blues deville

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  1. Photo of pilot Gilles Morin (RIP).
  2. Many years ago I was a passenger on a NWA DC9 from MSP to YYZ. Right side window seat just aft of the wing. Immediately after take off, a fuel spray started out of the right wing vent between the flaps and aileron. After pushing the FA call button a few times she was finally able to come back and I explained what I thought was happening. She went to call the pilots but came back a second time as I guess she didn’t understand what I was talking about. So I quickly sketched out a drawing/description on an airsickness bag. Moments later the Captain announced we were returning to Minneapolis. I can’t remember if or when the venting stopped before landing. There were only a handful of passengers and as I deplaned the Captain asked if I was the one who called the FA. He said they had an uncommanded fuel transfer from the left to right wing fuel tank which were both full and caused the venting. He said it took awhile to figure out what was happening and where the fuel was going. They lost so much in that short 30 minutes they couldn’t continue.
  3. Corrected. Flight as planned would have been in full daylight. The list of possibilities is long but locating the wreckage will help eliminate some. Engine failure or pilot incapacitation would have to be considered. In 1979 there was an AD on Beavers to inspect or replace a wing spar support hinge. Some outfits did the work immediately, others put it off to ‘freeze up’ in the fall. That summer a friend of mine flying a DHC2 had a wing partially separate in flight and crashed on a remote lake shoreline. The autopsy showed he survived the impact but was trapped in his seat just below the surface and drowned. I hope the cause of this crash can be determined.
  4. A high time pilot but only eight years with this outfitter. Not sure how much of that time is on Beavers. A glassy water landing in twilight gone bad?
  5. I’ve seen guys grab salt and pepper shakers off a bar table (shortage at home?) but hunting for spoons on the ramp would indicate a more serious problem. Or perhaps just doing his part for FOD collection?
  6. I’ve got a pretty good fork, knife, spoon ‘collection’. The rattle from my flight bag usually indicated a new member had joined the group.
  7. Exactly. I think that and probably many other reasons rule out this being a suicide flight. If every airline pilot going through a divorce decided to end it this way we might shut down the industry. Forget about the Max.
  8. My argument against this being a suicide flight is why would you wait until you ran out of fuel? Two hours flying into the Indian Ocean would put you well out of radar coverage and other traffic.
  9. I’ve a had several discussions about this mystery with a few former MAL 777 pilots. One had a very convincing argument about the captain’s possible state of mind before this flight. Others have dismissed that theory with other more interesting tales of espionage and covert operations involving high tech military equipment being transported to Beijing. Probably the most interesting and the best movie version of this mystery. In my opinion the most believable explanation is the loss of cabin pressure with no crew O2 available to the pilots. As previously posted the left turn back over Malaysia aligned the aircraft with Penang which to me is the only reason you would return and fly over your home country. If the Captain was hijacking his own plane he would surely know the aircraft’s position would be detected at some point. Other than perhaps a select group of military trained pilots, how would you know exactly what altitude to fly avoiding radar contact? Pilots regularly hear the phrase “Radar coverage is lost, continue now with position reports to .....” but I don’t think anyone really gives it a lot of thought. Of course this is entirely my own opinion and I could be completely wrong.
  10. Perhaps the last second seat belt and PA were a late response to something in their path. At that latitude you’ve to got to respect any kind of WX radar return and give lots of room. I’ve always used UAL’s recommended cloud above 25,000 gets 25 miles as starting point. FMC artwork is handy for the decision process and you can see which way they are moving.
  11. Some very high cloud activity along their route. Isolated and imbedded CB’s. A great combination at night.
  12. Actually not a bad idea. Any injured passenger on this flight will certainly have a different attitude about future seatbelt use.
  13. A good reminder to not spend too much time out of your seat or let your kids run loose up and down the aisles. I wonder if this was worse than expected along their route or without any warning? Pacific crossings can be nasty sometimes .
  14. How did they find a Japanese hotel room with enough extra space to add a simulator?
  15. That’s an amazingly clear photo J.O. Was this at a real fire or a demo of some kind? Central BC or in the US.
  16. Great photo J.0. For an 1950’s (First flight December 1957) aircraft that had a rough start in life it’s certainly carried on with variety of interesting flying.
  17. Great photos and post. Apparently some time after the Electra’s were added, the southern charter flying got so busy it interfered with using 737’s combi aircraft on their northern routes. So another passenger/cargo model L188 was added and used exclusively on the northern scheduled flights.
  18. I knew the Argus and her crew had struggled with the approach that day but I’d forgotten the scary details.
  19. The ND Electras were well equipped back when their contract started. My now 95 year old father was a key part of the aircraft selection and subsequent work to have them meet the ice recon requirements. One of them had its aft fuselage sliced off by low flying RCAF Argus who was in serious trouble in Summerside, PEI. ND found another Electra with the same aft section intact and rebuilt the aircraft. It continued to fly with two different total times/takeoffs and landings. The fleet also received some new paint schemes over their years of service.
  20. Haha. That show is hard to watch. The DHC7 may not be the belle of the ball but I’d rather stare at it all day versus some of those surgeries. Yikes.
  21. Stocks are still trading at a good price. But this whole Max deal is going to cost $B.
  22. Looks good Moon. Hard not to notice that colour against the frozen tundra.
  23. I think there is also an AD on the leading edge slats for these NG’s.
  24. Someone dropped the ball. Or the maintenance schedule. How do you not this work planned out in 2019?
  25. She’s not the millennial. The entire cabin crew probably was and couldn’t get off the plane fast enough to get a wifi signal and check their Facebook, Instagram, Email, Twitter, Nest settings......