Nigel Farage Appears on BBC News Today


Nigel Farage, Leader, UK Independence Party

Nigel Farage will be appearing on
BBC News 24 (freeview channel 80) today,31st August, at 3.45pm.

He will also be appearing this evening on BBC1 News at 6pm.

This is in response to Mr. Keith Vaz the Labour MP and former Europe Minister.

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage said: “I am very glad that he [Mr Vaz] has seen sense and realised that there is no way the government can avoid letting the people have their say on such an important issue, especially since the European Parliament have admitted that this is the Constitutional Treaty.

“If his suggestions of a vote on the same day as a general election are taken up, we could also be faced with the unusual situation of our three main parties having to talk about Europe on the campaign trail, instead of pushing it under the carpet.”

The above has been taken from the BBC News website.

Happy Birthday


Happy Weblog Birthday Louise

In all the excitement of reading weather and ice maps we nearly missed an important birthday. The AGX weblog has been running for one year. It has allowed Louise to post news of Adrian’s progress quickly and easily and we even got Adrian to send photographs via his satphone. It has expanded the readership with many readers setting up their own RSS feeds. So its Happy Birthday wishes to the AGX readers, Louise, Alpha Global Expedition, the FIRE Project team and all those who have contributed to the project during the last twelve months. It is almost two years since Adrian sailed out of the Solent and into history, but this weblog anniversary comes at the most critical stage of the voyage, after a chain of sailing achievements.


Show Me The Way To Go Home


The ice map as at 22:00 hrs Zulu Aug 30 shows Adrian’s challenge. The Ice Queen’s cold finger is still touching the North Russian coast at one point and that point lies between Adrian and home. It is almost exactly half way along the Russian Northern Sea Route and Barrabas is now at anchor close to the choke point, ready to sail the moment the wind changes and the ice starts to break up. This is the critical point in the voyage. To the South and East of Adrian’s current position lies the port of Tiksi. Tied up in the port are three vessels that hope to pass through the choke point. One is a fully crewed larger yacht that has been imprisoned by conditions for two winters.

On the Move to Ostrov Preobrazheniya


Barrabas at anchor in front of the research station – Ostrov Preobrazheniya. On the deck is the survival dinghy that can be sailed, rowed, or used as a sledge if Barrabas becomes trapped in the ice.

Adrian reports: I spent the whole of Wednesday on the west side of Ostrov Peschanyy. The wind was blowing from the east setting up a northerly current on the western side. Drift ice was moving. From 7.00am until 11.00pm I was on constant watch dodging the drift. One of the last pieces of ice to float by was carrying a small colony of Walrus, grunting and snorting in the diminishing light.

AGXWalrus near to Ostrov Peschanyy

Sailors pass in the morning – family of walrus head on South

Boeing, Norwegian Air Shuttle Sign Order for 42 Next-Generation 737s


SEATTLE, Aug. 30, 2007 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and low-fare carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA today announced an order for 42 Boeing Next-Generation 737-800s. The order is valued at $3.1 billion at list prices. The airline has secured purchase rights for an additional 42 737-800s.

Today’s order is the largest ever from any Scandinavian carrier and is the largest European order this year for the 737. This direct purchase comes on top of Norwegian’s recent decision to add 11 Boeing 737-800s to its fleet through lease agreements. All of the 737-800s, including those on lease, will be fitted with advanced-technology Blended Winglets, which reduce aerodynamic drag and therefore reduce fuel consumption and related carbon emissions by 3 to 5 percent.

Boeing and Honeywell Sign Contract for Innovative Supply-Chain Solution

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SEATTLE, Aug. 30, 2007 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] has signed an agreement with Honeywell Aerospace that will allow them to significantly reduce an airline’s maintenance costs by providing expendable parts.

The companies teamed as part of Boeing’s Integrated Materials Management (IMM) initiative. Through this program, Boeing and suppliers like Honeywell maintain an airline’s inventory of spare parts – providing items as needed. By reducing the airline’s own inventory, IMM reduces the airline’s cost of doing business.

Boeing Airplane-Monitoring System Adds Six Airlines in First-Half 2007


SEATTLE, Aug. 30, 2007 — Six airlines adopted Boeing’s [NYSE:BA] in-flight airplane-monitoring system in the first half of the year, bringing to 15 the number of airlines and freight carriers to sign for the program. Airplane Health Management (AHM) now provides real-time monitoring and decision support for 42 percent of the world’s 777s and 28 percent of its 747-400s.

Japan Airlines and Singapore Airlines were the first to adopt the innovative condition-monitoring package when it was introduced in late 2005. This year, Air Austral, Austrian Airlines, Emirates, TNT Airways and Virgin Atlantic have signed for AHM. One of the six new customers is unidentified. In addition to the program’s first two customers, carriers who signed to use Airplane Health Management prior to 2007 include: Air France, Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific Airways, Egyptair and Thai Airways.

Dr. Paul MacCready, Founder and Former Chairman of AeroVironment, Dies at 81


MONROVIA, Calif., August 29, 2007 –[ASDWire]– Dr. Paul MacCready, internationally renowned innovator and entrepreneur, founder and former chairman of the board of directors of AeroVironment, Inc., passed away in his sleep on Tuesday, August 28. Dr. MacCready had recently been diagnosed with a serious ailment. His passing occurred less than one week after the 30th anniversary of one of his most notable accomplishments, the record-setting flight of his human powered airplane, the Gossamer Condor.

“The world has lost a man of unique vision, and the people of AV have lost a mentor and friend,” said Tim Conver, AeroVironment’s chairman, chief executive officer and president. “Paul was an inspiration to so many people around the globe who were touched by his accomplishments and his innovative approach of “doing more with much less”.

Conver continued, “The people of AV are diminished today as a result of his passing. At the same time, we are better for having known and worked with him, and we re-dedicate our efforts to the important work that carries on his legacy. Of all his accomplishments, Paul’s greatest contribution may have been his remarkable ability to demonstrate that ‘impossible’ is no match for human imagination and perseverance. On behalf of everyone at AeroVironment, I express my sincere condolences to Paul’s wife Judy, his three sons and his two grandchildren.”