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  1. I wonder if they chose the LEAP or the PW engine...? I couldn't find it in the article.
  2. Not much info has been circulated about the epaulets. It hasn't been communicated yet but from what I have seen and what I understand, just by looking at the uniform, a flight crew will be able to tell if he is talking to a structures technician, a M license tech or a E license tech. Also, the bars would in effect reflect rank and classification within the group. I am unsure what the end goal is for the classification (ie number of bars) but I suspect it has something to do with changing the image of the technician and creating a certain pride within that employee group. The present classification goes from 1-5 and is mostly related to pay echelon. However, the fifth level, is one that when it was created, the intent was that a technician had to demonstrate a superior level of knowledge in policy, procedures, ethics and professionalism. An evaluation is done every year to maintain that classification. I do not believe the roll out of that fifth echelon met all the objectives but it is there none the less. From what I understood an level 5 technician would have 5 bars. (as seen in the picture posted earlier) What will it mean to flight crew at the end of the day? There will no possibility of mistaking ramp services personnel with maintenance. One will likely be able to distinguish cabin maintenance personnel from aircraft maintenance personnel. As for the amount of bars, it's likely to be more of a status symbol for the AME than an identifier for flight crew.
  3. Would all this be for a new coat of paint? You would think they are unveiling a system to get passengers to outer space with this veil of secrecy. I wonder what the objectives of the marketing department are when they do events like this...
  4. I'd guess the engine cowls will be black...
  5. K.O. for P.M.

    On topic if anyone is interested... Jan 20: Kevin O'Leary, Kellie Leitch, test out Donald Trump-style tactics in Canada
  6. Hi Malcolm, Like all other aircraft, if you add fuel you carry less "payload".
  7. Good question Fido, To get 4000 mile range, Airbus adds up to three aux fuel tanks in the aft cargo and that is for their NEO. The older aircraft in the AC fleet only have the one ( I don't know about to the new rouge A321 in the fleet I'd have to verify). I don't know how much range they gain from the extra tanks with the older engine?
  8. I was told it was a matter of 10-11 million $$ per machine. Airbus did not match or even come close to Boeing prices.
  9. Moon, you're trowing in where a company chooses to start up, where R&D is going to be carried out, texting while driving (which has no relation to taxes) and then you add smoking and taxation of tobacco products in response to my taxing carbon post. It's a little bit daunting to respond to such a post... You're all over the place yet you barely touch the subject of taxation of carbon or fossil fuel energy products. The tobacco issue is a complex one (much like carbon emissions) and no single element can explain the whole phenomenon... Yet taxing will make it costlier to smoke, that in turn is likely to reduce the amount of new smokers (ie kids) and or reduce the amount of current smokers. Many factors are involved and the solution to such a problem probably involves many actions. If the subject interests you look up the rates of smoking and have a look at what was done... I'm sure it's multi factorial. For the R&D money obtained from taxation, it can go to Canadian universities. The government taxes... it can also decide where the funds go... I'm not interested in explaining texting and driving... there is much irrationality around. Reading your post, it's as if you're advocating not using logic because you perceive logic isn't used in a non related example... Enjoy the holidays! Éric
  10. Wikipedia states (and links to a MIT study from 2013) that in the US, 53000 deaths per year are due to vehicle emissions. Logic would be to reduce those... No? If we tax carbon, making it more costly to pollute and then we redirect funds from a bad industry to newer tech and universities, why would this be a bad thing? Conservative logic tells as that when we tax businesses, we reduce and hinder growth (in the economy). Taxing gas, carbon or nitrogen oxides is just a way to reduce vehicle emissions. If the proceeds of the tax are reinvested in R&D in Canada, then why not?
  11. This threads reminds me of a similar situation with the Asbestos mines of Quebec... Everyone knew asbestos was poison, everyone knew they were killing people (mostly abroad at the end). Yet industry was lobbying hard, workers were mobilized and even the government was pushing to prevent the closure of these mines. It looks pretty silly today...
  12. A re-engined model T... That's about all the 737 max is. There's more technology involved in the controls of a tree harvester. (see John Deere web site if in doubt)
  13. WestJet London Problems in the News

    Hi Boestar, I didn't know Westjet flew these airplanes that much. 18 hours a day is a very high utilization rate for these old birds. The checks you refer to are A checks. They are usually done on an overnight by a crew of 15-20 technicians. The work performed is mostly servicing, lubrication, and general visual inspection... The depth of check is quite light (compared with heavy maintenance where, gears, flight controls and engines would come off). You would have a hard time compensating for bad heavy maintenance during an A check. The work carried out is just not at the same level. That having been said, I am sure the teal airline is improving... your assessment is probably correct. A combination of older aircraft that probably needed a more thorough cleaning up, an airline at the lower end of the learning curve for operating and maintaining this older generation aircraft.
  14. WestJet London Problems in the News

    Hi Malcolm, I am not sure you understand the scope of work being done on a heavy maintenance check. A good check adds years of durability to the airframe and engines. A bad check will give you headaches for years. The larger check are at 5-6 years of interval and the aircraft is fully torn down and rebuilt. Flight controls, actuators, transmission (flap and slats) ,the entire water waste system, the doors, the packs, interiors and the engines come off during the larger heavy maintenance visits. The aircraft just looks like a skeleton... The possible headaches down the road are quite numerous! On a widebody heavy maintenance visit, there could be as many as 250 technicians working (different shift and times) on the same aircraft. Some of these checks took 8-10 weeks. That's allot of manpower and time.
  15. I just noticed that Porter is starting service to Northern Ontario. They now fly to YTS There's never been much competition on that route. A return flight on Porter from YUL to YTS is 263$ vs the competing AC service at 534$ departure on the 14 of October and return on the 16th. I assume this is due to launch pricing? It's so much easier to justify a weekend trip at Porter prices.