Fw: Lesson from Air Asia QZ8501 and MAS Airline MH370

It’s saddening to follow the news of another air disaster this year, especially when it was approaching a new year. Previous events had prompted many to suggest that the aviation industry and especially the aviation authorities do something about monitoring flights in real-time (i.e. continuous tracking of flights). If we had incorporated the real-time tracking system earlier, would 9/11 been possible to prevent? Could the crash sites of MH370 and QZ8501 been located quicker?

In my opinion, having a real-time tracking of flights would have allowed a speedy search and rescue missions. That would have been way better than having to search painstakingly and retrieve bodies, wreckage and the “black box”. In addition to having a system to track flights in real time, I think having the correct emergency kits on-board is also crucial, as suggested in this post (“How we can improve evacuation and rescue during plane crash”, 31 Dec 2014). Several suggestions such as having access to potable water and equipped with life-jackets tagged with radio-beacon (or radio transmitter) would be useful in cases where search and rescue might take several days.

Also, if the aircraft is designed such that when it crash-landed on water (either upside-down or not), a mechanism that increases the buoyancy time of the plane will be beneficial to allow sufficient time to evacuate all the passengers.

The provision of slide-turn-raft is useful and I hope that the raft comes with basic necessities such as a flare-gun, blanket to shelter from the intense sun and cold, manual pump (in case of leak), and hopefully in the future, these rafts will be equipped with manual filtration unit to purify sea water (or at least minimize the salinity of water).

Finally, I think the most important item for each evacuees would be to have a radio-beacon attached to their life-jackets so that rescue can locate them in the open sea.

Fw: Unruly passengers on board flights should be banned from flight

There should be a system whereby dangerous (by other definition) passengers should be banned from flight (or at least permitted to fly under certain circumstances and supervision). Here is an interest article pertaining to this topic (Unruly passengers on board flights should be banned from flight).

Reduce reuse recycle: batteries

Single use batteries are bad for the environment. In order to reduce such wastage and pollution, it is recommended to use rechargeable batteries. They are more expensive than single use batteries but the cost will even out and even be less than the cost of single use batteries in the long run.

However, the usage of rechargeable is still not high and adoption rate is low. If we want to reduce wastage, something needs to be done.

In my opinion, (Singapore Power) SP service company can help with the above. If SP is willing to subsidise rechargeable batteries and market them under their brand, SP will come to gain two long term returns: first, more adopters will increase power usage via recharging these rechargeable batteries and increase usage and profit. Secondly, SP brand will be well known (free advert) as green movement advocate for a better future and environment.

What is your say?

Inspired to write after reading: BRIDGE South West CDC Singapore Nov-Dec 2012, page 13.

Reduce reuse recycle: plastics

Not all plastics are recyclable. Refer to chasing arrows with numbers to identify types of plastic.

1. PET/PETE (polyethylene terephthalate) is a plastic safe for storing food and beverages. Containers consisting of this plastic is recyclable. It’s easy to identify which plastic is ok for recycling… If it was used for storing food/drink, recycle them.

2. HDPE (high density polyethylene) is similar to PET but expensive and more sturdy. It’s used in food and non-food product. Recyclable.

3. V(vinyl) or PVC is not safe for food and drinks. It is very sturdy and can be used for manufacturing tough plastics, e.g. pipes or plastic drawers. Unfortunately, non-recyclable at the moment and bad for environment.

4. LDPE (low density polyethylene) is food safe plastic esp. used for manufacturing plastic bags, bottles etc. They are being accepted for recycling.

Rule of thumb – All numbers are recyclable EXCEPT number 3.

Inspired to write after reading: BRIDGE South West CDC Singapore Nov-Dec 2012, page 13.

How to rename Google Map starred places

Currently, there is no way. If you are reading this, why not post a review on the Google Play asking for this option? I have done that, but my single voice is not significant enough, hence I have posted this blog in the hope that more voices can be made to add the feature.

I have googled and other posts on the topic had been made since yr 2011…