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  1. 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.[
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. I like the range map - fun to play with https://www.airbus.com/aircraft/passenger-aircraft/a320-family/a321neo.html#details
  9. 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?
  10. You mean it's it's not a poor promo for Methane gas.
  11. "... The FAA has responded by issuing airworthiness directives requiring additional fan blade inspections. ..."
  12. There is a lot of unrest in Chile right now and the country still has some unpleasant memories of Martial law.
  13. Travelling like a Canadian means you're a beacon of peace in turbulent situations? I can see why she has won all those acting awards - she didn't skip a beat saying that on the run. I'd have blown the line for sure - Travelling like a Canadian means you can enjoy a peace of bacon in a tube station.
  14. My wife and daughter did a sightseeing flight trip with them last year during a Disney Cruise port stop and I spent some time with the crew (mutual friends) so I feel a bit of a connection here. The pilot on my wife's trip had 600 hundred hours TT. I thought that would be fine for a Beaver on floats. Looking at their accident history though I'm doing the armchair quarterback thing - 3 Fatal accidents in 9 years. That's high. Accidents and incidents On 16 July 2010, a DHC-2 Beaver floatplane, registration C-GAXL,[3] crashed into a wooded mountainside and caught fire near Lake Péribonka, Quebec, after encountering adverse weather conditions seven minutes into the flight. Of the six people on board, the pilot and three passengers were killed.[4][5] On 23 August 2015, a DHC-2 Beaver floatplane, registration C-FKRJ,[6] crashed into a wooded mountainside and caught fire near Les Bergeronnes, Quebec, shortly after taking off from Long Lake, near Tadoussac, on a sightseeing flight. All people on board, the pilot and six passengers, were killed.[7][8][9] On July 15th 2019, a DHC-2 Beaver floatplane crashed into a Labrador Lake late Monday night. The aircraft was on flight path from a fishing lodge near Crossroads Lake, near the Quebec border, to a remote camp on Mistastin Lake in northern Labrador. On board Were seven people, four of them are confirmed dead and the fate of the remaining three is unclear. The cause of the crash has not yet been determined however officials with the Transportation Safety Board have been called in.