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  1. 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,
  2. 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,
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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."
  6. Umm, not sure if that’s an accurate representation of a potential future issue...
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. 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,
  11. 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.
  12. 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."
  13. I don't think the chock is necessary...
  14. They've picked the first crew already!
  15. One could do this tomorrow on Porter...
  16. I kind of doubt that. I think they'll be used for higher volume shorter routes to keep them closer to home. YVR-CUN, YYZ-PVR, YYZ-YVR maybe some lower yield European routes ex-YYZ as well. I think ALPA might have an issue with them going to Swoop too... Just my WAG, I don't have any inside info.
  17. Airbus A220 makes North American debut with Delta Air Lines Feb 7, 2019 Sean Broderick EMAIL Comments 0 Delta Air Lines celebrates the launch of the first passenger flight on the Airbus A220-100 aircraft at LaGuardia Airport on Feb. 7 in New York City. Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Delta Delta Air Lines on Feb. 7 became the first airline in the Americas to debut the Airbus A220, operating flights between New York LaGuardia (LGA) and both Boston Logan and Dallas-Fort Worth International (DFW). The A220’s debut—delayed a week when the partial government shutdown held up final FAA approvals—kicks off a major ramp-up in A220 services for both Delta and the region. Atlanta-based Delta has committed to taking 90 A220s, including 40 A220-100s and 50 A220-300s. It has taken delivery of four—all smaller, 109-seat -100 versions. Aviation Week's Fleet Discovery shows Delta taking delivery of 16 more by year-end. The airline’s 130-seat A220-300s are slated to arrive from 2020 through 2023. Delta is one of five North American operators with firm orders for a total of 295 of the former Bombardier CSeries family. Both New York-based JetBlue and David Neeleman’s planned startup, dubbed Moxy for now, have 60 -300s on order, while Air Canada has signed up for 45 -300s. US regional Republic Airways has a 40-aircraft -300 order on its books, though it was placed when the now-regional-aircraft-focused company owned Denver-based Frontier Airlines and is not likely to be fulfilled. Airbus lists a backlog of 475 A220s, including 404 -300s. The manufacturer’s January update removed five -100s slated for Swiss charter carrier PrivatAir, which ceased operations in December 2018. The variety of North American operators suggests the A220’s much-touted versatility will be tested. Delta is using its initial aircraft to replace large regional jets on premium routes. It has identified four routes are designed to become all-A220 service: LGA-DFW; LGA-Houston Intercontinental; LGA-Salt Lake City; and New York JFK-DFW. Looking ahead, the A220 fleet will be “primarily focused on coastal gateways,” CFO Paul Jacobson said last month. JetBlue may use the aircraft on thin, transcontinental routes that are beyond the range of its Embraer E190s, which the A220s are replacing. Neeleman has publicly discussed plans to develop new point-to-point routes, which suggests an emphasis on serving smaller communities. Sean Broderick, (Fleet analysis by Daniel Williams, Related Articles Delta unveils first A220 routes; four set for all-A220 service Delta postpones Airbus A220 launch to Feb. 7 Delta’s first Airbus A220 completes first flight Airbus breaks ground on A220 final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama Delta orders 15 more A220s Air Transport World
  18. Airbus open to a fighter plane assembly plant in Quebec ahead of federal bids The Canadian Press Published: Jan 14 at 5:34 a.m. Updated: Jan 14 at 6:50 p.m. MIRABEL, Que. — Airbus is not ruling out the possibility that Quebec will host a fighter plane assembly line and satellite construction plant if the European giant manages to win federal contracts in Canada. Simon Jacques, head of Canadian operations for the multinational, mentioned the possibility Monday at a company event in Mirabel, an off-island Montreal suburb, where it manufactures A220 jetliners, previously known as the Bombardier C Series. A call for tenders for 88 new fighter planes is expected from Ottawa before the start of the 2019 election campaign in a bid to replace the government’s aging CF-18s. Airbus makes the Eurofighter Typhoon. "Absolutely," Jacques said, when asked if the assembly line could be in Quebec. “We’re evaluating our options." Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Saab are all in the running alongside Airbus for the federal contract. Jacques said the construction of a new assembly line, which would create numerous jobs, would not pose a logistical challenge given the extra space at the Mirabel plant. He stressed the need for a "Canadian solution,” given that the call for tenders would include local content requirements. In 2016 Airbus landed its first major contract with Ottawa, which ordered 16 search and rescue aircraft under a $2.4-billion agreement, on top of a pledge for $2.3 billion in maintenance and after-sales service for 20 years. The first vehicle must be delivered by the end of 2019. The CF-18s put into service in the 1980s were set to be phased out by 2020, but their replacement has turned into a drawn-out saga. Six years ago, the Harper government abandoned its controversial plans to purchase untendered F-35 fighter jets to take the place of the aging fleet. The Trudeau government, which had subsequently decided to buy 18 Super Hornet aircraft from Boeing — also without a tender — cancelled that purchase in 2017 in the wake of a commercial dispute between Boeing and Bombardier over the C Series. According to Jacques, Canada is "really committed" to "stimulating competition," which may open a door to a manufacturer other than the U.S.-based Boeing. "I think it's important for Canada to have a different fleet from what is in the United States [with Boeing]," he said, calling the prospect “a good thing for NORAD [North American Aerospace Defense Command].” Jacques suggested Canada could learn from the United Kingdom, which counts counts Airbus and Lockheed Martin aircraft among its fighter fleet. Airbus executives also said the Netherlands-based company may turn to Quebec for satellite construction if its proposal is accepted up by Telesat Canada, a satellite operator. The company had solicited offers from Airbus and the France-based Thales Group as part of an Internet service project tied to the launch of "between 300 and 500 satellites,” Jacques said. "This would change the situation in Quebec," he said, adding that the project would create about 200 new jobs. Airbus said it is having ongoing discussions with various levels of government, including Quebec and Ottawa, to set up shop in the province if the multinational wins the contract. Julien Arsenault, The Canadian Press
  19. I think it was Josef Stalin that said something to the effect of quantity is a quality all on its own.
  20. Airbus open to developing larger version of A220 16 January, 2019 SOURCE: Flight Dashboard BY: Jon Hemmerdinger Mobile Airbus is "likely" to develop a larger derivative of its A220 in the coming years – but only after the company has ramped up production and the aircraft has secured a firm place in the global aviation market. "It's very likely that… once the A220 has done the ramp up, is economically viable [and] then we can further invest, that this is going to happen," Airbus president of commercial aircraft Guillaume Faury tells reporters on 16 January. "Once this success is on track, it would be time for looking at what we do for the product. "We are not there yet," he adds. "We see the very strong potential." Industry observers have suggested such an aircraft would be called the A220-500. Faury made his comments in Mobile as Airbus prepared to host an event marking the start of construction of Airbus's A220 Mobile assembly site. Speculation had long swirled that the A220's previous owner Bombardier might develop a larger version of the aircraft then called the CSeries. The line-up includes the A220-100, which can carry up to 135 seats, and the A220-300, which can accommodate up to 160 passengers. Bombardier always denied those suggestions.
  21. Eurofighter Typhoon to bid to replace Canadian CF-18 fleet 14 January, 2019 SOURCE: BY: Garrett Reim Los Angeles Eurofighter intends to pitch its Typhoon aircraft to replace the Royal Canadian Air Force’s fleet of Boeing CF-18A/B Hornet fighters. Eurofighter, a joint venture among Airbus, BAE Systems and Leonardo, was assumed to be one of the bidders in the competition to replace the RCAF’s fighter fleet with 88 advanced jets, but it hadn’t yet publicly acknowledged its desire to play for the contract. Simon Jacques, head of Airbus defense and space in Canada, said at a company event in Montreal that his firm intends to submit a proposal for the Typhoon. “We are very engaged,” he says. “We want to propose the Typhoon, the most advanced new generation multi, swing-role fighter on the market today." Italian Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon Italian Air Force In October, RCAF issued a draft request for proposal to replace its aging CF-18A/B fleet. Ottawa listed five suppliers eligible to compete: Dassault Aviation, maker of the Rafale; Saab, maker of the JAS 39 Gripen; Airbus Defense – on behalf of the Eurofighter joint venture, maker of the Typhoon; Lockheed Martin, maker of the F-16 and F-35; and Boeing, maker of the F/A-18 Super Hornet and F-15E Strike Eagle. Only those five will be allowed to submit proposals. The RCAF plans to receive initial proposals from bidders between summer and winter 2019. A contract is anticipated to be awarded during the winter months of 2021-2022. Canada wants initial aircraft to be delivered in 2025, with initial operational capability achieved by 2026. The government wants all aircraft delivered by 2031 or 2032, at which time the CF-18 fleet will be retired. Jacques says the Eurofighter bid will include some sort of participation from Canadian manufacturers, though the type of involvement in the aircraft’s supply chain or extent was not specified. "With our Canadian partners, it is going to be a Canadian solution and a good value for Canada," he says. "The RFP is coming out in mid of this year, right before the election." Additional reporting by Jon Hemmerdinger
  22. I don't know but of all the travails that WJ has suffered with the 767, ground handling hasn't really been one...
  23. Nepal fixes Boeing 757 with goat sacrifice Hindu sky god duly remedies electrical fault By Lester Haines 5 Sep 2007 at 09:31 34 SHARE ▼ Nepal Airlines has apparently fixed an electrical fault on one of its Boeing 757s by sacrificing two goats in appeasement of Hindu sky god Akash Bhairab, Reuters reports. The airline boasts two Boeings, and one was reportedly giving it a certain amount of grief leading to suspension of services over the past few weeks. However, the quick dispatch to the hereafter of two caprine sacrifies in front of the "troublesome" machine at Kathmandu on Sunday quickly resolved the matter. Senior airline official, Raju K.C, declined to elaborate on the exact nature of the problem, but confirmed: "The snag in the plane has now been fixed and the aircraft has resumed its flights." ®