Woody Pusher

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    Lion Air Down

    Well, you are in a no win situation. You can't be in or go into A/P mode because you'd have an air-data discrepancy, yet the AD says STS runaway trim wont happen in Auto Pilot mode? No good arguing over it now, the problem the Lion Air crew encountered was the proverbial 'elephant in the room' one. Looked for the expected UAS and got kicked in the bum.
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    MH370 in the news again

    The present search for MH370 has now ended with the Seabed Constructor recovering the last of its AUVs mid survey near 24°55'S 101°40'E at about 07-1900 UTC, and is now heading for Dampier, West Australia to undertake an Offshore Oilfield contract. An expensive exercise for Ocean Infinity, but their profile in the business has gone from zero to outstanding with the technology used and speed of the survey undertaken. The post mortem will now begin.
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    MH370 in the news again

    The Seabed Constructor is still making its way steadily northwards along the 7th Arc, and is continuing to launch and recover AUVs. At 30-0330 UTC, SC was stopped at 26° 07.3'S 101° 41.1'E, about 22.5NM east of the 7th Arc. The AUVs are engaged in a grid search with 2km between adjacent tracks in +/- 22NM long swathe centered on the 7th Arc with a WNW/ESE axis. This search is expected to continue until June 08, 2018, so the case is not closed yet. Should nothing be found by the conclusion of the search, it is expected that the Malaysian CAD will prepare their Final Report and release it in a timely manner. That of course will lead to speculation that debris from the aircraft was missed - highly unlikely, and the new focus will then be on a non passive end of flight scenario.
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    MH370 in the news again

    The video MH370 - The Situation Room | 60 Minutes Australia - Youtube with a runtime of 49 minutes is probably worth a watch. More importantly to understand how the media can manipulate their "actors" to achieve the desired outcome. The participants were - Martin Dolan - former Chief Commissioner of the ATSB., Simon Hardy - airline captain, UK., Larry Vance - former Canadian TSB safety investigator, John Cox - Aeronautical safety advisor, USA., Charitha Pattiaratchi - Oceanographer, Australia, and Tara Brown - Presenter, Channel 9 Australia. Once you've viewed the video, the following Mark Young (South Africa) blog post will help in understanding what the hell was going on, and the insidious manner in which the producers of the program achieved their preordained outcome. The facts and truth were ultimately the victims, while the general public will unknowingly be lead to believe what they saw.
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    MH370 - No Find, No Fee!

    Here we are again with another search now in progress for the Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 (9M-MRO), a B777-2H6ER that somehow managed to end-up somewhere in the Southern Indian Ocean shortly after midnight on 8 March 2014. That's after departing Kuala Lumpur some 7.5 hours earlier for Beijing. Swire Seabed of Bergen, Norway have chartered the sophisticated offshore research vessel Seabed Constructor to Ocean Infinity of Texas, USA, which has in turn offered the vessel and its services on a "No Find No Fee" basis in an attempt to locate 9M-MRO's debris believed to be somewhere on the seabed beneath the so-called 20,000 ft altitude Inmarsat 'ping' derived 7th Arc in the south-east SIO. That's a pretty long sentence, so now I'll try and keep them a tad shorter! The Malaysian government have accepted the deal offered with a princely sum of between US$20 million and $70 million with some timing restraints. Notably, a 25,000km2 area just north of 36°S is to be searched first - i.e. the lower fee, then OI will be free to search anywhere else they wish with the proviso that identifiable debris be found within 90 days. For OI's sake, one would hope the money is in an escrow account controlled by dependable persons. Swire Seabed is an offshoot company of John Swire & Company, better known for Swire Shipping, Swire Pacific Offshore and of course Cathay Pacific Airways. Ocean Infinity is a relatively new company with private shareholders, which is involved in seabed exploration and research. They have equipped the Seabed Constructor with a fleet of 8 Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV's) capable of operating to depths of 6,000 metres. Each of these AUVs has a remotely controlled Autonomous / Unmanned Surface Vessel (AUSV) associated with it, which tracks it and via which remote control data can be sent and received by the mother-ship - Seabed Constructor. Side-scan survey data is recorded by each AUV, and at the end of a subsea excursion that data is downloaded when the AUV is safely back onboard the mothership. Maximum endurance of each AUV is up to 50 hours, and the expected coverage of each AUV is about 150km2 per day. The Seabed Constructor reached the search area from Durban at 0900UTC 21 January 2018 and has already deployed some of the AUVs. As the contract with the Malaysian government was signed after the ship departed Durban, another offshore vessel, the Maersk Mariner is currently transporting 2 Malaysian naval representatives from Fremantle to join the Seabed Constructor - which is a contract requirement. A rather expensive taxi! The Maersk Mariner should rendezvous with the Seabed Constructor around 1800UTC 23 January 2018. Meantime, the waiting starts for the recovery of each AUV, the downloading of its recorded data and the onboard review by skilled personnel.