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  1. The air tractor version looks like a better product to me...for the roles required for the most part now i think 10 or 15 COIN aircraft would be way more useful than one high altitude fighter. As to speed, etc, its faster and cheaper than a helicopter, with far more range and loiter time http://www.airforce-technology.com/projects/air-tractor-at-802u-surveillance-and-light-attack-aircraft/
  2. "Interesting info re wages and benefits at Southwest, I wonder how Canadian Carriers compare for these job classifications." Pay for station att starts at near minimum wage, part time only, usually for years. AC treat these jobs not as careers but, in their minds, as starter jobs. Problems start with security clearance can take as much as 6 months, new hires at AC get a terrible pension, that does not progress to a 6% matched contribution (DC) for years. An associate of mine calculated that each stat physically lifts in the neighborhood of 45,000lbs per work day, with an average annual physical lift, turn, carry, often while kneeling or crouched of 9 million lbs...per person. The injury rate among airline staff is the highest in any workforce in Canada. Long story short, stats top out after a number of years, with the exchange considered, less than the starting rate down south per the article, A stat hired after 2012 tops out at about $16.60/hr (CAD), after at least 6 levels of increase (affected by part time status) from $11.69.
  3. Tasers are specifically mentioned as prohibited in the criminal code...as are "stun guns" under a certain length..." Former Prohibited Weapons Order, No. 3 6 Any device that is designed to be capable of injuring, immobilizing or incapacitating a person or an animal by discharging an electrical charge produced by means of the amplification or accumulation of the electrical current generated by a battery, where the device is designed or altered so that the electrical charge may be discharged when the device is of a length of less than 480 mm, and any similar device. However that leaves anything over 480mm as ok...wiggle room for cattle prods. There is no mention of maximum voltage, joules or such. There are "stun batons" marketed in Canada without restriction. However, even those things that there is no regulation against can still be classified as a weapon (ie baseball bat) depending on how it is used and the legal implications become very tangled. Doesn't Korean still have armed air marshals on every flight...they used to, maybe they're saving some cash and arming flight attendants with "less lethal".
  4. Kip, you are doing the same thing as Seeker by using an inverter based gen...except paying a lot more. Seeker is referring to conventional gens (read cheap, offshore like the yellow one above) that indeed put out almost unusable power by anything with a motor or sensitive electronics (resistive loads..lights, heaters, seem not to mind)...but you can buy a conventional gen plus a suitable inverter for less than half the cost of an inverter gen.
  5. Re the Asiana 330; Depending on fuel load and the size of the push tractor, I've seen significant wind cocking happen as the tail exits the hanger. The 727 was particularly bad and one had to be very careful pushing out from a hanger during a maintenance event.
  6. The aft bulkhead of the nose cowl is still there. It is separated at the rivet line I'm talking about above. ***EDIT*** I just went to look at an airbus with the same engine type...the rivet line I'm referring to is forward of this ultimate separation by about 18 inches...it's at the junction of the aluminum leading edge to the composite main barrel...stands to reason that composite barrel wouldn't last long in flight.
  7. From what I can see, no significant portion of fan is missing, all components affected are forward of the fan. We've seen early indications of this sort of thing and it is something I've been watching for for some time but until now have yet to see it this bad. When metal work ie. repairs/patches, are done on the nose cowl, frequently rivet ends, tails and other swarf are left behind, inside the nose cowl. The nose cowl anti-ice air swirls these bits around abrading the inside surface of the cowl - counter clockwise when viewed from the front looking back, from about the 8:00 position. The worst damage is from about the 7:00 to about the 1:00 position. I have seen where all the rivet bucks and a significant portion of the skin have been eroded away...to a significant percentage of skin thickness. There is no external indication until a lot of the rivets at the aft end of the nose cowl are loose/smoking. Any cowl that has been repaired with blind fasteners, particularly repeatedly, could potentially have very hard cherry pulls (blind fastener components) left inside the cowl. When a nose cowl is removed/replaced, the interior is still not visible and it would be unusual (until this) to look in the locations I'm talking about. These locations are only visible when the cowl itself is disassembled. In my opinion an over-pressure of the nose cowl is highly unlikely due the size of the vent for that air.
  8. Agreed, much better choice, and the article refers to Calgary's special teams (tactical unit). I made a bit of a sweeping statement as to who has full autos and that is a bit of a tactical secret, but I am confident there are no full autos in regular issue. These (semi auto AR15) are now being issued to regular patrol cars...I was trying to identify the difference in terminology between when the police have one, or when JQ Public owns it...even with the restrictions, and responsibilities, placed on personal ownership. As to who is carrying the firearm it probably comes down to who has qualified on the firearm...not all officers are.
  9. That's not an automatic rifle. There are very few full autos issued to Canadian police...very few tactical teams have them and they are MP5s. When the police use an AR15, local or RCMP, they call it a "patrol carbine" or "semi-automatic carbine rifle",...when anybody else uses the same rifle its called an "assault weapon". Only difference is that the police have no magazine restrictions to 5 like the rest of us, and of course are not limited to a range only.
  10. I recently flew intra Europe recently on a high density Lufthansa 321. They had the new seats with much less padding...1/2 inch to maybe 1 inch versus AC's 3 or 4 inch on the regular economy seats. There was no seat back video or magazine holders that took extra room, I saw little to no reclining of seat-backs. (incidentally boarded via stairs from both ends having been delivered from boarding lounge via bus, much faster process) The pitch was the same but the leg room seemed considerably more. Any "comfort" was provided by seat form rather than padding. I'm not sure seat width has changed that much...aisles are certainly not getting wider. Maybe if people want both low cost and room in their seat they should get what they pay for...a skinny lawn chair bolted to the floor.
  11. Super 80, yes the emb 190 is significantly prone to damage from ice from the forward drain mast. The right belly panel and right pack inlet are the most frequently damaged. Almost every a/c in the AC fleet has some damage or previous repair in that area.,,,or it has had the panel replaced.
  12. cp fa, yes, chemical O2 gens on narrow body airbuses, as on most others. Once initiated, cannot be turned off. A normal seat row has 4 masks and the flow lasts about 20 minutes. As the cabin pressure changes, there may be a perceptible difference in flow, but it's not like there's a lot to begin with. I've never been in an emergency descent but my understanding is it's a pretty quick ride to 010.
  13. Without much futile comment on the anti-firearm bent of most folks in here, I wonder if you are aware that as a restricted firearms permit holder here in Canada, I am subject to what amounts to a daily criminal background check...every day. I am also subject to the potential of warrant-less searches, as well as stringent storage and transport laws. While I don't think that this level of oversight is widely known, we, as permit holders recognize it is the only way to own restricted firearms in Canada. Maybe that type of permit system, "owner control", rather than gun control, might be an easier "sell" in the 'States? All legal Canadian firearms owners are subject to a permit system that involve some level of training, and acknowledgement of their responsibilities.
  14. There have been discussions related to reduced responsibilities for Jazz flights for Air Canada station attendants. These discussions seem to indicate a staff reduction and probable third party contracting for ground handling in all stations. This statement from the above article would indicate to me that the cost for that handling just went down...No? "certain items provided to Chorus by Air Canada, such as ground handling at the major hubs which were historically charged back to Air Canada with a 12.5% mark-up, have been removed from flight revenue. Other items, such as third party ground handling, have been re-classified as pass-through costs and removed from flight revenue. The flight revenue reduction related to these changes was $23.2 million."
  15. Re initial touch down for Kip...not sure what rule is about linking but avherald has the details and pics...the berm is at 780 ft from threshold and initial ground contact is at 1100 feet from threshold.