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  1. What’s your thoughts on the old PWA combi’s as far as cleanliness, Malcolm?
  2. The fan is not missing, that’s a JT8D-217 or -219. The first stage is a stator. I’ve seen the bullet come off a -17A. Chewed it up but no serious damage. This one is weirder though, the glow seems to indicate a forward bearing failure.
  3. You know this for a fact? I highly doubt your sh!t chucking version of this event is even remotely close. Hamilton airport is somewhat notorious for having lousy infrastructure and being cheap to the point of lunacy. I suspect, I don't know (unlike you) that the APU was probably U/S and no conditioned air cart was available. I know the 737NG pretty well and the A/C system is pretty robust. Nice try though.
  4. Why can’t Israeli pilots get a GPS signal? By: Kelsey Reichmann   21 hours ago 27249 The International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) reported the disruptions on June 25 and the Israel Airports Authority (IAA) confirmed the following day. (Stephan Rathke/Getty Images) Israeli pilots have reported the loss of a GPS signal near Tel Aviv for nearly three weeks and officials believe Russia could be to blame. The International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) reported the disruptions in a June 25 press release. The Israel Airports Authority (IAA) confirmed the reports June 26. The Israeli Defense Forces radio station, Galei Tzahal, then reported that previously unknown interruptions in the GPS signal were coming from Russia, according to a June 27 BBC article. This sentiment was later confirmed to C4ISRNET by Todd Humphreys, a professor at the University of Texas studying satellite navigation, autonomous systems, and signal processing. Humphreys said his research found that for the past year Russia has been broadcasting a unique combination of jamming and spoofing signals from Syria which he calls “smart jamming.” “What’s going on in Israel is not that Israel is the target of Russian aggression, it’s that it is simply collateral damage,” Humphreys said. This report comes as U.S. military leaders have become increasingly concerned about not having access to accurate position, navigation and timing capabilities. The GPS interruption can deter rudimentary aircraft that rely on civilian GPS signals, said Humphreys. He suspects that the Russian military has made improvements to their transmitters and the change has led to the interruption. “The intent not to fool the servers but to deny service,” Humphreys said. “My suspicion is that the broadcasts they have been making for the last year and a half out of Syria are primarily designed to deter drones and incursions into airspace they wish to control." Humphreys said his guess is that the signals are coming out of Khmeimim Air Base in Syria. He said he knows signals are coming from this base because he can track the signal from space using a GRID receiver on the International Space Station owned by the Naval Research Lab, Cornell, University of Texas, and Aerospace Corp. According to a BBC report, Russia has denied responsibility in the attacks and called them “fake news.” At the same time, Dana A. Goward, the president of Resilient Navigation and Timing Foundation, said his group and 14 other maritime organizations sent a request to the U.S. Coast Guard June 25 requesting an international resolution against GPS jamming and spoofing “Jamming and spoofing of GPS is clearly a hazard. These signals are relied upon for navigation and when they are interfered with...then they can pose a real hazard to safety of life,” he said. Howard said this resolution does not ask for nations to abstain from interfering with GPS signals, but for more transparency when they do. The resolution asks for notification if service was to be disrupted. While the resolution applied only to maritime purposes, Howard said he believes it should apply elsewhere as well. While the interruptions from Syria have been taking place for more than three weeks, no immediate solution to stop these signals appears evident. Yoab Zangvil, chief technology officer and co-founder of Regulus Cyber, a senor security company in Israel, said his firm is working to detect these attacks so it can notify the appropriate parties when they are being spoofed. While the reports coming out of Israel are solely related to civilian technology, Humphreys said the Russians have shown the ability to block military grade equipment in the past. In 2018, NBC News reported the Russian military to be jamming signals to U.S. drones effecting military operations in Syria. In addition, Gen. Raymond Thomas, the former head of Special Operations Command, said in 2018 at the annual GEOINT symposium in Flordia “Right now in Syria we are operating in the most aggressive EW [electronic warfare] environment on the planet.” Kelsey Reichmann Kelsey Reichmann is a general assignment editorial fellow supporting Defense News, Fifth Domain, C4ISRNET and Federal Times. She attended California State University. https://www.c4isrnet.com/global/mideast-africa/2019/07/02/why-cant-israeli-pilots-get-a-gps-signal/?utm_campaign=Socialflow+DFN&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR0_hON5EZQbpdKadn4ssDhfIEUkhgroV6Uzu5l0xBVWl5dW_BRaWZgVHw0
  5. I think this bodes well for the CF-18 replacement being the Eurofighter Typhoon. Airbus has already agreed to a large industrial offset should Canada choose it. https://www.airbus.com/company/worldwide-presence/canada/Typhoon-Canada.html
  6. 'Scariest time of my life': Another woman left alone on empty Air Canada plane CTV National News: Abandoned on an empty plane CTVNews.ca Staff, with a report from CTV Kitchener's Heather Senoran Published Wednesday, June 26, 2019 7:46PM EDT Just days after news broke of a woman being left alone on board an Air Canada flight, another woman has come forward with a similar experience. Pamela Prescod, a 69-year-old woman from Guelph, Ont. who is visually impaired and has several other health issues, landed at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport on April 6 following a three-month vacation in Barbados. For more on this story, visit CTV News Kitchener RELATED STORIES Air Canada reviewing how crew left passenger on parked plane Air Canada passenger says she woke up to find herself forgotten on empty plane PHOTOS Pamela Prescod said she was left alone on an Air Canada flight. She needed help filling out the customs forms and required a wheelchair to leave the Air Canada Rouge aircraft, so she says the crew on-board told her to wait in her seat and they would come back to help. The staff never returned. “(I was) scared because I have all these health issues,” she told CTV News Kitchener. “I didn’t even have a cell phone to call for help.” “The scariest time of my life was there.” Prescod said she sat there for an about an hour until a maintenance worker noticed her. She said the mechanic told her had he not been there, she might have been stuck in the plane for several hours until a cleaning crew arrived. In a statement to CTV News, Air Canada blamed “a miscommunication among crew” for the incident and adds that video shows Prescod was alone in the aircraft for 10 to 15 minutes. “Following this incident, we undertook to review our protocols with respect to on-board service,” Air Canada wrote in the statement. “This involves reinforcing our procedures by more specifically designating responsibilities among crew members to ensure consistent and proper care and handling of all customers, especially those with special needs.” Air Canada has issued Prescod an apology and refunded her the cost of her ticket. They also offered her a $500 voucher for future travel. “I don’t think a plane ticket is good enough,” Prescod said. “I was traumatized.” Michell Knight, one of Prescod’s daughters, came to pick her mother up that day and said the whole ordeal was worrying to say the least. “She’s the only mom I have and if something were to happen to her, that’s a hard loss,” she said. Prescod’s story comes just days after Tiffani O’Brien came forward with a similar experience with Air Canada. During a flight from Quebec City to Toronto earlier this month, O’Brien said she was left on the plane after falling asleep. In this case, O’Brien said the plane had moved off the loading dock and had been parked with all its lights turned off. She was eventually spotted by crew members on the ground. “How could it happen twice in three months if they’re taking the necessary precautions?” said Prescod’s other daughter Debbie Louttet. “How many more have Air Canada just left? How many more times have they dropped the ball?” Knight added that she expects these two incidents to be a wake-up call for Air Canada. “I hope Air Canada realizes they have a commitment to their clients and a responsibility that we are safe, and I hope they do have to face public accountability,” she said. Prescod’s daughters said that moving forward, they will no longer let their mother travel alone. https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/scariest-time-of-my-life-another-woman-left-alone-on-empty-air-canada-plane-1.4484381?fbclid=IwAR2uAqFATm2YOoeVLNfncjzqyUWtI_kvUMtqpiOE7FmhBW3yKw9ElURataI
  7. You dare to smite the reputation of the great Sully, Malcolm? for shame!
  8. My thoughts on this are not quite what CBS's is...
  9. "Sixty-eight airlines won awards in more than 145 categories" "There's lies, damn lies and statistics"
  10. I can't find a good eye-roll emoji for that statement.
  11. Not surprising WestJet Airlines reports 1st-quarter profit up more than 30% Calgary airline says it earned $45.6M or 40 cents per diluted share The Canadian Press · Posted: May 07, 2019 6:19 AM MT | Last Updated: 17 minutes ago Calgary-based WestJet Airlines says its revenue totalled $1.26 billion in the first quarter of 2019, up from $1.19 billion in the same quarter last year. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press) WestJet Airlines Ltd. topped expectations as it reported its first-quarter profit climbed more than 30 per cent compared with a year ago. The airline said it earned $45.6 million or 40 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended March 31 compared with a profit of $34.2 million or 30 cents per diluted share a year ago. Revenue totalled $1.26 billion, up from $1.19 billion in the same quarter last year. Analysts on average had expected a profit of 30 cents per share and revenue of $1.28 billion, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon. The increased earnings came as WestJet saw both its capacity, measured by available seat miles, and its traffic, measured by revenue passenger miles, climb by 5.3 per cent compared with a year ago. WestJet's load factor, a measure of how full its aircraft were, held steady at 84.8 per cent in the quarter. Analyst Doug Taylor of Canaccord Genuity called the results "mixed," noting solid profits, but "slightly disappointing" revenue per available seat mile (RASM), a key performance measure. WestJet's RASM came in well below that of Air Canada, which posted its quarterly results Monday. Both airlines have been scrambling to adjust their schedules in the fallout from the global grounding of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft. WestJet has 13 Max 8s, which make up about eight per cent of its roughly 160-plane fleet. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/westjet-profit-first-quarter-calgary-1.5125748
  12. Southwest Airlines Considers The Airbus A220 Amid Boeing 737 MAX Fiasco byJoanna Bailey April 24, 2019 4 minute read It seems that some of the Southwest Airlines team are on a trip to Europe, to ‘kick the proverbial tires’ of an A220. What in the world are Boeing’s most loyal customer doing over at Airbus? Could they really be considering defecting to the ‘other’ side? Airbus A220-100. Photo: Airbus. Southwest are the most loyal of any airline to Boeing, but it appears that the recent issues with the 737 MAX could have begun to sour their close relationship. Southwest, as the biggest operator of the MAX, were hit the hardest when the aircraft was grounded, and are anticipating it being out of service until at least August. Could this be enough to turn Southwest against Boeing? It seems it might be, as we’ve recently learned that members of the Southwest team have been away in Europe evaluating the Airbus A220. SCOOP: Since the 737 Max was grounded, representatives of Southwest Airlines paid a visit to a European A220 operator to kick proverbial tires on the aircraft and hear about the carrier’s experience with the new jet. http://bit.ly/2URG5sh (via @theaircurrent) “Obviously, at this point in time, we don’t have any plans to change there. But like anyone, we’ll have to constantly evaluate what’s available in the marketplace. And we’ve been a Boeing customer all these years, and I think chances are we’ll continue to be a Boeing customer.” Southwest’s long standing love for Boeing Back when Southwest was founded, Herb Kelleher made a deal which was sealed on nothing more than a handshake. The deal said that “no airline on Earth would ever pay less for a 737 than Southwest”, and although it wasn’t signed and sealed, that deal has been largely honored over the decades. Southwest aren’t just a customer of the 737; they have been instrumental in guiding the development of the aircraft too. Over the years, Southwest has provided a cushion to Boeing at times of production peaks and troughs, and they have been the launch customer for the last two generations of the plane too. Southwest Airlines have been loyal 737 customers since they launched. Photo: Aero Icarus via Flickr The unique partnership between Boeing and Southwest has benefitted both parties. For Southwest, they get a top service and the best prices from the US plane maker. For Boeing, they get the flexibility they need to grow without increasing production, as Southwest have regularly relinquished delivery positions to allow Boeing to supply 737s to other airlines. However, if the rumors are to be believed, the loyalty of Southwest could be coming to an end. If the most Boeing of all Boeing customers, is ready to defect to Airbus over the 737 MAX fiasco, it doesn’t bode at all well for the future of the aircraft. Pilots uncertain Over a week ago, the leadership of the Southwest Airlines pilots union (SWAPA) began to question their all-Boeing fleet strategy. Since its inception, Southwest has only operated 737s, a strategy which has brought about all sorts of economies and enabled the low cost carrier to prove a worthy competitor to the US legacy airlines. However, following a three hour meeting between SWAPA and the FAA, president of SWAPA Jon Weaks sent out a memo to its members. Within the memo, he referred to “the advantages and disadvantages of an airline having a single fleet and having aircraft from only one manufacturer.” Could Southwest be looking away from Boeing? Image: Wikimedia The memo clearly channeled a degree of anger from pilots regarding the MCAS, particularly how it was never mentioned in pilots training and wasn’t even in the MAX flight manuals. Weaks said, “Boeing will, and should, continue to face scrutiny of the ill-designed MCAS and initial nondisclosure of the new flight control logic,” That the pilot union of such a devoted Boeing customer is raising the possibility of purchasing planes from another manufacturer speaks volumes about just how damaging the past few months have been for both Boeing and Southwest. Will Southwest buy the A220? If Southwest are planning to move away from a single model fleet, then the A220 could be a suitable replacement. While the 737 can fit a few more passengers than the A220, the comforts on board may make up for this. The seat size on the A220 are an inch wider and have up to two inches more pitch. It has a range of roughly 100 nmi longer, will cost much less to run and can land on shorter runways than the MAX. One thing that might be a deal breaker for Southwest is the cost. With the sort of discounts they’re getting on the 737 MAX, they could buy two of them for the cost of one A220. However, we’d full expect Airbus to offer them a cracking discount too; after all, what’s it worth to them to draw away Boeing’s most loyal customer? Do you think Southwest will buy A220s for their fleet? https://simpleflying.com/southwest-a220-order/?fbclid=IwAR0SvhrbPATupbfJnJzRpHEsyIRN04E8_3gEqSe13kosfIyQQKFuNrtQil4