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Floyd last won the day on July 31 2019

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  1. Those cockpit sections go back to the 707, so really the fifties. They are definitely at retirement age. Even VW recognized at some point they had to retire the original Beetle. By hanging onto such an old design Boeing, as mentioned above, lost out on so many opportunities for innovation. Yes, they came to market at about the same time as the improved 320 family: a short term gain for a lot of long term pain for many victims.
  2. "But on the other hand it operated for many years without many major problems." Not to get into a slinging match, but I think that statement ignores a number of fatal rudder hard-over crashes and one or more close calls. I totally agree that it is now past its prime and the current version should instead have been a clean sheet design. Any new production airliner should have more than two air data systems. I am also not positive on this point, but I understand the 727 could not have been certified by more modern standards (this going back about twenty years) due to inadequate cockpit visibility. Is the 737 any better in this department than the 727? I also acknowledge that people can enjoy flying a particular type, but then I have always enjoyed flying whatever I was in!
  3. PWA used to operate the 727 on ice regularly in the arctic islands. The runway had to be a minimum of 5000' x 200' x 5'. I could be wrong on the the length, it might have been 6000'.
  4. Enjoy your retirement Moon, now you can do whatever you REALLY want to do! Please keep up the posting, I have always appreciated your input.
  5. Well put Specs! The whole tone of the leadership would make a very interesting CRM lesson. We listen often to Dr. Bonny Henry or to the Dr. in Nova Scotia and to their premiers and generally the tone is much more respectful of the citizens and therefore earns the trust from the people in the process and the message. It reminds me of the child in front of the parent or authority blaming everyone around him when he is holding the bat and the baseball has gone through the window.
  6. In MB there has been some very valid criticism of the leadership through this pandemic. In the first wave we had terrible spread in our seniors homes. One company, much reported, had two facilities that were disaster zones yet a third home they operated did not have one case in staff or residents. Management does seem to make a difference. In the second wave the restrictions were put in place when it was too late and we were left reacting after the fact. The province ignored the public letter advice of hundreds of doctors who had spoken out earlier for action. (One of the critics was the MD daughter of our own Ray Bryski!) When the vaccine arrived the province spent a lot of energy blaming the federal government for not delivering enough supply. At the same time they bragged of being capable of delivering 20,000 doses per day all the while vaccinating about 3,000 to 4,000 per day with a stock of one half the delivered doses, ie 80,000 to 100,000 in stock. As an aside, we had about six main 'super sites' while SK had over a hundred distribution centres. When the third wave hit we were told we would not end up with the disaster that occurred in ON because we were prepared and would act in time. We had learned from the second wave! Once again we followed the procedures from the second wave. We ignored the advice of the doctors when they published a second letter and have become a third world enclave in North America. This week Winnipeg accounted for 10% of the cases in Canada; we represent less than 2% of the population. Throughout the second and third wave the premier has continued to blame the citizens for not following guidelines. Sending you this message from the heart of hot zone....
  7. I think I was listening to that Twin Otter when he gave a status report on 5281 KHz. I seem to recall a report about the condition of the airframe and the people. This was followed by the "OAT is reading -37 C and the airspeed is reading [ I think it was ] 55 knots, and they are both working!" I was glad I wasn't on board.
  8. Long story short...back in the late '80s we were enroute westbound about 35 east of YQT at night. I spotted a rather bright 'star' at 10 o'clock, low on the horizon. And then another, very close to it. I mentioned it to the rest of the crew. Then we realized it/they were moving. Captain asked ATC if there was any traffic there and we got a negative. By this time we could see there were about a dozen objects from pinpoint lights all the way to some glowing puff balls leaving incandescent trails. They were headed northeast. Empress behind us commented that they had it in view as well and wished they could go transcon at that speed! Transit time from horizon to horizon was a few minutes. We passed under the glowing trails about 30 or 40 west of YQT. I made some enquiries over the next few days and the best explanation was that we viewed a MIRV re-entry test by the USSR folks. They would be looking at it with their radar to try to determine what was a 'warhead' and what was a decoy. I have seen a few other strange sights, including some impressive fireballs, but that one was certainly odd looking and very impressive.
  9. Don, I think this topic merits it another thread all of its own but I will make an initial, off the cuff comment. I think the first tragedy hinges around corporate values and liability, the image of a company and the damage that image has received. The other works around various facets of a national belief system and the values it places on societal responsibility and a host of other limiting dogmas.
  10. Hi Kip, Took the package they offered 12 years ago this month. It was a good move and I am doing things I never had time for. Glad you are enjoying your retirement.
  11. CF-DQQ....an old Fleet 80 Canuck registration. I wonder what it will end up on next. Hope it is not a MAX.
  12. The Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum in Brandon, MB has a number of Anson trainers and Cranes. One Crane is called 'Stubby', and is for people to climb in and get an onboard experience. The other is partially restored and awaiting funds to complete the job. We have six flying trainers which are available for rides; Harvard MkII, Fairchild (Fleet) Cornell, DH82A and DH82C Tiger Moths and a Stinson HW75. Our extremely rare Fleet Finch I (16R) is near completion of its total rebuild and will be available this summer. We also have the only memorial in Canada to those who went through the BCATP and died, either overseas or in and around Canada.
  13. I remember talking to mtc in WG where they did the heavy checks. The initial thoughts were the A320 was 'disposable' as it was built too lightly. When they started doing the H checks, they found less cracking, less corrosion and a much better designed and built airplane. While they have had their issues, they are nothing compared to the lipstick on the pig we are seeing with the '37.
  14. Just in case you would like to see the text exchange... https://www.npr.org/2019/10/18/771451904/boeing-pilots-detected-737-max-flight-control-glitch-two-years-before-deadly-cra
  15. When the DC-10 was being pressure tested a lower cargo door blew open. The floor then collapsed on the flight control cables. This failure chain had been predicted by the subcontractor who was involved in the fuselage build. It was also predicted this would result in the loss of the aircraft. We all know how this ended.
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