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Defikopter drone air-drops a defibrillator to EMTs on the ground

Defikopter drone air-drops a defibrillator to EMTs on the ground | The Future of OH&S in Aviation. | Scoop.it
The Defikopter is a UAV that can be activated by a smartphone app to automatically take to the skies and drop a defibrillator to medical personnel on the gr...
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UAV's are becoming increasingly popular, whether it's for delivering pizza or beer. This variant could save time in helping someone in need of resuscitation. This drone can find people by their smartphone (especially in remote areas) and deliver a defibrillator to help save someone's life.

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NASA air traffic control software to improve spacing between planes

NASA air traffic control software to improve spacing between planes | The Future of OH&S in Aviation. | Scoop.it
As with all tech, the tools used for air traffic control are always improving. Recently, for example, it was announced that the first remote air traffic con...
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This technology has been needed for a long time. Previously it had been a lot of work for air-traffic controllers in high traffic airports. Accidents have happened due to take-off/landing collisions and this new technology could completely abolish this, therefore making the aviation industry that much safer.

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MH17 disaster: Flights over war zones 'because it's cheaper'

MH17 disaster: Flights over war zones 'because it's cheaper' | The Future of OH&S in Aviation. | Scoop.it
Airlines were warned in April to avoid airspace over Ukraine, but experts suggest they preferred to save money on fuel. (RT @rosiedream: Dear god, what a world we live in.
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This is quite distressing to think that airlines prioritise saving money over human lives. And now that there has recently been a passenger plane shot down over Ukrainian airspace, what does this say about the higher-ups at Malaysia airlines? I just hope this 'accident' isn't the start of something bigger.

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New air safety measure could save lives, South Aussie inventor says

New air safety measure could save lives, South Aussie inventor says | The Future of OH&S in Aviation. | Scoop.it
A simple safety invention developed by a South Australian pilot could help combat a common cause of air crashes, an aviation industry expert believes.
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This idea is brilliant! This technology could drastically reduce the number of accidents and fatalities involved with aviation. This feature all but removes the chance of an accident due to pilot disorientation.

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Aviation offers a way forward in biofuels research - Phys.org

Aviation offers a way forward in biofuels research - Phys.org | The Future of OH&S in Aviation. | Scoop.it
Aviation offers a way forward in biofuels research. Aniruddha Upadhye (left) and George Huber in front of a reactor used in the process of creating biofuels. Credit: Scott Gordon. (Phys.org) —Biofuels researchers are ...
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This is really interesting research, not only will it make the emissions from aircraft less harmful, it'll also lower the cost of commercial airline transportation. Considering the volatile nature of the fuels used today, this new bio-fuel would definitely be welcomed.

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Airbus patents windowless cockpit that would increase pilots' field of view

Airbus patents windowless cockpit that would increase pilots' field of view | The Future of OH&S in Aviation. | Scoop.it
In a new US patent application, Airbus outlines a new cockpit design that replaces the traditional cockpit with one that uses 3D view screens instead of con...
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This is incredibly interesting! A plane with no apparent cockpit and therefore no annoying thick-plated glass coursing drag. The cockpit would be put directly in the nose, and outside view would be provided in on-board displays using LED's and 3D imaging.

 

The only problem I see with this is that power malfunctions could cause complete blindness for the pilots.

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Pilots complain that glare from the world’s biggest solar power plant is blinding them | Quartz.com

Pilots complain that glare from the world’s biggest solar power plant is blinding them | Quartz.com | The Future of OH&S in Aviation. | Scoop.it

Airplane pilots reported that they were blinded by the intense sunlight reflecting off some of the 340,000 mirrors at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System on the California-Nevada border. Yet six months elapsed before their reports reached the regulator that oversees the plant, which is located near the Las Vegas airport.

 

The mirrors, called heliostats, focus the sun on 459-foot-high (140 meter) towers that contain water-filled boilers. The concentrated sunlight boils the water to create steam, driving turbines that generate 377 megawatts of carbon-free electricity. The heat is so blistering that it has melted the feathers of birds in mid-flight.

 

Planes fly far too high to be affected by the heat—but by not the light. “From the pilot’s seat of my aircraft the brightness was like looking into the sun,” reported one pilot as his small plane climbed from 6,000 to 12,000 feet after taking off from the Boulder City, Nevada, airport. In a report he filed with the Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS), the pilot wrote that, “In my opinion the reflection from these mirrors was a hazard to flight because for a brief time I could not scan the sky in that direction to look for other aircraft.”

 

He’s not alone. “Daily, during the late morning and early afternoon hours we get complaints from pilots of aircraft flying from the northeast to the southwest about the brightness of this solar farm,” reported an air traffic controller at an Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)  center that monitors the airspace in southern California. A pilot of a commercial jetliner told him the light reflected from the Ivanpah mirrors “was nearly blinding.”

 

“I reported this to management and was told that they were going to do nothing about it,” wrote the air traffic controller to the ASRS, a 37-year-old program established by the FAA and NASA and administrated by the space agency in California. “I have no idea what can be done about this situation, but being a passenger on an aircraft that flew through this airspace and saw it for myself, I would say that something needs to be done. It is extremely bright and distracting.”


 

Here’s the scary part: The pilot and the air traffic controller filed their complaints in August 2013. But the reports did not reach the California Energy Commission, which oversees Ivanpah and other solar thermal power plants, until March 10, 2014.


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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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The fact that nothing is going to be done about this is very concerning. Having pilots blinded on take-off and landing is incredibly dangerous, what's to stop a blinded pilot straying into the path of an oncoming plane or stalling and crashing? It's a matter of time until an aircraft strays into that area and either hits one of the towers or has parts of his/her plane damaged by the extreme heat radiation.

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I chose this scope to illustrate the current problem with some reporting bodies, a significant hazard was reported in the Aviation Safety Reporting System and very little was done about it, I hope to provide a truly independent investigation service to investigate all claims fully.
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FAA Allows Electronics During Takeoff, Landing

FAA Allows Electronics During Takeoff, Landing | The Future of OH&S in Aviation. | Scoop.it
Federal Aviation Administration no longer sees mobile devices as threat to air safety.

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About time too, it has been known for a long time that mobile electronic devices have no effect on the performance of aircraft electronic equipment.

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Grounded future: Pentagon still bets on plagued F-35s — RT USA

Grounded future: Pentagon still bets on plagued F-35s — RT USA | The Future of OH&S in Aviation. | Scoop.it
As those issues linger on, however, the immediate future of the F-35 program remains uncertain. The Pentagon announced on July 3 that the DOD's entire arsenal of F-35s would be grounded after an engine fire erupted ...
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This is quite concerning, given the fact that Australia has just bought several of these planes (and not the good ones with rotational thrust). Considering the cost of these units, more research by the Australian government should've been invested, therefore making the best decision and not wasting funds on an unsafe new fighter jet that isn't much better than the F/A 18's.

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Aviation going to the drones - Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

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Aviation going to the drones
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And like the dawn of the era of aviation a little over a century ago, innovations are often being conducted by individuals with an idea and endless enthusiasm.
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I have a problem with this. I get that the world wants to remove most of the human error from aviation, but part of what makes aviation work is the interaction between man and machine. I also understand that fewer resources are needed in pilot training and employment, this will in-turn leave a lot of pilots out of work, and considering the time and money it takes to become one this is really unfair.

 

There is an upside to this however. The use of drones will decrease the chances of pilot injury in hostile conditions (war zones, cyclones etc).

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