Gimli Glider is parked

Old Feb 14, 01, 12:20 pm
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Gimli Glider is parked

http://www.canairradio.com/pianews.html

From the Canadian Aviation news . . . .

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In an effort to keep the "growth" factor at zero per cent this year Air Canada has started to withdraw aircraft from use. The first aircraft this year is a 767-233 (C-GAUN - FIN604) which made its last revenue flight on January 7th from YYZ to YUL and is now in storage. More 767-200s are expected to follow over the next few months. Air Canada is expecting delivery this summer of 4 new A330-300s and 4 new 767-300s which will add quite a few seats to the fleet. This will mean that other aircraft types will have to be withdrawn, such as DC-9s and 737s to compensate. Later on in the year 3 new A319s and five new A321s are to be added, although some of these delivery positions may slide, subject to negotiation with Airbus Industrie and the lessors.

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The rumour is during the "H" check a lot of corrosion was found. . . .
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Old Feb 14, 01, 12:27 pm
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A legend has been grounded. I hope the Cdn Aviation Museum in Ottawa, or one of the others across the country, can acquire this airframe for its collection. If the structure is unrepairable, an empty shell cannot cost that much.
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Old Feb 15, 01, 9:43 pm
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What is the Gimli Glider?
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Old Feb 15, 01, 9:58 pm
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Flyboy, see http://www.cadetworld.com/rgs/story2.html

Also, http://www.frontier.net/~wadenelson/...ies/gimli.html

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Old Feb 15, 01, 10:00 pm
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Originally posted by Fly Boy:
What is the Gimli Glider?
Gimli is a small town in Manitoba.

Now, what would you call an AC B767 at cruising altitude above Gimli that runs completely out of fuel?
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Old Feb 16, 01, 7:04 am
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Hello from the hangar floor.

This is very upsetting. I hadn't heard about the demise of 604 until I just read it here. It is a sad sad day to have such an historic aircraft pulled from service, even if it is [hopefully] temporary. I hope somehow it comes back o ut of the closet and flies again. The history is amazing and the plane is a champ in my books.
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I think each and every one of us who have worked this aircraft have fond memories... Mine are imbedded as scars. Yep the Old girl really left her mark on me!

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I, too, have worked on her. Fortunately, I have no scars to show for it...
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Old Mar 9, 01, 11:30 pm
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Looks like the rumours of the death of Fin 604 aren't completely true. . .

From an email passed along to me from an Air Canada email


WHILE ON THE SUBJECT OF MAINTENANCE CHECKS, A NUMBER OF PILOTS HAVE ASKED ME ABOUT FIN 604. CONTRARY TO SOME OF THE RUMORS BEING CIRCULATED CONCERNING ITS OVERALL CONDITION, THIS AIRCRAFT IS SIMPLY DUE FOR A HEAVY 4 CHECK. THIS CHECK IS TIME/RESOURCE CONSUMING, AND AS A RESULT, IT'S BEEN DECIDED TO DELAY THE CHECK UNTIL A COMPLETE EVALUATION OF OUR FLYING REQUIREMENT HAS BEEN COMPLETED. TRUST ME, THE STORY ABOUT THE WING FALLING OFF IS NOT TRUE!!!!
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Old Mar 10, 01, 7:15 am
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Originally posted by back seat:
TRUST ME, THE STORY ABOUT THE WING FALLING OFF IS NOT TRUE!!!!
The rumour never was that the wing "fell off". The rumour was, and continues to be, that severe corrosion was found on the keel beam. The re-eveluation is probably about whether or not to repair the keel beam in order to get it flying again.

But i must agree, the wing never fell off. I guess that's good.
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Old Oct 10, 01, 11:30 pm
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From YYZ News. . . .

Air Canada's 767-233 C-GAUN FIN604 has re-entered service. This aircraft, once famous as the "Gimli glider" was parked at Montreal-Dorval since last January in storage. It ferried to Toronto this afternoon ( Oct 10th ), in preparation for flying its first revenue flight on the 11th to Vancouver.

It's good to see that this plane will be flying again.

On another note, kinda miss the trivia from ACAvionicsguy as well

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Wow,

End of an era, definitely. It was truly one of the most amazing stories in aviation history!
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Old Oct 11, 01, 12:48 am
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More news related to 767s, also from the YYZNews:

<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2"> In other Air Canada news the airline has quietly re-configured all of the North American 767-200s from 36J/155Y to 36J/162Y seating. This would be FIN601 to FIN612. The "overseas" 767-200s have now been converted back to North American standard (with lower published MTOWs to save on landing fees). They are FIN613 to FIN619 and they have been switched to 36J/162Y configuration as well. We have also learned that the new A321s coming in November will be configured for 24J/148Y seating. </font>
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dupe, sorry

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Old Oct 11, 01, 7:36 am
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by Empress:
In other Air Canada news the airline has quietly re-configured all of the North American 767-200s from 36J/155Y to 36J/162Y seating. This would be FIN601 to FIN612. The "overseas" 767-200s have now been converted back to North American standard. </font>
This is good news. Now we'll be able to tell in advance whether there will be "purple Elvis" or international seating in J from the aircraft type (767-200 or 767-300). Wonder where they squeezed in the extra row in Y.

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