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BORIS & BREXIT What can possibly go wrong?

Under 100 days and the very distinct possibility of a General Election in November! SME's (small to medium size enterprises) are in the main under prepared for some pretty strong business impacting changes.

During the next few months, I am hosting a series of Brexit seminars all around the UK and Europe.

If your organisation would like some assistance or key management team members need a working introduction of what to expect, call JULIAN BRAY on 01733 345581 or email julianbray@aol.com

Dates and venues for these single day seminars are filling up fast, so don't delay!

Aviation Latest Incidents: Unsafe Gear;Nose Wheel Fail;Smoke in Cabin and Engine Problems

Fedex B763 at Memphis on Apr 27th 2016, unsafe gear
A Fedex Federal Express Boeing 767-300, registration N102FE performing freight flight FX-1263 from Atlanta,GA to Memphis,TN (USA), was on approach to Memphis' runway 36R when the crew reported they were going around due to a gear light. The aircraft...
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India A320 at Delhi on Apr 28th 2016, gear problem
An Air India Airbus A320-200, registration VT-EDD performing flight AI-416 from Patna to Delhi (India), was on approach to Delhi when the crew advised of a gear problem. The aircraft continued for a straight in landing on runway 27 and was towed to...
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Republic E175 at Philadelphia on Apr 29th 2016, failure of nose wheel steering
A Republic Airlines Embraer ERJ-175 on behalf of American Airlines, registration N102HQ performing flight YX-4518/AA-4518 from Toronto,ON (Canada) to Philadelphia,PA (USA) with 76 people on board, was on approach to Philadelphia when the crew...
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Piedmont E145 at Philadelphia on Apr 29th 2016, smoke in cabin
A Piedmont Embraer ERJ-145 on behalf of American Airlines, registration N641AE performing flight AA-4801 from Richmond,VA to Philadelphia,PA (USA) with 50 passengers and 4 crew, was descending towards Philadelphia when the crew reported smoke in the...
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United B737 near Cleveland on Apr 28th 2016, engine problem
A United Boeing 737-700, registration N29717 performing flight UA-38 from Newark,NJ to Omaha,NE (USA) with 114 passengers and 5 crew, was enroute at FL380 about 10nm southeast of Cleveland,OH (USA) when the crew decided to divert to Cleveland...
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Oil rig Super Puma helicopter crashes off Norwegian coast, 13 dead

CAA DIRECTIVE: http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/33/SD2016001%20Limitations%20of%20Operations%20Due%20to%20a%20Fatal%20Accident%20in%20Norway.pdf
Super Puma Helicopter      [File picture]

In what some observers are suggesting is a freak accident and could never happen, a Super Puma helicopter, whilst ferrying passengers from a Norwegian oil platform; horrified onlookers watched the helicopter fuselage physically part, in mid air, from the forward rotor mechanism and crash in the North Sea on Friday.

The crash killed eleven people on board, two others are missing, rescue officials said. The separated rotor mechanism still in one piece, meanwhile spiralled down to earth at a much slower rate, away from the fuselage crash site..  

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After yesterdays accident flights to  &  from Norwegian oil rigs have resumed but using Sikorsky S92 helicopters #HKS241 pic.twitter.com/xJolw2DPfY

Several witnesses told Norwegian media they saw the rotor separate from the helicopter while still in the air. Commercial operation of the Super Puma helicopter type has been suspended  pending a detailed accident investigation which has already begun.  The UK Air Accident Investigation Board is involved, as it has in recent years conducted several investigations involving the Super Puma helicopter type. Search & Rescue missions are excluded from the suspension, the CAA following the actions of Norwegian colleagues.

The CAA in the UK issued a Statement: "Our thoughts are with those affected by the tragic accident in Norway. Following the accident the UK CAA has issued an instruction to stop any commercial passenger flights by UK operators flying the Airbus EC225LP helicopter. This mirrors action taken by the Norwegian CAA. The restriction does not apply to search and rescue flights.
“The accident involved a Norwegian helicopter and will therefore be investigated by the Norwegian authorities. We will offer any assistance that we can.

“We remain in close contact with all UK offshore helicopter operators to continue to assess the situation.”

The Rescue Coordination Centre for Southern Norway [RCCSN]confirmed 11 passengers and two crew on the flight from the Statoil Gullfaks B oil platform, were Norwegian nationals except for a British and an Italian national.

"The helicopter is completely destroyed," reported the RCCSN. After a search for survivors lasting several hours, 11 bodies were recovered and the remaining two people were presumed dead.

Plumes of smoke could be seen in an area of sea peppered with many small islands, debris could be seen littering the rocky outcrops.

"While I looked up, the rotor loosened and disappeared towards the north," John Atle Sekkingstad told local paper Bergens Tidendes' website. 

"After that, the helicopter turned north and I saw fire at the top of the helicopter, where the rotor had been attached. It caught fire before it crashed."

The main body of the aircraft was lying under water, while its rotor was found on a rocky outcrop 200-300 metres  away, state broadcaster NRK said, quoting the RCCSN rescue centre.

Oil worker Chris Andersen told NRK: "I saw the rotor separate .... It was horrible. There was a huge explosion that you could physically feel. You felt the vibration."

The crash zone is just west of Bergen, Norway's second-largest city, and has frequent helicopter relays to and from offshore oil installations. Weather conditions on the day were reported as normal with good visibility.


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Delta Airlines lifts spirits of Bombardier with a $5.6 billion purchase of 125 new generation CS100 aircraft, as Boeing looks on, and Airbus bags Iran superjumbo deal.

Julian Bray comments: As I revealed  on Share Radio earlier today: In a move that has clearly infuriated Boeing and caused the plane maker to totally rethink future aviation payloads, Boeing is to rejig versions of its 737 max  as the 737 max 7X. The cause of the upset is an unusually smart move by Bombardier, signing up Delta Air Lines,  a firm agreement they say, for the sale and purchase of 75 CS100 aircraft, with options for an additional 50 CS100 aircraft.

Just pause there for a moment. Delta, a major US airline (and United is also said to be looking at the Bombardier offer especially as huge discounts are being dangled before the United directors ...) turning its back on the Boeing Company? Why?

This is the clue. Flexibility!   Delta Air Lines may elect to convert a number of these aircraft into CS300 at a later date. Based on the list price of the CS100 aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately $5.6 billion US.
“As we reshape our fleet for the future, the innovative onboard experience of the C Series is a perfect complement for the top-notch service provided every day by Delta people,” said Ed Bastian, Delta’s incoming CEO. 
 An excited Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft said: “Welcoming Delta Air Lines to the C Series family of operators, is a watershed moment for our game-changing aircraft.  With this order, the largest in Bombardier's book , Delta is confirmed as the C Series aircraft’s largest customer. Deliveries are scheduled to commence in spring 2018. Its also better news for Bombardier in Belfast, Northern Ireland where substantial job cuts have recently been announced.

So was Boeing caught napping or are they about to launch a major assault on the smaller Bombardier product range? Is it too late? Consider this, the new beefed up version of the 737 [MAX 7X] single aisle would boast 150 seats against 110 to 135 on the Bombardier CSeries100 and the Bombardier CSeries 300.

 Boeing currently offer 126 seats on the smaller variant of the 737 Max. The only problem is that Boeing will not have the new variants  ready until 2019. Boeing also seem to be adopting the General Motors style of operation, rationalising parts and systems,  it may be badged Vauxhall or Opel on the outside but lift the bonnet (Hood) and all the components are all badged GM. The new MAX7X will utilise existing components and pre developed systems taken from the 737 Max 8 (162 seats). A smart move that will clearly cut development  costs and speed delivery. It also means customer already held  inventory can in future be used on several Boeing products. Why on earth did they not think of this before?  Recent management hires with  automotive experience may be the answer but no one is telling...

Meanwhile Airbus is steaming ahead with profits up 15%, breaking even for the first time on its superjumbos. 12 Airbus A380's are part of a £17.4 billion (US$25billion) brokered deal with Iran who are to take some 45 A330 jets . The knock on effect for the UK is good as the wings are UK manufactured then flown to France for bolting onto the fuselage....

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Recent Aviation Incidents Cargo Door Open: Fuel Leak: Bird Strike:

, First B734 at Ottawa on Apr 27th 2016, rejected takeoff due to door indication
A First Air Boeing 737-400, registration C-FFNE performing flight 7F-860 from Ottawa,ON to Iqaluit,NU (Canada) with 75 people on board, was accelerating for takeoff when the aft cargo door open indication illuminated prompting the crew to reject...
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Berlin A320 near Hanover on Apr 28th 2016, suspected fuel leak
An Air Berlin Airbus A320-200, registration D-ABNH performing flight AB-6300 from Munich to Hamburg (Germany), was enroute at FL340 about 70nm southeast of Hanover (Germany) when the crew decided to divert to Hanover after receiving indications...
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Southwest B737 at Islip on Apr 28th 2016, ground observer saw aircraft leaking
A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700, registration N960WN performing flight WN-1570 from Islip,NY to Fort Lauderdale,FL (USA), was in the initial climb out of Macarthur Airport's runway 06 when an airport ground staff observed something prompting him...
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American A321 at Seattle on Apr 27th 2016, bird strike
An American Airlines Airbus A321-200, registration N147AA performing flight AA-2310 from Seattle,WA to Dallas Ft. Worth,TX (USA) with 150 passengers and 6 crew, was climbing out of Seattle's runway 34R when the crew reported they had hit birds on...
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Aero VIP D228 at Cascais on Apr 14th 2016, bird strike
An Aero VIP Dornier DO-228, registration CS-DVU performing a scheduled flight from Vila Real to Viseu (Portugal) and further on to Cascais (Portugal) with 11 passengers and 2 crew, skipped the scheduled landing at Viseu due to weather conditions and...
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Aviation Incidents:Flat tyre in flight; several hydraulic failures and off runway fail.

Delta B752 at Atlanta and Los Angeles on Apr 26th 2016, tyre deflated after departure
A Delta Airlines Boeing 757-200, registration N6711M performing flight DL2355 from Atlanta,GA to Los Angeles,CA (USA) with 181 passengers, was descending towards Los Angeles when the crew advised of a possible tyre problem. The aircraft continued...
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Virgin Atlantic A333 over Atlantic on Apr 27th 2016, hydraulic failure
A Virgin Atlantic Airbus A330-300, registration G-VLUV performing flight VS-107 from London Heathrow,EN (UK) to Detroit,MI (USA), was enroute at FL380 over the Atlantic Ocean about 440nm west of Shannon (Ireland) when the crew decided to turn back...
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Delta A333 near Rome on Apr 27th 2016, hydraulic problem
A Delta Airlines Airbus A330-300, registration N815NW performing flight DL-444 from New York JFK,NY (USA) to Rome Fiumicino (Italy), was descending towards Rome when the crew reported a hydraulic problem. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on...
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Wizz A320 near Budapest on Apr 27th 2016, hydraulic problem
A Wizz Air Airbus A320-200, registration HA-LYH performing flight W6-7868 from Paris Beauvais (France) to Debrecen (Hungary), was enroute at FL370 about 130nm westnorthwest of Budapest (Hungary) still in Austrian Airspace when the crew decided to...
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Okay B733 at Guangzhou on Apr 27th 2016, runway excursion during takeoff
An Okay Airways Boeing 737-300, registration B-2117 performing a cargo flight BK-3024 from Guangzhou to Xian (China), was accelerating the engines for takeoff from Guangzhou's runway 19 at about 04:09L (20:09Z Apr 26th) when the aircraft, at low...
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Silly season starting early? Don’t Fly Planes with Wi-Fi Says EMF Health Advocate

Don’t Fly Planes with Wi-Fi Says EMF Health Advocate
Avoid airlines with in-flight wireless, says EMF health advocate Camilla Rees, who notes an airline is a “metal cage” and is “an especially high risk environment for radiation.” One airline providing on-board Wi-Fi is Delta.

The small windows don’t do much to dispel the radiation, she notes in a list of 54 “safety tips and insights” that is the most complete discussion of this topic that we have seen. She is the founder of Electromagnetic Health.

Lloyd Burrell of electricsense.com, explains why cellphones are especially dangerous in metal enclosures such as cars.

“Using your cell phone in your car is dangerous and not just because it can cause an accident,” he writes. “There’s also a direct effect on your health.

“The radio frequency radiation from your cell phone reflected back by the car’s metallic structure magnifies the radiation. It’s called the Faraday cage effect. Would you consider sticking your head in a microwave oven when it’s turned on? I don’t think so.

Full story here: http://www.odwyerpr.com/story/public/6780/2016-04-26/dont-fly-planes-with-wi-fi-says-emf-health-advocate.html

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GERMAN AIRPORTS TO STRIKE ON WEDNESDAY APRIL 27: Frankfurt, Munich, Düsseldorf, Cologne/Bonn, Dortmund, and Hanover all involved.

Frankfurt Airport           

German airports including Frankfurt, Munich, Düsseldorf, Cologne/Bonn, Dortmund, and Hanover will be hit by strike action on Wednesday, April 27. The union Verdi has called for token strikes, in the areas of ground handling, passenger checks and some airport fire services.

The union believes, public sector employees deserve a pay raise of 6%.  There will be extensive cancellations of flights on Wednesday at Lufthansa’s home Frankfurt and Munich hubs. In Frankfurt, the security checks are likely to be only partially affected by the strike action. As a result, Lufthansa plans to operate most of its international flights from and to Frankfurt, even during the strike period of 04:30 to 15:00.

Munich Airport will cancel all intercontinental services to and from the airport due to extensive full-day strike for the airport’s security checks.

Cologne Airport ground workers will strike for 24 hours starting from 00:00.

Düsseldorf Airport's strike will affect administration, terminal and bus services from 03:00 to 14:00.

Dortmund Airport's ground services will be affected from the shift start.

Hannover Airport will expect strike actions from 04:30 until 15:00.

An emergency special timetable will be published on Lufthansa’s website. Travellers with reservations for April 27 are urged to check the status of their flight on LH.com

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Jordan and Oman deny port entry to Cunard ship due to Norovirus outbreak on board Queen Mary 2

The Cunard Queen Mary 2

The Cunard Queen Mary 2 cruise ship has been denied Health entry clearance to Jordan and Oman,  due to an on-board outbreak of  Norovirus  the'winter vomiting bug.'

The ship owners claim it is a "minor" outbreak, suggesting there were only two confirmed cases on-board.  The company has not released any data on how many cleared up cases, had been encountered on earlier legs of the current World Cruise.

A few passengers have taken to social media claiming "unrest" onboard after collectively missing sightseeing at Petra in Jordan. However they have already signed up to several pages of booking terms and conditions which covers such emergencies.  

The cruise ship is currently on a 120-day world voyage from Southampton and is not due back until 10 January 2017.

The ship, in current nautical terms, a medium size ship, carries 2,403 passengers, and denied port health clearance to dock at Salalah in the Oman and in Aqaba, Jordan, The company says: "despite extensive negotiations with relevant port authorities".

The BBC quoting  passengers Peter and Jackie Seely said the outbreak had left Cunard "with a rather large headache because there is a lot of unrest with passengers who have been denied their chance to get to see Petra in Jordan".

Guests who booked shore excursions "will receive automatic refunds and the ship will continue en route through the Suez Canal", the Cunard spokesman confirmed.

Noroviruses, sometimes known as "winter vomiting bugs", are stomach bugs which cause the sudden onset of nausea followed by projectile vomiting and diarrhoea.

Cruise ships (and other closed community environments, such as Hospitals and prisons) are particularly prone to the bug but ship crews are exceptionally well trained to deal with outbreaks.  

These bugs can be quickly passed on and infect large numbers by the simple transference of germs on hands, being attached to handrails particularly when passengers fail to properly wash their hands after visiting toilets and each time before consuming food, snacks or drinks.

Ships crews generally use a form of 'fist bump' as a greeting rather than shaking hands, which would pass on any infection.

The usual clear up method, apart from regular industrial deep cleaning of all areas and isolation of objects handled or touched by those infected, and those with (or carriers of) the virus, is to operate a carrier isolation policy, those affected strictly confined to their cabins or staterooms, for two-three days until the virus totally clears the system, only then can they re-join the general population. Their cabins would also be deep cleaned and all linens 'red bagged' for decontamination. 

Cruise lines now routinely insist on written certification from all intending guests at the point of embarkation, they are free from infection, at the risk of being offloaded at the next port, if any statements are untrue.  

Source: BBC News, PA, Reuters, CNS,

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Polar Air Cargo B748 over Pacific on Apr 22nd 2016, captain incapacitated
A Polar Air Cargo Boeing 747-800, registration N857GT performing freight flight PO-214 from Nagoya (Japan) to Cincinnati,KY (USA), was enroute at FL330 over the Pacific Ocean about 400nm west of Seattle,WA (USA) when the first officer declared...
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KLM B744 at Amsterdam on Apr 24th 2016, bird strike
A KLM Boeing 747-400, registration PH-BFB performing flight KL-601 from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Los Angeles,CA (USA), was in the initial climb out of Amsterdam's runway 36L when the crew reported they had received a bird strike just prior to...
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Delta A319 near Los Angeles on Apr 22nd 2016, cabin pressure problems
A Delta Airlines Airbus A319-100, registration N362NB performing flight DL-219 from Los Angeles,CA to Austin,TX (USA), was climbing through FL320 out of Los Angeles when the crew reported problems with the cabin pressure, performed a relatively...
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United B764 near Zurich on Apr 24th 2016, could not retract gear
A United Boeing 767-400, registration N76065 performing flight UA-53 from Zurich (Switzerland) to Washington Dulles,DC (USA), was climbing out of Zurich's runway 34 when the crew requested to level off at FL120 due to a gear issue. The aircraft...
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Norwegian International B738 near Helsinki on Apr 23rd 2016, lightning strike
A Norwegian International Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration EI-FHA performing flight D8-5620 from Barcelona,SP (Spain) to Helsinki (Finland), was on approach to Helsinki when the aircraft received a lightning strike. The crew continued for a...
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Aviation Incidents: Comms Failure; Lightning Strike; Cracked Windshield:Birdstrike:

https://www.aeroinside.com/item/7431/norwegian-international-b738-near-helsinki-on-apr-23rd-2016-lightning-strike?utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=20160424 Norwegian International B738 near Helsinki on Apr 23rd 2016, lightning strike

A Norwegian International Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration EI-FHA performing flight D8-5620 from Barcelona,SP (Spain) to Helsinki (Finland), was on approach to Helsinki when the aircraft received a lightning strike. The crew continued for a...
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https://www.aeroinside.com/item/7430/pia-b772-near-shannon-on-apr-23rd-2016-lavatory-smoke-indication?utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=20160424 PIA B772 near Shannon on Apr 23rd 2016, lavatory smoke indication

A PIA Pakistan Internation Airlines Boeing 777-200, registration AP-BGY performing flight PK-711 from Manchester,EN (UK) to New York JFK,NY (USA) with 205 people on board, was enroute at FL370 over Northern Ireland (UK) about 130nm northeast of...
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https://www.aeroinside.com/item/7429/egypt-e170-near-tel-aviv-on-apr-23rd-2016-loss-of-communication-upon-entering-israeli-airspace?utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=20160424 Egypt E170 near Tel Aviv on Apr 23rd 2016, loss of communication upon entering Israeli Airspace

An Egypt Air Embraer ERJ-170 on behalf of Air Sinai, registration SU-GCT performing flight 4D-54 from Cairo (Egypt) to Tel Aviv (Israel), was enroute about to enter Israeli Airspace when the crew did not identify according to standard procedures...
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https://www.aeroinside.com/item/7428/norwegian-b738-at-aalesund-on-apr-22nd-2016-lightning-strike?utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=20160424 Norwegian B738 at Aalesund on Apr 22nd 2016, lightning strike

A Norwegian Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration LN-NHF performing flight DY-414 from Oslo to Aalesund (Norway), was on final approach to Aalesund's runway 25 when the aircraft was struck by lightning prompting the crew to go around from about 1900...
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https://www.aeroinside.com/item/7427/american-b752-near-raleigh-durham-on-apr-22nd-2016-cracked-windshield?utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=20160424 American B752 near Raleigh/Durham on Apr 22nd 2016, cracked windshield

An American Airlines Boeing 757-200, registration N689AA performing flight AA-1048 from Miami,FL to New York JFK,NY (USA) with 166 passengers and 6 crew, was enroute at FL390 about 100nm southeast of Raleigh/Durham,NC (USA) when the crew initiated...
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If using the railways to get to London Gatwick Airport is part of your business or holiday flight arrangement game plan think again as the RMT Union is set to hold a series of strikes over a long running dispute.  This is how the RMT reports it:

RAIL UNION RMT said today that conductors on Southern services, operated by Govia Thameslink Railway, have voted by massive majorities for [Industrial] action‎.

The ballot, for both strike action and action short of a strike, is over the wholesale introduction of Driver Only Operation (DOO)  [also known by an earlier generation as 'single-manning] that threatens jobs, conditions and public safety.

With 393 ballot papers sent out the vote recorded‎;

Strike Action.  Cast 321 Yes 306 No 14 Spoilt 1.

 Industrial Action Short of Strike.  Cast 321 Yes 320 No 1 Spoilt 0.

The massive mandate for action will now be considered by RMT's executive.

The unions core demands are:

•         No extension of Driver Only Operation (DOO)
•         No Introduction of the new role of On-Board Supervisor
•         No Conductor Redundancies.

The detail behind these issues is summarised as follows:

No Extension of DOO (Driver Only Operation)

This is a long standing policy of the RMT. The union believes that it is safer to have a conductor on the train and that those staff should retain their safety-critical role. The company intend to extend DOO from July 2016 across most of the Southern Network.

No Introduction of the new role of On-Board Supervisor

Southern intends to create new on-board train roles. Many staff have years of experience of both safety critical work and dealing with the public and these responsibilities are being diluted. RMT says it is shameful to treat loyal and experienced staff this way. RMT is insisting that the current role of the Conductor be maintained. The proposed On-Board Supervisors will have no safety critical responsibilities or door control.

No Conductor Redundancies

The introduction of the new grade will, in effect, mean that approximately 300 conductors will be forced into the new role of On-Board Supervisor or made redundant. RMT is appalled at the attempt to bulldoze staff into this new grade is, in effect, making the current role redundant.

MIck Cash, RMT General Secretary said: “RMT, supported by our ASLEF colleagues, is wholly opposed to the attack on the safety-critical conductor grades and the threat of Driver Only Operation. Our members on Southern GTR have given loyal and professional service to the company, and are being rewarded by being forced into a new grade, having their role and responsibility reduced and their hard earned terms and conditions attacked.

"The anger at the threat to RMT members jobs, their role and the safety of Southern services is reflected in this massive vote for action which will now be considered by our executive.

“This company has already axed catering services, threatened ticket offices and delivered appalling levels of customer service in their drive to milk these routes for every penny they can regardless of the impact on safety, reliability and quality. It is no wonder they are the most hated rail franchise in Britain and the threat to the conductors is just another twist of the knife. These trains are desperately over-crowded and the conductors are the eyes and ears preventing a major tragedy on the platforms and carriages.

“RMT's demands could not be clearer and the union remains available for meaningful talks. "

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Sadly we don't think that MOD / Army public relations has quite got the hang of releasing sensitive information to the media.

Breaking news: Court martial verdict

An Army spokesperson said:
Today Ex-Corporals Fulton and Jones have been acquitted of the rape of Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement.
Quite rightly we take any allegation of rape or sexual assault extremely seriously and there is no place in a modern Armed Forces for bullying, harassment or criminal behaviour of any sort, including sexual assault.
As with any instance where the Service Prosecuting Authority or Crown Prosecution Service decides there is a case to be answered, it is right that these allegations are scrutinised in court and we fully respect the court martial’s decision. Our thoughts remain with Cpl Ellement’s family and friends at this time.
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Aviation Incidents Log April 20 2016

Skywest CRJ7 near San Francisco on Apr 18th 2016, chilled windscreen
A Skywest Canadair CRJ-700 on behalf of United, registration N740SK performing flight OO-5336/UA-5336 from San Francisco,CA to Portland,OR (USA), was climbing out of San Francisco when the crew stopped the climb at FL230 reporting a problem with the...
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Montenegro E195 at Dusseldorf on Apr 16th 2016, cracked windshield
A Montenegro Airlines Embraer ERJ-195, registration 4O-AOA performing flight YM-311 from Dusseldorf (Germany) to Podgorica (Montenegro), was climbing out of Dusseldorf's runway 23L when the crew stopped the climb at about 8500 feet reporting a...
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Canada A320 near Toronto on Feb 10th 2016, intermittent engine fire warnings
An Air Canada Airbus A320-200, registration C-FTJR performing flight AC-188 (dep Feb 9th) from Vancouver,BC to Ottawa,ON (Canada) with 101 people on board, was enroute at FL370 about 110nm northwest of Toronto,ON (Canada) when the crew decided to...
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Dniproavia E145 at Istanbul on May 14th 2015, tyre damage on landing causes hydraulic leak and engine vibrations
A Dniproavia Embraer ERJ-145, registration UR-DNT performing flight Z6-507 from Dnepropetrovsk (Ukraine) to Istanbul (Turkey), completed what appeared to be an uneventful flight with a safe landing on Ataturk Airport's runway 05 and taxied to the...
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Iran Air Tour MD82 near Isfahan on Mar 4th 2016, loss of cabin pressure
An Iran Air Tours McDonnell Douglas MD-82 on behalf of Iran Air, registration UR-CHX performing flight IR-351 from Kish Island to Tehran Mehrabad (Iran), was enroute at FL340 about 60nm south of Isfahan (Iran) when the crew donned their oxygen masks...
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Polar Air Cargo B748 at Los Angeles on Apr 15th 2016, engine pod strike
A Polar Air Cargo Boeing 747-800, registration N858GT performing freight flight PO-916 from Cincinnati,KY to Los Angeles,CA (USA), was on approach to Los Angeles' runway 25L, tower advised of a loss of 10 knots of airspeed on final. The crew went...
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British Airways A320 at London on Apr 17th 2016, drone impacts aircraft
A British Airways Airbus A320-200, registration G-EUYP performing flight BA-727 from Geneva (Switzerland) to London Heathrow,EN (UK) with 132 passengers and 5 crew, was on final approach to Heathrow's runway 27L when the crew reported a drone had...
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Swiss A333 over Atlantic on Apr 17th 2016, hydraulic failure
A Swiss International Airlines Airbus A330-300, registration HB-JHF performing flight LX-14 from Zurich (Switzerland) to New York JFK,NY (USA), was enroute at FL330 about 180nm west of Brest (France) about to enter the Atlantic Crossing when the...
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Easyjet A319 at Manchester on Apr 16th 2016, gear door remained open after gear retraction
An Easyjet Airbus A319-100, registration G-EZDL performing flight U2-1923 from Manchester,EN (UK) to Malaga,SP (Spain), was climbing out of Manchester's runway 05L when the crew stopped the climb at 7000 feet due to the left main gear door remaining...
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United B789 near Sydney on Apr 17th 2016, unusual odour in cabin
A United Boeing 787-900, registration N36962 performing flight UA-870 from Sydney,NS (Australia) to San Francisco,CA (USA) with 238 passengers on board, was enroute at FL310 about 440nm northnortheast of Sydney when the crew decided to return to...
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