Posts Tagged ‘Aviation


Ernest Archdeacon

Ernest Archdeacon (1863 – 1950) was a prominent French lawyer of Irish descent who was associated with pioneering

Ernest Archdeacon

all forms of aviation in France before the First World War. He made his first balloon flight at the age of 20. He commissioned a copy of the 1902 Wright No. 3 glider but had only limited success.  He was regarded as France’s foremost promoter and sponsor of aviation, offering prizes (Coupe d’Aviation Ernest Archdeacon and the Deutsch de la Meurthe-Archdeacon prize), commissioning designs, developing theoretical knowledge, plus organising tests and events.

His lasting contribution to aviation is the Aéro-Club de France, the oldest aero-club in the world, which he co-founded in 1898 before powered flight.

In 1906 he commissioned a ‘propeller on a motorcycle’, the Archdeacon Aéromotocyclette Anzani which achieved a timed speed of 79.5 kilometres per hour at Achères-la-Forêt. This ‘Aéromotocyclette’, based on a ‘Buchet’ motorcycle, was equipped with a 6 horsepower Anzani engine driving a propeller mounted on a 1.5 m (5 ft) steel tube. There is no evidence that he applied for a patent.

He is also remembered as the first aeroplane passenger in Europe, having taken a 1241m flight in 1908.


Indian Aviation Rules

There was this huge furore over former President Mr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam being frisked by Continental Airlines. The Indian Government went to an extent that it sued a case against the airline officials. The allegation was that the airline officials breached the Indian Aviation Rules. This made me look up into what the rules exactly say.

From what I understand after reading several news articles, Mr. Kalam was flying from India to the USA and hence the safety rules/aviation rules/aircraft rules of both the countries must be followed and this is where there was a difference.

The Indian Rules suggest that India gives a list of Delegates (which would include VIPs, VVIPs in power and ones which were in power and their families) who would not be frisked. Since, Frisking is a gesture of doubting the person.

However, US does not seem to recognize this list. As what I understand it has more noise than signal. The US agency suggests that as per its rules, former Heads of State and other VIPs traveling from an international location to the US on a US commercial aircraft were “screened according to the same screening procedures as for any other passenger”.

Probably the Indian rules are more subjective and have more “formal obligations” to meet than the US rules. And hence the difference.

So what’s this blog about?

Another attempt? Well yes. Attempting to figure out another sustainable model (there are some other attempts going on parallel-ly). Well, we have a lot of questions in mind. we read up stuff, we do some research to find answers to these questions. This is an attempt to publish that little 15-20 minute research.
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