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  1. January 18, 2019 7:56 pm Updated: January 18, 2019 8:06 pm WestJet plane slides off taxiway at Edmonton airport amid icy conditions By Phil Heidenreich Online journalist Global News A WestJet plane that was to depart for Victoria ended up sliding off a taxiway at Edmonton International Airport on Friday night. A spokesperson for the airline said nobody was injured but the flight was cancelled as a result. “While taxiing to the runway, Flight 173 slid off the taxiway in the icy conditions,” Lauren Stewart said. After several people took to social media posting photos of a plane that they said had gone off a runway at Edmonton International Airport, Global News spoke to a passenger who said the plane went into a snow bank while taxiing. “Everyone is OK,” Becky Johnson said. “The pilot mistook a snowy field when we were taxiing to the runway.” Johnson said the plane turned and it suddenly became a bit bumpy but there was not much more that happened. “You wouldn’t have even noticed but I’m a nervous flyer,” she said. A spokesperson with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada said the incident occurred as the aircraft was headed to the de-ice pad and that the agency will not be investigating. Stewart said there were 75 passengers and six crew on board. Fifty-three passengers will head to Victoria on Friday night via Calgary.
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    Actually I never said "hoping to see the city step in". I for one don't care if the carcass is refurbished or not. Those who do can pony up. No money from us tax payers.
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    Trump 2.0 Continues

    And this is supposed to be good????? January 18, 2019 2:29 pm Trump vows support to anti-abortion marchers in Washington U.S. President Donald Trump spoke in a prerecorded video to thousands of anti-abortion activists in Washington on Friday for the 46th March for Life, vowing to veto any legislation that “weakens the protection of human life.”
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    AirBus A220 News

    No apology required. I should have caught it before you got to it. you Old Eagle Eyes My original reply also deleted.
  5. No blame in this for WestJet and that is how it should be. Investigation report: Baggage compartment fire on WestJet flight 113, June 2018 Français News provided by Transportation Safety Board of Canada Jan 18, 2019, 12:00 ET Share this article EDMONTON, Jan. 18, 2019 /CNW/ - Today, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) released its investigation report (A18W0081) following a baggage compartment fire that occurred on WestJet flight 113 on 14 June 2018, shortly after the aircraft departed Calgary International Airport, Alberta. The TSB conducted a limited-scope, fact-gathering investigation into this occurrence to advance transportation safety through greater awareness of potential safety issues. This report highlights the hazard that lithium-ion batteries, such as those found in electronic cigarettes, pose to the safety of aircraft when stored in checked baggage. Passengers are reminded that these items must be carried in the cabin, where an incident can be immediately mitigated, and not in checked baggage. Aviation Investigation A18W0081 Table of contents Investigation brief Media materials Baggage compartment fire The occurrence On 14 June 2018, a Boeing 737-700 aircraft operated by WestJet was conducting flight WJA113 from Calgary, Alberta, to Vancouver, British Columbia, with 53 passengers and 5 crew members on board. While climbing through 9000 feet after departure, the flight crew received a cargo fire warning. An emergency was declared and a return to Calgary was requested. After landing, the cargo hold was inspected and evidence was found of a fire in a passenger bag. Map of the area Investigator-in-charge Mike Adam joined the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) in early 2014, bringing with him extensive experience in aviation line maintenance and quality assurance for transport category air carriers. Mr. Adam also has experience with various single and twin engine aircraft, both piston and turbine powered, as well as amateur-built aircraft. Transportation Safety Board investigation process There are 3 phases to a TSB investigation: Field phase: a team of investigators examines the occurrence site and wreckage, interviews witnesses and collects pertinent information. Examination and analysis phase: the TSB reviews pertinent records, tests components of the wreckage in the lab, determines the sequence of events and identifies safety deficiencies. When safety deficiencies are suspected or confirmed, the TSB advises the appropriate authority without waiting until publication of the final report. Report phase: a confidential draft report is approved by the Board and sent to persons and corporations who are directly concerned by the report. They then have the opportunity to dispute or correct information they believe to be incorrect. The Board considers all representations before approving the final report, which is subsequently released to the public. For more information, see our Investigation process page. Investigation report 2019-01-18 Air Transportation Safety Investigation Report A18W0081 About the investigation The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) conducted a limited-scope, fact-gathering investigation into this occurrence to advance transportation safety through greater awareness of potential safety issues. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability. View document in PDF You need a PDF reader to access this file. Find out more on our help page. Baggage compartment fire WestJet Boeing 737-700, C-GWJT Calgary, Alberta 14 June 2018 Le présent rapport est également disponible en français. History of the flight The Boeing 737-700 (registration C-GWJT, serial number 40338), operated by WestJet as flight 113 (WJA113), was on a day instrument flight rules flight from Calgary International Airport (CYYC), Alberta, to Vancouver International Airport (CYVR), British Columbia, with 2 flight crew members, 3 cabin crew members, and 53 passengers on board. The aircraft departed from Runway 35L at CYYC at approximately 0639.Footnote 1 The captain was the pilot flying, and the first officer was the pilot monitoring. While the aircraft was climbing through 9000 feet above sea level, at 0641:10, a lower aft cargo fire warning light illuminated. The flight crew immediately followed the CARGO FIRE procedures published in the company's 737NG Quick Reference Handbook (QRH). The CARGO FIRE DISCH switch was activated, and 1 cargo fire extinguishing bottle was discharged. At 0646, the flight crew declared a MAYDAY emergency and initiated a return to CYYC. Ten minutes later, the aircraft landed on Runway 35R at CYYC and exited onto Taxiway Delta. After clearing the active runway, the aircraft stopped on the taxiway and was inspected by airport rescue and firefighting (ARFF) services. No visual signs of fire were noted, and no hot spots were detected by infrared camera imaging. In accordance with the QRH, the flight crew informed ground personnel not to open any cargo doors until all passengers and crew had exited the aircraft.Footnote 2 The aircraft was cleared to taxi back to the gate, where the passengers and crew were deplaned. After all passengers were off the aircraft, ARFF and WestJet ground handling personnel opened the lower aft baggage compartment. One passenger bag, found face-down near the cargo compartment door opening, showed signs of fire damage (Figure 1). Figure 1. Passenger bag showing fire damage Cargo hold damage The fire damage was isolated to the individual bag. Minor thermal damage was found to the cargo compartment's fire-resistant liner near the bag. The fire did not penetrate the cargo liner or aluminum floor structure and was contained to an area of approximately 24 inches by 24 inches (Figure 2). There was no additional damage to any of the surrounding bags. The burnt bag was offloaded and segregated, and then all other passenger baggage were offloaded. Figure 2. Fire damage to lower aft cargo compartment Cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder As per regulations, the aircraft was equipped with a cockpit voice recorder and a flight data recorder, which were removed and sent to the TSB Engineering Laboratory in Ottawa, Ontario. The data indicated that, other than the lower aft cargo fire warning, the crew did not receive any additional warnings or alarms. The crew's actions were carried out in accordance with the QRH and company standard operating procedures. Aircraft information Records indicate that the aircraft was certified, equipped, and maintained in accordance with existing regulations and approved procedures. The Boeing 737-700 (also referred to as 737-7CT) was manufactured by Boeing Commercial Airplanes in 2011. It is a twin-engine, medium-range, turbofan airliner with 140 passenger seats and a cruise speed of about 430 knots. Passenger bag The passenger whose bag caught fire flew frequently for business purposes and was aware of WestJet's policies with respect to restricted items in checked baggage. The passenger packed his bag, a tactical-style nylon backpack, on the evening of 13 June 2018 and inadvertently packed 2 spare lithium-ion batteries for his e-cigarette,Footnote 3 in the charger, in the front pocket of the bag. The pocket also contained a dry herb vaporizer, a portable speaker, and USB cables. On the morning of 14 June 2018, the passenger arrived at the airport and checked his bag in. He took his e-cigarette and 2 other lithium-ion batteries into the passenger cabin, as required by WestJet's policy on e-cigarettes.Footnote 4,Footnote 5 The checked bag proceeded through the passenger baggage security screening and was loaded into the aircraft's lower aft baggage compartment, while still containing the 2 spare lithium-ion batteries. Restricted items Air carriers in Canada are responsible for complying with the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDGR) with respect to checked baggage. In February 2016, Transport Canada issued a Transportation of Dangerous Goods Safety AdvisoryFootnote 6 alerting air operators, passengers and crew of the safety risks associated with e-cigarettes and recommended that e-cigarettes, including any associated lithium-ion batteries, only be carried in the cabin. The information on WestJet's website relating to restricted items states that e-cigarettes, including associated lithium-ion batteries, “Must be carried in carry-on baggage only,”Footnote 7 and operator approval is required. The website details the restrictions as follows: E-Cigarettes. E-Cigarettes are permitted in carry-on baggage but not for use on board the aircraft due to the high temperatures they generate. Batteries must be removed to eliminate the risk of unintentional activation and individually protected so as to prevent short circuits.Footnote 8 To protect batteries, exposed terminals can be taped over, each individual battery can be in a protective pouch or separate plastic bag, or batteries can be in their original retail packaging. Checked-baggage screening All passenger baggage is subject to security screening, which is conducted by the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA). However, this screening is designed to detect explosive materials that are a threat to aviation safety rather than batteries and other dangerous goods. CATSA's checked-baggage screening machines do not automatically detect dangerous goods; however, if possible dangerous goods are discovered during the screening process, CATSA will perform additional checks and follow up with air carriers. For example, if CATSA screening officers are presented with an X-ray image of a container that could contain dangerous goods, they are required to send the bag for a physical search. If a dangerous good is discovered during the search, CATSA requires the screening officers to inform an air carrier representative, who will determine if the goods can be transported on the aircraft. Lithium-ion battery The proliferation of lithium-ion batteries in personal electronic devices has resulted in an increase in aviation cargo and passenger baggage events involving smoke, fire, extreme heat, or explosion. As at 02 May 2018, the United States Federal Aviation Administration has recorded 206 air/airport incidents involving lithium-ion batteries carried as cargo or baggage since 20 March 1991.Footnote 9 The TSB Engineering Laboratory conducted an analysis of the lithium batteries and electrical components contained in the passenger baggage.Footnote 10 The engineering report concluded that 1 battery in the charger experienced a thermal runaway and the interior material of the battery was completely burnt out. The thermal runaway was likely caused by external damage. The investigation could not determine if the damage occurred before the battery arrived at the airport or during baggage handling. Safety messages Lithium-ion batteries are subject to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations. Transport Canada's safety advisory on the transportation of electronic cigarettes on aircraft exists to prevent the transportation of lithium-ion batteries in checked baggage, which can pose a hazard to the safety of aircraft. In this occurrence, even though the passenger was aware of the restrictions on lithium-ion batteries, the checked baggage was not identified as containing dangerous goods before being loaded into the cargo hold. When this type of responsibility is shared among passengers, air carriers, and security screening authorities, no one agency or individual is in a position to ensure that the contents of baggage comply with an air carrier's requirements related to restricted items. This concludes the TSB's limited-scope investigation into this occurrence. The Board authorized the release of this investigation report on 28 December 2018. It was officially released on 18 January 2019. Footnotes Footnote 1 All times are Mountain Daylight Time (Coordinated Universal Time minus 6 hours). Return to footnote 1 referrer Footnote 2 WestJet, 737NG Flight Operations Manual: 737NG Quick Reference Handbook, Revision 3 (31 August 2017), p. 8.11. Return to footnote 2 referrer Footnote 3 E-cigarettes comprise a lithium-ion battery, an electronic cigarette cartridge, and an atomizer. Return to footnote 3 referrer Footnote 4 WestJet, “Guest Information About Baggage and Carry-on: Heat Producing Items,” at (last accessed on 15 January 2019). Return to footnote 4 referrer Footnote 5 WestJet's policy on e-cigarettes complies with Transport Canada's Transportation of Dangerous Goods Safety Advisory: Fire Risk of Electronic Cigarettes in Checked Baggage on Board an Aircraft (February 2016), at (last accessed on 15 January 2019). Return to footnote 5 referrer Footnote 6 Transport Canada, Transportation of Dangerous Goods Safety Advisory: Fire Risk of Electronic Cigarettes in Checked Baggage on Board an Aircraft (February 2016). Return to footnote 6 referrer Footnote 7 Ibid. Return to footnote 7 referrer Footnote 8 WestJet, “Guest Information About Baggage and Carry-on: Heat Producing Items,” at (last accessed on 15 January 2019). Return to footnote 8 referrer Footnote 9 Federal Aviation Administration, Office of Security and Hazardous Materials Safety, Lithium Batteries & Lithium Battery-Powered Devices (February 2018). Return to footnote 9 referrer Footnote 10 TSB Laboratory Report LP152/2018 – Baggage and Electrical Components Analysis.
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    Trump 2.0 Continues

    Seems that Trump's people have forgotten the tried and true rule when engaging in warfare. "Loose Lips Sink Ships"
  7. Trolling or just fishing? or did you forget this?
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    WestJet 787

    For those who want to see for themselves. I do however love the sales pitch for Business where he says for a little bit more than Premium. Well here is an example of the "Little Bit More" But to be fair, here is what otheres are charging on the same day between YYC and LHR Air Canada British Airways So based on the fares, there is no doubt that WestJet will not have a problem selling their seats even when you add in the cost of getting from LGW to the city of London.
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    WestJet 787

  10. Malcolm

    The F-35

    The point is, the US spends 1/2 as much on one ship as we spend on our entire military so perhaps it is time to understand our limitations and equip our military to look after the interests of Canada and stop pretending that we are a "World Power".
  11. And not so long ago it was AirCanada
  12. Interesting addition to a citizenship ceremony, time I think to add some things to ours. January 17, 2019 / 1:26 PM / Updated an hour ago Want to be Danish? You'd better shake hands 4 Min Read COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Afghan-born Sakandar Khan, 30, was among the first nine new Danish citizens who shook hands with Denmark’s immigration minister under a new law that makes a handshake the final step in the naturalization process. “This is a huge thing for me. I am thrilled,” the former practicing Muslim dressed in shirt and tie said with a smile. For Khan, who fled Afghanistan with his family in 2001, shaking the hand of the minister, who happens to be female, was not a problem. But the law has been criticized for breaching freedom of religion, as some observant Muslims and Jews avoid touching unrelated members of the opposite sex. The government says the handshake is an important part of Danish culture and values, and no one who refuses can be Danish. “If you don’t shake hands, you don’t understand what it means to be Danish, because in Denmark we have equality and that is something generations before us fought to achieve,” said Immigration Minister Inger Stojberg, who led the first ceremony
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    All About Canada and Trade

    To be fair, there appears to have been some positive results from our Governments trade deals>