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  1. Well, for a few months, the U.S. forced some foreign airlines to prohibit laptops from the cabin... at that point, I security concerns overrode safety concerns so passengers laptops were in baggage.
  2. It's happened in the past...
  3. RCAF Pilots Safely Eject

    Many of the full Flight Safety Investigation Reports used to be available online. However, as noted on the current site, the full reports are not currently available as a result of the web restructuring. For example, here are a few links that contain FSIRs that used to be on the old website: CH147202 Chinook CH147204 Chinook CC115465 Buffalo CT156112 Harvard II
  4. RCAF Pilots Safely Eject

    RCAF Investigation Reports - Summaries
  5. Trump Wins

    Couldn't that fall under the heading of more 'fake news'? How long was that little distraction they called the Cold War anyway... In any case, a new batch arrives Friday...
  6. There is an AC that references Smart Serve and also recommends similar training to comply with the existing regulations. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Advisory Circular 700-010 - Unruly Passengers and Incidents of Interference with a Crew Member "Prevention is an important aspect of any program; clear procedures should be established on ways to avoid situations where passengers may become unruly. For example, alcohol service should be carried out reasonably and responsibly. Since alcohol has a greater effect on people at high altitudes, alcohol consumption should be restricted while travelling on aircraft. Employees should also be attentive to passengers consuming alcohol in waiting areas and report any concern to the appropriate personnel as soon as it is identified. Some Canadian provinces require that all persons responsible for the service of alcoholic beverages successfully complete a training program before being authorized to carry out alcohol service. Since the effects of alcohol are often reported as being one of the leading factors relating to incidents of interference with crew members, it would be beneficial for all air operators to provide a similar type of training and to raise employees' awareness on the effects of alcohol. In that respect, it is suggested to consult section 602.04 of the CARs, which deals with restrictions regarding the service of alcohol to passengers."
  7. EMAS

    Here is the link to the Canadian Aviation Regulations Advisory Council (CARAC) Activity for RESA, which includes the notice of proposed amendment: CARAC Activity 2016-007 / Runway End Safety Areas (RESA)
  8. Hurricane Matthew posted this: Due to WEATHER / HURRICANE MATTHEW, the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL) was closed as of Oct 06 at 11:00 AM EDT. The date/time when the airport is expected to reopen is Oct 07 at 11:00 AM EDT.
  9. Here is the link to the NJC Relocation Directive that has been in effect since April 2009: National Joint Council Relocation Directive I understand that the CF and RCMP have their own directives but I'm not certain where on the web they are located.
  10. Former NTSB investigators have beef with movie "Sully" WASHINGTON -- Losing thrust in both engines but still managing to land an airliner full of people in the Hudson River without the loss of a single life is plenty dramatic. But the drama in “Sully,” the movie about the “Miracle on the Hudson” ditching of U.S. Airways Flight 1549, doesn’t stop there. And that’s a problem, say the former government investigators involved in the real-life probe of the 2009 accident. The public, as well as pilots and others in the aviation industry who see the movie may get the wrong impression -- that investigators were trying to smear the pilot, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, they said. “We’re not the KGB. We’re not the Gestapo,” said Robert Benzon, who led the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation. “We’re the guys with the white hats on.” The film, scheduled for release in theaters Friday, portrays investigators as more like prosecutors looking for any excuse to blame Sullenberger for the mishap. Could the plane have made it back to LaGuardia Airport if Sullenberger (a CBS News aviation and safety expert, portrayed in the film by Tom Hanks) have turned it around? Did the thrust in both engines quit after the plane struck a flock of geese or was there still some power in one? Was the US Airways captain’s performance affected by other factors? When was his last alcoholic drink? Was he having problems at home? It’s true that those questions were asked, and many more, over the course of the 18-month investigation, but that’s just part of NTSB’s meticulous investigation process that is intended to find all possible flaws that contribute to a crash, investigators said. That way, the board can make safety recommendations to the government, industry, labor unions, aircraft makers and others in an effort to prevent future accidents. Thirty-five safety recommendations were ultimately issued as a result of the Flight 1549 investigation. Investigators recalled Sullenberger and co-pilot Jeff Skiles, portrayed by actor Aaron Eckhart, as comfortable and cooperative. Pilot union officials representing them were present during all the interviews and at later public forums. “These guys were already national heroes,” said Benzon, who is now retired. “We weren’t out to embarrass anybody at all.” But that’s not how it comes across in the film, directed by Clint Eastwood. “Until I read the script, I didn’t know the investigative board was trying to paint the picture that he (Sullenberger) had done the wrong thing. They were kind of railroading him into ‘it was his fault,”’ Eastwood said in a publicity video for the Warner Bros. film. Hanks told The Associated Press in an interview that a draft script included the names of real-life NTSB officials, but Sullenberger - who is an adviser on the film - requested they be taken out. “He said, ‘These are people who are not prosecutors. They are doing a very important job, and if, for editorial purposes, we want to make it more of a prosecutorial process, it ain’t fair to them,”’ said Hanks. “That’s an easy thing to change.” Tom Haueter, who was the NTSB’s head of major accident investigations at the time and is now a consultant, said he fears the movie will discourage pilots and others from fully cooperating with the board in the future. “There is a very good chance,” said Haueter, “that there is a segment of the population that will take this as proof of government incompetence and it will make things worse.”

    Transportation of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 by Aircraft September 2016 The purpose of this safety advisory is to advise air operators, passengers and crew of the risks involved in transporting the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone in checked baggage or inside the cabin of an aircraft. In light of recent incidents and concerns involving the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, Samsung announced on September 2nd, a global recall and replacement program for millions of these devices because of batteries exploding or catching fire. Lithium-ion batteries that typically power these devices have the potential to overheat or short-circuit if they are defective, mishandled, or not packed properly. In turn, this can lead to a fire and cause a chain reaction with other lithium-ion batteries nearby. This type of fire could easily overwhelm the fire suppression system of an aircraft. For this reason, Transport Canada is advising air operators, passengers and crew of this safety risk and recommends that Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices be carried in the cabin, where an incident can be immediately mitigated, and not in checked baggage. Transport Canada also strongly recommends against using or charging these devices in the cabin of an aircraft.
  12. New Leaf Travel

    NewLeaf launches defamation suit over social media posts Winnipeg Free Press Posted: 07/28/2016 6:47 PM Social media posts have hurt business for a Winnipeg-based low-cost air travel service, the company says in a defamation lawsuit against one of its detractors. NewLeaf Travel is suing airline-passenger advocate and former U of M assistant professor Gabor Lukacs over Twitter and Facebook posts it argues were designed to harm the company’s reputation and discourage potential customers. The lawsuit, filed in court earlier this month, takes issue with several tweets posted on Lukacs’ Air Passenger Rights Twitter account in late June, most using the hashtag #Dont#GoNewLeaf – a take-down of the company’s promotional slogan. The tweets singled out in the lawsuit, which haven’t been deleted from the Twitter account, say NewLeaf has unpaid bills and is operating illegally without a licence – statements NewLeaf alleges are false and malicious. "NewLeaf does not pay its bills. Do not risk your money. #Winnipeg #Dont#GoNewLeaf," reads one of the tweets. The company is seeking damages and a permanent injunction to stop Lukacs from using social media to further what it calls "an unrelenting, aggressive and malicious attack targeted at NewLeaf and at NewLeaf’s potential and existing customers." NewLeaf, a service that sells airline tickets through a partnership with Kelowna, B.C.-based Flair Air, began offering its first flights out of Winnipeg earlier this week after a delayed launch due to licensing confusion. The company began selling tickets to customers in January, but decided to refund those tickets out of an "abundance of caution" while awaiting a ruling from the Canadian Transportation Agency on whether the company, as a reseller of air travel and not an air carrier, would need a licence under the CTA, the statement of claim states. The CTA determined NewLeaf didn’t need a licence. But the company alleges Lukacs has "persistently and relentlessly pursued his intention of halting NewLeaf’s operations, which has caused, and will continue to cause damage to NewLeaf’s credit, goodwill and reputation, as well as financial loss," the suit says, arguing that because Lukacs "has held himself out as an air passenger rights advocate," he has a duty not to make misleading public statements about NewLeaf. Contacted by the Free Press Thursday, Lukacs said he had no knowledge of the lawsuit against him and had yet to be served. He declined to comment on the allegations. The defamation suit against him was filed in court July 15. On July 21, Lukacs filed an injunction against NewLeaf to the Federal Court of Appeal alleging the company was financially unstable. The motion asked the court to shut down NewLeaf unless the company could post a $3.74 million performance bond "for the claims of stranded passengers," in the event NewLeaf folds, The Financial Post reported. The lawsuit has not been proven and no statement of defence has been filed.
  13. News Release Organizational, regulatory and oversight deficiencies led to fatal May 2013 Ornge helicopter crash in Moosonee, Ontario Toronto, Ontario, 15 June 2016 – In its investigation report (A13H0001) released today, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) found that several organizational, regulatory and oversight deficiencies led to the fatal May 2013 crash of a Sikorsky S-76A helicopter in Moosonee, Ontario. As such, the Board is making 14 recommendations in 3 key areas. On 31 May 2013, at 0011 Eastern Daylight Time, a Sikorsky S-76A helicopter operated by 7506406 Canada Inc. (Ornge Rotor-Wing (RW)) departed from the Moosonee Airport destined for Attawapiskat, Ontario. As the helicopter climbed through 300 feet into darkness, the first officer commenced a left-hand turn and the crew began carrying out post-takeoff checks. During the turn, the aircraft's angle of bank increased, and an inadvertent descent developed. The pilots recognized the excessive bank and that the aircraft was descending; however, this occurred too late, and at an altitude from which it was impossible to recover. A total of 23 seconds had elapsed from the start of the turn until impact, approximately one nautical mile from the airport. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and the ensuing post-crash fire. All four on board—the captain, first officer and two paramedics—were killed. “This accident goes beyond the actions of a single flight crew. Ornge RW did not have sufficient, experienced resources in place to effectively manage safety,” said Kathy Fox, TSB Chair. ”Further, Transport Canada (TC) inspections identified numerous concerns about the operator, but its oversight approach did not bring Ornge RW back into compliance in a timely manner. The tragic outcome was that an experienced flight crew was not operationally ready to face the challenging conditions on the night of the flight.” The investigation uncovered several issues. The night visual flight rules regulations do not clearly define “visual reference to the surface”, while instrument flight currency requirements do not ensure that pilots can maintain their instrument flying proficiency. At Ornge RW, training, standard operating procedures, supervision and staffing in key safety/supervisory positions did not ensure that the crew was ready to conduct the challenging flight into an area of total darkness. The training and guidance provided to TC inspectors led to inconsistent and ineffective surveillance of Ornge RW, as inspectors did not have the tools needed to bring a willing but struggling operator back into compliance in a timely manner, allowing unsafe practices to persist. As a result of risks to the aviation system found during this investigation, the Board is issuing 14 recommendations to address deficiencies in the following areas: Regulatory oversight Flight rules and pilot readiness Aircraft equipment More details about the Board's recommendations can be found in the backgrounder. “Both Ornge RW and TC have taken significant action since this accident, but there are still a number of gaps that need to be addressed,” added Chair Fox. “Our recommendations will help ensure that the right equipment is on board, that pilots are suitably prepared, and that operators who cannot effectively manage the safety of their operations will face not just a warning, but a firm hand from the regulator that knows exactly when enough is enough, and is prepared to take strong and immediate action.”