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  1. More Boeing press...
  2. Sold... Air Canada acquires Transat
  3. Airworthiness Directive (AD) search made easy... The CAWIS section of the Transport Canada site allows you to do a quick research of the ADs on a particular aircraft. Put in the registration of an aircraft and all the applicable ADs are listed. If you want an AC fin, try C-GHPT, for a Westjet fin try C-GUDH . The AD in question:
  4. Seems like the wrong aircraft for the mission...
  5. I wonder what kind of trouble Boeing will have getting the other countries transport regulators to approve of any fix or solution. Also, since it appears that Boeing got a fast track approval for this B737 Max, I wonder if some authorities will choose to re-examine the approval process.
  6. I was looking at Flightaware, 28 B737 Max are indicated to be flying... Wasn't the entire fleet grounded when the FAA intervened? Am i missing something?
  7. They added 9 feet of length vs a 777-300, I am sure Boeing engineers made sure the aircraft could take it. Looking at Wikipedia, MTOW seems to be the same.
  8. That's the low pressure turbine. Impact damage from something "eaten" ie FOD wouldn't make it that far. Debris from outside would usually gets stuck inside the engine just forward of the combustion chamber. It won't make it to the Turbine area. It might be something internal aft of the compressor discharge air that let go, something like Nozzle Guide Vane failure, HPT failure or simply the LPT failing (although those are quite rare in my experience). I have seen the LPT double borescope plugs fail and take out the low pressure turbine but that's unusual.
  9. That aircraft has the tail skid... Boeing has taken it off the latest models. You have to wonder to what effect. Even within the AC fleet, the later models do not have the tail skid.
  10. From another site but I suspect it's the same data...
  11. Article on 17 "Great Careers in Demand" 11. Aircraft Pilot Join the ranks of air pilots in Canada who enjoy some of the highest-paying, in-demand jobs in the country. As of 2014, the median age of pilots was 44 years old. Since many workers retire by the age of 60, it's expected that a number of jobs will soon become available. From 2015 to 2024, up to 3,800 positions may not get filled due to a lack of skilled workers.2 (That estimate includes pilots as well as air traffic, marine, and railway controllers.) There are many opportunities to work as a pilot in Canada. Many pilots work for small, medium, and large commercial airlines flying domestically and internationally. Others choose to work as helicopter pilots. And some work as bush pilots, transporting people and delivering goods to Canada's most remote locations. So, aside from private and commercial airlines, there are also opportunities available in the adventure travel, mining, logging, firefighting, and medical sectors. (Note that, when looking at total job openings, pilots are categorized in a larger air transportation occupational group that includes engineers and officers from the marine and rail sectors.) Total job openings—11,400 Highest-demand provinces and territories—BC, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nunavut, Quebec, and the Yukon Median hourly wage—$37 Highest-paying provinces and territories—Quebec, Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario Typical entry-level education—Completion of pilot training; must also obtain appropriate pilot licensing I don't know how accurate it is but 37$ as a median wage.... Yikes. Considering pilots are usually paid by flying hour and do not fly 160hrs/month that's quite low...
  12. This is what Airbus has installed on new A320 series: As well as the cockpit-warning system being considered for the A320neo, the airframer has been developing a new latch system for the current A320 models.  This involves a dedicated key to open the latch, to which is attached a red warning flag. The key cannot be removed while the latch is open, so the flag will dangle visibly below the engine nacelle if the cowl has been closed but not locked. Airbus says it intends to make this latch a line-fit on production aircraft and the mechanism will be available as a retrofit from early 2016.
  13. Liberal scourge? Lets review some facts: The Quebec Liberals gave a Billion to Bombardier for a 49% stake in the C series. The Federal lent them 372 million, they refused to give money if no changes were made to corporate structure (the Bombardier family controls the company even though they are not majority owners) Bombardier rewarded upper management with bonuses after the bailout from the Quebec government. And now Bombardier is cutting jobs and restructuring again... I live in Quebec... IMHO The Federal government is the only party that acted responsibly in this situation...
  14. I would suggest the above quoted article be must read material for AMEs and flight crew.... For the AME viewpoint, The procedure for decontamination is quite lengthy. If the packs are contaminated, it's almost impossible the aircraft will be back flying the same day... It takes time to determine the source of the oil... and once determined, you still need to decontaminate and that usually means replacing or cleaning parts from the contaminated pack.
  15. With the highspeed tractor being used, you don't need a brakeman... Regarding the loader that was hit: The gates all have safety line marking the area that are supposed to be free of equipment until the aircraft parks at the gate. If you look around at the various airports, you will notice that it is quite rare that all the equipment is clear of the parking area. It's one of those rules you seldom see enforced by airport officials. I have seen the odd crew refuse to taxi to the gate until equipment is cleared away but it is the exception... Also, towing is done and permitted at many airlines without the use of wingwalkers at gate area when bringing the airplane in. A standard tow crew will have two people in the tractor and if its not towbarless, a brakeman in the cockpit.