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blues deville

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Some very high cloud activity along their route. Isolated and imbedded CB’s. A great combination at night.
  7. Actually not a bad idea. Any injured passenger on this flight will certainly have a different attitude about future seatbelt use.
  8. 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 .
  9. How did they find a Japanese hotel room with enough extra space to add a simulator?
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. I knew the Argus and her crew had struggled with the approach that day but I’d forgotten the scary details.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Stocks are still trading at a good price. But this whole Max deal is going to cost $B.
  17. Looks good Moon. Hard not to notice that colour against the frozen tundra.
  18. I think there is also an AD on the leading edge slats for these NG’s.
  19. Someone dropped the ball. Or the maintenance schedule. How do you not this work planned out in 2019?
  20. 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......
  21. What a coincidence. Just got a travel email about 1000 Islands tours. Once patrolled by pirates and bootleggers, the picturesque St. Lawrence River landscape is now coveted by cottagers and vacationers. During this 90-minute cruise, you’ll learn about the palatial estates of Millionaires’ Row and Brockville's historic waterfront. Also if you’re lucky, you might see a retired steak eating, Bailey/coffee drinking pilot navigating the higher than normal level waterways. Save over 30% through Oct. I’m all in. ?
  22. Bad timing back in the day for this mighty Dehav plane but it still has its role in today’s aviation world. https://www.skiesmag.com/features/the-quiet-stol-multi-tasker-story-of-the-dhc-7/?utm_source=skies-daily-news-top-story&utm_campaign=skies-daily-news&utm_medium=email&utm_term=top-story&utm_content=V1
  23. He sure has those left turns figured out.
  24. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/01/travel/twa-hotel-jfk.html
  25. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low-frequency_radio_range
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