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  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. From another site but I suspect it's the same data...
  7. 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...
  8. 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.
  9. 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...
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. The airlines know in advance when a Skytrax evaluator will be taking a flight. You can imagine the rest...
  13. Cathay Pacific’s new, long-range, fuel-efficient Airbus A350-1000 flies in to Hong Kong Aircraft to replace Boeing 777 on many routes, including carrier’s newest destination and longest non-stop flight, Hong Kong to Washington Cathay Pacific Airways is looking to control its jet fuel costs with new long-range planes that can take passengers further while using 20 per cent less fuel than its current Boeing 777 aircraft, as oil prices see-saw from geopolitical instability and trade war fears [1]. On Wednesday, its latest purchase, the technologically advanced, long-haul Airbus A350-1000, landed in Hong Kong, decorated in the airline’s green and white livery, after a 12-hour journey from the planemaker’s headquarters in Toulouse, France. Hong Kong’s flag carrier is only the second airline to fly the long-range jet, after Qatar Airways. By 2021, it will have 20 of the A350’s larger twin-aisle, twin-engined planes in its fleet. This will add to the current 22 smaller A350-900s it has, with six more of the planes to be delivered over the next two years. The five longest non-stop flights in the world [2] Even as the airline’s chief customer and commercial officer Paul Loo Kar-pui endorsed the A350 jetliner as a high performer, he scotched Airbus’ hopes that one of its biggest customers would order more aircraft. “We are happy with where we are now,” Loo said. The impending deliveries mean the carrier will get about one new plane a month, “which is around the right pace,” Loo said. Cathay Pacific and its subsidiary Cathay Dragon fly to more than 200 destinations and have a fleet of almost 200 aircraft. Airbus has faced a lull in orders of its A350 jets of late, and chief commercial officer Eric Schulz said it hoped the carrier would buy more aircraft. But Schultz added he understood the company would refrain from a spending spree now as it had “sizeable investments coming”. Aviation leaders at an annual gathering in Sydney this month cited rising oil prices as one major drag on airline profits. As ultra-long-haul flights take off, where is the new final frontier? [3] Loss-making Cathay Pacific is still trying to move past bad fuel hedging bets made some years back, that locked it into agreements to buy fuel at a price higher than the market now offers. It still has some paid-up fuel contracts made at US$80 a barrel, which will cover about 45 per cent of its fuel needs in the next two years. The airline’s fuel costs, including losses from hedging, rose 11 per cent last year from the previous year to HK$31.2 billion. The airline will use a number of its new A350-1000 planes – seating 334 passengers, including 256 in economy – to replace the 340-seater Boeing 777-300ER on several existing routes such as Amsterdam, Zurich and Madrid. It will also use them on its newest destination and longest non-stop flight – Hong Kong to Washington – from September this year. The airline will rework 65 of the Boeing planes, adding 10 per cent more economy seats. This will allow the carrier to move more passengers and raise revenue, amid a three-year restructuring and cost-cutting exercise. Airbus executives noted how low oil prices over the past three years had induced airlines to extend the operating life of old aircraft or buy second-hand planes, rather than spending millions on new ones. Marisa Lucas, head of marketing for the A350 ultra-long-range planes, said: “When the prices [of oil] went down, it was easy to extend the life of the aircraft already in service. Cathay Pacific fears US-China trade war will hurt vital cargo business [4] “If the oil prices start to go up, and there is a big uncertainty there, the most fuel-efficient planes are your natural hedging.” But she said rising oil prices had not shown signs of pushing up demand for new planes, “for now”. The A350 has proved more reliable than its rival Boeing 787 series. While Boeing has had dozens of 787 planes grounded with engine problems, Airbus said it had not had a single shutdown during the 1.5 million flying hours for its A350 planes. Both planes use Rolls-Royce engines, but different kinds. Airbus has received 847 orders for the A350 series from 44 airlines so far. It has delivered 174 planes to 17 operators, including Qatar Airways, which owns a 9.94 per cent stake in Cathay Pacific. Danny Lee was reporting from Toulouse, France