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Saturday, 23 May 2015

BAE has unveiled plans to pump £100 million of investment into two Clyde shipyards.



The Govan shipyard, which is to benefit from BAE investment. Picture: Robert Perry

       

BAE has unveiled plans to pump £100 million of investment into two Clyde shipyards.

The defence firm told employees on Thursday that it would be investing in the Govan and Scotstoun shipyards, following a decision to retain both sites.


Julian Bray writes: BAE with the new very strong SNP contingent now in Westminster would be well advised to double that number to £200 million, and go after the lucrative mega cruise ship market which needs a fully covered dry dock to build these megaships in sections and truck in completed stateroom and other units from outside satellite sites... 


£100 million for BAE is mere petty cash, so pony up BAE and let's get this party really moving! 








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Southampton threat LIVERPOOL welcomes all three CUNARDERS to mark 175th anniversary



                      
This Bank Holiday weekend all three Cunard ships will be in Liverpool to make maritime history and help celebrate the company's 175th anniversary.


Cunard was formed in Liverpool, had its headquarters there, and its first ship sailed from Liverpool in 1840.


All three Queens, Elizabeth, Mary 2 and Victoria will line up together for a short time on Monday - and many thousands of visitors are expected.


It's being hailed as a perfect day out for the family and a photographer's dream. This follows an earlier get together in early May in Southampton. Liverpool is however keen to see cruise ships return to Liverpool and have put some money into a new cruise terminal.




http://www.merseytravel.gov.uk/travelling-around/Pages/3-Queens---Planning-Your-Visit.aspx
Cruise liner
Queen Elizabeth Credit: PA

Sunday 24 May 09:00 - Queen Mary 2 arrives and berths at Liverpool Cruise Liner Terminal.
22:00 - ‘Amazing Graces’ digital / light projection show on the Three Graces.
22:30 - Mid-river Firework display, off the Pier Head.
Cruise liner
Queen Victoria Credit: PA

Bank Holiday Monday 25 May
10:45 - Queen Mary 2 leaves the berth to greet her two sisters at the mouth of the Mersey (the area between Crosby Beach and New Brighton).
12:00–14:00 - Three Queens meet and sail south in formation towards the Liverpool Echo Arena, and then turn through 180 degrees to face north. Further manoeuvres may be possible depending on weather conditions on the day.
14:00–14:15 - Queen Mary 2 leaves the city. Queen Elizabeth berths at the Cruise Liner Terminal and Queen Victoria anchors in the middle of the Mersey.
22:00–23:00 - Amazing Graces’ digital / light projection show on the Three Graces.
22:30 - Firework display. Following the display, Queen Elizabeth leaves the city and Queen Victoria berths at the Cruise Liner Terminal.
Cruise liner
Queen Mary 2 Credit: PA

Tuesday 26 May 16:30 - A special musical sail-away performance to say good bye to Queen Victoria
17:00 - Queen Victoria sails out of the city. Flotilla of small boats welcome.
The police warn it will extremely busy and advise people to use public transport


http://www.merseytravel.gov.uk/travelling-around/Pages/3-Queens---Planning-Your-Visit.aspx




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Friday, 22 May 2015

TRAGIC GERMANWINGS BRAND TO BE SCRAPPED BY LUFTHANSA THIS AUTUMN AS RANDOM DRUG TESTS FOR CREW INTRODUCED





The troubled Lufthansa brand Germanwings will cease to exist from this autumn. The budget division of the LH Group, both short haul and long haul, will take on the established Eurowings name.
Thomas Winkelmann, CEO of Germanwings, will transfer to another subsidiary Austrian Airlines, to replaces current CEO Jaan Albrecht who is moving to the Lufthansa/Turkish airlines joint venture SunExpress, long established as a charter/low cost operator of leisure services to and from Turkey.


Meanwhile in Berlin earlier today the chief executive of German airline Lufthansa says unannounced tests to check pilots for prescription drugs might help improve air safety. Carsten Spohr made the comments in an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, published Friday — almost two months after a plane belonging to Lufthansa subsidiary Germanwings crashed in the French Alps.


Prosecutors believe co-pilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately steered the plane into a mountain, killing all 149 people on board, after hiding psychological problems from his employer.


Lufthansa will propose the spot checks to a task force set up by Germany's airline industry in the wake of the crash.


The new Eurowings operation will open its first base outside Germany in Vienna, it has been announced.   The first A320 in the new Eurowings livery made its maiden flight from Hamburg to Prague on February 1.

Eurowings will be based in Cologne and begin long-haul operations towards the end of this year with a fleet of three A330-200 twin jets configured for 310 passengers. In a few years, the plan is to increase fleet size to seven A330-200s.

Jaan Albrecht, CEO of Austrian Airlines, said: "I am delighted that Vienna will be the first base for the new Eurowings outside Germany.

"It means that we will be able to further strengthen the base after the restructuring phase, and the new flights for price-conscious customers will complement our existing range perfectly."

Oliver Wagner, manager of the Wings project at Lufthansa and managing director of Germanwings, added: "With the new Eurowings, we are ramping up our offensive in Vienna as well and taking on our low-cost competitors."

Sources CNS, AP, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung




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4.2 RIchter [or Rhicter] scale earthquake rocks Kent, England with later aftershocks in London





An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.2 shook windows and caused walls to creak when it struck in the middle of the night in Kent. No injuries or damage to buildings were reported following the tremor four miles (7km) south of Ramsgate at 2.52am, Kent Police said.


Locals reported books being shaken from shelves and described the earthquake as feeling like a vehicle had been driven into their property. One thought their hotel door was being kicked in, another described their house creaking, while a third said the tremor sounded like a "heavy object rolling over the roof of the house".


More than 800 "felt reports" were received by the British Geological Survey (BGS), mainly from residents in Ramsgate, Margate and surrounding areas. But the BGS said reports of the earthquake were also received from as far afield as Norwich, North Walsham and Cromer in East Anglia.


In Ramsgate, Muni Prasad, 42, said: "We were woken up suddenly. For a few seconds the property was moving. In my daughter's room, books had fallen down.


"She came to our room and said 'Did you feel it?'. And we said we had. We are on the second floor so when a big vehicle goes by, we sometimes feel it. But with this my wife said it felt like something different."


Bob Fludgate said: "I was woken up in the early hours as if a lorry had hit the house. I'm quite a deep sleeper, too.


Later 'aftershocks' were reported in London, with only slight damage reported.


Sources PA, CNS, BBC, Daily Mail


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iDisrupted Author claims next generation $0.25 crystalline silicon solar modules will put energy companies out of business








John Shaw, Author of a new book iDisrupted published today, claims advances in technology will be the end of energy companies across the globe.  These are exciting times in the world of renewable energy, but a new book iDisrupted claims it may not be so exciting for the major energy companies, and those currently pushing 20 year solar panel domestic installations as these will soon be redundant.  Technological advancements in the production of solar panels have suggested that solar power will soon be as cheap as coal.

The price of crystalline silicon modules, which are currently used in solar panels has dropped from $4 per watt in 2007 to $0.50 per watt in 2014. Something sceptics suggested never could be done.

The price drop is through the application of a new low cost production method, a technology company, 1366, based in Massachusetts suggests that its new method of silicon wafer production can further reduce the costs. They claim they are able to cut the overall cost of a crystalline silicon module by a further 20%, effectively the same cost as coal. Experts are predicting that over the next decade the price could drop to as low as $0.25.

  But one question still remains, who will pay for the grid infrastructure if energy companies no longer continue to make money on power production?

 Mr Shaw say: “A major factor to consider is that at the end of April, Elon Musk will introduce a new battery technology which is set to disrupted the way we power our homes. Currently, the future of energy is uncertain but if one thing's for sure, it’s that traditional energy companies will cease to exist.”


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Emirates to upgrade entire (139 ) Boeing 777 fleet for next-gen 777X jet from 2020

Emirates to replace entire Boeing 777 fleet with 777X jets
Emirates reportedly plans to upgrade its entire Boeing 777 fleet in favour of the next-gen Boeing 777X jet from 2020, marking a sweeping update for the Gulf colossus reports Australian Business Traveller.

With 150 of the 777X airliners on order, that's enough to see all 139 of Emirates' current 777 models – from the 777-200 family through to the 777-300ER – put out to pasture in favour of the advanced fuel-efficient 777X.



Emirates has signed on the dotted line for 35 of the long-range Boeing 777-8X jets, which can carry 350 passengers, and a further 115 of the larger 400 seat but shorter-range 777-9X.



"The 8X is the real sweetheart, as it will fly to the other side of the planet with a good payload," Emirates CEO Tim Clark (below) tells Business Traveller Middle East, which reports Clarks' plans for the sweeping fleet-wide overhaul.



Clark describes the 777-9X  as being "able to do 14-15 hour (journeys)" such as the long leg between Australia and Dubai.

The highly-regarded airline exec also confirmed that he'll weigh up the Airbus A350 against the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, despite having controversially cancelled an order for 70 A350s in June last year in what it claimed was a review of its "fleet requirements."

“Let’s start again" Clark says. "Boeing produces the B787-10 and we were interested in that. Now that it’s on the market, we're looking at the B787-10 against the A350-900 to see which will do the job for us. How many we will buy and when, we’ll let you know."





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Thursday, 21 May 2015

FAA Proposes $227,500 Civil Penalty Against AmplaChem Inc. for Alleged Hazardous Materials Violations


 
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes a $227,500 civil penalty against AmplaChem, Inc. of Carmel, Ind., for allegedly violating Hazardous Materials Regulations.
 
The FAA alleges that on April 10, 2013, AmplaChem knowingly offered an undeclared hazardous material shipment to FedEx for air transport from Carmel, USA to Vietnam. The shipment included Boron Tribromide, a corrosive material and toxic inhalation hazard that is forbidden from being transported aboard any commercial aircraft, and two other corrosive substances.
 
The shipment was discovered smoldering and burning as it was being unloaded from the aircraft in Vietnam, and FedEx notified the FAA.
 
The FAA alleges the shipment was not accompanied by shipping papers to indicate the hazardous nature of its contents and was not properly marked, labeled or packaged under the Hazardous Materials Regulations. Additionally, the FAA alleges that AmplaChem did not provide emergency response information with the shipment and failed to ensure its employees had received required hazardous materials training.
 
AmplaChem plans to meet with the FAA in mid-June to discuss the case.

SOURCE :FAA
 




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Sunday, 17 May 2015

I'll just waggle your Boeing wings at 30,000 feet from my cabin laptop says US Cyber Security Boffin to the FBI

Chris Roberts
Chris Roberts, of cyber security firm One World Labs     Picture: FoxNEWS



Julian Bray writes: Fox News are reporting - and its being picked up by TV and newspapers in Europe - that Chris Roberts, of cyber security firm One World Labs, claims he managed to hack into the plane’s computer systems through the electronic access box under his seat.  Mr Roberts apparently made the claim in an FBI interview released in the USA .

 


Comments attributed to an FBI Agent Mike Hurley need to be treated with caution, for example: "He said he caused one of the airplane engines to climb resulting in a lateral or sideways movement of the plane during one of these flights." If this is true it would be a miracle, as engines don't climb but just go faster or slower.  However flaps on the wings being manipulated would cause the aircraft to gain  or lose altitude.


"He also stated (says Hurley), Roberts used software after comprising/exploiting or ‘hacking’ the airplane’s networks. He used the software to monitor traffic from the cockpit system."


True there is in older fly-by-wire aircraft, an access box under seat positions for aircraft entertainment systems but these aircraft have multiple computer arrays and not all are linked. The  seatback hospitality TV unit would be on its own subset.


The cyber security technician says he "exploited security [software] weaknesses to override computer control systems by connecting an ethernet cable to his laptop and connecting into the below seat access port using default passwords to access systems.


The FBI claims  Mr Roberts hacked the entertainment systems on US flights more than a dozen times between 2011 and 2014.
He recently tweeted: "Over last 5 years my only interest has been to improve aircraft security...given the current situation I've been advised against saying much."
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This comes after he was removed from  a United Airlines flight last month for tweeting he might hack into the plane and make the oxygen masks deploy. Although FBI have confiscated his kit they are said to have taken his claims seriously.


A closer examination of the FBI document however suggests Roberts might not have actually 'hacked' the aircraft or any aircraft but did so in a closed virtual replication environment;" "Roberts said he used Kali Linux to perform penetration testing of the IFE system. He used the default IDs and passwords to compromise the IFE systems. He also said that he used VBox which is a virtualized environment to build his own version of the airplane network. The virtual environment would replicate airplane network, and that he used virtual machine's on his laptop while compromising the airplane network...." A form of Pie in the Sky, perhaps?


 Tellingly Mr Roberts has not been charged with any crime, but has gained worldwide 'free' publicity and possible aviation consultancy offers from aircraft manufacturers.  If any of this is true then existing IT teams and layers of expensive computer consultants can expect their employment to be rapidly terminated... Control, Alt, Delete.


MEANWHILE:

United Airlines is offering up to a million air miles to hackers who can find security bugs in its network.
       
The move by United Airlines comes amid increasing cybersecurity threats to businesses, with the cost of data breaches likely to hit $2.1 trillion globally by 2019, four times the 2015 figure, according to Juniper Research.
United Airlines website lists the types of threats that are eligible for submission into its "bug bounty program". These include finding bugs on customer facing websites, flaws in the United app, and attacks that compromise the private credentials of users, reports NBC NEWS.

The amount of air miles awarded depends on the severity of the bug discovered. For a so-called "ethical hacker" to receive a million air miles, they must uncover what is known as a "remote execution code" -- a security flaw that allows hackers to infiltrate a network from a remote location.
The reward for uncovering a medium severity bug is 250,000 air miles, and people who discover low level bugs will receive 50,000 air miles.
       
But United is not keen on ethical hackers playing around with its in-plane systems and said that bugs found on "onboard Wi-Fi, entertainment systems or avionics" were not eligible for submission.
       
Asking professional hackers to find flaws in a business's network is not a new tactic, but United is one of the first airlines to try it. Last year, the Bank of England employed ethical hackers -- also known as "white hat" hackers -- to test the defenses of Britain's biggest banks.

Often companies struggle to find the required expertise to deal with the increasingly complex landscape of cybersecurity. By letting external hackers have a pop at a network, a company can tap this experience and find flaws that can then be patched up.
"This is a really smart move by United Airlines, as crowdsource testing for security weaknesses can be hugely valuable to organizations," Jason Steer, chief security strategist at FireEye, said in a statement.
       
"Its bug bounty is a novel way to incentivize white hat hackers to look for weaknesses in its system, and a great way to save them money whilst increasing its security."
But United warned that hackers should not attempt such things as injecting malicious code into live systems, coercion or extortion of the airline's employees. Anyone who did would face disqualification from the bug bounty program and a possible legal investigation.


 






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Cathay A333 Airbus involved in Full Explosives Security Alert involving both Hong Kong and Taipei on May 15th




                     Cathay Pacific Airbus A330-300 on remote stand after explosives alert.
  
During baggage and cargo unloading of a Cathay Pacific Airbus A330-300 aircraft, on May 15th 2015,  a ground worker discovered a luggage container with a hand written label in Chinese indicating "Explosives! Handle with care!" and alerted security forces, this resulted in a massive deployment of police and firefighters, in addition the bomb squad was called up.



The Cathay Pacific Airbus A330-300, registration B-LAZ on flight CX-494 from Hong Kong (China) to Taipei (Taiwan), had completed what appeared to be an uneventful flight with a safe landing in Taipei.




Julian Bray comments: Although all luggage containers and cargo are supposed to be scanned, sniffed and x-rayed for explosives, it has long been the case that some mid and far east airports are not as strict as they should be. The topic comes up time and time again at major aviation conferences and security or lack of it is a continuing major concern. In this case nothing was found and the aircraft released but the financial burden of deploying the security services and the bomb squad may well after investigation be charged back to the airline concerned. The bill is likely to be substantial.


The aircraft was taxied away from the terminal to a remote stand 605. The bomb squad subsequently examined the container and found no trace of explosives. The aircraft was then released to service after about 100 minutes on the ground.



The passengers for the return flight CX-495 to Hong Kong (China) boarded the aircraft at the remote stand and reached their destination with a delay of 30 minutes
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Taiwan's Police identified the flight as CX-450 with 377 passengers and 17 crew ( which was flown by a Boeing 777-300 registration B-HNN) and reported that the luggage container had been loaded in Hong Kong, no one had access to the container until landing in Taipei, it is therefore being assumed, that the label was attached in Hong Kong. Surveillance cameras at Hong Kong Airport are now being checked.



Radar data as well as pictorial evidence rule out the Boeing 777-300 on flight CX-450 despite being identified as such by Taiwan's police.  Radar data instead confirmed Airbus A330-300 B-LAZ, rotation CX-494/CX-495, as the aircraft involved parking at gate B6 initially then being pushed back to remote position 605, photos taken at the time, also identify an Airbus A330-300.



Both Hong Kong and Taiwan Civil Aviation Authorities are investigating the occurrence.








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Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Spanish Govt demand entry and exit passport checks for Cruise ship passengers

An unexpected decision by Spanish frontier police is the requirement for all cruise ship passengers (not holding UK passports ) to have their passports examined and stamped,prior to landing. It's angered some Passengers as no advance warning was given.





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Saturday, 2 May 2015

The Duchess of Cambridge has safely delivered a daughter at 8.34am, Kensington Palace said.

The Duchess of Cambridge has safely delivered a daughter at 8.34am, Kensington Palace said.


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The Senior Service quick off the mark!









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Thursday, 30 April 2015

Malaysia Airlines selling off its entrire fleet of Airbus A380s AND its four Boeing 777-200 extended range aircraft. Cargo fleet pric ed for sale too.






In what many are seeing as the final chapter for Malaysia Airlines, the board has put its entire fleet of six Airbus A380s up for sale, along with four Boeing 777-200ER jets, in a last - ditch attempt to wipe out a debt mountain of millions of dollars.

Sources are saying the airlines is open to outright sale or lease, of its flying assets.  

The sale also includes six MAS freight aircraft – two Boeing 747 - 400s and four Airbus A330-200s  and effectively sees  MAS CARGO no longer a serious contender in the air freight business

The first A380 arrived less than three years ago, in May 2012, the airline was nationalised 2014 by Malaysian government, in an attempt to stem the debt  which is around  1.5 billion.





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IAG the British Airways parent chalks up first ever profit....





The Spanish based British Airways parent IAG has for the first time reported a first-quarter profit thanks to  increased trans-Atlantic business, and a continued restructured recovery of its Iberian airline.  The operating profit was €25m ($27.7m), compared with a loss of €150m a year earlier Europe’s third-largest carrier said in a statement Thursday.



Sales rose 12pc to €4.7bn, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Chief executive Willie Walsh, who is looking to expand trans-Atlantic business by acquiring Ireland’s Aer Lingus, said cost discipline at all three of its airlines - British Airways, Spain’s Iberia and discounter Vueling - helped drive productivity and keep expenses down, even as the group increased capacity by 5pc.

“There was a strong improvement both at a group level and with all three airlines,” Mr Walsh said in the statement, adding that the North American market in particular produced “consistent positive performance".





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EASYJET PALMA - LONDON FLIGHT MAKES MEDICAL EMERGENCY LANDING AT ORLY, PARIS

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EasyJet flight EZY8626 from Palma, Mallorca to London Gatwick was diverted earlier today as a passenger was in need of "urgent medical assistance". The flight is set to land at Orly airport on the outskirts of Paris.


An easyJet spokesperson  said: "easyJet confirms flight EZY8626 from Palma to London Gatwick is diverting to Orly as a result of a passenger onboard requiring urgent medical assistance.
“The safety and wellbeing of our passengers and crew is easyJet’s highest priority. The flight will continue to London Gatwick after the passenger is transferred to hospital.


“We apologise for any inconvenience experienced due to the diversion and resulting delay.”
The airline refused to provide further details on the nature of the medical emergency.


The plane is now scheduled to depart Paris Orly at 3:35pm and will arrive in Gatwick at 3:45pm. It had originally been scheduled to arrive at 1:35pm. 
 
The plane diverted at around 1:20pm,  having squawked 7700, the air control code for an emergency. The plane descended rapidly, according to various tracking sites including AirLive.net, before holding steady at around 11,000 ft as it entered the Paris airport.






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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Air Incidents Round Up ....

Rouge B763 enroute on Apr 7th 2015, food got flambeed
An Air Canada Rouge Boeing 767-300, registration C-FMWU performing flight RV-1809/AC-1809 from Sint Maarten (Dutch Antilles) to Toronto,ON (Canada) with 241 people on board, was enroute when cabin crew noticed a burning smell in the aft galley. Upon...
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Air Canada B773 over Atlantic on Apr 24th 2015, climbed above cleared flight level
An Air Canada Boeing 777-300, registration C-FIUV performing flight AC-869 from London Heathrow,EN (UK) to Toronto,ON (Canada), was enroute at FL340 over the Atlantic Ocean near Position N56W40 when the crew requested to step climb to FL360 via...
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Ryanair B738 at Malaga on Apr 27th 2015, possible brakes problem
A Ryanair Boeing 737-800, registration EI-EMM performing flight FR-8162 from London Stansted,EN (UK) to Malaga,SP (Spain), was descending towards Malaga when the crew requested emergency services on stand inicating a possible brakes problem. The...
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Arkia E195 at Tel Aviv on Apr 26th 2015, bird strike
A Arkia Embraer ERJ-195, registration 4X-EMB performing flight IZ-803 from Tel Aviv Sde-Dov to Eilat (Israel), was climbing out of Sde-Dov Airport's runway 03 when the aircraft was struck by a bird prompting the crew to level off at 2500 feet and...
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Nordstar B738 near Krasnojarsk on Apr 27th 2015, hydraulic failure
A Nordstar Boeing 737-800, registration VQ-BDZ performing flight Y7-248 from Norilsk to Krasnojarsk (Russia) with 56 passengers and 6 crew, was enroute when the crew received indication of a hydraulic failure. The aircraft continued to Krasnojarsk...
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Courtesy: AeroInside.com,




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Sunday, 26 April 2015

THY Airbus A320 at Istanbul on Apr 25th 2015, hard landing,wing and engine ground contact, pilot lifts off for a go-around, engine problem, gear problem, gear collapse, runway excursion




On April 25th 2015, a Turkish Airlines Airbus A320-200, (registration TC-JPE) on flight TK-1878 from Milan Malpensa (Italy) to Istanbul (Turkey) with 97 passengers, landed on Istanbul Ataturk Airport's runway 05 at 10:22L (07:22Z) but rolled right just before touchdown, causing the right engine and wing to contact the runway and a hard touch down, reports www. Aeroinside.com


The crew initiated a go-around, then declared emergency due to an engine (V2527) being inoperative. The crew subsequently reported an unsafe gear indication.


The aircraft positioned for an emergency landing on runway 35L, touched down about 20 minutes after the go around, but with the right main gear collapsed the aircraft skidded on its right engine, with sparks and smoke trailing the engine, and veered right off the runway spinning nearly 180 degrees.


The aircraft was evacuated via slides while emergency services started to spray the aircraft. There were no injuries, the aircraft received substantial damage to the right hand main gear, right hand engine and its pylon as well as to leading and trailing edge high lift devices at the right hand wing.

The airline confirmed the aircraft went off the runway during an emergency landing, the 97 passenges have been safely evacuated, there are no injuries.

A passenger later reported the aircraft was on its first approach to Ataturk's Airport uneventfully until about 100 feet AGL when the aircraft suddenly rolled heavily to the right and fell down onto the runway, while on the ground the aircraft was still tilted to the right, the engines accelerated and the aircraft became airborne again, the passenger thought the right main gear had collapsed at that point already.


While positioning for the second approach another passenger yelled "Fire".


Cabin crew instructed the passengers to brace for landing. The second touchdown was smooth, however, there were scraping sounds from the right, the passenger did not notice a gear collapse during roll out, only after the aircraft had slowed significantly the aircraft began to veer to the right.


 The doors were opened, passengers directed to the left forward and right rear doors for evacuation, when the right hand overwing exits were opened foam from the fire engines entered the cabin. About 5 minutes after landing buses arrived and took the passengers to the terminal.

Metars:
LTBA 250920Z 24007KT CAVOK 15/07 Q1020 NOSIG
LTBA 250850Z 23007KT CAVOK 16/06 Q1020 NOSIG
LTBA 250820Z 22006KT 200V260 CAVOK 15/06 Q1020 NOSIG
LTBA 250750Z 20004KT 160V240 CAVOK 15/07 Q1020 NOSIG
LTBA 250720Z 17005KT 140V200 CAVOK 15/05 Q1020 NOSIG
LTBA 250650Z 15008KT CAVOK 16/04 Q1020 NOSIG
LTBA 250620Z 15009KT CAVOK 16/03 Q1020 NOSIG
LTBA 250550Z 18004KT 150V230 CAVOK 14/05 Q1020 NOSIG
LTBA 250520Z 17004KT 120V240 CAVOK 13/07 Q1020 NOSIG
LTBA 250450Z VRB01KT CAVOK 12/08 Q1020 NOSIG
LTBA 250420Z VRB02KT CAVOK 11/08 Q1020 NOSIG






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Friday, 24 April 2015

AIRLINE PILOT MENTALLY EVALUATE YOURSELF THEN PUT 400 PAX BEHIND YOU...



They say statistics can prove everything or nothing. If you've been following the number of aviation incidents over the last few years you could be forgiven for thinking the world of aviation is going mad but you'd be wrong. Those who know say  2014 actually set a new record for the least  number of commercial aviation accidents since the start of the airline age, with just 21 recorded.


That’s down from 29 in 2013, 23 in 2012 and 36 in 2011. Recent tragic events cast a shadow on some of the aviation safety related procedures, particularly relating to pilot mental health evaluation.  It boils down to the simple fact that pilots themselves that are responsible for assessing their own mental health.  The Aerotime website usually has its finger on the trigger and this time its just so what everyone is thinking but dare not give it publicity.




Listen to Skaiste Knyzaite, CEO of AviationCV.com:
Therapists or pilots – why aircrew is left to evaluate their own mind?
“During the primary training, pilots are subject to thorough examination. However, the main focus usually remains on physical, not mental issues. Even though airlines perform thorough background checks and seek reference letters, all of that is done only at the start of pilot’s career. Later on, yearly checks, containing couple of tick-boxes regarding mental illness is all that’s done to evaluate overall capability of an aircraft pilot, leaving him the sole authority to decide whether his mind is set for the job,”

"It is thought that one of four people around the globe are affected by mental or neurological disorder according to World Health Organization, such an attitude rightfully becomes the reason for public concern, all eyes quickly turn to the person manning the aircraft in case of an accident.

Not surprisingly, in order to ensure the utmost safety of the most popular way of travelling the world, airline pilots have to undergo a highly specific and extremely detailed training, which sometimes can exceed to years of learning and testing. Even in the line with FAA and EASA regulation, pilots around the globe are left on their own when it comes to monitoring something as important as their mental health.

Although most of regional CAA’s are reviewing their relevant procedures in the light of recent tragic events, most of them state that the current practice of assessing mental health is sufficient. Moreover, they claim that no matter the changes, it is impossible to ensure that accidents caused by pilot’s mental stability are eliminated altogether.

In addition to that, even with tightening of the screening process, there is no potential way to eliminate pilot dishonesty. In fact, according to the rules of the FAA, pilots can be fined up to $250 000 if they try to falsify information or lie about their health. Despite that, clearly understanding that recognition of mental illness would definitely mean hurting ones career, it is not surprising many would be inclined to mention nothing that could raise suspicions.







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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

SO HOW DO WE DEAL WITH THE LIBYAN MIGRATION PROBLEM? TRY STARTING HERE...

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Migrants sneaking under the flimsy detention centre perimeter in Lampedusa


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Julian Bray writes: What can be done about the rapidly deteriorating situation in North Africa? The media have cottoned onto the fact that over a million souls are camped all around the North African Mediterranean facing ports, but they overlook the fact that its only a staging post in a long, long line, there  are as I write some 2 - 4million others slowly making their way to Libya, and they have already paid over a $1,000 dollars a head to the traffickers agents.


Simple maths suggests this is a major international criminal enterprise and with the latest arrests in Italy, the mafia or even worse Russian criminals would seem to be connected. But that is for someone else to tackle.  


Turning back to the current situation, its clear UK politicians are treading water as the election looms and frankly nothing substantive will be done in the UK  until after May 7th. (Sending one Royal Navy ship in is hardly substantive, we'd normally send in an aircraft carrier and support ships. Oh we don't have one! But the French do....)  It needs a massive international humanitarian effort and clearly the Europeans won't be agreeing anything soon.  If the migrants are denied boarding, they will still continue to arrive in lawless Libya. The tap in effect needs to be turned off. Turned off at source.


True we in the UK contributed to the current situation, but that is history. For what its worth here are my suggestions based on rescue operations I've been involved in, with organisations such as Europ Assistance and medevac rescue services.


1. Formally declare a major international emergency.


2. Reception Centres, no point in putting the centres onshore in Libya unless a UN or OAU controlled areas can be established, then quickly set up flat pack emergency centres with the express intention of returning the migrants to their point of origin but again into UN patrolled secure areas, fully supported by Europe and America. THIS IS THE START OF THE MIGRANT SEASON!


2.  Set up feeding and medical centres. All countries have mothballed fleets, press them into service and clear out the Reserve warehouses. Where did all the kit from Afghanistan go? Not all of it has been sold off yet. See for yourself at www.mod-sales.com/auction/


3. Self help. Plots of land, seed, clean water and within a couple of years many migrants will stay put, but it will need continuing support. Establishing International communities all along the region should be the aim.


4. The UK international aid budget is a joke and has been so for decades, its costs the UK billions but only a fraction of the aid ever reaches those who need it. Its syphoned off by local politicians etc.  India for example can send rockets to the moon but we still pour money into the sub-continent. Pull all this direct aid just offer support in terms of grants to UK companies operating in India.  A good analogy is giving them a pre-loaded credit card, all transactions clearly transparent and no cash or negotiable bills involved. A presidential Mercedes, like the two in Uganda, would be quickly spotted.


5. Concentrate on areas of extreme urgent need. Sound harsh but many Indian enterprises own key chunks of former UK industries. Certainly a vacuum will be created but immediately filled by something else.


6. The Italian community in the UK is fully equipped to help their country, supported temporary repatriation of Italian nationals with specialist skills. IE If they sign up for a 3 year tour, their links, jobs etc will be financially supported in the UK. It is better to keep this continuing sea of migrants close to the departure point rather than see them mass at Calais. Simply the relentless chain of humanity making its way through Europe will arrive on our shores within12 months, and these battle hardened individuals won't be in the mood to be turned around.


7. Physically there are hundreds of thousands of half completed apartments in Spain. Whole towns and districts mothballed, again aid well placed will open up these districts and give the migrants a place to stay in safety.


8.  If nothing is done? Expect the situation to rapidly deteriorate and expect bloated corpses to start washing up on elite Mediterranean sun kissed beaches. When the tourists desert the Med, you can then expect some immediate action.


9. And the dilapidated boats and ships? To be towed to a designated area and scuttled forming a new underwater reef. The ones that cannot be towed, sunk just outside international waters. creating a line of breakwaters.


10.Not ideal, but the conversation has to start somewhere and some of these ideas will works as I have seen them in action...








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WRONG GENERAL ELECTION 2015 & LOCAL ELECTIONS POSTAL VOTING SLIPS SENT OUT TO POSSIBLY HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PETERBOROUGH ELECTORS.


PETERBOROUGH #GE2015 MAYHEM ALREADY STARTED. VOTERS GET WRONG SECURITY CODED POSTAL VOTING SLIPS

WRONG GENERAL ELECTION 2015 & LOCAL ELECTIONS POSTAL VOTING SLIPS SENT OUT TO POSSIBLY HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PETERBOROUGH ELECTORS.




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Postal Votes issued under the authority of Gillian Beasley, have been thudding onto doormats all over the Unitary Authority of Peterborough but the WRONG GENERAL ELECTION coded voting slips have been sent out!


Peterborough postal vote packages have been wrongly sent to NW Cambridgeshire voters who live within the Unitary Authority and have requested a postal vote.  And we now hear that Peterborough voters in Park & North Ward have the wrong postal votes as well - the candidates for NW Cambridgeshire appear on their coded voting slips.


These are wrongly coded, contain the names and boxes for thr wrong candidates and therefore INVALID. 


This alone could ensure that any party reliant on postal votes will be hugely disadvantaged.


Anyone immediately innocently filling in one of these slips and posting off the postal voting package will find their RECORDED VOTES are invalid, as each individual slip is security numbered and barcoded.


 The postal votes are checked off against the electoral roll, and if the two do not match up will be declared spoiled. 


The Council is not responding to our telephone calls, but in response to our tweet claimed the error was with the unnamed security printer.


The  PBROTRIB view is like secure City financial documents,  the process should have been physically witnessed and the process signed off AT EVERY STAGE as correct by the Returning Officer Gillian Beasley.  


This opens up the possibility of massive fraud and many thousands of voters being disenfranchised and denied a lawful vote.


You just had one job.....


The only way is to cancel ALL POSTAL VOTES. Reprint all on a different WATERMARKED security paper and possibly halt or delay the General Election (Best of luck with that one Gillian! Better get the CV up to date and the Headhunters briefed..)


A significant number of voters will have ALREADY innocently already filled in and posted their documents, before departing on holiday. The envelope instructs Open and Return Immediately.


Airlines and Cruise Ship Lines report massive numbers will be leaving the UK ahead of the General Election having cast their postal votes..


Peterborough City Council has form for this, they recently messed up the sticky labels for paid for Brown bin collections and this is the sordid history of postal vote abuse in Peterborough:


http://parkfarmneighbourhoodwatch.blogspot.co.uk/search?q=postal+vote 






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Monday, 20 April 2015

Election writs may fly over candidates off message remarks........................


Chamali Fernando 'wristband' tiff.....


We don't know Chamali Fernando, as being incarcerated in the Peoples Unitary Authority of Peterborough, the regal Ms Fernando is hardly likely to marvel at our self inflicted  traffic jams or be fascinated by the dear leaders memorial on/ off /on /off fountains,  but she is apparently the official Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Cambridge (Toff alert) and according to local hacks, a licensed attorney in the State of New York.  Which of course will be very handy for the coachloads of American tourists visiting Cambridge, should they stub a toe on the pavement, break a fingernail in the local Nandos or feel the need to consult a friendly Lawyer.


What is confusing is the suggestion that Ms Fernando has started legal action through Manleys Solicitors  against another parliamentary candidate, this time for the Lib Dems:  Julian Huppert. Curiously Manleys are known for the work they do, for a host of high powered clients and entertainers such as Kerry Katona.


The timing is interesting, at a critical time when Ms Fernandos political campaign would seem to require that she devote all her energies to winning over the hearts and minds of those who might have previously voted for Mr Huppert, it all seems a trifle odd. Its all over some alleged remarks concerning an idea that distinctive wrist bands for people with mental illnesses would be a good idea. Possibly compulsory.


We think it stinks as an idea, but a possible for consideration as part of the hustings chatter and  something new to shout about on doorsteps. In fact anything to give this election some kind of buzz as its in danger of being one of the most boring campaigns any of us are likely to experience or endure..


The riddle isn't helped by the student paper Varsity running banner headlines stating Ms Fernando is suing Julian Huppert. Its clearly at the preliminary stage, a long way to go before its up in Court and frankly potential politicians need very thick skins following recent directions, and politicians being just a few rungs above hacks and estate agents, in the great scheme of things.  


No one seems to have seen any documents or legal bundles destined for the High Court, but just one of those pre-action format catch-all letters cranked off the office Gestetner ( being Cambridge we've taken some artistic licence, if you don't know what a Gestetner is or was,  we suggest ask your grandparents...)       


Next week we will consider the distress caused by people standing on doorsteps wearing garish rosettes, or peering through letterboxes...






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Sunday, 19 April 2015

BREAKING NEWS: SUNDAY 12 noon BLACK SMOKE FROM INDUSTRIAL UNIT NEXT TO LONDON HEATHROW AIRPORT more follows



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Huge plumes of thick black smoke seen over two of London's busiest motorways near Heathrow Airport today. The smoke appeared after a fire in West Drayton, near the airport, at around 11.30am.


Witnesses described seeing thick black smoke above the M4 and the M25 in west London.



Upto 700 boat people drowned in the Mediterranean overnight as vessel capsizes... Many thousands more expected, as seas now calm...

Leaving Tunisia




The prospect of bloated floating corpses washing up on Mediterranean shores and swirling in the wake of inter island ferry boats and visiting cruise ships is now a distinct daily possibility as another 700 would be migrants from North Africa, Eritrea, Somalia and Ghana are overnight feared drowned. 


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News Agency ANSA showing first images from the tragedy unfolding in the Mediterranean






Sky correspondent Enda Brady reporting live suggests there are 1000's more boarding boats and ships ready to embark as the seas are getting calmer.



Coastguard boats and helicopters are searching the sea off the Italian island of Lampedusa for hundreds of missing people, earlier a boat carrying African migrants sank killing at least 127.


Mayor of Lampedusa, Giusy Nicolini, said the death toll from the sinking on Thursday was likely to rise. "It's horrific, like a cemetery, they are still bringing them out," she said.
 

More than 150 people were rescued but several hundred others are still unaccounted for, according to the Associated Press agency.


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Four coastguard and police vessels and two helicopters were in the area of the accident. A submerged vessel of about 20m in length had been identified in the water, officials said.


Floriana Segreto, a coast guard official, said rescue operations were continuing.
The boat is believed to have set off from Libya on Tuesday. A fishing boat raised the alarm at about 7:20am on Thursday (05:20GMT) and began pulling people out of the water before coastguard vessels arrived.


Pope Francis on Friday mourned the death of the migrants in the latest tragedy. "Today is a day of tears," he said.


Maurizio Lupi, Italy's transport minister, said more needed to be done to combat people-traffickers who put migrants in crowded and unsafe vessels.


 
Thousands of migrants from Africa arrive in Italy on unsafe, overcrowded vessels every year, with most coming to Lampedusa, a tiny island just 113km from the coast of Tunisia. 


Numbers have been boosted this year by thousands of refugees from the civil war in Syria, most of whom have arrived on the eastern coast of Sicily from Egypt.


The life expired craft overturned as they all moved to one side, those on board fearing an alongside ship was too close and would sink their vessel, but ironically they did it themselves.


The problem is growing daily as there are now no less than five civil wars raging all along the African coastline and other conflicts inland. Make no mistake gangs and temporary owners of rust bucket vessels are making fortunes.


Where the ship would normally be destined for breaking up, 4,000 souls  each paying over 1,000 euros each for 'safe passage' have opened up a whole new cattle market. The Italians in turn faced with substantial costs have cut back their rescue missions and effectively leaving people to their own devices or to drown, they hoped the much publicised rescue cut backs would discourage the humanitarian flow.


In reality it had the opposite effect. Realising that that the European door was closing, those able to raise the money, jumped straight into the arms of the gangsters.  Hapless migrants seeking admission to Italy, know that once on shore, Italians will document and effectively release them quickly into the Europe mainland to make their way to where the perceived jobs are.


The misery continues, as we hear that salad packers in Spains' Murcia, the products all destined for major UK supermarkets, are taking many of them in return for exploitative subsistence pay and shocking living conditions. Life is cheap. If they become sick or unable to work, they are ejected from the packing field and left to fend for themselves, inside Europe. 


There is also a strong rumour circulating that some UK election hopefuls or their agents have been recently visiting Italy, and in return for 'funding' doing private deals to move them by various means into the UK and Ireland. In effect a trunk route or corridor is in the process of being created which effectively bypasses the Calais bottleneck. How it works we don't yet know but clearly with the UK Election diverting resources it is the ideal time for the traffickers to flex their muscles.






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