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Old December 27th, 2010, 04:15 PM   #3581
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GFS helicopter accident
Monday, December 27, 2010
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A Government Flying Service (GFS) helicopter Super Puma Mark 2 made a controlled emergency landing in Shing Mun Reservoir around 10.30 am today (December 27) while picking up water from the reservoir for hill fire fighting operation. Mechanical failure is suspected to be the cause of the emergency landing. Three crew members onboard have safely exited the helicopter. The three crew members did not suffer any injury and were taken to Yan Chai Hospital for further examination.

GFS, Fire Services Department, Hong Kong Police Force and Civil Aviation Department are following up the incident. GFS will set up a team to investigate into the incident.
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Old December 28th, 2010, 11:05 AM   #3582
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HKIA Celebrates Traffic Records of 50 Million Passengers & 4 Million Tonnes of Cargo

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) announced today that its passenger volume and cargo tonnage have exceeded the 50 million and four million marks respectively for the first time, setting new annual records.

A commemoration ceremony was held at the airport in the presence of Eva Cheng, Secretary for Transport and Housing, Dr the Hon Marvin Cheung Kin-tung, Chairman of Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA), Stanley Hui Hon-chung, Chief Executive Officer of the AA, Anthony Lau, Executive Director of Hong Kong Tourism Board and a large number of business partners from the airport community and related industry bodies.

At the ceremony, the 50 millionth passenger who arrived at HKIA on Christmas Day, Wong Seng-hoe from Singapore, was presented with 50 gifts from various airport business partners, including a HK$5,000 cash coupon from the AA. Mr Wong came to Hong Kong with his family to celebrate the festive season.

The four millionth tonne of cargo, which is a consignment of electronic products bound for Dubai, departed from HKIA on 19 December.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Secretary for Transport and Housing Eva Cheng said, “This is an encouraging accomplishment, and also a result of the close cooperation and joint efforts of the AA, its business partners and the entire aviation and travel industry in riding out challenges.”

Ms Cheng further added that whatever the operating environment, the AA has not reduced its investment on infrastructure. While the current development of the airport is expected to cope with the anticipated traffic demand up to 2020, the AA has launched its Master Plan 2030 study, which will look into the feasibility of building a third runway, with a view to reinforcing Hong Kong’s status as an international and regional aviation centre.

AA Chairman Dr Marvin Cheung said, “The new traffic records are remarkable achievements, particularly in light of the fact that very few airports worldwide have such high passenger and cargo traffic at the same time. We have come a long way, and I sincerely thank the Hong Kong SAR Government, the airlines, cargo terminal operators, business partners, shippers, logistics operators and the general flying public for their unwavering support of HKIA. We also owe our remarkable achievements to the sustained growth of the Hong Kong SAR and Mainland economies.

“As traffic flow at the airport continues to grow, we will always maintain high standards and a world-class airport experience in terms of operating efficiency and service excellence,” he added. “This requires a lot of hard work by everyone in the HKIA community. In addition to a deeply rooted service culture, another important enabling factor is the timely investments we make to enhance the airport’s facilities and infrastructure. With a strong mix of hardware and software, HKIA has earned over 30 best and most efficient airport awards over the years — honours that belong to the 60,000 staff of the HKIA community.”

Commenting on the airport’s future plans, AA Chief Executive Officer Stanley Hui said, “As part of our ongoing effort to increase our capacity to meet future growth while also maintaining high service standards, we will unveil in early 2011 a midfield development project that will result in a new passenger concourse and 20 additional parking stands by 2015. Also, HKIA Master Plan 2030, which outlines the airport’s aviation demand and development needs over the next 20 years, will also be released for public consultation within the first half of next year.”

HKIA is connected to 155-plus destinations, including more than 40 in the Mainland, through close to 900 daily flights by over 95 airlines. The airport’s previous traffic milestones of 40 million passengers and three million tonnes of cargo were achieved in December 2005 and December 2004, respectively.

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Old December 29th, 2010, 11:14 AM   #3583
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Hong Kong welcomes 32.5 million visitors in first 11 months of 2010

Hong Kong welcomed a record 32.48 million visitors in the first 11 months of 2010, more than the total for the previous year, the tourism board announced Tuesday.

Visitor arrivals through November were 22.5 per cent higher than for the corresponding period of 2009, according to figures released by the Hong Kong Tourism Board.

In November alone, the former British colony welcomed 3.05 million visitors, 17.1 per cent more than November 2009, the board said.

Visitors from mainland China accounted for 20.4 million of the 32.48 million visitors during the first 11 months, up 26.7 per cent on the same period in 2009, according to the figures.

Arrivals from India jumped 47.2 per cent year-on-year through November to nearly 490,000. Arrivals from Russia doubled over the same period, the tourism board said.

Hong Kong welcomed a record 30.5 million visitors in 2009. Visitor numbers have climbed annually since restrictions on cross-border travel from China were substantially eased in 2003.

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Old December 29th, 2010, 02:21 PM   #3584
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Old December 29th, 2010, 02:25 PM   #3585
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Old December 30th, 2010, 08:09 AM   #3586
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All Puma rescue copters grounded
The Standard
Tuesday, December 28, 2010

All three French-made Super Puma helicopters of the Government Flying Service have been grounded after one ditched in the city's largest reservoir yesterday during a hillfire operation.

The nine-year-old Eurocopter Super Puma AS332 L2 helicopter, with three crew members onboard, made an emergency landing on the Shing Mun Reservoir around 10.30am after one of its two engines experienced trouble. It landed safely with the help of floats.

The crew pilot James Sze Wan-lung, 33, cadet pilot Howie Chun Tak-yau, 25, and air crewman officer Ryan Lo Yiu- wah, 38 escaped unharmed after swimming ashore. They were discharged from Yan Chai Hospital after a checkup.

This was the first incident involving Super Pumas in Hong Kong.

GFS will set up a team to probe the incident and a report will be completed in a month. A French expert from manufacturer Eurocopter will come to Hong Kong to help with the investigation. GFS controller Michael Chan Chi-pui said the two remaining Super Puma helicopters have been grounded pending an investigation.

Its four Eurocopter EC155 B1 helicopters will be used to continue its service.

Chan praised the pilot for his good judgment.

Depending on the situation, our pilot had to decide whether it was safer for the aircraft to fly to the heliport nearest to the Shing Mun Reservoir or ditch on water.

The pilot had to make a decision at that time. I think he made a very good decision which ensured the airmens safety.

Sze, who has been with GFS for nine years, thanked his crew for keeping level-headed.

He declined to comment on the cause of the accident.

Chan said an engine malfunctioned as the chopper was picking up its fifth bucket of water from the reservoir to help put out the hillfire.

The blaze, which started around 7am near a radar station on Tai Mo Shan, was about one kilometer from the reservoir, director-general of civil aviation Norman Lo Shung-man said.

He said the three airmen, on morning shift, were carrying out their first task and believes they had enough rest.

The helicopters engines were last repaired in September, GFS controller Chan said. While Super Puma helicopters can, in some circumstances, remain airborne with one engine malfunctioning, Chan said the power of both engines is needed to lift up a chopper.

Lo said with the help of firefighters, aviation authorities will first remove the black box, four blades and engines of the chopper which floated from the center of the reservoir to the shore to ease its weight so that the remaining parts can be airlifted later. He estimates the recovery will take one to two days.

Water Supplies Department senior engineer Chung Tat-kong said floats were used to cordon off the helicopter to guard against any potential oil spill. It has taken samples of the water for tests, but there were no immediate signs of contamination.

The last incident involving a GFS aircraft was in August 2003. A pilot and a crewman were killed while on their way to Cheung Chau to airlift a patient to Queen Mary Hospital. Their Eurocopter EC155 B1 helicopter smashed into a hillside near Pak Kung Au, Lantau.

An investigation found that challenging weather conditions and low visibility were factors in the crash.
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Old December 31st, 2010, 09:37 AM   #3587
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Chopper has good safety record
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
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The nine-year-old Eurocopter Super Puma AS332 L2 helicopter that ditched in Shing Mun reservoir had a good safety record.

Government Flying Service controller Michael Chan Chi-pui said the chopper had flown 5,650 hours since it came into use in 2001. It was the first incident involving this type of helicopter in Hong Kong.

The Super Puma helicopter can carry two pilots and up to 25 crew members or passengers, and can stay in the air for up to four-and-a-half hours.

The four-bladed, twin-engine, medium-size utility helicopter is marketed for both civil and military use.

It weighs up to 10 tons when fully loaded, according to Civil Aviation director-general Norman Lo Shung- man.
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Old December 31st, 2010, 01:14 PM   #3588
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Old December 31st, 2010, 07:08 PM   #3589
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Old January 3rd, 2011, 08:20 AM   #3591
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Ditched-copter rescue proves tricky
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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

An operation to recover a government helicopter that ditched in the Shing Mun Reservoir has been hampered by loose soil and a steep slope and is likely to take longer than expected, the civil aviation chief said.

The Government Flying Service Super Puma helicopter made an emergency landing during a hillfire operation on Monday. No one was hurt.

Director-general of civil aviation Norman Lo Shung-man said yesterday it is hard to tell when the operation will finish after earlier estimating that it may take one to two days.

"The environment of the site is more difficult to handle than expected. The aircraft is now at the shore, but the shore is very steep and the soil is very loose. For workers to remove some parts of the aircraft such as engines and blades, they need to work on a rather secure platform," Lo said.

"So we are trying to find the best way to remove the parts and discussing with the GFS and the Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company whether a platform can be built for workers to remove the engines and other main parts. It may take longer than the one to two days I suggested [on Monday]."

The French-made Eurocopter Super Puma AS332 L2 was left near Pineapple Dam in the reservoir with its emergency floats inflated following the incident. Cranes were sent to the nearby main dam and put on standby last night.

A Civil Aviation Department spokeswoman said an expert from Eurocopter arrived last night while a representative of engine maker Turbomeca will arrive soon to assist in the investigation.

She said the department is now retrieving data from the helicopter's black box.

GFS air crewman officer Benny Chan Yung- suen said items taken from the cabin yesterday included life-saving and firefighting equipment as well as radars. That is to help reduce the helicopter's weight for an airlift.

Two remaining Super Pumas are grounded. GFS assistant manager Chan Wai-ming said Eurocopter EC155 B1 helicopters were used to help battle hillfires yesterday.

The ditched helicopter's three crew escaped unharmed and swam ashore. They reported trouble with one of the helicopter's engines.
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Old January 4th, 2011, 07:15 PM   #3592
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Old January 4th, 2011, 10:08 PM   #3594
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Old January 5th, 2011, 11:52 AM   #3595
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Burger King in the departure area is gone




When I was there two days ago, it got replaced by Mcdonalds (which is great.......but I still want Burger King as well).

With that said, is Burger King still present in Hong Kong airport (like the one in Arrival Area Terminal 2)???
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Old January 5th, 2011, 02:13 PM   #3596
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Evil Mcdonalds.......... however Burger King's prices is much higher than Mcdonalds, I rarely eat at BK because of that........

There is no arrival hall in T2, the other Burger King is still at T1 arrival hall, I believe......
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Buxom star's ad too hot for airport
29 December 2010
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An animal welfare group's video of a scantily clad Pamela Anderson and a nude couple campaigning against leather and furs has been deemed too hot for the airport.

An application by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to air the video on the airport's television sets was rejected by the authority's advertising agent on December 23 because it "did not meet guidelines", senior campaigner Ashley Fruno said yesterday.

"We are pretty shocked. It's just a light-hearted way to show some serious problems in the fur industry."

In the advert, named "cruelty doesn't fly", Anderson plays an airport security guard who confiscates all leather and fur from passengers.

Dressed in a loosely buttoned shirt, the buxom actress yells at a man who is wearing a leather belt and strips him to his underpants. "No leather. No fur. No wool. No animal skins," a sign beside her says. In contrast, she gives approval to a couple who walk past her naked, showing their bare backs and buttocks.

Fruno said the group chose the airport because a lot of travellers bound for the mainland and elsewhere in Asia visited Hong Kong.

An Airport Authority spokesman said JCDecaux, its advertising agent, screened adverts before the authority gave its final approval.

"The airport receives passengers of all ages with different nationalities and religious background. The video is considered inappropriate to be shown at the airport as it might offend some of the passengers."

Campaigners are also in negotiation with airports in Tokyo, Seoul, Berlin and Sydney, but they have yet to approve the advert, which is already available on the internet.

China is a major mink exporter, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. A report by its Global Agriculture Information Network predicted the country's mink, fox and raccoon dog inventories would hit 70 million head this year. They would yield 51 million raw skins, 28 per cent more than in 2009.

Peta says foxes and dogs are usually kept in a cages for six months before they are killed for their skins. It says they could be alive when they are flayed because they are usually just stunned by being hit with a metal rod or having their heads bashed on the floor.
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