Food poisoning and laser lights are pilot dangers

first_imgFood poisoning and laser lights are the biggest causes of incapacitation of pilots according to Australia’s crash investigator.The Australian Transport and Safety Bureau has issued the results of a survey that found that in the 5 years between 2010 and 2014, there have been on average 23 pilot occurrences a year reported where Australian pilots could not perform their duties. That is once every 34,000 flights.Over 75 per cent of incidents involved commercial passenger flights and the ATSB reported that the other pilot was successfully able to continue the flight or divert to an emergency landing.Some of the incapacitation cases have been quite bizarre including one where the co-pilot became air sick after the plane encountered severe turbulence.The ATSB found that between 2010 and 2014, there were a total of 113 flight crew incapacitation occurrences reported to the ATSB and half of the incapacitation occurrences were related to gastrointestinal illnesses such as food poisoning or gastroenteritis. Laser strikes accounted for 13 per cent of flight crew incapacitation occurrences in high capacity operations. Between 2010 and 2014 there were 1,316 laser strikes in high capacity transport operations in Australia reported to the ATSB. However, only 11 during this period resulted in pilot incapacitation. The ATSB said that while the chances of incapacitation from a laser strike are low, when they occur, they can be serious enough to lead to total incapacitation of the pilot.One of the most serious incidents involved a 787 captain did not have happy ending.  The training captain who was flying the 787 suffered a suspected brain aneurysm just after touch down at Perth, Western Australia and the aircraft began to veer to the right and the other captain, who was checking her, took control of the aircraft to return to the centreline and completed the landing. The two other flight crew members supported the incapacitated captain and administered oxygen and she was later taken to hospital but died two days later.last_img read more

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Study Quantifies Phantom Load Problem

first_imgElectronic Devices Use More Electricity When on than Off#SACRAMENTO, CA — A California study of residential electricity use has determined that 39% of the electricity consumed by small electronic devices (including televisions, set-top boxes, DVD players, and computer equipment) is used while the devices are turned off but operating in standby or phantom load mode. In 50 studied houses, the average electricity consumed by the devices was 1,063 kWh per year, of which 651 kWh was consumed while the devices were turned on. The devices had a “phantom load” — that is, electricity consumed while the devices were not being used — of 412 kWh per year.The results of the study contradict the estimates of energy consultants who claim that such devices use more energy when “off” than on. The study was conducted by Ecos Consulting, EPRI Solutions, and RLW Analytics and funded by the California Energy Commission. For more information, visit http://www.esource.com/esource/getpub/public/pdf/cec/CEC-TB-32_HsholdElectronics.pdf .last_img read more

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A Long Delayed Net-Zero Community Nears A Restart

first_imgGround-source heat pumps at lower-than-expected pricesHouses will be heated and cooled with water-to-air ground-source heat pumps developed by Bosch. The units are very small by conventional standards, Klebl said, and that suited Geos houses where heating loads will be far below the norm. (Bosch says its i Series Model SV heat pumps have a rated capacity as low as a half-ton, the equivalent of 6,000 Btuh.)Conditioned air will be distributed by small-diameter energy recovery ventilator ducts.Ground-source heat pump systems are typically an expensive heating and cooling option, partly because of the cost of drilling wells or horizontal trenches for heat exchange tubing. However, Klebl said that he’s managed to reduce the cost by finding a well driller who gives him a volume discount (as little as $3,000 per bore). That made the ground-source heat pumps a more economical choice than ductless minisplit air-source heat pumps.“[Bosch] has made ground-source heat pumps economically viable,” he said. “I’ve calculated with minisplits for town houses and I’m absolutely cost equal. But my ground-source heat pump is twice as efficient, so the energy costs are half.”Because the heat pumps aren’t very big, they’re tucked in places that otherwise would be unused — such as the area beneath a staircase. The ERVs go in laundry rooms, and the heat-pump water heaters go in pantries or wine cellars, areas that need to be a little cooler than the rest of the house but still don’t require refrigeration.Klebl will try to hit the Passivhaus airtightness standard (0.6 air changes per hour at 50 pascals of depressurization), but energy modeling found that the high levels of insulation usually included in Passivhaus buildings weren’t cost-effective.His goal is to reduce energy consumption by 85% when compared to conventional construction.“My whole experience over the last three or four years was that there’s not much we can still invent in terms of new technology and new systems,” he said. “But we still have to spend a lot of time being very good at doing what we know already.” After years of delay, developers in a Denver suburb are planning to start work early this summer on what they’re calling the largest mixed-use net-zero energy community in the United States.When completed, the $100 million project, called Geos, will include 282 residential units and 12,000 square feet of office space on a 25-acre tract of underused industrial property in Arvada, a city of about 108,000 just to the northwest of Denver.Geos was headed for a 2009 start, but it was derailed by the collapse of the housing market, says project architect Michael Tavel. (GBA’s Richard Defendorf wrote about Geos in a 2009 news story.)Developer Norbert Klebl now has the bank financing to start. He’s currently seeking permits for streets and underground utilities and hopes to start that phase of construction by mid-June. The first phase of the project, consisting of 35 residential units and an office, should be underway later in the year and the first seven homes completed by early 2015, Klebl said in a telephone interview.The project will include a range of residential styles and sizes, including single-family homes, duplexes, and townhouses, in sizes from about 1,000 square feet to 2,600 square feet. Prices will range from $225,000 to $500,000.Klebl says there will be no traditional retail space in the complex, with the possible exception of a coffee shop. There’s a major shopping area four blocks away, so office space inside Geos will be devoted to such things as yoga studios, health offices, and other community services to which people would typically have to drive their cars.Depending on how the units sell, Tavel says, the Geos could be completely built out in the next two or three years. Houses are designed for low heating and cooling loadsAccording to Tavel, the strategy is to use passive solar heating and building orientation to reduce the heating loads by about one-third when compared with a conventional house design. The tight, well-insulated building envelope reduces heating loads by another third, he says. Finally, because houses will be somewhat smaller than the U.S. average, heating systems end up being about one-fifth normal size.A fact sheet posted at Tavel’s website says that houses will typically come with 5-kW photovoltaic arrays. The houses will be built with polyurethane structural insulated panels, and will have insulation values of R-50 in the roof, R-30 in the walls, and R-5 in the windows.Other features include a neighborhood trail system, composting areas, and a storm water management system that distributes rainwater to community gardens, private landscapes, and fruit-tree terraces.center_img Taking net-zero a step forwardKlebl thinks the real value of Geos will not be in building dozens of net-zero houses, but rather in making sustainable building work on a larger scale.“The real contribution to the American building industry from my point of view is not so much the mechanical system, which is an important building element, but to take basically sustainable building into a subdivision level,” he said. “We have a lot of publications and a lot of examples where people have built individual homes to be net zero, but they usually miss out on the opportunities which we have taken advantage of.”Other developers, for example, have approached Klebl to ask his advice. When he looks at subdivision layouts, he sees sunlight that could be used for passive solar gain blocked by poorly placed houses nearby. In cases like that, homes would need an extra 3 kW of solar panels in order to hit net-zero.Tavel put it this way: “I think the notable thing is the whole comprehensive approach to a resource-conserving neighborhood design with an emphasis on passive solar heating and cooling as well as an emphasis on a sustainable lifestyle. [Geos is] a compact, walkable urban neighborhood that incorporates many different kinds of sustainable strategies. Maybe it’s the quantity of strategies that is really unique.”last_img read more

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a month agoRodgers focused on developing Leicester youth

first_imgRodgers focused on developing Leicester youthby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrendan Rodgers says he is focused on developing Leicester City’s younger players.The Foxes came up short in Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Manchester United.But Rodgers remains concentrated on his goal of progressing his young squad.”I think we are disappointed with the result today,” he said on Saturday. “But it’s healthy for us that we can come away frustrated.”We come to a great arena like here and okay, we didn’t start the game well, but we showed great courage to get back into it and it was disappointing to come away with a point.”I’m very fortunate in that I’m working with a great group of guys – the senior professionals have been absolutely brilliant since I came in. The young players – they are so hungry to improve and that’s our job.”It’s going to be a constant development for them.”It’s time and we just do our best. We just continue to work.”There are a lot of improvements for us and thankfully the players are honest and they want to be better.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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American Pharoahs A Superhorse But Hes No Secretariat

After American Pharoah (sic) won this year’s Preakness Stakes, I warned you all to be skeptical of him in the Belmont Stakes.Oops.In my defense, I was technically being skeptical of any Triple Crown hopeful, not this horse in particular — and I (mostly) stick by that. But American Pharoah appears to be a legitimate superhorse.Indeed, he may be one of the most super superhorses in history (at least among American 3-year-olds). Like Secretariat, American Pharoah has broken a multi-decade Triple Crown slump. Like Secretariat, American Pharoah won all three races without much difficulty. American Pharoah won the 1.5 mile (12 furlong) Belmont Stakes in a time unmatched by any other Triple Crown winner (save Secretariat) in history. American Pharoah also led wire-to-wire, and won by an impressive five and a half lengths.But as great a run as American Pharoah had, it still didn’t really approach Secretariat’s. Picture how far ahead of the field American Pharoah was at the end of the Belmont. Now double it (multiply by 2.4 to be exact). That’s about how far American Pharoah would have been lagging behind Secretariat (13 ¼ lengths). In a Belmont field featuring the 11 Triple Crown winners running their Belmont-winning times, Secretariat would have led the other horses by the following distances:1I converted the difference between each horse’s finishing time to lengths using the typical rate of five lengths per second. Still, this is amazing company, and American Pharoah’s triumph is only the fourth Triple Crown since 1948.All that said, American Pharoah’s win didn’t clear up whether a horse that wins at 9.5 and 10 furlongs (the distances of the Preakness Stakes and Kentucky Derby, respectively) is likely to be able to win at 12 furlongs. The types of horses that win the Belmont may be more naturally calibrated to the longer distance.There’s some evidence of specialization in the race’s winning times. Since the Belmont Stakes moved to 12 furlongs for good in 1926, American Pharoah’s time is only seventh-best, with four of the six better times coming during the most recent drought:The most interesting thing about this chart is what we do not see: There hasn’t been a recent bunch of Belmont superhorses. In fact, Belmont times have been on the rise for the past 20-plus years, and their five-year average in 2014 (pre-American Pharoah) was the highest it has been since the 1930s.While this makes a win by American Pharoah a little less spectacular than if he had to fend off a troupe of ever-improving distance-running specialists, it makes his time – the best by any horse in over a decade (since Point Given in 2001) – even more impressive, relative to the recent trend.CLARIFICATION (June 7, 3:37 p.m.): An earlier version of this article included a chart that suggested it showed all Triple Crown winners’ Belmont finishes. It showed all Triple Crown winners’ Belmont finishers since the Belmont race was lengthened to 12 furlongs in 1926. read more

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Sullinger To be spit on is just nasty

After the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s 71-67 loss in Madison, Wis., on Saturday, freshman forward Jared Sullinger accused Wisconsin fans of spitting on him. Via his Twitter account, @Jared_Sully0, Jared wrote that Badgers fans spat on him before and after the game. “To be spit on is just nasty. On top of that in my Face,” he wrote. “I just kept walking. More fuel to the fire.” Jared did not reference the incidents during postgame interviews, but he did tweet that one of the incidents occurred after Badgers fans rushed the court to celebrate the victory. Justin Doherty, University of Wisconsin assistant athletic director for external relations, told Madison.com that the incidents are under investigation. “We were made aware of it (Saturday) night,” he said, according to the site. “That’s about where it is right now.” Jared’s brother J.J. told The Lantern that the spitting incident was “uncalled for.” “That’s the biggest sign of disrespect you can have,” he said. “To spit on someone just because they’re wearing a different jersey than you, I don’t understand how that could be something that you would even do.” J.J., who played basketball for the Buckeyes from 2003–06, said no fan has ever spit on him. “There’s always going to be that knucklehead that takes it too far,” he said. “I’m sorry it happened to my brother and I’m glad I wasn’t there.” Wisconsin fans also chanted vulgarities, directed at senior guard Jon Diebler, when he was at the free-throw line. OSU spokesman Dan Wallenberg declined to comment on the alleged spitting incident. “We are preparing for the (Michigan State) game Tuesday,” he said. Jared could not be reached for comment. Wisconsin officials declined The Lantern‘s request for comment. read more

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Football Nick Bosa honored as Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year

Ohio State sophomore defensive lineman Nick Bosa (97) attempts to sack Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke in the first half of the Ohio State-Michigan State game on Nov. 11. Ohio State won 48-3. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State’s vaunted defensive line adds its fourth piece of hardware in as many years. Sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa was named the Big Ten Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year, the conference announced Thursday. This comes one year after his teammate, redshirt senior defensive Tyquan Lewis, was named the winner of the honor.This is the fourth consecutive year a Buckeye has won the award, and third time it has gone to a Bosa. Nick’s brother, Joey Bosa, received the honor in both 2014 and 2015.Nick has 28 tackles this season, 16 solo and 12 assisted, for an average of 2.33 tackles per game. He also has 12.5 tackles for loss and six sacks on the year. The 6-foot-4, 270-pound lineman has broken up two passes and forced a fumble. read more

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Summer reading contest for local students announced by Rep Price

first_img State Rep. Amanda Price has announced a summer reading contest for local students in the West Michigan community.“Reading over the summer is an important part of a healthy break from school,” said Rep. Price, R-Park Township. “Ensuring that our kids keep their minds active and their reading skills sharp will give them a great deal of confidence entering into a new school year.”The winning student will receive the opportunity to be a representative for a day with Rep. Price. The lucky winner will be able to experience part of a legislative session firsthand from the House floor, as well as other fun activities.“I’m excited to welcome our lucky contest winner to Lansing,” Rep. Price said. “I highly encourage any students who want to learn more about their state government to participate.”To participate, students in grades one through five use a bookmark to track their reading progress over the summer. Official bookmarks are available at the Loutit District Library, located at 407 Columbus Ave. in Grand Haven, and at the Spring Lake District Library, located at 123 E. Exchange St. in Spring Lake. Completed bookmarks must be turned in by Sept. 1 to either of the two libraries.Residents with questions regarding the contest are encouraged to contact Rep. Price’s office by phone toll free at 888-238-1008 or by email at [email protected]### Categories: News 16Jun Summer reading contest for local students announced by Rep. Pricelast_img read more

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