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    Air Canada Measures

    Does anybody know if Air Canada uses Imperial or metric measurements for such things as weight, fuel, etc.?
    Bob Zolto

    As I recall my friend told me they use metric but If I'm wrong somebody can correct me.


      They used to use Imperial, but switched over to metric some time in the early 80s. Air Canada 143 was a situation where the fuel load should have been calculated in kilograms, but had been done in pounds, which led to the Boeing 767 departing with about half the fuel it needed for the trip. They ran out midway through the flight and had to glide down to a former military base, hence the incident aircraft was known as the Gimli Glider.
      Captain Kevin

      Kevin Yang


      • DDowns
        DDowns commented
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        That former military base, Lajes AB Azores, is still there and still active. I believe it is a joint use airdrome now. I loved my trips to Lajes and admired that it was the only place where all planes were Navy, all boats were Army and all trucks were Air Force.

      • voske
        voske commented
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        Air Transat 236 landed at Lajes AB Azores, Air Canada 143 at former RCAF station Gimli, which was turned into a racetrack.

      I knew about that, but I was told, incorrectly I assumed, that Air Canada was using imperial. I thought i would check.
      Bob Zolto


        Judging from the JustPlanes Air Canada programs (which were filmed quite a few years ago) that I own, it is in fact metric (kg) for mainline AC, but imperial (lb) for Jazz Aviation who operate flights on behalf of Air Canada.
        Marius Stach


          Confusing. Jazz does operate many flights to the US, but then again so does ACA.
          Bob Zolto