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MH370: It is time for the facts and only the facts!

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It is time for the facts and nothing but the facts on the location of MH370.

For seven long years, the relatives of those 239 lost have been subjected to a tsunami of misinformation and endless conspiracy theories not to mention an incredible 130 books written about the disappearance of the Boeing 777 on March 8, 2014, on a flight from KL to Beijing.

Now it is time for hard facts, backed by science, not fantasy and bizarre speculation that is as stupid as it is cruel to the relatives.

READ: Qatar Airways a standout for COVID-19 safety

According to one of the leading researchers into the disappearance of MH370 aerospace engineer Richard Godfrey, there have been 118 major academic research papers and articles on MH370 since the disappearance.

These include:

  • 39 relating to oceanography, drift analysis, and debris tracking.
  • 16 related to improving safety.
  • 16 related to improving communication in search and recovery operations.
  • 10 covered global satellite tracking of aircraft.
  • Three related to satellite imagery and detecting aircraft.
  • Two related to radar technology.
  • Two covered acoustic or sound wave detection in water.
  • And none related to WSPR, HF Radio or Over-The-Horizon-Radar technology.
  • Altogether 34 items of debris found that were confirmed or likely from MH370.

Mr. Godfrey has written 1,472 documents on the MH370 search and related subjects, mostly on satellite and drift analysis. There are many more documents from other independent analysts. Here is a chronology of major MH370 events

All the satellite, drift, and WSPR analysis point to one and only one location – the Southern Indian Ocean a fact known on March 9, 2014, through Inmarsat.

The area circled in red below is the location of MH370 according to all the science.

The massive body of work conducted by independent analysts is quite extraordinary and the first time that independent analysts have been publicly acknowledged for their contribution in an official report.

On page 120 of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau’s The Operational Search for MH370 of October 3, 2017, it states:

“The ATSB acknowledges the extensive contributions that many individuals and groups have made during the underwater search for MH370. Many contributors have provided credible, alternate, and independent approaches and analyses of the limited data available. In particular, the ‘MH370 Independent Group’ comprised of scientists, researchers, and individuals who have cooperated across continents to advance the search for MH370. The ATSB is grateful for their work collectively and individually including Duncan Steel, Mike Exner, Victor Iannello, Don Thompson, and Richard Godfrey.”

Here is the known flight path of MH370 based on Radar, ACARS, ADS-B, and Satellite data.

 

Boeing 737 MAX electrical issue an easy fix

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The 737 MAX

The Boeing 737 MAX electrical issue that sees some of the jets pulled from service is an easy fix according to Jefferies analyst Sheila Kahyaoglu.

Quoted in Seeking Alpha Ms. Kahyaoglu said “changing the equipment could take hours or days to fix, a modest disruption,” adding that Boeing’s alterations to the aircraft “is not out of the norm, but would seem to get more attention given prior issues.”

The newest problem seems to be “well understood and not related to design but production,” Kahyaoglu says.

The US regulator the FAA said that the problem “could affect the operation of a backup power control unit” in newly manufactured 737 MAXs. Apparently, the problem resulted from recent changes in the production process at Boeing.

In a statement Boeing said:

Boeing has recommended to 16 customers that they address a potential electrical issue in a specific group of 737 MAX airplanes prior to further operations. The recommendation is being made to allow for verification that a sufficient ground path exists for a component of the electrical power system.  

We are working closely with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on this production issue. We are also informing our customers of specific tail numbers affected and we will provide direction on appropriate corrective actions. 

Southwest Airlines has pulled 30 737 MAXs from its schedules to make the inspection and if required any fix.

Qatar Airways rescues 80 year old terminally ill Tasmanian man

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Qatar Airways has come to the rescue of an 80-year-old terminally ill man with dementia who is now back home after being stranded in Ireland for 14 months.

According to the ABC, Tasmanian John Jobber was classified as vulnerable by DFAT, but his family says his return only happened because an airline took pity in his plight.

Here is the ABC radio interview with Hamish McDonald.

Qatar Airways was “totally invested” in the situation according to Mr. Jobber’s daughter, Samantha John.

The airline’s executives also followed the progress of Mr. Jobber and one of his other daughters, Michele, who traveled all the way from Ireland and then flew home – a 50-hour round trip.

Mr. Jobber needs 24/7 care and Michele was needed on the flight to administer his medication.

The Qatar Airways executives even met the two in Doha en route to Australia and Michele on the return trip.

Mr. Jobber is now in Royal Adelaide Hospital for 14 days before being taken home to Tasmania by Samantha.

MH370 set off radio tripwires confirming location says new report

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A fascinating technology, Weak Signal Propagation, which is a digital radio communication protocol is proving a new tool to confirm the location of MH370 which disappeared just over seven years ago with 239 souls on board.

Put simply, imagine you had to hike across a prairie and every 2 minutes there were a bunch of tripwires that you could not see, that set off an alarm or put another way imagine you broke into a high-security bank and to reach the vault you had to cross a room full of laser beams (above) that you could not see and any one interruption of a laser beam would set off an alarm.

Well, that is what aircraft do – they trip off invisible radio waves and Richard Godfrey one of the leading experts in the hunt for MH370 has just concluded a new study which finds that MH370 tripped off a series of radio transmission detections which confirm it is in the location that satellite studies and drift modeling have suggested.

READ: Qatar Airways a standout for COVID-19 safety.

“WSPR is like a bunch of tripwires or laser beams, but they work in every direction over the horizon to the other side of the globe,” Mr. Godfrey says.

“JORN or any Over-The-Horizon-Radar is similar to WSPR, it also uses HF radio waves that bounce off the ionosphere and is effectively a very sophisticated tripwire detection system.”

This new report is yet more credible evidence of the location of MH370. It is quite simply a third way of tracking and confirming MH370’s location.

Mr. Godfrey’s report found that MH370 crossed eight anomalous WSPR DX links during its transit of the Indian Ocean (see below) and these mirror the returns of the well-documented flight path analysis based on the Inmarsat satellite data.

The advantage of the end of flight of MH370 is that there were no other aircraft around. When you find a WSPR detection in crowded airspace you can spend a lot of time working out which aircraft was detected. In empty airspace it is easy.

Mr. Godfrey is now analyzing the WSPR links MH370 crossed in the region of Malaysia and Indonesia, but there is much more air traffic. Fortunately, the location of almost all of the other traffic is contained in ADS-B databases and Flight Plans that have been filed. “This is a lot of needles, in a lot of haystacks.”

Watch a video of the technology and listen to the music come and go as the aircraft on the left of the screen “crosses a tripwire.”

Qatar Airways operates world’s first fully COVID-19 vaccinated flight

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Qatar Airways is operating the world’s first fully COVID-19 vaccinated flight.

QR6421 departed Hamad International Airport (HIA) at 11:45 AM local time on April 6 carrying only vaccinated crew and passengers on board, with passengers also to be served by the fully vaccinated staff at check-in.

The special flight, which will return to Doha at 14:45, showcases all the measures the airline has put in place to ensure the highest standards of safety and hygiene on board, including its latest innovation, the world’s first ‘Zero-Touch’ in-flight entertainment technology.

The special service is being operated by the airline’s most technologically advanced and sustainable aircraft, the Airbus A350-1000, with the flight also fully carbon offset in line with the carrier’s environmental responsibilities.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker (below) said: “Today’s special flight demonstrates the next stage in the recovery of international travel is not far away. We are proud to continue leading the industry by operating the first flight with a fully vaccinated crew and passengers and providing a beacon of hope for the future of international aviation. With aviation being a critical economic driver both globally and here in the State of Qatar, we are thankful for the support we have received from our government and local health authorities to vaccinate our staff, with over 1,000 vaccinations being administered per day.”

“It is in Qatar Airways DNA to be at the forefront, setting the highest standards of safety and customer service. When the pandemic hit its peak in early April, our airline continued flying to help repatriate millions of stranded passengers and transport essential medical supplies, while also implementing the latest innovations in biosafety and hygiene. As the vaccine rollout begins to gather pace worldwide, Qatar Airways remains committed to being the airline passengers and travel partners can rely on, operating one of the largest global networks to provide the connectivity needed to reunite families and friends and support global trade.”

Qatar Airways Cargo has also played a major role in maintaining a reliable schedule across our network of destinations. Since the onset of the pandemic, Qatar Airways has helped transport more than 500,000 tonnes of medical supplies and delivered close to 20,000,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to over 20 countries.”

Qatar Airways has become the first global airline in the world to achieve the 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating by the international air transport rating organization, Skytrax.

This follows its seven-star COVID-19 rating using slightly different criteria from Airlineratings.com.

The airline’s hub, HIA, has also become the first and only airport in the Middle East and Asia to be awarded a Skytrax 5-Star COVID-19 Airport Safety Rating.

Qatar Airways is also the first airline in the Middle East to begin trials of the innovative new IATA Travel Pass ‘Digital Passport’ mobile app. IATA Travel Pass ensures passengers receive up-to-date information on COVID-19 health regulations at their destination country, as well as complying with strict global data privacy regulations to enable the sharing of COVID-19 test results with airlines to verify they are eligible to undertake their journey.

Air New Zealand taunts Qantas with Pavlova gift!

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Air New Zealand has taunted Qantas with a gift of a Pavlova as the two airlines get set to do battle across the Tasman Sea.

Air New Zealand’s chief executive Greg Foran sent the picture of the Pavlova to his counterpart Alan Joyce at Qantas with a note saying that the airline had wanted to send the famous Bledisloe Cup (Rugby) but was not allowed.

Both the origins of the famous desert (sweet) Pavolva -loved on both sides of the Tasman – and the holding of the Bledisloe Cup are the subject of intense rivalry between the two countries.

Air New Zealand and Qantas are gearing up with a huge increase in flights and new services between the two countries.

Virgin Australia, however, will wait until October before resuming its trans-Tasman operations.

New Zealand-Australia travel bubble starts April 19.

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New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that a quarantine-free travel bubble from Australia can commence on April 19.

The Prime Minister said that at least two airlines – Air New Zealand and Qantas – are “very keen to start offering tickets”.

READ: Qatar Airways a standout for COVID-19 safety.

Air New Zealand said it is “pre-loading the bubbles for customers onboard its first quarantine-free flights across the ditch – 24,000 bottles in fact!”

From 19 April 2021, Air New Zealand will be ramping up flights between Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown and eight of its Australian ports for the travel bubble.

Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Greg Foran (above) says the airline is incredibly excited to have the border reopen to our Aussie neighbors.

“This is terrific news. I know Kiwis and Australians have been wanting to reconnect with whānau and friends for a year now and we’re incredibly excited to be playing a part in those reunions.

“I’ll certainly be digging out my passport for the first time since I joined the airline to head across the ditch to see my family and I’m especially looking forward to meeting some of my grandchildren for the first time.”

The airline says it has been preparing for a trans-Tasman bubble for a few months now, bringing furloughed crew back on board and ensuring they are up to speed with training, along with making sure its international airports and lounges are ready for the influx of customers.

“Pre-COVID-19, Australia was the largest tourism market for both our airline and New Zealand. We know a lot of tourism operators have been feeling the lack of international visitors so we’re looking forward to playing a role in New Zealand’s recovery.

“Using the strength of our domestic network we’ll be able to connect Australians with more destinations around the country. With the rest of the world still out of reach, New Zealand offers landscapes and experiences that are up there with the world’s best attractions.”

The Australian Airports Association said that “the long-awaited two-way travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand will provide a much-needed boost to the aviation and tourism sectors and help to increase the confidence of potential travellers.”

The AAA Chief Executive James Goodwin said the new arrangement would allow Australians and New Zealanders to reconnect with family and friends.

“We can expect to see a lot of emotional scenes at our airports in two weeks’ time with many families and friends reunited after not seeing each other for more than a year,” Mr Goodwin said.

“Our consumer research suggests Australians are eager to get on an aircraft and start travelling again with almost 80 per cent supportive of creating travel bubbles with countries where levels of COVID-19 are low.

 

Donghai Airlines suspends pilot over toilet fight

Shenzhen-based Donghai Airlines has suspended two staff after an altercation during a flight turned violent according to the South China Morning Post.

The Chinese carrier has suspended the male pilot and a male flight attendant after allegations the pair assaulted each other during a flight.

Read: Qatar Airways a standout for COVID-19 safety

According to the SCMP, the assault started from an argument 50 minutes from landing on Flt DZ6297 from Nantong to Xian on February 20.

The SMCP said that “the pilot, who was not identified, was using the bathroom when a first class cabin passenger wished to use the toilet. The pilot asked the passenger to wait at their seat, but was ignored by the passenger, according to social media posts about the incident.”

According to some reports, the pilot had to use the bathroom during the flight. He noticed a first class passenger near the cockpit who also wanted to use the lavatory, and he asked the passenger to wait at their seat. The passenger ignored the pilot’s instructions, and when the pilot emerged from the lavatory he still saw the passenger standing there.

At this point the pilot confronted the flight attendant responsible for the first class cabin cabin, accusing him of “not doing his job properly and affecting flying safety.” An argument soon got out of control and became physical. The fight was allegedly initiated by the pilot, and this resulted in the flight attendant’s arm being broken, and the pilot losing a tooth.

Reuters reports that the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has also taken action following an investigation.

  • Donghai Airlines is being punished by not being allowed to add any new routes, flights, or capacity; it’s not known how long this policy will remain in place
  • The pilot involved in the incident will have his license revoked
  • The flight attendant will receive a “corresponding administrative punishment”

 

Ethiopian Airlines lands at the wrong airport

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Aviation Herald is reporting that an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-800 freighter, registration ET-AYL performing freight flight ET-3891 from Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) to Ndola (Zambia), was expected to land at Ndola’s current Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport but landed on Ndola’s new Copperbelt International Airport that is located about 9nm west-north-west of the current airport and is still under construction.
Incredibly the aircraft taxied to the apron, where airport construction workers signaled to the crew they were not expected at that airport.
So not being welcomed the pilots continued taxiing across the apron, entered the runway via the next taxiway, and departed again to try and find the right airport.
Airport workers took a video here.

But just two hours later another Ethiopian Boeing 737-800 attempted to land at the same airport before aborting the landing at 50ft.

Read: Qatar Airways a standout for COVID-19 safety 

 

Trans-Tasman travel bubble expected to start April 19

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An Air New Zealand A320neo. Photo: Air NZ.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Arden is expected to announce that the Trans-Tasman travel bubble will kick off on April 19.

The announcement is due at 2 pm Sydney time and 4 pm Auckland time.

University of Otago professor Michael Baker told RNZ that he believed the government would ensure the right conditions and controls were in place before opening the border.

“Everything about managing Covid-19 is about calculated risk. I do think now we are ready to open up to Australia for quarantine-free travel.”

Read: Qatar Airways a standout for COVID-19 safety 

He said the challenge for Aotearoa (New Zealand) and Australia was managing the risk of importing the virus from red-zone countries. “That is what we need to be focusing on at this point,” he told RNZ.

A trans-Tasman bubble would demonstrate to other countries what can be achieved through an effective elimination strategy, he said.

Professor Baker told RNZ that Aotearoa, Australia, and Pacific Island nations had successfully contained and eliminated the virus and provided a good model for other nations. “Establishing a workable, quarantine-free zone with other neighboring countries is a great international model.”

Air New Zealand has spilled the date of April 19, because it has loaded a great deal more services into its reservation system from that date.

On that date, it is 23 return services to Sydney a week compared to the “normal 4 a week “at the moment.”

The airline’s Perth to Auckland service also returns from April 19 with four a week increasing to six a week from April the 28th.

The roll-out of the travel bubble has had several false starts after being mooted since July last year.

It is also unclear if every Australian state will be involved and what tests will be required.

Currently to enter New Zealand passengers are required to have a COVID-19 test.

International terminals will have to separate arrivals from NZ from passengers from other countries.

 

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