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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, July 31, 2014
NATIONAL HELICOPTER SERVICES LIMITED
National Helicopter Services Limited, a leading provider of helicopter transport and related
services to the energy and state sectors, is seeking to recruit a suitably qualified professional
to fill the following position:
LICENSED AIRCRAFT ENGINEER
(Airframes & Engines)
This Licensed Aircraft Engineer is responsible for the maintenance and repair of the Company's aircrafts.
Duties and Responsibilities but not limited to:
o Inspects, maintains modifies and repairs the aircraft and associated equipment in
accordance with the privileges of required license and approves maintenance schedules
and manuals, together with the relevant FAA/CAA/TTCAA Directives.
o Interprets, trouble-shoots and rectifies airframes and engine discrepancies with the aid of
his subordinates during the course of the flying program, scheduled and unscheduled
o Checks on work in progress and when completed to ensure compliance with TTCAA
requirements, manufacturer's instructions and applicable regulations.
o Five (5) CXC passes including English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject at
Grade level 1/11 or equivalent.
o TTCAA Aircraft Maintenance Engineer's License/ FAA A&P License or acceptable
o Minimum three (3) years' experience in the capacity an Engineer (type rating on the S76
Helicopter will be an asset).
o Strong knowledge of Computerized Aircraft Maintenance Tracking systems.
o Sound Communication Skills.
o Strong Interpersonal Skills.
o Excellent Analytical Skills.
o Willingness to work Shift and flexible hours.
The Human Resource Manager
CHIEF MANPOWER OFFICER
National Helicopter Services Limited
Ministry of Labour & Small &
Micro Enterprise Development
Level 3, Duke Place
P.O. Bag 685
50-54 Duke Street
Molly Gaskin, president of the Pointe-a-Pierre Wildfowl Trust, presents the
book Sea Turtles to Luis Prado, chairman, Shell Trinidad Ltd, and Mark
Regis, head--corporate communications and government relations.
In the space of eight days, three
passenger planes were lost in mid-
flight. A cluster of accidents so close
together may seem an unlikely coin-
cidence but is it?
The first accident happened on July
17, when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17
fell from the sky over eastern Ukraine,
apparently brought down by a missile.
Seven days later a plane crashed in
Taiwan, and on the eighth day another
flight went down en route to Algeria
from Burkina Faso. In all, 462 people
are thought to have died.
Some people may suddenly be
wondering how safe it is to fly.
But Harro Ranter, director of the
Aviation Safety Network which cat-
alogues plane crashes, says clusters
of accidents are not unusual.
Analysing the number and frequency
of fatal crashes of aircraft capable of
carrying 14 or more passengers since
1990, he finds 45 dates when there
have been two or more crashes
In 105 cases there have been acci-
dents on consecutive days. In fact,
Ranter says it is more common for
an accident to happen just one day
after another crash than two, three
or more days later.
Why might this be?
"It is essentially a coincidence,
except for the technicality that adverse
weather involving thunderstorms and
typhoons is more common in some
seasons than others," says Arnold Bar-
nett, a Professor of Statistics at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technol-
However, Barnett also draws atten-
tion to the theory of Poisson distri-
bution, which implies that short inter-
vals between crashes are actually more
probable than long ones.
"Suppose that there is an average
of one fatal accident per year, meaning
that the chance of a crash on any
given day is one in 365," says Barnett.
"If there is a crash on August 1, the
chance that the next crash occurs one
day later on August 2 is 1/365. But
the chance the next crash is on August
3 is (364/365) x (1/365), because the
next crash occurs on August 3 only
if there is no crash on August 2."
"It seems counterintuitive, but the
conclusion follows relentlessly from
the laws of probability," Barnett says.
About 500 passengers die in crashes
involving scheduled commercial flights
each year, and although that number
has already been exceeded in 2014---
by about 200---we should not expect
the coming months to have an unusu-
ally high number of accidents.
Barnett points out that during April,
May and June this year, there were
no fatal accidents at all involving
scheduled commercial flights. "It is
hard to imagine that the skill that led
to this marvellous record somehow
disappeared in July," he says.
He calculates that in developed
countries the chance of dying is about
one in 25 million per flight. "A child
at a UK airport is more likely to grow
up to be prime minister than perish
on the forthcoming flight... the child
is more likely to win an Olympic gold
medal or receive the Nobel prize in
Even in the world's least developed
countries the chance of dying on a
flight is about one in 750,000. (BBC)
How odd is a cluster of plane accidents?
The Pointe-a-Pierre Wildfowl
Trust celebrates its 48th anniver-
sary this year.
The Trust, with support from
Shell Trinidad Ltd has reprinted
its educational book Sea Turtles
of T&T and the Caribbean.
The book includes all details of
the habits and habitats of sea turtles
that are common to the region, their
distribution worldwide, maps, the
dos and don'ts of patrol and tur-
tle-watching and information on
our laws governing them.
Wildfowl Trust reissues
book on sea turtles
Rescue workers at the scene of the plane crash in Taiwan, last week.
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