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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Aug 8th 2015 UPDATE: MH370 Latest Developments - Dispute over MH370 debris connection...

Is this the real thing or a convincing Flaperon imposter?
UDATE SATURDAY AUGUST 8

Julian Bray writes: Allegedly unhappy with the quality of debris being passed over by the Malaysian authorities, the French investigating magistrate is planning a trip to Malaysia, effectively ramping up French judiciary involvement in the current phase of the recovery operation surrounding missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.


This development is calling into question Malaysia’s criminal investigation, which has remained inconclusive, France is now starting its own triple method hunt for debris by air, land and sea over the region involving Réunion Island, French territory located in the western Indian Ocean.

Malaysian officials are furious that French investigators will still not fully confirm debris recovered so far (including the flaperon) is from the missing Boeing 777. A team of investigators led by Alain Gaudino, a French counterterrorism magistrate examining the flaperon in Toulouse, isn’t taking any chances and has ordered more invasive tests.


The French are treating this as a criminal investigation as French Nationals are also on the passenger list of the missing MH370.

French investigators have said the flaperon very likely came from the missing Boeing triple7. But they need undeniable evidence before they are willing to say 100% the flaperon broke off the actual Boeing 777er performing Flight MH370.

According to media sources, on Thursday Mr. Gaudino briefed Ghyslain Wattrelos,his wife, son and daughter were on the plane. The investigating magistrate told him an examination of the wing section didn’t yield confirmation it came from Flight 370.                       
              
“They know it’s a Boeing 777,” Mr. Wattrelos said. “But today they have no proof at all that it’s coming directly from MH370.”

French investigators have already drilled into the recovered wing section, searching for signs of a maintenance seal or tag that Malaysian authorities documented when the missing jet previously underwent repairs, according to Mr. Wattrelos and people familiar with the matter.

The findings of the French investigators didn’t match the available Malaysian aircraft service records, Mr. Gaudino said, according to Mr. Wattrelos.

Malaysian officials, maintain the discrepancies aren’t significant enough to challenge their conclusion, according to two people familiar with the investigation.

Malaysia’s transport minister said this week that paint on the wing section helped identify it as coming from the missing aircraft.

Mr. Gaudino maintains that the paint on the component appeared to come from its manufacturer, Boeing, not Malaysia Airlines, according to Mr. Wattrelos. It has also been highlighted that flaperons are also manufactured under a Boeing contract by a factory in Bangalore India, could this be a factory Flaperon reject, discarded and finally dumped in the Indian Ocean?

“To my knowledge, there isn’t paint specific to Malaysia Airlines,” said a spokeswoman for Paris prosecutors who are working with Mr. Gaudino. "In addition, the wing section’s placard (tag or label) —containing an all important serial number—appears to have fallen off, the spokeswoman added.

To confirm the debris is from Flight 370, the team will now have to forensically examine the interior box section of the flaperon, compare serial numbers, and match them if possible to elements known to have been inside the Flight 370 flaperon.

Investigators are also trying to match documented data with an identifying mark on a portion of the internal structure that would conclusively establish the flaperon’s identity.

On Friday, France began a new search for  plane debris in the seas surronding Réunion, it is expected to continue for 7 days. Réunion officials maintain they couldn’t yet identify new debris found on the island as coming from an airplane, directly contradicting broadcasted public statements from Malaysian officials that the objects are from an airplane.

Safety experts including Julian Bray from the UK fear that Malaysian authorities are prematurely announcing that debris has been found, only to amend and correct statements later on, effectively raising hopes for them only to be cruelly dashed. These announcements also effectively delay the core investigation.

Malaysian officials however promised to coordinate more closely with other nations after sustaining damaging widespread criticism for poor PR and multiple communication gaffs.

 The Boeing 777, disappeared on March 8, 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, is thought to have entered the eastern Indian Ocean, hundreds of miles off the coast of Australia but technically and internationally agreed  under Australian air traffic control. Weather experts say it is possible that ocean currents could have carried the debris from the possible crash location across the Indian Ocean to Réunion.

Australian officials are leading an extensive underwater search some 2,000 miles away from Réunion for the main wreckage of Flight MH 370, and the 'black boxes' [painted orange] recording flight data, also conversations and sounds in the cockpit.

Malaysian authorities investigated passenger and crew lists of MH370 last year, announcing in April 2014 that investigation had revealed nothing of interest and they had all been eliminated from the enquiry.

Sources: AFP, WSJ, CNN, CNS, BBC,JBM. FRANCE24,ChannelNewsAsia,BBC5Live & LBC

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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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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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FlySafair B734 near Port Elizabeth on Jul 23rd 2015, electrical problem
A FlySafair Boeing 737-400, registration ZS-JRI performing flight FA-2304 from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth (South Africa), was descending towards Port Elizabeth when the crew declared PAN reporting electrical problems. The aircraft continued for...
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Germanwings A320 near Metz on Jul 23rd 2015, odour in cockpit
A Germanwings Airbus A320-200, registration D-AIQC performing flight 4U-526 from Cologne/Bonn (Germany) to Barcelona,SP (Spain) with 164 passengers, was enroute at FL370 about 20nm southwest of Metz (France) when the crew donned their oxygen masks...
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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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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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Thursday, 23 July 2015

Latest Aviation Incidents

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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Georgian B190 at Toronto on Jun 28th 2015, runway incursion
An Air Georgian Beech 1900D registration C-GORF was taxiing from Toronto,ON (Canada) Airport's Terminal 1 to the North Apron for maintenance. The captain, sole pilot on board, had received clearance to taxi via runway 33R, hold short runway 05 and...
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Okay B738 near Changsa on Jul 22nd 2015, engine not so okay
An Okay Airways Boeing 737-800, registration B-5578 performing flight BK-2769 from Changsa to Qingdao (China), was climbing out of Changsa when the crew stopped the climb at about FL250 reporting engine (CFM56) trouble and returned to Changsa for a...
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Uni-Top A306 at Dresden on Jul 20th 2015, dropped rudder servo access panel in flight
A Uni-Top Airlines Airbus A300-600 now freighter, registration B-2330 performing a test flight UW-763 (AIB-763) from Dresden to Dresden (Germany), was climbing out of Dresden's runway 22 when the rudder servo access panel separated from the vertical...
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Delta B744 over Bering Sea on Jul 22nd 2015, engine shut down in flight
A Delta Airlines Boeing 747-400, registration N665US performing flight DL-275 (dep Jul 21st) from Detroit,MI (USA) to Tokyo Narita (Japan) with 332 people on board, was enroute at FL370 over the Bering Sea about 140nm north of Attu Island,AK (USA)...
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Swiss RJ1H near Zurich on Jul 22nd 2015, engine computer problem
A Swiss Global Airlines Avro RJ-100, registration HB-IYT performing flight LX-460 from Zurich (Switzerland) to London City,EN (UK), was climbing out of Zurich's runway 28 when upon contacting Zurich Radar the crew requested to maintain FL120 due to...
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Germania B737 at Dresden on Jul 21st 2015, trim failure
A Germania Boeing 737-700, registration D-ABLB performing flight ST-2316 from Dresden (Germany) to Palma Mallorca,SP (Spain) with 142 people on board, was climbing out of Dresden's runway 22 when the crew stopped the climb at 5000 feet reporting a...
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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Laura Kuenssberg, 38, is confirmed as the BBC's new political editor.


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Laura Kuenssberg, 38, is confirmed as the BBC's new political editor, taking on the role Nick Robinson has held in an iron(ic) grip for a decade.  Leaving the BBC, Laura decamped to ITV News before rejoining the BBC in 2014, her punishment for being disloyal ** ?  Serving a term on Newsnight. 

Nick Robinson meanwhile will join BBC Radio Four's Today programme in the autumn. He has taken time off recently to have chemotherapy treatment. Hopefully Nick will find time to finish off his already published book - it really needs a happy ending... We wish them all well.  


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Alitalia AIRBUS A320 loses nose wheel steering in flight, lands and towed from Amsterdam runway






                   
An Alitalia Airbus A320-200, registration EI-DTH  (flight AZ-110) from Rome  to Amsterdam (Netherlands), was descending through flight level 100 towards Amsterdam when the crew reported they had lost nose wheel steering, but they'd be able to vacate the runway but due to lack of steering needed to be towed to the apron. The aircraft landed safely on runway 27, vacated the runway and was towed to the gate.

As the Airbus was unable to perform the return flight AZ-109, the flight was cancelledand passengers transferred to other flights..




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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

700 seater AIRBUS just around the corner

     
Airbus is planning an upgraded version of its A380 despite sales of the original model continuing to flag.



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According to The Sunday Times,  Airbus president and chief executive Fabrice Brégier estimates the new A380neo will cost up to $3 billion to develop. He suggests that with increasing numbers of passengers taking to the skies while airports are often limited for space, the demand for larger aircraft will grow.


Brégier commented:  “We will move to the A380neo type. We will need it between 2020 and 2025. The air passenger market is doubling every 15 years. Airlines can’t simply rely on flying more planes more often. We have to have larger aircraft.


“How can you imagine crowded Heathrow in 2030 without the A380?  This is the same for New York, Washington, Los Angeles, Frankfurt and China in a few years.”


The Airbus President/CEO  suggests although the new A380 will be the same size as the current one, new wings and more powerful engines would mean it could lift a fuselage four metres longer with space for up to 700 seats.


He added: “I cannot tell you if it will be stretched or not. We will not do it for one airline, however big. It will depend on more orders. We’re supposed to make money, you know.”
Meanwhile, Brégier is working on improving the company’s finances following poor sales of the original A380.


The airline had hoped to sell fifty annually  but is barely making it to the half way target of twenty five which it requires, just to break even. However there are currently enough orders to keep production running until the end of the decade.


Brégier is planning to introduce smaller aircraft variants including an A330 with lean-burn engines due at the end of 2017, there are already one hundred and forty five orders while a new version of the A320 small jet will be introduced at the end of the year.


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Monday, 20 July 2015

UK HOME OFFICE CLAMPDOWN ON ENTREPRENEURIAL & INVESTOR IMMIGRANTS WITH CRIMINAL RECORDS GETS MOVING..





TIER 1 (INVESTOR) AND TIER 1 (ENTREPRENEUR) – OVERSEAS CRIMINAL RECORD CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENT


In April 2015, The Home Office introduced a new rule to require applicants to provide an overseas criminal record certificate from any country they have lived in continuously for 12 months or more over the past 10 years. This change is an important step in preventing foreign criminals from coming to the UK.


This requirement will be introduced in phases, and will start with Tier 1 (Investor and Entrepreneur) applicants, and their adult dependants. The requirement does not currently apply to extensions or in-country switching applications.


In order to manage the roll-out of this requirement, the Home Office is  starting with Tier 1 (Investor) and Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) applicants and their adult dependants before applying more widely. By starting with a small category of applicants, we will be able to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the policy. 


This requirement will apply to all applications submitted on or after 1st September 2015.


Updated policy guidance on Tier 1 (Investor) and Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) will be published on Monday 20 July to provide further information, and to allow applicants sufficient time to gather the necessary documentation. The statement of changes, which provides more detail on this policy on p10 and p39, can be found on Gov.UK.


For questions or enquiries, please refer to the contact UK Visas and Immigration page on Gov.UK

Laura Brasnett
Immigration & Border Policy Directorate
Home Office





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AFFAIRS SITE BRINGS IN HEAVYWEIGHT SPINNERS TO TACKLE MEDIA BREACH

Online Cheating Site Gets Crisis PR Counsel Amid Hack
By  of the New York O'Dwyer PR Newsletter
 
AshleyMadison.com, the 37-million-user online dating site for people looking to have affairs, has brought in PR support amid a reported hack.
ashley madisonLevick is providing crisis communications counsel to the Toronto-based company, following a July 19 report by cybersecurity site Krebs on Security that the “dating service” was breached and larges caches of user data were posted online.


AshleyMadison.com, owned by Avid Life Media and self-proclaimed as "the most famous name in infidelity and married dating," said July 20 it is investigating the breach.


"We apologize for this unprovoked and criminal intrusion into our customers' information," the company said in a statement. "The current business world has proven to be one in which no company's online assets are safe from cyber-vandalism, with Avid Life Media being only the latest among many companies to have been attacked, despite investing in the latest privacy and security technologies."


MSLGroup vet Paul Keeble is VP of communications for Avid Life. Levick is based in Washington.
Avid Life said it is working with law enforcement agencies.

Krebs reported that hackers identifying themselves as "The Impact Team" hit AshleyMadison.com, as well as CougarLife.com (older women looking for young men) and EstablishedMen.com (matching "beautiful women with successful men").







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Chalair AT42 at Limoges on Jul 19th 2015, engine problem
A Chalair Avions de Transport Regional ATR-42-300, registration CS-DVL performing flight CE-503 from Limoges to Nice (France), was backtracking runway 21 for departure when during turning around to align with the runway for departure the crew...
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Lufthansa E195 at Warsaw on Jul 20th 2015, near collision with drone
A Lufthansa Embraer ERJ-195, registration D-AEBD performing flight LH-1614 from Munich (Germany) to Warsaw (Poland), was on final approach to Warsaw's runway 33 descending through 2500 feet at ILS DME 6.5nm when the crew reported in quite aggravated...
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Gol B738 near Belo Horizonte on Jul 19th 2015, engine shut down in flight
A Gol Linhas Aereas Boeing 737-800, registration PR-GXN performing flight G3-1773 from Porto Seguro,BA to Sao Paulo Guarulhos,SP (Brazil), was enroute at FL340 about 220nm northeast of Belo Horizonte,MG (Brazil) when the crew needed to shut down an...
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Swiss RJ1H at Zurich on Jul 20th 2015, hydraulic failure
A Swiss European Airlines Avro RJ-100, registration HB-IYV performing flight LX-2258 from Zurich (Switzerland) to Budapest (Hungary), was climbing out of Zurich's runway 28 when the crew requested to stop the climb at FL120 due to a problem,...
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Delta B764 near San Juan on Jul 18th 2015, engine shut down in flight
A Delta Airlines Boeing 767-400, registration N826MH performing flight DL-60 from Rio de Janeiro,RJ (Brazil) to Atlanta,GA (USA), was enroute at FL320 about 60nm south of San Juan (Puerto Rico) when the crew decided to divert to San Juan after...
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Wind Rose A320 at Kharkov on Jul 20th 2015, rejected takeoff due to bird strike
A Wind Rose Aviation Airbus A320-200, registration UR-WRK performing flight 7W-4011 from Kharkov (Ukraine) to Antalya (Turkey), was accelerating for takeoff from Kharkov's runway 25 when the crew rejected takeoff at low speed due to a bird impacting...
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CAA F50 at Goma on Jul 14th 2015, main gear collapse during taxi
A CAA Compagnie Africaine Aviation Fokker 50, registration 9Q-CJB performing flight FKY-8324 from Goma to Kisangani (Democratic Republic of Congo), had undergone maintenance prior to departure. Maintenance and crew decided to take the aircraft out...
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Qatar B788 at Munich on Jul 20th 2015, flock of birds
A Qatar Airways Boeing 787-800, registration A7-BCR performing flight QR-59 from Doha (Qatar) to Munich (Germany), was on approach to Munich's runway 26L when the aircraft flew through a flock of birds resulting in multiple bird impacts. The...
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Alaska B738 at Los Angeles on Jul 18th 2015, lightning strike
An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration N557AS performing flight AS-6 from Los Angeles,CA to Washington National,DC (USA) with 159 passengers and 6 crew, was climbing out of Los Angeles' runway 25R when the aircraft was struck by lightning,...
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Air France B773 at Shanghai on Jul 13th 2015, dropped gear panel
An Air France Boeing 777-300, registration F-GSQF performing flight AF-111 from Shanghai Pudong (China) to Paris Charles de Gaulle (France), was climbing out of Shanghai's Pudong Airport southwest of the airport, when the aircraft dropped a gear...
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Transaero B735 at Tel Aviv on Jul 18th 2015, burst tyre on landing
A Transaero Boeing 737-500, registration EI-DTV performing flight UN-305 from Moscow Domodedovo (Russia) to Tel Aviv (Israel) with 129 people on board, landed on Tel Aviv's runway 12 but burst the outboard right hand main tyre. Tower reported seeing...
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Aeropostal MD82 at Cumana on Jul 16th 2015, bird strike
An Aeropostal McDonnell Douglas MD-82, registration YV2992 performing flight VH-334 from Cumana to Caracas (Venezuela), was climbing out of Cumana when a bird impacted the radome prompting the crew to return to Cumana for a safe...
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American B738 near Orlando on Jul 16th 2015, loud squeal from cockpit window
An American Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration N933AN performing flight AA-1423 from West Palm Beach,FL to Dallas Ft. Worth,TX (USA), was climbing out of West Palm Beach when the crew stopped the climb at FL300 due to a loud squeal in the cockpit...
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Venezolana MD83 at Maracaibo on Jul 16th 2015, bird strike
A Venezolana McDonnell Douglas MD-83, registration YV191T performing flight VNE-242 from Maracaibo to Porlamar (Venezuela) with 142 people on board, was climbing out of Maracaibo when the aircraft flew through a flock of birds and the left hand...
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