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  1. The YYZ based MAX simulators belong to CAE but AC is the primary customer. I believe that unused time can be rented out by CAE. The second MAX Sim is in the non-AC side of the YYZ CAE facility.
  2. June would not be unrealistic for the FAA. Other agencies would take longer or perhaps add additional conditions. My guess is that TC will insist on pilot training (including Sim). Thankfully for AC, it has primary access to 2 MAX sims in YYZ. I am certain that AC would like to see it back in service for summer 2020.
  3. Canada and US both now saying evidence indicates a ground launched missile struck the aircraft. Also, video of missile in flight striking....something. And less than 1 minute later the flight crashes.
  4. In the video, you can clearly see flaming parts falling off the aircraft. You also see an airborne explosion approximately 2 seconds prior to the impact fireball.
  5. 06:15 am. Start of the day for many. Fireball in the night sky. Not so far fetched to pull out the phone and record the sight. It will be a critical piece of evidence in the search for answers.
  6. It is 8 am in show the sun just coming up. Crash video was at night. Flight departed at 5:15 am local time.
  7. AC should stop placing bets on the “MAX Lottery” and instead come up with a NB fleet plan based on Airbus 220/320NEO/321NEO. That would leave AC well fleeted in to the 2030’s.
  8. It wasn’t just a ‘feel’ issue as compared to the NG. It was about inherent stability (or lack thereof). At certain angles of attack, the new engine shroud appears to develop lift which reduced the back pressure required on the control column to maintain the pitch up attitude.
  9. Don’t be so sure that AC does not become an A350 customer.
  10. Notwithstanding potential civil litigation for damages, each settlement will also be a function of leverage. Who has it. Who doesn’t. Is WJ going to threaten to switch to Airbus? Is that a credible threat? For AC, it most certainly is including future WB fleet renewal.
  11. FAA will re-certify first. Likely somewhere very early in 2020. Other Regulatory bodies will follow shortly thereafter but it is possible they will impose additional certification criteria (i.e. TC will likely mandate hands on 737 MAX simulator training for MCAS related scenario). The ‘loss of service’ financial damages liability accruing to Boeing for MAX groundings and delayed deliveries will be staggering. Boeing will be faced with either writing several very large cheque’s or giving away airplanes for free to settle the debt.
  12. Seems that several of the new technology geared turbofan platforms are suffering from higher than expected failure rates.
  13. Every Saturday morning I get to hear the Lanc fly overhead...... Great soundbite of history. Father flew the Spitfire Mk VII during WWII.
  14. Wow. Unless I am mistaken this represents the first time that Sunwing Travel has subcontracted flights away from Sunwing Airlines. It is an interesting development as SWG is a vertically integrated company that tends to use in house resources in order to ensure quality control. I am curious if the underlying rationale is that SWG simply wants to buy seats in markets where it cannot fill an aircraft, or if there are cost issues here (SWOOP being a potentially less expensive vendor than Sunwing Airlines). I wonder how the SW pilots and FA’s feel about this development.
  15. I don’t know who is running the commercial side at WJ/SWOOP but the negative PR that has been highlighted lately is a serious degradation on their otherwise cheery product offerings. I sincerely hope that Gerry S and ONEX take a good look at the direction that this company is heading. The AC/AT combination (and superior product) will be just another nail in the WJ/SWOOP coffin unless there is change in product, policy, and performance.