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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Help Plea After American Samoa Crash

Help Plea After American Samoa Crash

Recent Air Disasters call for Airlines To live stream Aircraft Data

A string of Aviation Tragedies is igniting calls for Airlines to adopt Technology that can send a plane’s Flight data the Critical Information stored in black boxes from the air to the ground in real time.

One Canadian maker of the Technology, Calgary based Flight Aerospace Solutions, is in the midst of installing live streaming software in the entire fleet of Aircraft for First Air, which flies in Canada’s remote northern regions. But so far, larger carriers have been hesitant to jump on board.

Experts say the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disaster could have been a very different story if such technology was in place.

The lay person will say,What can we do with our cellphones We can track each other Why can’t we do the same with an aircraft said University of Toronto engineering professor Doug Perovic.
Black boxes contain cockpit voice recordings and Flight data Information such as the plane’s speed, altitude and location, various sensor readings and positions of flaps which are vital in helping crash investigators reconstruct what happened.

But as history has shown, locator beacons can’t always be relied upon to recover black boxes when Planes Crash into the water. It took two years to recover the black boxes of Air France Flight 447 after it crashed into the Atlantic Ocean in 2009. Investigators have yet to locate the black boxes of Flight 370, which disappeared in March while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

These incidents have Spurred calls for the Aviation Industry to adopt devices that can transmit black box data up to satellites and then to the ground in real time. The devices can be programmed to automatically begin live streaming data when an anomaly occurs, such as the failure of an engine or loss of pressure in the cabin.

In Flight data streaming can also be activated manually by Pilots or by Airline Staff on the ground.

Personnel on the ground can quickly evaluate the streamed data and provide support to the Plane’s Crew or initiate search and rescue operations if a crash is inevitable.

Live streaming technology looks increasingly necessary, said an Editorial in the trade Publication Aviation Week in April, noting that the equipment for alerting and streaming exists today.

But at a time when the Airline Industry is reporting a 2.4 per cent net profit margin  which equates to less than $6 per seat carriers have been slow to adopt the technology.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Flight NZ9 Of Air New Zealand delays due to Trouble In Engine

Flight NZ9 Of Air New Zealand delays due to Trouble In Engine 
A faulty Indication System prompted Air New Zealand Pilots to abort take-off during departure from Hawaii last night. Flight NZ9 from Honolulu to Auckland was aborted during take-off at low speed with 227 passengers on board, the Airline said.

Passengers were then taken off the 767-300 Aircraft and given hotel rooms for the night.
They were told the plane had suffered Engine Problems. However, Air New Zealand tonight confirmed a problem with an indication system was to blame.

The issue was a fault with an indication system which meant it was showing the Pilots there was an issue, however there was no fault with the Engine itself, a spokeswoman for the Airline said.

Engineers are currently working to repair the Indication System.The Flight had been rescheduled to depart at 10pm on Sunday local time,but that has since been changed. 
Passengers were sent to Hotels across Honolulu to spend the night after the Flight was aborted. They were tonight back in the Airport waiting to board the plane.

During the day some complained of a lack of communication from Air NZ, with one saying theyhad no updates from anyone, and another saying the cancellation had been miserably handled.

In response Air NZ said Exercise Rimpac, the world's largest military exercise, is currently taking place in Honolulu. The event attracts 25,000 participants so as you can appreciate the customers were distributed across a number of hotels in order to secure the required number of rooms at short notice. This has made communicating with them challenging.

The New Zealand Herald's editor in chief Tim Murphy was on board the Flight, and tweeted updates about the problems last night.

The take off was aborted at speed mid-runway , he said, after an Indication that the left Engine Temperature was Raised.

After aborted takeoff, NZ9 Honolulu-Akl now likely cancelled he posted as replacement part to fix Engine/Indicator light must come from mainland US.

After scouring Honolulu Airport for parts NZ9 is officially cancelled and with crew needing 10 hour break it is back to the beach for all.

Flight NZ9 Of Air New Zealand, 
Trouble In Engine during departure from Hawaii,
Flight NZ9 from Honolulu to Auckland ,
Passengers sent to Hotels in Honolulu,
Honolulu Airport,
Engine Temperature was Raised,

Mohini Porwal [ B Sc]
Trainee News Editor

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Air New Zealand To Bring Army of global Hobbit Fans To Middle-Earth

An army of Hobbit fans will soon converge on Middle-earth for a once in a Lifetime Private Screening of The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies with Sir Peter Jackson himself before the Film’s Theatrical Release on December.

The Hobbit Fan Fellowship Contest was announced today by Jackson and U.S. late night television host Stephen Colbert at the annual Comic-Con International entertainment and comic convention in San Diego.

The competition will see Air New Zealand, the Official Airline of Middle-earth, fly 150 fans to New Zealand for a week to attend the screening and tour some of The Hobbit Trilogy’s filming locations including Hobbiton.

Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon says partnering with New Line Cinema, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, and Warner Bros. Pictures along with Tourism New Zealand on the global competition is a huge opportunity to promote Middle-earth as a destination to an unprecedented audience.

This global competition is an incredibly exciting prize for any Hobbit fan as well as a significant platform to be able to show travellers that visiting Middle-earth can be an easy reality, Filmmaker Sir Peter Jackson says The release of The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies will mark the end of an exciting journey for fans and I look forward to hosting these prize winners in the coming months and giving them a sneak peek at the final film in the Trilogy.

Entries for The Hobbit Fan Fellowship Contest open on 25 August. For further details and to register your interest go to

Mohini Porwal [ B Sc]
Trainee News Editor

Saturday, July 26, 2014

French Officials Send soldiers To Guard Air Algerie AH 5017 Plane Crash site

French Officials have Dispatched a Military Unit to secure the site in restive northern Mali where an Air Algerie plane crashed with 116 people aboard. France's interior minister said Friday that Terrorism cannot be excluded as a cause for the Tragedy though it was likely due to bad weather.
The MD-83 Aircraft, owned by Spanish company Swiftair and leased by Algerie's flagship carrier, disappeared from radar less than an hour after it took off early Thursday from Burkina Faso's capital of Ouagadougou for Algiers.
A message posted Friday on the website of President Francois Hollande said the wreckage had been clearly Identified near the Burkina Faso border despite the disintegration of the Aircraft.
We think the plane went down due to weather conditions, but no hypothesis can be excluded as long as we don't have the results of an investigation, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told RTL radio.

Terrorist groups are in the zone We know these groups are Hostile to Western Interests.
French forces intervened in Northern Mali to rout Islamist extremists controlling the region. A French soldier was killed earlier this month near the major town of Gao, where French troops remain. Separatist Touaregs also have been Fighting each other.
An Arrival Information screen shows the delayed Air Algerie flight 5017 at the Houari Boumediene Airport near Algiers, Algeria. AP An arrival Information screen shows the delayed Air Algerie flight 5017 at the Houari Boumediene Airport near Algiers, Algeria. 
Earlier, officials in Burkina Faso said human remains and the burnt wreckage had been found about 50 kilometers from the border of Burkina Faso near the Malian village of Boulikessi.
We sent men, with the agreement of the Mali government, to the site, and they found the wreckage of the plane with the help of the inhabitants of the area," said Gen. Gilbert Diendere, a close aide to Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore and head of the crisis committee set up to Investigate the Flight.
The Pilots had sent a final message to ask Niger Air Control to change its route because of heavy rain, Burkina Faso Transport Minister Jean Bertin Ouedraogo said Thursday.
The crash was the third Airline Disaster within a week.

Last week, a Malaysia Airlines Flight was shot down while over war-torn eastern Ukraine, and the U.S. has blamed it on separatists firing a surface-to-air missile. On Wednesday, a Taiwanese plane crashed during a storm, killing 48 people.
French forces had joined the search for the Air Algerie Flight, alongside Algeria and other neighboring countries plus the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali, known as MINUSMA. Algerian Aircraft also participated in the hunt.

Swiftair, a private Spanish Airline, said the plane was carrying 110 passengers and Six Crew, and left Burkina Faso for Algiers at 0117 GMT Thursday.

The Passengers Included 50 French, 28 Burkina Faso Nationals, 8 eight Lebanese,  6 six Algerians, five Canadians, four Germans, two Luxembourg nationals, one Swiss, one Belgian, one Egyptian, one Ukrainian, one Nigerian, one Cameroonian and one Malian, Ouedraogo said. The six crew members were Spanish, according to the Spanish pilots union.

French Officials, 
Air Algerie plane ,
The Aircraft owned by Spanish company, 
Islamist extremists,  
cause of the Crash is unknown,
plane was carrying 110 passengers, 
six crew members were Spanish,

Mohini Porwal [ B Sc]
Trainee News Editor

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Trans Asia Airways Plane Crashes In Taiwan 48 Peoples Killed

Trans Asia Airways Plane Crashes In Taiwan 48 Peoples Killed  

Trans Asia Airways Plane near Magong Taiwan The aircraft was on a Scheduled Domestic Flight between Kaohsiung and Magong, Taiwan. The Airplane Crashed into a Residential Area near the Airport during a go around following an attempted landing at Magong, Taiwan, which is on Penghu Island. Of the Four Crew members and 54 passengers, at least 48 Occupants were killed. At least five people on the ground were also Injured. There was heavy rain in the Area at the time of the Crash. 

The Aircraft took off from Taiwan's southern city of Kaohsiung, headed for the Airport of Makong, but crash-landed in Huxi township of Penghu County, the main Island of the chain also known as the Pescadores

TransAsia Airways is a Taiwan-based Airline with a fleet of around 23 Airbus and ATR aircraft, Operating Chiefly short-haul Flights on domestic routes as well as to mainland China, Japan, Thailand and Cambodia, among its Asian destinations

TAIPEI - Pesawat Trans Asia yang dikabarkan jatuh usai melakukan
pendaratan darurat menghantam
Pulau Penghu, Taiwan. Menurut
laporan pulau tersebut hanya
memiliki sedikit penduduk. Melansir dari Assosiated Press, Rabu
(23/7/2014), Penghu merupakan
sebuah pulau berpenduduk sedikit
dan rata-rata hanya ada sekitar dua
penerbangan sehari dari Taipei. 

Sebelumnya pesawat tersebut
dilaporkan berupaya melakukan
pendaratan darurat usai
menghadapi badai. Dalam insiden itu
setidaknya 51 orang dilaporkan
tewas dan sembilan orang mengalami luka – luka. Berdasarkan
laporan badan penerbangan sipil
setempat pesawat tersebut
membawa sekira 54 penumpang. Rencananya pesawat tersebut akan
menuju Ibu Kota Taiwan yakni
Taipei. Namun nahas pesawat
tersebut justru jatuh saat melakukan
pendaratan darurat.

Mohini Porwal [ B Sc]
Trainee News Editor

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

New Zealand Pays Tribute to Kiwi MH17 Victims

New Zealand pays Tribute to a Kiwi woman and her Dutch husband who were among the Passengers killed in the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. According to reports, family and friends described them as a  beautiful couple.

 MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine, a pro Russian territory, by rebel forces. Reports said a surface to air Missile had hit the Malaysia Airline jet with 298 Passengers and crew on board including New Zealand resident Robert Ayley the couple, Mary Menke and Dutch husband, Gerry Menke.

The 65-year-old woman is a New Zealand native who moved to Australia when she was in her 20s. She lived with her 72-year-old husband in Victoria. The couple operated an abalone pearl company in Mallacoota and Sunbury which won a business award recently. 

Business and Tourism East Gippsland's Jeanette Seignior said the couple is a great loss to the community. Media Reports said the couple had four children who said they take comfort in the fact that their parents were together when they died.

Ayley, who was the other New Zealander among the MH17 victims, was originally from Guildford, Surrey. He was living in Otaki with his wife Sharlene and two children. Ayley's wife said he was away from home for a month because he was in Europe visiting Rottweiler breeders.

Meanwhile, New Zealand has requested a special meeting of the UN Security Council to call on Authorities concerned to secure the MH17 crash site for an International Investigation, according to Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully.

he dead from the downed MH17 plane include 28 Australians, 44 Malaysians, nine British and 189 Dutch.

According to a Top Rebel Leader in Ukraine, pro-Russia Fighters are willing to secure the MH17 crash site if Kiev will agree to a truce. In a statement Andrei Purgin, the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic's deputy premier, said they will guarantee the safety of International Investigators on the Crash Site if Kiev will sign a ceasefire agreement.

Mohini Porwal [ B Sc]
Trainee News Editor