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  1. A Canadian and a Polish passenger jet clipped wings on the ground at a Toronto airport, causing "serious" damage but no casualties, a spokesman for Air Canada confirmed Sunday. The Polish plane, operated by the LOT airline, was on the tarmac at Pearson International Airport late Saturday when it was struck by an Air Canada plane that was taxiing toward a nearby landing gate, Peter Fitzpatrick, a spokesman for the Canadian company, said in an email. The Air Canada craft, a Boeing 767-300, was carrying 286 passengers from Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Authorities are investigating the incident. Chris Krepski, a spokesman for the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, told public network CBC that preliminary information indicated that the Air Canada plane had struck the LOT plane as the Polish aircraft was preparing for takeoff. CBC identified the Polish plane as a Boeing 787; its flight to Warsaw was canceled. An Air Canada Airbus A320 was involved in a potentially catastrophic incident last month at San Francisco International Airport in California, when it came perilously close to landing on a taxiway where several planes were lined up for takeoff. Air controllers urgently redirected the plane and it landed normally.
  2. Not a single wing flutters in the Seropedica aviary near Rio de Janeiro, where Macaws and other birds are learning how to fly again after they were rescued from traffickers. Photo: AFP Not a single wing flutters in the Seropedica aviary near Rio de Janeiro, where aras and others parrots are learning how to fly again after they were rescued from traffickers. Nearby, monkeys, turtles, boas and even alligators are also being nursed back to health at the IBAMA treatment centre, just a 90-minute drive from Rio. The state-funded entity takes care of wild animals that were hunted, wounded or domesticated, getting them back in shape so they can return to their natural habitat. Some parrots bear the marks of maltreatment, while others say "Ola" (hello) repeatedly -- a sign they were domesticated. In order to strengthen bird wings atrophied from years spent in a cage, veterinarian Taciana Sherlock exercises the animals by placing them on her arm and then shaking it up and down. The majestic blue and yellow ara she is training strains to spread its wings. Some of its feathers were clipped during captivity to limit its mobility, and it doesn't seem ready to take off on its own just yet. The birds are also encouraged to take flight using two perches set at a distance from one another, with food on either side. "This is a flight school! We train them so they can be ready to live in the wild. We also have to train them to identify predators and find food," the veterinarian explained. Clipping wings Little by little, the IBAMA team -- which hosts some 7,000 animals per year -- spaces out contact with the birds until they are no longer used to humans. They are then freed in their native habitat, often a forest in another state such as Amazonia. "What they've endured is really cruel, and it's horrible to see them arrive in such a bad state. But the reward is to see them ready to return to the wild. Last week, we freed 20 aras and toucans who could fly in Goias," a central state, Sherlock exclaimed. Sales of wild animals are banned, but the practice is widespread in Brazil, especially in Rio, home to the world's biggest urban forest. Species native to this region still live nearby, and sometimes in the city itself. Toucans, snakes and monkeys are a common sight at certain markets. IBAMA estimates that around 38 million animals are caught in the wild each year. Four million of them are sold, in an industry worth some $2.57 billion. Small birds generate the most revenue, especially song birds. Having a caged bird is a very common practice in Rio's working class neighbourhoods, and clandestine bird song competitions are routine. In order to facilitate sales for domestic uses, some traffickers are quick to clip part of the birds' wings or break some of their bones. The suffering paralyses the birds, which makes them seem more domesticated. Environmental police brought more than 300 small birds to the rehabilitation centre in mid-July. Roched Seba, founder of the Vida Libre Institute, an IBAMA partner, pointed to dozens of small cages on the ground. "Sometimes three of these birds are kept in each mini-compartment, so of course some don't even survive transportation from the forest to the city," said Seba, 31. Learn to fly "In Brazil, we have the most biodiversity in the world, but people don't know animals and want to domesticate wild species. We need to change minds with better information." Seba works frequently with Sherlock and almost always brings an animal found in Rio each time he comes to the centre in Seropedica. But some animals will never be able to safely live outside of captivity again. They have been domesticated to such an extent that they would desperately seek human contact if released, only to be captured once more. During AFP's visit to the centre, a racoon was dropped off after he was found in a favela. The animal, probably native to Rio's tropical forest, was scared, wounded and practically blind. It will never be able to return to the wild, Seba acknowledged. A small bird with green plumage followed the veterinarians everywhere. "It learned how to fly again here. It's free to go but it stays with us all the time, so it's become our mascot," Seba said.
  3. There is no dearth of talent in India and with each passing day, this statement is growing stronger. From a Gujarati teenage boy who created a drone to defuse land mines, to the nation successfully launching 104 satellites in space, with our collective and individual efforts we have already proved our mettle in the world. Unless you have been living under a rock or vacationing for the past year in some secluded island with no internet connection, you must have heard about a certain Amol Yadav, who left a deep impression with his marvelous creation. © BCCL Last year, Amol Yadav, a 41-year-old deputy chief pilot with Jet Airways, assembled a six-seater aircraft on the rooftop of his three BHK flat in Charkop, Mumbai. It was this aircraft that gave wings to his dreams and he got the opportunity to display his design at the Make in India Week in Mumbai last year. Now this achievement has brought him a step closer to paint the larger canvas of his dreams, as he will now be allotted a 157-acre plot in Palghar by the state government to set up his own enterprise. In fact, Yadav now plans to make six-seater and 20-seater aircraft in India, under the name of Thrust India Company. “It’s a dream come true,” Yadav said. He further added, “I went to the US for training in 1995 and saw a lot of people, including middleclass families, assembling used planes to create customized flying machines. I was inspired to do the same in India.” © Twitter According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, he put together this aircraft over a period of six years in his house. This aircraft can apparently fly up to 13,000 ft at 1500 ft per minute. It can cover 2000 km distance at the top speed of 185 nautical miles an hour. For those wondering if the plane is still at the terrace with clothes happily hanging from it, well it is said to be currently parked at the Dhule airport. Things wouldn’t have been smooth or even possible for Yadav had the government not helped him. We too appreciate the fact that our government is actively motivating such innovative and original ventures that is furthering the development of our country as a whole. © BCCL “I’m thankful for the support I have been receiving. The government has big dreams in terms of regional air connectivity and I’m a believer that it cannot be achieved till we start manufacturing planes in India. Once we start building aircraft, there will be a revolution in the Indian aviation industry,” he said. Yadav is expected to meet the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday to discuss the entire concept and is also looking forward to government’s support, “If I can get seed funding (government support), I’m very confident of setting up the infrastructure by the end of this year.” © BCCL These Make in India projects and ideas sound very fancy and make our hearts beam with pride, but one of the major challenges that these projects face is provision of financial resources. We are extremely proud of Yadav and hope that his enterprise turns out to be a success. For creating the single-seater, Yadav had to shell out ‘a few crores of rupees’, so one can easily anticipate the insane amount of money that will be needed to support a fully grown factory manufacturing six-seaters and 20 seaters. Yadav’s idea and creation both are brilliant and truly inspirational to say the least. It is creations like these that make us want to wish for a magical lamp that can churn out money the moment we rub the lamp. Source: The Times Of India
  4. In your growing years, if you too fancied those exceptional sci-fi movies, bike or car racing games and drooled over Transformers like Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, then here’s something that will sweep you off your feet – The world’s first rideable hoverbike. A Russian drone start-up, Hoversurf, has created a mind-blowing prototype of this single-seat aircraft and we just can’t thank our stars enough to witness this amazing creation. © YouTube Called the Scorpion-3, this hoverbike is electric-powered and is efficient in lifting itself and a driver in the air. Talking about the design, it is said to combine a traditional motorcycle with quadcopter technology which allows the user to control the vehicle smoothly. With technology like this, the first thing that comes to our minds is the safety of the person driving this aircraft and the company has taken that aspect into consideration as well. Using proprietary software, the range and velocity of the aircraft has been limited so that the person driving it isn’t harmed. © YouTube The design is said to be inspired by heavy-duty, sport-utility motorbike frames, combined with flight qualities to give speed and enabling it to surf in the air by changing the altitude and direction. This concept is uber cool and way ahead of our time, and that itch to try it is quite normal; but there are certain things that one needs to keep in mind. The prototype that has been unveiled is being targeted to attract fanatic sports lovers, but the propeller blades can prove slightly discomforting for anyone, no matter how experienced or adventurous they are. But, if a company can design such an exceptional masterpiece, we are sure they can figure out a solution as well. Till then, enjoy this video where the hoverbike is shown in its full glory. Source: Science Alert