Archive for September, 2009

When The Dark Night Delivers The Day

“Nocturne” was the winning song in the Eurovision Song Contest 1995, performed in Norwegian by Secret Garden representing Norway. wiki

Wonderful melody. Not so sure what to make of the lyrics but what a lovely tune!

Nocturnes are generally thought of as being tranquil, often expressive and lyrical, and sometimes rather gloomy, but in practice pieces with the name nocturne have conveyed a variety of moods: the second of Debussy’s orchestral Nocturnes, “Fêtes”, for example, is very lively. wiki

Secret Garden is an Irish-Norwegian duo playing New Instrumental Music, also understood by some as Neo-classical music. Secret Garden is made up of Irish violinist Fionnuala Sherry and Norwegian composer Rolf Løvland. wiki

Lyrics by Petter Skavlan

Now, let the day
Just slip away
So the dark night may watch over you
Velvet, blue
Silent, true
It embraces your heart and your soul

Never cry – never sigh
You don’t have to wonder why
Always be – always see
Come and dream the night with me

Have no fear
When the night draws near
And fills you with dreams and desire
Like a child asleep
So warm, so deep
You will find me there waiting for you

We will fly – claim the sky
We don’t have to wonder why
Always see – always be
Come and dream the night with me

Though darkness lay
It will give way
When the dark night delivers the day

Sung in English :-


Same Thing Happened In 2003 : Flight SQ286

What : Boeing 747 flight SQ286, tail strike during take-off

When : 12 March 2003

Where : Auckland International Airport

Who : 369 passengers, 17 cabin crew and 3 pilots

The pilot error : Understated weight by 100 tonnes. (exactly the same number as in previous post!)



What happened next :

passengers, 17 cabin crew and 3 pilots

When the captain rotated the aeroplane for lift-off the tail struck
the runway and scraped for some 490 metres until the aeroplane became
airborne. The tail strike occurred because the rotation speed was 33
knots less than the 163 knots required for the aeroplane weight. The
rotation speed had been mistakenly calculated for an aeroplane
weighing 100 tonnes less than the actual weight of 9V-SMT. A take-off
weight transcription error, which remained undetected, led to the
miscalculation of the take-off data, which in turn resulted in a low
thrust setting and excessively slow take-off reference speeds. aviationkb

Air Safety : When The Pilot Understates The Take-Off Weight

Not by a few tonnes. But by 100 tonnes.

Where : Melbourne

When : 20 March 2009.

What : Emirates Airlines flight 407.

Who : 257 passengers and 18 crew

How : Because the plane had been told it was 100 tonnes lighter than it actually was, it generated insufficient thrust for takeoff. And the take-off reference speed was also much too low.

The tail bumped on the runway 5 times!

After exhausting the 3657m runway it was still on the ground, except it was now grass!

It was airborne 170m after the end of the runway.

And the altitude then?

2 feet off the ground!

Here’s a photo of the damage done.


sources : wiki and aviationsafety and theaustralian and flyertalk

….at the last minute, the pilot took the controls and threw the engines into full thrust…. asiaone

“This would have been the worst civil air disaster in Australia’s history by a very large margin, there would have been no survivors from that plane and it would have gone down in Keilor Park, so there would have been deaths on the ground also.” Aviation expert Ben Sandilands

“THE pilot at the controls of an Emirates jet that almost crashed at Melbourne Airport has revealed how he saved 275 lives.

Breaking a four-month silence, the pilot told how he managed to wrench the fully-loaded plane into the air just seconds before it almost crashed.

“I still don’t know how we got it off the ground,” the pilot said.

“I thought we were going to die, it was that close.

“It was the worst thing in 20 years (of flying). It was the worst thing I’ve felt, but thank God we got it safely around.”

The pilot, a 42-year-old European man, spoke to the Sunday Herald Sun on the condition his identity not be revealed.

Realising the plane had not reached a high enough speed to get airborne, and with the end of the runway rapidly approaching, the pilot and co-pilot were desperately checking controls in the cockpit, trying to find out what had gone wrong.

At the last second, the pilot engaged a rapid acceleration known as TOGA (take-off go-around) and lifted the plane off the ground.

Ipod Shuffle 4GB Special Edition

In polished stainless steel. 4GB.

shuffle steel

I like the design. $99 at the apple store

$40 more than the regular one. For style. And substance. Hmmm.

The BMW Vision ED At The 2009 Frankfurt Show

Sensational looking BMW that does 75mpg.

Not very clever of them to call it ED!!!

ED stands for Efficient Dynamics and not for Electric Diesel.

specs :

  • full hybrid
  • 3 cylinder 1500cc turbodiesel connected to a pair of electric motors
  • 265 HP
  • 590 lb-ft of torque.
  • 3.5litre per 100km
  • 4.8s zero to 100kph
  • 250kph top speed

jalopnik and carsinaction

bmw v ed

2010 Golf R : Now Official

Well here it is – the new Golf R.

Not R20t and not R20.

Just Golf R.

golf r a1

This is what the Mk6 Golf GTI should have looked like. And a Golf R ought to be even more macho looking than this.

golf r pipes

But this is what you get .

specs :

  • 4motion four wheel drive
  • Turbocharged TSI 2 litre engine (same unit as Scirocco)
  • 270hp at 6000rpm (boost 1.2bar)
  • 350Nm torque at 2500 to 5000 rpm
  • 250kph top speed
  • Standstill to 100kph 5.5s (with DSG)
  • 25.4s to reach 1000m (R32 took 26.7s)
  • 8.5 liters of fuel per 100km (20% better than the R32)

sources :

Mercedes Reinterprets The Gullwing

The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL attained legendary status well before the assembly lines ground to a halt, thanks in part to its success in race competition but most of all to the captivating allure of its stunning design. seriouswheels

This is how the classic Gullwing looks like:-

300SL 1954

This was more than 50 years ago in 1954.

Fast forward to the present. Here it is… the 2010 Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Gullwing. It looks great!

sls001Now see it in rapid motion on the road.

Specs :

  • RWD
  • 32valve V8 6208cc
  • 563 bhp @ 6800 rpm of push ie power
  • 479 lb-ft @ 4750 rpm of pull ie torque
  • 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual
  • 3600 lb heavy
  • 60 mph from standstill in 3.8 seconds
  • Top speed (governed): 196 mph (meaning it can do better than that)

car and driver