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Hemant Arjyal

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Personal drone and tattered jama

Published On: September 21, 2019 01:00 AM NPT By: Hemant Arjyal

Recent impromptu verbal outbursts against the sitting civil aviation minister has more to do with deep frustrations among paying passengers for having made to wait for someone as if they did not matter

Acting deaf n dumb

Published On: September 7, 2019 01:00 AM NPT By: Hemant Arjyal

New tourism minister has come up with list of tasks he wishes to get done before Visit Nepal Year 2020. But he has left out many aspects

The pain of going around

Published On: August 22, 2019 01:00 AM NPT By: Hemant Arjyal

Nepal aviation has been subjected to EASA’s blacklisting since December 2013 because many European lives were lost in domestic sectors in STOLs and helicopter crashes

Come what may

Published On: August 10, 2019 01:05 AM NPT By: Hemant Arjyal

Not being able to find proofs of something that had definitely happened is quite frustrating. I had encountered the same as mentioned in my previous piece. This time I was looking for details of a helicopter accident on TIA runway that had resulted in several hours of airport closure.

No chopper for women

Published On: July 27, 2019 12:25 AM NPT By: Hemant Arjyal

As we all know, it would be difficult for women, or even men for that matter, to manage without a chopper in the kitchen. But even if this piece is not about the kitchen thing, I will get back to it later. As for the term, Americans found it logical to call helicopter a “chopper” as its rotor made “chop, chop” like sound more so because of long blades and slow rotation.

Sound of silence

Published On: July 13, 2019 01:05 AM NPT By: Hemant Arjyal

This piece is about radio in general with obvious aviation leanings. The basic thing one has to understand about propagation is that wavelength multiplied by number of times it moves in a second (frequency) gives its velocity. Radio wave’s velocity is derived as 3x108mtr/sec (or 300,000 Km/sec), and this is recognised as “universal constant”. Most people take “SW-FM” as two facets of radio, representing short wave (or HF) and frequency modulation (FM).

In instrument we trust

Published On: June 29, 2019 01:25 AM NPT By: Hemant Arjyal

Most find it baffling as how aircrafts fly long distances, safely and amidst crisscrossing traffic—seemingly under no control. If that was so, it would have resulted in frequent collisions or other types of midair calamities typically reflecting Kathmandu traffic scene where lack of patience rules supreme. It is not that drivers do not know the rules.

Gulf of distrust

Published On: June 15, 2019 02:00 AM NPT By: Hemant Arjyal

There is good prospect for trans-Himalayan airways, not just “South of Himalayas,” that could help bring in better connectivity benefits in future

Better late than never

Published On: June 1, 2019 01:25 AM NPT By: Hemant Arjyal

Nothing could be worse for an airline or an aircraft maker if circumstances lead to groundings of their fleet. Aircrafts are made to fly, not to sit idle. In fact, it costs money even to keep them on ground. Airlines work endlessly to make maximum use of the fleet they have. But it is no surprise that RA is seen to suffer first, for being slow in making efforts to increase its fleet utilisation and second, in failing to move away B757 it has opted to ground. Both 757s still sit occupying constricted TIA space.

All for pride

Published On: May 18, 2019 02:00 AM NPT By: Hemant Arjyal

Overflying ferry flights, destined to Nepal, were compelled to land under one pretext or another or held up in countries outside India for days before permits were issued

What if?

Published On: May 4, 2019 01:25 AM NPT By: Hemant Arjyal

It is sensible to have backups for a “what if” like situation in case things do not turn out the way planned. Long years of load-shedding had compelled us to go for inverters to keep storage batteries charged. Rooftop solar panels offered greener charging alternative while some, with high electricity demand, could not just do without generators.

No time for NOTAM

Published On: April 20, 2019 01:05 AM NPT By: Hemant Arjyal

Irrespective of the suffering caused by the cancellation of RA’s flight (RA231) to Dubai (DWC) due to night time runway closure after 10 PM, it was good that Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) was strictly followed. Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) is currently passing through a phase of ten hours airport closure that is to last until the end of June. By then, the whole of runway surface will have been scrapped out and done anew.

Troubles at TIA

Published On: April 6, 2019 01:05 AM NPT By: Hemant Arjyal

This one is more on arrival experience with passing reference to runway refurbishment works that have just begun. As is well known, TIA as the entry port is more famous for its negative attributes than anything else. Being the only international airport it is naturally frequented by high flying travellers including majority of tourists and businessmen. A general Nepali will not fly unless compelled. Being accustomed to low level of facilities all around we tend not to complain, knowing that it is not going to make much difference either way.

Business over safety

Published On: March 23, 2019 01:05 AM NPT By: Hemant Arjyal

The aviation world was rocked by Ethiopian Airline’s (ET) recent crash involving a B737Max8 that happened less than five months after Lion Air (JT) crash in Indonesia. Normally, the period is not crucial, but the common narratives seem to show very identical circumstances with both crashing within few minutes after takeoff.

Death dance monotony

Published On: March 9, 2019 03:33 AM NPT By: Hemant Arjyal

If the recommendations of 2006 report had been strictly followed, it might have helped in reducing accident cases thereafter.

Rumblings of a Comet

Published On: February 23, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: Hemant Arjyal

Comet-4 flew high over Kathmandu in 1959, during Prince Philip’s first ever India trip. It seems he wanted to have closer look at the Himalayas

Benefit of doubt

Published On: February 9, 2019 01:50 AM NPT By: Hemant Arjyal

Perhaps BS211 crash would not have happened if there had been a localiser in place. It was not a day with best visibility.

Making hay, our way

Published On: January 26, 2019 12:15 AM NPT By: Hemant Arjyal

Even if not in consonance with expressed views, we generally detest commenting publicly for not wishing to offend. A positive note, in my mail box about my last write up “Positive spin gone awry” (Republica, January 12) was a rare happening. But a comment in the online edition, from a well known scribe, had me floored by his cryptic line while the only person with the widest knowledge of the widebody “deal” just opted to deal with peripheral technicalities.

Positive spin gone awry

Published On: January 12, 2019 12:15 AM NPT By: Hemant Arjyal

It was unbelievable that something big, both in terms of size and money involved, would ever be purchased/leased without extracting a proportionate kickbacks in this country. But we were made to believe, right in the beginning, that everything would be made “quite transparent” this time. It was in a way, a tacit admission that things were murky in previous instances.

Daring of non-flying hours

Published On: December 29, 2018 12:15 AM NPT By: Hemant Arjyal

Half of Kathmandu was on terrace watching the B727 that was struck overhead with technical issue for hours around midnight in 1978