Band quer cancelar horário da igreja para focar na final do “MasterChef”

Raul e Izabel disputam a final do "MasterChef" ao vivo na terça-feira (12)

Raul e Izabel disputam a final do “MasterChef” ao vivo na terça-feira (12)

A Band está montando uma programação diferente e de espera, para a noite de terça-feira (15), por ocasião da final do “MasterChef”.

Há o desejo de apresentar uma série de especiais, a partir do capítulo da novela “Mil e Uma Noite”, incluindo o cancelamento do programa da igreja. Algo que, internamente, é visto como uma glória, conquistado apenas em situações bem excepcionais.


Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery

Royal Australian Air Force readies for operations over Syria within a week

Operation OKRA

The federal government has decided to extend into eastern Syria airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets carried out by Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aircraft.

“This marks the next phase of Australia’s contribution to the international coalition effort to disrupt, degrade and ultimately defeat the Daesh [ISIL] death cult,” Prime Minister Tony Abbott stated.

“The decision to expand air operations into Syria has been given careful consideration; it follows Iraq’s requests for international assistance to strike Daesh strongholds, and a formal request from the Obama administration.”

The Air Task Group (ATG) deployed in support of Operation OKRA, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) contribution to the effort to combat ISIL in Iraq, consists of approximately 400 personnel, plus six F/A-18A Hornet multirole fighter aircraft, an E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning and control platform, and a KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport.

Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, Chief of the Defence Force (CDF), said that although up to eight aircraft have been approved to carry out airstrikes, the size of the ATG is not expected to increase at this stage.

“The rotation will be classic Hornets or Super Hornets, depending on what squadron comes online to do it,” he said. “We are approved for up to eight aircraft at the moment. We do not envisage that I will increase that number from six to eight, although I have the flexibility to do that depending on the tasking, and I can increase that at any time if I need to.”

CDF stated that operations could start within a week. “As a logical extension to our current air operations over Iraq, this gives the operational commander the wherewithal to be able to focus air operations where and when he may need it; it depends on the tasking cycle and what targets may come up in the particular areas at the time,” he said.

For the RAAF it is business as usual, with no significant increase in risk, CDF suggested. “For all intents and purposes they just take a 10-degree left turn when they go on task and end up over Syria, so there is no major change to be able to do these operations over eastern Syria,” he added.

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Australian Army receives final CH-47F Chinook

Australian Army Chinook helicopter commissioning

Boeing has announced that it delivered the seventh CH-47F Chinook to the Australian Army on August 10, within budget and three weeks ahead of schedule.

The seven advanced helicopters acquired under the AIR 9000 Phase 5C Medium Lift Helicopters project, which will replace Army’s existing CH-47D variants, were ordered as part of a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program agreement in 2012.

Boeing explained that major developments on the CH-47F include a digital cockpit, advanced communications system and new avionics. The configuration for Australia includes a new rotor brake that enables embarked operations aboard the Canberra class Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ships by actively stopping the rotor blades, rather than allowing the blades to naturally spin down once the engine is turned off after landing.

“Our CH-47D Chinooks have been real workhorses for Australia, both here and on operations overseas, and our new CH-47F Chinooks are set to be even more dependable, affordable and capable assets,” said Rear Admiral Tony Dalton, head of Helicopters, Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems and Guided Weapons at the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG).

The new helicopters will be based with the 5th Aviation Regiment at RAAF Base Townsville. Boeing Defence Australia will provide on-site operational maintenance support, having supported the CH-47D since 2010.

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Boeing forecasts need for 25,000 new pilots and technicians in Oceania

Boeing's outlook for pilots in Asia Pacific over the next 20 years. (Boeing)

Boeing expects Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific to require an additional 25,000 pilots and aviation professionals over the next two decades to meet the growing demand for air travel.

The manufacturer’s 2015-2034 Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook forecasts a need for 12,000 new pilots and 13,000 new maintenance engineers (technicians) in the region as airlines in the region expand their networks and more passengers take to the skies.

Boeing’s pilot and maintenance engineer outlook was guided by the manufacturer’s Current Market Outlook, which has forecast 38,050 new aircraft deliveries in the 20-year period between 2015-2034.

Overall, the Asia Pacific region was expected to need about 226,000 new airline pilots and 238,000 new technicians over the next two decades, with China requiring the bulk of those jobs.

The estimates were up from 216,000 new pilots and 224,000 new technicians in Boeing’s 2014-2033 outlook.

Boeing Flight Services vice president Sherry Carbary stated the Asia Pacific region had sufficient infrastructure to ensure the demand for new pilots and technicians could be met.

However, Carbary noted there was the need for more flight training schools to be based in the region so that cadets did not have to travel to Australia, Europe or the United States to complete their training.

Boeing's outlook for technicians in the next 20 years. (Boeing)

Boeing Flight Services is the teaching and training arm of the manufacturing giant.

The company plans to add a 737 full flight simulator to its Shanghai campus to support the growth in low-cost carriers in China and will shortly open a new training campus in Moscow.

“But we can’t do it alone. This has to be a partnership with the airlines, with all of the aircraft manufacturers and the simulator manufacturers working with government, working with high schools and universities, to come together to ensure we have a robust pipeline of aviation professionals to serve this growing market,” Carbary told reporters during a conference call on Thursday.

In terms of the next generation, Carbary said the aviation sector need to do a better job highlighting to those yet to enter the workforce the high-tech nature of aviation, whether as a pilot, maintenance engineer or software engineer.

“When you think building and engineering the airplanes that both Boeing and Airbus are producing today, it doesn’t get any more high-tech than that,” Carbary said.

“When you look at a flight deck of a 787 and you are a pilot, there is nothing more exciting than to be flying that airplane and as a mechanic you are no longer just working on the mechanical side of the airplane, you are basically a software engineer as well.

“It is a really cool place to be if I were somebody starting out and looking at a career.”

Carbary said women were an important demographic in helping ensure there was a sufficient pipeline of suitably qualified people to meet the needs of tomorrow’s aviation industry, noting that just six per cent of all pilots in the United States were women.

The Boeing executive described the difficulties for female pilots trying to raise a family and fly as a “false barrier”.

Moreover, the growing number of low-cost carriers would encourage more women to become pilots, given they primarily operated short-haul routes.

“With the low-cost carriers basically exploding in China right now – they are popping up and they are being very successful – we are going to see I think more opportunities because those are short-haul flights and very easy to get home at night,” Carbary said.

“I think women could serve a huge role in becoming short-haul pilots around the world.”

Boeing's David Wright speaks with students at the Brisbane campus visit. (Boeing)

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