Electronic nose detects pesticides and nerve gas – KU LEUVEN

Detecting pesticides and nerve gas in very low concentrations? An international team of researchers led by Ivo Stassen and Rob Ameloot from KU Leuven have made it possible. The best-known electronic nose is the breathalyser. As drivers breathe into the device, a chemical sensor measures the amount of alcohol in their breath. This chemical reaction is then…

Aircraft: Air Conditioning Department for Transport written question – answered on 14th July 2016.

Lady Mar The Countess of Mar Deputy Chairman of Committees, Deputy Speaker (Lords) To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 11 July (HL873), whether ExxonMobil was consulted by, or supplied evidence to, the Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food and the Environment (COT) prior to…

Incident: Macau A321 at Macau on July 11th 2016, odour in cabin

An Air Macau Airbus A321-200, registration B-MBA performing flight NX-882 from Macau (Macau) to Bangkok (Thailand) with 159 people on board, was climbing through FL270 out of Macau when the crew decided to return to Macau reporting an unusual odour on board. The aircraft landed safely back on Macau’s runway 34 about 45 minutes after…

Incident: American B772 at London on July 12th 2016,smoke in cockpit

An American Airlines Boeing 777-200, registration N788AN performing flight AA-105 from London Heathrow,EN (UK) to New York JFK,NY (USA), was climbing out of Heathrow’s runway 27R when the crew stopped the climb at FL140 reporting smoke in the cockpit and returned to Heathrow for a safe landing on runway 27L about 30 minutes after departure.…

Aircraft: Air Conditioning Department for Transport written question – answered on 11th July 2016.

Lady Mar Lord Ahmad The Countess of Mar Deputy Chairman of Committees, Deputy Speaker (Lords) To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 20 June (HL503), on what basis they state that European Aviation Safety Agency certification standard 25.1309c does not require warning systems for engine oil…

Verdict expected soon on toxic air aboard jets – Business Travel – 05.09.02

By Byron Acohido, USA TODAY SEATTLE — Three Alaska Airlines managers conducted an extraordinary experiment on an MD-80 jet in 1996. Frustrated by complaints about noxious mists on MD-80 flights, the managers tried to recreate the problem on a jet parked inside a hangar. John Fowler, then chief of maintenance, ordered a mechanic to squirt…

Accident: Delta MD90 near Tulsa on July 9th 2016, contaminated cabin air injures 9 passengers

A Delta Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-90, registration N955DN performing flight DL-1817 from Atlanta,GA to Denver,CO (USA) with 152 passengers, was enroute at FL300 about 80nm north of Tulsa,OK when a 12 passengers reported feeling unwell prompting the crew to divert to Tulsa for a safe landing about 20 minutes later. Several medical units responded, 9…

Toxic cockpit fumes that bring danger to the skies The Observer – 2006 – Ten years later…

Dozens of pilots have flown while dizzy, nauseous and suffering double vision on crowded passenger flights. The cause is contaminated air and it can strike without warning – but the cases have been kept from the public. Antony Barnett reports    Antony Barnett Sunday 26 February 2006 01.52 GMT Three weeks ago the pilot of a…

Incident: Austrian F100 at Vienna on July 8th 2016, smoke in cabin

An Austrian Airlines Fokker 100, registration OE-LVF performing flight OS-703 from Vienna (Austria) to Prague (Czech Republic), was climbing out of Vienna’s runway 29 when the crew stopped the climb at about 7000 feet and returned to Vienna for a safe landing on runway 11 about 11 minutes after departure. A listener on frequency reported…