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Five things that will kill your classic car - Fox News

Five things that will kill your classic car - Fox News | OHS and JPC in five years time | Scoop.it
Five things that will kill your classic car
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Conversely, getting caught in the rain every now and then isn't death for your classic, as long as nothing like carpets or trunk mats get soaked and stay wet.
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Owning and driving a classic car is on my bucket list. 

(I currently own a forty year old car -- not as my daily driver -- but unfortunately it is not a classic.)

 

Classic cars should be driven regularly ---- that's how you enjoy them ---- and that's also part of preserving them.  Classic cars should be driven quite differently from modern cars; they don't have the built-in safety systems of modern cars.  So, to be safe, the classic car driver should drive according to the car's capabilities (and deficiencies). 

 

Classic car maintenance is quite different to modern cars' ---- some classic car maintenance activities would be almost unheard of in modern garages.  If they aren't maintained properly, classic cars break down ---- or worse, are involved in an accident.  So proper maintenance is an important part of safety for classic cars. 

 

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Route 66 News

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In The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck became the first writer to refer to Route 66 – the two-lane, 2,448-mile-road that connects Chicago to Los Angeles – as the “Mother Road”. In doing so, he helped capture the road's image of ...

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My wife and I would both like to drive Route 66, the pre-freeway road from Chicago to Los Angeles.

 

Obviously driving in the USA, left-hand drive, is something of a challenge (although we have some experience of that), and in fact can be hazardous if one becomes forgetful.  Also, USA road rules are a little different to Australia's.

 

Driving over any long distance features the "fatal five" as hazards ---- distraction & inattention (22% of crashes), drink/drug driving (30% of fatals), fatigue (20% - 30% of fatals on long straight stretches), seat-belts (tenfold increase of fatal in an accident if not wearing) and speeding (22% of fatals). 

 

Plenty to think about on a 2488 mile cross-USA drive.!!!!

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Float on: Discover new perspective by soaring above Sierra - Reno Gazette-Journal

Float on: Discover new perspective by soaring above Sierra Reno Gazette-Journal The longer the ride, the wider the experience of how sailplanes work, including their ability to catch thermals, rising columns of warm air that act as atmospheric...
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People climb mountains to see the sights that pilots see every day.  In another life/career I was a helicopter pilot and I can vouch for that.  I would like to take up glider flying when my work-life balance changes to allow it ---- gliding is the sort of sport that you need to be prepared to devote a whole day to.  I have had a few flights and found the experience enjoyable and interesting. 

 

The Gliding Federation of Australia (GFA) self administers the sport under a charter from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

Gliding is not without its risks, however the GFA manages these risks by good training.  You can't go gliding in Australia unless you are a member of a GFA-affiliated gliding club and if you are a learner you'll fly with a GFA rated instructor until you are ready to go solo ---- the training is quite rigorous and part of the GFA's flying safety program.

Australia’s gliding safety record is among the best in the world and the GFA is justifiably proud of it.

 

Gliders themselves are also very safe. They are designed, built and maintained to the same standards as the Cessna you will see at your local aero-club.

 

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Probe Prompts Review of Procedures in Plane Crashes - Wall Street Journal

Probe Prompts Review of Procedures in Plane Crashes - Wall Street Journal | OHS and JPC in five years time | Scoop.it
Malaysia Airlines Probe Prompts Review of Procedures in Plane Crashes Wall Street Journal George Snyder, a former airline pilot and senior safety official, says that lapses in the current probe mean "aircraft accident investigations, as we know it,...
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I became interested in aircraft accident investigation after watching an ATSB investigator go about his work at an aeroplane crash site –– many years later I enrolled in CQUniversity's Accident Forensics degree program –– and here I am currently studying OCHS11026.

 

One of the key reasons that accidents are investigated is to discover the causes and from there to learn about preventing similar accidents in the future.

 

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U.S. Air Force Safety Center Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS ...

U.S. Air Force Safety Center Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS ... | OHS and JPC in five years time | Scoop.it
Several statistics reports on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) mishaps that are compiled yearly by the Air Force Safety Center. The following reports are the most recent that are publicly available.
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My current job involves working with the Australian Army's unmanned aircraft.  My job is In “operational airworthiness” which is about ensuring that these unmanned aircraft and are operated by trained, qualified and competent operators, within an authorised organisation and in accordance with approved limitations, publications and procedures. 

 

A lot of my work is about developing and writing the procedures (you might say “rules of the air”) for these unmanned aircraft to provide a framework for the operators to work within and “to do things right”. 

 

I am also a member of our organisation’s “safety and standardisation committee” which meets weekly to review any unmanned aircraft safety incidents, to establish the causes of those incidents and then work out what can be learned from them and their causes; the outcome of such reviews might then be training bulletins, safety bulletins or formal training sessions for the operators -- whatever we think is necessary to reduce the possibility of re-occurrence. 

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Surfing Tips: Surf Etiquette, Do’s and Don’t

Surfing Tips: Surf Etiquette, Do’s and Don’t | OHS and JPC in five years time | Scoop.it
Surfing Tips: Surf Etiquette, Do’s and Don’t
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Surfing used to be my regular weekend pastime ---- although it has been some time since I have been out on the waves ---- and I'd like to get back to it. 

 

Believe it or not, surfing has its own "rules of the road", and all surfers are expected to abide by them.  If one surfer does not follow the rules of surf etiquette, apart from possibly creating surf rage, he/she might be the cause of a collision resulting in damage to surfboards and injury to surfers. 

 

Surf etiquette is part of surfing safe.

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Wine Travel Guide | Wine Tours | Wine Country

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Book the best wine tours, culinary and cultural experiences in over 29 wine regions!

Via Planet Bordeaux
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My wife and I enjoy a glass (or more) of wine; my wife is a wine collector. One weekends we will typically share a bottle of wine for dinner. But too much of a good thing can be problematic.

 

The University of Indiana (and others) provide good hints for drinking -- know your limit -- eat while drinking -- sip (don't gulp) -- choose quality vs quantity -- alcohol is OK if improving social relationships, but not if impairing them -- take care mixing alcohol and drugs (prescription, over-the-counter, or other) -- appoint a designated driver -- don't mix alcohol with driving, children or pregnancy -- have at least two alcohol free days per week -- six or more drinks in a session is "binge drinking" and dangerous.

 

Having said all of that, wine really is "the nectar of the gods" if used properly.

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How Do You Know If a Foreign Airline Is Safe? - Parade

How Do You Know If a Foreign Airline Is Safe? - Parade | OHS and JPC in five years time | Scoop.it

How Do You Know If a Foreign Airline Is Safe?

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My wife and I like to travel overseas, and we like to use QANTAS -- because it's Australian and because it has a good safety record.  But it's not always possible to fly QANTAS and so I like to know about the safety record of other airlines  

 

This scoop.it eventually directs you to  http://www.airlineratings.com/ which can tell you a lot about airlines' safety ratings.

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Is Air Travel Too Safe? - Businessweek

Is Air Travel Too Safe? - Businessweek | OHS and JPC in five years time | Scoop.it
Is Air Travel Too Safe? Businessweek The search for answers around the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 continues to generate an outsize amount of attention for an airplane tragedy—a subject that already commands a disproportionate level of...
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I don't think that too many airline passengers would agree with that statement, nor would the Australian Defence Force. 

 

This link

 http://www.defence.gov.au/sea_king_boi/mediainfo/airworthiness_management_system.htm

explains how the Australian Defence Force introduced an Airworthiness Management System in the 1990s and as a result has seen a ten-fold decrease in fatal aircraft accidents between 1993 and 2006.  

 

My current job is involved with this Australian Defence Forces Airworthiness Management System and I descibe it in another scoop

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Texas pilot killed in Iowa air show crash - L-39 Albatros - Hopper Flight Team

Texas pilot killed in Iowa air show crash - L-39 Albatros - Hopper Flight Team | OHS and JPC in five years time | Scoop.it

Glenn Smith left a lucrative job at a Dallas-area technology firm for an early retirement of restoring Soviet fighter jets and flying to exhibitions across the country.

He died Saturday when his nearly 30-year-old training plane nosedived during an air show in eastern Iowa and crashed into a field, authorities said. Spectators watched the 59-year-old Smith's plane erupt into flames, followed by a cloud of gray smoke. Nobody on the ground was hurt.

Smith had been flying in formation with other members of the HopperFlight team at the Quad-City Air Show in Davenport.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash. Senior air safety investigator Aaron Sauer said Sunday that a preliminary report on the crash is expected within a week, but a final report will likely take several months.


Via Christian Albrecht
Paul Coulthard's insight:

 

My work or my Accident Forensic studies might one day lead me to an aircraft crash site, assisting with the investigation.

 

An aircraft crash site is a hazardous location.  You might find some or all of the following hazards:

 

*    from the crashed aircraft – composite fibres, metals, asbestos, various oils and lubricants, aviation turbine fuel (avtur or avgas), explosives (as part of the aircraft system or as weapons), hydraulic fluids, gases (compressed oxygen, carbon dioxide and others), radiation (from damaged lasers), stab/puncture (from wreckage), and slip/trip/fall hazards (from wreckage);

 

*    from the casualties (alive & dead) – biological hazards including body parts, blood and blood pathogens; and

 

*    from the emergency services – rescue vehicles, machinery & plant, electricity, noise, and fire suppressant chemicals.

 

The first rule in such an investigation is don't get killed or injured by the accident you are investigating.

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