Aviation

Air NZ rated number two in the world for safety behind Qantas

Seems Air New Zealand is doing well in the safety stakes…must be all those cringe-worthy inflight safety videos.

An annual survey of the world’s biggest airlines has seen Qantas named the world’s safest for the third year running.

The Australian carrier was praised for its “extraordinary fatality-free record in the jet era”, while Virgin Atlantic was the only UK airline to make it into the top 20.

In a separate ranking for low-cost airlines, two British carriers featured – Flybe and Thomas Cook.

The lists (see below for a full breakdown) were compiled byAirlineRatings.com, an independent plane safety and product rating website.

The website provided safety ratings for 407 airlines, awarding them up to seven stars for safety. Of those surveyed, 148 were given the top seven-star safety ranking but almost 50 had just three stars or less.    Read more »

So, we have nothing to fear in NZ, yet we need to upgrade our domestic airport security?

This is how terrorists win. They make us change our way of life, to live in fear…even though our politicians tell us we have nothing to fear.

Then riddle me this…if we have nothing to fear then why do we have to upgrade our airport security, which is annoying as it is?

A big clamp-down on security for domestic flights is likely, to stop terrorists putting bombs on New Zealand aircraft.

Prime Minister John Key revealed the possible changes at the APEC forum in the Philippines, where the fight against Islamic State is dominating the agenda.

A tiny bomb inside a soft drink is what Islamic State claims brought down a Russian jet over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.  It’s suspected to have been packed into the checked-in bags on the flight and wasn’t picked up in security X-rays, and that’s exposed a big loophole on New Zealand domestic flights.

“We just need to be more and more cautious,” says Mr Key.    Read more »

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Photo credit: Matt Hale / Museum Syndicate Daredevils Playing Tennis on a Biplane

Photo credit: Matt Hale / Museum Syndicate
Daredevils Playing Tennis on a Biplane

Tennis, Anyone?

     While many women contributed to the excitement and folklore of the barnstorming era, it was Gladys Roy who perfected a stunt that captured the spirit and untamed passion of these daring aviatrixes.

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Image Credit : WikiPedia/Balloon Bomb

Image Credit : WikiPedia/Balloon Bomb

The Deadly Japanese Weather Balloons of World War II

 Although it’s sometimes said there were no enemy-inflicted deaths on the US mainland during World War II, that’s not actually true. In fact, six civilians were killed in Oregon by a bomb that infiltrated the States by hitching a ride on a beefed-up weather balloon. This “balloon bomb” was one of about 9,000 that were launched from Japan with the intentions of floating across the Pacific and wreaking havoc on the US.

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Photo: AP

Photo: AP

Remembering the Concorde Crash

 Doomed take-off: Air France Concorde flight 4590 burst into flames in 2000 at Paris after runway debris from a Continental DC10 exploded the jet’s fuel tank

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When media mislead – This time it is Fairfax

I noticed this article in this morning’s Stuff.co.nz detailing a light aircraft crash in the USA where the cause is thought to be the pilot
taking ‘selfies’.

A pilot who lost control while taking selfies was likely the cause of a small plane crash that killed two men this past spring, according to US federal investigators.

Pilot Amritpal Singh, 29, and his passenger were killed instantly when Singh’s Cessna 150K crashed into a wheat field shortly after midnight May 31. The wreckage was discovered around 7am local time that morning.

A GoPro camera mounted to the plane’s windshield recorded Singh and several other passengers taking selfies on their mobile phones during a series of short flights before the crash, the US National Transportation Safety Board found. While the GoPro didn’t record the flight where Singh crashed, investigators portrayed a pattern of the pilot taking selfies and possibly texting while giving rides to passengers above Front Range Airport, about 40 kilometres east of Denver.

“During the climb-out portion of flight, the pilot uses his mobile phone to take a self photograph. The camera’s flash was activated and illuminated the cockpit area,” NTSB investigators reported. “During the climb-out phase, the pilot was seen making keyboard entries to his cell phone and additional keyboard entries on a portion of flight consistent with the downwind leg.”

Singh landed safely after that flight, picked up another passenger, and took off again, crashing a few minutes later.

This is a story in the World section and actually occurred in the United States, and involves a specific aircraft…a Cessna 150K.

Stuff  however, for some reason, chose to use a photo of the New Zealand aircraft ZK-RXL that crashed in Waimate late last year.    Read more »

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Photo: OSHA Words "BYE BYE" and drawings in oily residue on the tail of a United Airlines 747-400 prompted 13 flight attendants to refuse to fly from San Francisco to Hong Kong on July 14, 2014, until the plane was thoroughly searched for explosives. United fired the flight attendants and cancelled the flight. The Flight attendants are asking the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for reinstatement, back pay and other damages. [Via MerlinFTP Drop]

Photo: OSHA
Words “BYE BYE” and drawings in oily residue on the tail of a United Airlines 747-400 prompted 13 flight attendants to refuse to fly from San Francisco to Hong Kong on July 14, 2014, until the plane was thoroughly searched for explosives. United fired the flight attendants and cancelled the flight. The Flight attendants are asking the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for reinstatement, back pay and other damages. [Via MerlinFTP Drop]

‘Bye, Bye’

The Flight You Would Not Want To Be On

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Dronelining

Photo / Doug Sherring, via NZ Herald

Photo / Doug Sherring, via NZ Herald

A Kiwi invention that uses a drone to take much of the hassle out of fishing is gaining global attention.

From his garage in Auckland, electrical engineer and project manager Kyle Parshotam has been designing and building high-tech “fishing drones” that can haul line hundreds of metres out to sea and drop the bait right in front of fish – upping the odds of landing a big one.

The carbon-fibre aircraft – dubbed the AeroKontiki – can hover for up to 12 minutes and has been built to fly up to 500m with the maximum height locked at 60m.

It also has two GPS systems that allow it to return to shore on autopilot.

“It’s fast – you can deploy the line very quickly with the whole mission just taking a few minutes,” Parshotam said.

“And you can also use it in some pretty harsh environments where you’ve got rocks and big surf which traditional kontikis can’t go through. You can be quite precise with where you drop your bait.”

I guess it’s the next step in the progression using tech, but I’m not sure I’m going to enjoy the idea of a bunch of those buzzing away in popular fishing spots.    Read more »

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Selfish fat bastard overflows seat and forces other passenger to stand

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Fat bastards who overflow airline seats should be made to pay extra.

I mean you are charged for excess baggage but not for excess guts.

A passenger has complained to an airline after she was squeezed out of her seat by an obese man – and forced to spend most of a trans-Tasman flight standing in the aisle.

Caralyn Young, of Tawa, says she was crammed in next to the man on the fully booked flight from Brisbane to Wellington last Monday night.  Read more »

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The story behind a famous photograph of an ejection from a Lightning. The photograph was taken by Jim Meads on 13 September 1962. It was published in newspapers all around the world at the time and, as it was so widely seen, it naturally caught the attention of manufacturer Martin-Baker.

The story behind a famous photograph of an ejection from a Lightning. The photograph was taken by Jim Meads on 13 September 1962. It was published in newspapers all around the world at the time and, as it was so widely seen, it naturally caught the attention of manufacturer Martin-Baker.

English Electric Lightning:Eject! Eject!

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