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  1. Fifi and Doc

    I'm a warbird guy. That's awesome!
  2. New Low Cost Start up in Canada

    I'll bet one of them will have a successful startup.
  3. United Airlines Offering Immigrants Special Flights That Circle U.S. Awaiting Gaps In Travel Ban CHICAGO—In response to the executive order restricting entry to the United States from six majority-Muslim nations, United Airlines announced Friday that the carrier will offer immigrants and refugees special flights that continuously circle the country until gaps in the travel ban allow them to land. “We’re excited to offer numerous daily flights from Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Somalia, and Sudan to a perpetual holding pattern above the Atlantic Ocean, where international travelers can enjoy a relaxing journey while waiting for a federal court to temporarily suspend the ban,” said United spokesman Karen Jennings, adding that customers attempting to flee their war-torn native countries or just visit their American relatives will be offered onboard meals and a wide array of in-flight entertainment options throughout the voyage up and down the eastern coastline, which may last anywhere from one week to several years depending on the specific terms of the legal challenge to the executive order. “Rest assured, our pilots will be in constant radio contact to keep passengers updated on the appeals process, and each aircraft will stay within 60 miles of a major airport at all times to take advantage of any temporary restraining order with a quick landing.” United officials added that complimentary Wi-Fi would be available for the first month of the flight, but that passengers who wish to continue using the service will be charged $7.99 for each additional hour.

    It's often used for an area that requires aerodynamic sealant but there isn't sufficient time to allow it to set up. I don't think this is the case here and I'm actually kind of mystified as to why it would be there.

    Agreed, that's about a 5 minute job to put fresh tape on there. It's not really a hazard but it is certainly not something a professional would leave as is.
  6. After seven months of protectionist rhetoric from President Donald Trump’s administration, the Canadian aerospace and defense industries may look to increase business ties to the Asia-Pacific region. A new report from the Conference Board of Canada warns Canadian companies that they must no longer be content with supplying U.S. companies, especially as sales of narrowbody aircraft surge. Not only that, Canada’s nonprofit, nonpartisan economic trend analysis group said in a report July 5 that its A&D sector will have to safeguard itself while growing its global reach and should increase its presence in Asia. Credit: Bombardier “Canada’s aerospace industry is highly integrated and dependent on trade flows, particularly with the United States. As the [North American Free Trade Agreement] renegotiation process moves forward, it will be critical for the industry to keep these trade channels open to limit disruption of its supply chain,” says board economist Carlos Murillo. “The industry needs to continue to expand and diversify its supplier and customer base away from the U.S. market.” The U.S. is the Canadian A&D industry’s largest trading partner, with about 40% of domestic demand for aerospace products fulfilled by U.S. imports, while about half of Canadian-made products are exported south of the border. But Canada’s trade with the Asia-Pacific and European regions has been expanding. In particular, its exports to China, Malta, Singapore, Spain and Switzerland have grown “rapidly” over the past decade, although these five countries combined still account for less than 15% of total exports, the report says. “Canadian firms will continue to look to emerging economies for growth, particularly Asia, where demand for single-aisle aircraft is expanding rapidly,” according to the board. “This presents an opportunity for Canada’s aerospace companies involved in the production of the Bombardier C Series aircraft to expand their market share in this segment, and for the industry to diversify its supplier and customer base.” Known Knowns The U.S. Air Force is in the midst of deciding whether to compete production of the next tranche of GPS III satellites, but the House Appropriations Committee indicates it would prefer the service keep Lockheed Martin, which is producing the first 10 spacecraft in the constellation. Lockheed is trying to hang on to production of GPS, while Boeing, the previous GPS incumbent, and Northrop Grumman, which makes satellites for the intelligence community, are trying to gain a foothold. The defense spending bill for fiscal 2018 passed by the committee on June 29 says the “least technologically risky and most cost-effective approach to procuring space vehicles 11 and beyond is to continue block buys within the program of record.” The committee also asks Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson to review solutions that would not just limit technical and schedule risks but also consider how to reuse existing technology and infrastructure investments. Lockheed, for example, has constructed a massive thermal vacuum test chamber and a cavernous anechoic chamber at a Colorado processing facility for GPS III satellites. Precision Strike The House Armed Services Committee remains at odds with the Navy over its requirements for a carrier-based UAV—the MQ-25 Carrier-Based Aerial Refueling System. Since 2015, when the Navy referred to that system as the Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike System, the committee has raised concerns that funding a nonstealthy UAV might preclude spending on a stealthy, long-range penetrating system. In the recently passed fiscal 2018 defense authorization bill, the committee revisits that issue for the platform now called MQ-25, which is tasked with providing aerial refueling to other naval aircraft. The bill would block 75% of MQ-25 funding until Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson certifies that the aircraft meets a “validated capability gap.” A report on the bill notes the committee is concerned that the most recent documentation sent to contractors did not include precision strike among the requirements. “The Navy may be unnecessarily excluding a critical capability and precluding future growth in a platform that will likely be integrated into the carrier air wing for the next 30 years,” the report says. Boeing, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Lockheed and Northrop are vying to make the MQ-25. A request for proposals is anticipated soon, and a contract should be awarded in 2018. The current tanker mission is well suited to General Atomics’ aircraft. But the contenders’ platforms could hold an edge when it comes to long-range precision strike. With Michael Bruno in Washington
  7. Interesting Take Off.

    It looks like a flaps 1 takeoff. The 737NG can't deploy the leading edges without trailing edge movement.
  8. We're not looking for publicity. Just doing the right thing. If you can't find it, well that's on you!
  9. Amelia Earhart

    To be taken with a grain of salt perhaps...
  10. Bonjour Gumbi, any rumours of what AT's doing with the A330's? The early ones are approaching 20 years, A330NEO or A350's perhaps?
  11. I'm still a bit mystified on EBITDAR, I get it that AC's numbers look good but they've taken delivery of how many 787-9's this year? It's at least four that I've seen plus the progress payments on all the MAX's they have coming etc. Is EBITDAR an approved stat under GAAP? Regardless, they'll probably still have some pretty sound numbers this quarter.
  12. You have information you'd like to share that hasn't been disclosed or are you just chucking sh!t, again?
  13. I think it's north of 60 for the 600/700. What it will cost Boeing is not really the point. I doubt WJ or SW for that matter want to be stuck with an aircraft with limited to no resale value. The -600 is a case in point. Nobody wants them. I suspect WestJet will run them out the back door at 25 years. Leaves a pretty big hole in the fleet between 80 and 180 seats as the -700's depart... hmm, wonder what could fill that void?
  14. "Maybe a little late for WestJet, the sky is getting crowded into YVR" There's 1.3 Billion Chinese but you're probably right, Jackie Chan was the final karate chop for WestJet! Cancel them Dreamliners!
  15. 150 years young