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  1. RCAF To Thule and Alert

    I'm not sure about the "hero" thing. Like Kip I flew a number of "Boxtop" missions into Alert and it was as much fun as I ever had flying. We didn't have GPS or usually even an ILS. The navigator could pick up the barrels on the end of the runway on the radar, we could get down low over the ocean and land. Mind you, landing a Herc in Alert is probably a bit easier than a C!17. )
  2. Exciting ride for the passengers and just maybe for the pointy end as well.
  3. Couldn't find the old thread. Interesting approach though. They must be fairly confident.
  4. Will Boeing Give a Damn?

    Oct 9, 2017 Danny Lam | Aviation Week & Space Technolog The trade dispute sparked by Boeing’s charges that Bombardier is dumping C Series aircraft at unfair prices is marked by loud rhetoric on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border. Ottawa’s Liberal government has threatened Boeing’s defense business in Canada and enlisted UK Prime Minister Theresa May to lobby U.S. President Donald Trump. But Canada’s attempts to derail the petitions filed by Boeing with the U.S. Commerce Department and International Trade Commission have had no effect so far. The reason: The true target is not really Canada, but China and its aircraft industry. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer charges that Beijing’s efforts to subsidize and create national champions and force technology transfers distorts markets throughout the world and is an “unprecedented” threat to the global trading system. Take aviation. By 2036, China is projected to be the No. 1 or No. 2 market in commercial aviation, a sector long dominated by Airbus and Boeing. Its national champion is Comac, which manufactures the ARJ21 regional jet and C919 narrow-body and is developing—with Russia—the CR929 widebody. Beijing’s “Made in China 2025” plan sets aggressive targets for its aircraft industry, tasking Comac with taking more than 10% of the domestic market for mainline commercial aircraft. Credit: Bombardier That goal is backed by mercantilist policies and substantial government subsidies. Beijing has tried to break into markets before. China has poured tens of billions of dollars into cracking the semiconductor oligopoly controlled by U.S., Japanese, South Korean and Taiwanese companies. But so far it has not been successful in securing state-of-the-art integrated-circuit manufacturing technology because the industry has worked collaboratively to frustrate Chinese mercantilist ambitions. This has prevented the semiconductor market from suffering the fate of solar photovoltaics, or steel, where the market has been gutted by excess capacity from hundreds of new Chinese businesses. Bombardier’s China strategy amounts to aiding and abetting Chinese mercantilism in commercial aviation, with predictable consequences for the global aerospace industry. The company entered into an agreement with Comac in 2012 to explore synergies between the C Series and C919, with the goal of challenging the Airbus-Boeing duopoly. Nothing concrete came out of that, and Bombardier nearly went bankrupt in 2015 before receiving investments from Canadian provincial and federal entities of at least $3 billion. In May 2017, the Financial Times reported that Comac and Bombardier held talks about Chinese entities buying a stake in Bombardier Commercial Aircraft or the C Series, quoting an unnamed source as saying, “everything is on the table.” That included Chinese access to Bombardier’s technologies and its marketing, distribution and support infrastructure. This potential collaboration with China is, in my opinion, the principal but unspoken reason behind Boeing’s trade complaint. As a Canadian company, Bombardier is entitled to preferences under the North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA) that sharply restrict U.S. trade actions so long as the product qualifies as NAFTA-origin. Indeed, Canada’s entitlement to arbitration under NAFTA’s Section 19 may be its last resort in the C Series dispute short of taking its case to the World Trade Organization. Not surprisingly, the U.S. wants to eliminate Chapter 19 in the renegotiation of NAFTA now underway. So long as components add up to 50% of transaction value or 60% of net cost, a product qualifies for NAFTA preference. What if Chinese aerospace companies gained access to those same NAFTA preferences? In its defense against Boeing’s claims, Bombardier says more than 50% of Canadian-assembled C Series aircraft come from the U.S., including its engines and avionics. The wing comes from Bombardier’s plant in Northern Ireland, but much of the fuselage already comes from SACC in China. It is conceivable that Bombardier could incorporate NAFTA-qualified engines, avionics and subsystems, but complete the final assembly in China—and have an aircraft that still qualifies as NAFTA-origin under the current rules. Similarly, Chinese-built aircraft branded “Bombardier” could be sold from Canada while bypassing all tariffs against a China-based manufacturer. And Bombardier technology could enable Comac to build a successor to the C919 that would be truly competitive with Airbus and Boeing offerings in China. In other words, with Chinese investment, Comac-Bombardier could rapidly stand up as a capable competitor to the Airbus-Boeing duopoly in the North American and Chinese markets. Boeing’s complaints about C Series subsidies are getting the media attention, but Bombardier’s willingness to transfer technologies and knowhow to China is at the heart of this trade dispute. Danny Lam is a research associate at the University of Waterloo in Ontario. His research includes work on China, NAFTA and defense issues. The views expressed are not necessarily those of Aviation Week.
  5. Gotta love this quote. Eventually the pilots manage to regain control and slow the plane down, with Mr Bogdan praising their 'incredible skills'
  6. "So you wanna be a pilot?"

    I think so. I didn't check but they seemed to fit.
  7. "So you wanna be a pilot?"

    I was drafted wearing blue jeans one day.
  8. CS100 at London City Airport

    Another positive C series story. As Defcon says--"Go Canada"
  9. This kinda goes back to the pathetic, (IMHO), 60's era mantra of looking out for number one. What is wrong with leaving something for the kids. For that matter, why wait until you're dead. Do it now. There's a good chance they can shelter money in RRSP's, TFSA's or on a mortgage, while you would have to pay all that tax on any income. We are fortunate in Canada in that we are unrestricted in giving financial gifts to our kids. In the US they are much more restricted.
  10. News Chorus Aviation announces agreements to acquire two Embraer 190 aircraft on lease to KLM Cityhopper and Aeromexico Connect Jul 17, 2017 HALIFAX, July 17, 2017 /CNW/ - Chorus Aviation Inc. ('Chorus') (TSX: CHR) announced today agreements by Chorus Aviation Capital's subsidiaries to acquire two Embraer 190 aircraft. One of these aircraft is currently on lease to Dutch carrier KLM Cityhopper, a subsidiary of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. The other aircraft is currently on lease with Aerolitoral, S.A. de C.V. (d.b.a. Aeromexico Connect), a subsidiary of Aerovías de México, S.A. de C.V. (d.b.a. 'Aeromexico'). The aircraft are three years old and the first Embraer 190s to be added to Chorus Aviation Capital's regional aircraft fleet. Reflecting on the acquisition, Chorus Aviation Capital's President, Steven Ridolfi, said, "We are delighted to add these two outstanding, world-renowned customers to our growing pool of airline lessees, and look forward to adding the first two Embraer 190s to our fleet." "This transaction represents an exciting milestone for Chorus," said Joe Randell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Chorus. "We are broadening our revenue base through the addition of high-quality lessees and extending our market reach through the addition of Embraer aircraft to our fleet. Importantly, we are growing by leveraging what we know best: regional aviation." The transactions are expected to close in the third quarter and are subject to customary conditions precedent to closing, including novation of the existing leases. About Chorus Headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Chorus was incorporated on September 27, 2010. Chorus' vision is to deliver regional aviation to the world. Chorus owns Jazz Aviation and Voyageur Aviation – companies that have long histories of safe and solid operations that deliver excellent customer service in the areas of contract flying operations, engineering, fleet management, and maintenance, repair and overhaul. Chorus has been leasing its owned regional aircraft into Jazz's Air Canada Express operation since 2009, and recently established Chorus Aviation Capital to become a leading, global provider of regional aircraft leases and support services. Chorus Class A Variable Voting Shares and Class B Voting Shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbol 'CHR'. For more information about Chorus and its subsidiaries, see Forward-Looking Information This news release may contain "forward-looking information" as defined under applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking information typically contains words such as "anticipate", "believe", "could", "should", "estimate", "expect", "intend", "may", "plan", "predict", "project", "will", "would", and similar words and phrases, including references to assumptions. Such information may involve but is not limited to comments with respect to strategies, expectations, planned operations or future actions. Forward-looking information related to analyses and other information that are based on forecasts of future results, estimates of amounts not yet determinable and other uncertain events. Forward looking information, by its nature, is based on assumptions, including those described below, and is subject to important risks and uncertainties. Any forecasts or forward-looking predictions or statements cannot be relied upon due to, amongst other things, changing external events and general uncertainties of the business. Such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause results to differ materially from expectations in this news release include, without limitation, that the conditions precedent to the closing of the transactions contemplated by this news release are not fulfilled or waived by the parties. For a further discussion of risks, please refer to the section titled "Risk Factors" in Chorus' 2016 Annual Information Form. Any statements containing forward-looking information in this news release represent Chorus' expectations as of July 17, 2017. Chorus disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable securities laws. SOURCE Chorus Aviation Inc. For further information: Chorus Media Contacts: Manon Stuart, Halifax, Nova Scotia, (902) 873-5054,; Debra Williams, Toronto, Ontario, (905) 671-7769,; Analyst Contact: Nathalie Megann, Halifax, Nova Scotia, (902) 873-5094,
  11. SFO Incident

    Interesting interview on CTV.
  12. This may have been posted before and I just Missed it. It's look like the initial rotation was at V1.
  13. What's he talking about. Grandmothers are sexy. I should know as I'm married to one.
  14. The Captain said things like "our survival depends on your co-operating" and to pray and that hopefully we'll all get there safely. This is a guy that is just building up the drama so that he looks like a hero when they land. Instead of trying to reassure the passengers he did exactly the opposite adding to the stress of everyone in the back including the crew. Unbelievably unprofessional.
  15. A very interesting read.