Tango Niner

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  1. https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/11/business/air-italy-collapse/index.html London (CNN Business) Air Italy has suspended operations after its owners decided to liquidate the company, leaving customers with flights booked after February 25 in the lurch. Italy's second biggest airline after flag carrier Alitalia said Tuesday that the decision to wind up the company was made at a meeting of its shareholders. Alisarda, founded by the Aga Khan, controlled 51% of Air Italy, while Qatar Airways had a 49% stake in the company. In a statement, Qatar indicated that it would have been ready to invest more in the airline. "Even with the changing competitive environment and the increasingly difficult market conditions severely impacting the air transport industry, Qatar Airways has continually reaffirmed its commitment, as a minority shareholder, to continue investing in the company," Qatar said in a statement. It added: "Qatar Airways was ready once again to play its part in supporting the growth of the airline, but this would only have been possible with the commitment of all shareholders." Air Italy, previously known as Meridiana, said that flights from Tuesday through February 25 would be operated by other carriers. Flights booked after that point will be refunded. The airline, which was based in Sardinia, operated flights throughout Italy and to long-haul destinations including New York, Miami and Los Angeles. It also offered direct flights from Italy to locations in Africa, including Cairo and Lagos. Air Italy is the latest in a string of European airlines to suffer from fierce competition and shifting business models. Primera Air ceased operations in October 2018. In February 2019, German airline Germania filed for bankruptcy and British airline Flybmi stopped flying. Icelandic budget carrier Wow Air left passengers stranded when it suddenly ceased operations a month later. Meanwhile, the Italian government has being propping up Alitalia while it looks for investors to relaunch the company, according to Reuters. The grounding of Boeing's 737 Max plane has added to pressure on the industry. Air Italy had three Boeing (BA)737 Max jets in its fleet. And the coronavirus — which has caused dozens of carriers to cancel flights to China — has injected further uncertainty into the outlook for the aviation industry. Fewer Chinese tourists and a shock to the global economy from a slowdown in China would hit demand for flights.
  2. Pretty sure I saw one in YYC a couple of days ago. It looked really sharp!
  3. Wait... isn’t that the exact description of a travel agent?
  4. Indeed Jack! I can’t think of a worse moment of crisis in Boeing’s history than right now. What a time to take over the reins. T9
  5. Re: 737 type ratings in Canada... They’re separate endorsements on your license Don. Like all ancient WestJetters, I have two of them: B73A and B73C. But, according to Transport, I am utterly unqualified to fly a 737-300, -400 or -500. Different type. T9
  6. Not sure about the USA - but in Canada there's three separate 737 type ratings: B73A (-100, -200) B73B (-300, -400, -500) B73C (-600, -700, -800, -900, MAX 8, MAX 9)
  7. Thank you for pointing this out. I also really enjoyed the documentary but the Hurricane was given short shrift.
  8. A quick online trip to Aircraft Spruce will get those puppies fixed up... or is it not that easy?... ? https://www.aircraftspruce.ca/catalog/avpages/garmin_gtx345.php
  9. Getting back to the original topic... ? The AT-6 and the A-29 are remarkably similar. I find it interesting that the USAF is buying some of each kind. A lot of overlap, no? Can you tell the difference?
  10. I listened to the transcript myself and it sounds more like "Lost number four engine". He made a couple of calls after that on downwind, too. Here's the audio:
  11. My FO snapped this in Gatwick this morning. There are a dozen or more Thomas Cook tails parked like this. I’m presuming that the tractors are strategically parked so as to prevent creditors from seizing the aircraft?... T9
  12. Very sharp Moon! Does the blister canopy on the top really afford a better view than from the flight deck? The two vantage points look pretty close together.
  13. That's exactly me - WJ flight crew with small children - and yes, I'm very interested! This almost feels like a WJ April Fool's post ? but if it's true AND they can pull it off, I think they'll have something of a hit on their hands.
  14. You haven't felt one of my crunchers. Just call me Tango "Wrong Hands" Niner... ?
  15. The cutout switches have been on every 737 since the first -100 took to the air in 1967. The location of the switches hasn't moved either.
  16. Boeing introduces 737 Max software overhaul https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/27/economy/boeing-software-fix-737-max/index.html
  17. In Test of Boeing Jet, Pilots Had 40 Seconds to Fix Error https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/25/business/boeing-simulation-error.html?action=click&module=News&pgtype=Homepage
  18. My point was the part about disabling it. As in, knowing, if needed, to hit the stab trim cutout switches- which have been present on the 737 since its mid-60’s inception.
  19. From Malcolm’s post above. 1) Boeing needs to fix this, but ALSO: 2) Pilots need better training on the aircraft. The cutout switches have been present on every B737 since the -100. IMHO T9
  20. “Though the pitch system in the MAX is somewhat new, the pilot actions after a failure are exactly the same as would be for a runaway trim in any 737 built since the 1960s. As pilots we really don’t need to know why the trim is running away, but we must know, and practice, how to disable it.” This paragraph from Maclellan sums it up perfectly IMHO. T9
  21. From the latest NTSB communication: "... “crew communications consistent with a loss control of the aircraft” began 18s prior to the end of the cockpit voice recording..." So I'm thinking not a pilot suicide scenario. Also, it would seem a rather odd time to "do the deed", (not that there is any "normal" time to do such a thing); that is, to pull a stunt like that after almost fully completing the flight and while maneuvering in the terminal area...? T9
  22. Evening Don, I'll admit it - I know absolutely nothing about freight flying. So my proposed answer as written above might be a bit naïve. ? But this stuff happens - remember that 747 pitch-up on takeoff out of Afghanistan in 2013? The only other scenario that fits (at least in my brain) is some kind of mechanical failure involving the stabilizer / elevator. T9
  23. The CVR will certainly help provide some answers. Perhaps the moderate turbulence (as reported in the same area by a different aircraft) was enough to dislodge an improperly secured load. Totally spitballing here, but it's certainly a plausible explanation. Holes lining up on the slices of swiss cheese... ?