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Saturday, 1 August 2015

OULTON PARK CHRIS EVANS CARFEST EVENT AIRCRAFT CRASH : PILOT KEVIN WHYMAN HAS DIED


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** Civilian Aircraft Registration G-RORI.  This particular jet trainer aircraft was built in 1963 - although in 2015, like all aircraft, very little of the original build remains, as parts are constantly swapped out and replaced over the years.

Folland Gnats have been around since 1955, a British swept wing subsonic jet trainer, sometimes 'milspec' specified as a 'light jet fighter'.  The Folland Gnat XR 538 pictured above, entered service with the RAF later in 1963 and was based at RAF Valley.

XR 583 was used as a trainer jet with RAF No4 Flying Training School until 1979. Some 16 years of instructional training service with the RAF.  G-RORI was painted by the Heritage Aircraft Trust in the traditional red design of No4 Flying Training School to pay tribute to the many thousands of pilots who had sat behind its controls, and also the ground teams who had also qualified servicing the jet aircraft.

As far as we can tell, this particular aircraft specifically XR 583 (G-RORI) was never intended to be part of the Yellow Jackets/Red Arrow display teams, just a very reliable fast jet trainer.

However for the sake of clarity other Gnats (specifically look for XR prefix)  XM693, XM698, XM705, XM708
XP514, XP531, XP535, XP539
XR540, XR545, XR572, XR955, XR977, XR981, XR986, XR987, XR991, XR992, XR993, XR994, XR995, XR996
XS101, XS107, XS111 were used for display.



The pilot Kevin Whyman who tragically lost his life earlier today, worked in the City, was fully and very professionally trained and qualified by the former owners of the jet.  It is now confirmed that he completed a Flying Scholarship with the RAF aged 18, and then joined the RAF in 1998.

Born in Chester, he underwent fast jet training on the Tucano and Hawk aircraft before leaving the RAF in 2001, to take up a career in Investment Banking. Kevin Whyman completed his civilian flying licenses after leaving the RAF.

Some four years after leaving the RAF; Kevin Whyman then started flying the Folland Gnat, 10 years ago in 2005, and founded the Gnat Display Team with colleagues in 2007.


An Air Accident Investigation enquiry has already been opened.

Our condolences go out to his family and his wider flying family who will also be sharing this tragic loss. JB


SATURDAY 18:00hrs The pilot is now named as Kevin Whyman. Investigation teams are already on site.

The Heritage Aircraft Trust, operator of the Gnat Display Team, said he will be "greatly missed". He leaves a wife and daughter.

The Heritage Aircraft Trust, operator of the Gnat Display Team is very sad to announce the loss of one of its display pilots, Kevin Whyman, at an airshow for CarFest at Oulton Park today. 
Heritage Aircraft Trust will be working with the Civil Aviation Authority and the Air Accidents Investigation Board to determine the cause of the accident. 
Kevin was a Royal Air Force trained fast jet pilot whose enthusiasm for flying the Folland Gnat was infectious. He will be greatly missed by his family, the team and many friends. 
Kevin leaves a wife and young daughter. Please respect the privacy of family members and of the Team at this most difficult time.
– Gnat Display Team

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

UPDATE: Boeing 777 plane debris washed up on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion, prompting speculation it could be part of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, or a reject from a Bangalore manufacturer of 777 parts




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CNN had this first but what is it ? It's tucked under the rocks on the beach where the Flaperon was found. It has some Chinese characters on the fixing for what must be a handle.
 
The pressing is a bit crude and the 'handle' thin. The best I could come up with live on CNN America this morning, was a flattened Chinese manufactured rice or milk boiler with handle.
 
America collectively erupted, eating their early morning bowl of Grits and shouting at the TV screen. If your Chinese is up to it, please read the message stamped between the two rivets, just to the left of the Gettyimages logo and tell us all and the rest of the world on twitter..  Local police are interested as well.  

SORTED!  It,s part of a China manufactured ...... LADDER!


     

Location of Flaperon marked in blue






 
UPDATE: 1st August 2015

No 'big flap' on the Flaperon, it seems as we understand that instead of 'express air frieighting' the debris, the French authorities have sent it packed inside wooden transit container on 'a holiday' by boat and then road! August being the month France closes down and everyone ironically heads for the beach by road.

Officials say they will not be starting work on the debris until next Wednesday, and if is as normal,  there will be a lengthy stabilisation process to complete before cutting into the carbon fibre fabric to get at any markings or tags inside the box section. I

t is probably too much to hope that Indian technicians from the Bangalore manufacturing facility (see below) that has been specifically churning out Flaperons for Boeing triple7's will also be invited to attend along with their own jig assembly kit. Differences between the Bangalore, India Flaperon product and those made elsewhere might be determined by deep analysis of the individual components and fixings. The word is don't expect a quick resolution, it is August after all. Hopefully with some additional World pressure, the process might be speeded up, even if ever so slightly. 

UPDATE: 31st July 2015

Julian Bray writes: First of all, this is pure speculation, as we have to wait for the official enquiry to report but it does not stop us putting what we know out for you to consider.

So the aircraft debris strongly believed to be a Boeing 777 Flaperon - has now been airlifted to the French BEA facility at Toulouse, Although it is pretty certain it is a 777 part the question, remains, is this from the missing MH370 flight?  Although only one 777 is currently missing, early 777's have already been broken down for spares and parts recycled, or as they say in the trade 'parted'. This suggests loose Flaperons are both stored and some recycled.

So what will they do? Hopefully the interior of the wing box section still bears identification and parts labels. If it is from MH370 then its been in the water since March 8th 2014 but spectral analysis of the surface paint, and minute examination of the interior should yield some data in the form of tags, service labels and possibly ink jet printed numbers on the inside of the carbon fibre skin. The rivet/ fixings pattern from the Bangalore factory, will minutely differ from Flaperon parts manufactured, in say, the USA. So that avenue could be closed or provide a real answer.

A casual inspection of media footage shows the uniform damage all along the leading flap edge, this suggests the Flaperon was in an extended downward position as it would be for a descent or involuntary crash landing. That would be enough, as it entered the water for the part to break off and possibly float up over time to the surface.

An air/gas pocket might be established suggesting the part would float 'edge or end up' making it difficult to spot, rather than float flat on the sea surface.  This is also evidenced by the marine life mussel formation on both sides and one end of the debris. Although spoiling a good story, it also caused a huge ripple on CNN, when I suggested that it could just be a factory reject from Bangalore, India where they have been specifically making this part on behalf of Boeing for many years. 

Local police and investigators assisted by helicopter sorties are now examining the coastline of the island off Madagascar but the main sea search will for the time being keep to the original pattern. 

A Chinese water bottle, Malaysian cleaning materials, have now been found also along with a suitcase, the suitcase has now been eliminated, but the difficulty is tying in the findings with the missing aircraft. This location is near to busy shipping lanes and daily a lot of garbage is illegally dumped at sea, by passing 'flag of convenience' shipping.

BREAKING NEWS 
+++ CODE IS FROM BOEING 777 AIRCRAFT
MAINTENANCE MANUAL +++


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BREAKING '657BB' code found on wreckage is Boeing 777 flaperon according to manual http://ift.tt/1MxCODd 


Julian Bray reports that Boeing subcontract the manufacture of this pa5t to a /3i5m in Bangalo5e,Indiasis part is

Looking at the right hand leading edge of the flaperon, the damage all along the leading edge (which during landing would extend  downwards appears to be uniformly damaged and could indicate the flaperon was extended downwards before impact - or could just be a swap out unit, junked by the Bangalore plant and discarded ,or destined for a recycling bin. Whichever theory you favour, MH370 is right at the top of the news agenda. 


A mysterious piece of plane debris washed up on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion, is prompting speculation it could be part of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
The two-metre-long piece of wreckage, thought to be a 'flaperon' which seemed to be part of a wing, was found by people cleaning up a beach.

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Aviation expert Julian Bray writes:

It looks like (and the 777 maintenance manual seems to confirm) the debris part of a 777 wing flap, [a 'flaperon' which is a carbon fibre composite wrap around wing profile component, located near/next to the fuselage; unique to this Boeing triple7 extended range variant ] section but what worries me is that the rivet pattern on initial inspection of location footage would not seem to be the same as that on the missing MH370 Boeing triple7ER. 

The manufacturing change, could be that it is an authorised 777 product of Indian manufacture (see below) and therefore not from the MH370 missing aircraft.....

Also the quoted part serial number BB670, could be a distortion, a variety of numbers and letters, as the debris has been in the water so long and the print eaten away ie an 8 being misread as a 6, or the B really an 8 or 3. But this now seems to be unofficially confirmed as a maintenance tag number.

Investigators will check sub assembly suppliers internal part and consignment/ run numbers. Often the part number/reference is inkjet dot ribbon printed (ie repeated many times) inside box components. 

The annoying factor which mitigates against this being from MH370 is that if the aircraft had broken up at sea, then more than a single possibly obsolete aircraft component would have been washed up, and half buried, along the coastline of Las Reunion Island.
Seat squares, lifejackets, sealed buoyant suitcases, inflight sealed meal boxes and hotbox transit containers, being obvious prime items.

Clearly it has to be treated with caution as it could be a cruel hoax or someone trying to collect a finders fee or reward.

It is also highly possible that the flaperon component found  earlier today - which is also lawfully manufactured in Bangalore India by Hindustan Aeronauticals and is simply a factory reject sent for recycling, and possibly found its way possibly by devious means into the ocean, from the Indian Coast. Carbon fibre is a difficult material to immediately recycle.. 

This is part of the original news release:

Bangalore, Oct 22, 2009 (IANS) Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) will jointly manufacture flaperons for the Boeing 777 series of aircraft manufacturer major Boeing Corp, the state-run defence behemoth said Thursday.

 A flaperon is a type of control surface that combines flaps and ailerons, which are attached to the trailing edge of the wing of a fixed-winged aircraft. They are used to control the aircraft in roll.

Flaperons also reduce the weight of an aircraft.

“The 777 flaperon is a complex composite assembly that is instrumental in controlling an aircraft’s maneuverability in flight. As a control surface, flaperons work both as an aileron to control roll and as a flap to control lift,” the company said in a statement released in  Bangalore India.   https://hal-india.com/
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"It was covered in shells, so one would say it had been in the water a long time," one witness said.
French air transport officials have already opened an investigation to find where the wreckage could have come from.

A local official said it was too early to suggest that it might be from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight.

"People are getting ahead of themselves over this," Eric Chesneau, an officer in the air transport police of the French Indian Ocean territory, said.

"It is more than likely plane debris, [but] we don't know what exact part it may be."
No trace has been found of the Boeing 777, which disappeared in March last year carrying 239 passengers and crew from Kuala Lumpur, bound for Beijing, in what has become one of the greatest mysteries in aviation history.

Search efforts led by Australia have focused on a broad expanse of the southern Indian Ocean.
Xavier Tytelman, an expert in aviation security, said it could not be ruled out that the wreckage belonged to MH370.

No part of the wreckage has ever been found and Malaysian authorities in January declared that all on board were presumed dead.

Mr Tytelman said that local media photos showed "incredible similarities between a #B777 flaperon and the debris found", referring to a Boeing 777 — the type of plane that disappeared.
He also noted a reference on the wreckage: BB670.

"This code is not a plane's registration number, nor serial number," Mr Tytelman said.
"However... it's clear that this reference would allow a quick identification. In a few days, we will have a definitive answer."

Boeing said in a statement it remained "committed to supporting the MH370 investigation and the search for the airplane".

"We continue to share our technical expertise and analysis," the US aviation giant said.
"Our goal, along with the entire global aviation industry, continues to be not only to find the airplane, but also to determine what happened — and why."
SOURCE: AFP/Reuters



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Wildfires and Drones do not mix says the FAA


WASHINGTON – Responding to recent incidents in which unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as “drones,” interfered with manned aircraft involved in wildland firefighting operations, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is supporting the U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Forest Service in their simple message to drone operators: If you fly; we can’t.
“Flying a drone near aerial firefighting aircraft doesn’t just pose a hazard to the pilots,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “When aircraft are grounded because an unmanned aircraft is in the vicinity, lives are put at greater risk.”
 
Often a temporary flight restriction (TFR) is put in place around wildfires to protect firefighting aircraft. No one other than the agencies involved in the firefighting effort can fly any manned or unmanned aircraft in such a TFR. Anyone who violates a TFR and endangers the safety of manned aircraft could be subject to civil and/or criminal penalties. Even if there is no TFR, operating a UAS could still pose a hazard to firefighting aircraft and would violate Federal Aviation Regulations.
 
“The FAA’s top priority is safety. If you endanger manned aircraft or people on the ground with an unmanned aircraft, you could be liable for a fine ranging from $1,000 to a maximum of $25,000,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “Know the rules before you fly. If you don’t, serious penalties could be coming your way for jeopardizing these important missions.”
Since so many people operate unmanned aircraft with little or no aviation experience, the FAA is promoting voluntary compliance and working to educate UAS operators about how they can operate safely under current regulations and laws. The agency has partnered with industry and the modeling community in a public outreach campaign called “Know Before You Fly.”
The campaign recently reminded UAS users to respect wildfire operations. The National Interagency Fire Center also posted a video warning for users to, “Be Smart. Be Safe. Stay Away.”
 
Additionally, the FAA provided guidance to law enforcement agencies because they are often in the best position to deter, detect, immediately investigate, and, as appropriate, pursue enforcement actions to stop unauthorized or unsafe unmanned aircraft operations.
 
So remember this simple message around wildfires: If you fly, they can’t. Keep your drone on the ground and let firefighters and aircraft do their jobs. And, if you see someone flying a drone near a wildfire, report it immediately to local law enforcement and the nearest FAA Flight Standards District Office with as much information as possible. You can find the closest FAA office at: http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/field_offices/fsdo/.

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DO THEY MEAN US? FRENCH GOVT BLAMING BRITS FOR CALAIS MIGRANTS DEBACLE




Julian Bray writes:  Eurotunnel:It seems that the French Government together with the Mayor of Calais is blaming the British Government for the situation in Calais. The reality according to reports is that French resources will not extend to actually arresting and charging any of the 5,000 migrants, as clearly this process will effectively put the accused inside the French judicial system, and this in turn would establish a paper trail and document the start of some kind of citizenship or asylum process ON FRENCH SOIL.

From the migrants point of view, the land of milk and honey and easy benefits is the other side of what we call the English Channel, in the UK. The myth is fuelled by internet images and 'friends' who have already established a base 'in England' Another form of promotion is by word of mouth and many 'commission agents' of the people smugglers.

Countless thousands of emails are constantly being sent out and for every positive contact resulting in a fee being handed over, a commission is paid. It is a parallel to the outlawed gangmaster system.  This is very big international operation, with high cash yields./

There is also a huge trade in empty container transits, the trick is to get the empty return container, past the static port inspections and only then load up your human cargo once the external door seals are in place and the container cleared for boarding.. minimal re-engineering is enough to get past the port checks, and a few weak spot welds or rip panels holding break out container sections in place. NOT EVERY CONTAINER IS CHECKED, ONLY ABOUT ONE IN FIFTEEN and as the hapless migrants have already parted with their cash, the risk for the real villains is minimal. The cash is cleaned up either by buying expensive property or vehicles or used as funding for the drug trade. So not only is the process virtually self financing but actively encouraged by the Europeans willing to facilitate the migrants rapid passage out of their country and eventually to France and the edge of mainland Europe.     

So what are we doing? Well £19 million of funding and all the old NATO style perimeter fencing from a summit meeting has been transported and is being re-erected at the UK's expense on French soil, but this will not be completed until later in the year. All useless of course as it needs a viable security service to seize and arrest trespassers. It is also not helped by our own Prime Minister announcing the reduction in serving troops and the shrinking of the military, penny pinching on police budgets and generally pleading poverty...  

Ideally the Dover / Calais  route for HGVs should be closed down to all freight HGV traffic made sealed container units only and most of our freight diverted to all sealed industrial container mass handing ports. It is only politics preventing this happening. Our container ports could easily handle all the HGV Container traffic currently clogging up Kent....   £1.5 million a day it is costing the Kentish Economy and as for the number of spoiled freight loads no one is talking. But it is massive.


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AVIATION RECENTLY LOGGED INCIDENTS

Porter DH8D near Toronto on Jul 8th 2015, hydraulic leak
A Porter Airlines de Havilland Dash 8-400, registration C-GLQO performing flight PD-422 from Montreal,QC to Toronto City,ON (Canada) with 55 passengers and 4 crew, suffered the failure of the #1 hydraulic system prompting the crew to declare...
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British Airways A320 near London on Jul 27th 2015, burning odour in cockpit
A British Airways Airbus A320-200, registration G-EUYE performing flight BA-327 from Paris Charles de Gaulle (France) to London Heathrow,EN (UK), was descending towards London when the crew donned their oxygen masks and declared emergency reporting...
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Canadian North B732 at Iqaluit on Jul 11th 2015, runway excursion on half width runway
A Canadian North Boeing 737-200, registration C-GDPA performing flight 5T-8706 from Ottawa,ON to Iqaluit,NU (Canada) with no passengers and 3 crew, landed on Iqaluit's runway 16 but did not detect that one half of the runway along the entire length...
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Skywest CRJ2 at Milwaukee on Jul 28th 2015, dropped engine cover
A Skywest Canadair CRJ-200 on behalf of United, registration N964SW performing flight OO-5393/UA_5393 from Milwaukee,WI to Chicago O'Hare,IL (USA) with 41 people on board, was in the climb out of Milwaukee's runway 19R when the crew stopped the...
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PAL Express A320 near Manila on Jul 27th 2015, cracked windshield
A PAL Express Airbus A320-200, registration RP-C8398 performing flight 2P-2557/PR-2557 from Manila to Dipolog (Philippines) with 180 people on board, was climbing through FL200 out of Manila when the crew reported a cracked windshield and returned...
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Mediterranee A321 at Lourdes on Jul 1st 2015, abnormal runway contact
An Air Mediterranee Airbus A321-200 on behalf of Hermes Airlines, registration F-GYAP performing flight H3-9683 from Belfast Aldergrove,NI (UK) to Lourdes (France) with 228 people on board, landed on Lourdes' runway 20 but suffered an "abnormal...
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Zest A320 enroute on Jul 7th 2015, lost 6000 feet of altitude due to autopilot disconnection
An AirAsia Zest Airbus A320-200, registration RP-C8992 performing flight Z2-885 from Seoul (South Korea) to Manila (Philippines) with 76 people on board, was enroute at FL360 about 100nm south of Jeju (South Korea) when the autopilot disconnected....
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The brutal reality of the killing and butchering of Cecil the Lion

The brutal shocking reality of  the killing and butchering of Cecil the collard Lion.
The dentists'  newly retained PR firm hired by Dentist Walter Palmer is busily taking down his websites and pictures of the 'trophies' but they have not located them all.

A US hunter who killed a well-known lion, named Cecil, in Zimbabwe has spoken of his 'regret'.
Dentist Walter Palmer, from Minneapolis, says he paid £32,000 for the chance to shoot the animal, which he believed to be legal.

Today authorities say two Zimbabwean men will appear in court for allegedly helping lure the lion outside of its protected area to kill it. They face a possible 15 years in jail. The Zimbabwean authorities are keen for Mr Palmer to return to the country, to possibly join his former colleagues in the courtroom...

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River Bluff Dental - Bloomington, MN, United States. What remains of poor Cecil...poor thing...

River Bluff Dental - Bloomington, MN, United States.

Chris Egert's photo.
 
 
THIS IS THE LETTER WALTER PALMER ISSUED TO HIS DENTAL PATIENTS, OBTAINED BY KSTP-TV IN MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL.

July 28, 2015
To my valued patients:
As you may have already heard, I have been in the news over the last few days for reasons that have nothing to do with my profession or the care I provide for you. I want you to know of this situation and my involvement

In addition to spending time with my family, one of my passions outside dentistry is hunting. I’ve been a life-long hunter since I was a child growing up in North Dakota. I don’t often talk about hunting with my patients because it can be a divisive and emotionally charged topic. I understand and respect that not everyone shares the same views on hunting.

In early July, I was in Zimbabwe on a bow hunting trip for big game. I hired several professional guides and they secured all proper permits. To my knowledge, everything about this trip was legal and properly handled and conducted.

I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt. I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt.
I have not been contacted by authorities in Zimbabwe or in the U.S. about this situation, but will assist them in any inquiries they may have.

Again, I deeply regret that my pursuit of an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally resulted in the taking of this lion. That was never my intention.

The media interest in this matter – along with a substantial number of comments and calls from people who are angered by this situation and by the practice of hunting in general – has disrupted our business and our ability to see our patients. For that disruption, I apologize profoundly for this inconvenience and promise you that we will do our best to resume normal operations as soon as possible. We are working to have patients with immediate needs referred to other dentists and will keep you informed of any additional developments.

On behalf of all of us at River Bluff Dental, thank you for your support.

Sincerely,
Walter J. Palmer, DDS
River Bluff Dental


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BA FLIGHT FROM LAS VEGAS TO LONDON DIVERTS TO CANADA FOLLOWING 'BOMB' THREAT

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Agencies are reporting a British Airways flight BA274 from Las Vegas to  Heathrow made an emergency landing in Canada this morning following reports of a bomb threat.

The Jumbo carrying more than 312 people was diverted to Montreal, Canada.

BA would not immediately confirm the reason for the emergency landing at Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, but it is believed a credible bomb threat was made against the aircraft.
BA Operations confirmed a safe 11am landing.  Passengers left by mobile steps at a remote location (rather than by aircraft chutes) well away from the Terminal and aircraft stands; then transferred by a fleet of airport buses to the passenger terminal . Local police arrived in some 30+ vehicles, and immediately conducted a detailed search of the evacuated plane.
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A BA statement read: "Our flight from Las Vegas to Heathrow landed safely this morning at Montreal and customers left the aircraft as normal after the captain took the decision to divert the aircraft as a precaution.

"The safety and security of our customers, crew and aircraft are our highest priorities at all times."



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CHINESE MILITARY FLEX THEIR AIR MUSCLES - FIGHTING DRONES AS WELL....


Gibran Ashraf has posted::
For those interested - Chinese military launched a propaganda video today showing off a few shiny toys including carrier operations including take offs; take off and flight of its F-22 raptor copy (based on designs it allegedly stole) the X-20, along with what looks eerily close to predator drones and AIM-20 missiles in addition to other military capability. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJiK_t1BqyA

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New driving licence rules mean you may need a code to hire a car - but you've now got three weeks to get one

There has been a lot of fierce lobby activity over the complicated DVLA special codes now needed to hire a car. Originally they would only give you a 72 hour window, now the code is valid for a full three weeks. Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis has the details and we have a link to his website for other holiday money saving items:

New driving licence rules mean you may need a code to hire a car - but you've now got three weeks to get one

New rules mean you need to request a personal code from the DVLA up to 21 days before picking up a car either in the UK or abroad. This is so hire firms can check for points, as paper licences are being scrapped for photocard holders with licences issued after 1998.

When the change first came in earlier this summer, you had to use the code within a 72 hour window but after complaints this was extended to three weeks.

You may not be asked, but to be safe ensure you get one in advance.
  • To get a code, you'll need to request one from the new Share Driving Licence online service that will be launched via Gov.uk or by calling 0300 083 0013.
  • You will need to provide your driving licence number found on your photocard or on your paper driving licence for paper-only motorists, national insurance number and the postcode on your driving licence.
  • Download a PDF of your licence. It will be worth taking as a precaution - though you will still need the code.
  • Give the code to the rental desk when you pick up your car - it effectively gives the company temporary access to your licence info. Remember you've only got 21 days to use it, so be organised.
Some driving organisations such as the AA are also advising motorists to take the paper counterpart of their photocard licence with them too just in case there are any problems. It's also warning drivers who want to hire a car abroad to be extra cautious as overseas car hire firms, or even traffic police abroad, may not be aware of the changes and may demand to see your paper licence.

These changes do not apply to photocard licences issued by the Driver & Vehicle Agency in Northern Ireland.

SOURCE: http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-car-hire?utm_source=MSE_Newsletter&utm_medium=hiya&utm_term=28-Jul-15-v2&utm_campaign=travel&utm_content=25#fuel

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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

LORD SEWEL QUITS HOUSE OF LORDS - FULL STATEMENT


Dangerous, no one should smoke whilst pregnant.....

“I have today written to the Clerk of the Parliaments terminating my membership of the House of Lords. The question of whether my behaviour breached the Code of Conduct is important, but essentially technical.

The bigger questions are whether my behaviour is compatible with membership of the House of Lords and whether my continued membership would damage and undermine public confidence in the House of Lords.

I believe the answer to both these questions means that I can best serve the House by leaving it. “As a subordinate, second chamber the House of Lords is an effective, vital but undervalued part of our political system. I hope my decision will limit and help repair the damage I have done to an institution I hold dear.

Finally, I want to apologise for the pain and embarrassment I have caused.”



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Saturday, 25 July 2015

MAJOR TRAFFIC JAMS: FOUR HOUR DELAY AT EUROTUNNEL

Saturday 18:00 HRS : SIGNIFICANT DELAYS AT EURO TUNNEL 'DUE TO MIGRANT ACTIVITY' SAY THE FRENCH. FOUR HOUR MINIMUM DELAY (IN REALITY MUCH LONGER...) M20 LONG, LONG DELAYS, JUNCTIONS CLOSED AND OPERATION STACK FOR ROAD FREIGHT HGVs ACTIVE ALL WEEKEND.

IF PLANNING A DAY TRIP TO FRANCE, THE ADVICE IS FORGET IT!


So which traffic jam are you currently sitting in? The latest reports suggest that a FOUR HOUR DELAY is being suggested due to 'migrant activity' in the Port of Calais...

Julian Bray writes:Listeners to the Phil Williams programme on BBC Five Live Digital radio at around 10:20pm on Thursday 23rd July would have heard Julian Bray taking part in a live on air studio discussion centring on what promised to be the busiest day of the year (Friday 24th) with 8,000 flights and 14 million vehicles on UK roads, over the weekend. Judging by the number of irate tweets on twitter today, some people must have been sitting with cotton wool in their ears and wearing a blindfold. Mainly complaining about the state of the traffic and why were they not told!!!!

The privatised NATS air traffic control service flagged it up and the original press release is below.  The release does not cover road traffic or the fact that due to 'migrant activity ' at the Calais Port- as the French port people put it, or the fact that tyre burning strikers on the French side helped close down the Channel Tunnel for a while.

You do wonder what would happen if members of the RMT (or any other Union) tried that over here. My betting is they would be arrested, charged and locked up. Burning Barricades cleared in minutes.So the question is why are the French Police just sitting on their hands just watching it all happen?

The cost to the UK haulage industry and the number of damaged or contaminated freight consignments is already of astronomical proportions. But all the time, the French seem to blame us for promoting the UK as the  haven where migrants will be given free housing, money and a champagne lifestyle.  Clearly they have yet to meet Ian Duncan Smith....

But what is to be done if you are already in one of the traffic jams, sitting in your car or recreational vehicle and possibly hyperventilating?

1. Tune into BBC LOCAL RADIO and also turn on the ADR traffic reports which should cut into any broadcast on your car radio and interrupt your CD music with the latest report.

2. Use the time to read up on your route using maps in addition to relying on SATNAV
3. Re check all your documentation and validity of your passports
4. Check you have in place valid travel and medical evacuation insurance. If sitting in a traffic jam in England. Still time to arrange and pay for cover over the internet. Too late if you are already on the ferry!
5. Don't try and find an alternative way as the police have pre-empted you, many junctions onto the M20 are now a temporary no entry.
6. Stay relaxed, resigned if you like, just pity those people hoping for a day trip to France. the official advice is forget it - go home... 

A useful holiday packing checklist http://www.travelsmith.com/travelcenter/tools/printable-packing-checklist/ is invaluable even at this late stage. The American website has a good one, find it and some travel blogs at www.travelsmith.com

Air traffic controllers prepare for busiest day

24.07.2015
Air traffic controllers prepare for busiest day
Air traffic controllers at NATS are gearing up for what will likely be the busiest day of the year as millions of holidaymakers begin their summer getaway.
With many schools across England breaking up for the summer holidays, air traffic controllers across the UK are preparing to handle around 8,000 flights today (24 July) as people fly away in search of a well-earned break.
Routes to all the usual holiday destinations in Spain, the Canaries and southern Europe are expected to be busy and NATS has been preparing for weeks to ensure flights get away safely and with the minimum of delay.
July is always a busy month for air traffic with 230,000 flights recorded in July 2014, around 1,000 more a day compared to the usual monthly average. Preparation and planning for big peaks in demand begins months in advance with NATS analysing airline schedules and airport capacity to make sure it has the resources to safely handle the expected demand.

Air traffic controllers at NATS are gearing up for what will likely be the busiest day of the year as millions of holidaymakers begin their summer getaway today (24 July).
With many schools across England breaking up for the summer holidays, air traffic controllers across the UK are preparing to handle over 8,000 flights.
That plan is then constantly tweaked and updated.
Juliet Kennedy, Operations Director at NATS’ Swanwick Control Centre, Hampshire, said: “We have been working incredibly closely with our airline and airport partners to make sure the whole system is prepared and ready to handle today’s influx of passengers and flights. We want to make sure everyone can get away for their well-earned break easily, efficiently and safely.”
NATS manages the UK’s busy airspace from its two air traffic control centres at Prestwick, Ayrshire and Swanwick, Hampshire. Air traffic controllers at Swanwick have responsibility for the airspace over most of England and Wales, including the busy London airports where in excess of 3,500 flights take-off or land from just six runways.
Last year NATS choreographed safe journeys for a total of 2.2 million flights, an increase of 2.5% on the year before. Yet despite the growing demand to fly, 99.8% of those flights experienced no air traffic control delay at all.




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Air France A320 near Lyon on Jul 24th 2015, burning smell on board
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Emirates B772 at Dubai on Aug 8th 2010, rejected takeoff
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FlySafair B734 near Port Elizabeth on Jul 23rd 2015, electrical problem
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Germanwings A320 near Metz on Jul 23rd 2015, odour in cockpit
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Lufthansa A388 near Gdansk on Jul 23rd 2015, hydraulic failure
A Lufthansa Airbus A380-800, registration D-AIMG performing flight LH-712 from Frankfurt/Main (Germany) to Seoul (South Korea), was enroute at FL320 about 80nm west of Gdansk (Poland) when the crew decided to return to Frankfurt due to a hydraulic...
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United B772 over Pacific on Jul 23rd 2015, engine shut down in flight
A United Boeing 777-200, registration N215UA performing flight UA-641 from Los Angeles,CA to Honolulu,HI (USA) with 359 people on board, was enroute at FL360 about 740nm northeast of Kona,HI (USA) when the crew needed to shut an engine (PW4077)...
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Courtesy: www.Aeroinside.com


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Friday, 24 July 2015

Aviation Incident Log

Lufthansa A388 near Gdansk on Jul 23rd 2015, hydraulic failure
A Lufthansa Airbus A380-800, registration D-AIMG performing flight LH-712 from Frankfurt/Main (Germany) to Seoul (South Korea), was enroute at FL320 about 80nm west of Gdansk (Poland) when the crew decided to return to Frankfurt due to a hydraulic...
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United B772 over Pacific on Jul 23rd 2015, engine shut down in flight
A United Boeing 777-200, registration N215UA performing flight UA-641 from Los Angeles,CA to Honolulu,HI (USA) with 359 people on board, was enroute at FL360 about 740nm northeast of Kona,HI (USA) when the crew needed to shut an engine (PW4077)...
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Nolinor B732 at Iqaluit on Jul 8th 2015, runway excursion on half width runway
A Nolinor Boeing 737-200, registration C-GTUK performing flight NRL-790 from Kitchener,ON to Iqaluit,NU (Canada), was on approach to Iqaluit's runway 16, half of which had been closed all along the runway's length with temporary runway edge lights...
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United A320 near Grand Junction on Jul 22nd 2015, smoke in aircraft or medical emergency
A United Airbus A320-200, registration N460UA performing flight UA-447 from Denver,CO to Los Angeles,CA (USA) with 153 passengers and 6 crew, was enroute at FL340 about 90nm south of Grand Junction,CO (USA) when the crew reported smoke in the...
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Trans States E145 near Washington on Jul 22nd 2015, engine shut down in flight
A Trans States Airlines Embraer ERJ-145 on behalf of United, registration N18114 performing flight AX-3385/UA-3385 from Knoxville,TN to Washington Dulles,DC (USA) with 42 people on board, was enroute at FL310 about 210nm southwest of Washington's...
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Uni AT72 at Matsu Island on Jul 23rd 2015, tyre damage on landing
A Uni Air Avions de Transport Regional ATR-72-212A, registration B-17012 performing flight B7-337 from Taipei Songshan to Matsu Island (Taiwan) with 55 passengers, burst a left main tyre while landing on Matsu Island's runway 21. The aircraft...
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KLM B744 at Amsterdam on Jul 22nd 2015, rejected takeoff due to multiple bird strikes
A KLM Boeing 747-400, registration PH-BFC performing flight KL-887 from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Hong Kong (China), was accelerating for takeoff on Amsterdam's runway 24 when the crew rejected takeoff at high speed bringing the aircraft to a stop...
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Courtesy www.Aeroinside.com

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