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    Flair Air might need Disney Training

    Anybody else catch the hypocrisy of self appointed passenger advocate Gabor Lukacs, who now WORKS for Flair Air, chastising THE RCMP, saying this was a civil matter. They were called by employees of the company he now works for. I wouldn't expect any impartiality from this know-it-all-who-knows- nothing, from now on. Any other airlines, who have 12 hour delays, he burns to the ground. Now silence. What are the RCMP suppose to do when they are called BY Flair; not show up? Hypocritic.
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    Blast From the Past

    Actual Comet flight deck
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    Lion Air Down

    It might be a historical Industry turning point for the improper and sometimes overused “Ground Checked Servicable”.
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    Hard To Watch

    It’s been a long time since I instructed and used to do elementary aerobatics training. I seem to recall, in a stall, the reason you kept ailerons levels, and only used rudder, was that the wing tips and ailerons stalled last, leaving the ailerons still effective during the incipient stages of the stall. If the wing dropped a bit (turbulence or stall in a turn) during a previously level stall, using the aileron to correct the roll changed the AOA of the dropped wing, which now suddenly would stall unevenly, turning the stall into a spin. It was the reason for rudders only when hitting stall AOAs. The natural reaction, without memory reflex training was to correct the roll with aileron, not rudder. i don’t know if that may apply here. When I learned to fly, stalling and spinning were practiced until it entered muscle memory. Other countries didn’t have such emphasis on the subject. RIP to all onboard.
  6. AC just released a statement, that the pilot in question never made any complaint or filed for anything requiring a manager to investigate. She just resigned, telling others she was tired of the business. Severely weakens her case over the what the poorly investigated reporting purported.
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    AC Offers Lie-Flat Seats

    Many of the people using the service are flying too far for their Helicopter or Business Jet to get them there, and so are “forced” to use an airline to get them there, like when the President of Deutchbank and his four VPs need to get to Melbourne. Others are so famous that they are use to coming in the “back door” of arenas, venues, restaurants through-the-kitchen etc. Walking up a Jetway is something nobody else gets to do, except they do it with someone carrying their luggage. Others may not be as famous, or as rich, but love the idea of having people wonder who they are. For a myriad of reasons, the service is First Class and very well received.
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    AC Offers Lie-Flat Seats

    These aren’t your average BMW 3-5 series. They are BMW 750Xdrive long wheel base, the version used if your going to cut it to make a stretch limousine. The trunk space is enormous. Reclining rear seats, TVs, electronic footrest, uniformed (suits) drivers. You can be taken from private check in directly to the airplane seat, no waiting area. The trials were very positive.
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    Junkers F13 now certified.

    Aren’t they prohibited in the Treaty of Versailles from building the Junkers? Great, here they come again.
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    Saretsky gone!

    GS said unionization was the line in the sand, and the hill he was willing to die on. He was right.
  11. Two per plane I believe.
  12. These are both pretty common sights for areas with float operators every spring and fall. Harbor air isn't your typical bush operator and they have the infrastructure to not need to do this, but most small operators land on grass or snow, switch to skis, and then take off in the spring from a dolly.
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    Memory Spawns Question

    A long time ago, in a small twin engine pressurized turboprop, we had a thick billowing smoke event in the flight deck. It turned out later to be a broken bleed line burning (intensely smouldering) the pipes insulation, but we had several very intense minutes. The smoke was so thick that we had a passenger about 6 feet behind us and could no longer see her, as our vision ended after about 3 feet. Without going into the details of the troubleshooting and fixes applied, this airplane was equipped with cabin dump valves and a ram air inlet switches. The less than a second after the dump and ram were opened, the air cleared like it had never happened, except of course for the smell. In modern large jets, the air is circulated continuously, and in order to save fuel, it is recirculated a calculated amount.. When recirculating is turned off, it is my understanding that the entire planes air gets renewed every few minutes. It is like your inside a hurricane, you just don’t know it. I've always kept that memory in my bag of tricks. My aircraft no longer has these valves labled the same way, but with some investigation, you realize you can still make the principle work, if plan A isn’t. i also can attest to the stress of being unable to clearly see instruments in extremely low vis/smoke/fire/night/no autopilot/electrics turned off (another story for another time) and it’s not something I ever care to do again.
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    Width, Cargo, seating density all favour 777, its superior to the 787 though. Take a 200 LR fill it with people, 45000 kg of fruit and it still goes halfway around the world. The 1000 won’t do that.