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

Good News For Airlines Is Terrible News For Commercial Composite Aircraft Marketing Departments

News Analysis: The ‘Fantasy’ Projections of $200.00 for barrels of petroleum, in the world market,  touted by some Airframe Executives are rapidly becoming non-sensical to Alert International Businessmen. That which is good news for airlines is terrible news for composite commercial aircraft marketing departments.

Lower oil price directions make effete their arguments for spending hundreds of millions of dollars to purchase lighter aircraft to save some aviation fuel (as the fuel gets consistently less expensive). To exacerbate the possible threat to airline financial health, the “$200.00 Per Barrel Of Oil Myth” was created and distributed by the Airframes’ Minions, the Mass Media.

The aforementioned lower price direction gains credibility as American Oil, Brazilian Oil, Egyptian Oil, Gulf States, Iranian Oil, Iraq Oil, Levant Oil, Libyan Oil, Saudi Arabia, Siberian Oil, Venezuelan Oil, and others become available in the world market.  The greater abundance of petroleum will allow refiners of Aviation Fuels to offer lower prices to the airlines. Ergo, why buy  “Lightweight Commercial Composite Aircraft” for hundreds of billions of dollars? Additionally, Aircraft Engine makers are striving to make their products more fuel efficient.

As new Commercial Aircraft become available from manufacturers in China, India, and Russia, their engineers will have had the good fortune to utilize the best elements of other aircraft manufacturers’ designs to incorporate; and, to forgo questionable elements such as all composite construction.  All Metal Aircraft, as proven through many decades in Aviation endures. They will be employing, Aluminum, Stainless Steel, and Titanium, so the flying public will have the ultimate in safety in the skies. The lower fuel prices might even make their Airlines Tickets less expensive as an added benefit!

The Wisdom of the Saudis is to be commended, for they can see the direction  Petroleum Technology is headed towards extracting more oil throughout the world.

Reality.

Reference: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/13/us-oil-saudi-policy-idUSKCN0I201Y20141013

Employees Refuse To Fly On Composite Commercial Aircraft They Built

Due to a myriad of reasons, primarily pertaining to design, manufacturing, and quality issues, it is alleged that the composite aircraft, employees are building, are inherently unsafe. Ergo,

Employees Refuse To Fly On Composite Commercial Aircraft they built. The uniqueness of their on-camera declarations is almost unheard of in the heavily manipulated American Press. One of the reasons is that this particular Airframe is the largest dollar exporter of American goods in the world. It has been reported widely that approximately $20,000,000.00 of government credits PER PLANE are given to this manufacturer at the Federal, State, and Local Government levels.

The fact  the Engineers and Assemblers have such negative views of this composite construction should give Airline Executives time to ponder if they have been sold “Pigs in a poke”. The world flying public might also want to consider ALL aspects of what these employees have said, prior to booking flights on airlines so equipped with composite commercial aircraft. They may want to consider metal aircraft, which have lengthy histories to them.

It has been widely reported,  Airframe Executives, a few years back,  planning to retire, wanted the price of their Common Stock “Nest Eggs” to be lofty. By promoting Composite Commercial Aircraft as being lighter and presumably using less fuel as a result, airlines would ‘bite the bait’; they did. Considerations of de-lamination, safety in a emergency landing, airframe longevity, etc. were of little concern to these executives. These elements would interplay AFTER they had retired.

The “Bottom-line” scenario for many Airframe Executives is that if one of their aircraft crash, they have insurance, nothing more. Grieving for the victims and their families is not “Proper Corporate Culture”.

The Airframe Employees however, are well aware of such attitudes. You may want to listen to the Engineers and Assemblers. You may have already heard from the Marketing/Sales types wearing suits. But it appears that the Engineers and Assemblers have their legitimate reasons for refusing to fly on Composite Commercial Aircraft [which they built].

Reality.

Reference: http://tinyurl.com/pfu7wtx

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

Airbus Makes Emergency Landing Because Of A Hot Oven

News Analysis: Airbus Makes Emergency Landing Because Of A Hot Oven  since the Airline apparently knew Cosmetic Fiberglass-Bagged Insulation is worthless (in stopping the level of Oven Heat from transferring to the rest of the Aircraft). Too bad the Aircraft did not have the ‘Cocoon of Protection’ “Mega-Temp™” Insulation therein (rather than 1930’s-invented Cosmetic Fiberglass Insulation).

If an Airline wants its Aircraft to: Control Thermal Radiation from the Sun; Keep Fuselage Interiors Warm on the ground in the Winter and at  Cruise Altitude; Reduce Noise Levels; have less Weight, and STOP Fire Progression, then usage of ‘Mega-Temp™” is essential.

Airlines that purchase Aircraft, and ask for “Mega-Temp™”  Insulation to be installed therein, at the Manufacturer, must realize: WE WILL NOT PAY BRIBES in the forms of either Free Ownership Interest In Our Company to the Airframes or their Executives, NOR Monies to Airframe Executives (historically, they have asked for both). 

Reality.

Reference: http://tinyurl.com/m7bstfc

☆ Chilean Civilians Enjoy The Many Uses Of Chinese Drones

News Analysis: Chilean Civilians Enjoy The Many Uses Of Chinese Drones for Commercial Purposes as well as for Personal Pleasure. These $4,500.00 Drones are sent to Chile and undergo final assembly and inspection before being released to customers. Each customer may undergo instruction in proper fly procedures as well as understand Chilean Legalities of use in the airspace; THESE “EVO” DRONES ARE NOT TOYS. 

Typical Chilean uses for such small aircraft may be: Bridge Inspections; Concert Viewing; Crop Analysis; Forest Fire Detection; Mineral Locating; News Events; Traffic Congestion Monitoring; Trespasser Identification; and, Vehicle Locating; to name a few.

Presently, in the World, Chile is Number 5, for Internet Contact with the Manufacturer, in the use of this particular aircraft.

Various cameras and optional equipment can give the Operator the information flow he or she needs when flying the craft. The aircraft weighs less than 4.5Kg. (10 Lbs.) without the cameras of various capabilities being offered. 

Due to the very Low Price and the Capabilities of the small Aircraft, we can see: Australians checking their Sheep Herds; Canadian Gold Mining Operators looking for ‘Sight-Seers’;

Growers in Kalamata, Greece inspecting their Olive Trees; Ranchers throughout the American West or Argentina or Brazil watching their Cattle Herds; Vintners in the Napa-Sonoma-Mendocino area of California using this equipment to inspect their Grape Crops.

Almost anywhere Security must be “Tight” such as the aforementioned Gold Operations, this Aircraft is essential. In large “New Construction” Projects, both trespassers can be thwarted and equipment and/or materials readily located.

The possibilities of assistance by using this Aircraft are only limited by one’s imagination.

Reality.

Reference: http://santiagotimes.cl/drones-descend-santiago/

☆ Air China Commences Beijing Flights To Vladivostok, Siberia

News Analysis: Air China Commences Beijing Flights To Vladivostok, Siberia, since that is where future growth will occur for Russia (as a Natural Resource Supplier to Industrialist China, its Good Friend). 

Vladivostok is the Eastern Terminus of the Vaunted Trans-Siberian Railroad. This location allows for Rail Travel through many parts of Russia as is traverses the country.

The 590,000+ Residents of Vladivostok will benefit by Air China as will the Businessmen located therein. A total of 1,328 Cities in 195 Countries can be routed through Beijing or Moscow for those residing in or visiting Vladivostok by using Air China or its Affiliate Airlines.

Reality.

Reference: http://tinyurl.com/mgejuwn

Cuba Purchases Antonov An-148 Regional Jets

News Analysis: Cuba Purchases Antonov An-148 Regional Jets as it modernizes is transportation Infra-structure. The Ukrainian/Russian Built An-148 a aircraft which can fly greater than 2,500 Km. (1,300 Sm.) with 68 to 85 passengers. The Aircraft typically sells for a List Price less than $30 Million Dollars so it is very attractive for Financially Astute Airline Operators.

The High Wing Antonov features a 40,000 ft. Ceiling as passengers enjoy great visibility without its wings obstructing their views.

Cubans  should enjoy these Antonovs as they fly around the Island and to nearby Countries.

Reference: http://en.ria.ru/business/20140328/188849024/Cuba-To-Buy-Russian-Antonov-Regional-Jets.html

Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) Receives First Of New Aircraft

News Analysis: Nepal Airlines Corporation Receives First Of New Aircraft and can now grow throughout Nepal. Flying from Kathmandu to a 30+Million population throughout the country spread out over 147,000+ Km2 (56,757 Mi2) will be requiring capable Aircraft as ‘NAC’ has acquired. Elevations range from Kanchan Kalan at 70m (230 ft.) to Mount Everest rising to 8,848m (29,0296 ft.) in the Mahalangur Section of the Himalayas.

‘NAC’ has purchased six aircraft. The first, a 58 Seat Modern Ark 60 will arrive 28 April and the others later this year. Two of the Aircraft will be  Harbin Y12E’s (a 19 Passenger model).

We wish ‘NAC’ the Best of Success as it grows throughout Nepal with its soon-to-be-delivered Capable Aircraft.

Reality. 

Reference: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-03/25/c_133212667.htm

☆ China Opens Civilian Aircraft Market; New Zealand Steps In

News Analysis: China Opens Civilian Aircraft Market; New Zealand Steps In with a Joint Venture for production of Single Engine Turbo Prop Aircraft. This size of aircraft, with its proven Operational Reliability for less refined geographic terrains, is essential for the growth of Chinese Public Aviation; a Good Aircraft Type Choice.

Production is expected to rise from 12 to 200 Aircraft Per Year. With available funding sources, Individuals will surely learn to fly and do so in these Worthy Aircraft.

Reality.

Reference: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/trade/news/article.cfm?c_id=96&objectid=11221989