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  1. "Sixty-eight airlines won awards in more than 145 categories" "There's lies, damn lies and statistics"
  2. I can't find a good eye-roll emoji for that statement.
  3. 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.
  4. 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. (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?
  5. New Delhi (CNN Business)Jet Airways has finally been grounded. The once-mighty Indian carrier said in a statement Wednesday that it was suspending all flights after failing to secure emergency funding from the country's banks. The airline has been struggling for months to stay in business and the announcement follows weeks of speculation over its fate. "This has been a very difficult decision but without interim funding, the airline is simply unable to conduct flight operations," Jet Airways said in statement. The company said it was informed late Tuesday by a consortium of lenders that they would not be able to provide new funding. Jet Airways was not able to find another source of cash. Jet Airways described the suspension of flights operations as temporary, but the absence of funding puts more than 20,000 jobs at risk. Debt-stricken Jet Airways cancels all international flights The carrier was founded in the early 1990s by Naresh Goyal and went on to dominate India's airline industry, accounting for nearly 20% of passengers carried by Indian airlines in 2018. Yet in recent years it struggled to cut costs to compete with newer budget airlines like IndiGo. Rising oil prices and the increased volatility of India's currency, the rupee, only made matters worse. Swati Gupta contributed reporting.
  6. Personally I think this will leave a DC-10 like legacy. A safe aircraft that will be successful but will probably always have a stigma attached to it. I deal with Max all the time, they're great to work on but I've also worked on the A320 as well and I sometimes wistfully think, if only Boeing had...
  7. Umm, I've cranked the wheel full nose up to full nose down and lets just say it's not an insignificant number of turns. 2 or 3 turns of the wheel would most likely be unnoticeable considering all that was going on at that moment.
  8. A shot across Boeing's bow for sure. Airbus secures multi-billion dollar jet order from China 26 March 2019 Airbus has secured an order from China for 300 jets, in a deal estimated to be worth tens of billions of dollars. An agreement to purchase A320 and A350 XWB aircraft was signed during a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Paris. The order is part of a package of deals signed during Mr Xi's visit to Europe. It comes as rival Boeing has grounded all of its 737 Max jets after two fatal crashes. Airbus said in a statement it signed an agreement with China Aviation Supplies Holding Company covering the purchase by Chinese airlines of Airbus aircraft including 290 A320 planes, and ten A350 XWB jets. The deal is worth an estimated 30bn euros ($34bn; £26bn), according to reports. Airbus to lift plane production in China Boeing grounds entire crash aircraft fleet Italy joins China's New Silk Road project "We are honoured to support the growth of China's civil aviation with our leading aircraft families - single-aisle and wide-bodies," Airbus Commercial Aircraft President Guillaume Faury said in a statement. Mr Faury is due to become Airbus's new chief executive in April. "Our expanding footprint in China demonstrate our lasting confidence in the Chinese market and our long-term commitment to China and our partners." The deal will likely be a blow for Boeing, under pressure after two fatal crashes involving its 737 Max 8 jets in five months. Many countries banned the aircraft from their airspace after an Ethiopian Airlines crash earlier this month. Boeing later grounded its 737 Max fleet as investigations into the cause of the disaster continue. What's next for Boeing? Mr Xi kicked off his European tour last week in Italy, where it became the first developed economy to sign up to China's global Belt and Road Initiative. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption China's President Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron But other European countries and the United States have expressed concern at China's growing influence.
  9. Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air reconsider Boeing 737 MAX orders Mar 15, 2019 Chen Chuanren Garuda Indonesia and LCC Lion Air are reconsidering Boeing 737 MAX orders following the Ethiopian Airlines ET302 crash March 10 that killed 157 people soon after takeoff from Addis Ababa, and the worldwide grounding of the type. The Indonesia transport safety committee (KNKT) will also hasten the release the accident report for Lion Air flight JT610, a Boeing 737 MAX that crashed into the Java Sea Oct. 29, 2018. Garuda president director I Gusti Ngurah Askhara Danadiputra told Indonesian reporters the “airline lost confidence in the model (737 MAX) following two crashes and is in talks with Boeing for the potential cancellation of the remaining 49 737 MAX 8s on order. Garuda’s first and only 737 MAX 8 has been grounded since March 11 under orders by the Indonesian Transport Ministry. Garuda was to take delivery of the remaining 49 aircraft through 2030, part of a 50-aircraft deal signed in 2014. According to a Bloomberg report, LCC Lion Air also mooted the idea of canceling its order of more than 180 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, in favor for the Airbus A320. The airline is still studying the legality of the matter, although airline director Daniel Putut said Lion Air has suspended the delivery of four 737 MAX deliveries scheduled for this year. Lion Air had made similar threats in December 2018, following the October JT610 crash and there have been disagreements between Boeing and the airline over responsibility. The group has both the MAX 8 and MAX 9 in service, flown under the Malindo and Thai Lion Air subsidiary in Malaysia and Indonesia, respectively. Meanwhile, KNKT head Soerjanto told Reuters the agency will release the JT610 accident report by at least a month earlier than the expected August-September timeframe. KNKT also offered assistance to relevant Ethiopian authorities for the ET302 crash investigation. The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines called on FAA and Boeing for clarity, as well as a timely MAX resolution, so as to provide airlines and authorities the necessary information to access risks and make judgments to lift suspensions. Chen Chuanren,
  10. Norwegian to seek compensation from Boeing on 737 MAX grounding Mar 14, 2019 Helen Massy-Beresford Norwegian Air Shuttle will seek compensation from Boeing over the MAX grounding, CEO Bjorn Kjos said. Nations and regions around the world have been grounding the 737 MAX, following the March 10 crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 near Addis Ababa, killing all 157 on board. The Ethiopian MAX crash came just over four months after a Lion Air 737 MAX 8 crashed off the Indonesian coast Oct. 29, 2018. The US FAA was the latest to announce it was grounding the narrowbody March 13 with immediate effect, following the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) March 12 decision to suspend MAX operations in the region. In a video posted on Twitter March 13, Kjos said only a small part of Norwegian’s operation was affected—about 1% of seat capacity. But he added: “It is quite obvious that we will not take the cost related to the new aircraft that we have to park temporarily. We will send this bill to those who produce this aircraft.” “What happens next is in the hands of European aviation authorities, but we hope and expect that our MAXs will be airborne soon,” Kjos added. Norwegian said March 13 it would temporarily deploy a Boeing 787-9 on US flights from Dublin as part of efforts to minimize disruption by reallocating other aircraft, re-booking passengers and combining flights. “Customers booked on affected transatlantic routes to and from Ireland serviced by the 737 MAX will be rebooked onto flights using the 787-9, which has a 338-seat configuration. The 787 Dreamliner, registered G-CKWF with Charles Lindbergh on the aircraft tail, will operate the Dublin-New York Stewart (SWF) route daily,” the LCC said. Helen Massy-Beresford,
  11. I can see a software update and a service bulletin to incorporate an AOA indicator on the PFD along with some sort of "MCAS operating" light as well. With the size of the display I can't see it being a big issue at all.
  12. As dagger and Don said, sending the boxes to the BEA is both prudent and stunning at the same time. At its very basic level it's a total bitch-slap of the the NTSB and the Trump administration in one fell swoop!
  13. Ethiopian Airlines flight to Nairobi crashes, deaths reported The Boeing 737 crashed en route to Nairobi, six minutes after taking off from Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa. An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crashed en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi with 149 passengers and eight crew believed to be on board, Ethiopian Airlines said. Ethiopia's prime minister offered condolences to victims' families. "We hereby confirm that our scheduled flight ET 302 from Addis Ababa to Nairobi was involved in an accident today," the airline said in a statement on Sunday. "It is believed that there were 149 passengers and eight crew on board the flight but we are currently confirming the details of the passenger manifest for the flight," according to the statement. The airline said "search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible casualties." The plane took off at 8:38am (06:38 GMT) from Bole International Airport and "lost contact" six minutes later near Bishoftu, a town about 60km southeast of Addis Ababa by road. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's office tweeted it "would like to express its deepest condolences to the families of those that have lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning." Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta offered prayers for the family members and loved-ones of those on the plane. "We are saddened by the news of an Ethiopian Airlines passenger aircraft that is reported to have crashed 6 minutes after takeoff en route to Kenya. My prayers go to all the families and associates of those on board," Kenyatta said in Twitter. Ethiopian Airlines said it would send staff to the accident scene to "do everything possible to assist the emergency services". It would also set up a passenger information centre and a dedicated telephone number for family and friends of people who may have been on the flight. The Boeing 737-800MAX is the same type of plane as the Indonesian Lion Air jet that crashed last October, 13 minutes after takeoff from Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board. The last major accident involving an Ethiopian Airlines passenger plane was a Boeing 737-800 that exploded after taking off from Lebanon in 2010, killing 83 passengers and seven crew. Boeing Airlpanes said on its Twitter account that it was aware of the reports about Sunday's accident and was "closely monitoring the situation". 'Brand new aircraft' Speaking to Al Jazeera from Malaga, Spain, aviation analyst Alex Macheras explained that the 737 MAX is the brand new updated version of the Boeing 737. "The MAX is in service all around the world. Airlines such as the Ethiopian Airlines are using this aircraft, as it is the latest, the most fuel-efficient, short-range Boeing aircraft on the market. "The aircraft that has been involved in the accident today is less than four months old. It was delivered to Ethiopia in mid-November, when it flew from the US, made a fuel stop in Ireland, and was delivered to Addis Ababa, which is hub of the Ethiopian Airlines. Macheras said new aircraft "do have their hiccups" but that is not to say they are unsafe or more prone to being involved in accidents. "There are certain advisories for lots of new aircrafts and that's perfectly normal as they enter the market place," he added. The Boeing 737 MAX was initiated in response to Airbus's A320 Neo. Both planes feature modifications to make the aircraft more fuel-efficient. "It's a very safe aircraft," Macheras said, "but of course this accident will send jitters across the industry."
  14. Umm, not sure if that’s an accurate representation of a potential future issue...
  16. This could no nuclear in a heartbeat! Pakistan says it downed 2 Indian warplanes, captured pilot India says it foiled Pakistani attack over disputed Kashmir region The Associated Press · Posted: Feb 27, 2019 1:48 AM ET | Last Updated: an hour ago Pakistani soldiers stand next to what Pakistan says is the wreckage of an Indian fighter jet shot down in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir. (STR/AFP/Getty Images) 217 comments Pakistan's air force shot down two Indian warplanes after they crossed the boundary between the two nuclear-armed rivals in the disputed territory of Kashmir on Wednesday, the country's chief military spokesperson said. "There is only one pilot under Pakistan Army's custody," Maj.-Gen. Asif Ghafoor said Wednesday in a tweet above a photograph apparently showing the captured pilot, who was shot down earlier in the day after responding to a Pakistani airstrike in Indian-controlled Kashmir. It was previously reported two pilots were in custody. One of the two was wounded. An army official who could not be identified under briefing rules said the confusion came from soldiers on the ground. While two planes were shot down, he said one pilot landed inside Pakistani-controlled Kashmir and the other on the Indian side of the disputed border. Despite Geneva Convention rules prohibiting the public display of prisoners, the military circulated a video of the Indian pilot, who was recorded saying he was being well treated. He also praised Pakistan's military. Pakistan's Ministry of Information and Broadcasting released what it says is the wreckage of the Indian planes. The dramatic escalation came hours after Pakistan said mortar shells fired by Indian troops from across the frontier dividing the two sectors of Kashmir killed six civilians and wounded several others. Ghafoor struck a conciliatory tone. "We have no intention of escalation, but are fully prepared to do so if forced into that paradigm," he added. India later said it lost a combat jet and the pilot was missing while it foiled an attack by Pakistan military planes over the disputed region of Kashmir. An Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman said Indian planes engaged with the Pakistan aircraft and brought one of them down. "In this engagement, we have unfortunately lost one MiG 21. The pilot is missing in action. Pakistan has claimed that he is in their custody. We are ascertaining the facts," Raveesh Kumar told reporters. Pakistan has not said anything about losing any of its planes, while Prime Minister Imran Khan called for talks with India and hoped "better sense" would prevail to de-escalate the dispute with its nuclear-armed neighbour. "History tells us that wars are full of miscalculation. My question is that given the weapons we have can we afford miscalculation," Khan said during a brief televised broadcast to the nation. "We should sit down and talk." Airspace closed, bodies recovered from crashed helicopter Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority said it shut Pakistani airspace to all commercial flights on Wednesday, without elaborating or indicating when the flights might resume. It was not clear if the shutdown applied to commercial overflights. Indian news reports said airports in the Indian portion of Kashmir closed for civilian traffic shortly after the air force jet crashed. The Press Trust of India news agency said these airports were located at Srinagar, Jammu and Leh. Indian administrator Baseer Khan confirmed that the airport in Srinagar, the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir, was closed and said it was a "temporary and precautionary measure." Press Trust of India said two airports in northern Punjab state, which borders Pakistan, were also closed. Indian police also said officials recovered six bodies from the wreckage of an Indian Air Force helicopter that crashed in Indian-controlled sector of Kashmir. Senior police officer Munir Ahmed Khan said the chopper crashed close to an airport on Wednesday in Budgam area, in the outskirts of the region's main city of Srinagar. The Srinagar airport is also an air force station. Police said they were still going through the wreckage and did not immediately identify the victims. Local residents earlier said they saw three bodies at the site. Eyewitnesses said soldiers fired warning shots in air to keep residents away from the crash site. Meanwhile, as the tensions and confrontation escalated between India and Pakistan, authorities asked workers to paint rooftops of hospitals and clinics in red and white with a medical emblem of a cross in Srinagar city. Tensions escalate, death tolls differ after India's airstrike on Pakistan over Kashmir Meanwhile, the foreign ministry in Islamabad said the country's air force was carrying out airstrikes Wednesday from within Pakistani airspace across the disputed Kashmir boundary but that this was not in "retaliation to continued Indian belligerence." Ghafoor, the Pakistani military spokesperson, said the strikes were aimed at "avoiding human loss and collateral damage." According to local Pakistani police official Mohammad Altaf, the six fatalities in the Indian shelling earlier on Wednesday included children. The shells hit the village of Kotli in Pakistan's section of Kashmir. India's Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers patrol along the fenced border with Pakistan in Ranbir Singh Pura sector near Jammu on Tuesday. Tensions are mounting between the two countries. (Mukesh Gupta/Reuters) Kashmir is split between Pakistan and India and claimed by both in its entirety. Though Pakistani and Indian troops in Kashmir often trade fire, the latest casualties came a day after tensions escalated sharply following a pre-dawn airstrike and incursion by India that New Delhi said targeted a terrorist training camp in northwestern Pakistan. The latest wave of tensions between Pakistan and India first erupted after Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility for the Feb. 14 suicide bombing of a convoy of India's paramilitary forces in the Indian portion of Kashmir that killed 40 Indian troops. Pakistan has said it was not involved in the attack and was ready to help New Delhi in the investigations.
  17. Don Bradshaw restoring Second World War German fighter in his Saskatoon garage Don Bradshaw used to keep cars in his Saskatoon garage. Now it's occupied by a Second World War-vintage German fighter aircraft. ALEX MACPHERSON, SASKATOON STARPHOENIX Updated: November 3, 2018 Don Bradshaw in the cockpit of a Second Wold War-vintage Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6 he is restoring in his Saskatoon garage. KAYLE NEIS / SASKATOON STARPHOENIX Don Bradshaw used to spend his evenings and weekends in his garage, going through his “second childhood” restoring collector cars, including a 1969 Dodge Daytona and a 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda. Now, the longtime aircraft maintenance engineer has swapped Detroit muscle for Berlin might, and his garage on a quiet suburban street in Saskatoon is occupied by a mid-1940s Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6 fighter. “To me, it’s the challenge. It’s the challenge and, you know, there’s no one else on the block that’s got one,” Bradshaw said of the project, which he noted is backed by the prominent U.S. vintage aircraft collector Kermit Weeks. “It’s scary expensive and technically very, very challenging, but it’s a hobby. Plus, you kind of want to leave your mark on the world, and this is one way — a small way — to do that,” he said, gesturing at the looming aircraft. Bradshaw, who spent most of his career working for Transport Canada as an aircraft inspector, has devoted five years to hunting down old parts, fabricating new ones and meticulously rebuilding the Second World War German fighter. S Don Bradshaw figures the Second World War-vintage Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6 fighter he is restoring in a Saskatoon garage could be airworthy within a year or two. KAYLE NEIS / SASKATOON STARPHOENIX It has been a painstaking process. While many parts can be found through the vintage warbird community or online, others have to be fabricated. Some original components are in such bad shape Bradshaw had no choice but to re-create them. “The ability to do that type of work” — spending countless thousands of hours on the internet, in the garage and at a machine shop that is helping with the project — “is what lets me get into what normally would be something somebody of my means could never do,” he said. There is much work left to be done — the completed fuselage still needs to be mated with its wings, a tail and a 12-cylinder Daimler-Benz DB 605 engine — but Bradshaw thinks it could be ready to fly within a year or two. The Bf 109 first saw action during the Spanish Civil War and served as the Luftwaffe’s primary fighter until the end of the Second World War. It fought Spitfires and Hurricanes during the Battle of Britain, and battled American fighters later in the war. Armed with a pair of 13-millimetre machine guns and a 20-millimetre cannon firing through the propeller hub, the Bf 109 was used in multiple roles, including as an all-weather fighter, fighter-bomber, bomber escort and interceptor. “It’s all about getting the machine guns and cannon into the fight. There are no creature comforts,” Bradshaw said, pointing out that pilots wore heated flying suits and breathed oxygen because the cramped cockpit was neither insulated nor pressurized. Although it is thought to be the most widely produced fighter aircraft in history, few survive today. Bradshaw said to the best of his knowledge there are only two airworthy examples in North America, and only a handful more worldwide. Don Bradshaw knows he’ll never fly the Messerschmitt he has spent countless hours restoring, but he loves the work and the challenge it presents. KAYLE NEIS / SASKATOON STARPHOENIX The Messerschmitt is one of at least two Second World War fighters being restored by private owners in Saskatchewan. Terry Dieno, who runs a trailer, boat and RV dealership in Davidson, Sask., recently finished rebuilding a 74-year-old North American Aviation P-51D Mustang that was destroyed in a landing accident years after the war ended. Last month, after committing 11 years and an estimated $4 million to the project, Dieno watched as a professional check pilot fired up the Rolls-Royce Merlin, taxied to the end of the runway, and took off into the blue Saskatchewan sky. “It was an experience I can’t put into words. The sound still has me vibrating,” Dieno said after the flight. While Dieno hopes one day to fly his Mustang, Bradshaw said he doesn’t dream about flying the Messerschmitt because he knows it will never happen — but he can’t wait to watch someone else open the throttle and take it aloft for the first time. “It’s like your kid winning the Super Bowl, that’s what it would be like to see. But for me it’s about the build, the challenge.” I'm a complete geek about WW2 aircraft!
  18. Sounds like a couple of US Senators that have too much time on their hands... DOT urged to fully enforce bill on secondary cockpit barriers Feb 21, 2019 Ben Goldstein Two US senators have called on the Department of Transportation (DOT) to fully enforce a law designed to thwart potential hijackings aboard commercial aircraft, arguing that airlines have deliberately misinterpreted the law to avoid the new requirements. The Saracini Aviation Act was a provision in last year’s FAA Reauthorization Bill that mandated the installation of secondary cockpit barriers on all new aircraft manufactured for delivery to regularly scheduled commercial carriers operating in the US. The secondary barriers—lightweight wire-mesh gates placed between the passenger cabin and cockpit door—would block access to the flight deck whenever the cockpit door is opened during flight. In a joint letter to US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Sens. Bob Casey (D-Pennsylvania) and Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania) said airlines have misconstrued the law by arguing that it only applies to new “models” of aircraft that require a new type certificate. However, Casey said on his website, “The legislation specifically applies to all new aircraft for commercial passenger air carriers in the United States, not just new types, or models, of aircraft.” Such an interpretation “falls well outside the letter of the law and the intent of Congress,” the letter stated. “Had our goal been to change the certification requirements to apply to each type of new aircraft, the language would have specifically stated new type certificated aircraft,” the senators wrote. “Instead, the Senate and the House chose this language, which clearly expresses Congress’ requirement that physically installed secondary barriers exist on all newly manufactured aircraft delivered to part 121 passenger air carriers [not just new types, or models, of aircraft].” The senators said the “same groups that opposed inclusion” of the provision into the FAA bill are now trying to restrict application of the law as intended by Congress, adding that lawmakers had considered these arguments during debate on the bill and rejected them. The lawmakers did not single out any non-compliant airlines by name. “The US fleet is in need of secondary barriers, which have been shown to significantly decrease the threat of a hostile takeover of the cockpit. Claiming Congress meant to express anything other than newly manufactured aircraft is inaccurate,” they said. In addition to the law, which only requires installation of secondary cockpit barriers on newly delivered aircraft, a group of lawmakers earlier this month introduced legislation that would require all commercial aircraft operating in the US be retrofitted with the barriers. Ben Goldstein,
  19. I'm amused by the armchair quarterbacking going on here. LGW is clearly not the end game for these aircraft. They have 75% more range than needed with lie-flat pods that you correctly pointed out aren't an LGW thing. I think though that with 16 on each aircraft a percentage will still get sold at a handsome premium. Do people really think they're not going to deploy these aircraft on higher-yield routes? AC can probably price match or undercut us but why would they? WJ will never have a comparable international presence and that's okay.
  20. What's Canada bitchin' about? Our CF-18's are barely 30 years old! RAF Tornado flypast marks active service retirement 19 February 2019 Crowds have gathered to watch the last official flights of the RAF Tornado. The aircraft will be flown over many of the country's RAF bases in a series of flypasts before leaving active service at the end of March. Tornados first took to the skies in 1979, seeing action in several conflicts, and were first used in live operations during the Gulf War in 1991. Hundreds of people turned out to watch the first leg of the aircraft's final farewell. After leaving its home base of RAF Marham in Norfolk, the aircraft was seen over Rutland, the West Midlands, North Wales, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. Although no longer to be used in active service, they will still be flown as part of air force training. "As the Tornados have retired from frontline flying service, we at RAF Cosford have started to take them in because we can use them for engineering in years going forward," Sqn Ldr Chris Wilson explained from the base, which was among points visited on Tuesday. "Although they won't fly with the air force going forward, they will continue giving excellent service on the ground for many years to come."
  21. I don't think the chock is necessary...
  22. They've picked the first crew already!