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  1. I don't know if this has been posted before. I just came across it on Youtube and thought it to be really well made and informative. A really good video explaining fare pricing...
  2. Pilot Shortage Is Here

    Who's going to fly the plane? Pilot shortage could get worse for regional carriers New federal rules around pilot fatigue could increase problem http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/pilot-shortage-bearskin-air-georgian-super-t-1.4451976
  3. World's largest amphibious aircraft takes off in China China’s homegrown AG600, codenamed Kunlong, took off from southern city of Zhuhai and landed after hour-long flight China’s homegrown AG600, the world’s largest amphibious aircraft in production, took to the skies on Sunday for its maiden flight. The plane, codenamed Kunlong, according to the state news agency Xinhua, took off from the southern city of Zhuhai and landed after a flight of roughly an hour. With a wingspan of 38.8 metres (127ft) and powered by four turboprop engines, the aircraft is capable of carrying 50 people and can stay airborne for 12 hours. “Its successful maiden flight makes China among the world’s few countries capable of developing a large amphibious aircraft,” the chief designer, Huang Lingcai, told Xinhua. The amphibious aircraft has military applications but will be used for firefighting and marine rescue, with at least 17 orders placed so far with the state-owned manufacturer Aviation Industry Corp of China, state media reported. While it is about the size of a Boeing 737, the AG600 is considerably smaller than the billionaire Howard Hughes’ flying boat, known as the Spruce Goose, which had a wingspan of 97 metres and a length of 67 metres and made only one brief flight, in 1947. The AG600’s flight capabilities put all of China’s island-building projects in the South China Sea well within range. “Its 4,500km operational range and ability to land and take off from water makes it well suited for deployment over China’s artificial islands,” said James Char, a military analyst at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University. The aircraft can fly to the southernmost edge of China’s territorial claims – the James Shoal – in four hours from the southern city of Sanya, the state-owned Global Times reported. The shoal is also claimed by Taiwan and Malaysia, and is administered by Malaysia. The collection of submerged rocks lies roughly 80km from Malaysia’s coastline and about 1,800km from the Chinese mainland. “The plane’s capacity and manoeuvrability makes it ideal for transporting material to those maritime features that are too structurally fragile to support runways,” Char said. Beijing’s buildup in the South China Sea, through which $5bn in annual trade passes, is hotly contested by other countries. The Philippines for many years was one of the region’s strongest opponents of Chinese expansionism, and brought a complaint to a United Nations-backed tribunal. The panel ruled last year that China’s territorial claims in the sea were without legal basis, but the Philippines has backed away from the dispute under its new president, Rodrigo Duterte. The launch of the new amphibious aircraft further strengthens China’s rapidly modernising military. This year it launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier, the Type 001A. This complemented the Liaoning, a secondhand Soviet carrier commissioned in 2012 after extensive refits. China’s military expenditure in 2016 was an estimated $215bn, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, putting it in first place in Asia, well ahead of India ($56bn), Japan ($46bn) and South Korea ($37bn). https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/24/ag600-world-largest-amphibious-aircraft-takes-off-in-china
  4. From the Guardian, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/24/ag600-world-largest-amphibious-aircraft-takes-off-in-china
  5. Airbus buys into CSeries

    Protectionism doesn’t pay America’s Department of Commerce imposes a tariff of 292% on Bombardier’s C-Series jets But Boeing is the real loser from the decision Gulliver Dec 20th 2017 by C.R. A YEAR ago Dennis Muilenburg, the chief executive of Boeing, the American aerospace giant, had a problem. Tweets written by Donald Trump, America’s newly elected president, were hitting Boeing’s share price. Initially buoyed by Mr Trump’s promise of extra spending on defence, the firm's share price fell in December 2016 when he suggested in a tweet that an order for new presidential planes worth $4bn should be cancelled. After the president elect picked a fight with Lockheed Martin, a rival planemaker, Boeing’s executives were left in fear of being the next target. And so, it seemed, Mr Muilenburg came up with a plan. Boeing would snuggle up to Mr Trump’s “America First” agenda to avoid the flack. Boeing started to stress in its press releases how many American jobs it was creating; it asked the president to unveil the first 787-10 jet produced in February. In April it filed a trade case against Bombardier, alleging that its Canadian rival had received unfair subsidies from Britain and Canada for the development of its new C-Series jetliners. But as Gulliver pointed out in September, Boeing's accusations against Bombardier smacked of hypocrisy, as the company has itself received billions of dollars of state assistance, from generous military contracts placed by the federal government to $8.7bn in handouts from the Washington state government. And it has not made planes the size of those Bombardier wants to export to America since 2006. Pursuing the case would alienate Boeing’s international customers and would do it more bad than good, Gulliver warned: That is exactly what has happened. Even though America’s Department of Commerce ruled in Boeing’s favour on December 20th—setting tariffs of 292% on imports of the C-Series from Canada—it is a Pyrrhic victory. In October Bombardier gave away half the C-Series for free to Boeing’s arch-rival Airbus, weakening the American firm’s position in the market for smaller jetliners considerably. Then, in early December Canada announced that it was not going to proceed with an order for 18 Super Hornet fighter jets made by Boeing, costing the firm up to $6bn in revenue. A week later, on December 13th, it received another slap in the face, this time from Delta, America’s second biggest airline, which shunned Boeing’s 737 MAX aircraft in favour of buying 200 aircraft from Airbus, its arch-rival from Europe, worth around $25bn at list prices. Bosses from other airlines have also told Gulliver that they plan to favour Airbus’s jets until Boeing stops “bullying” Bombardier. They suspect Boeing is attacking Bombardier to protect its market power. Airlines and flyers realise that they benefit from more competition in the market for jetliners, as it increases innovation and lowers the cost of buying aircraft. Aviation executives think that Boeing is attempting to destroy the competition with trade cases against both Bombardier and Airbus. But worst of all, in the process of pursuing these, the American firm is hurting its own shareholders and employees by alienating its international customers. Boeing predicts that around 80% of orders for civil jetliners over the next twenty years will be from outside America. But they won’t stick around to buy from Boeing if it continues to follow a nationalist agenda. As Adam Pilarski, the former chief economist of McDonnell-Douglas (now part of Boeing) astutely notes, if the global aerospace giant wants to “act like a little whiny American company”, it will eventually end up as small as one too.
  6. Airbus buys into CSeries

    It opens for me from a smart phone... I think The Economist limits the monthly articles you can read...
  7. Airbus buys into CSeries

    An interesting read from The Economist about Boeing protectionism. https://www.economist.com/blogs/gulliver/2017/12/protectionism-doesn-t-pay?fsrc=scn/fb/te/bl/ed/americasdepartmentofcommerceimposesatariffof292onbombardierscseriesjetsprotectionismdoesntpay
  8. Hey YVR - Buy a plow!

    The reindeers have decent traction in slush... no comparison there...
  9. Airbus buys into CSeries

    From the Economist... https://www.economist.com/blogs/gulliver/2017/02/comfort-strangers?fsrc=scn/fb/te/bl/ed/
  10. New Cessna for FedEx

    It's possible to equip the Caravans with TKS systems now. They perform much better in icing and the aircraft now comes with the system since 2008.
  11. Airbus buys into CSeries

    I don't know if this has been posted before... Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced on Tuesday that it has signed a letter of intent with EgyptAir Holding Company to purchase up to 24 CS300 aircraft http://montrealgazette.com/news/while-you-were-sleeping-bombardier-signs-another-c-series-deal-donair-cam-goes-live
  12. Airbus buys into CSeries

    A video on the little plane war...
  13. A loan or investment is also not considered a subsidy... Corporate welfare no doubt but that term applies very well to the oil industry, ship building industry ,automakers etc . Quote from: https://globalnews.ca/news/3773916/bombardier-boeing-subsidies/ "Bombardier will have to repay the $372.5 million in financial help recently pledged by Ottawa. And Quebec’s $1 billion contribution was in exchange for a 49.5 per cent equity stake in the CSeries program, which you might call “an investment,” said Mitchell."
  14. Just like the oil industry subsidies and tax breaks right Fido? (in the neighborhood of 3 .3 billion/year in 2016). The corporate welfare is not just at Bombardier... https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/15/climate-change-canada-fossil-fuel-subsidies-carbon-trudeau
  15. Monarch (UK) grounded

    Just have a look at the YUL deicing center.... Transat has had so many planes parked there over the last few weeks that you wonder what's going on with that company.