looking at my 767 manual for the -200 it has a split system in the event of a Jam. 25 pounds is all thats required to split the columns
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    Hi Vs, all valid points & questions. The AMM shows that there are indexing pins for the -400 installation and I have to believe that the same applies to all Boeings, as would the testing processes after installation. Interestingly, the test involves moving the vane to the -20 & 20 degree position to measure electrical output, so the I believe the max readings are +/-20deg and that's where JT610's left sensor was reading ...
  4. 2 points
    If WOW goes belly up does it become MOM ?
  5. 2 points
    From Malcolm’s post above. 1) Boeing needs to fix this, but ALSO: 2) Pilots need better training on the aircraft. The cutout switches have been present on every B737 since the -100. IMHO T9
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    ‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2019, ‏‎31 minutes ago Wilson-Raybould to provide emails, texts and written statement on SNC-Lavalin affair ‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2019, ‏‎31 minutes ago | CBC News Jody Wilson-Raybould says she will provide a written statement and copies of text messages and emails to the Commons justice committee that shut down its probe into the SNC-Lavalin affair.
  7. 2 points
    Regarding AOA and who has what feature. I find the press coverage interesting. Air Canada has a more comprehensive installation, yet the press articles start with 'Air Canada and Westjet' and downplay the role of the AOA indication. I have to wonder, if the situation was reversed, would we see, 'Air Canada lacks important safety component'? And nothing from Sunwing. Hmm. IMO the AOA indication's value depends a bit on the aircraft envelope. The Citation I flew a million years ago had it, and it was a straight wing aircraft. Far from being a distraction, I found it provided a great immediate reference in a number of situations. For the MAX, the AOA location just becomes one more scan item. The pilots I have spoken with about it have no issues and are generally happy it's there. Given what we now know about the link between AOA and unexpected aircraft behaviour, just having an 'AOA disagree' without an immediate visual indication of which AOA is saying what, that creates a period of confusion as to whether the failure is on the low side or the high. Finally, the AOA indication is not going to be a distraction during an MCAS firing. What it IS going to do is warn the pilots of an impending problem while they are still configured (flaps not yet retracted) so they can decide on a mitigation up front (leave the flaps out for a bit perhaps, so delay acceleration, get some altitude or stay configured and return, etc). AOA indications are a good thing. The customers who shelled out on their own to install them should get a credit from Boeing when the rest of the world gets them for free. Finally, as soon as Boeing and the regulators start rolling out the fix, the grounding should shift from total airspace bans to unmodified aircraft and crew. If we don't recognise investment in additional layers of safety, that investment will not continue, human nature being what it is. The reasons for this grounding are ample proof of that sad fact. All just my opinion. Vs
  8. 2 points
    For all of MSNBC’s flaws, and there are many, at least Democrats are not played for fools by that far-left outlet. Unlike CNN, which insults its audience with its laughable pose as objective, MSNBC makes no secret of its left-wing biases.
  9. 2 points
    In my case, I agree,....I know a few folks where their DC was run by an idiot and they lost a very significant amount..... both plans are totally acceptable, but must be Properly Run..
  10. 2 points
    Wrong!!!! You can never win an argument with a Liberal.
  11. 1 point
    Nope... The beaver was lost to me when they put the new fangled turbo whatchamacallits on the front of it, giving it a big nose. Its just wrong and doesn't sound right.
  12. 1 point
    Me too, or even worse, compare our gun control efforts with those of island nations half a world away.... moose kill more people in Canada than registered gun owners. People in remote villages in South Sudan have less traffic accidents than Canadians too.
  13. 1 point
    I would rather spend my weekend in the Gardiner hobo camp than drive to Muskoka any weekend from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving.
  14. 1 point
    I would suggest you revisit that over the Victoria Day long weekend and not the last week of March.
  15. 1 point
    I really wish people wouldnt lump Canada in with the US or at the very least get confused with them. Canada has fairly strict gun laws and VERY strict when compared to the US. In some places too strict and in some a little lax. but overall our system works well. The problem in Canada is 1) the unwillingness of the police and government to admin ineptitude is controling illegally imported weapons. 2) defining what a domestically sourced gun is. Law enforcement needs to get off their ass and the government needs to fund them to curb weapons coming in from outside our borders.
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    I think you could have stopped with this. Even with Trumps billions he couldn’t afford to buy better advertising more effective than Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez. She is like a gift sent from heaven.
  18. 1 point
    I agree, moving the Stab Trim Cutout Switches to Cutout has been a part of the Stabilizer Trim Runaway NNC on B737s for decades BUT it has been step 5 of 8 in an NNC that has 2 memory items. Only after Lion Air 610 was the MAX only NNC changed to have the Stab Trim Cutout Switches to Cutout upgraded to a memory item and it still resides as #5 of 5 memory items and #5 of 8 in total. There have been zero changes to the B737NG NNC. I have a few issues with the way this has been handled, first, the MCAS system was designed and installed on production aircraft and no customers or pilots flying the aircraft knew anything about its existence other than a brief mention in the definitions section of the FCOM. Second, MCAS has direct input to a primary flight control (Pitch) with no indications to the pilot and a single point of failure (Single AoA input) as seems to be the case in Lion Air at least. This is so contrary to established criteria and safeguards that without the significant loss of life it would be laughable in any safety orientated and risk managed environment. Third, the MCAS system when activated (erroneously or not) disables the normal Stab Brake function that has been available in B737 since the 1960s to mitigate Stab Trim Runaways but Boeing didn't think it was important to tell anyone that the system that was in 4500 B737s was NOT the same in the 250+/- MAXs. Major Boo Boo.
  19. 1 point
    This could all have been managed in a sensible, moderate and compassionate manner says I. And, those who once screamed racist at people who suggested that very thing will be the ones joining the ranks of new oppressors and become worse than what they once railed against in the process. This reaction is as predictable as the problem they now seek to redress. In the process, they will choose cheap solutions to expensive problems and, at least in the short term, make things worse. Liberals have become dangerous creatures.
  20. 1 point
    The other day in Richmond, a brand new Audi R8 slammed into the back of a luxury SUV. The Audi was being driven by a teenager whose parents had just taken him to pick up his “present” for getting his first stage licence. The luxury SUV was being driven by his mother. The “N” sticker was clearly displayed next to the rear plate on the Audi. Edited to add, bring on the photo radar and make it like the systems in the UK which look not only at trap speed but also at average speed. It’s about time we got serious about this stuff.
  21. 1 point
    I think that picture of Goodale was taken when all the illegal immigrants were pouring into Canada!
  22. 1 point
    AC and WS have the optional system installed on their 737 Max aircraft. https://www.google.ca/amp/s/beta.ctvnews.ca/national/business/2019/3/21/1_4346085.html
  23. 1 point
    I would have but not now. Ontario’s Premier Doug Ford is bringing back photo radar speed traps. So.....
  24. 1 point
    Jacques Bougie who JUST happens to not only sit on the Board of SNC-Lavalin, also sits on the Board for ... get ready ... The Trudeau Foundation. It also turns out that he is a Director at McCain Foods ... You know, Bill Morneau’s (Minister of Finance) wife’s family business... Really ? ... I mean REALLY ? !!! Yeah, no conflict of interest there.
  25. 1 point
    Watching it all unfold is tremendously entertaining because the entire thought process is unfathomable. Liberals in general (Democrats in particular) seem completely oblivious to the steep cliffs that border the mountain path they are walking on. They are unable to read the signs and adjust to changing circumstances outside the confines of their own agenda and I doubt they could track a blind buffalo through mud. The country is hungry for reasonable alternatives and they are so totally and completely AWOL that I'm now betting on the buffalo. In fact, he should run as an independent.
  26. 1 point
    """"Called “Sleeper Seat,” the concept includes a specially designed mattress can be laid out over the three seats to allow a passenger to stretch out"""" Well the average seat width is 18 inches so that gives you 54 inches, and lets add 3 arm rests, (two in centre and one for each end of the bed) and give them 3 inches so we are up to 63 inches of bed.... and a slop factor of 3 inches.................. so to STRETCH OUT you better check your height !! I can just see feet sticking out in the aisle making the trip to the washroom and obstacle course.
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  28. 1 point
    I will admit, there is a bundle of info in this forum, and elsewhere, that I have recently waded through and attempted to digest, in an informative manner, but as a simple minded.retiree, and if I had to call the blame game, I would state that it appears to be a PILOT knowledge/instructional based problem. If, what I have read so far, there was a simple action to regain control of the oscillating aircraft and had the pilots been trained properly and perhaps more emphasis put on a "run-away" MCAS situation then perhaps there would not have been any crashes............and perhaps with documented cases, concerning the survived cases of run-away MCAS , Boeing may have come up with a fix much earlier. As I understand, it looks as if , if the MCAS was to blame for both crashes, and would it not be unreasonable to ask..."Why didn't the pilots just turn off the stab switches and manually trim ?" To me, this whole affair can be paralleled to building the first airliners and no one thought to teach pilots how to fly into a ditching until after a couple of airplanes lawn-darted into the wet sky and everyone was lost when they could have been saved had the pilots been taught how to do the drill.... I suppose in the end, there will be a reconciliation and someone will "carry the can" but perhaps there is too much emphasis being put on the "technology will never let you get into a bad situation" mantra ......and we have all seen what that "mantra trained pilot attitude" can do in an "electric " airplane.
  29. 1 point
    Apologies for the thread drift... A properly run DB is always better than a DC. The operative phrase is 'properly run'. It is when the thieves, like Conrad Black, want to steal the profit out of it that trouble starts. A quick study of all failed pensions are usually a case of management or investors raiding the pensions and dumping the carcass on the government. A DC pension is better for the institutions because they can charge higher fees.
  30. 1 point
    Very true but when have regulators ever actually looked at the details when imposing a knee jerk reaction to something they have no clue how to fix. Sound familiar at all?