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  1. I read a different analysis that said the very small number of hours that the BUFF operates per year especially compared to civilian machines makes the cost and technical challenges are wildly disproportionate to the benefits that are, in the cold light of day, not needed. It would make it a cool toy though.
  2. Best line I saw on another website was "you picked a fine time to leave me, loose wheel." Made me laff out loud. ?
  3. aka 'the Bamboo Bomber'. Quite incendiary I gather.
  4. I enjoyed the documentary as well. The title is a bit of an overstatement (P51 and P47 chaps might quarrel a bit) but it was the right plane at the right time for Britain. But I was puzzled about a couple of things. 1- The Hurricane was, as usual, under represented in any discussion of the Battle of Britain. They were in greater numbers and did a lot of the heavy lifting in spite of being seriously out performed. 2- A lot of the photos in the documentary that were supposed to be of the Spit were actually of the Hurricane. You can tell by the exhaust and gear geometry. Early Spits did look som
  5. for awhile, AC used to powerback the DC9 in YHZ. My god, the noise. Brutal.
  6. Depends on the application. eg. WM on the G1 only restored power to ISA values whereas on the CV 640 WM added power, about 600 hp I think. I don't know about the Hawker. And I'm about out of info now.
  7. My outfit had an office the the Field hangar. Never saw soooo many rivet heads in my life as on that airplane. ? Our G1 showed some metal being made in the oil. I called RR in YUL to ask if we had a serious problem. A Scotsman asked me "Does it have a part number on it?" I asked back "Does what have a part number?" He said "The metal in the oil". I said, confused, "No". He said "@#*$ing call me back when it does" and hung up on me. Gotta love the Darts.
  8. Just a small correction, I think. I remember being told they used what was supposed to be water meth but it was waste fuel stored in a WM barrel. When the WM kicked in - end of story. They hauled it off the ice, ferried it to Field Av in Yyc and rebuilt it. HS748 are some tough, tell ya wut.
  9. Ahh, you noticed my little 'frustration' thing there, didja? Sorry about that. Well, for a pretty smart bunch around here, some things tend to get missed. Like how far away and how different Gander and Goose Bay are from each other are. My ire stems from the endless number of comments are directed at Goose Bay (with which I have no connection except having been there a few dozen times years ago.) One is not even connected to the continent! But, thru this whole event, all the commentary was "how did this go so wrong?? What about 911?" Not even remotely connected. If Goose managed 7 large machin
  10. Oh for god's sake, you sure that's not GANDER you're thinking of? Kind of a big difference. Goose is a military airport with a terminal the size of a large bus. Lovely people tho. But you can't dump a load of folks there. The airplane was bigger and has WAY more washrooms. Sheesh.
  11. Highest AIF ? I stand to be corrected but I believe Sydney has been 30 bucks for years. They have nice trucks. And again, not positive but Bathurst is 50 (!) bucks. Cash cows all.
  12. Banner towing always looked kinda fun. But, I'd sign up for the hurricane stuff in a heartbeat. I did thunderstorm seeding and research in a previous life and it was a blast. Weather stuff is fun.
  13. My version - cleared a visual 33R YYZ, no guidance. Just a nice bright sunny day. Very young FO flying fresh from line indoc. About 10 miles back he says "so is this where I activate the approach?" Caught me off guard for a sec. I said "No. See the runway?" He says "yup". I said "Hit it with the wheels." He said something like "Huh. Really."
  14. You are correct. Slight tailwind. Note to self - do not respond while mostly asleep
  15. I must be missing something here. Wind was M260 16G21. By any measure that is a small headwind on Rw23. Where is this quartering tailwind chit chat coming from? If a light wind (for here) with a massive 5 kt gust is a problem, I have a tip for ya - don't come here...ever. There is another issue at play here which will come to light soon enough.
  16. In 30 years flying for Jazz and it's various iterations, I don't ever remember there being an implication of reprisal over safety issues. That doesn't mean there weren't vigorous discussions about issues. But, end of day, if I said we weren't going till an issue was dealt with, we didn't go. End of story. In fact one time they were going to cancel the flight because of a fuel transfer snag. I said 'Wait a minute. Plan it via another airport for diversion purposes. Legal and safe'. They said 'Ok. Cool! Did not think of that.' I had pretty high confidence in common safety motivations in all the
  17. The best one I remember back in the day being told that mustache wax would spontaneously combust in the presence of oxygen (not true, of course). I bought some mustache wax once out of curiosity. It is disgusting, icky stuff. If it catches fire, you deserve it. It is an excellent birth control method because no right headed woman would come near you without bursting into laughter.
  18. Help me here, Lucy. The wind that miserable night was right down 33. The approach was RNAV 33. 624 couldn't do that app cuz it's an old 320 with no GNS rnav app. So, with a perfect xwind they chose the LOC 05. Wx is going above and below limits for that app. but never goes below limits for the ILS 23. Why, if they were going to live with the big xwind for 05,not take the same xwind for the ils23 with real vertical guidance? 05 can be a real black hole in wx like that. Never have figured that out. L'il help?
  19. I would throw up in my mouth in about 10 seconds without the vertical acceleration. Been there, done that. Actually, I think I just did.
  20. Ahh jeez you guys are making me all misty eyed. In another life I flew a Grumman (NOT Gulfstream!) G-1. Sim time was hard to come by (but fun). Simulated emerg descents were not at idle - hard on the layshafts of the engine I gather. But even then, we'd go down at better than 7 grand a minute, hangin in our belts. We came into YYC from Inuvik (YEV) and ended up a little high for a visual. Like 5 thousand feet high. Tower guy says "You gonna make it down OK?" "No prob" we says, "no prob". On that airplane the main gear can be extended, leaving the nose gear up, with no restrictions. Fell out o
  21. My wife had a brain tumour removed (benign, we hope) about three weeks ago. (Doing fine . Thanks) Caring, great staff. Attached, attentive surgical staff all around. We are not bankrupt. As these things go - not bad. Ooops, oops - thread drift...sorry.
  22. it says these are the 'directors cut' so I imagine the onboard version would be appropriately shorter.
  23. Years ago, I was on descent into YYC late at night. Big storm NW of the airport. Hook echo, the whole bit. "Rats" I thought, "Probably a red alert, a hold and I'll miss the hotel van". Then the storm splits off, airport in sight, cleared the visual 34. Yay me! And I'm 10 minutes early to boot. Hotel van just rolling up. CAC 727 right behind me. Didn't go so well for him. I come back to work the next day and there sits the 27. Radome, lens' all gone. Life is timing.