Archivo para abril, 2012

Malaria – A hidden threat-

Lunes, 30 de abril de 2012 Pedro Ortiz García Sin comentarios

In 2010, about 3.3 billion people – almost half of the world’s population – were at risk of malaria. Every year, this leads to about 216 million malaria cases and an estimated 655.000 deaths. People living in the poorest countries are the most vulnerable, but aside from this, Malaria is also a threat to expatriates and travelers, posing a risk that should never ¬†be overstated. World Malaria Day – which was instituted by the World Health Assembly at its 60th session in May 2007 – is a day for recognizing the global effort to provide effective control of malaria. It was celebrated 25th April and we remind you the importance of protecting all the employees at risk


** World Malaria Day / WHO

** Protecting your employees from Malaria / International SOS MAlaria Brochure

Duty Time and Fatigue Video

Fatigue is one of the threats to flight safety. Long hours of activity may decrease the ability of the crew. Rest and  Flight Duty Times regulations  are essential countermeasures to prevent the effects of fatigue on performance. Humor is just one way for not forgetting it ¡

Así sería un hipotético viaje a través de un agujero negro

El astrof√≠sico Andrew Hamilton de la Universidad de Boulder (Colorado) ha realizado una rigurosa simulaci√≥n con un superordenador siguiendo estrictamente las reglas de la Teor√≠a de la Relatividad General, de lo que se ver√≠a en un hipot√©tico viaje a trav√©s de un agujero negro hacia cualquier otro lugar del Universo. Huelga comentar que dicho viaje est√° muy lejos de las posibilidades de la tecnolog√≠a actual, y seguramente lo estar√° durante siglos, suponiendo que dicha traves√≠a llegue a ser alguna vez posible, pues uno de los problemas ser√≠an los demoledores efectos sobre el cuerpo humano: si nos sumergi√©ramos de pie en un agujero negro, el cuerpo se estirar√≠a adoptando la forma de un espagueti, pues la intens√≠sima gravedad tirar√≠a de los pies con mucha mayor intensidad que de la cabeza (evidentemente, √©sto es en teor√≠a, pues en realidad se descoyuntar√≠an todas las articulaciones con rotura de todos los ligamentos que las unen, entre otras importantes lesiones)…..


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Human Factors Workshop in Amsterdam

Jueves, 19 de abril de 2012 FSI / Curt Lewis Sin comentarios

Human error is associated with 60 to 80% of all accidents, injuries, and quality defects across a variety of industries including aviation, healthcare, mining and manufacturing. This intensive 2-day seminar provides training in the application of innovative methods for managing human error that are scientifically derived, empirically tested, and proven in the field. Participants will learn how to turn errors into information, information into knowledge, and knowledge into effective error management solutions. The Human Factors Analysis and Classification System (HFACS) was developed by behavioral scientists in the Unites States Navy. This worshop will be the first HFAS in Europe and is going to be conduct by Dr. Shappel and Dr. Wiegmann, recognized names in this field.


For seeing venues throughout 2012

** HFAC/ HFX Worshop / Amsterdam-Netherlands 14th & 15th May 2012 

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Space Shuttle Flight Deck: Exclusive New Pictures with a new 360 panorama

Miércoles, 18 de abril de 2012 Twitter Sin comentarios

This week NASA‘s space shuttle Discovery will fly low over Washington, D.C., atop a jumbo jet and roll into its new permanent home with the Smithsonian Institution. Once the spaceship is settled into the museum, visitors won’t be able to hop into the commander’s seat and fiddle with switches‚ÄĒthe institution intends to seal up Discovery indefinitely. To provide an unprecedented look at Discovery and the other retired space shuttles, both inside and out, photographers with National Geographic recently capture¬† more than two dozen ultrahigh-resolution, 360-degree pictures of each orbiter. (The Society owns National Geographic News.)


** Space Shuttle in Extreme Detail: Exclusive New Pictures / National Geographic / Dave Moser

¬†Instructions: To explore this gigapan, use the controls at the left of the image, click and drag with your mouse, or use your keyboard’s arrow keys to navigate left or right and the plus and minus keys to zoom in and out. Click “View All” to see the entire image. Click on the snapshots to learn more about certain details

Injured by Jet Blast at St Marteen

Martes, 17 de abril de 2012 FSI / Curt Lewis Sin comentarios

Airports often place their blast fences at the beginnings of runways, especially when roadways or structures are adjacent. Airports that are in dense urban areas often have blast fences between taxiways and airport borders. Jet blast deflectors usually direct exhaust gases upward.[ However, a low-pressure zone can form behind the blast fence, causing ambient air and debris to be drawn upward with the jet exhaust, and hot, toxic gases to circulate behind the blast fence. But in St Marteen does not want to use it , the tourist attraction of this airport cab be very dangerous as can be seen in this footage.

The “toxic” Captain : How to identify?

Lunes, 16 de abril de 2012 Laura Duque Arrubla Sin comentarios

Shortly after¬†take off from Douala, Cameroon, the pilots of a B737 from Kenya Airlines lost its control . The captain experienced confusion and spatial disorientation and the aircraft entered in an unrecovered spiral dive. Inadecuate operational control, lack of crew coordination and non adherence to standard procedures were among the causes according to Civil Aviation authorities.¬†Research about captain established certain personality traits as “Toxic” Captain capable to make a cockpit environment that can be a safety risk.¬† Let us learn to prevent these behaviors.

Toxic captain:

  • strong character and heightened ego;
  • authoritative and domineering attitude with subordinates;
  • paternalistic attitude;
  • deficiencies in CRM;
  • a ‚Äútouch of arrogance


** The Toxic Captain

      Robert I. Baron / Aerosafety World- March 2012

NTSB: Pilot overwhelmed by G-forces in Reno crash

Jueves, 12 de abril de 2012 FSI / Curt Lewis Sin comentarios

The pilot of the P-51 Mustang that crashed at the Reno Air Races last September experienced overwhelming g-forces at the outset of the incident, and likely was incapacitated almost instantly, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.¬†The safety board said the pilot rapidly experienced more than 9 g’s of acceleration, enough to decrease blood flow to his brain and render him unconscious….


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ICAO Manual of Aviation Medicine 2012

Miércoles, 11 de abril de 2012 Eduard Ricaurte Sin comentarios

The first edition of the ICAO Manual of Civil Aviation Medicine (Medical Manual) was published in 1974, second in 1985 and now this is the third edition in a attempt to  reflect those advances as they apply to civil aviation medicine, emphasizing the clinical problems encountered in medical certification in civil aviation. It is designed for the experienced designated medical examiner as well as for the aviation medical expert and medical assessor, to aid in the approach and management of intricate borderline cases. When consulting the Medical Manual it should be remembered that it is intended as guidance material only and as such has no regulatory status.


** ICAO Manual of Aviation Medicine   Doc 8984 - AN/895

      3d Edition -International Civil Aviation Organization

      999 University Street, Montréal, Quebec, Canada H3C 5H7

¬ŅPor qu√© la comida del avi√≥n nos sabe tan mal?

Martes, 10 de abril de 2012 Twitter Sin comentarios

Leemos en el DM de hoy que nueve de cada diez viajeros est√°n de acuerdo que las comidas del avi√≥n son ins√≠pidas en el mejor de los casos y asquerosas ¬†en el peor. ¬ŅPor qu√© sucede esto, por m√°s que se esmeren las aerol√≠neas en dise√Īar los platos m√°s sabrosos para sus clientes. Todo est√° relacionado con varios factores: uno, la propia idiosincrasia del veh√≠culo y sus condiciones ambientales ; y otro -factor nada desde√Īable- es la complejidad log√≠stica que implica servir comidas a bordo.


Quieres saber un poco más, lee este inetresante artículo firmado por la redacción de CookingIdeas , un blog de Vodafone para alimentar tu mente de ideas

** ¬ŅPor qu√© la comida del avi√≥n nos sabe tan mal?: Un Papeo por las nubes

       Cooking Ideas. com / 27-03-2012

** If you rather  in english:

      Beyond Mile-High Grub: Can Airline Food Be Tasty?

      Jad Mouwad / NYT -10th/March/2012