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  1. You think an 80 yr old would know better. Guess he'll have to lose a finger or an arm before it sinks in?
  2. To validate that - I can attest that when the front wheel of your pickup truck detaches from the wheel hub, you will be able to see the wheel accelerate past you on it's path into the brush.
  3. Wonder how the Aviation Program at Seneca College. Move it to Barrie or Brampton?
  4. Lots of impressive technological improvements and adaptions but with all of that I was still more excited by the T-33 chase plane. Still looks cool even though the design is nearly 70 yrs old.
  5. FWIW, (from CTV) ......Air Canada said Wednesday that scrubbing the Max from its schedule for the second time in three weeks was based on operational considerations and meant to provide customers with certainty around planning and booking travel. Earlier this month the Montreal-based airline opted to push back the return of the aircraft until March 31, with the new re-entry date pegged at June 30. WestJet announced Tuesday that it will remove the plane from its flight schedule until June 24. "We thank our guests for their patience and our WestJetters for their commitment to keeping our airline moving safely and on time as we continue to adjust our schedule," said WestJet chief executive Ed Sims in a statement.
  6. I still can't fathom this BBC article on Drone taxi service in dubai "...The drone was designed by German firm Volocopter and the firm said it hopes to have the taxis up and running within five years. "Implementation would see you using your smartphone, having an app, and ordering a Volocopter to the next Voloport near you," said chief executive Florian Reuter. "The Volocopter would come and autonomously pick you up and take you to your destination." " Rival Chinese firm eHang was supposed to be the first to launch a fleet of flying taxis in the city but its plans appear to have been delayed. "
  7. Hanlon's razor? I must have been asleep during that class From Wikipedia Earlier attributions to the idea (Hanlon's Razor) go back to at least the 18th century.[ First published in German (1774) Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote in The Sorrows of Young Werther (as translated): Misunderstandings and lethargy perhaps produce more wrong in the world than deceit and malice do. At least the latter two are certainly rarer.[
  8. Oh I'm sure there are lot's of places that will welcome the likes of him with open arms. The Pharmaceutical industry for example. There's no shortage of places looking for a scoundrel or 2 to placate shareholders.
  9. I'd be interested in knowing why, considering they just launched 12 missiles at a foreign military base 2 or 3 hrs earlier and were at a heightened military alert status anticipating some kind of retaliation they hadn't grounded all aircraft. If anybody knows the danger to commercial aircraft from ground based missiles it's Iran, followed closely I suppose by Ukraine. It boggles my mind that they hadn't shut down their airspace.
  10. A grounding like this is unprecedented I think and getting the grounded fleet back into service all at once will probably stress a number of airlines to the limit as they start rehiring and training. It's also entirely possible that some unforseen maintenance issues may arise or there may be a new operational safety issue that goes unchecked/unaddressed for a while as the fleet rapidly builds hours all at once. It's not a pretty picture and if, in the middle of all that, there were to be a major accident for any reason within a yr of two of recertification I think you can expect the fleet will then be a write off for passenger airlines. Nobody will step on it again. I'm surprised there aren't one or two airlines trying to offload them as we speak.
  11. But often the people in charge will off not have any sense what that culture is protecting and they will inevitably undermine it one way or another to meet their own goals. This is the way our world works.
  12. You can debate this till the cows come home but unless you start holding company executives personally accountable for safety and subject them to substantive or meaningful criminal/felony charges for catastrophic failures, human nature will inevitably end up subjugating safety for profit. I don't see how it can be otherwise.
  13. China’s aviation regulator raises ‘important concerns’ about Boeing 737 Max changes China has raised “important concerns” with Boeing Co regarding design changes proposed to end the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max airliner, Beijing’s aviation regulator said on Thursday, declining to say when it might fly in China again. The 737 Max would need to be re-certified and pilots given comprehensive and effective training before it could fly in China, he reiterated. He said the causes of two crashes that killed 346 people needed to be investigated with effective measures put in place to prevent another one.
  14. I like the range map - fun to play with https://www.airbus.com/aircraft/passenger-aircraft/a320-family/a321neo.html#details
  15. I'll be sad to see the Downsview plant disappear but it's in the middle of a city with a horrible housing crisis and a shortage of land and it's situated on the subway line. Add to that that moving the plant anywhere else other than YYZ would displace a few thousand local workers. All in All this seems like win win for everybody doesn't it?