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  1. A number of departures subsequent to the missile launches and then both before and after the airliner shooting. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/01/10/world/middleeast/iran-tehran-airport-crash-flights.html
  2. https://nationalpost.com/news/world/off-duty-pilot-who-hitched-a-ride-saved-lion-air-737-day-before-deadly-crash
  3. That landing was so nice, it reminds me of....well, it reminds me of me.
  4. In a post 9-11 world where any checked bags would have to be found and offloaded, I imagine there would be the same reluctance to deny boarding to an inebriated but so far well behaved passenger, as there is to close a flight on a no-show?
  5. https://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/canada-news-pmn/province-signs-deal-for-fire-suppression-service-with-private-firm
  6. My understanding is that they were having some problems with retardant ingestion into the engines and mitigated the issue with airflow changes by extending the gear during drops. The photos were likely from different periods, before and after the change in their procedures.
  7. The retardant aircraft and scoopers have different roles and contrary to popular belief, often neither solely focused on extinguishment of a fire of any great magnitude. The red retardant is primarily used for containment, establishing a defensive line just ahead of the fire. The desire is not so much to extinguish fuel that's already burning but more to rob the fire of additional fuel once it gets to the line. It can be used as an initial attack tool to buy containment time until other resources, such as ground fire fighters, helis and heavy equipment can get on scene. Retardant is also used to create protection lines around structures and other values. The scoopers, in my limited experience, are more commonly used to modify fire behavior in support of ground based resources, or to defend the fire lines if there have been excursions through the line or windborne spotting across the line. Much like municipal fire departments working to prevent a house fire that is a total loss from spreading to the rest of the neighbourhood, it's often a more effective use of resources to starve the fire of new fuel rather than attempt to extinguish something that's already fully involved.
  8. Chief Theresa Spence's hunger strike reminds me of the negotiation tactics of a three year old in the grocery store with his mother. “Ok, I've asked nicely for something that I feel I completely deserve, yet you say no and then some nonsense about not being entitled to more than others in the family. I therefore plan to stage a meltdown in this public place to protest what I know is a grave injustice. I choose to protest in this busy store because it wouldn't have nearly the same effect were I to do it at home. I will make such frequent and compelling noises that all people in the vicinity will think that I am dying (but really I'm not). They will all see what a terrible and miserly leader you are and no doubt I will have many supporters. I intend to continue to divert your attention from other chores for as long as it takes (and I can, because I'm not REALLY dying). All this drama could be avoided if you would just let me have the chocolate bar” I believe every parenting book ever written will advise to never cave in to this blackmail by embarrassment. Chief Spence comes by the behavior honestly. One need only hang out in any northern grocery store to see it play out all day, every day and generally with success for the pint size negotiator.
  9. I'm sorry to hear that you're pulling the pin Mitch. I've always appreciated your honesty and the courage that it takes to wade into what is so often a hostile swamp, all this while using your own name. You'll be missed. Kevin
  10. "As pointed out earlier in the thread, baggage volume will be a HUGE issue on the Skidoo. As it is, we have ongoing problems with carry-on and to a lesser degree checked bag volume even with the 737 and it's 70's vintage spacious overhead bins. The Japanese all travel with hard sided Samsonite voluminous enough to contain a Toyota Corolla PLUS a clean pair of skivies. Northerners seem to lean towards hockey bags and Action Packers." I hope it's not in poor taste to quote yourself. I posted the above in a thread about this in May, prior to AC even starting the service. From what I've been told, First Air has taken to hauling competitors bags.(For a price of course .) We regularly carry bags for AC, those bags that make the connection, out of YEG and YZF. We've even been carrying bags for Canadian North on occasion when the pax load exceeds the baggage pit volumes on their new F-100. It would appear that F-100 is another aircraft not designed with the northern traveller in mind. At least Canadian North has some of their own lift available at certain times of the day. As an aside, the latest security measures seem to have decreased the amount of carry on baggage, thereby increasing the volume of checked bags going in the already full pits. Kevin
  11. I couldn't find a straight across definition in the Spanish/English dictionary but near as I can tell from studying the words closest to Embraer: A rough collection of motorcycle parts causing either rage or rapture depending on ones state of intoxication. Flight crews had best bone up on Lucas ignition systems, while pax might be advised to stop in the departure lounge sports bar for a wee dram. Kev
  12. I'll have to go with Rattler on that one. Both airlines are owned by native birthright corporations who invested their land claim settlement money in the enterprise. Beyond that, to the best of my knowledge they are both stand alone, profitable entities. There are many, many native owned businesses that are propped up with government funding, but I don't think these two are in that group. Kev
  13. I've been asked many times lately what I think about Air Canada's move into northern territory. I too don't think it will last more than one season for several reasons: Ticket prices online are already higher than initially bragged about by AC. This may have be neccessitated by higher fuel costs but the travelling public won't likely see this as anything other than AC reaching deeper into their pockets before their service has even started. Both First Air and Canadian North have made moves to match AC's pricing. Both northern carriers offer a level of cabin service that is now unheard of domestically, at least within North America. Hot meals, complimentary non-alcoholic beverages, free wine with meals other than breakfast, cash bar, hot towels, pillows, blankets, newspapers, candies etc... The service harkens back to an earlier time in air travel and pax have grown to enjoy it. Even if AC decides to ramp up their cabin service, I don't imagine that the galley or cabin crew compliment on the CRJ lends itself to the level of service provided by Canadian North or First Air. As pointed out earlier in the thread, baggage volume will be a HUGE issue on the Skidoo. As it is, we have ongoing problems with carry-on and to a lesser degree checked bag volume even with the 737 and it's 70's vintage spacious overhead bins. The Japanese all travel with hard sided Samsonite voluminous enough to contain a Toyota Corolla PLUS a clean pair of skivies. Northerners seem to lean towards hockey bags and Action Packers. Both northern carriers have a long standing tradition of supporting community and sporting groups throughout the north. This has fostered a sense of loyalty amongst many northerners although not all are aware of the generosity. Air Canada had let a contract for ground handling/ticket counter in YZF which was met with a distinct lack of interest by northern carriers and for good reason. They will now be forced to invest in infrastructure and staff that will eat into yield. Both northern carriers haul freight with their combis to mitigate what are at times skinny passenger loads. There are no doubt other issues at play that will make AC's expansion into the north a difficult enterprise. I say "Fill yer boots". They'll be gone in six months. Kev