Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Mr. Piyasvasti Amranand, THAI President, said that in the spirit of THAI’s 50th anniversary, this flight carried the honorable participants to Bodhgaya, India, where Buddha attained enlightenment and is considered to be the spiritual center for Buddhists worldwide. THAI invited government ministers, businesses, government entities, and state enterprises to join in this Buddhist pilgrimage flight, with a total of 100 seats available for a kind contribution of up to 500,000 Baht per seat. The entire net proceeds received from this Buddhist pilgrimage flight will be presented to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and will go towards His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn’s Scholarship Foundation and to His Royal Highness Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti’s Fund for Disaster Victims.
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn’s Scholarship Foundation, set up in 2009, was established to create scholarship opportunities for young Thai students with financial hardship but who attained exceptional academic performance in school and exhibited determination in learning, good behavior, and morals. Qualifying students will be granted scholarships for study in high school, undergraduate university education to earn a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent, and through to the highest level of post-graduate study. Students who are awarded this scholarship are considered the future of Thai society, whereby there is no commitment to pay back the equivalent value of scholarship through service. Two students (one of each gender) from each province who fit the criteria will be selected. The first academic class in 2009 has 152 scholarship recipients, while the total currently throughout Thailand is at 300.
Proceeds from the Buddhist Pilgrimage Flight will go towards His Royal Highness Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti’s Fund for Disaster Victims, a fund established by decree of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn and Her Royal Highness Princess Srirasm, to assist those who face extreme hardship as a result of natural disasters. In the past, His Royal Highness Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti’s Fund for Disaster Victims provided medical equipment to various hospitals located on the border of Southern Thailand. As well, the fund has granted scholarships to train more nurses, whereby these nurses return to the border area of Southern Thailand to develop and improve the livelihoods of the local Thai people.
Those who contributed to this Buddhist Pilgrimage Flight took part in a significant merit making, whereby all Thais nationwide may be provided the opportunity to study medicine, public health, religion, and athletics. In addition, Thais who are affected by natural disasters will receive necessary assistance from the graciousness of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and members of the Royal Family of the kingdom of Thailand.
PHOTO: HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn in the pilot seat / Photo from thaiairways.comInternational Public Relations Department Thai Airways International Public Company Limited Tel: (662) 545-2662 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (662) 545-2662 end_of_the_skype_highlighting, 2663, 1711, 4686, 1705, 2720 Fax: (662) 545-3891
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
"We plan to expand our market in Thailand by first quarter next year, while we may enter into Indonesia market either on the second or third quarter and China in the fourth quarter," said its group chief executive officer, Daniel Boo Hui Siong.
iDimension is a e-manufacturing solutions provider specialising in eFactory and eManufacturing software applications for semiconductor and electronics components.
Its businesses also cover the industries of household appliances, electronic manufacturing services, chemical, food and beverages and mills.
To a question on the company's listing plans, Boo Hui said the company was in the final stage and hoped to be listed by March next year.
"Not many people know about iDimension, and we want to make a lot of corporate branding as we plan to introduce ourselves to the public," he said.
Yesterday, iDimension was honoured as the top outstanding small medium enterprise (SMEs) at the eighth Golden Bull Award 2010 ceremony held here.
Aviation English was the winner of the ELTONS Award for Innovation 2009.
The course is written by Henry Emery and Andy Roberts, two well-respected experts in the aviation English industry. They are the co-owners of emery-roberts, a language consultancy that assists aviation organisations around the world in training, testing and rating both teachers and students of aviation English. They have also created a test for the language requirements. For more details on their work, visit www.emery-roberts.co.uk.
Check your Aviation English is a new title that gives further practice to those wishing to prepare for an aviation English exam. It contains 30 units to help practise and prepare the specific speaking and listening skills required. The content has been verified and checked by the Oxford Aviation Academy.
For more information about the series, the language requirements, test-providers and for free resources, visit www.macmillanenglish.com/aviationenglish.
“I was very impressed with the in-depth quality of the material. As a pilot I found the material to be true-to-life and as an English teacher, easy to use.” Britt Karlin, Aviation English Teacher, Thailand
Hear more about the series and the language requirements from the authors in this short video:
Andy Roberts has also hosted a webinar for us about ‘Pronunciation in Communication: An Aviation Perspective‘. Follow the link to download and watch.
A production facility that would build the world’s first fleet of commercial spaceships is set to begin construction Tuesday at the Mojave Air and Space Port.>
The 68,000-square-foot facility, one of the first aircraft assembly plants to be built in the region in decades, will be home to the Spaceship Co., or TSC — a joint venture owned by Mojave-based Scaled Composites and British billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, a space tourism company.
Spacecraft factory to break ground in Mojave
LA Times, November 8, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Ground Attendant : Surat Thani Station
- Female or Male, age not over 25 years old.
- Minimum height at least 160 cm. (Weight must be in proportion to height)
- TOEIC score results of 450. (test taken as from May 2010)
- Minimum High Vocational graduate/ Diploma graduate / University graduate are preferred.
- Excellent communication skills – both Thai and English.
- Local dialect especially are advantages. (Southern)
- Smart personality with positive and caring attitude.
- Excellent Service Mind.
- Able to work shift.
Applicants please submit the following documents of:
- Resume in English.
- Recent a 1.5 inches photo and a full length photo.
- A copy of Identification card.
- A copy of House registration certificate.
- A copy of Transcript.
- A copy of TOEIC score results of 450 up (test taken as from Jan. 2010), submit original on the interview date.
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183 Rajanakarn Building, 17th floor, South Sathorn Road,
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The budget carrier announced earlier this week that Mr Adams will take over the position from Rosalynn Tay early next year, Channel News Asia reported.
Mr Adams has 34 years of experience in the aviation industry and was most recently Managing Director at bmi Regional, a British regional carrier.
Tiger Airways Group Chief Executive Officer and President, Tony Davis, said Mr Adams has joined the company at a crucial stage in the airline’s expansion.
Mr Davis also took the time to thank Ms Tay for her contribution to Tiger Airways over the past five years.
Qantas cancelled a Sydney-Jakarta return service on Wednesday due to the Mount Merapi volcano, which has killed 191 people since it began erupting late last month, emitting ash and heat clouds.
The conditions also prompted the carrier's low-cost offshoot Jetstar to change its flight schedule for services to the Indonesian island of Bali, cancelling flights that arrive at or depart from the popular holiday destination at night.
Another flight, due to leave Denpasar International Airport for Perth on Wednesday evening, has been delayed by a few hours.
"So what we are doing is continuing with daylight services with a different flight path, then (with) night services, we are taking a very conservative approach, a safety-first approach," the spokesman told AAP.
The airline is also offering customers refunds, he said.
Qantas said its estimated 400 affected passengers have been offered the next available flight, scheduled for Friday, while those in Jakarta may also opt for Jetstar service to Singapore on Thursday and continue on to Australia.
Both carriers said they would be monitoring the situation on a daily basis.
The volcano has shown signs of slowing but officials on Wednesday said its activity remains high.
Mount Merapi, which means "Mountain of Fire", has been emitting ash and heat clouds since late October, killing people with torrents of boiling hot gas and rock and forcing hundreds of thousands to move to makeshift camps.
Note to the media – since this was almost certainly Flight AWE808 from Hawaii to Phoenix, why not have a camera crew somewhere in the vicinity (does not need to be exact, or a chopper), at around 5-5:30 today, and if the weather is right you’ll see the same trail again. (or check the web cam)
Note to everyone else – If you have photos of the Nov 8 contrail from any angle, please email them to email@example.com
[This post was originally from Jan 19th, 2010. I've updated it with information about the "Mystery Missile" contrail of Nov 8, 2010, at the bottom of this post. Clearly it's the same thing]
An interesting contrail cropped up off the coast of San Clemente, Orange County, California on December 31st 2009. The curious shape led some people to think it’s a missile launch, which it does kind of look like (all taken from San Clemente)
This kind of contrail confusion is nothing new. This article appeared in The San Mateo Times, Jan 12, 1950:
Here’s some more shots of the same contrail. Click these for larger images:
The idea that it’s a missile launch comes from three misconceptions. Firstly that the trail is vertical – it’s not, it’s a horizontal trail, at around 32,000 feet (about six miles). It’s the same as this:
This contrail is no more vertical than the road is, and nor are the power lines at 45 degrees. Everything is horizontal – it’s the just the angle you are viewing it from. All of these show horizontal contrails.
Secondly there’s the misconception of direction, that it’s flying away from the viewer, when it’s actually flying towards the viewer. This is because the “base” of the contrail seems wider than the tip. Perspective tells the brain that this mean the base is closer. But actually you can see the base has been greatly spread by the wind. Since it’s so far away the effects of perspective are greatly diminished, meaning the actual width of the contrail is what is creating the illusion. Imagine if a plane with a 100 mile long spreading contrail were coming towards you; what would it look like? It would look exactly like this.
Thirdly there’s the idea that it goes all the way down to the ground. Now that might be true if the Earth was flat, but the Earth is round, and things go beneath the horizon eventually, no matter how high they are. A plane 200 miles away but five miles up is always below the horizon. If the horizon is raised (as it is here, with Catalina Island), then the distance is less. Here’s some math:
This diagram is not to scale, but the math is the same regardless. The solid curved line is the surface of the earth. The dot at the top is San Clemente. The little triangle is Catalina. “d” is the distance to Catalina (d=35 miles). “c” the amount of Catalina that is visible above the horizon (c=0.05 miles, really a bit more, but let’s be conservative). “a” is the altitude of the plane, (a = 6 miles). “r” is the radius of the earth (r=3963 miles).
The green wavy line is the contrail. Notice it’s at a fixed height above the surface of the earth, and is going directly towards the OC.
The point labeled (0,0) is the center of the earth. (0,0) means X=0, Y=0, where X is horizontal and Y is vertical. What we want to know is how far away the plane is, the value x. We do this with cartesian geometry, noting that the lowest visible point of the trail is at the intersection of the dotted line, which is a circle of radius (r+a), hence the equation x^2 + y^2 = (r+a)^2 and the line labeled “sight line”, which is has the equation y=r+x*c/d. Combining these equations to solve for x yields a quadratic equation, which we can solve with Wolfram Alpha:
intersection of (y=r+x*c/d) and (x^2+y^2 = (r+a)^2)
and with the real numbers:
intersection of (y=r+x*c/d) and (x^2+y^2 = (r+a)^2) where a=6 and d=35 and c=0.05 and r=3963
Which gives x = 212, meaning that the bottom of the contrail is around 200 miles away. So if the front of the contrail (the actual aircraft) is somewhere above and behind catalina, then that means the contrail is over 100 miles long. At 500 mph, that means it could have formed in 12-15 minutes, which seems consistent with the descriptions in the discussion above. (feel free to play around with the numbers there to see the affect of various assumptions)
Looking at the satellite image for noon on that day (12/31/2009) and the next day (1/1/2010), we see contrails in approximately the same position, and around 100 miles long, showing it’s quite possible, given the right weather.
Really what makes this odd looking is the position of the people taking the photo. Obviously the same contrail would be visible all the way up the coast, however the only people who though it was really odd were those who were lined up with it, in OC. People in LA would see a dramatic looking contrail, but more obviously just a contrail, so less worthy of writing to the newspaper about. I actually saw it myself, but was in a car, and could only get a poor cell-phone snapshot:
That was from somewhere around San Diamas, on the 210 freeway, so I’m looking South West, probably around 45 degree the the contrail, which you can only see a bit of behind the Home Depot sign. It looked quite impressive at the time. But there are other photos of it from various other angles which show it’s contrail-ness more clearly, here’s one taken from Santa Monica (click photo for original):
You can see from this angle (and taken a bit earlier) it looks far less interesting, as it’s very apparent it’s just a contrail.
Scott Methvin sent in these two images which shows the contrail in all it’s missile-like glory, but from a better angle.
Here’s another angle of the New Year’s Eve contrail, this view is from Corona del Mar, about 20 miles Northeast of San Clemente:
Here’s a similar photo (of a different contrail, obviously) on the same day at the other side of the country:
Here’s some more contrails at sunset (From a very nice set of contrail photos), note how they look exactly the same as sections of the New Year contrail:
[Update Nov 9 2010]
Now here’s the one everyone is actually talking about. From Monday Nov 8th 2010, this time it video taken a local CBS news crew in a helicopter, so they were able to zoom in.
Note it’s pretty much in the same location. Note also it’s not exactly moving at missile speed. Note also it’s practically identical to the photos of plane contrails, above.
And once again millions of people failed to notice, because from any other angle it looked like what it was, a contrail, from a plane. Must be a slow news day, as this went all the way up to Jim Miklaszewski asking people at the pentagon about it.
There are occasional flashes of light, which I think are reflections of the sun off a flat surface on the plane. There’s also portions of the video where a bit of the trail behind the plane seems to glow. I think thats just the last rays of the setting sun lighting that portion of the trail. See Scott Methvin’s photos, above for how the trail can be oddly lit from minute to minute.
Here’s a better video. You can see after about 0:50 it’s out of the contrail-persisting region of air, and is just leaving a short contrail. It’s also now out of the sun. It looks exactly like the short contrails of a jet coming towards the camera with perspective foreshortening. The camera crew lost it in the darkness shortly after that.
The most likely flight is US Aiways flight 808 from Hawaii to Phoenix.
I snapped the above web image at around 5:05PM today, about the same time as the video was taken yesterday.
Here’s the actual track from the 8th:
And here’s a photo I took (Nov 9th) two minutes earlier from Santa Monica. I think it’s the same flight, just 24 hours later. Note that the angle is exactly the same as the Dec 31st contrail that produced the original “missile” story.
Obviously the video would have to have been taken from way off to the right in this photo (I’m looking South West). The chopper would have been somewhere like Torrance.
The cameraman reports:
Cameraman Gil Leyvas shot video of a luminous point hurtling through the sky followed by a long vapor trail. He said he was aboard the television station’s helicopter shooting footage of the sunset over the ocean about 5:15 p.m when he noticed the spiral-shaped vapor trail and zoomed in to get a better look.I suspect what he saw (which can only be what is on the video, I’d like to see it in HD) is the twisting of the contrails, this can be quite dramatic, especially from such a head-on angle. See this video of a similar perspective, and note the swirling twists in the contrails directly behind the jet.
The onboard camera showed a plume twisting up from the horizon and narrowing as it climbed into the sky near Catalina Island, about 35 miles west of Los Angeles, he said.
“Whatever it was, it was spinning up into the sky kind of like a spiral,” and was easy to distinguish from condensation trails from jets, he said. “It was quite a sight to see. It was spectacular.”
Here’s a grab from that video, showing the twist, and how it as accented by low sun.
Liem Bahneman gives this excellent description of how flight AWE808 exactly matches the observations, including producing a near identical contrail the next day (which I also photographed, from Santa Monica, above)
And here’s some excellent points from a real rocket scientist, posting as “Michael”:
I’d like to add to all the evidence above that it was just a jet, because the plume is nothing like a rocket plume to the trained eye. I was a rocket safety inspector for 3 years, have seen countless launches and failures, and have a master’s degree in Astronautical Engineering. Here’s why it’s not a rocket:
It’s too slow (<— biggest reason).
There's no engine flare.
There's no expansion of the plume (as the chamber pressure exceeds the atmospheric pressure more and more during flight).
There's no staging event.
There's no sunset striations across the plume (which would look like this: http://tinyurl.com/2vklwu5).
In the wide shot there's two contrails (off each wing!) instead of one.
The plume at the plane is twirling in different directions (very un-rocket-like).
The plume at the plane is twirling too much — that only happens in the case of a motor burn-through, which is a failure mode, meaning it would be seconds from exploding if it were a rocket.
The wind-blown plume is all wrong, vertical plumes go through several different wind shear layers, which makes it look very different than what the video shows.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
But it has stopped night flights to the island because pilots need to make visual checks on approach to the Denpasar airport.
Tonight's flight from Darwin to Denpasar has been cancelled and a flight from Melbourne to Denpasar was re-routed to Darwin yesterday.
Another flight from Denpasar to Darwin landed in Darwin this afternoon - almost 12 hours later than scheduled.
But passengers accepted the delay.
"We arrived at a civilised hour in Darwin, so all in all it's not such a bad thing," one passenger said.
The airline has rescheduled its Sydney-to-Denpasar service to ensure all flights to Bali land in daylight hours.
"It allows our pilots to have full visual scope of coming into and out of Denpasar International Airport airspace and we're doing that purely as a precautionary measure in line with high safety standards," Jetstar spokesman Simon Westaway said.
Mr Westaway says he is not sure how long Jetstar services will be affected.
"It's a little bit unpredictable in terms of how long this will go on," he said.
"We're getting very accurate advice from the Bureau of Meteorology. We've got a good feel for the situation.
"We've taken a safety-first approach to ensure we can operate safe, efficient operations into and out of Denpasar International Airport and then providing the appropriate response."
Jetstar says it will keep a close eye on the ash plume and is offering passengers refunds or changes to their flights.
What's wrong with this picture? If you said the engines are upside down, you'd be wrong. The odd engine placement is part of a cruise-efficient, short take-off and landing (CESTOL) aircraft concept from the Georgia Tech Research Institute which also sees mechanical wing-flaps replaced by high-speed blasts of air to generate extra lift. It's hoped that the development of such craft will make more airports available to fixed-wing jet aircraft by enabling take off and landing at steep angles on short runways, as well as reducing engine noise. Read More
Monday, November 8, 2010
By Sarah Turner, MarketWatch
SYDNEY (MarketWatch) — Qantas Airways Ltd. shares closed 2.1% lower Monday, as the carrier said its fleet of giant A380 planes are set to remain on the ground for another 72 hours.
Last Thursday, Qantas /quotes/comstock/22x!e:qan (AU:QAN 2.80, -0.06, -2.10%) /quotes/comstock/11i!qubsf (QUBSF 2.78, -0.13, -4.47%) grounded its fleet of six giant Airbus A380 aircraft after the failure of an engine on an A380 plane en route to Sydney from Singapore resulted in an emergency landing in Singapore.
The cause of the engine failure is now being investigated by the maker of the plane, EADS NV’s /quotes/comstock/24s!e:ead (FR:EAD 18.64, +0.26, +1.41%) /quotes/comstock/11i!eadsy (EADSY 25.81, -0.24, -0.92%) Airbus, and by Rolls Royce PLC /quotes/comstock/23s!a:rr. (UK:RR. 572.50, -18.50, -3.13%) , the plane’s engine supplier.
Obama: India, Pakistan should talk
U.S. President Obama called on India to bolster peace efforts with Pakistan. Video courtesy of Reuters.
Three engines have been removed from another three A380 planes for testing, Qantas Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce said Monday at a press conference in Sydney .
“Oil leaks were discovered in three engines,” Joyce told reporters, adding that the leaks were “beyond normal tolerances.”
The engines aren’t performing to the parameters expected, he said, adding that the probe will look at engine design and materials used.
Joyce said that he believes the firm can work with Rolls Royce and Airbus to fix the issue.
“It’s too early to put a number on the total cost,” he said, adding that the firm will do that once the aircraft are back in service.
“The focus is still on working to get the aircraft back in operation. Any discussion on compensation will take place after that,” he said.
Sarah Turner is MarketWatch's bureau chief in Sydney.
Yves Rossy, the Swiss adventurer who flew across the English Channel using a winged jet-pack, has pulled off another daredevil stunt.
The 51-year-old, nicknamed Jetman, has jumped out of a hot-air balloon at 7,900 feet and performed two aerial loops wearing a new version of his flying invention.
Rossy performed the stunt during an 18-minute flight to test a new and more aerodynamic model of his jet-pack, before making a parachute landing.
In comments posted on Rossy's website, the adventurer said, "It was fantastic. The flight went well, despite a little problem when starting my engines. I was able to do my two loopings and I am very happy".
Rossy's new jet-pack has a two metre wingspan and has no unfoldable parts making it more aerodynamic and stable than the previous model. He designed it along with Swiss partners, RUAG Company.
The Swiss adventurer shot to fame in September 2008 when he flew across the English Channel using his winged jet-pack.
Move comes as death toll climbs to 138 as Indonesian volcano unleashes searing gas that torches nearby villages
Merapi victims buried en masse
Yogyakarta witnessed another mass burial on Sunday as the continuing eruptions of the Merapi volcano caused more flight disruptions.
Search and rescue teams struggled to evacuate survivors and the dead — sacrificing some of their own in the process. Reports said five volunteers died Sunday; three were killed by searing-hot ash clouds and two were buried in 3 meters of ash.
Residents still tried to slip by authorities through back roads to their homes within the 20-kilometer danger zone, insisting they had to feed their livestock.
While a few airlines said they would resume flights on Monday, exasperated crowds were seen at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport as passengers were forced to rebook flights.
The visit of United States President Barack Obama was still on schedule as of Sunday even as experts were saying the Merapi eruptions were becoming increasingly unpredictable.
President Susilo Bambang Yu-dhoyono is scheduled to return to Jakarta on Monday after directly supervising the handling of the disaster in Yogyakarta.
Of the 88 victims of Friday’s eruption, 77 were buried in a mass funeral on Sunday at Beran public cemetery, Sleman district, in Yogyakarta.
“Of the bodies, only 43 could be identified,” said public relations officer Banu Hermawan from Dr. Sardjito General Hospital in Yogyakarta, where all the bodies were sent for identification.
With Friday’s eruption, the biggest ever for Merapi in the last century, the volcano has claimed 128 lives since it first began erupting on Oct. 26.
The death toll may increase as many of the villages destroyed by the speeding hot clouds of ash and lava could not yet be reached by the evacuation team as of Sunday due to threatening eruptions.
“We had entered Argomulyo subdistrict, Cangkringan, but only to run away again from the hot clouds so we had to leave our car behind,” an evacuation team member said.
The joint team comprising military and police personnel was also forced to stop evacuation efforts after arriving in Ngepringan village in Wukirsari subdistrict, Cangkringan, where they found four bodies.
To help transport the evacuation team through dangerous areas, the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) on Sunday deployed two units of special vehicles in Cangkringan.
PMI chairman Jusuf Kalla expressed hope the organization could work with the military’s elite unit Kopassus in evacuating victims.
Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s geological agency head R. Sukhyar said the volcano’s explosive energy had been decreasing but the intensity of its activities was still high.
A column of hot clouds 6 kilometers high was seen spewing from Me-rapi at 3 a.m., indicating there was still plenty of magma inside the volcano.
The eruptions are estimated to have ejected more than 100 million cubic meters of volcanic material, creating a crater 400 meters wide at the peak of the volcano.
At the evacuation center in Maguwoharjo Stadium, Sleman, refugees had started to show signs of stress. A refugee identified as Joyo Sukadi was sent to Dr. Sardjito hospital with serious depression.
“Please forgive me. I want to see my house,” the man, who said he had just finished building his house, which was now destroyed by the volcano, cried repeatedly.
President Yudhoyono called on the refugees to follow the government’s instructions for their safety.
He asked people to be patient while the government did their best to secure the 283,000 refugees in the four affected regencies of Sleman in Yogyakarta and Magelang, Boyolali and Klaten in Central Java.
“Don’t forget to look after your health,” he said, shaking hands with some of the refugees.
Despite calls to evacuate homes, some residents in Boyolali villages chose to return home to either feed livestock or retrieve valuables.
Sahir, who lives 9 kilometers away from Mount Merapi, said he and his wife left their refugee camp in Ampel, Boyolali, every morning to feed their five cows at home.
“We spend around an hour to cut grass for [the cows],” he said.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Updated Sun Nov 7, 2010 12:50am AEDT
- Video: Qantas drama continues (ABC News)
- Video: Australian pilots call for security overhaul (Lateline)
- Audio: Second mid-air emergency for Qantas in three days (AM)
- Related Story: Mid-air incidents mar Qantas anniversary
- Related Story: Another Qantas flight grounded after engine failure
- Related Story: Timeline of recent Qantas safety scares
- Related Story: A380s grounded until investigations complete
- Related Story: Investigators probe Qantas engine failure
- Related Story: Qantas chief puts safety before 'shortcuts'
The pilot and crew who lived through the first Qantas engine failure were on board when flames shot out of an engine on a second Qantas plane forcing it back to Singapore.
Qantas has stressed that mid-air engine failures that struck two of the airline's planes in as many days are unrelated.
A Qantas A380 carrying 466 passengers and crew was forced to return to Singapore's Changi Airport on Thursday after an engine exploded and failed during ascent, raining debris onto an Indonesian island.
Then, less than two days later, a Sydney-bound Boeing 747 turned back to Singapore shortly after take-off after reporting engine trouble. Both planes landed safely, with no injuries to anyone on board.
Worse still, Captain Richard Champion de Crespigny and his crew from the first Qantas aircraft to blow an engine were on board, making a second attempt to get back home.
They have already boarded their third flight to Australia in as many days.
In the second incident, late on Friday, the tell-tale bang came just six minutes after the plane took off from Changi Airport.
Passenger Agatha Bellesso says she quickly feared the worst.
"We saw a bit of flames coming from the wing and the flight attendants started to scream 'Flame flame! Head down, stay down!'," she said.
Qantas grounded its fleet of A380s after Thursday's incident, but there were no plans to ground the airline's 747 fleet.
The airline's chief executive, Alan Joyce, says the two incidents were very different.
"The engine on the 747 is an engine that we've been operating for over 30 years, where the engines that are on the A380 are new engines," he said.
"We are not concerned about our 747 fleet. Those engines have a long life. We've seen in-flight shutdowns take place before. It's ... not a safety issue."
Asked whether he thought the 747 had been sabotaged, Mr Joyce said: "We do not believe this is sabotage. It looks like a mechanical failure of the engine."
Qantas spokeswoman Olivia Wirth says while both aircraft operated on Rolls-Royce engines, they were using different models and there was no apparent connection between the incidents.
"These are both unrelated incidents," Ms Wirth said.
"They are unrelated."
Qantas's 90th anniversary celebrations yesterday were marred by the mid-air incidents.
The airline says its expects its A380 fleet to be back in service within days.
|A view of Dung Quat Oil Refinery in the central province of Quang Ngai|
SSFC has used the fuel for its 11 flights to explore and exploit oil and gas.
It was the first time the locally-produced Jet A1 fuel used in the airline sector.
Vietnam’s demand for the fuel is estimated to hit 700,000 tons per year, 350,000 tons of which is needed by local airlines.
The first 4,500-ton batch of jet fuel produced by the Dung Quat refinery was sold to a Singapore-based unit of BP in August.
PV Oil, a subsidiary of state-owned Vietnam Oil and Gas Group, and Binh Son have also chosen Shell as another buyer for the Jet A1 product.
Dung Quat, Vietnam’s first refinery, is expected to produce between 200,000 and 300,000 tons every year to be sold in both local and foreign markets.
National carrier Vietnam Airlines has started negotiations to buy jet fuel from the refinery for supplies for domestic and international aircraft in the country.
Another local airline, Jetstar Pacific, said it also plans to use local fuel products as long as they are of high quality.
Jet A1 is the first Vietnamese jet fuel product.
It has been certified by oil majors including Shell, BP and Chevron.
Airline frequent fliers are at greater risk of developing long term radiation poisoning from “solar space storms” or flare activity from the Sun, a new study warns.
Researchers found passengers faced the “hazard” of space radiation, which created unhealthy levels of exposure while flying at “typical cruise altitudes” of 40,000 feet.
Experts warned passengers could be subjected to increasing risk to cancer due to such radiation levels.
Nasa scientists believe the earth is facing danger from a once-in-a-century “solar flare”, a disturbance on the Sun's surface that could cause geomagnetic storms on this planet.
One in the mid-19th century blocked the nascent telegraph system and many scientists believe another is overdue.
Researchers from the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxon, warned that the electrical grid, computers, telephones, transportation, water supply and food production faced “huge disturbances” from space storms.
Their vulnerability is also blamed on humans’ “creeping dependency” on modern technology. For example there are about 4.9 billion mobile phone “connections” every month.
Scientists found aircrew were “the major occupation group” most exposed to the Sun’s radiation with passengers also at risk from the phenomenon.
Because the sun’s radiation levels had been reasonably low for the past century, its strengthening power in the coming few years would create new health problems.
“Space radiation is a hazard not only to the operation of modern aircraft but also to the health of aircrew and passengers,” said the study, titled Space weather and its impact on Earth – implications for business.
“Radiation from space can reach the Earth’s atmosphere and create extra radiation exposure for people travelling on aircraft at typical cruise altitudes (40,000 feet).
“The radiation risk to passengers is usually much less than that for aircrew since most passenger spend less time in the air (and) the radiation doses accumulate with time in flight, especially at cruise altitudes.”
The study, published by Lloyds of London, the insurance market, added: “However, frequent fliers whose time in the air approaches that of aircrew are equally at risk. There is, as yet, no legal framework for handling such risks.”
During one “major space weather event”, in October 2003, the FAA issued a formal warned that all routes north and south of 35 degree latitude “were subject to excessive radiation doses” and the researchers said further airline disruption was almost certain.
In 1990 such health risks to aircrew were recognised by the International Commission on Radiological Protection with EU-based aircrew classified as radiation workers in 2000. Most airlines now monitor levels during safety assessments.
Prof Mike Hapgood, the head of the Laboratory’s Space Environment Group, who led the study, told The Daily Telegraph that a person flying from London to the US West Coast would receive extra radiation levels to that given from an chest x-ray, which is fairly low.
But Prof Hapgood, who will give evidence to MPs next week, said that during a big solar storm radiation levels would sharply spike, with a passenger on a long haul flight being exposed to the equivalent of dozens of x-rays at once.
“There is an increased risk of cancer,” said Prof Hapgood, who undertakes scientific research into “near-Earth space” activity.
“People would be sensible to think about kind of work they do, how much flying they do and what risk that poses. I don’t think that is unreasonable.”
The Lloyds study urged business to “plan accordingly” and develop safeguards against the event.
The researchers found “vulnerable” and unprepared British firms could be hit with “widespread disruption”.
Between five and 10 per cent of critical infrastructure is government owned and business understanding on the subject was “patchy”, which left many facing uncertainty.
A power grid or satellite breakdown would leave a multi-million pound cost to the economy as solar flares trigger “cascading failures across systems”.
“Because space weather affects major global systems… a very severe outbreak presents a systematic risk,” the report said.
The Daily Telegraph disclosed in September that ministers fear the electricity grid, financial networks and transport infrastructure could be paralysed by a solar flare or a nuclear attack.
Such an event would be similar to the recent volcanic ash cloud disruption to airline travel or the chaos caused by the recent bouts of snowy weather, which left a multi-billion pound bill to firms.
The researchers cited a Quebec power grid failure in 1989 which, following a magnetic storm, caused it to shutdown, leaving five million people without electricity during the winter for more than nine hours and left a damage bill of more than C$2billion (£1.23 billion).
Saturday, November 6, 2010
In what Canada Border Services Agency is describing as an “unbelievable case of concealment,” a gentlemen who initially appeared to be an elderly Caucasian emerged from the airplane lavatory mid-flight as a young, 20-something Asian man. After the man’s swapped identity caught the attention of the flight crew, Border Services Officers (BSOs) were alerted and escorted the man from the plane when it landed on Canadian soil. According to CNN, it was at this time that the young man “proceeded to make a claim for refugee protection.”
“We can confirm that officials from the CBSA met a passenger arriving off AC018 Hong Kong to Vancouver on October 29 and the matter is still under investigation,” Air Canada spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick told CNN. Fitzpatrick also noted that “there are multiple identity checks before departure at the Hong Kong international airport, including Chinese government-run Hong Kong passport control, which Hong Kong originating passengers must undergo.”
But according to a security alert obtained by CNN, the man traveled with a full disguise kit that seems to have easily fooled Hong Kong’s airport security screeners:
“The subject initially claimed to be in possession of one bag; however, flight crew approached the BSOs with two additional pieces of luggage which were believed to belong to the subject. One bag contained the subject’s personal clothing items while the second contained a pair of gloves. The third contained a ‘disguise kit’ which consisted of a silicone type head and neck mask of an elderly Caucasian male, a brown leather cap, glasses and a thin brown cardigan.”
The man put on the disguise for the officers who “noted he very much resembled an elderly Caucasian man, complete with mimicking the movements of an elderly person. The subject admitted at this time that he had boarded the flight with the mask on and had removed it several hours later,” according to the alert.
The unnamed suspect remains in the custody of Canadian Border Security and the agency says they are now carefully monitoring all passengers arriving on international flights into Vancouver.
According to the security memo, the suspect boarded the Air Canada flight in Hong Kong using a boarding pass that belonged to another passenger. “It is believed that the subject and the actual United States Citizen passenger (whose date of birth is 1955) performed a boarding pass swap, with the subject using an Aeroplan card [frequent flyer] as identification to board the flight,” the alert said.