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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Pesawat solar catat sejarah

BRUSSELS 14 Mei – Sebuah pesawat menggunakan kuasa solar mendarat di bandar raya ini semalam selepas melakukan penerbangan selama 12 jam dari Switzerland, percubaan pertama seumpamanya di dunia.

Pesawat prototaip yang mempunyai satu tempat duduk itu berlepas dari lapangan terbang Payerne di Switzerland pada pukul 8.40 pagi (2.40 petang waktu Malaysia) selepas tiga jam tergendala ekoran angin kencang.

Pesawat Solar Impulse itu mempunyai empat enjin serta sayap yang sama panjang dengan Boeing 777 dan telah melakukan penerbangan sulungnya pada 2009 di Switzerland.

Tahun lalu, ia berjaya menyempurnakan penerbangan selama 26 jam tanpa henti, sekali gus membuktikan pesawat itu boleh bertahan semalaman dengan menggunakan tenaga solar yang dikumpulkannya di siang hari.

Pasukan Solar Impulse diketuai oleh juruterbang Andre Borschberg dan pengembara Bertrand Piccard berkata, penerbangan sejauh 600 kilometer merentasi Perancis, Luxembourg dan Belgium itu adalah satu cabaran baru kepada mereka kerana ia memerlukan pemanduan arah untuk melalui ruang udara antarabangsa.

Ia dijadual melakukan penerbangan ke Perancis pada Jun ini dan akan dipamerkan di pameran udara Paris.

“Saya rasa sangat lega. Selama beberapa bulan saya sangat bimbang jika pesawat ini menghadapi masalah teknikal atau berhadapan dengan masalah cuaca buruk ketika melakukan penerbangan bersejarah ini.

“Kami selalu berharap pesawat ini akan menjadi duta kepada tenaga diperbaharui,” kata Piccard. – Agensi

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Firefly ke Surabaya, Bandung Ogos ini

JOHOR BAHRU 9 Mei - Bagi merancakkan lagi industri pelancongan di negeri ini, syarikat penerbangan komuniti, FlyFirefly Sdn. Bhd. (Firefly) menawarkan penerbangan terus dari Johor Bahru ke Indonesia pada Ogos ini.

Pengurus Jualan Firefly Johor, Khairul Anuar Daud berkata, penerbangan terus membabitkan laluan Johor Bahru-Surabaya dan Johor Bahru-Bandung, masing-masing akan bermula pada 12 dan 16 Ogos ini.

Katanya, Firefly yang merupakan anak syarikat milik penuh Malaysia Airlines (MAS) akan terbang ke destinasi itu sebanyak tiga kali seminggu menggunakan pesawat Boeing 737-400 yang mampu memuatkan seramai 162 penumpang.

"Selain itu, penerbangan terus dari negeri ini ke Bangkok, Thailand dijangka bermula Disember ini," katanya semasa ditemui pada Pameran Pelancongan Johor 2011 di sini.

Selain itu, mulai 19 Mei ini, terdapat dua penerbangan sehari dari Johor Bahru ke Kuching, manakala dua penerbangan sehari dari Johor Bahru ke Kota Kinabalu dijangka bermula pada 16 Jun ini.

Sementara itu, Pengarah Jabatan Pelancongan negeri, Dr. Sa'ari Md. Nooh berkata, syarikat penerbangan dari China, China Airways bakal menawarkan penerbangan terus dari negeri ini tidak lama lagi.

"China Airways yang berpusat di Guangzhou kini mengadakan perbincangan dengan Jabatan Penerbangan Awam untuk membolehkan mereka memulakan operasi," tambah beliau.

Kotak hitam Merpati ditemui

JAKARTA 9 Mei - Indonesia berjaya menemui kotak hitam pesawat Merpati Nusantara, yang terhempas di laut pada minggu lalu yang menyebabkan 25 penumpang serta anak kapalnya terkorban.

Pengerusi Jawatakuasa Keselamatan Pengangkutan, Tatang Kurniadi berkata, kotak hitam itu ditemui semalam dan mereka kini berusaha mendapatkan perakam suara kokpit (CVR) dari dalam laut.

Pesawat jenis MA-60 milik Merpati Nusantara itu, satu daripada syarikat penerbangan Indonesia yang dilarang beroperasi ke Eropah, terhempas di laut ketika cuba mendarat semasa hujan lebat pada Sabtu lalu.

Insiden itu berlaku ketika pesawat penumpang itu dalam penerbangan dari Sorong ketika mahu mendarat di Lapangan Terbang Kaimana di wilayah Papua Barat. - afp

Data dari kotak hitam itu akan dihantar ke makmal di China bagi mendapat gambaran bagaimana pesawat itu boleh terhempas.

"Kami kini memberi tumpuan kepada pengurusan mayat mangsa sebelum ia dihantar kepada ahli keluarga masing-masing.

"Buat masa ini sebanyak 22 mayat termasuk dua bayi telah ditemui," kata Jurucakap Merpati, Imam Turihi.

Beliau turut menurunkan jumlah korban daripada 27 orang dalam laporan awal kepada 25 orang dan mengesahkan tidak ada warga asing yang terkorban. - AFP

Monday, May 9, 2011

Man Utd sikit lagi nk jadi Champions of the EPL!!!

Javier Hernandez celebrates after firing Manchester United into an early lead
Semalam mmg riuh rendah umah aku...mane x nye...x sampai seminit Chicarito dh score sebijik...gempak sial!!!!
Pastu plak Vidic dpt score sibijik lagi...mmg cushion.. Tapi last2 before nk abis game aku tgk Chelsea try to come back...tapi terlambat laa beb... Anyway team aku yg tersayang nie mmg sempoi laaa...x sabar plak nk tgk final Champions League 28 May nie lawan Barca @ Oscar Winner :)
Nie aku amik skit berita dari ESPN Soccernet :)

Manchester United celebrated like champions at Old Trafford after a 36-second opener from Javier Hernandez and a Nemanja Vidic header took them to the brink of a record 19th league title with a 2-1 win over Chelsea.

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One point from the final two games against relegation-threatened Blackburn next Saturday and Blackpool on the final day of the season will be enough to seal a championship which will take them past the mark Liverpool have been on for so long.

Sir Alex Ferguson felt victory over closest rivals Chelsea was worthy of a couple of bows to the Stretford End as he knows, as do all United's rivals, the prospect of them not getting over the line now is unthinkable.

Built up as the title decider for a week, so important Ferguson selected a shadow side for a Champions League semi-final, these matches are so often a disappointment.

Not this one. Not when United were ahead so quickly.

Carlo Ancelotti must have been devastated to concede quite so simply so early in the game.

Ryan Giggs began the move, stroking a short pass forward for Park Ji-sung, who turned out to be one of United's most effective players.

The South Korean knew Hernandez would be right on the shoulder of the last defender. He could not legislate for that defender failing to cut out the pass.

Ancelotti made his feelings known about that in the aftermath as he berated David Luiz from the touchline. Hernandez was not hanging about to consider it, darting forward before burying his 20th goal of the season into the bottom corner.

Old Trafford erupted and then watched spellbound as their team produced an awesome display of attacking power.

Wayne Rooney was agonisingly close on two occasions, Hernandez should have tucked home Park's far-post cross despite Luiz's touch. Park himself brought an excellent save from Petr Cech.

From the latter effort United gained the corner that brought their second as first Salomon Kalou, then Branislav Ivanovic fell asleep.

Kalou's crime was to allow Park to race past him and play a short corner with Giggs.

The Ivorian was then beaten too easily as Giggs nipped to the byline before dropping a cross into the heart of Chelsea's box where Vidic strode past fellow Serb Ivanovic and powered home from close range.

Chelsea did create opportunities themselves. Edwin van der Sar made an excellent save to repel Kalou and Didier Drogba went close on a couple of occasions.

But those chances came against the backdrop of a game set up exactly as the Red Devils would wish, which made the otherwise outstanding Rooney's decision to react to the baiting he was receiving from the visiting fans all the more puzzling.

Having expressed his concern about United being on the wrong end of a refereeing decision, Ferguson could at least console himself his side had established a winning position before Howard Webb turned down their penalty appeals for what seemed a clear Frank Lampard handball to block Antonio Valencia's cross.

With no comeback in sight, Fernando Torres became the third Chelsea replacement after an hour.

Having spent big in January to land some silverware, owner Roman Abramovich must be wondering whether his £75million has been invested wisely given Luiz, an accident waiting to happen on this occasion, had understandably been taken off at the break, along with John Obi Mikel.

The changes brought the reaction Ancelotti was looking for though as Ivanovic climbed highest to reach a Ramires cross and headed down for Lampard, who prodded home from close range.

United should have snuffed the visitors' lingering hopes out immediately though as Hernandez nicked possession away from Ramires and seemed to have presented Rooney with a tap-in, only for Alex to slide across to make a crucial goal-line clearance.

Rooney then spurned three chances to seal the contest, firing the first wide, inexplicably failing to even shoot with the second, before finally having an effort deflected over by Alex.

Hernandez wasted an even better opportunity when he nodded Valencia's teasing cross over from six yards.

It was all happening at the wrong end for Chelsea though, apart from a Torres effort that never threatened.

Indeed, the visitors were resigned to their fate long before the final whistle, with United knowing they could be celebrating history at Ewood Park next Saturday just as Manchester City are taking the field for their first FA Cup final in 30 years.

Firefly tidak akan kenakan surcaj bahan api

KUALA LUMPUR 9 Mei - Syarikat penerbangan komuniti, Firefly, tidak akan mengenakan surcaj bahan api terhadap penumpangnya walaupun syarikat penerbangan tempatan yang lain berbuat demikian.

Dalam satu kenyataan di sini hari ini, Pengarah Urusannya Eddy Leong berkata, syarikat tidak terlepas daripada kesan kenaikan harga bahan api tetapi tidak akan mengenakan surcaj bahan api setelah menjanjikan untuk menyediakan tambang murah.

Beliau berkata, struktur tambang Firefly dan strategi penetapan harga telah mengambil kira pusingan bukan puncak serta tahap tertinggi dan pembeli awal dan saat akhir.

"Penumpang kami boleh menjangkakan jaminan tambang terendah dengan diskaun bagi tawaran sehingga 80 peratus atau malah tambang sifar,” katanya. - Bernama

Sunday, May 8, 2011

25 maut pesawat Merpati terhempas

JAKARTA 7 Mei - Sebuah pesawat penumpang terhempas di laut berhampiran pulau Papua, Indonesia hari ini, menyebabkan kesemua 25 penumpang dan anak kapalnya terkorban.

Seorang pegawai tentera laut mengesahkan kejadian itu dan memberitahu kesemua mangsa terbunuh ekoran pesawat itu meletup sejurus ia terhempas di laut.

"Pesawat itu berkecai. Kami telah menemui 15 mayat yang terapung di laut dan mangsa lain masih terperangkap di dalam bangkai pesawat yang karam itu," kata pegawai yang terlibat dalam operasi mencari kepada radio ElShinta.

Jurucakap Kementerian Pengangkutan sebelum ini memberitahu, terdapat 27 orang berada di dalam pesawat penerbangan Merpati Nusantara itu.

Pesawat jenis MA-60 itu berlepas dari bandar Sorong di wilayah Papua Barat menuju ke daerah Kaimana dan terhempas 500 meter dari sebuah lapangan terbang kecil sejurus sebelum ia mendarat.

Sementara itu, sebuah pegawai lapangan terbang tempatan berkata, cuaca buruk mungkin menjadi punca nahas. - AFP

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Official: 15 bodies recovered from plane crash in Indonesia

Berita saya petik dari CNN...semoga kawan2 saya yg kerja di Merpati Air semuanya selamat2 belaka :)

Jakarta, Indonesia (CNN) -- Fifteen bodies were recovered Saturday from the wreckage of an airplane that crashed into the ocean while preparing to land in the Indonesian province of West Papua, officials said.

Rescuers were searching for survivors of the Merpati Nusantara Airlines crash just off the coast of Kaimana, said Bambang Ervan, a spokesman for the Indonesian transportation ministry.

There were 21 passengers and six crew members aboard the plane, a turbo-propeller MA60, he said.

Ervan could not immediately confirm any casualties, though a Kaimana Airport ticket agent told CNN that at least 15 bodies have been recovered.

The agent, identified as Polly H., said there were children among the casualties, though she could not say how many.

Among the passengers on the flight were 18 adults, two children and one infant, Ervan said.

Search and rescue teams were still searching the waters off Kaimana for survivors, the ticket agent said.

The plane crashed shortly before 2 p.m. local time. The cause of the crash was under investigation, Ervan said.

Merpati, a cash-strapped state-owned airline with an aging fleet, flies many of the more remote routes in Indonesia.

In 2010, a Merpati airplane overshot the runway at the Rendai airport in Manokwari, West Papua, injuring 78 people.

A year earlier, two Merpati planes crashed within two months of each other in Papua.

The first occurred in July 2009 when a Merpati flight lost its front wheels as it took of from Biak. A month later, another flight -- a Twin Otter aircraft -- crashed, killing 16 people on board.

Indonesia has made efforts in recent years to improve its safety record.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Penumpang Airasia X meningkat

Azran Osman

KUALA LUMPUR 4 Mei – AirAsia X, syarikat sekutu tambang murah penerbangan jarak jauh AirAsia Bhd., telah menerbangkan 0.64 juta penumpang pada suku pertama tahun ini.

Ini merupakan peningkatan 56.5 peratus berbanding suku yang sama 2010.

Dalam satu kenyataan hari ini, AirAsia X menambah enam laluan baharu semasa suku tahun itu iaitu Mumbai, Delhi, Tehran, Seoul, Tokyo dan Paris.

Bilangan pesawatnya juga telah meningkat daripada lapan kepada 11. Syarikat penerbangan itu kini mengendalikan sembilan pesawat Airbus, A330 dan dua A340.

Dari segi trafik penumpang, AirAsia X berkembang 59.8 peratus kepada 3.6 bilion Perolehan Penumpang Kilometer (RPK) bagi suku pertama, yang menjadikannya syarikat penerbangan tambang murah kedua terbesar di Asia Tenggara, selepas AirAsia Malaysia.

Kapasitinya berkembang 48 peratus kepada 4.5 bilion Tempat Duduk Kilometer Tersedia (ASK), yang mencatatkan faktor muatan 81 peratus, iaitu satu kenaikan enam mata peratusan berbanding dengan suku yang sama tahun lepas.

Kesemua laluan yang dikendalikan AirAsia X bagi tempoh lebih setahun telah memberikan hasil yang positif di segi faktor muatan.

Ia mencatatkan peningkatan lebih tinggi dari operasi kargonya, yang membawa 8,324 tan fret, yang meningkat 182.2 peratus berbanding setahun lepas.

Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif AirAsia X, Azran Osman-Rani berkata, lonjakan pertumbuhan pantas yang berterusan adalah bukti kepada kejayaan model jarak jauh.

Lembaga Pengarah semasa AirAsia X Sdn. Bhd. terdiri daripada lapan wakil pengarah yang mewakili para pemegang saham syarikat itu, iaitu AeroVentures Sdn Bhd (52 peratus), AirAsia Bhd (16 peratus), Corvina Holdings (10 peratus), Orix Corp (11 peratus) dan Manara Malaysia Ltd (11 peratus). – BERNAMA