Friday, December 19, 2014
On today's alignment with 6 lanes, over 60,000 cars and trucks a day traverse the gorge. A picture considered for, but not used in the book Wellington Transport Memories.
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bad turbulence hits a Boeing 777-200 en route from Seoul in Korea to Dallas-Fort Worth and causes cabin damage
Those who fly certain routes, particularly over alps and into certain airports such as Wellington, know to expect turbulence which will cause an adrenaline rush, but little else. However, this documents an incident on Tuesday when it hit violently and caused cabin damage; five people were injured, fortunately none seriously. The pilots decided to land in Tokyo.
It's quite unlikely that turbulence will cause structural damage to modern airliners, but loose things inside the aircraft - including the passengers - are another matter.
Aircraft have weather radar which detects turbulence associated with storm fronts and pilots will do their best to avoid the rough stuff. However, the phenomenon of clear air turbulence is something which they can't detect. Usually it won't last too last, though.
The obvious message is, when seated, keep your seat belt fastened at all times.
More details here
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Thursday, December 18, 2014
This opened a month ago and continues to 10 May next. Details on the Museum's website
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The announcement of the easing of trade restrictions and the normalization of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba is actually just another step on the way to the end of Cuba's 5 decade old disastrous experiment with communism, as Cuba has reluctantly realised that the communist command economy model just doesn't work and has increasingly allowed small scale private enterprise. With this though, the days of Cuba’s classic American cars may be coming to an end. Since the imposition of the U.S. trade embargo in 1961, massive fleets of pre-revolution American cars have remained on the road through the ingenuity of the country’s auto mechanics.
If Americans are allowed to import from Cuba again, many of these cars will probably go back to the U.S.
More Cuba car pics here
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