Light Airport – Airrahe Ultralights Thu, 04 Aug 2022 17:52:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Light Airport – Airrahe Ultralights 32 32 Boris Becker’s daughter Anna Ermakova has a relaxed figure Thu, 04 Aug 2022 17:52:14 +0000

Boris Becker’s daughter Anna Ermakova arrived at Palma de Mallorca airport on Thursday ahead of a party hosted by German businessman Marcel Remus.

The model, 22, – whose tennis star father was jailed in April – cut a relaxed figure as she exited the terminal and jumped into a waiting car.

She showed off her figure in a black bodycon dress and threw a comfy white sweater over her shoulders.

Touchdown: Boris Becker’s daughter Anna Ermakova arrived at Palma de Mallorca airport on Thursday ahead of a party hosted by German businessman Marcel Remus

She accessorized her summer look with quirky Dior sunglasses and wore her red tresses curled over her shoulders.

Anna opted out of makeup when she arrived on the scenic Spanish island, but had a light pink lip.

She was joined by a male friend as she exited the airport who she got into the car with before leaving.

Vacation: The model, 22, - whose tennis star father was jailed in April - cut a relaxed figure as she exited the terminal and jumped into a waiting car

Vacation: The model, 22, – whose tennis star father was jailed in April – cut a relaxed figure as she exited the terminal and jumped into a waiting car

Last month, Anna and her mother Angela were spotted together in the city, days after her father was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for concealing assets during bankruptcy proceedings.

Anna – who was sadly conceived in the stairwell of the Nobu restaurant in Park Lane – thanked members of the public for their support as her former Wimbledon tennis champion father Boris, 54, was jailed at Wandsworth prison in London.

“Thank you for all the support,” she wrote on Instagram above a photo of calm seas and clear blue skies.

After Boris’ sentencing, Anna said ‘it’s not fair’ her 12-year-old half-brother will have to do without his father after the tennis legend was sentenced to two-and-a-half years behind bars for bankruptcy fraud.

Stylish: She showed off her figure in a black bodycon dress and threw a comfy white sweater over her shoulders

Stylish: She showed off her figure in a black bodycon dress and threw a comfy white sweater over her shoulders

Anna said she was concerned for her younger brother’s well-being and added that she had written to the court before Boris was jailed.

The model said she hoped she could help her father “get through” his time in prison by visiting him.

Anna told German newspaper Bild: ‘I am really in shock that my father has been sentenced to two years and six months.

“I will support him and visit him whenever I can. I hope this will help him a little through time.

Glowing: Anna opted out of makeup when she arrived on the scenic Spanish island, but had a light pink lip

Glowing: Anna opted out of makeup when she arrived on the scenic Spanish island, but had a light pink lip

She added that she had ‘helped as best I could’ and had written to the court to support her father before he was sentenced.

“I wrote a letter to the court expressing my concern for my little half-brother, Amadeus,” she said.

“After all, he is only 12 years old and will now have to do without a father figure, who he will miss during a difficult phase of his development. It’s not fair to him. It’s going to be tough for Amadeus.’

Boris was told he was set to become Anna’s father by fax after going out for a night on the town in 1999 when his then-wife Barbara checked into hospital in mistakenly believing that she was giving birth prematurely, already seven months. pregnant with their second son.

Let's go !  She was joined by a male friend as she exited the airport who she got into the car with before leaving.

Let’s go ! She was joined by a male friend as she exited the airport who she got into the car with before leaving.

Boris had crashed out of Wimbledon against Pat Rafter in the fourth round on the same night, deciding to retire from the sport.

He said he had “cried his eyes out” after the match before spotting Russian model Angela Ermakova, Boris revealed previously in his autobiography.

Eight months later, he receives the fax informing him that he is going to become Anna’s father.

He is also the father of Noah, 28, and Elias, 22, with Barbara, and Amadeus, 12, with ex-wife Lilly Becker, 45.

Boris was discovered to have hidden £2.5million in assets and loans to avoid paying his debts, and last month began his sentence in Wandsworth prison, which he must serve at least a year and three months.

He was declared bankrupt in June 2017, owing his creditors almost £50million on an unpaid loan of more than £3million on his property in Mallorca, Spain.

He transferred around £390,000 from his business account to others, including those of his ex-wife Barbara Becker and ex-wife Sharlely ‘Lilly’ Becker.

Father: Anna - who was sadly conceived in the stairwell of the Nobu restaurant in Park Lane - thanked members of the public for their support after Boris was jailed in April (Anna pictured in June)

Father: Anna – who was sadly conceived in the stairwell of the Nobu restaurant in Park Lane – thanked members of the public for their support after Boris was jailed in April (Anna pictured in June)

Becker also failed to declare his share in a £1million property in his home town of Leimen, Germany, hid a bank loan of nearly £700,000 – worth £1.1million pounds sterling with interest – and hid 75,000 shares in a tech company, worth £66,000. .

The star – who received a two-year suspended prison sentence for tax evasion and attempted tax evasion worth £1.4million in Germany in 2002 – was found guilty on April 8 of four offenses to insolvency law between June and October 2017.

On April 29, Judge Deborah Taylor sentenced the six-time Grand Slam champion to 30 months in prison, of which he will serve at least half.

Jailed: On April 29, Judge Deborah Taylor sentenced six-time Grand Slam champion Boris to 30 months in prison, of which he will serve at least half

Jailed: On April 29, Judge Deborah Taylor sentenced six-time Grand Slam champion Boris to 30 months in prison, of which he will serve at least half

ADS Advance – Farnborough Airport begins construction of £55m hangar Tue, 02 Aug 2022 10:30:07 +0000 in aerospace

Posted on August 2, 2022

Farnborough Airport has appointed contractors McLaughlin & Harvey and Gebler Tooth to design and build its new £55 million, 175,000 square foot sustainably designed hangar development, Domus III, whose construction will begin this month and is expected to be completed in early 2024.


Artistic impression of the new hangar.
Courtesy of Farnborough Airport

Farnborough Airport has worked closely with McLaughlin & Harvey and Gebler Tooth to create a plan that will increase hangar space by over 70%, while complementing the airport’s existing award-winning facilities. The grand project was conceived in response to the growing demand for premium hangar space with a design that accommodates the growing presence of the next generation of business jets.

The new hangar will be rated by BREEAM, the world’s leading sustainability rating method for infrastructure and buildings, and is expected to achieve some of the highest environmental standards. One of the signature features of Domus III will be the translucent automated doors, which will run the full length of the building, maximizing natural light inside the hangar and reducing the use of lighting. The large, unhindered access provided by the door design will improve aircraft handling and help mitigate unnecessary emissions from aircraft handling activities. The construction plan will also ensure that construction will not impact day-to-day operations at the airport.

Simon Geere, CEO of Farnborough Airport, said: “We are pleased to announce that we have appointed McLaughlin & Harvey and Gebler Tooth for the development of Domus III, which will further enhance our facilities and operational infrastructure. We want to be recognized as a global showcase for airport sustainability and the new hangar has been meticulously designed with this in mind. The investment will also provide a substantial boost to jobs and economic growth in the region, while continuing our journey of providing best-in-class facilities to our customers at the premier business aviation airport in the region. ‘Europe.

David Tooth, Founding Director of GeblerTooth, said: “We are delighted to be involved in this important development at Farnborough Airport. Our team has worked closely with the airport and contractor teams so far to reach this milestone and we are delighted to see the project complete.”

The new hangar is part of a wider plan to continuously improve the customer experience at Farnborough Airport while setting the standard for sustainability in the industry. In June, Farnborough Airport committed to achieving some of the industry’s most ambitious environmental targets with the launch of its Net Zero Roadmap, setting a path to Net Zero for its controllable emissions by 2030 or earlier. . In 2018 Farnborough Airport became the first business airport to achieve carbon neutral status, last year made Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) available to customers and earlier this month -ci, ran a successful promotion by offering SAF at the same price as Jet A1 fuel.

]]> Kerala health officials baffled as man suspected of contracting monkeypox dies | Latest India News Sun, 31 Jul 2022 16:34:54 +0000

The 22-year-old man who died in Thrissur on Saturday had tested positive for monkeypox in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kerala Health Minister Veena George said on Sunday, adding that the government would only confirm it. after getting the swab results from the National Institute of Virology (NIV).

With this, shocking shortcomings were revealed and the Ministry of Health ordered an investigation into them. The minister said relatives of the deceased were not informed of the UAE medical report until after his death on Saturday. She said he came to the country on July 22 and was admitted to a private hospital five days later after developing a high fever.

“We are going to ask how he got out of the airport and deleted his health details like this. We have prepared a detailed roadmap of the deceased and many people have already been quarantined,” she said, adding that she called an emergency meeting of health officials in Thrissur on Monday.

“Monkey pox is not a fatal disease. We need to find out how the death took place. We will also look into why there was a delay in hospitalization,” the minister said, adding that doctors had told her he was also suffering from other ailments. “The strain identified here is not that virulent, but it is spreading rapidly. As the spread of the infection is fast, we need to take precautions,” she said.

One of his relatives, who preferred not to be named, said he arrived at Kozhikode airport in the early hours of July 22 and three of his friends received him. He traveled to many places over the next three days and even played football, he said. He reportedly told his mother and sister about his test in the UAE only after his condition deteriorated. He was first admitted to a private hospital in Chavakkad and later transferred to another hospital in Thrissur after his condition deteriorated, he said.

A senior Kozhikode airport official said it was really disconcerting how he skipped the drug test and the heat test at the airport. After the first case of monkeypox was reported in the country on July 12, also a returnee from the United Arab Emirates in Kollam, South Kerala, screening of passengers at the four airports has been intensified. He said some people take pills to suppress body temperature.

Doctors who treated the deceased said his symptoms were similar to those of monkeypox. “There were no red marks or blisters when he was admitted. But later such symptoms began to appear on her body. Since he is from the high-risk United Arab Emirates, he was admitted to an isolation ward from day one,” said a doctor who treated him.

Experts said that the monkeypox virus mutates at a higher rate, but it can be treated after observing the symptoms closely. They said the infection starts with fever, headache and flu. As the infection progresses, sharp red lesions appear on the body and trigger itching like chickenpox. They said the incubation period for the virus ranges from five to 21 days.

“It’s not lethal, but the only problem is that it has a high mutation rate. We need to find out how this young man died. The human-to-human infection rate is also not as high as that of Covid-19. Only those who come in close contact with infected people can be transmitted,” said Dr. NM Arun, an expert in internal medicine and public health.

“Isolation is essential to contain the disease and everyone who comes into contact with patients will need to exercise extreme caution. In some African countries there are reports that it is also spreading through animal meat, we must so make sure the meat is cooked properly,” said Dr K Bindu, community medicine expert from Kozhikode Medical College.

Experts like them have said that transmission only occurs through close contact, such as touching or sharing the cloth, towel or sheets used by infected people, because the secretion from the lesions carries a high viral load. Sexual contact with infected people will also transmit and transmission may occur until the lesions heal and the final stages of healing are essential for transmission, like other smallpox diseases. Experts have said that the smallpox vaccine is very effective in containing the disease, while the vaccine was discontinued after many countries eradicated it, some Western countries have taken it back from emergency stocks in laboratories . Last week, the World Health Organization declared a global health emergency following the outbreak of monkeypox reported in more than 75 countries.

Man falls from cargo plane after failed landing near Fort Bragg in bizarre incident Sat, 30 Jul 2022 01:28:18 +0000

The body of a 27-year-old man, whose identity has not been made public, was found in Wake County, North Carolina. This individual fits the description of a person who appears to have fallen or jumped from a CASA C-212 twin-engine turboprop light cargo plane before it made an emergency landing at Raleigh-Durham International Airport .

The CASA C-212, which has civil registration number N497CA, attempted to land on Raleigh-Durham runway 5R-23L around 2:40 p.m. local time, according to local television affiliate WTVD-TV. ABC. Publicly available recordings of exchanges with air traffic controllers in the area, which you can listen to here, confirm that two individuals were initially on board. The crew can be heard explaining that the plane, which was using call sign Shady 02 at the time, lost its right main landing gear wheel after what they described as a “landing brutal” at Raeford West Airport, outside the south west town of Raeford. They had managed to resume their flight thereafter.

After the ensuing emergency landing in Raleigh-Durham, the pilot of N497CA was transported to Duke Hospital with minor injuries. The accident is currently under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

According to local media, one of the crew members, who was not wearing a parachute, at least initially left the plane as the plane hovered over a body of water near West Lake Middle School near the airport. ‘Apex, North Carolina. Darshan Patel, director of operations for the Wake County Emergency Management Division, told a news conference this evening that an area resident reported to authorities involved in the search effort to let them know that they had heard something fall in their backyard. Sadly, the body was later located and recovered, marking the tragic end to this bizarre incident.

What exactly the CASA C-212 was doing at the time of the hard landing is unclear. Online flight tracking software shows he also made several flights today from Rocky Mount-Wilson Regional Airport in neighboring Nash County, North Carolina, and made various trips south -west of Fayetteville, including near the west PK Airpark drop zone, before the accident. .

Technically, the N497CA is registered with a company called Spore LTD LLC, according to the FAA’s online database. The company has no real online presence. It should be noted that its address in Colorado Springs, Colorado, registered with the FAA, is the same as another company called Rampart Aviation. CASA 212 aircraft are part of Rampart’s fleet and relatively recent photos of this particular aircraft online show it with a clearly visible Rampart company logo on the tail. It is not uncommon for aviation contractors to register their individual aircraft with multiple subsidiaries for a variety of reasons.

Additionally, Rampart is known to perform contract work for the U.S. military, including supporting parachute training and test and evaluation activities for U.S. Army airborne units and task forces. American specials. The Pentagon announced just in April that U.S. Special Operations Command had awarded new contracts to Rampart and a number of other companies for “free fall and static line military support in various locations across the continent. American”. Fayetteville is home to the U.S. Army’s Fort Bragg, the service’s primary airborne and special operations center, and PK Airpark and its associated drop zones are regularly used by U.S. troops. This does not conclusively mean that this plane belonged to a subsidiary of this firm, but it is certainly remarkable at this time.

We have contacted Rampart Aviation for comment. We’ll update this story as more information becomes available.

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Auckland Airport plans 100-store fashion mall Thu, 28 Jul 2022 00:18:09 +0000

Auckland Airport’s $200 million upmarket shopping complex takes another step by unveiling an upscale neighborhood of 100 fashion, athletics and lifestyle stores.

Earlier this year, Auckland Airport began developing a 150,000m2 site in preparation for the new shopping destination, which also includes contemporary dining and dining options.

Once the foundations have been laid, the next phase of construction of the mall will begin this spring.

Auckland Airport has partnered on the design with TRCB Architects – the company that led the design of the DFO Perth retail center at Perth Airport.

TRCB architect Graham Taylor said retail shopping centers have seen a revival around the world, attracting the attention of shoppers looking for “authentic and convenient shopping experiences with a wealth of choice”. .

“Upscale outlet centers are growing as a distinct and popular retail category, particularly at airports.

“It’s no longer just a place to buy second-hand or last-season fashion items at discounted prices; they have evolved into a much more upscale and immersive shopping experience.

“A number of international brands now have distinct point-of-sale strategies, recognizing that they have a large and captive market to offer new, contemporary fashion products and accessories.”

Taylor said the mall’s park-like setting would make it “one of Australasia’s premier shopping centres”, with a food court offering indoor and outdoor seating with large windows maximizing the view of the water and bringing in natural light and the northern sun. .

Inside, the mall will be deliberately uncluttered, with polished concrete floors and an overall industrial finish, in addition to customer amenities that introduce warm colors, natural tones and comfortable tactile textures.

“Recognizing authenticity and being comfortable in a setting has become very important to customers,” continued Taylor, “and this is reflected in the design, with contemporary interior design that is unpretentious.

“We want to create a space where every customer feels comfortable, whether they’re shopping for a new t-shirt or high-end fashion accessories.

“For the exterior, we were inspired by the ideas of flight and air, reflecting the centre’s links with the airport, so we played with the concepts of lightness and movement, graphically expressed in shape and form. – instead of creating a traditional rectangular-shaped warehouse.

The new mall is named after Mānawa Bay, reflecting the airport’s unique location on the Māngere Peninsula and the historical and cultural significance of the area.

In Māori, ‘Mānawa’ means mangroves, a species of coastal plant that has long been found in the waterways surrounding the land on which the airport sits.

Mark Thomson, Auckland Airport’s general manager in property and trade, said the architects were carrying out detailed design work for the interior of the building. This will include three entry points and a “figure of eight” layout to make it easier for customers to move around and navigate.

When completed, the building will offer 24,000 m2 of commercial space and stores ranging in size from 50 m2 to 1,500 m2.

“Our vision is that when the center opens, we will offer Kiwis a truly enjoyable and unique shopping experience that will set a new benchmark in New Zealand,” said Thomson.

“We have been delighted with the positive market response we have had with strong interest from local and international brands.

“It will be New Zealand’s first-ever premium outlet mall, focusing on the best international and local brands and offering an unrivaled shopping experience for customers.

Mānawa Bay will be built with a strong emphasis on sustainable design principles and strong, durable materials with minimal energy requirements. This includes targeting a 5 star green design and build.

Built on a former golf course, Mānawa Bay will offer many forms of transportation, both public and private, including a $160 million investment in road access to the area.

The mall is expected to open in 2024.

Microsoft Flight Simulator F-22 Raptor launched; Boeing 757 and Belfast Airport get new screenshots Mon, 25 Jul 2022 16:38:02 +0000

Today, the third-party developers had a relevant aircraft build in store for Microsoft Flight Simulator and new assets to share.

We start with Top Match Studios, which released its F-22A Raptor.

This top fighter can be purchased from the Just Flight store for $35.99. Below is a full list of features and a trailer.

Custom-programmed simulated fly-by-wire control system for virtually worry-free flight control

  • Auto-trim / pitch control
  • G-limiter
  • Roll rate limiter
  • yaw limiter
  • Synthesized thrust vector performance and pitch handling with smooth control responses up to 90 degree angle of attack and controllability at 20 knots or less without stall effects
  • Using new computational fluid dynamics modeling to improve aerodynamic responses
  • Highly resistant to controlled flight output throughout the flight envelope
  • Precise and stable flight control at high altitudes up to 60,000 feet and above
  • Take-off/approach mode (gear down) provides more manageable control for virtually effortless handling during take-off and landing approaches
  • Custom modeled automatic shutter system
  • Accurate modeling of take-off, approach and landing speeds
  • Possibility of aerobatic maneuvers at low speed / high alpha; J-turns, cranksets, power loop etc.

Fully customized and highly detailed 3D cockpit modeling with:

  • Highly detailed modeling and texturing of the cockpit, control panel and ICP/HUD module
  • Detailed model of the ejection seat
  • Highly detailed Heads-Up Display (HUD) based on Air Force specs and real-world F-22A primary HUD navigation mode display
  • Fully functional SMFD and PMFD (using fully custom instrument suite) including moving map, custom traffic display, fuel menu, store management, etc.
  • Fully functional and customized ICP module with many features and functions
  • Interior canopy reflections and rain effects
  • Most buttons, dials and switches are animated and many are functional
  • Full suite of essential autopilot and navigation controls
  • Functional engine management controls in the SMFDs and in the cockpit
  • Full cockpit lighting and HUD lighting controls, including normal lighting and lighting color compatible with simulated night vision goggles
  • Custom speed and angle of attack gauges (to fix default gameplay inaccuracies)
  • Many additional custom displays and gauges with CAS messages and alert system
  • Included “hidden” G3000 navigation display to allow in-flight flight planning and heading changes

Detailed custom 3D exterior model

  • Highly detailed 3D exterior model
  • Detailed and highly accurate custom texturing including metallic, semi-metallic, and non-metallic surface texturing effects
  • Animation sequences and conditional animation for all flight controls
  • Detailed, fully animated landing gear and extend/retract sequence with motion sequences and precise timing
  • Weapon bay door animations and missile rail animations
  • Optional magazine configuration available to simulate the loading, placement and display of 6 AIM 120D missiles and 2 Aim 9X missiles (non-MSFS Marketplace version only)
  • Optional detailed drop tank models displayed to simulate 2 x 600 gallon external fuel loads
  • Custom dynamic visual effects including condensation and g-steam effects, afterburner flame and lighting effects, engine starter flame/smoke and more
  • Cool and dark visual modeling features (boarding ladder, removal before flight labels, etc.) controlled by the user
  • Thrust vector animations with animated afterburner flame effect
  • Pilot figure (can be optionally displayed when plane is cold/dark)
  • Custom canopy reflections and tints
  • Complete exterior lighting systems include custom landing and taxi lighting, electroluminescent formation lighting, navigation lights and beacons, all modeled after the actual aircraft, with lighting positions and a correct timing
  • Three detailed liveries (Langley, Hickam and Elmendorf)

Engine and performance modeling based on USAF specifications

  • Accurate fuel weights and quantities (includes extra fuel to simulate 2 x 600 gallon ferry drop tanks)
  • Engine model tuned to realistic specifications for thrust and performance
  • Fuel consumption modeled to real-world specifications in dry thrust and afterburner
  • Drag and lift model matched to estimated specifications
  • Maximum speed of Mach 2.4+ (will reach or exceed Mach 2.6) at optimum altitude
  • Super cruise capability of Mach 1.7+ at optimum altitude
  • High altitude supersonic ascent
  • Incredible acceleration rates at maximum throttle
  • Supersonic capability to 60,000+ feet
  • Service ceiling modeled at approx. 70,000 feet
  • Accurate fuel consumption and maximum range at all altitudes (not based on the default simulation turbine model, but customized to improve fuel consumption and turbine thrust accuracy)

Other features and elements included

  • VR headset compatible
  • User’s manual with essential “how to” guide and guide to performing aerobatic maneuvers seen by live demos from Raptor Demo Team
  • A ‘No-FBW’ model compatible with keyboard-only operation and non-standard command entry devices. A completely separate flight physics model based on the native Asobo FBW module, but which performs almost as well as the standard model.
  • Three custom liveries with markings for real-world aircraft from Elmendorf AFB in Alaska, Langley AFB in Virginia, and Hickam AFB in Hawaii. Other liveries will be developed and released for free and/or included in future updates.
  • Custom sound set using real-world F-22A sound samples, custom sounds, and the use of native SuperHornet sounds for specific effects
  • Developer commitment to provide a variety of future model improvements and upgrades based on community feedback

Next, we get two more in-progress images of the Boeing 757-200 and 300 in the works at Bluebird Simulations. The developer focused on the finer details under the belly and nose, as you can see below.

Finally, Pyreegue has provided new screenshots of its upcoming Belfast International Airport (EGAA) in Northern Ireland.

If you want to learn more about Microsoft Flight Simulator, you can check out our brand new interview with Microsoft Flight Simulator lead Jorg Neumann about the 40th Anniversary Edition, Global Update, and more.

If you are curious about Microsoft Flight Simulator add-ons, you can enjoy our recent reviews of Beijing Capital International Airport, Anchorage International Airport, Fenix ​​Airbus A320, Yeager International Airport from West Virginia, Kansai International Airport, Toronto Pearson Airport, The Twin Otter, Auckland International Airport, Skiathos Airport, Athens International Airport, Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport, Amami Airport , Bristol Airport, Marrakech Menara Airport, Central Britain, Tehran Imam Khomeini Airport, Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport, Shanghai Pudong Airport, Krakow Airport, Fukuoka City & Airport, Fort Lauderdale Airport, Chongqing City & Airport, Manila Airport, Santiago Airport, the Frankfurt City Pack, Key West Airport, the Okavango Delta, Bali Airport, London Oxford Airport, Berlin Brandenburg Airport, the CRJ 550/700, the PA -28R A rrow III, Kristiansand Airport, Macau City and Airport, Bonaire Flamingo Airport, Milano Linate Airport, Singapore City Pack, Tokyo Nari ta Airport, Yao Airport, the F-15 Eagle, the Paris City Pack, Greater Moncton Airport, Tweed New Haven Airport, Santorini Airport, Sydney Airport, Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, Reggio Calabria Airport, Bastia Poretta Airport, Munich Airport, Paris Orly Airport, Newcastle International Airport, Sankt Johann Airfield, Dublin International Airport and Seoul City Wow.https:/ /

We also recently published a review of the Thrustmaster TCA Yoke Pack Boeing Edition, which is an excellent controller for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

If you want to know more about the game itself, you can read our review which will tell you everything you need to know about the game from Asobo Studio.

Microsoft Flight Simulator is already available for Windows 10 and Steam, and Xbox Series X|S. A free 40th Anniversary Edition with lots of goodies was recently announced.

What is the problem with the Anchorage airport train station? Sat, 23 Jul 2022 18:07:15 +0000

Curious Alaskan is an ongoing feature powered by your questions. What do you want to know or what do you want us to investigate about life in Alaska, the stories behind the news or why things are the way they are? let us know in the form at the bottom of the story.

Question: What is the problem with the Anchorage airport train station? Does anyone use it?

Alaska’s busiest airport is connected to a train station, a tunnel from the terminal at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

The Bill Sheffield Alaska Railroad Depot cost $28 million to build in the early 2000s with federal funds secured by the late U.S. Senator Ted Stevens, then at the height of his influence in Congress. At its grand opening in late 2002, Stevens called the facility “years ahead of its time”.

That may still be the case. The major plans for using the repository never quite materialized.

The facility itself is a 24,000 square foot state-of-the-art building connected to the airport by a tunnel with twinkling LED screens meant to evoke the Northern Lights. The design won a prestigious architectural citation.

“Passengers and visitors arriving in Anchorage by air and sea are greeted by a warm glow from an icy backdrop appearing from afar. The station, a colorful beacon that reflects the dramatic patterns of shimmering lights in the sky, celebrates the wonders of nature,” AIArchitect wrote of the building in 2004, a few years after it opened.

Although the drop off is a familiar sight from the arrival and departure decks of the airport, most locals have not been there unless you are attending a wedding or wedding event. ‘company.

The depot is currently not open to the public and is used for charter train transfers of visitors to the cruise ship docks at Whittier and Seward. This service operates from May through September, with an average of two to three train arrivals per week, said Alaska Railroad spokeswoman Christy Terry.

Beyond that, there is no regular passenger service.

When the depot was originally designed, it was hoped that its use could include trains to the city center or even a commuter train to the Mat-Su and beyond. A 1999 marketing plan called for up to 200,000 annual passengers, according to a Daily News article on the 2010 filing.

But those numbers did not materialize.

In 2009, the depot served 20,000 passengers, the Daily News reported. And in 2019, the last year before the pandemic scrambled travel, the depot saw 16,938 passengers. In June 2022, the depot handled 17 train arrivals and 4,978 passengers, according to Alaska Railroad figures.

Outside of the summer rental season, the building is heavily used for rentals such as corporate events and even weddings, at $400 per hour.

“Beautiful and modern, the Bill Sheffield Alaska Railroad Depot offers luxurious and spacious space for special gatherings. Perfect for conferences, seminars and any other kind of corporate function,” the marketing copy reads, also boasting “state-of-the-art lighting.”

It’s a nice place for events — spacious and airy, said travel expert and Alaska columnist Scott McMurren. There, he organized marketing events for tourism businesses. But it is probably not reaching its full potential as a piece of transport infrastructure.

“Well, what are you going to do with it?” The reason that exists is to connect the railway to the airport. We can have a really nice facility, but if you don’t have the train there, you know, connect things…” he said.

The idea of ​​extending service from the airport to the downtown train depot, or even a commuter train to Palmer or beyond, never really took off, McMurren said.

The Alaska Railroad says that while the depot is used for cruise ship transfers, that may not always be the case.

“Although this is our current service, it is not our ultimate end intention,” Terry said. “And we often market and review passenger service options at this facility.”

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Man arrested after fatal crash near Laredo airport Thu, 21 Jul 2022 17:25:21 +0000 An individual has been arrested in connection with the fatal crash that occurred near Laredo International Airport on Loop 20 on July 18.

Gustavo Leon-Pacheco was arrested Thursday by Laredo police. He received a warrant charging him with intoxicated manslaughter with an F/2 vehicle.

LPD said Thursday that “toxicology reports from the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Lab indicated that Leon-Pacheco’s blood alcohol concentration was more than four times the legal limit at the time his blood was drawn at the Laredo Medical Center”.

Pacheco has been arrested in two other incidents in the past two years for domestic assault. On November 15, 2021, he faced a charge of assaulting family/a household member for obstructing breathing/circulation. He was also arrested on March 12, 2022 and faces two counts: assault causing bodily harm, domestic violence and continuing violence against the family.

Pacheco’s first and second arrests carried bails of $15,000 and $30,000, respectively, and he was released from jail each time on the day he was booked.

For the current arrest, Pacheco was being held on a $50,000 bond set by Judge Jose “Pepe” Salinas. Jail records show he was arrested on Thursday and released the same day.

Laredo police officers responded to a single-vehicle accident around 1:33 a.m. Monday in the 5200 block of Bob Bullock Loop near Laredo International Airport. First officers on the scene encountered a van that had crashed into a lamppost.

Crews from the Laredo Fire Department were called in. The driver, a 30-year-old man, was outside the vehicle. He was treated and transported to Laredo Medical Center in stable condition.

A second 31-year-old male passenger was trapped inside the vehicle unresponsive. He was also taken to the LMC but in critical condition. The passenger was later pronounced dead.

The Laredo Police Traffic Unit and Crimes Against Persons Investigators have taken over the investigation.

How to fly safely if you hate wearing masks Tue, 19 Jul 2022 15:13:18 +0000

My time on Delta Airlines 5308, seat 17B sent my cortisol levels through the roof. Because of “bad weather” and “air traffic”, the departure time was pushed back… and again… and again. As we sat on the tarmac at JFK for a good two hours, a maskless woman directly in front of me couldn’t stop coughing. They were sputtering, throat noises like I’d never heard before: minus your usual ack and more like huh-khleagggghhh. Since getting the shot, I haven’t really built my life around avoiding COVID, but I still prefer not to get sick. And this flight, scheduled for a Wednesday evening in early June, turned out to be more stressful than it should have been.

I didn’t end up contracting COVID, although I may have been lucky. Mask-wearing is no longer required by major airlines in the United States, and as anyone who has flown recently can tell you, even in a month of crowded summer travel and the rapid spread of BA.5 , Americans are done with masks. “Since the end of the mask mandate, I have flown to Europe, I have flown to New York, I have flown to Dallas-Fort Worth, and I have taken the plane to a few other places,” Henry Harteveldt, an airline-industry analyst, told me last month. “Depending on the destination, as few as 20% of passengers wear masks.”

I understand. Hiding for many hours on a flight is, to use a technical term, a pain. Enduring the discomfort of wearing a mask to reduce your risk, and that of everyone else, is a difficult task, especially when the risk of contracting COVID doesn’t seem likely to diminish anytime soon. But what if I tell you there’s a third option here – a way to split the difference between going face down on a plane and never taking off from that N95? And that this strategy allows you to nearly maximize your COVID protection with just a tiny fraction of the discomfort?

Here’s the cheat code: instead of covering up for your entire flight, just cover up at the beginning and end of it. Those crucial few minutes – first when you board the plane and then after landing – are only part of your travel time, but they are by far the riskiest for breathing in virus particles.

Everyone already knows how to turn off cell phone service when their flight is about to leave the gate, then turn it back on the second it lands. Something like the same principle could also work for masking. Call it “airplane mode” for your face: keep your mask on until your plane is in the air, then put it back on after landing. Otherwise, you are free to breathe in the cabin.

A commercial flight could seem as the scariest possible setup for the superspreader of COVID: hundreds of strangers who have been God knows where for the past few days crammed into a metal tube for hours. In these quarters, and given current infection rates, you most likely have at least one sick person on board. Indeed, people have caught the virus on planes, especially on flights without a mandatory mask. On a trip from London to Hanoi in early March 2020, a sick business class passenger ended up spreading COVID to 14 travelers and one crew member. But your chances of getting sick don’t stay the same during the flight, told me Joseph Allen, a Harvard public health professor who studies ventilation. When the aircraft is at cruising altitude, the risk will be at its lowest.

That’s because airplanes are equipped with anti-virus ventilation systems that put schools, restaurants, and other places to shame. About half of the stale, germ-laden air is expelled from the plane as the engines draw in more air from outside, and the other half is recycled by the HEPA filters. No other indoor place that people typically frequent can rival this level of ventilation: in a home, the air is refreshed every three hours. In a bank, it’s every 45 minutes. In a hospital operating room, that’s at least every five minutes. In airplanes, this cycle takes as little as two minutes.

But these primo ventilation systems aren’t always on, and they don’t always run at full throttle. To reduce fuel costs and exhaust emissions — at least before the pandemic — pilots often turn off the ventilation system while planes are at the gate, Dan Freeman, an expert in air conditioning systems, told me. safety management at Boeing. A passenger can sometimes feel that real-time difference: it might be a little hot and muggy when you first step on board; then the lights flash for a second and you hear the engine come to life, followed by a blast of cool air from the AC vent above you. To make matters worse, passengers huddle in the aisles during the hot and humid phase, huffing and puffing spray as they struggle to lift their bags into the overhead bins.

Even on the ground, with an aircraft’s jet engines offline, pilots can use other methods to power the ventilation systems. And at the start of COVID, airlines claimed they were making the most of it. In July 2020, for example, United pledged to “maximize airflow volume and cabin air recirculation for passengers from the moment they step on board.” But it is unclear if such measures are here to stay. Reps from Delta, United, American, and Southwest have all told me that, yes, they are still breathing fresh air while their planes are on the ground. (Spirit did not respond to a request for comment.) Anecdotal evidence is not as promising. In recent months, passengers armed with handheld screens measuring ventilation have tweeted out pictures of readings during embarkation and disembarkation which could indicate the presence of stale air. When a Bloomberg A reporter hauled around one of these monitors for several weeks of travel in April, she found that some of the highest carbon dioxide readings occur on planes, especially when boarding. (The benefits of HEPA filters wouldn’t show up on these monitors.) “It seems wildly variable,” Allen told me. “I don’t think we know what airlines do or don’t do and why it varies from plane to plane and airport to airport.”

So we shouldn’t think of airplane masking as an all-or-nothing binary, where you vacuum fabric for eight hours straight or give up masking altogether. Covering for minutes at the very beginning and very end of a flight makes a big, big difference. When the plane is stopped, definitely put on this mask; in the air, it’s normal to take it off. “Wearing your mask during these critical times is one way to reduce the risk of flying,” Allen said, making it “inferior to any other part of your trip.”

Let me show you how to put your face on airplane mode. The first step is to make sure you have an N95 or something equivalent. (A baggy cloth mask that’s two years old doesn’t cut it.) Then keep that mask on at least until your plane leaves the gate. “We’ll get the most bang for our buck with mask-wearing if we do it during boarding and disembarking,” Linsey Marr, an environmental engineer at Virginia Tech, told me. You can also choose to wait a little longer before removing it, just to make sure the ventilation system has time to remove every bit of stagnant air. An extra five to 10 minutes should do the trick, Marr said. Or, if you can bear it, keep the mask on until your flight reaches cruising altitude. That’s when the plane’s ventilation peaks, Joshua Santarpia, an aerosol expert at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, told me. He said when you can safely use your laptop, you can safely unmask yourself.

Putting your face on airplane mode won’t make sense to everyone. If the guy sitting next to you makes a misguided comment that he can’t smell anything today, even fully active cabin ventilation may not prevent contagion. And if you’re unvaccinated, elderly, or immunocompromised, any number of hours of extended masking might be worth it.

But for Americans weary from endless masking, this approach has the advantage of being entirely doable. Let’s look at the numbers: the average distance for a domestic flight in the United States is 905 miles and usually takes at least two hours. Boarding and disembarking takes about 50 minutes on average, Harteveldt said. If you mask only then, you will be free and clear for more than 70% of your trip. Naturally, the calculations get even better for long-haul international flights. On a trip from New York to Singapore, one of the longest commercial flights in the world, you could go 17 hours, or 93% of the trip, without a mask, with a marginal increase in your risk of getting sick.

Ideally, this could be an official airline rule. Maybe the Delta gate attendants would hand you a nice keep on climbing– stamped N95 when scanning your ticket, then you would see a small mask logo above your cabin row, next to the seatbelt sign that rings when turbulence hits. I asked Airlines for America, the industry trade group, if it would consider supporting such a very limited masking policy. “We are pleased that the CDC has lifted pandemic-era restrictions — including mask and pre-departure testing requirements — consistent with science and research,” a spokesperson told me. in an email.

For now, airplane mode is a choice, but it’s easy to do. The practice will be useful this summer of BA.5, but also in the future when COVID case rates are much lower. SARS-CoV-2 isn’t the only airborne virus, of course, and while we’re not going into full flu or cold containment, a few basic precautionary measures may still be worth the cost. In 1977, an Alaska Airlines flight sat on the tarmac in Homer, Alaska for three hours to fix an engine problem. Within three days, 72% of the passengers had caught the flu. Maybe if people’s faces had been on airplane mode that day in Homer, a super broadcast event would have been avoided. “Do I like to wear a mask in public? Yeah, not even a tiny bit. But I hate being sick,” Santarpia said. “So if it’s flu season, am I going to wear a mask on the plane?” Yeah, you’re damn right, I’ll do it.

Respite as Gujarat sees light and scattered rains Sun, 17 Jul 2022 14:42:05 +0000 The active southwest monsoon which has brought incessant rains to Gujarat for the past 10 days has subsided bringing scattered light rains on Sunday.

Bhabhar in Banaskantha and Anjar in Kutch recorded the highest of 14mm in 12 hours ending 6pm on Sunday. Petlad in Anand recorded 12mm followed by Khergam (10mm) in Navsari, one of the worst affected districts.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast, while heavy rains are expected in Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Chhota Udepur and Narmada districts on Monday, light to moderate rains are expected in a few places till July 22.

The city of Ahmedabad also recorded scattered rainfall of 3.42mm till Sunday evening. The city is forecasting light to moderate rainfall for Monday.

So far this monsoon season, according to rainfall data kept by the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC), Gujarat has recorded 56.81% of the season’s rainfall.

Among the regions, Kutch has already crossed 100% with 102.47% average rainfall, South Gujarat 72.67%, Saurashtra 57.19% and Central East 44.27%. The northern region of Gujarat received the lowest average rainfall with only 31.63%.

On Sunday, high temperatures across the state remained between 30 and 34 degrees Celsius.

While Bhavnagar recorded the highest maximum temperature of 33.6 degrees Celsius, it was followed by Surendranagar at 33.5 degrees Celsius, Vadodara at 33.2, Kandla Port at 33, Ahmedabad 32.9, Amreli 33.2, Rajkot 32, Deesa 31.8, Gandhinagar and Kandla airport 31.5 Porbandar and Keshod 31.2, Surat and Valsad at 31 each, Naliya 30.8, Bhuj 30.7, Dwarka 30.4 and Veraval 30 degrees Celsius.