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  1. Too large to cut and paste. Interesting read though. If we must go down the fighter path then I think Gripen is probably the one to get. Not as stealthy as the F-35 but the operating costs are a fraction of it. https://www.saab.com/globalassets/markets/canada/english-brochure.pdf
  2. Pax Global Media The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) has approved a request from WestJet to operate, on a codeshare basis, scheduled international service to Switzerland, according to a decision the CTA published on Dec. 10. “The Agency is satisfied that the applicant meets all the applicable requirements of subsection 69(1) of the CTA,” reads the determination. “The Agency also finds that the pertinent terms and conditions of the Arrangement have been complied with.” The licence is subject to the conditions prescribed by the Air Transportation Regulations and other customary conditions. The CTA’s decision does not specify the identity of the airline partner with whom WestJet will share codes with for Switzerland. It also does not state when these codeshare flights will be offered. This is a developing story. https://news.paxeditions.com/news/airline/cta-clears-westjet-codeshare-flights-switzerland?fbclid=IwAR1K_nHaWnCq1DRFTQISNaoHGvsIcWJ4qWcN6kOE46ri8iaAYxo3Blj3uxI
  3. And now for something completely different...
  4. Well as someone with first hand knowledge of aircraft storage, I'll tell you this. We followed the manufacturers recommendations to the letter and were still surprised by quite a few things, nothing unsafe really just more labour and costly intensive than expected.
  5. I'm aware of that, I was merely commenting on the possibility that the timing may be more than a bit coincidental.
  6. I wonder if this is indirectly a bit of a shot at Huawei? Federal government drops surprise restrictions on 5G service near airports Mobile Syrup 23 hrs ago Like51 Comments| 51 Canadians living near airports may have a hard time getting 5G service thanks to a surprise announcement from the federal government. %7B© Provided by Mobile Syrup Federal government drops surprise restrictions on 5G service near airports The feds announced new restrictions on 5G service near most major airports over concerns of possible interference between the radio waves — called spectrum — used in 5G communications and certain aviation navigation tools. According to the Toronto Star, radio altimeters on aircraft operate on the 4,200 to 4,400 megahertz (MHz) frequency band, which is near the recently-auctioned 3,500MHz spectrum considered crucial to mid-band (or Sub-6) 5G. Using Toronto’s Pearson Airport as an example, the restrictions banning 5G base stations cover a large area around the runways themselves. Moreover, restrictions covering two long stretches from Etobicoke to Brampton and from Downsview to Mississauga will limit power use, which can affect network performance. A map from the Star shows the restricted areas. %7B© Provided by Mobile Syrup Restriction 5G areas around Pearson (Source: Toronto Star) The Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) said on August 6th that it would hold a brief consultation before applying the restrictions around airports where planes are permitted to use automated landing. The Star also detailed comments from carriers that are, unsurprisingly, upset about the restrictions. Telus was among the most vocal and claimed the restrictions reduced the $2 billion value of 3,500MHz spectrum it acquired at the recent auction by about $100 million. Telus also claims the government’s restrictions are more drastic than precautions taken in other countries. For example, U.S. regulators determined a guard band of 220MHz would be “sufficient” to protect aviation industry needs. Further, Telus claims Australia and Japan implemented guard zones of 200MHz and 100MHz respectively. The Canadian government, however, proposed a buffer zone between 550MHz and 700MHz. In an email statement to the Star, ISED says it issued a bulletin in March, well before the spectrum auction, committing to study the issue. The bulletin also warned that the government may develop rules for 5G operation in the new spectrum band. Although the carriers may gripe about the limitations, Canadians living in regions covered by the new restrictions will also lose out, especially if they’ve already upgraded to a new 5G-capable device in anticipation of the 3,500MHz rollout. Source: Toronto Star Federal government drops surprise restrictions on 5G service near airports (msn.com)
  7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alliance_A-1_Argo This is my buddy Greg that owns this now. He's informed me that I am now the mechanic on it!
  8. Acting Senior Sergeant QUITS Victoria Police to break her silence on Covid enforcement (rebelnews.com)
  9. Why is there virtually zero MSM news coming out of Australia as they are now in their 6th lockdown, 20 months into this? Internet censored, massive protests, riot squads being used etc. When the only outlet reporting it is Rebel News we know we've got a problem...
  10. Just imagine if we would have had a government that was focusing on Covid measures and the Afghanistan situation instead of campaigning for a power grab election? https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/canada-halts-afghanistan-evacuations-deadline-looms-79656228
  11. I believe this also applies to this threads title…
  12. I've been watching Australia fairly closely and they are taking absolutely draconian measures in their Covid lockdowns and fines! I shouldn't be surprised but it's probably the country that's the closest to a police state in the "free" world.
  13. This will be the best minute and a half you'll waste today.
  14. Some of you may or may not know this but I've spent a lot of time there since March 2020. I was there for quite a few of the days when there were four or five airliners on final to this uncontrolled airport! Many are only coming out in the back of a dump truck though... https://www.businessinsider.com/inside-pinal-airpark-airliners-still-parked-despite-air-travel-rise-2021-7?fbclid=IwAR1Qszn1OXIkUPd_WfJGJhVAvo1JKyDmeadpUuk-HCgX1inMem_y_VBpngQ
  15. Interesting, I was talking to a friend of mine a couple of days ago that is involved with Flair. They have three Max-8's now with five more coming next month. To say they are a bit overwhelmed is probably an understatement...
  16. Agree with all of the above sentiments. I tend to read some peoples posts more closely than others, you are one of those such people. Happy retirement regardless!
  17. The aircraft is the old PWA tail 742, C-GDPW. I worked on it many times!
  18. Interesting... Report: Porter Airlines Orders Embraer E195-E2s, Expanding To Toronto Pearson Airport MAY 20, 2021 BY BEN 9 OTHER AIRLINES Porter is a popular airline in Canada — it’s based at Toronto Billy Bishop Airport, and operates De Havilland Dash 8-400 turboprops to both domestic and transborder destinations. The airline is known for its great passenger experience, and primarily targets business travelers. While the airline has been grounded for over a year, it looks like some major changes could be coming to Porter’s fleet and business model. In this post: Porter allegedly orders 30 E195-E2s Porter would allegedly fly out of Toronto Pearson This isn’t totally out of left field Bottom line Porter allegedly orders 30 E195-E2s Leeham reports that Porter Airlines has placed an order for 30 Embraer E195-E2 aircraft, with deliveries expected to begin in 2022. For those of you not familiar with the Embraer E195-E2, this is the latest generation jet of the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer’s lineup. The E195-E2 is the largest, longest range, and most fuel efficient Embraer E-jet. The plane can seat 120-146 people (depending on the configuration), and can fly up to 2,600 nautical miles. Embraer E195-E2 jet Now, it’s worth noting that Porter Airlines isn’t acknowledging that this order was placed: During an April 29 earnings release, Embraer disclosed an order for 30 E195-E2s, without naming the customer Airfinance Journal cited multiple sources in claiming the customer was in fact Porter, and Leeham News & Analysis (which I find to typically be accurate) has “confirmed” that this order is for Porter Airlines The airline denies that it placed this order, though realistically it could be that Porter’s parent company, Porter Aviation Holdings, placed the order, so that the statement is technically true This is a case where I can totally see the value in Porter wanting to keep the order private for as long as possible, given how competitors may respond Porter would allegedly fly out of Toronto Pearson If you’ve flown Porter before, you’re probably thinking “I love Billy Bishop Airport, and now I can fly Porter out of there on a nicer plane!” Not so fast, unfortunately, as the government doesn’t allow jets to operate out of Toronto’s beloved city airport. Instead it’s believed that Porter’s plan is to begin operating out of Toronto Pearson Airport, which is the much larger and less convenient airport serving Toronto. We don’t have many details on what routes Porter would operate out of Pearson Airport, though the E195-E2 would be capable of flying everywhere from Los Angeles, to Vancouver, to Miami, to St. John’s. Potential range of the Embraer E195-E2 from Toronto While more competition out of Toronto Pearson would be good for consumers, this still seems extremely risky: Porter is known for offering a great passenger experience, though ultimately the biggest selling point of the airline is the convenient service it operates out of Billy Bishop Airport Porter would be at a significant disadvantage compared to Air Canada at Pearson Airport in terms of route network, frequency, etc. Even if Porter configures E195-E2s comfortably, the airline can’t compete with the wide bodies that Air Canada schedules on transcon flights This isn’t totally out of left field On the surface this might seem like a wild direction for Porter to take, especially during a pandemic when the airline has been grounded for over a year. However, Porter has been thinking about acquiring jets for years. Back in 2013, Porter had placed an order for 30 Bombardier CS100 aircraft (now known as the Airbus A220-100). The order had been conditional on the government changing rules to allow jets at Billy Bishop Airport, but that never ended up happening. In 2013 Porter Airlines had conditionally ordered the CS100 Clearly Porter still sees value in flying jets, even if the model will have to be a bit different than hoped for back in 2013. Why would Porter order the E195-E2 over the A220-100, though? That probably comes down to the airline being able to secure E195-E2 delivery slots as early as next year, while more lead time would be needed for the A220-100. I imagine the airline also got a great deal, given the state of the airline industry. Bottom line Reports suggest that Porter Airlines has placed an order for 30 Embraer E195-E2 jets. The boutique Toronto-based airline would allegedly use these planes to launch operations out of Pearson Airport, in addition to the carrier’s current operations out of Billy Bishop Airport. It’s going to be interesting to see how this unfolds. This all gets even more interesting when you consider that Connect Airlines is a new carrier that essentially intends to replicate Porter’s business model at Billy Bishop Airport. What do you make of Porter Airlines’ alleged plans? Do you think the airline can compete out of Toronto Pearson Airport? https://onemileatatime.com/porter-airlines-embraer-e195-e2/?utm_campaign=coschedule&utm_source=facebook_page&utm_medium=One Mile at a Time&utm_content=Report%3A Porter Airlines Orders Embraer E195-E2s%2C Expanding To Toronto Pearson Airport&fbclid=IwAR3CXntM0Bo7Xnz8_7Uzd-mIsEctc4uqO_8-dWtJOclRmzEKdYfrjbFLwCk
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