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by BMLtech
Mon Jan 21, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Saunders Aircraft of Gimli Manitoba ST-28
Replies: 15
Views: 949

Re: Saunders Aircraft of Gimli Manitoba ST-28

Basically a stretched and modified Dehavilland Heron? Think there's some retired furnace bashers in the Gimli area that worked on them, worked with a few of them. Good guys.
by BMLtech
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: saxon ad insight
Replies: 9
Views: 693

Re: saxon ad insight

No doubt there are some real chop shops out there but some others offer "Not just good but good enough" quality i.e. survived the ferry flight home.
by BMLtech
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: saxon ad insight
Replies: 9
Views: 693

Re: saxon ad insight

I think you guys need to remember that the reason the rates are what they are is these MRO's like KF and AAR are competing for contracts against MRO's in the southern US and elsewhere that have very low labor rates and costs compared to Canada. This is the main reason that AC moved most of their hea...
by BMLtech
Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: L1011
Replies: 20
Views: 3232

Re: L1011

I'm not sure how many 10's Canadian had at the end, but I know that several of them went to Biman Bangladesh and ended up being among the very last DC-10's in passenger service anywhere. They still had the basic Canadian color scheme so it was easy to spot them.I remember seeing one of them at MAN i...
by BMLtech
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: L1011
Replies: 20
Views: 3232

Re: L1011

I think that Douglas had to mount the DC10 wing engines well inboard due to the small vertical fin with limited rudder authority. Lockheeds' more elegant and expensive S duct design allowed for a full span rudder, which allowed the wing engines to be set much further outboard, a better option for lo...
by BMLtech
Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: L1011
Replies: 20
Views: 3232

Re: L1011

There was a concerted effort to market the L1011 freighter conversion in the 1990's, and I think at least one aircraft was converted,but it never took off. Pretty sure Fine Air out of MIA operated it as as freighter, but it didn't have near the payload/range capability of the DC10-30. As previously ...
by BMLtech
Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:12 am
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: L1011
Replies: 20
Views: 3232

Re: L1011

I'm curious if the -500 variant had an additional center tank or did it achieve its range on the same fuel load as the long body? I recall in YYC in the late 80's they carried a heavy pallet of horse meat every night to LHR.
by BMLtech
Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: The government is concerned...
Replies: 42
Views: 5328

Re: The government is concerned...

When I left my aviation career after 25 years as an AME, I was pretty much at the top of the pay scale at a major airline. Then one of my sons buddies got his journeyman electrician ticket, and made more per hour on his first day on the job then I did after 25 years, and no midnight shifts. Go figure.
by BMLtech
Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: L1011
Replies: 20
Views: 3232

Re: L1011

The Rolls Royce RB211 (and later Trent) engine is the only turbofan engine with a triple spool or 3 shaft design, and this requires the engine to have more bearings than a typical twin spool. Premature bearing failures were one of the problems with the engine, and although it was before my time, the...
by BMLtech
Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: Boeing 727
Replies: 10
Views: 2937

Re: Boeing 727

It was said that the 727 is one of those airplanes that will never kill you, only the guy in the front can do that..
by BMLtech
Sun Oct 21, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Icelandair diversion
Replies: 3
Views: 1051

Re: Icelandair diversion

Thanks for information, sounds like they had it covered.
by BMLtech
Sat Oct 20, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Icelandair diversion
Replies: 3
Views: 1051

Icelandair diversion

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/icelandair-emergency-landing-bagotville-1.4871541 I'm curious about this incident as the article states that the passengers were all taken to a local hotel. This being an international overflight, would the pax not be required to clear customs,or be held in a ...
by BMLtech
Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Blacked out E175
Replies: 13
Views: 2810

Re: Blacked out E175

Yup I was always amazed how the flying laptop can go from being completely unserviceable to airworthy simply by turning it off and back on again, and this is considered normal. It seems to have stood the test of time, it's not like they are dropping out of the sky all over. We had a catch phrase tha...
by BMLtech
Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Blacked out E175
Replies: 13
Views: 2810

Re: Blacked out E175

Fantastic machine. " Bing...EICAS MESSAGE...ENG2 NO DISPATCH"...Solution? Turn off, wait 5, turn back on, message gone, keep calm and carry on.
by BMLtech
Tue May 22, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: AC looking for AME's
Replies: 18
Views: 5891

Re: AC looking for AME's

Rumor is that AC has been interviewing and hiring for a hangar night A check line in YWG, however these jobs do not seem to be posted on the AC careers site, which strikes me as odd. Anyone care to shed light on that?
by BMLtech
Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: A319 Issue
Replies: 16
Views: 5963

Re: A319 Issue

by BMLtech
Fri Apr 06, 2018 6:47 am
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: A319 Issue
Replies: 16
Views: 5963

Re: A319 Issue

As a side note, the early jetliners such as the DC8 and B707 used turbo compressors to provide fresh air for the air conditioning, as in those days it was felt that the engine seal technology was not good enough to use compressor bleed air. Early turboprops also typically used cabin superchargers to...
by BMLtech
Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Water Methanol Take-Off
Replies: 18
Views: 2376

Re: Water Methanol Take-Off

Was involved with it on the Gulfstream 1 and some variants of the Convair 580 with the d13H engine had it for hot/high conditions. Pretty nasty from a maintenance point of view, highly toxic and fairly corrosive. Never looked forward to changing a water meth pump. Was heavily used on the first stove...
by BMLtech
Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Flair Airlines
Topic: Shout out to J.R.
Replies: 2
Views: 2886

Shout out to J.R.

Just wanted to wish Jim all the best in retirement. Not always an easy man to work for :smt014 , but in my 10 year experience, always fair :goodman: . After experiencing management techniques first hand at a major carrier, I have a new found respect for him, and there is no denying the accomplishmen...
by BMLtech
Mon May 01, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Water in fuel-good catch by SW personnel
Replies: 11
Views: 3232

Re: Water in fuel-good catch by SW personnel

Had a similar incident many years ago with a 727 freighter that picked up a load of fuel in YXX that turned out to be heavily contaminated with water. All fuel qty gauges malfunctioned. Required complete defueling /scrapping of fuel, and removal of fuel probes to be cleaned in alcohol. Jet fuel is s...
by BMLtech
Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:15 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Another Air Canada Airbus 330 loses a wheel on takeoff from YUL to LHR...
Replies: 4
Views: 2109

Re: Another Air Canada Airbus 330 loses a wheel on takeoff from YUL to LHR...

Incidents of this type always remind me of the story of a kingdom lost for want of a nail...best to honor the lives of those lost by remembering and learning. Thankfully, in this event, there was "zero safety impact". It's always a chain of unfortunate events. https://aviation-safety.net/database/re...
by BMLtech
Fri Dec 16, 2016 3:46 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Perhaps Air Canada should do their maintenance in Canada...
Replies: 11
Views: 2314

Re: Perhaps Air Canada should do their maintenance in Canada...

No doubt every airline and MRO has had there share of screw ups and boners, but I can't actually recall the last time a large airframe was totaled as the result of a maintenance error in Canada. I recall that CP air dropped a Britannia off the jacks in YVR way back in the day, but pretty sure they f...
by BMLtech
Sat Apr 23, 2016 6:43 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Kelowna DC10's at YYZ are done.
Replies: 27
Views: 8641

Re: Kelowna DC10's at YYZ are done.

International charter I meant to say. Could service not be provided on an ACMI wet lease basis? Many carriers do this, for example when Air Canada used World Airways and Gemini to provide MD11 cargo service in YYZ?
by BMLtech
Fri Apr 22, 2016 7:02 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Kelowna DC10's at YYZ are done.
Replies: 27
Views: 8641

Re: Kelowna DC10's at YYZ are done.

CAL wrote:So they opened up another company and got another cert to operate out of MIA.
Did they leave the planes C reg or would they eventually have to change them to N reg?
KFA has world wide charter license, has had for a long time. Why would they need to re-register?

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