Thursday, 30 May 2013

OSHKOSH AIR TRAFFIC

Handling the air traffic at Oshkosh


Have you ever wondered how AirVenture Oshkosh can handle up to 10,000 visiting aircraft arriving and departing?



Oshkosh has got it down to a fine art. The arrivals and departures are a mix of VFR (visual), IFR (instrument) and NORDO (no radio) aircraft funneling into Whitman Regional Airport and several smaller fields for the seven day event.



In addition, Whitman also handles scheduled air services too.



To see how it works click this link: Download the AirVenture NOTAM.





I’ll be there to see it all on August 1 and 2. Can’t wait. Sixty-three more sleeps.


TRUCK SAFETY

Trucking industry safety needs improvement
8:08 AM Thursday May 30, 2013

Trucking industry groups accept more needs to be done to improve safety, after two fatal crashes in the eight days since a campaign was launched to reduce the number of people killed in truck accidents.

The two men killed in the accidents, at Kerikeri on Tuesday and on the East Coast last week, are the latest victims in an industry desperate to improve its safety record.
Both crashes were between two trucks.
First Union transport and logistics secretary Karl Andersen has called for an investigation into the cause of heavy vehicle accidents, saying many drivers are being put under pressure to drive for longer shifts.
Road Transport Forum chief executive Ken Shirley said the safety of the industry had drastically improved in the last 15 years but he admitted more needed to be done to crack down on the "three big causes" of crashes: speed, inattention and fatigue . . . .
Full story: NZHerald
Peter’s Piece

Mr Shirley’s statement appears calculated to pass the buck down the line to the people at the coal-face; the drivers on the road who dare not speak out in case they get their marching orders.
Driving a truck for many companies can be a case of my way, or the highway.
Mr Shirley’s statement should be compared with the interim results of Operation Austrans:
Since its launch on May 20:
• 1079 heavy vehicles stopped: 13 coaches and buses, 406 truck and trailer units, 47 articulated trucks, 234 B-Trains and 379 rigid trucks
• 866 roadside drug and alcohol tests, no offenders.
• 93 warnings to heavy vehicle operators
• 363 infringements, including speed (53), seat belts (11), maintenance/vehicle faults (90), dangerous goods offences (10), excess weight/loading issues (42).
These results show that maintenance and vehicle faults (90) was the most common infringement. That is the responsibility of the operator, but a common response from operators to drivers when asked to drive a vehicle that is sub-standard is, “If you’re a professional, you’ll be able to handle it.”
But a statement like that surely makes the operator very un-professional.
We hear a lot of rumor about drivers on drugs, but out of 866 roadside tests they found no offenders. That’s right. Not one in 866.
Dangerous goods and overloading offences are the responsibility of the operator. A driver with many companies will be told to carry the load he is given, or take a hike.
Operation Austrans also deserves some criticism. They have issued 363 infringement notices to drivers, but only 93 warnings to operators. Is that fair?


EARHART PLANE FOUND?

Amelia Earhart's plane found? Sonar images may have pinpointed wreckage
By Rossella Lorenzi
Published May 29, 2013
Discovery News

Amelia Earhart and the
Lockheed Electra 10A

Nikumaroro (formerly Gardner Island) looking southeastward at low tide. Note the broad, dry reef-flat which surrounds the atoll. The rusting remains of the steamer S.S. Norwich City can be seen on the reef edge at right center. This photo was taken in 1978. (TIGHAR / Geomarix)

A grainy sonar image captured off an uninhabited tropical island in the southwestern Pacific republic of Kiribati might represent the remains of the Electra, the two-engine aircraft legendary aviator Amelia Earhart was piloting when she vanished on July 2, 1937 in a record attempt to fly around the world at the equator.

Released by The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), which has long been investigating Earhart's last, fateful flight, the images show an "anomaly" resting at the depth of about 600 feet in the waters off Nikumaroro island, some 350 miles southeast of Earhart's target destination, Howland Island . . . .


Read more: Foxnews

Also: Foxnews

Peter’s Piece

Amelia Earhart. Lost once, found many times.

Many theories have been advanced over the years about the disappearance of the famous aviator and her navigator, Fred Noonan, but informed opinion points to fuel exhaustion close to Howland Island in the central Pacific.
Howland Island from space

The weather in the area was fine and sunny on the day with small cloud shadows casting dark patches on the sea and in those conditions the patches could have made it difficult to detect any low profile island.

The search for Earhart and Noonan, and attempts to make radio contact, were confused by too many willing but uncoordinated helpers as well as many hoax radio transmissions.

Earhart was more than a famous aviator. She was also a prominent political and rights  activist, a leading feminist and helped establish two airlines.

When she married George Putnam in 1931 she set a precedent by retaining her maiden name and George was sometimes refered to as Mr Earhart.

Amelia Earhart was destined for great things before fate intervened in 1937. She made it to the White House as a guest of President Hoover, but may have even made it as the first female president.


She was born in Atchison, Kansas, 115 years ago.


A saga of pioneering families in colonial
 Australia


Available now as an e-book: Nathaniel's Bloodline

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

LANDING AN A-380

This takes skill and know-how
From Ken Ashbolt, New South Wales, Australia



Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs and Carl Jenkinson test their aerial skills of a different kind by attempting to land an Emirates A380 at Dubai International Airport. Who is the best pilot among the three? Watch the action unfold on the flight deck.
Click here for the action:


And this one:




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Friday, 24 May 2013

AMBASSADOR EATEN


A conversation with the ambassador
Last week I had a Facebook friend request from Terence P Mcculley and so I hovered the mouse over the name and found that Terence was at a university in Norway and there was his clean-cut, suited photo to authenticate him. With 47,000 readers following this blog, the request was not unusual so I confirmed him.

A few days later Terence P Mcculley popped up on Facebook for a chat. Here is the conversation:

Terence P. Mcculley Hello
Me Hi Terence. Where are you?
Terence P. Mcculley I am Ambassador to Federal Republic of Nigeria Do you by any means do business or transaction with Nigeria
Me Interesting. I get lots of emails? from there.
Terence P. Mcculley Ok I will like you to discard every email you receive Mr Lamido Sanusi Lamido Central Bank of Nigeria Governor
Me Oh, yes. Quickly. Nice talking with you.
Terence P. Mcculley Ok I have a package in your name to deliver to you The package is worth 10.8M USD in my possession
Me I'll collect it personally next time I'm in Nigeria.
Terence P. Mcculley I have all the document I will be coming to State Next weekend Cause I have a meeting with government
Terence P. Mcculley Hello are you still thereToday
Terence P. Mcculley Hello

Yesterday there was a missed call on my phone from 0023448057691564 and I immediately suspected Nigeria. The phone rang again this morning at 3.15 am, but I didn’t get out of bed quickly enough to take the call. It was from the same Nigerian number. There and then I decided to Google Terence P Mcculley and found that he really is the US Ambassador to Nigeria and that was from the official US Government website. His Facebook profile is a bit out of date. See below:

Ambassador Terence P. McCulley
U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria
Terence McCulley is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, with the rank of Minister-Counselor. He was the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark from 2008-2010. Prior to this posting, he served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Mali from 2005-2008. From 2004-2005, he worked at the State Department in Washington, helping to coordinate reconstruction efforts in Iraq. He has been the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassies in Togo, Senegal, and Tunisia and also served as Consul in Mumbai, India.
Ambassador Terence P McCulley
Joining the Foreign Service in 1985, Mr. McCulley started his career in Niger, followed by assignments in South Africa and Chad. Returning to Washington in 1993, he worked for two years on Central African affairs. He is the recipient of four Department of State Superior Honor Awards.
Mr. McCulley was born in Medford, Oregon, and grew up in Eugene, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in European History and French Language and Literature from the University of Oregon. As a Rotary Foundation Graduate Fellow, he studied political science at the Université de Haute Bretagne in Rennes, France. In addition, he attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. McCulley is fluent in French.
Married to Renée McCulley, the couple has two sons.

But Google also told me that an imposter is using the ambassador’s identity and photo to scam people and below I have reproduced a conversation between the ‘Ambassador’ and ‘Ben Dover’ with some of Ben’s comments thrown in.  From Skunkfeathers Blog: http://skunkfeathers57.blogspot.co.nz/

Monday, May 6, 2013

I know that my exchanges with "Ambassador Terrence McCulley" -- the US ambassador to Nigeria -- really weren't conducted with the authentic ambassador.
At least, I think I hope not.
But this series of email exchanges is a rather typical case-in-point about what happens when you get a scammer with a Third World or Washington, DC public school education, off of their talking point template. For instance, I will recap the opening paragraph of the scammer's opening gambit:

My name is Terence Patrick McCulley, the new United States Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The United States Senate had confirmed my nomination on August 5 2010 after being nominated for this position by U.S. President Barack Obama on June 28, 2010. My credentials as the new Ambassador appointed were presented to His Excellency President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Nigeria, on November 2, 2010. I am a career member of the senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counselor whose diplomatic career has been spent mostly in Africa or working on African issues.

Now, as you follow the exchanges that took place between my character -- Ben Dover -- and "the ambassador", you will note a serious degradation in his grasp of the English language. Spent too long on social engineering in his DC public skool, I reckon. As usual, all the "ambassador" emails will be in bold, and "Ben" will respond in italics:
What an honor, Mr. Ambassador! And I am pleased -- albeit surprised -- to receive this news from you. Please address the courier package thus:
Mr. Ben Dover
(Bogus Street Address) Central City, CO 80427
Thank you!
Respectfully,
Ben Dover
United States Consulate General Lagos
2 Walter Carrington Crescent
Victoria Island, LagosNigeria.

ATTENTION: Mr. Ben Dover


THIS IS TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE RECEIPT OF YOUR MAIL AND ALSO TO LET YOU KNOW THAT YOU HAVE TO TAKE OUR INSTRUCTION IF YOU WANT YOUR MONEY SENT TO AS STATED IN OUR PREVIOUS MAIL BECAUSE THAT IS THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN HAVE YOUR AWAITED FUND CLAIM.

(it goes on to ask for additional information which I provide as follows):

Your Full name:
Ben U. OverYour country and city: USA Central City
Your home address: (Bogus)
Street, Central City CO 80427Your private phone number: 303-582-****
Your age:
45sex: whenever I canoccupation: professional poultry inseminatorDriver'S License: yes I have oneState ID: see previous answerPassport: 091164377Other government-issued photo ID: N/A

And the email finishes off with instructions on how I wire the required $150 fund to hisself:
Mr Ben .U Over

THANKS FOR YOU EMAIL MR BEN YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR YOUR DELIVERY OF YOUR FUNDS WHICH IS $150 AS SOON AS IT IS DON YOU WILL GET YOUR FUNDS YOU ARE TO SEND THE FEES THROUGH WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER

Receivers NAME: .................. OBINNA AUGUAINE OFILI
ADDRESS:................ LAGOS-NIGERIA
TEXT QUESTION:................. IN GOD
ANSWER:................... WE TRUST
AMOUNT: ....................$150
Senders Name: ....................?
Senders Address: ...............?


HERE IS MY DIRECT CELL PHONE NUMBER FOR YOU TO CALL URGENTLY +234-8122607899.

Funny, but in checking the official US Embassy in Nigeria website, the phone numbers don't match. Oh well...thought I was actually gonna get to talk to hisself. Eh.

So, my response:
Your instructions received and understood. I will visit a Western Union on Monday, April 29, and attend to it.
Ben Dover

From here, the 'ambassador' tends to show flaws in his communication skills:

Thanks mr ben your all the information we you? And why is your phone number not going. I try to call you on phone but going okay you have my number we you so you can call me by monday after send the feel okay . Thanks
Sent from WESTERN UNION OUTLET
The number I gave you is my home number, and I am at work. I will either call or email you when I send the Western Union fee on Monday.
Ben
It okay I wait to hear from you by monday. Thanks have a good weekend
Sent from WESTERN UNION OUTLET
I will be in touch with you by no later than Monday afternoon, without fail.
Ben
Then comes Sunday afternoon, and I decide to start screwing with him early:
Good news, Ambassador: I was able to attend to this a day early. The Western Union fee of $150 has been sent as instructed. I will look in tomorrow to hear from you when I can expect my delivery.
BTW, for a US ambassador, you sure do type funny. Guess it's all that work overseas.
Ben
I wouldn't be 'available' to respond to anything the 'ambassador' sent until Monday afternoon, and boy was he ever chatty:
Mr Ben how are you today thanks for your email. All you need to do is to send me the MTCN number from the western union now. As soon as we pick up the money I will get back to you on how you can get your funds okay. Thanks again am waiting for your email we the MTCN number . Thanks
Terence P. McCulley.
Sent from WESTERN UNION OUTLET
And then came this...
Mr Ben how are you today thanks for your email. All you need to do is to send me the MTCN number from the western union now. As soon as we pick up the money I will get back to you on how you can get your funds okay. Thanks again am waiting for your email we the MTCN number .
Thanks
Terence P. McCulle
Heh...now he can't spell his own name. Then comes this:
Mr Ben can you send me the MTCN NUMBER. From the western union . Thanks
US AMBASSADOR TERENCE P. McCULLEY.
Finally, the 'ambassador' garners a response from Ben:
Dear Mr. Ambassador,
Yes, I can. I'll get right on that.
Ben
That response is not what the 'ambassador' is looking for, since his reply is all caps:
MR BEN THANKS FOR YOUR EMAIL, I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THE MTCN NUMBER? SO IF YOU HAVE SENT THE FEE OF $150. ALL YOU NEED IS TO SEND US THE MTCN NUMBER . PLEASE IT TO HURRY.
Yes, I did send you the fee and yes, I will send you the MTCN as soon as I find it.
Ben

MR BEN HAVE YOU SEE THE MTCN NUMBER NOW? BUT WHY IS YOUR NUMBER NOT GOING I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO CALL YOU NUMBER ALL THE DAY BUT NOT GOING IS THIS NOT YOUR NUMBER ....................3035825440? YOU HAVE MY NUMBER THEM CALL ME NOW.
Ambassador: I am leaving for work now...you can't call me on my phone when I am online, because I use a dial-up connection for internet, and that number is my dial-up connection. So sorry, but really, don't get your panties in a wad. When I get home from work I will see what this MTCN thing is and send it to you.
WAITING TO HEAR FROM YOU SOON. WE THE MTCN NUMBER OKAY
Sorry Mr. Ambassador...have been busy at work. There are 10 numbers in the MTCN. Which one do you need?
Mr how are you . Are you back from work now pleas check the MTCN number and email it to me now we have no time on our side again. So am waiting for your email now
Thanks
US AMBASSADOR TERENCE P. McCULLEY.
Dear Ambassador, I checked the number and there are, indeed, 10 digits that comprise it. So tell me next what to do.
Ben
I have told you before now that you should send the ten digit number (mtcn control number) or better still scan the copy of the payment slip to me. If you know you can not do this then go ahead and call back your payment.
I knowd I'd piss him off sooner or later. Now that it's sooner, let's throw some more piss on it:
Dear Ambassador:
How would I call back my payment?
(1) It doesn't have a phone.
(2) If it does, I don't know its number.
Please explain this.
As for the MTCN, I have it here.
Ben

Them send me the MTCN number now okay
US AMBASSADOR TERENCE P. McCULLEY.
I can do that...there's ten of them. There's a 6...follered by a 9...then anudder 6...a 5...a 4...a 0...a 1..anuddah 1...anudda 7...anna 3 on the end.
Now, how do I call back my money? Does it have a call back number?
Ben

SEND IT THIS WAY OKAY
Receivers NAME: .................. OBINNA AUGUAINE OFILI
ADDRESS:................ LAGOS-NIGERIA
TEXT QUESTION:................. IN GOD
ANSWER:................... WE TRUST
AMOUNT: ....................$150
MTCN NUMBER
Senders Name: ....................?
Senders Address: ...............?

HERE IS MY DIRECT CELL PHONE NUMBER FOR YOU TO CALL URGENTLY +234-8122607899.
So you want it to be sended looking like this?
Receivers NAME: .................. OBINNA AUGUAINE OFILI
ADDRESS:................ LAGOS-NIGERIA
TEXT QUESTION:................. IN GOD
ANSWER:................... WE TRUST
AMOUNT: ....................$150
MTCN NUMBER
Senders Name: ....................?
Senders Address: ...............?
Okay...I'm sending it that way.
Ben

YES
US AMBASSADOR TERENCE P. McCULLEY

That's how he want it...that's how he get it:
Good. Here it is, just as you asked:
Receivers NAME: .................. OBINNA AUGUAINE OFILI
ADDRESS:................ LAGOS-NIGERIA
TEXT QUESTION:................. IN GOD
ANSWER:................... WE TRUST
AMOUNT: ....................$150
MTCN NUMBER
Senders Name: ....................?
Senders Address: ...............?


Thanks for that but no mtcn number again why. Can you go back to the bank and as them for the mtcn number them email it to me okay
US AMBASSADOR TERENCE P. McCULLEY.
Ambassador: yes, I could go to a bank and ask them about this. But I didn't go to a bank; I went to Western Union. Western Union wired the money for me, not a bank. And Western Union is in all kinds of places, as I'm sure you know, having been here before going to all those foreign venues. So, I could go to a bank...but why? Didn't I just send you exactly what you wanted, in exactly the manner you wanted it?
Ben

This scammer is patient if he's anything; he REALLY wants this $150. So he responds:

Okay them go back to western union and ask them to show you the mtcn number okay them send it to me now am waiting thanks
US AMBASSADOR TERENCE P. McCULLEY.
Okay, if you insist I must...but the Western Union I went to won't be open until 8am my time. It is now 5:23am my time. What time is it for you, Ambassador?

It is 12.30pm my time,so am waiting for your email them thanks
US AMBASSADOR TERENCE P. McCULLEY
So I wait two and a half hours, and then we start up again:
Mr. Ambassador, I went to the Western Union from whenst I sent the $150, and I told them what you told me to tell them. And they were great: they gave me a copy of the same receipt I already have, so now I have two. I can mail one to you if you like.
I am at your service.
Ben

send a copy of it.to me now am waiting for the copy

Okay, what's your mailing address? I'll get it out in the mail today.
Ben

THIS IS MY EMAIL ADDRESS ............ terencemcculley2010@gmail.com so send me the copy of it now am waiting for that now
I know your EMAIL address. If you want me to send you this copy, I need your regular mail address. I don't have a working scanner to scan it in.

I think I'm wearing him down finally:

I will advice you send it if you are serious about getting your fund.
US AMBASSADOR TERENCE P. McCULLEY.
Ambassador, I don't think I care for the tone of your email voice. You aren't acting very ambassadory here. I have followed your instructions in the spirit which they were intended, and now that I got you an extra copy of the receipt, you won't give me your mailing address to send it to you. You are the one, I remind you, that contacted me with this deal; I had no clue about it before hearing from you. You're a diplomat; start acting diplomaty and make this work. You want the receipt copy, GIVE ME YOUR MAILING ADDRESS.

Diplomats are supposed to have great patience and aplomb, rising to difficult occasions with finesse and diplomatic rhetorical flourishes, or so I thought. Which perhaps proves that this next is NOT from a real ambassador:

you r not serious. you wast much my times to this. i with you no more.

And just when I was getting to enjoy his patience at collecting a mere $150. Oh well:
Ambassador by AMC;
I guess that, by your refusal to provide a mailing address, you really didn't need the western union receipt after all. Bad ambassador. Very very bad ambassador.
Of course, it did occur to me that you have never actually been THE ambassador, Terrence P. McCulley; you might have been a Nigerian pretending to BE him, since you'd probably cooked and eaten our US ambassador. I know things are a bit backward and primitive in parts of Nigeria that way.
Let me advice you a few things, since you obviously don't want to collect the money I sent you via Western Union: next time you purport to use the seal of the US ambassador to Nigeria, understand that generally speaking, the seal doesn't bark.
Just sayin'.

Since I never heard back from the real ambassador when this nonsense started, perhaps I'm not offbase to assume that my just-concluded Nigerian DID eat the ambassador.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

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Tuesday, 21 May 2013

AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH


I’m on my way to Oshkosh -
to the world’s greatest general aviation air show
Aircraft parking at Airventure Oshkosh
I’m all booked and ready to go to the 2013 Airventure air show at Oshkosh, Wisconsin which runs from 29 July to 4 August. Oshkosh is on the west shore of Lake Winnebago about 200 miles north of Chicago.

Airventure was started by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) in 1953 as part of the Milwaukee Air Pageant with only 150 registered visitors and a handful of home-built aircraft. The EAA moved the air show to Oshkosh in 1969 and the show continued to grow rapidly.
The EAA now has 160,000 members and each year half a million people from 60 countries visit the week-long show. The show is run by more than 4,000 volunteers.

But I won’t be joining the 10,000 visiting aircraft that will swarm into the three airports at Oshkosh and nearby Appleton. I’ll be driving from Los Angeles.

My itinerary includes visits to the Grand Canyon, the Colorado Rockies, and the Cessna production line at Independence in Kansas, some Route 66, and some back country roads to Oshkosh.

Returning to Los Angeles I’ll stop off in Minneapolis before taking in one or two of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes on the way to North and South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. Mount Rushmore, the Devil’s Tower and Yellowstone will be visited along the way.

EAA Founder Paul Poberezny
In Utah, I’ll look at some more canyons, drop into Las Vegas for a return visit and then down the I-15 to LAX.

My interest in Airventure Oshkosh goes back to 1979. In that year EAA founder and president, Paul Poberezny, was the after dinner speaker at New Zealand’s Auckland Aero Club 50th anniversary reunion.

Poberezny, now aged 91, has been a pilot for more than 70 years and has flown more than 400 different aircraft types. He taught himself to fly in a glider that he restored himself.