FILE PHOTO: An Air Canada Boeing 737-8 Max airplane is pictured at Vancouver’s international airport in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, February 5, 2019. REUTERS/Ben Nelms
December 25, 2020
(Reuters) – An Air Canada Boeing Co 737-8 Max en route between Arizona and Montreal with three crew members on board suffered an engine issue that forced the crew to divert the aircraft to Tucson, Arizona, the Canadian airline company said in an emailed statement on Friday.
Shortly after the take-off, the pilots received an “engine indication” and “decided to shut down one engine,” an Air Canada spokesman said.
“The aircraft then diverted to Tucson, where it landed normally and remains.” The incident took place on Dec. 22.
The crew received a left engine hydraulic low pressure indication and declared a PAN PAN emergency before diverting the flight, Belgian aviation news website Aviation24.be https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/air-canada/boeing-737-8-max-suffers-left-hand-engine-failure-on-return-to-service-flight reported.
In a response to a Reuters request for comment a Boeing spokeswoman referred to Air Canada for information on the incident and did not provide any additional comment.
The United States lifted a 20-month-old flight ban on the 737 MAX last month, with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration outlining details of the software, system and training upgrades Boeing and airlines must complete before carrying passengers.
(Reporting by Aishwarya Nair in Bengaluru; Additonal reporting by Radhika Anilkumar; Editing by Sandra Maler)
You may be forgiven for assuming the world’s leading manufacturer of Ducati bevel drive engine parts would live in a bustling city, perhaps in Italy or the United States, somewhere central and close to consumers.
But in fact, this talented engineer and self-described “petrol head” lives in a tiny historic town, deep in the forests of south-west WA.
Even though shipping his handmade engine parts around the world from Nannup is a logistical nightmare, Brook Henry wouldn’t have it any other way.
A family business
Mr Henry grew up surrounded by Ducatis.
His older brothers imported and distributed the high-performance motorcycle brand in New Zealand from the late 1960s through to the 1980s.
“I also did an apprenticeship outside that business as a toolmaker, but I never liked doing toolmaking and I always wanted to go back to motorcycles.”
That love of motorcycles grew and continued for the next 40 years with Mr Henry now a household name and ‘master’ in the Ducati world.
He has travelled extensively, inspected designs inside Ducati’s Bologna factory and even appeared on bike lover Jay Leno’s US television show.
After settling down first in Perth and then further south in Nannup, Mr Henry developed a business building, designing and shipping bevel drive parts, engines and complete motorcycles across the world.
Pandemic revives restoration projects
There are only so many original bevel drive Ducatis in existence, making Brook Henry’s business incredibly niche.
These bikes were built during the 1970s and 80s and made famous after legendary British champion Mike Hailwood won the Isle of Man race in 1978.
When the world went into COVID-19 lockdown during early 2020, many owners of bevel drive bikes decided it was the right time to blow off the cobwebs and reignite their restoration projects.
“I’ve never been so busy because guys who bought bevel drives put them in the back of a shed and chucked a rag over them,” Mr Henry said.
“So they went out and pulled the cover off the old Ducati bevel drive and started looking around to where they could get the parts to start putting it back together.
“Our customer base worldwide has been huge with COVID because anyone who’s got a bevel drive has gone and started working on it.”
The next chapter
In addition to supplying global customers with all the parts they need for their pandemic restorations, Mr Henry has another project in the works.
Through what he calls a “crazy set of circumstances”, he purchased the drawings for the original engine used in the late Mike Hailwood’s Isle of Man race winning bike, of which only a handful were ever made.
“We decided that we would make a limited run of them and the number we decided on was 12, because that was his racing number.”
While there will only be a dozen of these Hailwood recreations made, the engine — dubbed the ‘Ritorno’ — is available on its own with the approval of the Ducati factory.
“The business is expanding at 100 miles an hour because people worldwide want that engine and want parts for it,” Mr Henry said.
“So we’re gathering speed at a frightening rate at the moment, but I’m so passionate about it and I love what I do.”
Government funding leads to expansion
Mr Henry has big plans for expansion after receiving a $113,000 Regional Economic Development grant from the WA Government.
The investment will be used to employ more staff and purchase state of the art manufacturing equipment to build Mr Henry’s own version of the iconic bevel drive engine.
“I like to keep the outside of the engine looking the same where I can,” he said.
“And now I’ve got the opportunity to basically build my own internals and to improve on the existing engine.”
Despite being extremely busy these days, Mr Henry still enjoys the occasional ride through the scenic forest roads near his home.
“The only thing is, you do not have any control over emus and wildlife, kangaroos running out of the bush, all that sort of thing.
“So I really don’t want to hurt myself, because I’ve got too much to do — and it’s a damn shame I’m 66 and not 36.”
The new line of engine oils will go on sale in India in November 2020
Goodyear and Assurance International Limited have collaborated on a new line of engine oils that will be manufactured, sourced and distributed in India. Expected to launch in November, under a licensing collaboration, the product line consists of a full range of lubricants for multiple vehicles including greases, brake fluid, transmission oil, tractor oil, diesel exhaust fluid, gear oil and hydraulic oils.
The new range of engine oils are designed to perform as per specifications under American Petroleum Institute
The Goodyear vehicle lubricants collection will be blended with advanced additive technologies in India. Each product is designed to enhance performance, reliability and longevity for customer use in passenger and commercial vehicles. Besides marketing and distribution, Assurance Intl Limited will also provide after-sales assistance to consumers.
All international standards are being followed during the manufacturing process. The laboratory ensures that all products are examined before leaving the blending plant. All products are guaranteed to perform as per the specifications of American Petroleum Institute (API) including the new Goodyear high quality vehicle lubricants, produced by Assurance Intl Limited.
BMW’s latest performance heroes look as angry in the metal as they are under the bonnet.
The German maker has styled its new M3 sedan and M4 coupe to stand out more than ever from the regular 3 Series model when they land here early next year.
Nowhere is that more obvious than the pair’s unique, in-your-face grilles, which dominate a front end that is more sculpted and angular, with bigger air intakes and bonnet scoops reflecting their sharp performance focus.
Its flanks feature a pair of black “shark gills”, while the rear sports a spoiler, two pairs of tailpipes and a diffuser.
The good news for purists is that BMW will continue to offer a six-speed manual version of the M3 and M4. The bad news is it will have less power and torque than the automatic versions.
A revised twin-turbo six-cylinder will deliver 353kW of power in the manual — up from 317kW in the previous version — while torque remains unchanged at 550Nm.
If you want more power and a self-shifting transmission, then you’ll have to stump up the cash for a “Competition” model that produces 375kW of power and 650Nm of torque. In the previous generation, a Competition model cost about $5000 more.
After a brief flirtation with a seven-speed dual-clutch auto, BMW has returned to a conventional eight-speed transmission for the M models.
BMW chief executive Markus Flasch says the company no longer sees a benefit in dual-clutch autos, which are favoured by rivals including Porsche, Audi and Mercedes-Benz.
“There were not many reasons to stay with the dual-clutch. There are more advantages than disadvantages with the eight-speed,” he said.
Later next year, BMW will launch an all-wheel-drive version of the Competition model, a first for the brand. There will also be a wagon version of the M.
The 0-100km/h time for the M3 and M4 manual has been trimmed by a tenth to 4.1 seconds, while Competition models now complete the 0-100km/h sprint in just 3.9 seconds.
The revised engine in the Competition has a slightly narrower torque band than its predecessor, while peak torque and power arrive higher in the rev range and the redline comes 400rpm earlier.
Flasch says the changes to the engine are designed to make it feel like a “larger naturally aspirated engine”.
He says that unlike most turbos, which traditionally deliver their grunt low in the rev range, the engine has been designed to give owners “a reason to rev”.
“It brings character to the engine,” he says.
BMW says a bespoke cooling system, designed with input from its GT motorsport program, will help sustain performance levels during track days. Aside from the central radiator there are two high-temperature radiators in the wheel arches. In the Competition models, these are supplemented by additional engine and transmission oil coolers. An innovative oil sump design pumps extra oil into the system when needed, ensuring a reliable supply even under the extreme g-forces experienced on a racetrack.
The M cars are likely to be the most customisable in the brand’s history.
Drivers will be able to adjust the suspension, steering and brake pedal feel, as well as choosing from three distinct transmission shift patterns in both manual and automatic models. Two different settings can be stored and called up by M buttons on the steering wheel.
The xDrive all-wheel-drive set up has a rear-wheel drive bias, although an active differential allows the driver to divert even more torque to the rear wheels in sport mode. The brave can switch off the car’s electronic stability control and it becomes 100 per cent rear-wheel drive with no electronic intervention for an “uncorrupted, no holds barred driving experience”. A drift mode is available for controlled environments.
Inside, both models are well equipped, with all the active safety and connectivity of the top-spec 3 Series. There’s still plenty of scope for personalisation, including carbon bucket seats and exterior styling packages.
BMW hasn’t revealed how much the new models will cost, but current owners looking to upgrade should brace themselves for a price rise.
BMW chief executive Vikram Pawah said sales of M-badged cars in Australia had increased by 6 per cent this year despite the impact of COVID19 and the protracted lockdown in Victoria.
One in five BMWs sold in Australia wear M badges, he says.
Some individuals who were kept afloat by CERB could begin to go under, one of the reasons the Bank of Canada predicts the sharp rebound that came with the easing of lockdowns will turn into a choppy recovery.
Bushmeneva predicted that loan-delinquency rates and consumer insolvencies will likely start rising at the end of this year and into 2021, albeit at a “more gradual and less dramatic” rate than would have happened without CERB and other government measures.
Even if people and businesses avoid going bust, the economy still could suffer because so many households and companies will be focused on staying solvent, rather than spending.
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), a left-leaning think-tank, has estimated that around four million Canadians will be taken off CERB, and that 2.7 million of those people will be worse off financially.
Most current CERB recipients, about 2.1 million, will qualify for the new EI program. However, approximately 482,000 of them will lose federal income support, the think-tank projected.
“Income supports are critical to individuals but, also, to our country’s economic stability and positioning for a recovery,” CCPA economist David Macdonald said in a blog post. “Consumer spending, largely due to the rapid roll out of the CERB, has been mostly responsible for keeping the economy afloat since March.”
Income supports are critical to individuals but, also, to our country’s economic stability and positioning for a recovery
David Macdonald, CCPA economist
CERB and other government transfer payments also helped drive up the amount of money that Canadians are saving during these uncertain pandemic times, the TD Bank report found.
Ford’s Focus ST is now more accessible than ever before.
The addition of a seven-speed automatic transmission to the previously manual-only hot hatch means the ST has broadened its appeal as it chases buyers of Volkswagen’s Golf GTI.
Smartly, the auto costs the same as the manual — at about $49,000 drive-away. Which puts it in the same league as the GTI. Metallic paint ($650) and a panoramic sunroof ($2500) are the only two optional extras.
While the GTI is a benchmark all-rounder that does most things well, the front-wheel drive ST does some things better. This starts with the Blue Oval’s tried and tested 2.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which produces impressive 206kW and 420Nm figures.
That’s a sizeable jump of 22kW and 60Nm compared to the previous version and more than nearly every front-wheel drive hot hatch on the market.
The ST is plenty fast, undertaking the 0-100km/h dash in less than six seconds. Toned down styling means the ST doesn’t stick out in traffic, a rear spoiler and an ST badging are the most noticeable markers. Grey 19-inch alloys and twin exhausts go mostly unnoticed.
Sporty touches inside extend to metal pedals and a chunky flat-bottomed sports steering wheel. Driver and front seat passengers are treated to snug leather-trimmed and heated Recaro sports seats, which provide ample support during vigorous driving.
But the vehicle’s controls are a bit of a mess. The rotary gear selector is fiddly and slow to operate when trying to reverse park or complete a three-point turn.
An advanced degree in hieroglyphics is necessary to work out the lighting options and the steering wheel controls are busy.
But the ST driving mode button on the steering wheel is a nice touch, making it easy to change modes on the fly without having to dive into the infotainment screen.
The eight-inch central display comes with Ford’s SYNC3 infotainment tech and is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Satnav is also standard as is digital radio. And a wireless charging pad is always a welcome addition.
A 10-speaker Bang and Olufsen stereo with a subwoofer is dynamite.
There is decent room in the back seat and the boot can swallow the weekly shop or a few bags for a weekend getaway with ease.
Safety kit includes auto emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.
On the road the ST shines. An electronic limited-slip differential helps reduce wheelspin when getting the ST’s ample power and torque to the ground. The steering wheel twists in your hands under power, which puts a smile on your dial as you push your foot to the floor.
And as previously mentioned, the ST is mightily fast. It hammers up hills with ease and the seven-speed auto is accomplished at finding the right ratio.
The ST rips through corners with direct steering and extensive grip thanks to Michelin tyres. Composed road manners give the driver confidence on uneven, tight and twisting country roads. The brakes offer good response but track-day enthusiasts will need to budget for an upgrade as they get hot under duress.
Fuel use is acceptable at 8.8L/100km, but is 0.7L/100km more than the manual, and needs premium unleaded. There are four driving modes including: Slippery, Normal, Sport and Track. When in Normal the suspension softens markedly to make the ST liveable in everyday life.
Ford’s radar cruise control combined with speed sign recognition works a treat, automatically altering your speed to suit the changing conditions.
Switch to Sport and the ST comes alive. Steering sharpens, suspension hardens and exhaust sounds growl through the speakers.
But one concern for enthusiasts may be the lack of a custom mode, Drivers are unable to mix and match settings to their liking, and must rely on what Ford engineers prefer.
For the average buyer, the automatic ST is a stellar hot hatch.
Fast, fun and practical, the auto ST is an appealing proposition for someone after more performance than a GTI, but fiddly controls and fixed driving modes take the edge off.
FORD FOCUS ST VITALS
Price: About $49,000 drive-away
Warranty/servicing: 5 yrs, u’ltd km / $1506 over 5 yrs at 15,000 or 12 month intervals
The pilot of a seaplane that crashed in the Hawkesbury River in 2017 was likely “adversely affected” by engine fumes in the cabin, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) says.
Gareth Morgan and his five passengers were killed when the Sydney Seaplanes DHC-2 Beaver crashed into the water at Jerusalem Bay on December 31.
The ATSB today released an update about its investigation into the incident, saying a toxicology report had found Mr Morgan and two of the passengers had elevated levels of carbon monoxide in their blood.
In a statement, ATSB chief commissioner Greg Hood said: “From that consultation with medical experts, and research into the effects of carbon monoxide on aircraft operations, the ATSB considers the levels of carbon monoxide were likely to have adversely affected the pilot’s ability to control the aircraft.”
Heavy exposure to carbon monoxide replaces the oxygen in the blood and can lead to tiredness, shortness of breath and confusion.
“Having discounted other potential sources of carbon monoxide exposure, the ATSB considers it likely that the pilot and passengers were exposed to carbon monoxide inside the aircraft cabin,” Mr Hood said.
Investigators also found missing bolts in the firewall, the section which isolates the plane’s engine, which could have allowed the poisonous gas to enter the cabin.
The ATSB today published two safety notices designed to prevent and detect carbon monoxide in aircraft cabins, recommending regular inspections for holes and cracks.
It is a classic tension in business: pleasing users versus making money. You’d think it would be simple. But countless enterprises compromise depending on who’s writing the check. If users aren’t always the ones paying bill, as is the case in ad-based media businesses, the commercial urge easily can lead greedy and short-term-oriented managers astray.
In her illuminating feature in the new issue of Fortune,“Confessions of an Instagram Addict,” Kristen Bellstrom explains how well the Facebook unit has walked the line so far. Begun as a photo-sharing site with no revenue whatever, Instagram under Mark Zuckerberg’s ownership has had to stay true to its aesthetic roots while bringing in cash.
As Bellstrom tells it, using her own devoted usage as an example, Instagram largely has succeeded. Its ads sparkle and show off the brands that place them. Its user-generated content has become an e-commerce engine in its own right. And together with Google’s YouTube, Instagram has created an all-new and lucrative class of influencers who’ve built their wealth on the app’s success.
Perhaps most surprisingly, Instagram has done all this without being too closely associated with Facebook. That’s quite a feat considering Facebook’s tarnished reputation and that Instagram’s technology and selling tools are intertwined with its parent.
I erred yesterday when I wrote that only public companies appear in the Fortune 500. In fact, 29 companies that report their finances to some governmental authority are on the list. These include mutual insurance companies that file with state regulatory bodies and privately owned companies with publicly traded debt that report to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.