Monday, May 26, 2014

#1973: Marine Links Serco Red Switch ATC to Inmarsat Uninterruptible Track, MH 370 Game of Drag and Drop

Plum City – ( United States Marine Field McConnell has linked Serco director Maureen Baginski's apparent development of Red Switch Networks for hijack air traffic control (ATC) to uninterruptible tracking devices allegedly used by Inmarsat, Boeing and Honeywell during a MH 370 drag-and-drop computer game at the McCormick School of Engineering, Northwestern University (cf. Unabomb!), Chicago on March 8, 2014.

McConnell alleges that Serco air traffic control agents operated the Red Switch Network so that players in the game could track real and virtual MH 370 assets as they were dragged and dropped along Inmarsat's 10,000 km arc and see if they could keep the search teams hunting until the public and the airlines lost interest and backed the ICAO's phony demand for real-time tracking.

Prequel 1: #1972: Marine Links Serco's Starwood Hotels Inmarsat Tracking Murders to Zaharie Drag and Burlingame Drop

Prequel 2: #1960: Marine Links Serco 370 Hijack to Obama Northwestern Terrorists, Inmarsat Tracking Fraud

Inside Inmarsat control room that tracked 
MH370 - BBC News 

"Airlines seek real-time aircraft tracking after MH370 mystery: U.N. official 
KUALA LUMPUR Mon May 26, 2014 3:25am EDT
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(Reuters) - Major airlines want real-time tracking for commercial aircraft following the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines (MASM.KL) flight MH370 and cost is not a concern, a senior official with the United Nations' aviation agency said on Monday. 

The mystery surrounding MH370, which vanished en route to China, has sparked a global drive for a system that would enable controllers to pinpoint the exact route and last location of an aircraft. A nearly three-month-long international search has so far failed to find any trace of the Malaysian plane.

Members of the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) governing council agreed earlier this month on the need for global tracking, although they did not commit to a binding solution or timeline.

Instead, the global airline industry group, International Air Transport Association (IATA), agreed to come up with proposals for better tracking by the end of September. IATA said its members would implement measures voluntarily, before any rules were in place.

"In principle the community has agreed. There's no question this is something we need to do," Nancy Graham, director of ICAO's Air Navigation Bureau, told reporters in Kuala Lumpur.

"We are developing the voluntary path and a rule for the future. We intend to have regulation to support that globally."

Asked whether the cost of implementing new standards was a stumbling block for airlines, Graham said: "Not at all, they're absolutely in solidarity. There's no price you can put on safety or certainty on where the aircraft are."

Graham was speaking at the start of a two-day experts' conference sponsored by Malaysia's government on real-time monitoring of flight data. The meeting will not decide on flight-tracking reforms, but could generate new proposals. 

Experts say the technology to implement real-time tracking is available and relatively simple, but some aspects have raised concerns about data privacy from pilots, aircraft manufacturers and airlines.

Inmarsat Group, a satellite company whose data helped track MH370, has offered to provide airlines with tracking at no cost. Rival firms such as Iridium Communications (IRDM.O), however, say outfitting a jet with the tracking system could cost more than $100,000.

Malaysian investigators suspect someone shut off MH370's data links making the plane impossible to track, prompting Prime Minister Najib Razak to call for the ICAO to adopt real-time tracking of civilian aircraft.

The flight, a Boeing (BA.N) 777 jet, vanished from civilian radar screens less than an hour after take-off from Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing on March 8. PRIVACY, SAFETY BALANCE

Based on a complex analysis of satellite signals, MH370 is believed to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean off Australia. But no trace has been found since it went missing with 239 people on board, despite the most intensive search in commercial aviation history.

Graham said ownership and protection of flight data were among the issues that needed to be ironed out before a global tracking system was put in place. "Aviation is the first global business and in global businesses you have to determine where the lines of boundary are," she said.

A European proposal to increase the maximum amount of recording time on cockpit voice recorders to 20 hours from two hours ran into opposition from Airbus (AIR.PA) and pilot groups.

Some pilots expressed concerns about longer recordings, saying they could be misused by employers, released without their authorization or used in court without their permission.

If found, the voice recorders on MH370 will contain recordings of only the last two hours of the flight, which would be several hours after the plane disappeared from radar off Malaysia's east coast.

Malaysia's minister of communications, Ahmad Shabery Cheek, told the conference that regulators and the industry needed to find a better balance between privacy and safety.

"(It's) between allowing a pilot the ability to shut down electronic components in emergencies, or mitigating that power. These are issues we will also have to consider in trying to come to a standard," he said. Graham denied there had been a lack of urgency in implementing flight-tracking reforms following the 2009 crash of an Air France (AIRF.PA) jetliner in the Atlantic Ocean, and said tracking would not have prevented the MH370 disaster.

"Global tracking would not have prevented this incident," she said. "We don't know right now what caused this accident."

(Writing by Stuart Grudgings; Editing by Christopher Cushing and Miral Fahmy)"

Opportunities at the intersection of game theory and computer science

"A small band of economists and computer scientists, unified by an appreciation for mathematical beauty and a common vision, is amassing at Northwestern University. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to join this elite group in the time-honored search for truth, beauty, and science. The fate of the Internet and global electronic commerce rests in the balance."

Rarely do recruitment posters for PhD programs parody movie trailers — but then again, rarely has a new group garnered the excitement that the newly formed Economics Group in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science has generated over the past year.

The group bridges the gap between two fields that have long shared many similarities — even a founder. In the 1940s and 1950s the work of noted mathematician John von Neumann gave rise to both computer science and game theory. Now, as the Internet provides new challenges to old theories and an entirely new way to observe human interaction, the two fields are increasingly intertwined.

At McCormick, three new hires have made this intersection between game theory and computer science a considerable strength. Leveraging the historic prominence of the Kellogg School of Management's work in game theory, the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) looks to assume leadership in this quickly developing field.

As Nicole Immorlica, assistant professor, settles into her new position at McCormick this fall, she joins Jason Hartline, assistant professor, and Lance Fortnow, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, to form the new Economics Group at McCormick. Also key to the development of the group is Rakesh Vohra, the John K. and Helen Kellogg Professor of Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences at Kellogg. Thanks to a joint appointment in EECS, Vohra links that department to Kellogg, which has been a leader in game theory for decades. The success of Kellogg's faculty in this area should help the interaction flourish.

"We have the largest group of people doing game theory at any one institution in the world," says Vohra. "This new area helps cement Northwestern's reputation in game theory. This is a growing field, and we now have a substantial strength that we didn't have before."

"MDA Wins Key U.S. Aviation Contract
Richmond, B.C. - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (TSE: MDA) announced today the company has been awarded a contract by the United States Air Force to develop a system to be used by specialists at Air Force bases to design Instrument Approach Procedures (IAPs).

IAPs are published instructions to pilots specifying a series of aircraft maneuvers that must be executed for the aircraft to transition safely from an en route airway to a runway final approach when flying by instruments. MDA's system ingests digital terrain and elevation data, air navigation data (such as the locations of navigation aids, runways, buildings and towers) to build and display a virtual model of the physical environment surrounding an airport. It then develops the complex surfaces that define a safe approach corridor for any of the dozens of IAP variants, and determines whether any of the defined surfaces are penetrated by terrain or man-made obstacles. It flags these incursions to the operator, who can quickly modify the approach procedure through a drag-and-drop user interface.

This initial award, valued at $2.9 million (CDN), consists of a fixed price element to develop, integrate, and test the system. The next phase will include installation, government testing, and operator training. The contract includes an option for the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to adapt the system for their needs. The U.S. Air Force also has options to field the successful system at up to 108 air bases around the world, and to award T&M support contracts for up to 8 years. MDA plans to team up with Air Navigation Data (AND) of Ottawa to offer a custom solution, based on AND's "Final Approach" product.

MDA President and CEO Daniel Friedmann said: "This is a significant project for MDA that has the potential to improve the safety of air transportation for many other air forces and civil aviation authorities world wide."

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For more information, please contact:
Ted Schellenberg Media Relations
 MacDonald Dettwiler
Telephone: (604) 231-2215
Thursday, May 3, 2001
Source: MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd."
McConnell may speak about these issues at the Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial in Texas on Monday May 26 where organizers have invited him back after his speech last year (see video).

Oathkeeper Field McConnell @ VZCM · 
Veterans Day · May 2013 

Soon after his Memorial Day speech, McConnell will start work on the video where he will show Abel Danger's theory of what profile was flown by Captain Zaharie and his MH Flight 370 crew as they were dragged from their en route airway and dropped on Diego Garcia on March 8, 2014.

Yours sincerely,

Field McConnell, United States Naval Academy, 1971; Forensic Economist; 30 year airline and 22 year military pilot; 23,000 hours of safety; Tel: 715 307 8222

David Hawkins Tel: 604 542-0891 Forensic Economist; former leader of oil-well blowA-out teams; now sponsors Grand Juries in CSI Crime and Safety Investigation

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