Cutting turbulence injuries in half: the real-time connection

first_imgIn recent years, companies have zeroed in on the problem, trying—if not to tame it—at least better forecast C.A.T. so pilots can avoid bumpy areas. The latest advance and most promising is a deal among The Weather Company (an IBM Business) and Gogo Business Aviation. The arrangement will speed the delivery of real-time, turbulence-avoidance information to airline dispatch operations and pilots alike.The companies are able to do this, according to The Weather Company’s President Mark Gildersleeve by, “collecting massive amounts of data very quickly, and then using that insight to provide guidance to all flights that will be traveling through impacted airspace.”The result could spare passengers and crew alike the uncomfortable bumps. Traditionally, flight operations, pilots and aviation meteorologists have received coded verbal reports—reports containing limited information on actual, real-time flight conditions—via pilot reports, or PIREPS. Now, the Weather Company and Gogo say their Turbulence Auto PIREP System (TAPS) can communicate critical en-route weather information far faster, affording pilots a chance at avoiding sometimes-dangerous conditions. The payoff among those who employ the WSI Total Turbulence set-up is, say the two partner companies, a full 50% reduction in turbulence-related injuries and unnecessary maintenance inspections.AirlineRatings will have more on this important story in the near future. Nothing sets passengers’ teeth on edge and induces a fear of flying quite like turbulence, be it the weather-induced variety or C.A.T—clear air turbulence. Each year the nerve-wracking phenomena cost airlines some US$100 million. Turbulence remains the number one cause of non-fatal injuries aloft.Watch this spectacular video of a thunderstorm over Guatemala and South of Mexico. It was taken from a Boeing 767-300 by Noe Castillo of Videos de Aviacion. The thunderstormn action starts at 1.5 minutes in and is amazing.last_img read more

Thohoyandou Victim Empowerment Programme

first_imgContact person: Wilda WongTelephone: 015 963 1222Address: House No 2, Old EmbassyGround, Box 754, Sibasa 0970E-mail: peacecorps@tvep.org.zaOur mission is to generate an attitude of Zero Tolerance towards Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Child Abuse & HIV and AIDS related stigma in Limpopo’s Thulamela MunicipalityOur objective is to create a supportive environment for the victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse and the HIV/AIDS pandemic; and to inform, educate and capacitate the community about their rights and responsibilities pertaining to sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse and HIV/AIDSWe want to capacitate and rehabilitate victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse and HIV/AIDS, and to ensure that justice is served.TVEP covers the Thulamela Municipality of Vhembe District in the north of Limpopo Province, South Africa, 200km from Polokwane, the provincial capital.We need development officers with experience in financial and/or institutional sustainability, and volunteers who can offer office skills transfer (Microsoft Word & Excel, photo & video editing skills, business English skills).last_img read more

Mike Lutmer, Nov. 17

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I was wanting to finish beans last week and then a few things came up, we got a shower and we switched over to corn for a few days. Then we bounced back to beans and it looks like everything should be done before Thanksgiving — knock on wood. The corn yields have been average, not great. The last field I planted was around 18.5% moisture and was yielding in the 150s or so. On that side of town we didn’t have a lot of water. I was really concerned about one field and it only ran 115, but it didn’t have the water. I thought corn yields would be a little higher than we have seen but the beans were above my expectations.We had a field of beans at my brother’s that was pushing an 80-bushel average. I thought bean yields would be lower and I have been pleasantly surprised. Is it going to make up for the corn yields being lower? More than likely not.The corn price in the mid $3-range is not a good situation no matter what the yields are. If you can put it in the bin and sit on it I think that may help. We did some more contracting with beans. We are just trying not to overextend ourselves, try to hedge a little bit and take it day by day.We talked about doing some fall spraying and we have some ripping to do. We have had beautiful weather, but it sounds like a drastic change is coming. We’ll have to get everything winterized.All the wheat that we planted looks good. I don’t think there is a lot of wheat planted in the state. There was a good amount last year and a lot of straw baled and it will be interesting this next year.We couldn’t have asked for any better weather this fall.last_img read more

NRC must for Bengal: BJP leader

first_imgA exercise to update the National Register of Citizens (NRC) will be conducted in West Bengal if the BJP comes to power in the State, party general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya said here on Saturday. “The NRC will definitely be conducted in Bengal if the BJP comes to power here as it is also facing severe infiltration issues,” Mr. Vijayvargiya told presspersons at the BJP State headquarters. He said the exercise was required not only in West Bengal but also in all metro cities in the country.‘Backing infiltrators’He criticised West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for opposing the NRC update in Assam, and accused her of “siding with infiltrators” for the sake of votes.“I want to ask Mamata Banerjee why she is siding with infiltrators. Unfortunately some people are more concerned about indulging in appeasement policies and vote bank politics than the progress of the nation. The prime example of such mentality is Ms. Banerjee,” Mr. Vijayvargiya said.He accused the Chief Minister of double standards on the infiltration issue. As an MP, she flung papers at the Speaker’s podium after an adjournment motion over Bangladeshi infiltration into West Bengal was rejected in the Lok Sabha on August 5, 2005.“What happened in the past 13 years that you [Ms. Banerjee] have made a u-turn and is siding with the infiltrators,” he asked.BJP State president Dilip Ghosh told The Hindu that an NRC exercise was “necessary” in West Bengal as more than one crore infiltrators resided in the State. “Earlier the Communist Party of India(Marxist) used the infiltrators [for political mileage] and now Mamata Banerjee is using them,” he said. TMC protestsThe Trinamool Congress organised a State-wide protest against the detention and alleged assault of a delegation of party MPs and MLAs at the Silchar airport by the Assam police. Senior party leaders led marches against the Centre. Minister Subrata Mukherjee said the protests would continue on Sunday.last_img read more