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vanishing point

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  1. Compass swings are still required on aircraft AFAIK. If it has a MC on board, I would guess it needs swinging.
  2. Fuselage looks more ATR than deHavilland. interesting concept.
  3. Haha....I thought the same thing. Correction noted.
  4. Saw an Encore Q400 in a KF hanger yesterday. Also saw a Condor 757 tucked into another hanger. KF certainly has a variety of contracts on the go.
  5. Somewhat interesting discussion on past military experience but I’m not seeing the connection between that and the 335 crash in Florida. No disrespect intended but perhaps we can get the discussion back on track.
  6. Sad news... https://abc7ny.com/nj-pilot-passenger-killed-in-florida-plane-crash/4825008/ ATC audio and video:
  7. Sadly, boestar, in this brave new world of corporate management.....I don’t think he did.....
  8. https://business.financialpost.com/pmn/business-pmn/ceo-behind-purchase-of-bombardiers-q400-line-to-keep-production-in-canada
  9. I was referring to Viking but did look up Longview Aviation. Looks Canadian to me.....unless I’m missing something.
  10. Only time will tell, rudder. I for one wish Viking all the best for the future. I’m very happy the Dash 8 line is still owned by a Canadian company.
  11. Have pilots truly forgotten how to fly airplanes? Airplanes all fly on the same principles. I’m all for automation and technology but not at the expense of the theory of flight.
  12. I wonder if the Dash 8 line-up will go back to being “deHavilland” branded.....
  13. Looks sharp but still prefer the Bombardier designation. I’m sure Delta will enjoy many years of safe travel with them.
  14. Not exactly new news. For the better part of this year, beards have been allowed at Jazz which follows AC’s policies. I don’t believe the restriction had anything to do with O2 masks. IIRC, it began when applicants were hired that had beards as a result of their culture.
  15. At 17,500 mph...you make your own wind...
  16. As the story states “At check in for Delta”, I would assume pre-security.
  17. If traffic gets as bad as it did when the outlet mall opened at YVR, you’ll need more than a “bit more time” to get to the airport.....
  18. Oh my.... IIRC, it was mentioned here earlier that the SP is sitting in YLW. Saw it a couple of days ago. I’d like to see the interior of that one.
  19. I agree the layout is/was a contributing factor. If the departures were using the 34’s, this may not have happened. That being said though, with Russell’s state of mind and a clear path to runway 16L/C/R, would he let something like departing against the flow of traffic stop him?
  20. How many times have you heard ATC call for a ground vehicle and the response time is far from immediate? I fly into SEA on a regular basis and yes, the taxi time from the north parking areas to runway 16L/C/R is short but that is not the case for aircraft parked at any of the terminals. I’m sure there were moments of “what the xxxx is that Q400 doing?” by ATC. Short of another aircraft blocking the path of this Q400 (which I’m sure any crew would think of but not do so as not to endanger their passengers and crew), I don’t think there was much anyone could do to stop Richard Russell from departing. I think we all agree this is a mental health issue and since there’s no machine that can screen a person’s state of mind nor detect their future plans, there isn’t much that can be done to prevent an event like this again. The Feds need to show the public that they’re doing something even if we think the idea of locking aircraft is not the answer.
  21. Unfortunately, any upgrades to an airplane such as that would require money to be spent. The fight as to who will pay for that would be long and non-productive. IMHO, I don’t think any kind of security policy change could be enacted to prevent this from happening again. Richard Russell had all the authorization he needed to perform his duties and allow him access to aircraft. It was his state of mind that forced him to carry out this event. As previously mentioned, the mental health issues have to be addressed so that anyone contemplating a repeat of this incident (or something similar) won’t actually go through with it.
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