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  1. Hi Dagger, In SYD, we were escorted, before C&I to a National Health Services desk, a solid 75m the wrong direction from C&I. There were two people present, a NHS nurse, and a Transport Australia official (not the type that sit by the scanners). We had to sign a couple of forms stated that we understood the restrictions placed on our movement. Masks had to be worn from airplane to hotel room, and not removed, even in the transport. We were then given a 5minute briefing that under no circumstances were we to leave the hotel, and we were expected to order room service, however, we could order skip the dishes orders, but the food must be brought to the lobby, and we were, again, not to leave the hotel. Also, we were expected to forgo exercise outside of the room. Auckland was at a whole new level of isolation. Everything as above, but we were prohibited from leave the room at all, except for a fire. At checkin, there were 3 New Zealand Transport officials at 3 desks. To get into the hotel, we had to sign in with a barricaded security guard outside first. We then entered the hotel and found out this was a quarantining hotel, with cruise ship passengers, etc, going through the mandatory 14 days under lockdown. If any got sick, they were moved from this hotel to another facility. We were given our own floor, with our own elevator, including its own unique extra keycard so that no non-airline personnel could come to our level. Food delivery was not allowed, and only room service was permitted. Upon leaving the hotel, we were required to sign out again at the front door. There was nobody, and I mean nobody, on the streets or sidewalks in Auckland. Note runway 07/25 is now a qantas storage area. Looks like the AMEs added some artistic flair to liven up a sad situation.
  2. Hi Dagger, I just did one of the YVR-SYD-AKL-YYZ-YVR trips. It was the same crew, same plane, the entire way. We had 22hr in SYD, 10h40 in AKL (at the hotel), and 17hr30m in YYZ. Fun and interesting trip, but the layovers in AKL and SYD were hard lockdown (can’t leave room) so that part wasn’t so great. The AKL-YYZ leg was 15h in the air (7550 NM), plus some ITCZ detours of an extra couple hundred miles.
  3. Sounds like the deceased is the teams PR person. Sad day. It’s too bad they couldn’t have ejected before the spin began, a little more altitude may have made a big difference by the looks of the video. Maybe a flameout/bird at takeoff. Horrible place to be, out of power, airspeed, altitude, and ideas, all at the same time. RIP.
  4. Thanks, misunderstood that part. Couldn’t get to see it in operation. I just downloaded the manual to read up on it.
  5. I had the opportunity to fly in the A220 twice last week. What an outstanding aircraft. I was in business class but took the opportunity to go back and sit for a moment in economy. It’s going to be a very popular A/C for AC. Easily more comfortable than either the 737 or A320. I have some observations made from the trips. Pros Very comfortable J class seats. Large 18 inch displays using the latest Panasonic x3 system. World class leading High Definition IFE Each seat has its own single 110ac plug, 2 USB charging ports, and two headphone inputs so two people can watch the same movie together. Each seat has a little seat bed nook to hold a water bottle/ phone. J class reclines, has a deployable calf rest as well as a pull-down foot rest. The J Cabin is separated from PY by a hard divider, which allows the last row of J class to fully recline, without feeling guilty reclining into the economy row behind you. The forward lav is large and tall, as big or bigger than the 777. No problem for 6’3 to stand straight up. Lots of room in the forward galley to stand straight up, not do the Embrajer/737 hunch over. Very cool, sophisticated F/D with all the toys a pilot could want. Dual heads Up displays, joysticks that move together and thrust levers that move, two very big Boeing vs Airbus complaints. Trackball Drag and drop navigating as well as normal FMS navigation. The flight deck is large for this size of aircraft, allowing straight up standing by the door, and sufficient space behind each pilot for their overnight roller bags. I had been worried that an airplane with this kind of mission endurance would get a regional E190-sized Flight Deck. I was wrong. Being able to stand up and stretch without opening the door is a huge plus. Very large windows Very Large Max type overhead bins, though larger on the right side than the left, which allow roller bags to be placed on their sides allowing probably at least 4 bags per bin. All seats in economy are 18.5 inch wide and are larger than normal AC economy, and the middle seat gets an entire extra 1/2 inch of width (19 inches). Finally a reward for middle seat users. Easily the biggest economy seats in NA. (Edited as I was able to look up the actually numbers - very roomy seats) Cons For an airplane which is so quiet on the outside, it is surprisingly noisy on the inside. It seemed to be fan and duct noise, not parasitic drag noise. This could be definitely fine tuned in production numbers further down the line. Definitely not 330/777 quiet in the cabin. Perhaps a Q400 ANR system could be installed. Though not outrageously loud, it was more than expected from an aircraft this age/size. Noisy brakes, but this could be that they are brand new. On both flights, smooth air, two different fins, a very subtle, continuous vibration (buffet)is felt. It doesn’t seem to be engine related as there is no change with thrust settings. I wondered if there is simply some gear doors which need adjustment, or is it a sonic buffet happening somewhere on the airframe, which could be changed with Vortex generating devices. At the L1door opening (and I assume the others as well), there are two door latching hooks sticking a full inch up out of the floor you walk over at the threshold. Though painted hazard yellow, they are a tripping hazard, and I’m kind of amazed it made it into production. For having such a huge lavatory, the sink is surprisingly grey-hound-bus small. It’s hard to get your hands under the taps, measuring only about 10x8 inches. It is hard to get your hands out of the sink cupped with water if you wish to wash your face as the tap is in the way. Im not a fan of the glare shield mounted radio control panels. When ATC instructions are given with frequency changes, there may be some hand collisions as right seat reaches for left RCP and left seat reaches for auto pilot functions. Romances are born this way. ? Overall, I think this is going to be THE MOST popular NB aircraft in Air Canada history. It seems to be a winner from what I got on two four hour flights. I agree that it is a shame to relinquish identifying the Canadian ingenuity that went into it, but I have no doubt that with Airbus now in charge, they can continue to improve small irritants to this excellent product. BTW, this is coming from someone who was a sceptic, based on disappointment of Bombardier aircraft in the past (dash-8 and RJs). I wasn’t expecting to be this enamoured with it, but am willing to admit Bombardier knocked this out of the park. Well done.
  6. This news is hot off the press. Your doctor will now be required to payout $100.00 per minute that you are held in a waiting room past your appointment time. ?
  7. Make everyone move to the tail of the airplane? ? The 777, 767, and 787 don’t have any trim wheels either. They have two alternate trim levers. Moved together they directly control the Stabilizer position. In a worst case scenario, it all electrical is lost, there are still backup cables attached to the Stab and selected spoilers to maintain control and level flight, until power can be restored via the RAT, APU, etc. Note, the 787 has two IDGs ( integrated drive generators)per engine and two on the APU. In addition, the flight controls are driven by their own permanent magnet generators, backed up by 28 VDC. It’s quite inconceivable that the 787 could have a complete electrical failure.
  8. When the Concorde was on its farewell tour, it came through YYZ. It was departing R23 with our 767 next in line holding short at Hotel. With us only a 150 feet away, it brought the engines up to full, before releasing the brakes. I've never experienced a better example of turning JetB into noise. Our whole airplane shook with rock concert level bass boom that made your stomach flutter, and we were unable to hear ourselves. In my memory, I've made it a full afterburner takeoff, but can't really remember whether that's true or not. Pretty impressive way to let everyone know you're leaving the building either way.
  9. Based on how well it was written, I think Tommy has finally made it big!
  10. Haha, I like the way you think Boestar. As a commuter, I’ve often seen people’s frustration when experiencing gate arrival holds. The best is when a flight is 30 minutes early, and no gate is available, so you wait 20 minutes. Even though the flight is still 10 minutes early, and people were told to prepare for a flight x hours and x minutes long, they totally begin to come unglued once the plane has landed. Who hasn’t considered, in jest, to ask for a hold, for a few laps, rather than arrive early and risk the stares from those aren’t happy with 10 early and would rather have 30.
  11. BBC News - Airbus says A380 superjumbo production will end http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-47231504
  12. 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.
  13. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/flair-apologizes-after-calling-police-on-passengers-following-flight-delay-1.4918963
  14. It might be a historical Industry turning point for the improper and sometimes overused “Ground Checked Servicable”.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Aren’t they prohibited in the Treaty of Versailles from building the Junkers? Great, here they come again.
  20. GS said unionization was the line in the sand, and the hill he was willing to die on. He was right.
  21. 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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