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  1. Maverick

    Trump's Space Force

    Wilson Pegs Initial Space Force Cost At $12.9B Atlas launch: ULA U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson has outlined a plan to build a Space Development Agency and lay the foundation for a separate military service known as the U.S. Space Force by fiscal 2020. The first five years of the Space Force is estimated to cost $12.9 billion, according to a Sept. 14 report included in a letter from Wilson to “colleagues.” Space Force funding would come in next February’s fiscal 2020 budget request, and the first year of the Space Force, which would fund the creation of a headquarters and combatant command, would cost $3.3 billion, according to a copy of the letter obtained by Aerospace DAILY. That new Space Force would include space elements of the U.S. Army, Navy and Marine Corps, as well as the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), but Wilson’s letter to does not make reference to the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, which cooperates extensively with the NRO and uses Earth-observation satellites for mapping purposes. Wilson proposes having the Space Rapid Capabilities Office assume the duties of a Space Development Agency and declare initial operational capability in fiscal 2019. The Space Rapid Capabilities Office was approved by Congress in 2018 and was given authority to move quickly and efficiently. “Like the National Reconnaissance Office, the Space Rapid Capabilities Office, fulfilling the role of the Space Development Agency, will be staffed with members from all Services and U.S. government agencies,” the report reads. “We propose other military departments have a direct role in developing capability solutions to ensure sustainment, training, logistics and other organize, train and equip activities fully considered across the Services.” The service plan would outline what resources are necessary to establish a Space Force headquarters in fiscal 2020. This includes establishing a budget, scoping the service’s mission, and gaining authorities from Congress and approvals for the new organization. In fiscal 2021, the Pentagon would move to organize and realign forces to complete the establishment and transition to a Department of the Space Force. This would include bringing the Space Development Agency, Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, elements of Army Space and Missile Defense Command, and elements of Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command into the Space Force. The consolidation of the NRO into the new service will not adversely affect the intelligence community, the document reads. The document calls for establishing the Space Force through organic legislation in a way that is consistent with how the other services were created, in a structure that “will closely follow the Army and Air Force,” the document says. A service secretary must be nominated with full Title 10 authorities to organize, train and equip the new service. The Space Force would take on the programs involved in operating, sustaining and modernizing space launch vehicles, ground command and control of space systems, ground-based space surveillance, early warning and other space systems that are used to support national security missions. The new force will require the transfer of space forces from the Army, Navy, Missile Defense Agency, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Defense Information Systems Agency and NRO. It also includes the air bases housing radars designed to track ICBMs bound for the U.S., such as Clear AFS in Alaska.
  2. Budget airline Tigerair Australia grounded one of its jets for three weeks last month after it flew back to Australia from maintenance work in the Philippines with serious undetected faults. The incident has prompted parent company Virgin Australia to end all maintenance work at the facility owned by Singapore Airlines - which owns 20 per cent of Virgin - and has raised questions about Tigerair's and the air safety regulator's oversight of offshore maintenance work. Tigerair discovered the fault when the plane landed back in Melbourne. Photo: James Morgan Tigerair flew one of its three Boeing 737s to Clark International Airport near the Filipino city of Angeles on July 17 to undergo heavy maintenance work. The jet returned to Melbourne with only crew on board two weeks later, on July 31, and Tigerair engineers discovered that a modification to the plane's cargo bay smoke evacuation system had been installed incorrectly. The work was akin to the skills of a "home handyman", according to Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association federal secretary Steve Purvinas, with unsecured components and wires connected to the wrong terminals. The fault required extensive repair work followed by testing, which meant the jet was sitting idle in Melbourne for three weeks and forced the airline - which only has 15 planes - to cancel some services. Another fault was discovered before the plane's first service flight on August 22, when crew found a flight attendant's seatbelt was not properly bolted to the seat. The airline said Photo: Supplied "What concerns us most is other latent defects, hidden now, but waiting to resurface at 30,000 feet," Mr Purvinas said. "They didn’t know about the seatbelts - what else don’t they know?" Tigerair's head of engineering Rob Furber said the company had conducted an "extensive review" of the work done in the Philippines both before and after the aircraft returned to service. "Tigerair has stringent safety management and standard operating procedures in place," Mr Furber said. The faulty workmanship was done by Singapore Airlines, which owns 20 per cent of Virgin Australia. "The safety of our aircraft, passengers and crew is always our highest priority and will never be compromised." The plane did not take any passengers before the fault was discovered and fixed, the airline said. Tigerair found out about the smoke extractor defect when it was investigating a fault in the cockpit flight recording system, which led engineers to discover the botched wiring.Add to shortlist Tigerair's two other 737s have undergone work at Singapore Airlines' Philippines facility since June, and the Virgin Group has been using the facility for close to two years, but that relationship has been ended after the deficient work carried out on the aircraft. Aviation analysts and consultant Neil Hansford said the incident raised questions about Tigerair's oversight of its offshore maintenance. “If there was an [Tiger] engineer there, he should lose his licence," he said. “This is the sort of stuff that would cause CASA, if it had balls, to review the engineering approvals of the airline.” Overseas maintenance providers need to be certified by Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority, and the regulator told Fairfax Media it was aware of the "maintenance matters" at Tigerair. Add CASA was working with the airline and the provider, SIA Engineering Philippines (SIAEP), to "ensure that the high standards of Australian aviation safety are maintained", a spokeswoman said. The SIAEP facility was due to be audited by CASA this year, and the authority has conducted three on-site audits there since 2014, she said. But Mr Purvinas, from the engineers' union, said CASA had recently moved to a new system that used a computer algorithm to determine when a provider should be audited, which had resulted in fewer checks. CASA said it was on track to deliver an overall annual increase of surveillance and associated oversight activities this year. A spokeswoman for SIAEP said the company was "working closely with Tigerair Australia to understand the issues reported on one of their Boeing 737 aircraft". "SIAEC has performed 10 maintenance checks this year on other Tigerair Australia aircraft at our Philippines facilities, all of which have been completed to the highest standards," she said. In 2011, before Virgin bought the airline from its Singaporean owners, CASA grounded the entire Tiger Airways fleet for more then five weeks over lax safety standards. It is common for airlines to send their aircraft offshore or to third parties for maintenance. Qantas, for instance, does some of its wide-body heavy maintenance at its own facility in Los Angeles, and at a third-party facility in Hong Kong. The Virgin Group has been loss-making for six consecutive years and its Tigerair division has been particularly challenged, running at a $24 million loss last year. Tigerair is in the process of converting its 15-strong fleet from Airbus to Boeing aircraft.
  3. Maverick

    Air Canada fined $65K

    Agreed, utterly worthless piece of journalism.
  4. Already posted but thanks for posting it again, Malcolm. Remind me again of your background in Tech Ops? You are implying that something nefarious is happening and it's not. You're a troll and I will challenge you on every one of your baseless statements.
  5. It does not seem reasonable because you haven't a clue about how maintenance programs work. Perhaps if you'd asked me or others, you might have been told that WJ is aligned under the MSG3 program which, in a nut shell allows any carrier to shorten up time between checks but never increase it without mountains of empirical data, the approval of Transport Canada, The FAA and the manufacturer. I'm 99% sure that AC also maintains their Boeing fleet under MSG3, I won't speculate on their Airbus, Embraer or Bombardier fleet because I don't know and would not want to unfairly imply anything derogatory about their maintenance program. (unlike you just did). But you didn't ask. unsurprisingly.
  6. Maverick

    The Benefits of Self Compliance

    Interesting link, thanks deicer. I wonder how they managed to extend the recommended overhaul time? They may have their own engineering division that approved it. In my present world (Heavy Maintenance) we have discussions all the time about Boeing recommendations and if there's any issues we've seen we almost invariably incorporate them early to prevent dealing with a bigger issue later. The ounce of prevention model...
  7. Maverick

    Where is Bean ?

    Bean hasn't been on here in years but clowns like you can't help yourselves with taking cheap shots. As others have mentioned what aggravated you guys was that he was usually right! Air Canada was a basket case at that time and came within a whisper of collapsing. He called it as he saw it, what the hell is wrong with that? You're like a millennial that doesn't want to hear anything bad!
  8. Maverick

    Where is Bean ?

    Well, most of us either enjoyed or didn't enjoy his views but he was undoubtedly well connected. Yes there was a bias but a more well informed poster we've had few of.  On the other hand, People like you that chuck stuff like you just did we have/had plenty of and I suspect that's why he elected to stop posting. 
  9. Maverick

    AC To Buy Back Aeroplan?

    That’s some solid investing on AC's part. Very well played.
  10. Maverick

    Winter Flair

    Nice of you to dredge up the same delay again, Malcolm. There's a thread already but you knew that.
  11. Maverick

    Holy sh!t!!!
  12. Maverick

    AirCanada Route Announcements

    Air Canada prepares rouge subsidiary for ULCC competition Aug 9, 2018 Sean Broderick EMAIL inShare Comments 0 Air Canada rouge Airbus A321 Rob Finlayson Related Media Air Canada to swap out rouge Boeing 767s with 737-8s As the Canadian ULCC market heats up, Air Canada said it is prepared to leverage the significant flexibility of its rouge subsidiary to ward off competition, from adding flights in major domestic markets to re-configuring aircraft to match rivals’ all-economy offerings. “We have been preparing to ensure that we have all the tools necessary to offset [low-cost competition] and ensure that we are not negatively impacted,” Air Canada passenger airlines president Ben Smith said. Set up five years ago as a leisure-destination operation, rouge’s network is heavily transborder and international, with only a handful of year-round and seasonal routes within Canada. None of them link any of the country's six largest metropolitan areas—Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa and Edmonton—part of the carrier’s strategy to preserve mainline margins. Calgary-based WestJet and its ULCC subsidiary Swoop are following a similar network strategy, but unlike rouge’s two-class aircraft, Swoop operates 189-seat all-economy Boeing 737-800s. Fast-growing ULCC Flair Airlines is taking the strategy a step further, operating single-class, 158-seat 737-400s on popular domestic routes such as Toronto-Calgary and Vancouver-Calgary. The Edmonton-based carrier’s recent announcement to move its Hamilton services to Toronto will make it even more prominent, and it plans to follow rouge and Swoop into transborder services. While Montreal-based Air Canada set up rouge as a hybrid low-cost leisure carrier, the company has flexibility to transform its subsidiary to meet market needs, thanks in part to a 2017 amendment to its pilot agreement. The deal lifted Rouge's fleet-size cap of 50—25 widebodies and 25 narrowbodies—by permitting more narrowbodies based on Air Canada’s mainline operation and permits rouge aircraft to replace regional feeder flying. Air Canada is already taking advantage of the narrowbody cap’s removal. Its 53-aircraft fleet includes 22 Airbus A319s and six A321s, and it plans to add three A320s next year. It also is evaluating its rouge deployment strategy in light of shifting market dynamics. “We have not deployed one of our options, which is rouge on any of the major markets. We can do that,” Smith said. “We can also modify the rouge model .... We can densify the rouge aircraft to bring down the CASM. So, a lot of flexibility.” Usage of the A320s will be determined by the best opportunities. While the strategy could change, Smith said three options are being considered: adding domestic capacity, flying attractive “southern” routes to Florida, Mexico, and the Caribbean, or replacing regional-feeder flying. “We’re quite pleased with the position we’re in,” he said. Sean Broderick
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    It seems that Michael O'Leary's general policy of disdain for anyone that doesn't share his vision is coming home to roost.