Political Pandering and Patronage Produce Pakistan’s Perilous Pilots

Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority [PCAA] and the International Air Transportation Association [IATA] have announced that many of the country’s commercial airline pilots are potentially perilous. They have been flying for Pakistan’s various airlines while having fraudulent backgrounds, education, and experience, to qualify as Commercial Pilots.

Pandering and patronage might be socially acceptable behavior elsewhere, to induce a superior to do a favor. These particular misguidedly-approved Pilots’ Licenses had a deadly outcome in Pakistan. The PCAA in examining the evidence surrounding a airline, found fraudulent credentials of the cockpit crew. The Karachi crash killed 97 people.

Pakistan’s 860 pilots have approximately 200+ individuals with dubious bona fides of ‘holographic veracity’ one would analyze. Now, the PCAA is sorting through the ‘Information Swamp’ trying to determine who is actually qualified to fly commercial aircraft in Pakistan.

We find it incredible that such charades in Pilot Licensing have been occurring so long; endangering the public. Also, jeopardizing other innocent crew members, ground crews, and overflown residents [who might have a airplane crash into their homes].

We think a more Draconian methodology should be applied to governments which do not properly ‘vett’ their aircraft professionals: Immediately, upon finding ‘Systemic Abuse’, act; i.e., Prohibit other airlines from being able to fly to the offender nation. The economic travail of ‘No Freight-No Passengers’ entering a country is a necessary wake-up call for all. For a numerically lesser situation: Ground a airline’s aircraft in the particular country where it it headquartered.

This situation in Pakistan is equivalent to the U.S. Airframe who, in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration [FAA] were going to train pilots on their I-Pads! [Beyond airframe idiocy (so the it could make greater profits)].

We think it is time to stop ‘patronage’, as shown in mediocrity of qualifications [especially in learning to fly a commercial aircraft via I-Pad]. It is far too dangerous to the public. Citizens deserve better safety; they also deserve government bureaucrats [here, there, and everywhere] with integrity, not ‘bribees’.

Reality: It is much easier for all “Pertinent Parties” within an industry, to ‘fly straight’ than to have to clean up disasters, created by Fools.

Reference: https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/677631-150-pia-pilots-grounded-after-report-finds-40-possess-fake-licenses

International Investment Bankers Awaken To A 21st Century Tool

‘Teleconferencing’ has been available and widely used for a number of years world-wide. While many businessmen availed themselves the use of such a tool, many International Investment Bankers [I.I.B.s] did not. Apparently, they believed the myths of their predecessors that ‘Eye-To-Eye” contact was necessary to establish a bond of trust with their customers; in fact, many absolutely adhered to this fantasy. An important incentive to this delusion was the fact that five star hotels, limousines, first-class cabins, and other perks were included with each jaunt to a possible customer. With their banks paying for all the costs, and the public picking up a big portion of the expenses, through the banks tax deductions, the I.I.B.’s were happy.

We, in our daily activities have been, over many decades, exposed to such gentlemen, and aware of their mandate. What has escaped us has been that a International Businessman trains continuously in close observations of those with which he or she is in contact. This is especially true as to I.I.B.’s who are offering to control one’s assets. The old adage: “The Eyes Do Not Lie.” is especially applicable to such people. Additionally, much as a “Psychological Stress Evaluator” machine listens and analyzes, so do we. In fact over enough years of practice, this talent is effective even over a mere telephone call. Do not I.I.B.’s understand this?

I.I.B.’s must now stay at home and try to convince customers of the efficiencies and their rewards to possible clients. To seasoned I.I.B.’s, this will not be a problem. To the university-educated novices, who have not been schooled by their professors in such ‘Arts’, this will be a major hurdle. We hope that those I.I.B.’s who wear their arrogance near their cuff-links on their shirts; we have met many, will be humbled by the Internet Technology of Teleconferencing [in trying to close deals]. For those who fail as to the demands of ‘Remote Associations’, they should practice a different profession.

Technology is wonderful, but it is a mere tool which should be used to work for the greatest asset of man [which is located above his eyes and between his ears]. And, at least the I.I.B.’s do not have to sit for hours, inside aircraft with mediocre Environmental Control Systems which do not stop Covid-19 and its many ‘cousins’

Reality: Quick adaptations, to new Business “Environmental” demands, separate ‘Survivors’ from ‘Fatalities’.

Reference: https://www.finews.ch/themen/finews-life/41231-investment-banker-grounding-fliegen-flughafen

Negligent Airlines, Decades Late, Finally Pay The Piper

It is very interesting as we watch the many negligent airline ‘Executives’, who for decades had the opportunities to require airframes to make their Environmental Control Systems [E.C.S.] of the aircraft they wanted to purchase, Influenza resistant; they did not. Instead, they allowed mediocre filtration systems inside aircraft to be installed. Influenza has existed for a very long time and methodologies such as UVC, for example, which destroy the viruses, have been available for decades. Even electric grid systems can assist on this regard. 

Since the late 1960’s, when the E.C.S. systems were being designed for effective filtration, through the use of such technologies, the E.C.S. makers refused to improve their products because: “It would add additional costs to the aircraft” or, “Added weight to an aircraft is bad”, or “It is hard to kill small germs”. These feeble excuses were also stated by the airframes as rationales for non-improvement in E.C.S. efficiencies for the public’s health. The opposite of the aforementioned occurred due to the inept thinking of Airline ‘Executives’ and airframe ‘Executives’,: they stuffed aircraft with more seats, smaller width seats, and narrower ‘pitch’ between the seats. This certainly has the health effect of possible contaminating  more passengers per flight. While it improved the airlines ticket sales and profitability, it endangered their customers. Yet, airline after airline bragged about how many passengers they were ‘stuffing into each ‘bird’; the public ‘be damned’.  

Today, people are not flying because they are beginning to understand how, for DECADES, they had been treated as mere sheep. Health concerns  of passengers were NOT, and presently are NOT, airline ‘Executives’ concerns.  These same ‘Geniuses of Flight’ in airlines and airframes do NOT MENTION E.C.S. systems inefficiencies, because they are aware of legal liabilities due to their negligence. This E.C.S. contamination problem which exists in ALL COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT, may not be as ludicrous as “Learning to fly a commercial aircraft with an ‘I-Pad'”, but it is much more dangerous to more people, since it effects all of those who fly; both crew and passengers.

We are of the opinion that due to the decades of non-concern for passengers’ physical health and comfort, by both the airframes and airlines, they should NOT be bailed out by monies coming from the governments; Victims should NOT pay their violators. Instead, the ‘Executives’  should: Admit their historic avarice and stupidities; Install virus-stopping systems;  and Return to less cramped seating for the passengers. If some airlines go broke, then ‘survival of the financially fittest’ is being maintained. The inept bunglers certainly did NOT deserve to contaminate their passengers as they have.

Reality: Forget the “Marketing Hype and Smiles”, instead assess sitting in a confined space, for hours, with the ‘horde’.

Reference: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Business/International/2020/Jun-10/507236-airlines-hit-wall-of-debt-after-covid-grounding.ashx

Air India Learns: Composite Aircraft Advertised “Lightweight” Is ‘Stealthy’; “Fuel Saving” Is ‘Cloaked’

News Analysis: Air India Learns: Composite Aircraft Advertised “Lightweight” Is ‘Stealthy’; “Fuel Saving” Is ‘Cloaked’ since “Manufacturing” may be at odds with “Marketing” where it involves Commercial Airline Manufacturers.

Beyond the varied inherent problems in Carbon/Carbon Composites (as ‘Rain in the Plane’), there is also the problem of strength to highly stressed areas of an aircraft such as the “Wing Box” where it merges into the fuselage. Other areas such as the wing interfaces (hard points) with engine pylon nacelles may require additional support for strength. The list goes on and on.

Where strengthening is required, ‘Doublers’ made of Carbon/Carbon Composite can be fabricated. In many cases, Stainless Steel or Titanium is required for maximum strength. ALL of the ‘Doublers’ add weight; much more than many ‘Marketeers’ will admit to customers.

Fuel burn increases occur, with the added weight of structural enforcements, subsequently added in production. The vaunted: “5%”, “6%”, “10%”, “12%”, or “15%” Fuel Savings, touted by some airframes, is an illusion in many cases.

Since Carbon/Carbon Composite Construction FOR COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT, is with a very short history, it is likely such aircraft can be expected to be written off in a much SHORTER LIFE SPAN. Metal aircraft have decades of life-span confirmation. They are not subject to deterioration from Solar Ray degradation of the metals (as are the adhesives used in Carbon/Carbon Construction). Furthermore de-lamination of the plies (due to stressing over time) weakens the fabrication significantly.

The Ethiopian Airlines Battery Fire, which was widely disseminated in the press, demonstrates another shortcoming of Composites: Heat. Allegedly, the Airframe rebuilt, in purported secrecy, the area that was damaged. “Why the concealment?” many airlines ask. 

Lastly, Composites do not dent; they fracture when hit. Any Landing Gear Failures will demonstrate the “Shattered Egg Shell Principle” as  Composite Aircraft Fuselages hit runways. 

From a Manufacturing perspective: If an Airline wants Longevity, Reliability, and Safety (LRS), Metal Constructions cannot be beat; a long History demonstrates this simple fact.

Alleged “Light-Weight” Construction is an also-ran in the ‘LRS’ Evaluation of Airline Aircraft to Purchase.

What materials may be suitable for Warfare Environment “Expendable” Military Aircraft is not necessarily the best for the travelling public in Commercial Airliners.

Reality.

Reference: http://seattletimes.com/html/businesstechnology/2023756440_boeingairindiaxml.html

☆ Aircraft: Locating And Controlling Is A Reality

News Analysis: Russian Avionics Engineers have created a System for Locating and (shortly) Controlling Commercial or Military Aircraft in flight. The System works even if those persons flying in an aircraft disable the Transponder and other Avionics Equipment. Shortly, pilots may have flight control taken from them and the ‘questionable aircraft’ will be operated by proper parties from the ground.

The current Search for the Malaysian Airlines Aircraft follows an Obvious Extraordinary Job of Conception, Collusion, Reconnaissance, Dissimulation, Execution, and Obfuscation, many people think. If one adds into the equation the alleged unique talents of some of its passengers, along with the very muted behavior of one of the World Super-Powers, parties are dealing with a mere Hologram; its Actual Three-Dimensional Reality is only known to a few (by Initial Design of the Perpetrators) one may assume.

“Coincidences” (as described publicly by some parties regarding the various elements of the  Malaysian Airlines Craft Mystery) are as valuable as the first four letters of that word.

Reality.

Reference: http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_04_05/New-Russian-tracking-system-not-to-miss-a-single-aircraft-3936/

☆ Ninety-Seven Million Chinese Business People And Tourists Travelled Abroad In 2013

News Analysis: $102 Billion Dollars was spent by Chinese Travelers in their Excursions Abroad. In 2014 there are expected to be over 100 Million Chinese traveling afar. They travel for business, education, and leisure pursuits like everyone else but in spending an average of $1,050.00+/- each, economic benefits to Welcoming Countries are much larger.

Chinese Airlines benefit in carrying passengers due to their name recognitions in Asia. As Chinese Tourism increases and as those Airlines advertise widely abroad, In-Bound traffic should increase to China as well.

One might think that America: Which was Discovered By The Chinese; Initially Populated By Chinese; Developed early-on With Chinese Railroad Labor; And Presently, Financed By The Chinese (to over One Trillion+ Dollars) would be more appreciative than it appears it is. Constant Negative Washington Rhetoric by Politicians about the Chinese Government in particular shows  a lack of Wisdom on the part of these Foolish Americans. If the aforementioned Tourism to America ceased, it would hurt; If China withdrew its $1 Trillion+ Dollars of Financing to America, it would be Devastating, many people say. 

Perhaps Washington, D.C. Politicians should be given classes in both International Economics AND “Culture ‘Creature’ Studies” so they begin to understand “Dragon Power”.

Reality. 

Reference: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/business/2014-01/13/c_133039233.htm

Ethiopian Airlines 787 Burn Repairs Are The Manufacturer’s Secret

News Analysis: The Heathrow, England fire debacle, allegedly caused by a small battery in the 787,  reportedly had Composite Panel and Structure Damage requiring a  TWO MONTH Repair. Since the Airframe is keeping the Repair Methodology Used A Secret. Airlines, who have purchased or may purchase such a Composite Aircraft, are reportedly dismayed at the “Blackout”.  

One may question: Why the repair took so long? and Why the Manufacturer went “Black” about the Repair Methodology. A person knowledgeable about Aircraft might think that the damage to the 787 was more severe than disclosed AND/OR more costly  than discussed.

If Airlines had Clarity about this entire Fire Event, they may seek the purchase of Metal Aircraft (perhaps a little heavier but not Flammable; as is both Carbon and Petrochemical Adhesives used to bond the Carbon together).

Transparency Is Utilized By Men Who Do Not Fear The Truth.

Reality. 

Reference: http://seattletimes.com/html/businesstechnology/2022625459_ethiopian787firexml.html

Qantas Airlines of Australia Is The World’s Safest Carrier

News Analysis: Over 60 years without a Fatality have given Qantas an enviable record other Airlines would love to emulate. In addition to Qantas for “Seven Star” Ratings are Air New Zealand, All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Eva Air, Royal Jordanian, Singapore Airlines and Virgin Atlantic.

It is unfortunate that Airlines, in the country of the biggest  Aircraft Company in the World, are not in this ‘Global Premier League’ as aforementioned. Perhaps the “Non-Premier” Airlines will eventually  realize that their chase for ‘Short Term Profits’ (so their Common Stock Prices rise) gets them NO Long Term Sustained Profitability. This because “Cheap Food, Poor Passenger Service, and Tardy Flights” divert customers elsewhere.

Reality.

Reference: http://www.airlineratings.com/news/201/qantas-the-safest-airline

Airlines Upgrade Passenger Amenities For Increased Profits

News Analysis: Airlines around the world are attempting to increase their Profits Per Kilometers Flown by offering passengers a plethora of amenities. From the Waiting Rooms at Airports through Airline Flights, passengers, by paying more are getting more (but at proportionately lesser costs to Airlines due to volume).

The approaches taken by Airlines has been of one mode over the decades: “What is the other guy doing” or “Me Too”. Airlines typically  Follow the Leaders rather than Lead the Followers. Their dismal profits through the years reflects the Economic Myopia from which many have suffered. Creativity in Passenger ‘Flight and  Management Systems’ has been pathetic for the most part. Customer complaints to Government Aircraft Authorities evidence this fact.

While Business and First Class Passengers can enjoy  comfortable flights, Airlines install narrower seats in ‘Coach Sections’ on many aircraft. ‘More “Cattle” means more Revenue’ they extol amongst themselves (to the Physical Discomfort of those flying ‘Coach’).

If Middle East Airlines, for example, decide to “Level The Playing Field” and have ALL Passengers enjoying physically comfortable flights (rather than suffering  ‘Sardine Can’ experiences) their businesses will thrive; this, while other Airlines lose their customers.

Since many Airlines have Management which  lack Foresight, those few Airlines who improve the flight experiences of ALL passengers will have increased revenues (and not have to worry about the ‘slow thinking’ of other Airlines Management; the “Me Too’s”).

Reality.

Reference: http://www.albawaba.com/business/aviation-industry–545095

★ Too Much Aerospace Technology May Create Aircraft Scatology

Premium News Analysis:  Too Much Aerospace Technology May Create Aircraft Scatology more people are thinking. Soon Airline Boards will have to admit that their Engineering Departments did not properly advise their Managements as to foreseeable flaws in New Airframe Design and Manufacture. The Boards themselves used very poor judgement in leaping on the Airframes’ ‘New Sell”: “Lighter Weight Cannot Wait” ‘LWCW’. Thus, ‘LWCW’ became the ‘Holy Grail’ in Aircraft Design.

Some Airframes took a ‘Greater Plunge” into ‘LWCW’ than others. Those who went “All In” are now suffering Aircraft Event by Aircraft Event. How did they go “All In” regarding Aircraft Weight ? Electronic Systems  replaced Hydraulic and/or Pneumatic Technologies in order to save weight; Carbon/Carbon Composites replaced Metals in Structure and Fuselage Exteriors; Four Engines were replaced by Two; Engines Components were designed to be lighter ‘not necessarily stronger’; Passenger seats were made Narrower and Thinner; Even, Blankets given out to Cold Passengers are not readily available; and so it goes. Does the Technology aforementioned make an aircraft better or does it make it more  ‘Scatologic’? Only time will tell.

Aircraft Fuel Consumption became the Cause Celebre of the Airline Boards. Airlines were told “Oil is going to $200.00 a Barrel”; it did not. The Changes made helped produce the present Conundrum of the Airframes: Aircraft Reliability is now being questioned; Justly so. Recurring Down-times support the Public’s Growing Concern.

The ‘LWCW’ had the intended effect desire by Retiring Airframe Executives: It elevated the prices of their Companies’ Stocks; the ‘LWCW’ was marketed to airlines. When the airlines ‘Took The Bait”, Airframe Executives  Self-Concern was Financially Rewarded. Some people say, this ideology moved the Aircraft world into its present condition. While others support the ‘LWCW’ principle by arguing that Military Aircraft have had similar technologies, they forget something important in Engineering. To wit, “Increases of Unit Scale May Bring Decreases in Unit Efficiency”. That which works for a physical smaller Fighter Plane exhibits different: Acceptable Research, Development, and  Production Costs, Expend-ability, Operational Parameters, Longevity, and other norms from large Commercial Aircraft. Governments pay for Military Aircraft while ‘Individuals’ pay for Commercial Air Planes.

An Apple is not an Orange; But Both are Fruit.

Reference: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25068222