Air Canada retires Boeing 767 after an amazing 139,000 hours of flight

Air Canada Plane
James Kenealey

by James Kenealey on

    INDUSTRY NEWS | 3 MIN READ

  • Air Canada retires a long-serving fleet aircraft after more than 30 years of service

  • Plus, we look back at the Gimli Glider, probably the most famous Air Canada 767 in history

Air Canada recently retired the Boeing 767-300ER passenger aircraft that had the most operating hours in the world.

With 211 seats in total, the aircraft FIN682 has flown hundreds of thousands of passengers throughout its 31 years in the air, first being delivered to the company in May 1988. It has completed more than 139,000 hours of flight.

The 767 range were first introduced in 1981 as a mid-large, mid-long-range jet airliner by Boeing, the first of their wide-body twinjet. Its operating range is up to 6,385 nautical miles depending on which variant.

Air Canada’s range of B767 aircraft, of which it only has five remaining, normally fly domestic and international flights out of Toronto International Airport as well as from Ottawa to London.
 

The Gimli Glider

An Air Canada 767 garnered international fame in 1983 with Air Canada Flight 143. A domestic passenger flight between Montreal and Edmonton, the Boeing 767-233 ran out of fuel at 41,000 feet in the middle of the flight. A combination of the fuel load being calculated in pounds instead of kilograms and the consequentially wrong reading on the flight management computer falsely convinced the pilots that they had enough fuel for the complete journey when this was incorrect.

The 767 was one of the first aircraft that included an electronic flight instrument system, which was operated by the jet engines. With these now out of fuel, the system went off leaving only basic systems for the pilots – not including instruments to read rate of descent or calculations of how long the aircraft could glide unpowered.

Furthermore, the hydraulic systems for aircraft control were powered by the jet engines, with only a deployable air turbine as backup. As the aircraft slowed down, the power this turbine produced would diminish, meaning the control of the aircraft would suffer.aerospace jobsNonetheless, the pilots managed to glide the plane to the former Royal Canadian Airforce Station Gimli. Without the ability to hydraulically lock the nose landing gear, the nose of the aircraft scraped across the ground, straddling against a guard rail in the centre of the drag race track that was substituting for a runway.

Remarkably, all 69 people on board survived with only a few minor injuries.

The Gimli Glider aircraft as it soon became known was repaired after the incident and after a total of 25 years of service it flew its last commercial flight in 2008, before being scrapped in 2014.


Morson is the No.1 aerospace recruiter, supplying the aerospace and defence industry for 50 years. Ready to find your next role? Search our Aerospace & Defence jobs here.

Cx Jobs

Mobile Network Migration Project Manager (inside IR35)

The Project Manager will lead a project team of up 30 people, as well as multiple 3rd party suppliers and be responsible for the definition and delivery of time-critical outcomes. They will also work with third party suppliers who are delivering key components of the overall solution for delivering the migration strategy for a number of Mobile Network Services. Accountabilities: * Leading - Mobilising and coordinating large virtual teams (Up to 30), often working with external partners and suppliers, to deliver against business objectives. * Influencing - Using domain and industry experience to positively affect project delivery, introducing new ways of working. * Planning - Ensuring that the project is appropriately scaled and resourced to deliver the agreed outcomes. * Negotiating - Interlocking scope and phasing between projects, to deliver outcomes against agreed business demand. * Driving - Making delivery and prioritisation decisions on a daily basis to manage level of risk. Measured on successful delivery against project outcomes, primarily anchored around time, cost and quality. * Governing - responsible for all project governance, including financial, budget management (for up to £10m annual budget) and financial risk management across the project * Reporting - responsible for managing delivery risk across the project of work, providing valuable management reporting across the entire stakeholder base. * Collaborating - working across multiple teams and functions within and outwith the company Skills required: * Industry recognised Project Management Qualification. * Broad knowledge of and significant experience with Core Mobile architectures, including Cloud products and services. * Knowledge and experience of Agile concepts and ways of working. * Proven stakeholder management skills. * Excellent communication skills, comfortable with presenting at Director level. * Ability to think beyond existing solutions, to challenge assumptions and existing beliefs and drive forward new ways of working. The contract is initially 6 months but is fully remote / home working and is likely to run for at least 18 months. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS CONTRACT IS INSIDE IR35

Infrastructure Test Analyst

Have you ever wondered how critical Infrastructure develop their software for cutting-edge markets across the UK?If you're sat at home on furlough or working from home and looking for more varied roles in an industry that is growing from strength-to-strength and is still growing during 2021 then this may be the role for you.We're looking for an Infrastructure Test Analyst to contribute to a wide range of projects including the first cloud infrastructure project working with the UK government.You will work closely with all project stakeholders. Working alongside a team of dedicated professionals, you will be driven to find better, faster, more effective ways of testing and value to the projects The teamwork very collaboratively and as apart of the team you will generate infrastructure testing documentation and planning.The business has also implemented a virtual onboarding process and has not furloughed/made redundant one person during the pandemic and have vowed to look after their people during these strange times.Key ResponsibilitiesManual / Automated testing to include: Non-functional, Functional and End-to-End Testing for Application, Infrastructure, Hardware and RegressionProduction of Test artefacts including but not limited to Test Plans, Test Scripts, Test Reports, Defect Management and ReportingEssential experience in but not limited to Windows Server 2019, Active Directory, SCOM, SCCM, VM WareExecution of both Manual and Automated Test ScriptsRequirements ManagementA clear understanding of multiple delivery methodologies such as Agile, V-Model & Waterfall.BenefitsDental, Health, Medical and Gym benefitsCycle to workTraining and Development courses, sponsored and fully fundedFlexible and remote working optionsA diverse selection of projects and internal movementA strong focus on promoting candidates from within25 days holidayBonus StructureAs a general role, you will receive an increased salary and package, this is offered based on skillYou must be eligible to gain an SC Clearance.To learn more about this Senior Tester please apply directly through the advert

Project Manager

Are you an experienced Project Manager? Do you want to work for a company that is demonstrating sustained periods of growth, as well as having a solid order book of more work to come? Do you want to work for a company that offers autonomy, along with the freedom to develop in your career? Then Vital want to speak to you.Vital resources are currently working with a reputable and well established Civils and Groundworks contractor to assist them in their search for a new Project Manager. Our client is looking for someone who can demonstrate a background in Civils and Infrastructure projectsAs an experienced Manager your responsibilities will include but are not limited to:Daily management of various civil projects within the portfolio of workLeading successful contract delivery, ensuring the site team are fully appraised of the contract parametersInvolvement of projects at all stages from Pre-Qualifying and tendering through to completionEnsuring contracts are executed in accordance with client requirementThe successful applicant for this role will be able to demonstrate:Background in a similar positionPrevious experience working within groundworks, deep drainage and, cut & fill works.Degree educated (or similar)Full UK Licence as travel to sites will be requiredAbility to work alone with minimal supervisionFor this our client is willing to offer a competitive salary along with a comprehensive package.If you would like more information, please apply or contact Jamie Nicholson using the below details

Project Manager

Morson have an exciting vacancy for a Project Manager based in Yeovil for one of our Aerospace Clients. Job DescriptionThe Project Manager is responsible for the successful delivery of the defined Project with authority and responsibility from the Programme Manager to run the project on a day-to-day basis.Key Job Accountabilities Include:The project manager is responsible for leading and managing the project team with responsibility and authority from the Programme Manager or Sponsor on a day-to-day basis. Delivering the project to schedule, cost and quality.Interfacing between the project and functional business areas to achieve the overall Project deliverables. Demonstrate good communication and encouragement across functional business areas, for change.Effective co-ordination of the project and the inter dependencies into the overall Programme or as an independent small project, including resolution or mitigation of any risks and issues arising during the project. Supported by the Programme Management office.Ensuring all activities are carried out in accordance with policies, and processes.Ensuring delivery of contract life cycle relevant to accountable project.Managing and production of the required deliverables proactively monitoring its progress, resolving issues and initiating appropriate corrective action to achieve quality and schedule within budget.Planning, designing and monitoring the project, preparing any project plans as required. Please contact us for more information.

Austin Distel Va Opp86kf Q Unsplash

Advertisement