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by FADEC
Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Bonds
Replies: 58
Views: 3372

Re: Bonds

Remember JetsGo?
Leblanc required Training Bonds; 30K, a lot of pilots were out of substantial amounts of money when the company failed.
by FADEC
Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: Boeing Systemic Problems Continue
Replies: 86
Views: 10846

Re: Boeing Systemic Problems Continue

Don't forget the Boeing history of covering up flaws in their aircraft. The 737 rudder actuator had a flaw that made it go hardover; caused several crashes which were blamed on everything but the unit. Finally, a British crew managed to land an airplane with the fault, and Boeing had to re-design th...
by FADEC
Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines: 'No survivors' on crashed Boeing 737 max
Replies: 450
Views: 35020

Re: Ethiopian Airlines: 'No survivors' on crashed Boeing 737 max

It seems that perhaps the tail of the MAX is too small to deal with the power on pitch up at low speeds; so, instead of using the elevator (stick pusher) they used the Trim System which is many times as powerful. If the tail is too small, making it bigger would be a solution; one that Boeing clearly...
by FADEC
Mon Mar 11, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines: 'No survivors' on crashed Boeing 737 max
Replies: 450
Views: 35020

Re: Ethiopian Airlines: 'No survivors' on crashed Boeing 737 max

We don't know what happened yet, but it seems there was a control problem. Putting the MCAS system in and not putting it in the Flight Manual is ridiculous! Why? Runaway MCAS should be trained for; repeatedly; can't do that if it is not in the Manual. Hopefully if there is any indication of MCAS pro...
by FADEC
Mon Mar 11, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Mandatory life jacket wearing coming for most seaplanes
Replies: 71
Views: 7022

Re: Mandatory life jacket wearing coming for most seaplanes

Even if you don't fly commercially, get egress training and always wear a life jacket when flying over or onto water. You won't even notice it after the first few times. Get one designed for constant wear and without automatic inflation. Buy a model for which replacement cartridges etc are available...
by FADEC
Mon Mar 11, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: FO taxiing
Replies: 54
Views: 6068

Re: FO taxiing

I was a Training Captain for nearly twenty years. On aircraft with no tiller, I would have the F/O exit the runway if the taxiway could be negotiated with rudder pedal steering. On aircraft with a tiller on the right side, (when training F/O's) I would get the F/O to taxi after the appropriate check...
by FADEC
Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: L1011
Replies: 20
Views: 4303

Re: L1011

The galley was below the floor. If you sent both elevators up, then put a food trolley in each elevator bay, no-one could then get down to the galley. There was a US Military competition for a tanker/transport. All three widebodies were in the game; Boeing put a flying fuel boom on the prototype 747...
by FADEC
Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Music Fest at Edenvale Airport
Replies: 15
Views: 2072

Re: Music Fest at Edenvale Airport

Milan Krupa (owns Edenvale) is a huge supporter of GA in Canada; support him any way you can!
by FADEC
Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Garneau says Bombardier can't be favoured in Bids.
Replies: 35
Views: 4151

Re: Garneau says Bombardier can't be favoured in Bids.

DeHAvilland is in Toronto; at least till Viking moves it.
Who thought selling Downsview was a good idea?
by FADEC
Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:06 am
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: L1011
Replies: 20
Views: 4303

Re: L1011

The 1011 was a wonderful airplane to fly! It had a huge cockpit with enormous windows, it handled beautifully and the engines were wonderfully responsive. AC had two versions; the -100 and the -500; they were really two separate aircraft. Both had the original "Dark Cockpit" design; when all the swi...
by FADEC
Sun Nov 04, 2018 2:28 am
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: Boeing 727
Replies: 10
Views: 3507

Re: Boeing 727

I do recall one time when the landing seemed lost; I pushed as hard as I could and it was a thing of beauty!
I tried to do that on other occasions; usually worked.
by FADEC
Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Savin' the Prop
Replies: 62
Views: 3733

Re: Savin' the Prop

So far as not being able to go around; that is the situation in a four engine airplane with two out, or a three engine with two out. The commit point is 500 feet; after that, no go around. How many have ever shut down an engine in flight and stopped the prop? In a 172 with either a Continental or Ly...
by FADEC
Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: $55 charge, for processing medical?!
Replies: 73
Views: 5329

Re: $55 charge, for processing medical?!

You are paying them to send you a bill, then take your money, then send you a receipt.

You are not getting anything for this $55.
by FADEC
Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: Boeing 727
Replies: 10
Views: 3507

Re: Boeing 727

it depends which version you were flying. The -100 flew much better than the -200. The original short version and the long version shared the same wing, so the little one was easier to land; more forgiving. The -200 was (after flying Douglas airplanes and subsequently other Boeings) a pig. A common ...
by FADEC
Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:03 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Falcon 50 crash in Greenville South Carolina...
Replies: 21
Views: 3255

Re: Falcon 50 crash in Greenville South Carolina...

I have a DA50 type rating as PIC and a fair amount of experience. The lightest Part 25 airplane I have flown. It is a straightforward aircraft, but it is a high performance jet. It only has a reverser on the center engine; If you landed in the right place at the right speed and used the brakes prope...
by FADEC
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:40 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: 704/705 pilots still flying in GA
Replies: 10
Views: 1166

Re: 704/705 pilots still flying in GA

I flew professionally for at least 23000 hours Also a couple of retirement gigs which saw me in war zones on a turboprop as well as corporate in North America. I have also flown over fifty types of GA airplanes as old as 1943; every possible configuration from single seat up. I love flying; period. ...
by FADEC
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:29 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: TSB finds fatigue an issue in SFO lineup
Replies: 20
Views: 3397

Re: TSB finds fatigue an issue in SFO lineup

Marc Garneau was a Naval Officer; NOT a pilot. While he may have a couple of Engineering Degrees (no small feat) he does not have a background to help him understand this issue. Many people thought at the time that his selection as the "First Canadian Astronaut" was political. There were several goo...
by FADEC
Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: Uniform question
Replies: 23
Views: 3608

Re: Uniform question

Previously, once you got through the process to become a Captain at AC, you wore four stripes forever after. If you could no longer hold a Captain position due to cutbacks, or whatever reason, you had still proven you could become a Captain and wore the stripes. Then a few persons got upset if they ...
by FADEC
Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:40 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Plane with 2 aboard missing between Chilliwack and Edmonton
Replies: 44
Views: 7212

Re: Plane with 2 aboard missing between Chilliwack and Edmonton

My Kannad 406 ELT is installed in the cabin easily in reach of the left seat. It has an "ON" switch. Hopefully, I would have the presence of mind to hit the switch in a bad situation. This one is also easily removable in a few seconds in case of need, and has an internal antenna which works when the...
by FADEC
Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Mogas in O-470k giving higher EGT than 100LL
Replies: 8
Views: 1940

Re: Mogas in O-470k giving higher EGT than 100LL

A Lycoming O320 in a 172 running on Mogas for years is giving cylinder life of over 2500 hours. O360's give similar results; greatly increase cylinder life particularly in hard use like glider towing. The fuel is Shell 91 octane. No issues with heat. The possible problem of heat could occur using "W...
by FADEC
Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Mogas in O-470k giving higher EGT than 100LL
Replies: 8
Views: 1940

Re: Mogas in O-470k giving higher EGT than 100LL

You should have longer cylinder life on Mogas; less chance of valve problems. Remember; 80/87 in Canada never had lead in it; the Spec allowed lead, but it was not used because the octane was achieved without lead. Lead is not good for any engine unless the detonation margin needs to be raised witho...
by FADEC
Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: DC-8 63
Replies: 5
Views: 2070

Re: DC-8 63

The -63 was a wonderful airplane to fly; compared to a 727, it was a sports car compared to a dump truck! The only negative characteristic was a pitch-up when extending landing flap. If one needed to add power at the same time, it was two hands and a lot of muscle to keep the nose from rising with b...
by FADEC
Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: B777 Engine Start
Replies: 26
Views: 3244

Re: B777 Engine Start

The GE90-115 (777-300ER, 777-200LR) has a very distinct resonance just before reaching idle. It is very distinctive and can be heard a long way away. I used to point out to students (Line Indoc) that the resonance was an audio cue that the start cycle was finishing. Speaking of noises; the Spey on t...
by FADEC
Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:27 am
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: Interview
Replies: 33
Views: 9548

Re: Interview

Regarding Logbooks; I don't know what AC is doing these days but; I was working with an F/O elsewhere who had a lovely Logbook with lots of Turbine Captain Time all signed off. Turned out, that it was a work of fiction; that person had not been a Captain on that aircraft; had been an F/O and let go ...
by FADEC
Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:15 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: How long till things go back to usual
Replies: 18
Views: 3569

Re: How long till things go back to usual

In the 1970''s, AC and others were taking pilots with as low as 250 hours. Most often, they would sit as S/O's for some time before getting a right seat. Pilots (and they were pilots at AC not engineers) were required to do a Sim session every month. Instrument ratings were renewed in the Sim; four ...

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