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202 – Aviation Incident Reporting at CHIRP

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As we have mentioned before on omega tau, aviation prides itself on a pervasive safety-culture that leads to a low accident rate. An important building block of this culture are incident reporting systems, where members of the community can confidentially report issues, risks or incidents, which are then followed up on, with the goal to resolve them. CHIRP is the organisation that handles this task in the UK. In this episode we talk to Ian Dugmore, the Chief Executive of CHIRP about the general idea, and about a few (typical) incidents reported to CHIRP.

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201 – Segelflugzeugkonstruktion

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Über die Auslegung und Konstruktion von Segelflugzeugen gibt es ja diverse Bücher, unter anderem den Klassiker Fundamentals of Sailplane Design von Fred Thomas. Allerdings wollte ich schon lange mal die konkrete Praxis der Segelflugzeugkonstruktion kennenlernen, idealerweise auch bzgl. Flugzeugen zu denen ich selbst einen Bezug habe. So ist diese Episode des enstanden, in der ich mich mit Michael Greiner (ASG-29, ASG-32) über dieses Thema unterhalte. In dem fast 3-stündigen Gespräch reden wir über den Entwicklungsprozess, die relevanten Vorschriften und wie diese den Entwurf beeinflussen, Berechnungs- und Simulationsverfahren, Materialien, sowie die Potentiale für zukünftige Verbesserungen.

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200 – Port Towage and Tugs

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In this 200th episode of omega tau we cover a topic that has been on our list for a long time: harbour tugs. We start out with a conversation with Lex van der Schaaf, the COO of Port Towage Amsterdam, who gives us a general introduction to port towage. Markus then joins Arno, Jan and Andrey on their tug Thetis for a day of towing in the port of Amsterdam. In the last conversation, Markus speaks with Baldo Dielen about the design of modern tugs, using the EDDY tug as a representative example.

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199 – Mass Spectrometers

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Mass spectrometers are devices for measuring the mass-to-charge ratio of molecules and ions. They use many different measurement principles and are used in various areas of science. Our guest Alexander Makarov works as a Director Global Research for Thermo Fisher‘s Life Sciences Division and has invented the Orbitrap principle used widely in modern mass spectrometers. We talk about mass spectrometry in general, the different measurement principles, engineering challenges, the invention of the Orbitrap, use cases for mass spectrometers and the different machines sold by Thermo Fisher.

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198 – Ship Salvage

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When ships have an engine casualty, run aground or have a fire on board they need to be salvaged or their wreck removed. Specialised companies, like Ardent, focus on salvaging ships or removing wrecks. These tasks are sometimes challenging from an engineering perspective, and always interesting from the business side. In this episode we talk with Ardent‘s Bram Sperling, a senior salvage master, about both these aspects of salvage and wreck removal operations.

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