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  1. Easyjet Flight Escorted by F18 Fighter After Bomb Threat Was Made by Passenger Mid-flight | Watch (msn.com)
  2. Sent! Thanks for keeping this site running!
  3. I'm seeing 13 flights today...
  4. As someone who has spent their entire career on the 737 from the -100 to the Max 8. I couldn't disagree more. Most people commenting on how bad it is, especially from a maintenance POV clearly have little or no touch time. It's a very maintenance friendly aircraft that rarely ruined my night. The NG in particular was a piece of cake. With that being said I probably would have to agree with thinair on the Max...
  5. Major aircraft lessor Avolon says Boeing has 'lost its way' By Conor Humphries and Tim Hepher 3 minute read A Boeing logo is seen at the company's facility in Everett after it was announced that their 777X model will make its first test flight later in the week in Everett, Washington, U.S. January 21, 2020. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register DUBLIN, May 5 (Reuters) - The head of the world's second-largest aircraft leasing company said on Thursday Boeing had "lost its way" and might need new leadership to fix a flawed culture that overshadowed its revival. The comments by Avolon Chief Executive Domhnal Slattery represented a rare public rebuke of Boeing by a significant customer, albeit one that cancelled orders for over 100 737 MAX jets during the COVID pandemic. Report ad Boeing declined comment. "I think it's fair to say that Boeing has lost its way," Slattery told the Airfinance Journal conference in Dublin, a gathering of the world's aircraft lessors who together own most of the world's passenger jets. "Boeing has to fundamentally re-imagine its strategic relevance in the marketplace," he said, adding that this would require "fresh vision, maybe fresh leadership." Report ad However, he said the issues could eventually be resolved. "I have faith that they will figure it out," Slattery said. Shares of Boeing fell to a nearly 1-1/2 year low last week after the U.S. planemaker posted a quarterly loss, unveiled $2.7 billion in charges and added costs and expressed doubts over hitting 737 MAX delivery targets. read more Boeing also announced it was halting 777X production through 2023 and failed to specify when it would resume deliveries of its key twin-aisle 787 Dreamliner model after a year-long halt. Report ad "They are burning cash at an unprecedented level. They're probably going to get downgraded," Slattery said. "Boeing has a storied history...They build great airplanes. But it's said that culture eats strategy for breakfast and that is what has happened at Boeing," Slattery said. A succession of crises from fatal crashes that led to a two-year grounding of the 737 MAX, to external regulatory pressures that interrupted 787 deliveries and delayed the 777X, have left America's biggest exporter badly shaken, another top buyer said. Underscoring Boeing's woes, European rival Airbus (AIR.PA) pushed ahead on Wednesday with plans to raise competing single-aisle jet production by 50% from current levels to 75 a month in 2025, just as Boeing is struggling to certify its 737 MAX 10. Slattery voiced concerns that the market could tilt too heavily in favour of Airbus if it delivers on its production plans, though some lessors say it remains to be seen how soon Airbus can reach its target due to fragile supply chains. Longstanding board member Dave Calhoun became Boeing CEO in 2019 promising greater transparency after the group's earlier handling of the MAX crisis drew widespread criticism. On Thursday, Boeing announced plans to move its headquarters from Chicago to the Washington, DC, area, highlighting efforts to bring decision-making closer to customers and regulators. read more But Calhoun's promise of a reboot has been eclipsed by fresh problems on several core civil and defence projects, while another influential customer, Emirates airline president Tim Clark, has urged Boeing to "get its act together." Boeing says it is working through the multiple challenges. Calhoun told investors after the company's board was reaffirmed by shareholders last week that Boeing would overcome new problems with the T-7 military trainer and Air Force One jets and also felt good about progress on the 787 and 737 MAX. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Writing by Conor Humphries; Editing by Jan Harvey, Bernadette Baum and Diane Craft Major aircraft lessor Avolon says Boeing has 'lost its way' | Reuters
  6. https://globalnews.ca/news/8806094/flair-airlines-ownership-deadline/?utm_source=%40globalnews&utm_medium=Twitter
  7. Wasn't the A340 susceptible to bird strikes from the back?
  8. I should have been clearer, that was meant to be tongue-in-cheek... It was more about how badly the article was written. It seems a little like the Apollo 1 fire that killed three astronauts in 1967. That was a 100% oxygen environment if I'm not mistaken?
  9. I'm no scientist but I don't believe that oxygen is flammable...
  10. Those Diesel engines are amazing! I saw one that was being put on a beaver. Incredible detail and machining. An absolute work of art! RED A03 - Wikipedia
  11. The LEAP engine is proving to be somewhat problematic. The Pratt is really the next generation of engine. I think it's a good choice.
  12. In this case it's more than likely the risk involved, right now L.O.C.'s can be had for 5% for low risk borrowers. If this is true, (I have heard they were into some expensive money) this is what the market has priced into for a loan to Flair.
  13. Well, to be fair. Those that remember you know that you've always had an axe to grind with WestJet. As MD2 stated this is hardly just WJ but you know that.
  14. I knew that, I did the delivery back to Canada of both aircraft.
  15. Lots of info here. Boeing Close To A Game-Changing Delta Win? Apr. 12, 2022 12:48 PM ETThe Boeing Company (BA), DAL11 Comments6 Likes Summary Boeing 737 MAX order from Delta would be a break from the past order trends. Delta has not placed big orders with Boeing in the past decade. Order or rumor of Boeing 737 MAX 10 orders should also keep Airbus on the edge regarding pricing of the Airbus A321neo. I do much more than just articles at The Aerospace Forum: Members get access to model portfolios, regular updates, a chat room, and more. Learn More » CHUYN/iStock Unreleased via Getty Images In recent years, Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) has been preferring aircraft from jet maker Airbus (OTCPK:EADSF) (OTCPK:EADSY). With orders for the Airbus A321ceo, Airbus A321neo and the Airbus A330-900 instead of the Boeing 787 and Boeing 737 MAX, Airbus was the clear preferred pick for Delta Air Lines. However, Boeing and Delta Air Lines are now in negotiations for the purchase of Boeing 737 MAX jets. So, ordering aircraft from Boeing once again would be a big deviation from the line the company has been following for years. In this analysis, I will explain why it would make sense for Delta Air Lines to order the Boeing 737 MAX, but also why this might be a tactic. Delta And Boeing: A Troubled Relation Delta Air Lines tail (Delta Air Lines) The relation between Boeing and Delta Air Lines has not been a smooth one. The friction between Boeing and Delta Air Lines is one that originated years ago as Delta Air Lines lobbied against the Ex-Im Bank, which Boeing used to provide financing solutions to state-owned carriers in the Middle East. These state-owned carriers had an unfair advantage over the competition and Delta Air Lines believed that by providing financing solutions via Ex-Im Bank, Boeing supported this unfair advantage. The result was that Boeing and Delta Air Lines have been at odds. Delta stopped buying big with Boeing, it cancelled its order for the Boeing 787, showed no interest in the Boeing 777X for reasons that now appear to be justified and openly criticized the pricing of Boeing wide body aircraft. Delta Air Lines targeted Boeing claiming it had bought a second-hand Boeing 777 for less than $10 million. CEO Andersson, even tried to make things worse for Boeing when he specified the actual amount paid for the jet was $7.7 million. This put pressure on Boeing’s share prices as lower than anticipated prices for second-hand aircraft could mean that Boeing would need to price its new aircraft more attractively to compete with the aircraft that were coming off lease and also to compensate for the reduced value retention. What Delta Air Lines did not mention was that the aircraft it acquired was not good for anything other than spare parts, but the goal seemed to be putting pressure on Boeing and not to provide an accurate representation of the facts. What also did not help was that Boeing targeted Bombardier’s C Series (now Airbus A220) for which Delta Air Lines had placed orders. Delta Air Lines Fleet And Orders Table 1: Delta Air Lines Fleet (The Aerospace Forum) The Delta Air Lines fleet provides various clear reasons why the US carrier would be looking to acquire jets from Boeing. We see that overall, Boeing still has a 57% market share. What might be somewhat surprising is that Airbus has a bigger market share in the wide body fleet, which might be surprising given that generally Airbus is known for its strong single aisle product. However, the Boeing wide body share has recently declined due to the elimination of the rather inefficient Boeing 777-200ER fleet of 18 aircraft and 14 Boeing 767-300ERs while the Airbus A350-900 and Airbus A330-900 are replacing these jets further amplifying a market share reduction for Boeing. In the single aisle segment, Boeing still somewhat surprisingly has the overhand, but looking at the future things can change drastically. In the single aisle segment, by 2025 the Boeing 717 is expected and the fleet of Boeing 757-200s will likely have more than halved by 2027. Again, these jets will be replaced by Airbus aircraft which will give Boeing a 37% market share compared to 63% for Airbus in the single aisle segment, while in the wide body segment Airbus likely will have an 80% share putting the combined market share at 65% for Airbus versus just 35% for Boeing. Figure 1: Boeing orders Delta Air Lines (The Aerospace Forum) Using the TAF Boeing Backlog Monitor, we see that at this point Delta Air Lines does not have a single aircraft on order with Boeing. So, how did we get here? For that, we have to look at Figure 1 which shows that Delta Air Lines placed 168 orders with Boeing since 2000 but its last big order was for 100 Boeing 737-900ERs in 2011 with options for 30 more which were incrementally firmed in 2015 and 2017. So, you could say that for the past decade, Delta Air Lines has not looked to acquire aircraft from Boeing. One can even wonder whether Delta Air Lines was really interested in ordering the 10 aircraft purchased in 2017. The company made clear that these aircraft were exercised by Boeing in 2017: [***] Additionally, on March 14, 2017, Boeing notified Customer of its exercise of ten (10) model 737-900ER Put Option Aircraft pursuant to Letter Agreement DAL-PA-02022-LA-1501328 (Put Option Letter Agreement ). This Supplemental Agreement incorporates the ten (10) exercised model 737-900ER Put Option Aircraft, which are considered Incremental Aircraft, as defined in the Purchase Agreement. [***] It is likely that as part of its transition to Boeing 737 MAX production, Boeing exercised the put options forcing Delta Air Lines taking these end-of-production-life aircraft. That Delta had not ordered big from Boeing after 2011 is not a big surprise as the airline sued the Ex-Im Bank in 2013 over financing loans provided to Air India, by the end of 2015 Delta put pressure on Boeing saying it bought a second-hand Boeing 777 for a price far below the suggested base value, and in 2017 Boeing filed a trade dispute against Bombardier after Delta agreed to purchase C Series jets in 2016. We see that in the years that Boeing and Airbus have been at odds, Delta also stopped ordering from Boeing. Figure 2: Airbus orders Delta Air Lines (The Aerospace Forum) In the years that Delta Air Lines and Boeing were battling each other, the US airline went on a shopping spree with competitor Airbus buying over 250 jets valued more than $15 billion according to data analytics from The Aerospace Forum. While this was not a bad decision at all as the airline acquired end-of-production life Airbus A321ceos and with the Airbus A321neo, which is a phenomenal product, it does put Delta Air Lines in a tough spot. The same spot that makes an order for the Boeing 737 MAX a very plausible scenario. A Boeing 737 MAX Order Is Restoring The Balance So, the tough spot that Delta Air Lines is in is that since it spent the past decades living at odds with Boeing, and while that gave Airbus the opportunity to rake in $15.2 billion worth of orders, it also meant that everything started to skew heavily towards the European jet maker. Delta Air Lines has no unfilled orders with Boeing left while it has a backlog of 225 Airbus aircraft directly orders from the European jet maker. The result is that while Delta Air Lines likely has been able to get good prices for the Airbus aircraft it purchased, its strength in negotiations with Airbus significantly weakened. In order to maintain negotiation power with both jet makers, having an order for the Boeing 737 MAX would be beneficial to Delta Air Lines. In October 2020, Delta Air Lines was already in negotiations with Boeing as the US jet maker pitched for around 40 Boeing 737 MAX and back then I highlighted the same reasons for purchasing Boeing 737 MAX jets. Since then, the reason to buy the Boeing 737 MAX has only increased. Delta Air Lines is now looking to buy 100 Boeing 737 MAX 10 jets which competes against the Airbus A321neo. Airbus has been having good sales momentum on for the A321neo selling nearly 1,300 units since Delta placed its initial order for 100 aircraft. The result is that Airbus is in an oversold position on the program and that made the European jet maker less flexible on pricing for the aircraft. So, by buying Boeing aircraft or even suggesting to buy Boeing aircraft Delta Air Lines is also sending a strong warning to Airbus to remain flexible on the pricing else the European jet maker risks losing a piece of the pie to Boeing again. After all, Delta’s business is not to run an all-Boeing fleet or an all-Airbus fleet or to deny Boeing orders. The airline is in the business of carrying people from A to B at the best revenue and costs. While having a fuel-efficient fleet really does help, keeping acquisition costs for aircraft low is also of utmost importance and Delta knows that more than any other airline as it previously did not purchase the most fuel-efficient aircraft but really looked at the full picture assessing, which aircraft would be most cost efficient. In some cases it will the Airbus A321neo, but it might very well be the Boeing 737 MAX and to keep access to aircraft at the best prices ordering with the competition once in a while is in the best interest of the airline and it is widely applied strategy. Additionally, by ordering the Boeing 737 MAX 10 the US airline will be able to have its hands earlier on fuel efficient jets at a cheap prices while this is not the case for the Airbus A321neo which is in an oversold position for years to come. So, ordering the Boeing 737 MAX 10 provides attractive availability and pricing. Boeing's New Mid-Size Jet The fact that Delta Air Lines has no orders outstanding with Boeing is not solely because of the spat between the airline and Boeing. In fact, since Ed Bastian became CEO of Delta Air Lines it seems that there has been more interest in considering purchasing jets from Boeing again. Delta is especially charmed by a new mid-size jet from Boeing, which could replace the Boeing 757 and Boeing 767. The only problem is that Boeing never launched such a jet. Boeing, airlines and analysts have been talking about such an aircraft for much of the past decade but due to the difficulties the US jet maker is facing now as well as a complex business case from financial point of view and technology insertion a launch has not occurred to date. By buying the Boeing 737 MAX 10, Delta Air Lines could also look to try to push Boeing more launch a jet that could replace its 190 Boeing 757 and Boeing 767 aircraft and possibly even convert some orders a new jet once Boeing decides to go ahead with a launch. Chances For Boeing Boeing 737 MAX 10 (The Boeing Company) Also, for Boeing being able to sell the Boeing 737 MAX jet to Delta Air Lines would be a big and important for various reasons. The first reason is that it would finally give Boeing jets to deliver to the airline again and that would open up opportunities to compete for repeat orders in the future. Delta Air Lines is an airline that could easily take delivery of 20-30 aircraft of single aisle types per year. Boeing is currently looking to rebuild its production rate and being able to deliver jets to Delta would provide a significant support to the company’s single aisle production rate. With production rate increases, unit costs would also come down again which would further improve Boeing’s competitive position on pricing. So, we would see rates go up and unit costs come down. Additionally, Boeing is in a tough spot when it comes to getting the Boeing 737 MAX 10 certified in time and with a potential order from Delta Air Lines further supported by United Airlines (UAL) and Alaska Airlines the US jet maker can make a stronger case to request a waiver for the more strict regulations that would apply to the Boeing 737 MAX 10 citing the dependency of US airlines on the type. With all of the factors above, Boeing has more than one reason to offer Delta Air Lines very attractive prices for a Boeing 737 MAX 10 order. Conclusion Delta Air Lines has not ordered any jets from Boeing in recent years and the jets that it did order were options being exercised as part of an agreement between Delta Air Lines and Boeing in 2011. So, for over a decade, we haven’t really seen Delta Air Lines showing renewed interest in existing Boeing products. Instead, the airline ordered jets from competitor Airbus but with no Boeing orders in backlog getting the best price for Airbus jets has also become more difficult even more so with the strong sales numbers that Airbus is seeing for the Airbus A321neo. So, I think it is very plausible that Delta Air Lines will be ordering the Boeing 737 MAX. In a less upbeat scenario, the airline is simply exerting pressure on Airbus to remain competitive on pricing. While ordering from Boeing would be a break from the recent order trends, I could see why Delta Air Lines would be interested in getting the MAX 10. Delta Air Lines is known for thoroughly analyzing the full cost spectrum of aircraft when deciding on purchasing aircraft and I believe that Boeing has enough reason to provide very attractive pricing on the MAX 10. Delta is in the business of carrying people and cargo from point A to B at the highest possible profits and having access to flight equipment at the best prices in Seattle as well as Toulouse is of importance to their business. Boeing Close To A Game-Changing Delta Win? (NYSE:BA) | Seeking Alpha
  16. https://www.kfaero.ca/flight-ops/aeroflyer/ There’s just something vaguely familiar about that airplane.
  17. THE ORENDA RING Avro Arrow with Avro Canuck in the background. During the cold war period after World War 2 the Canadian government contracted Avro Canada to develop a brand new all-weather interceptor that could meet and face the new Russian threat that may potentially invade the skies above our nation. A two seater, dual engined all-weather fighter began to take shape at Avro under the name of the CF-100 Canuck. Design of this new jet had to meet Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) specification for an all-weather fighter with advanced avionics and radar for all-weather and night sorties. The project was initiated at Avro Canada in October 1946. The Canadian designed Avro CF-100 Canuck Avro Canada asked another Canadian company to build the advanced jet engines for this new jet. The Orenda’s engine prototype was completed in less than a year, and the engine first ran in February 1949, a year before the CF-100’s maiden flight. Testing of this new top-secret, advanced jet engine took place in classified locations. When it entered production it was the most powerful engine in the world, a title it held until 1952. The Orenda engine also powered the Canadair F-86 Sabre fighter jet. The Orenda jet engine (on display at Carleton University) In 1953, Avro Canada once again turned to Orenda to produce an engine for the new ultra secret CF-105 Arrow project. Again, Orenda was able to prototype a new engine in a short period of time, starting development in 1953, completing it in May 1954 and building and running the prototype by December 1954. During the testing period, the new “Iroquois” was the most powerful jet engine in the world. It was aerodynamically matched for peak performance at 50,000 feet altitude and Mach 2 speed. After some 7,000 hours of development testing, up to a simulated altitude of 70,000 feet (21,300 m) and a forward speed of Mach 2.3, the Iroquois program was cancelled, along with the Avro Arrow on 20 February 1959. So where did these top secret jet engine tests take place? Local rumours and an area author in Prince Edward County believe secret Avro tests happened somewhere in a field 20 minutes south of Picton, Ontario, 15 minutes from my parents house. According to the author of the book “Camp Picton: A Storied 70 Years in a Canadian Military Training Camp” by Joanne Courneya-Fralick, one day in 1951-52 the military stopped at a local school to offload jet fuel for a top secret operation near Point Petre. A CF-100 was on a truck and “for some reason it was being towed to Point Petre for testing.” The author visited Point Petre and recorded finding an asphalt ring in a field with a centre tether post of which the Avro test engines were attached for testing. Avro technicians prepare an Avro Arrow test model attached to a Nike booster rocket to fire out over Lake Ontario at Point Petre in the 1950s. Rumour has it that experimental Orenda jet engines were tethered to a post in the centre of a large circular paved track in the middle of a secluded field. The experimental jet engine was bolted to a wheeled cart attached to a central post, then ignited. The accelerating jet engine would then spin around the asphalt track, tethered to the centre post, while engineers studied the performance of the engine as it spun around the track at high speed. Making notes and putting the new jet engine through its paces, the engine would scream around in this secluded field, far away from spying eyes. Concept sketch showing how the Avro-Orenda field tests may have been conducted. The ultra-top secret test operations for the Orenda engines were only a few hundred metres from the Avro Arrow test facility that operated at Point Petre where scale models of the Arrow were fastened to Nike Rockets and fired out over Lake Ontario for aerodynamic study. It seems likely this Orenda jet engine test facility was used for both the CF-100 engine tests around 1950, and the later testing of the CF-105 Avro Arrow Orenda Iroquois engine. Avro Arrow model launch pad at Point Petre as it appears today (Bing Maps) So does this Cold War era secret jet engine test facility still exist? Let’s find out… I scoured the area of Point Petre on Google Satellite Maps and came across an unusual anomaly in a field that resembles a paved ring. Being in close proximity to the Avro Arrow test model launch pad, this seems the likely location of the Orenda Ring. An unusual ring shape in a field near Point Petre…possibly the Orenda Ring. There was only one way to find out if this is the actual abandoned 1950s Cold War Avro jet engine test facility…to hike in and find out what remained. Ring shape in a field as seen from the air near Point Petre. Using Google and Bing Map satellite images, a distinctive ring shape can be seen with a centre area clearly visible. This is most likely the once secret Orenda engine test site. Abandoned for 60 years after the Avro program was cancelled in 1959, the asphalt test track the engine sleds would rotate at high speed around could possibly still be there. Despite the snow covered grounds of late December, I thought the ring could still be visible and maybe found…and it was. Details of this fascinating discovery below… Closer view of what looks to be the Orenda Ring. After driving to Point Petre, I mapped out where the Orenda Ring would be and headed into the scrub brush. Hiking through the deep snow, I broke through the scrub brush and came across the ring track. ATVs have used it. The ring track has quite a large diameter, with a gradual curve to it. Hiking in from the perimeter to the centre of the ring, a post was visible. ..and there it was…after 50 years of sitting abondoned in an overgrown field, the Orenda jet engine tether post sits as a lonely reminder of the Cold War jet engine tests that reportedly happened here. With the paint hardly worn, the 60 year old Orenda jet engine tether test pole looks almost brand new despite sitting exposed to the elements since the 1950s. Tether chain and the rotator cap still remain. Surrounded by overgrown vegetation that would never have existed during the jet engine tests of the 1950s, the tether post has a visible anchor pad under the snow. https://ottawarewind.com/2013/12/29/the-ring-of-orenda/
  18. Or maybe the fact that Boeing was basically giving them away to prevent AC from renewing their narrow body fleet with the A320 NEO. Seems to have worked for the A319 and A320 though. Boeing had nothing remotely close performance wise to the A321 NEO and the A321 NEO-XLR is just icing on the cake.
  19. I would think the CFM Leap since it's on the AC 737 -8's
  20. This is a common one we use on the Boeings. the "B" number is the working time in hours although that varies with temperature. The B2 is generally a bit runnier than the B1/2 but either one will work for you. Just make sure the surface is clean and dry and you really mix it well. It's a 2 part kit but really hard to mess up tbh. Edit: as Éric said it's awful stuff to work with and is also a known carcinogen so wear good gloves! https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/appages/ps890.php
  21. Kind of click bait on my part but any thoughts from some of the ex-fast movers here? https://taskandpurpose.com/analysis/russian-aircraft-shoot-down-ukraine/?utm_campaign=trueanthem&utm_medium=trueanthem&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR1t_hm1woWEadijMLw_xV8PbL25Rs8tfUcLsBOQlXSJEdROvpKoLOscSTs
  22. And the next chapter in Canadian cargo is about to begin.
  23. Still here. My pic 2 minutes ago.
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