Wednesday, 1 June 2016

7 Times ATC Is Required To Ask You For A Pilot Report | Boldmethod

7 Times ATC Is Required To Ask You For A Pilot Report | Boldmethod

We all know that it's important to give pilot reports when we can. Did you know that ATC is required to request a pilot report when the following conditions are observed or forecast? (Details Here)

1) Ceilings at or below 5,000 feet. These PIREPs shall include cloud base/top reports when feasible.

2) Visibility (surface or aloft) at or less than 5 miles.
3) Thunderstorms and related weather.4) Moderate or greater turbulence.
4) Moderate or greater turbulence.



Rat Meat (Diks), a Cure for Hypertension? | Daily Observer

Rat Meat (Diks), a Cure for Hypertension? | Daily Observer
Rat, locally called Diks, is said to be a very good local medicine for High Blood Pressure, even though most medical Doctors said they cannot confirm that claim.

We have heard many testimonies from friends and relatives that rat meat is effective for the treatment of high blood pressure; with some claiming that they have found it to be an effective palliative for arthritis. Some people from local communities have confirmed to us that the animal is a very powerful medicine for High Blood Pressure. They also told us that it has for long been used as good medicine by their forefathers, and is still benefiting them as well in various aspects.

Some people have even said that Medical Research Council MRC (Gambia Office) buys and uses ‘diks’ as a major element to cure High blood Pressure and probably other diseases. Observer Light went to the offices of the MRC in Fajara in an attempt to shed light on this matter; but the advanced health facility made it crystal clear that it has never gone into buying and using rats as a medicine to cure any disease.

by Modou Lamin Jammeh

Thursday, 19 May 2016

iPads in the classroom - transforming education or unnecessary distraction? -

iPads in the classroom - transforming education or unnecessary distraction? -

For the past eight months, my teenage son has been required to use an iPad for some schoolwork and much of his homework. And it seems he's not the only one; tablets are now commonplace in schools and some schools are starting to insist all pupils have one. 

But there's been little debate about this new development. And that's why the ATL teaching union commissioned a major survey on tablets in the classroom.

A total of 376 parents and teachers from across Northern Ireland responded and there was a clear consensus on a number of issues.

Most (78%) believed tablets do have at least some educational value in the classroom, but there was widespread concern about certain significant potential drawbacks.

Some 82% of respondents were worried about the 'distraction factor' if pupils were expected to use tablets for homework; will children diligently do their homework when they can check messages or play games on the same devices?

But perhaps the most alarming finding related to child protection; 64% of teaching staff who had educational experience of using tablets felt there was a risk that pupils might access inappropriate material when the devices were used in the classroom...
Acting principal Emma Quinn helps Clarke McMullan (6) use a school iPad at Rathcoole Primary School, Newtownabbey

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Are Paper Charts Practical Anymore? | Boldmethod

Are Paper Charts Practical Anymore? | Boldmethod

You don't use typewriters anymore. Or rotary telephones. Or 8-track tapes. So when it comes to flying, why do pilots still use paper charts?

You're surrounded by technology and information everywhere you go. From the computer you work on to the smart phone in your pocket, there's more computing power within a 10-foot radius of you right now than what it took to put man on the moon.

But when it comes to navigating your plane, whether you're flying a traditional 6-pack plane or an Electronic Flight Deck, many pilots are skeptical, or downright adamant, that paper is a safer option for nav charts.

So what's the safer, and more practical option, for flying? Let's take a look at electronic charts vs. paper charts and compare the two a little more closely.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Roots festival participants pay homage to Kunta Kinteh’s village - The Point Newspaper, Banjul, The Gambia

Roots festival participants pay homage to Kunta Kinteh’s village - The Point Newspaper, Banjul, The Gambia

International and national participants of the ongoing International Roots Festival on Monday visited Kunta Kinteh Island in Juffureh, the native village of the most famous Gambian slave, Kunta Kinteh.

The participants visited the slave museum where most of the materials used by the slaves during the slavery days are being kept for posterity.

Kunta Kinteh Island, formerly known as James Island, was a place where thousands of slaves departed from to various parts of America or the West Indies...

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

7 Things Every Pilot Learns During Instrument Training | Boldmethod

7 Things Every Pilot Learns During Instrument Training | Boldmethod

There's nothing like popping out of the clouds, at minimums, right above the runway. Training toward your instrument rating not only makes you a safer, more confident pilot, but lets you use the full capability of the national airspace system.

Here are 7 things that you'll learn during instrument training...
1) Planning a descent, briefing an approach, and communicating with ATC, all at once, while flying partial-panel is something you'll end up getting pretty good at...


Monday, 25 April 2016

Obesity is the new smoking - soon governments will be forced to tackle it in the same way | Irish Examiner

Obesity is the new smoking - soon governments will be forced to tackle it in the same way | Irish Examiner

News that the global food company will advise consumers to eat certain products only “occasionally” plays havoc with the jingle that has earned its spot in the advertising slogan Hall of Fame. (Hands up all of you who can still hum the “Mars a day helps you work, rest, and play” tune that brought TV ads to life from 1959 to 1995?) Though – and here’s the unsettling bit — Mars Food isn’t telling us to eat Mars bars or indeed its Snickers bars, M&Ms, or Maltesers occasionally. It is, in fact, admitting that its pasta products and sauces — food we are likely to put on our daily dinner tables — should carry what amounts to a health warning. There’s been a rush to laud the food giant for the move, but I must be missing the point. Doesn’t anybody find it astounding that a food manufacturer is actually warning us about eating its food? You might expect to hear that its confectionery is high in sugar, salt and fat but the fact that Mars is admitting that Dolmio — “When’s your Dolmio day”, indeed? — and other sauces should be eaten, at most, once a week is hair-raising.

How did we end up here, in a world where our daily bread, so to speak, has to come with a label telling us not to eat it too often?...

Monday, 11 April 2016

How To Make An Awesome Soft Field Landing | Boldmethod

How To Make An Awesome Soft Field Landing | Boldmethod


Spring is officially here. Are you ready to start landing on soft fields again? If you're planning to touch down on a grass or dirt strip soon, it's time to brush up on your soft-field landing skills. Here's what you need to be thinking about.
How Soft Field Landings Are Different

Soft field landings are pretty much the same as normal landings until you cross the runway threshold. That's where you need to put your soft field landing technique to work...

The Democracy Activist Who Became a Suicide Bomber - WSJ

The Democracy Activist Who Became a Suicide Bomber - WSJThousands of Egyptians held up their nation’s flag in Tahrir Square in Cairo on March 4, 2011.
"Five years ago, Ahmad Darrawi was one of the idealistic young Egyptians whose bravery stirred world-wide admiration. In 2011, he stood among the protest vanguard in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, and in the months afterward he often appeared on TV, outlining reforms for Egypt’s brutal and corrupt police. In the fall of 2011, he ran for parliament as an independent. His campaign ads showed a smiling, clean-shaven man in a gray suit under the slogan “Dignity and Security.” He was 32.

Three years later, Darrawi blew himself up on the battlefields of Iraq, where he was fighting as a loyal soldier of Islamic State, according to the terrorist group.

How did it happen? How did a hopeful, principled young man from a middle-class family turn into a coldblooded suicide bomber? It is hard to separate that question from the Arab world’s broader descent over the past five years: from nonviolence to mass murder, from proclamations of tolerance and civic idealism to the savagery of Islamic State.

The gap between those ideals is so vast that any attempt to link them can seem like madness. But for Darrawi and others like him—in Egypt, Yemen, Syria, Tunisia and more—the road from democracy to Islamic State wasn’t so strange..."

Monday, 28 March 2016

Texting while walking in N.J. could mean jail, fine - NY Daily News

Texting while walking in N.J. could mean jail, fine - NY Daily News
Here’s a smartphone plan that would really cost you.Crossing the street in New Jersey with your eyes glued to your smartphone could mean spending 15 days in jail, paying a $50 fine, or both, in a “distracted walking” bill introduced by state assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt.

“Distracted pedestrians, like distracted drivers, present a potential danger to themselves and drivers on the road,” Lampitt said. “An individual crossing the road distracted by their smartphone presents just as much danger to motorists as someone jaywalking and should be held, at minimum, to the same penalty.”The proposed measure would ban walking while texting and prohibit pedestrians on public roads from using their smartphones unless they’re hands-free.Half of the $50 fine would go to safety education about the dangers of walking and texting, the lawmaker said.


Sunday, 27 March 2016

How Contrails Form | Boldmethod

How Contrails Form | Boldmethod
"Contrails come in two varieties: aerodynamic and exhaust contrails.
Aerodynamic Contrails

Aerodynamic contrails occur when moist air cools due to lowered pressure, condensing humidity in the air and forming a contrail cloud.

What causes an aerodynamic contrail? It can come from any surface which lowers the air pressure - but it's commonly caused by your propellor or wings. When an airfoil decreases air pressure, it also decreases the air's temperature. If the humidity's high, the drop in temperature and pressure can lower the air's temperature past the dew point and form a contrail cloud.

The more your wings decrease pressure, the greater the temperature drop. So, an aircraft with high wing loading can generate large aerodynamic contrails. An F-15 pulling G's and a 737 at a high angle of attack are great examples of this effect.
Kevin Ash / Flickr
Maarten Visser / Flickr

Aerodynamic contrails don't last long. As soon as the aerodynamically cooled air comes back up to ambient temperature, the contrails dissipate. That's why aerodynamic contrails are so short lived.
Exhaust Contrails

Exhaust contrails are more common, and they're usually seen behind aircraft cruising in the flight levels. They form when hot, moist air exiting an engine mixes with extremely cold air - condensing the exhaust's moisture.

How cold does the air need to be? It varies. The ambient air temperature has to drop below -24 degrees Celsius at sea level, and reach below -45 degrees Celsius at FL500 for exhaust contrails to form. A cirrus cloud layer can indicate that conditions are right for exhaust contrails." / Flickr

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