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  1. Sunwing Incident

    Shades of YHZ 747 crash.
  2. How Pilots party...

    Umm... well.. I got my box of wine and some guacamole. Does that count? No, I didn't think so.
  3. Well , the response may be the same I suspect the feeling may be different. I was in the air when Porter had an emergency descent into YQY due to smoke (very well done by the crew btw). When the crew declared mayday, you could palpably hear the anxiety in the controllers voice. Good job by him too. Cleared the airway and gave them what they needed. But I think he went for a li'l poop after that.
  4. Not to put too fine a point on it but one doesn't always need to declare an emergency ie 'mayday'. You use that when on fire or falling out of the sky etc. The 'pan' call will get you lots of attention. The Qantas 380 event used only the 'pan 'call. I had a serious hyd failure but not life threatening and called 'pan'. A manager later said I should have called 'mayday'. Not so. The distinction is clearly related in the manual. These guys didn't know they had a fire so under the circumstances a 'pan' call would have very appropriate. Had they known about the fire I expect the first words out of their mouths would have been 'mayday'. But the 'pan' call does up the ante very nicely.
  5. CL 415 hits boat mast

    At the one minute mark of the French interview video you can see a Q400MR water bomber in the back ground. Hmm. Did not know they did that. Cool.
  6. Autopilot Horn Over ride

    I'm confused what the problem is that they are trying to solve. I know that you don't want the AP to be disconnected with out everybody being aware. In my experience, the disconnect prompted the 'cavalry charge' which was supposed to be followed by the PF announcement 'autopilot out' or some such. If you heard the disconnect without the announcement - it was a wakeup call. What are they trying to fix here? Just curious.
  7. Smashing a perfectly good guitar

    Buddy says this is a $4000 dollar guitar. Seeing as everybody on this forum is an expert on something or anything, who thinks a 4 grand guitar has a finger joint connection at the nut? (look at the photos). Looks like a cheap (relatively) axe with strings under tension in an expensive hard case. AC's fault? Me thinks not.
  8. Loud and Proud to be Canadian

    *cricket cricket*
  9. Boom may be in your future

    Well, from my understanding, the leaking had nothing what so ever with the fuel. It was leaking simply because of the strain on the fuel tanks produced by the constant thermal expansion and contraction of the structure and they never found a way of effectively sealing the tanks. Fwiw, the very special fuel for the -71 was very difficult to ignite. It took a type of explosive called PEK to start the engines. If they ran out of the stuff and needed an airborne relight, they were out of luck. Ground fires were almost impossible.
  10. Boom may be in your future

    Yes the leaks were primarily on the ground when the aircraft cooled off. But frankly I don't think local environmental authorities care why it's leaking. But, correct me if I'm wrong but I believe the heat is not created by friction. It is primarily a function of compression. Not much you can do about that, I don't think. Lots of advances in all sorts of areas but running up past M2 I think still creates more expensive problems than you're going to want to throw money at. When I see a Mach 2 plus airplane being sold for 200 million dollars I'll believe it
  11. Boom may be in your future

    Well, this should be interesting. Heat dissipation I think is the biggest problem. I understand that is the reason for the Concorde being limited to just a hair over M2 was the heat generated when you go faster is a huge problem for the metallurgy, coatings, adhesives etc. The Concorde was VERY leaky. I went on board in YYT years ago. Tubs of Zorball under it with the Air France maintenance guy just shaking his head. TU-144 which was faster was worse. SR 71 for all the problems they solved to make it fly, they never got it to stop leaking. You go M2.2 - you got heat. Lots of it. Then throw in noise and airspace restrictions and ya got whatcha call yer hands full. I'll watch to see if they have a magic bullet workaround.
  12. Westjet bumps cycling team..

    Regarding westjet's recent commercials regarding no bumping, the phrase "Pride goeth before a fall" leaps to mind. Dumb asses.
  13. Vintage Photo

    Sorry - duped already. Can't turn your back around here!
  14. Halifax report coming May 18,2017

    A rare poster but as Popeye said " I can't stands no more". 1- the light setting is a red herring. When you get to mins and don't see the runway - you go around. Even if the lights are off, it doesn't matter. No runway - you go around. Light setting 4,5, or zero is not material. It's called Minimum Descent Altitude for a reason. The ATC controllers had nothing to do with that. 2- the 320's without gps based nav use 3 inertial nav units (INU's). Not valid for vertical nav for approaches. (Correct me if I'm wrong). Hence the need to do the loc app on RW05 in this case. None the less position info is available, and is reasonably accurate. It should let you know pretty closely where the end of the runway is. You can tell that by somebody, anybody looking down and says "we aren't there yet". Regardless, if you do an FPA or stepdown, knowing where the end of the runway is is kind of critical. In either case. if you reach MDA on FPA, or the 'times up" - you go around. (IMO, the stepdown approach properly planned and performed is still a reasonable approach. A bit old school but whatever). 3- The ban. After ending well over 30 years flying in the Maritimes a couple weeks ago, the changes in the ban just reaches to the lowest common denominator. Anyone who flies out here knows how wildly variable the weather can be here. The hourly obs (or even specials) can differ bizarrely from the reality of the moment. I've, literally, done a miss while looking down at a VFR runway because the ob was so out of date. Using the posted limits is fine but undermines the utility of eyeballs and experience. End of day, if you don't like how it's going, then stop going there. If it's too bumpy, folks out here pull up and go on a bright sunny day because there is good reason to. A nasty night with an underequipped machine - well, I don't know what to tell you. I still don't understand how this flight ended up on the ground off to the side and BELOW the height of the runway.
  15. Seriously?

    Also it says "Q400" in the caption under the photo. But no biggie. I've flown the "classic", as it's called now, for 15 years. Not only is it not a Q, it's not even a 300. See the tail bumper? Only on the -100. As far as the mist goes, I'd guess it's just AC condensation. I don't know the Q but on a humid day the Bae-146 would just pour the mist out. FA's always included the fact in their PA's. That being said, a Porter Q did an emerg descent and landing in YQY a while back. Evac'd on the runway. A rampie friend of mine was in the airplane while waiting for it to be recovered. He said it stunk of oil. I understand they changed both engines but stand to be corrected.