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Friday, 26 August 2016

Rolls Royce wins $1.5bn longterm supply and service order from China Eastern Airlines




Rolls-Royce has won a $1.5bn order from China Eastern Airlines for Trent 700 engines to power 15 Airbus A330 aircraft. The aircraft are in addition to the 51 Trent 700 powered A330s that China Eastern Airlines already operates. The order also includes long-term 'Total Care' engine support services.

 Tang Bing, Executive Vice President, China Eastern Airlines, said: “This aircraft and engine combination continues to be key to our expansion and competitiveness. I look forward to the Trent 700 continuing to deliver outstanding performance and efficiency for our operations.”

Paul Freestone, Senior Vice President, Rolls-Royce, added: “China Eastern operates one of the world’s largest A330 fleets, and we are honoured they have selected the Trent 700 again, as it continues to respond to Chinese demand with new levels of service.”

China Eastern Airlines also has 20 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft on order. The Trent 700 engine has won 70 per cent of new orders over the last five years and accounts for a similar percentage on future A330 deliveries.

Rolls-Royce currently has more than 1,600 installed engines on the A330s worldwide, with a market share of close to 90 per cent in Greater China.

Source RR




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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

'KARDASHIAN' BLIMP: AIRSHIP AIRLANDER 10 MAKES UNGAINLY NOSE DOWN SLOW MOTION CRASH, NO ONE INJURED





In what has to be considered a huge public relations nightmare, the world's longest aircraft, the UK based Airlander 10 airship, dubbed by some as the 'Kardashian Blimp', has made an embarrassing second public air display by unceremoniously hitting a telegraph pole, (although the company later denied any contact with such a pole... but the video footage from several sources appears to show a long drawn out hedgehopping, ground-hugging possibly 'plank' style manoeuvre -  the nose being pulled down, after an attempt to pull the nose upwards, seemed to fail) and then in full view, made a slow motion long drawn out crash descent (The owners say 'heavy landing') during its second test flight in Bedfordshire in central England,


Julian Bray Aviation Security Analyst comments:  The hybrid airship inflated with inert Heluim gas, unceremoniously dived head first from a low level, dipping its twin hulled nose and ending up wrecking the underslung cockpit module.


The airship is controlled by several electric thruster hybrid engines, whilst lift is provided by Helium gas and assisted by the auxiliary engines, being deployed as required. 


The BBC reported the airship, which undertook its first flight last week, had in fact hit a telegraph pole, others suggest one of the several extended low hanging catcher ropes managed to wrap itself around the pole, or even fencing and embarrassingly for the pilot pulled the airship nose down.


Judging by the number of ground crew deployed, 4 to 6 hanging catcher ropes would seem to be attached to the blimp.


Airlander 10, if it can overcome what the owners Hybrid Alternative Vehicles Ltd (HAV) term a 'heavy landing' is designed to stay airborne for at least five days and possibly a lot longer.


A cargo payload of some 22,000 pounds being transported at speeds approaching 90 miles an hour, possibly more with a tailwind.  It could for example have rapidly delivered rescue equipment such as Back Hoe Loaders (diggers) to the current tragic Italian earthquake zone, as no runway is needed and the underslung cargo/ plant modules simply detached in situ.


Alternative viewing, technical, air luxury cruising, and passenger modules simply clamped onto the underside central rigid framework.


The Olympics could at some time in the future employ an Airlander blimp as a technical geo-positioned camera and communications links platform. In fact a complete aerial broadcast communications media centre.


The future possibilities are in fact endless, but only if the core investors in the current "Kardashian Blimp" keep their nerve and their funds fully invested in the project.


Emerging third world countries, GEO's and charities such as Oxfam could effectively leapfrog their more established counterparts, by quickly deploying mobile resources in bolt on module form possibly including accommodation modules, solar power stations, drilling rigs, water desalination plants and hospital units.    
 


Hybrid Air Vehicles, the manufacturer of the helium-filled airship, said no-one was injured during the second test flight.


"All crew are safe and well and there are no injuries," it said on Twitter,without giving details of the incident or immediately naming the clearly embarrassed test pilot at the controls. As with any air incident, the AAIB will conduct an investigation and report.


Airship maiden flight: https://julianbrayrecessionbuster07944217476.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/airlander-10thev-300-ft-long-kardashian.html






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Light Aircraft Makes Forced Landing in Fife Scotland




A Cessna light aircraft make an emergency landing at a Fife airfield in Scotland just before 9am this morning. It developed a technical fault so landed at the nearest airfield, which happened to be near Glenrothes.  

An Incident plan was enabled so Emergency services, including fire and ambulance attended.

It is understood that the pilot managed to escape without sustaining injuries.



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SOUTHAMPTON FLYBE AIRCRAFT RETURNS AFTER COMMANDER DECLARES TECHNICAL FAULT ON TAKE OFF

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An aircraft operated by Flybe with 46 passengers on board returned unexpectedly to Southampton International Airport early this morning, after a technical fault presented itself on take-off.

An airport tug, as a precaution, then towed the aircraft - rather than taxiing under its own power on landing, - to a stand where passengers and crew were taken off and transferred, after a two hour delay, to another aircraft. 

Local sources are reporting traffic on the M27 at junction five was halted, for a few minutes,  as a precautionary measure.


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AVIATION INCIDENTS AUGUST 20TH 2016

ASL France B737 at Aberdeen on Aug 16th 2016, gear problem
An ASL Airlines France Boeing 737-700, registration F-GZTO performing flight 5O-804 from Palma Mallorca,SP (Spain) to Aberdeen,SC (UK), was on final approach to Aberdeen's runway 16 descending through about 1500 feet MSL when the aircraft went...
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Spicejet B738 at Pune on Aug 23rd 2016, rejected takeoff due to bird strike
A Spicejet Boeing 737-800, registration VT-SZA performing flight SG-182 from Pune to Delhi (India) with 183 passengers and 6 crew, was accelerating for takeoff from Pune's runway 10 when the crew rejected takeoff due to a bird strike and slowed the...
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United B752 near Dublin on Aug 21st 2016, smoke in cabin
A United Boeing 757-200, registration N33132 performing flight UA-153 from Dublin (Ireland) to Chicago,IL (USA), was enroute at FL320 about 350nm northwest of Dublin when the crew decided to return to Dublin reporting smoke in the cabin. The...
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Canada A333 at Toronto on Aug 17th 2016, runway incursion
An Air Canada Airbus A330-300, registration C-GFUR performing flight AC-834 from Toronto,ON to Montreal,QC (Canada), was taxiing for departure and was instructed by ATC "to taxi to position on Runway 24R", however, the transmission was blocked. ATC...
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THY A321 at Istanbul on Aug 22nd 2016, could not retract gear
A THY Turkish Airlines Airbus A321-200, registration TC-JMH performing flight TK-1665 from Istanbul (Turkey) to Hamburg (Germany), was in the initial climb out of Ataturk Airport's runway 35L when the crew stopped the climb at 5000 feet after being...
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ITALY: 247 PEOPLE PERISH, 100's MISSING: OVERNIGHT STRONG 6.2 EARTHQUAKE AND AFTERSHOCKS JUST 105 MILES FROM ROME

"What can I tell you...?
It's a tragedy, half the town is gone.
There are people under the rubble...
There's been a landslide and a bridge might collapse."
The Mayor of Amatrice, Rieti, Sergio Perozzi






Residents in central Italy have woken up to scenes of devastation this morning following an overnight strong 6.2 earthquake which literally rocked the heart of the country and flattened several  villages. 247 people have died so far and hundreds more reported missing. These numbers are expected to increase.


initially it was reported just five people were killed in the 6.2 magnitude earthquake quake, which sent residents fleeing and running into the streets. A family of four trapped under the rubble, was presumed dead. More fatalities are likely say rescuers.


The 'shallow' earthquake, erupted after 3:30am CET, at a depth of 6 miles, was felt right across central Italy.


In the capital Rome, where people living in the historic centre, felt 'a long swaying followed by aftershocks.'


The Mayor of Amatrice near Rieti, Sergio Perozzi, interviewed on  RAI Radio 1 that there were collapsed buildings in the town centre and that the lights had gone out. He said he's unable to get in touch with emergency responders or reach the hospital.


The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre put the magnitude at 6.1.  The US Geological Survey put the magnitude at 6.2, with the epicentre at Norcia, about 105 miles northwest of Rome.







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CAA Chief: People found carrying powerful laser pointers should be arrested even if they are not using them.



“Why does Joe Blogg walking down the street, need a laser that can pop a balloon at 50 miles, and can also cause permanent damage to a pilot?” CAA Chief






People found carrying powerful laser pointers should be arrested even if they are not using them, the head of the UK's aviation regulator has said.


Andrew Haines, chief executive Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), claimed new legislation is urgently needed to cut the increasing number of laser attacks on aircraft.


Mr Haines says the misuse of lasers is a far tougher issue to solve than near misses involving drones because the use of  laser devices  are “a deliberate attempt to cause harm”.
Under the existing Air Navigation Order 2009, it is an offence to act in a manner “likely to endanger an aircraft”.


Mr Haines expressed his frustration at the difficulty in prosecuting people under this law because of the requirement to “find the person undertaking the task and... demonstrate intent”.


Julian Bray Aviation Security expert comments: I've been campaigning against the street possession of lasers and near airports for several years now. It is good to see the CAA raise the temperature of this debate, but more needs to be done, and quickly.


There is a defence that if the person is engaged in astronomy, that may constitute  a legitimate use of a laser, however lasers are highly dangerous and I welcome the CAA's now much tougher stance.


The new breed of military grade green laser beams are particularly dangerous to pilots and aircraft, as the beam will bounce off any glass surface and effectively creates a 'laser cats cradle' inside the cockpit, meaning that wherever the pilot looks, some eye contact with the beam is likely. 


There is also a lesser offence of shining a light at an aircraft, but the CAA boss called for the law to be toughened so anyone found carrying a laser pointer can be arrested.


In an interview with Press Association, Mr Haines said: “We and Balpa, the pilots' trade union, are very keen that the Government introduces legislation which means that the mere possession of these high-powered lasers by individuals not licensed for them would be a criminal offence.


“Why does Joe Bloggs walking down the street need a laser that can pop a balloon at 50 miles, that can cause permanent damage to a pilot?”




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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

GOLD NOSED JUMBO FLIGHT BA2016 WITH TEAM GB ONBOARD ARRIVES AT HEATHROW AIRPORT





The entire TEAM GB (well the remaining 130 - approximately a third of the total) and support staff clutching a massive hoard of gold, silver and bronze medals from Rio 2016 has arrived safely back at Heathrow Airport in London, on a special flight BA2016 Boeing 747 Jumbo with a specially painted GOLD nosecone,  CONGRATULATIONS!  The special twitter hastag is #greattobeBAck   Subtle BA, subtle!


Meanwhile the BBC are claiming record viewing figures for its Rio 2016 Olympics output http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/rio-olympics-bbc-pulls-in-highest-audience-for-overseas-games/






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Monday, 22 August 2016

SHOREHAM AIR SHOW AIR DISPLAY ACCIDENT ONE YEAR ON AAIB STATEMENT RELEASED







Julian Bray Aviation Security Analyst and Broadcaster writes: The AAIB ( Air Accidents Investigation Branch ) have just confirmed in a statement released earlier (August 22nd 2016) today, the FINAL REPORT into the Shoreham Air Accident will be published, within the next four months, that is before the end of this year. 


This is quite an achievement by the AAIB, who have not only mounted a major, and very detailed investigation in the Shoreham air display disaster, as we have reported in detail over the months, in which many people, outside of the air show perimeter, and motorists on an adjoining motorway lost their lives.  


The AAIB also during the period, assisted in the CAA revision of air display rules for the conduct of air shows and aerial displays,  but have also had a major legal battle over the custody of evidence submitted and collected by the AAIB, as police have demanded access to AAIB materials, before the final AAIB report is published. 


Our own reactive, speculative posts following the incident are on this link:-


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AAIB Statement on the Shoreham air display accident investigation




Acting Chief Inspector of Air Accidents, David Miller, said:
“Today marks the first anniversary of the Shoreham air display accident. Our thoughts are with all those affected by this tragedy.


"We have published three special bulletins which have included safety recommendations to prevent future similar accidents. Our final report will integrate and expand on those previous bulletins, which dealt with systemic issues, and cover the technical aspects of the accident itself.


"The final report is expected to be published later this year.”
Since the accident, the AAIB has published three special bulletins.


Special Bulletin S3/2015, published 4 September 2015.


Special Bulletin S4/2015, published 21 December 2015.


Special Bulletin S1/2016, published 10 March 2016.




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Sunday, 21 August 2016

SCOTLAND/ENGLAND MAIN RAILWAY LINES BLOCKED BY DERAILED ENGINEERS TRAIN UNIT


Typical engineering support train (library)

SCOTLAND/ENGLAND RAILWAY LINE BLOCKED BY TRAIN DERAILMENT
Northern Rail are reporting that an engineering support train has been derailed and is blocking lines on a major railway route between England and Scotland.

The train comprising specialist engineering units, derailed near Carnforth, Lancashire, affecting services by Northern, TransPennine Express and Virgin Trains.

Disruption to all services is expected to last throughout Sunday and possibly impact on services running during the Monday morning rush hour.


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US DIPLOMATIC CABLES POUR SCORN ON SNP WILLINGNESS TO DUMP SCOTLAND BASED TRIDENT SUBS



The SUNDAY HERALD in Scotland is running an amazing exclusive, they claim Secret US diplomatic cables scoffed at the SNP’s commitment to ditch Trident missiles launched from Submarines after independence, and have been attacked by former first minister Alex Salmond.

Internal memos from the US Embassy in London to the State Department in Washington in the run-up to the independence referendum in 2014 dismiss the Scottish Government’s plan to ban nuclear weapons.

The cables, just declassified under US freedom of information law and released exclusively to the Sunday Herald, label SNP nuclear policy as “rhetoric” and “a marquee issue”. An anti-Trident motion in the Scottish Parliament is described as “largely symbolic” and “a campaign tactic”.

The revelations have prompted an angry response from Salmond, who headed Holyrood at the time. 



THE FULL STORY:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14695583.Alex_Salmond_slaps_down_US_embassy_over_secret_Trident_cables/?ref=mrb&lp=1




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Aviation Incidents 20th August 2016



Emirates A388 near Van on Aug 20th 2016, passenger oxygen masks released
An Emirates Airlines Airbus A380-800, registration A6-EOX performing flight EK-147 from Dubai (United Arab Emirates) to Amsterdam (Netherlands), was enroute at FL380 about 30nm southsoutheast of Van (Turkey) when the passenger oxygen masks dropped...
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Swiss A333 near Plymouth on Aug 18th 2016, engine vibrations
A Swiss Airbus A330-300, registration HB-JHG performing flight LX-52 from Zurich (Switzerland) to Boston,MA (USA), was enroute at FL360 about 100nm west of Plymouth,EN (UK) when the crew decided to return to Zurich due to increased engine (Trent...
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Flybe DH8D at Glasgow on Aug 20th 2016, "suspected minor technical fault"
A Flybe de Havilland Dash 8-400, registration G-ECOP performing flight BE-1143 from Glasgow,SC to Jersey,CI (UK) with 50 passengers, was climbing out of Glasgow when the crew stopped the climb at 6000 feet and returned to Glasgow for a safe landing...
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Everjet A320 near Athens on Aug 20th 2016, loss of cabin pressure
An Everjet Airbus A320-200 on behalf of Cobalt, registration CS-TKV performing flight CO-729 from Thessaloniki (Greece) to Larnaca (Cyprus), was climbing out of Thessaloniki when the crew stopped the climb at about FL270 due to the failure of both...
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Flybe DH8D near Belfast on Aug 19th 2016, "minor technical fault"
A Flybe de Havilland Dash 8-400, registration G-JECE performing flight BE-986 from Southampton,EN to Belfast City,NI (UK) with 70 people on board, was descending towards Belfast's City Airport when the crew requested emergency services on standby...
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Saturday, 20 August 2016

LIAM FOX MP IN BREXIT MEGA GAFFE OVER WTO TRADE SURCHARGES TO BE LEVIED ON UK BUSINESS

Strictly Come Brexiting with Liam Foxtrot....


We understand this official press release has been suddenly removed from Government websites, as it make a stunning admission that UK will have to trade under WTO rules until BREXIT terms are finally ratified - this could take many, many  years -  and that immediately puts a substantive surcharge on a huge range of UK products and services, this is from a previous version before it was pulled by Liam Fox Minister for Brexit Affairs, and assisted by sidekick Stewart Jackson MP .... Ouch! 



Department for International Trade continues to provide a range of support for new and existing exporters

Many businesses are uncertain of how the EU referendum result will affect them. Will they have to pay higher tariffs or observe new quotas?


Will the cost of doing business in other markets increase?


While the outcome of future negotiations can’t be predicted, nothing changes until the UK has exited from the European Single Market.


This won’t happen until at least 2 years after the UK has invoked Article 50, which formally withdraws the UK from the EU. Even then exporters will only be affected if the UK exits the European Single Market as well as the EU. Until then:
  • goods and people will continue to move freely between the UK and other EU member states
  • the UK is still considered part of the EU when trading with countries that have a trade deal with the EU
If the UK does exit the European Single Market, it will be governed by World Trade Organization (WTO) rules until any new trade deals are negotiated. We’ll remain a competitive player on the global stage because all major economies and most minor ones are members of the WTO. The WTO requires each member to charge the others the same tariffs and grant them ‘most favoured nation’ market access.


There are plenty of opportunities right now for UK businesses to grow through exporting - and many reasons to take advantage of them. Recent research found that exporting led to ‘a level of growth not otherwise possible’ for 85 per cent of exporters. The same research found that exporting had significantly improved the profile or credibility of 87 per cent of exporters.






Source: https://politicalscrapbook.net/2016/08/incompetent-liam-foxs-dept-deletes-press-release-after-making-big-brexit-eu-admission


http://theconversation.com/why-uk-could-be-doomed-to-years-without-proper-access-to-world-trade-61782






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CORROSIVE SODIUM HYDROXIDE TABLETS COVERTLY OFFERED FOR AIR CARGO SHIPMENT BY UPS



WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s

Library picture


Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes a $54,000 in civil penalty against Gordon Food Service of Wyoming, Mich., for allegedly violating the Hazardous Materials Regulations.
  
The FAA alleges that on Aug. 11, 2014, Gordon Food Service offered UPS a shipment of 30 four-ounce Fryer Boil-Out Foaming tablets for air transportation from Plant City, Fla., to Greensboro, N.C.

The tablets are made of corrosive sodium hydroxide, and the inner boxes displayed the words, “DANGER: May Cause Burns.”
  
Workers at UPS’s Lakeland, Fla., sort facility discovered the shipment.
  
The FAA alleges the package was not properly marked, labelled or accompanied by shipping papers indicating the amount, type and hazardous nature of the material inside.

The FAA also alleges that the company did not provide required emergency response information with the shipment.
  
Furthermore, the FAA alleges the company failed to ensure its employees received required hazardous materials training and failed to include emergency response information with the package.
 
Gordon Food Service has 30 days from receipt of the FAA’s enforcement letter to respond to the agency.
 


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KALASHNIKOV TO SELL AK-47 REPLICA GUNS FROM ITS OWN MOSCOW AIRPORT SOUVENIR SHOP



Julian Bray Aviation Security Expert reports: In what must be one of the most bizarre decisions made by any responsible airport directorate this one by Moscows' Sheremetyevo really takes the  biscuit for crass stupidity. 

"The model guns - automatic pistols and rifles - would very clearly be imitations and would pose no security problems......" Kalashnikov's head of marketing, Vladimir Dmitriev

Reuters are reporting that Gunmaker Kalashnikov, whose AK-47 assault rifle has armed Russian forces for 70 years and been the preferred weapon of insurgents across continents, has opened a store at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport selling souvenirs including plastic model guns, the company said.

An airport official said the shop, offering novelties including pens, umbrellas, bags, hats, camouflage gear and "I love AK" T-shirts, would be situated in the rail-link section of the airport complex. The model guns - automatic pistols and rifles - would very clearly be imitations and would pose no security problems, he added.

"Kalashnikov is one of the most popular brands that come to mind for most people in the world when they hear about Russia," Kalashnikov's head of marketing, Vladimir Dmitriev, said in a press release.


"So, we are pleased to provide the opportunity for everyone to take away from Russia a souvenir with our company brand."


The AK-47, the first rifle the firm produced, has acquired an iconic status due to its low production costs and reliability in extreme conditions. It was introduced in 1948, armed the whole of the Soviet Union and eastern Europe in communist times and served largely pro-Soviet rebel forces across Africa and Asia.
Produced also under license beyond Russian frontiers, it remains one of the most popular assault rifles in the world.


Sheremetyevo International Airport is Moscow's and Russia's largest airport by passenger traffic. In 2015, it handled more than 31 million passengers.


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Friday, 19 August 2016

SHEPHERDS BUSH WEST LONDON TOWER BLOCK ABLAZE AS ACRID SMOKE HEADS FOR HEATHROW AIRPORT ACCESS ROUTES



Julian Bray, Aviation Security Analyst reports: Thick acrid smoke is currently spreading across West London, as a tower block of flats in Shepherd's Bush, near the West 12 shopping centre, caught fire earlier on Friday afternoon.

Eight fire engines have been called out to the incident, with more on standby. The smoke trail is being carefully monitored for toxicity, as it could well affect access routes and flight operations later this evening at Heathrow Airport also in West London.




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UNIONS UNHAPPY AS MAERSK SET TO AXE TWENTY SEAGOING VESSELS


Twenty MAERSK ships heading for the breakers yard ?


The shipping Union RMT has today expressed bitter disappointment at the industry announcement that Maersk plans to reduce its current seagoing fleet of 56 merchant ships by some 20 vessels.

RMT National Secretary Steve Todd, RMT National Secretary said:  “Maersk’s announcement that it intends to get rid of more than a third of its fleet represents another bitter blow to an industry already decimated by too many job losses in the last eighteen  months.

“The industry appears to be in free fall with no government intervention to stop it or save it. This is going to lead to yet more job losses for British seafarers.

“RMT is seeking a very early meeting with the company to try and establish exactly how many jobs are at risk, with a view to minimising the numbers. In this already hard-hit industry the union will be fighting to save every job it possibly can.”

 


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Aviation Incidents circa. Aug 18 2016

Up B738 at Tel Aviv on Aug 18th 2016, damaged tyre on departure
An Up Airlines Boeing 737-800 on behalf of El Al, registration 4X-EKM performing flight LY-2653 from Tel Aviv (Israel) to Kiev (Ukraine) with 182 people on board, departed Tel Aviv's runway 26. While climbing out the crew received information that...
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TUIFly Nordic B738 at Alghero on Aug 17th 2016, bird strike
A TUIFly Nordic Boeing 737-800, registration SE-RFU performing flight 6B-554 from Alghero (Italy) to Oslo (Norway) with 176 people on board, was in the initial climb out of Alghero's runway 02 when the aircraft flew through a flock of birds and...
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Avianca Brasil A320 at Brasilia on Aug 15th 2016, bird strike
An Avianca Brasil Airbus A320-200, registration PR-AVR performing flight O6-6063 from Brasilia,DF to Sao Paulo Congonhas,SP (Brazil) with 99 people on board, was in the initial climb out of Brasilia's runway 11R when an Urubu impacted the nose of...
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American A319 near Baltimore on Aug 15th 2016, hydraulic failure
An American Airlines Airbus A319-100, registration N834AW performing flight AA-2159 from Boston,MA to Washington National,DC (USA), was descending towards Washington when the crew received indications of a hydraulic failure causing the loss of nose...
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Cathay Pacific A333 near Bangkok on Aug 14th 2016, smoke in cockpit and cabin
A Cathay Pacific Airbus A330-300, registration B-HLW performing flight CX-755 from Hong Kong (China) to Bangkok (Thailand), was descending towards Bangkok when smoke appeared in cockpit and cabin prompting the flight crew to don their oxygen masks...
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830 OFFSHORE WIND POWER TURBINES COULD GENERATE SAME OUTPUT AS CHINESE ON/OFF FRENCH HINKLEY POINT NUKE POWER PLANT AND NO END OF LIFE ISSUES!





Britain could scrap the 18 billion-pound ($23 billion) nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point and get the same amount of electricity from offshore wind turbines for roughly the same investment.
That’s the assessment of Bloomberg New Energy Finance following Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to review whether to proceed with the first new atomic plant in more than three decades.


For the same capital costs, the U.K. could install about 830 new turbines at sea, which would generate 25 terawatt hours a year -- the same amount of power the Hinkley reactors would produce, according to the London-based researcher.


The findings add to the debate over whether Electricite de France SA’s proposal makes economic sense. With the cost of offshore wind turbines falling, developers led by Dong Energy A/S of Denmark are promoting renewables as a better way to get energy without the emissions that cause global warming.


“If we had 18 billion to spend today, we could build 5.7 gigawatts of offshore wind ­-- just under double the capacity and generating the same level of power as Hinkley Point,” said Keegan Kruger, analyst for BNEF.


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BOEING BAGS $2.8 BILLION KC-46A MULTIROLE TANKER CONTRACT



The United States Air Force (USAAF) has awarded the Boeing Company a $2.8 billion contract for the innovative KC-46A tanker in what is termed 'a low-rate initial production.' The contract  includes the first series of two production runs  of 7 and 12 planes respectively, plus full support and spare parts inventory. With future options, Boeing is scheduled to assemble some 179 (ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY NINE....) of the type 767-based refueling aircraft for USAAF to replace their existing KC-135 fleet.

The KC-46A as it turned out is truly a multirole tanker that can not only refuel all allied and coalition military aircraft compatible with international aerial refuelling procedures, but can also carry passengers, cargo and medevac patients in a full intensive care air ambulance hospital role. The company will begin delivering to the USAA in 2017.

“The KC-46 tanker will provide the USAAF unprecedented refueling capabilities, operational flexibility and combat readiness,” said Leanne Caret, Boeing Defense, Space & Security president and CEO. “It’s an important day for the company and program.

”This step forward follows a Defense Acquisition Board review and announcement that the KC-46 program completed “Milestone C” -- a set of required ground- and flight-test tests – and is approved for initial production. Those tests included refuelling flights with F-16, F/A-18, AV-8B, KC-10, C-17 and A-10 aircraft and a cargo handling demonstration.

Following an initial contract in 2011 to design and develop the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation tanker aircraft, a part of that contract involved Boeing building  four test aircraft – two configured as 767-2Cs and two as KC-46A tankers. The test aircraft have completed more than 1,000 flight hours to date.











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CANADIAN POPPY TROWBRIDGE DROPS OUT OF SKY TO PICK UP PHILLIP HAMMOND SpAd TREASURY BRIEF



The Canadian born Sky News Correspondent Poppy Trowbridge (latterly Consumer Affairs Correspondent having been moved out of her City role), who at the start of her tenure at Sky News delighted audiences, as her mid-atlantic drawl gamefully vocally mangled her way through her early on-air City reports, is leaving Sky to alarmingly become a Special Adviser  [SpAd] to the Chancellor Phillip Hammond.


We say alarmingly, as some Treasury SpAds' end up as front bench MPs, essentially as they know where all the financial bodies are buried! Poppy joined Sky News in 2012 as Business and Economics Correspondent before being moved over to her consumer role.


Trowbridge is following a well worn path as she follows Sky News colleagues  Joey Jones, the former deputy political editor, and Fiona Hill in moving to Westminster.

Joey Jones was appointed head of communications to Theresa May when she was still Home Secretary, Fiona Hill is a SpAd to the  prime minister Theresa May.....


Prior to Sky, Ms Trowbridge was a Correspondent for several years with Bloomberg Television.







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