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The Dangers of Automation in Airliners

By Jack J. Hersch
  • ISBN Code: : 1526773155
  • Publisher : Air World
  • Pages : 288
  • Category : Transportation
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The award-winning journalist delves “into the confluence of modern airplane technology and pilot behavior to probe how and why flight disasters happen” (BookTrib). Aviation automation has been pushed to its limits, with pilots increasingly relying on it. Autopilot, autothrottle, autoland, flight management systems, air data systems, inertial guidance systems. All these systems are only as good as their inputs which, incredibly, can go rogue. Even the automation itself is subject to unpredictable failure. And what of the pilots? They began flight training with their hands on the throttle and yoke, and feet on the rudder pedals. Then they reached the pinnacle of their careers—airline pilot—and suddenly they were going hours without touching the controls other than for a few minutes on takeoff and landing. Are their skills eroding? Is their training sufficient to meet the demands of today’s planes? The Dangers of Automation in Airliners delves deeply into these questions. You’ll be in the cockpits of the two doomed Boeing 737 MAXs, the Airbus A330 lost over the South Atlantic, and the Bombardier Q400 that stalled over Buffalo. You’ll discover exactly why a Boeing 777 smacked into a seawall, missing the runway on a beautiful summer morning. And you’ll watch pilots battling—sometimes winning and sometimes not—against automation run amok. This book also investigates the human factors at work. You’ll learn why pilots might overlook warnings or ignore cockpit alarms. You’ll observe automation failing to alert aircrews of what they crucially need to know while fighting to save their planes and their passengers. The future of safe air travel depends on automation. This book tells its story.

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Kidnap

By Anja Shortland
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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Book Code : 019254750X
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Members : 955
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Book Short Summary:

Kidnap for ransom is a lucrative but tricky business. Millions of people live, travel, and work in areas with significant kidnap risks, yet kidnaps of foreign workers, local VIPs, and tourists are surprisingly rare and the vast majority of abductions are peacefully resolved - often for remarkably low ransoms. In fact, the market for hostages is so well ordered that the crime is insurable. This is a puzzle: ransoming a hostage is the world's most precarious trade. What would be the "right" price for your loved one - and can you avoid putting others at risk by paying it? What prevents criminals from maltreating hostages? How do you (safely) pay a ransom? And why would kidnappers release a potential future witness after receiving their money? Kidnap: Inside the Ransom Business uncovers how a group of insurers at Lloyd's of London have solved these thorny problems for their customers. Based on interviews with industry insiders (from both sides), as well as hostage stakeholders, it uncovers an intricate and powerful private governance system ordering transactions between the legal and the criminal economies.

Crash Course

By Alan Barrington
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  • Publisher : AuthorHouse
  • Book Code : 1524635189
  • Total of Pages : 282
  • Category : Law
  • Members : 279
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Book Short Summary:

Crash Course tells of a year in the life of Abergavenny solicitor Alan Barrington, from the time he is called out to the police station to advise Craig Williams, who has been arrested for Armed robbery of a petrol station a case which quickly turns into murder until the final day of Craigs trial. The evidence against him appears damning, but Craig claims not to remember anything about the crime. Alan has his work cut out to establish a defence. Meanwhile, he has plenty of other cases to deal with, and we get an insight into the practice of a solicitors firm in a small town, meet some of the clients, and hear their stories, from the tragic to the macabre. The year in question starts on 21 June 2001, and the book contains sidelong glimpses at the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York and the first Harry Potter film. Wales fail in the Six Nations Rugby, England beat both Germany and Argentina at football, Paula Radcliffe wins the London Marathon, and Tim Henman loses in the semifinals at Wimbledon. The Queen Mother dies, along with Princess Margaret and Spike Milligan. We also encounter Alans private life and his family, his disastrous marriage to Samantha, and his affair with Amanda. To cap it all, Alan now finds his own life threatened. A bomb explodes in his car. More by luck than judgment, he survives an attack on his car and assassination attempts in his office, on the M4 motorway, and in his own home. The different strands of the story proceed side by side and reach their climax with Craigs trial and the final revelations, which prompt Alan to ponder, not for the first time, the meaning and proximity of Hell.

Revival: Safety and Reliability in the 90s (1990)

By M.H. Walter,R.F. Cox
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  • Publisher : CRC Press
  • Book Code : 135135793X
  • Total of Pages : 410
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Members : 912
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Book Short Summary:

Reliability-based design is relatively well established in structural design. Its use is less mature in geotechnical design, but there is a steady progression towards reliability-based design as seen in the inclusion of a new Annex D on "Reliability of Geotechnical Structures" in the third edition of ISO 2394. Reliability-based design can be viewed as a simplified form of risk-based design where different consequences of failure are implicitly covered by the adoption of different target reliability indices. Explicit risk management methodologies are required for large geotechnical systems where soil and loading conditions are too varied to be conveniently slotted into a few reliability classes (typically three) and an associated simple discrete tier of target reliability indices.

Currency Crises

By Paul Krugman
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  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Book Code : 0226454649
  • Total of Pages : 356
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Members : 353
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Book Short Summary:

There is no universally accepted definition of a currency crisis, but most would agree that they all involve one key element: investors fleeing a currency en masse out of fear that it might be devalued, in turn fueling the very devaluation they anticipated. Although such crises—the Latin American debt crisis of the 1980s, the speculations on European currencies in the early 1990s, and the ensuing Mexican, South American, and Asian crises—have played a central role in world affairs and continue to occur at an alarming rate, many questions about their causes and effects remain to be answered. In this wide-ranging volume, some of the best minds in economics focus on the historical and theoretical aspects of currency crises to investigate three fundamental issues: What drives currency crises? How should government behavior be modeled? And what are the actual consequences to the real economy? Reflecting the latest thinking on the subject, this offering from the NBER will serve as a useful basis for further debate on the theory and practice of speculative attacks, as well as a valuable resource as new crises loom.

The Language of Crime and Deviance

By Andrea Mayr,David Machin
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Book Code : 1441186921
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Members : 248
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Book Short Summary:

There is now a long tradition of academic literature in media studies and criminology that has analysed how we come to think about crime, deviance and punishment. This book for the first time deals specifically with the role of language in this process, showing how critical linguistic analysis can provide further crucial insights into media representations of crime and criminals. Through case studies the book develops a toolkit for the analysis of language and images in examples taken from a range of media. The Language of Crimeand Deviance covers spoken, written and visual media discourses and focuses on a number of specific areas of crime and criminal justice, including media constructions of young people and women; media and the police, 'reality' crime shows; corporate crime; prison and drugs.It is therefore a welcome and valuable contribution to the fields of linguistics, criminology, media and cultural studies.

Allen's Dictionary of English Phrases

By Robert Allen
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  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Book Code : 0141917687
  • Total of Pages : 832
  • Category : Reference
  • Members : 275
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Book Short Summary:

Allen’s Dictionary of English Phrases is the most comprehensive survey of this area of the English language ever undertaken. Taking over 6000 phrases, it explains their meaning, explores their development and gives citations that range from the Venerable Bede to Will Self. Crisply and wittily written, the book is packed with memorable and surprising detail, whether showing that 'salad days' comes from Antony and Cleopatra, that 'flavour of the month' originates in 1940s American ice cream marketing, or even that we’ve been 'calling a spade a spade' since the sixteenth century. Allen’s Dictionary of English Phrases is part of the Penguin Reference Library and draws on over 70 years of experience in bringing reliable, useful and clear information to millions of readers around the world – making knowledge everybody’s property.

Late Modernism and the Avant-Garde British Novel

By Julia Jordan
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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Book Code : 0192599208
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Literary Criticism
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Book Short Summary:

In the decades following the immediately postwar period in Britain, a loose grouping of experimental writers that included Alan Burns, Christine Brooke-Rose, B. S. Johnson, and Ann Quin worked against the dominance, as they saw it, of the realist novel of the literary mainstream. Late Modernism and the Avant-Garde British Novel reassesses the experimentalism versus realism debates of the period, and finds a body of work engaged with, rather than merely antagonistic towards, the literary culture it sought to renovate. Charting these engagements, it shows how they have significance not just for our understanding of these decades but for the broader movement of the novel through the century. This volume takes some of the claims made about experimental fiction—that it is unreadable, nonlinear, elliptical, errant, plotless—and reimagines these descriptors as historically inscribed tendencies that express the period's investment in the idea of the accidental. These novels are interested in the fleeting and the fugitive, in discontinuity and shock. The experimental novel cultivates an interest in methods of representation that are oblique: attempting to conjure the world at an angle, or in the rear-view mirror; by ellipsis or evasion. These concepts—error, indeterminacy, uncertainty, accident—all bear a relation to that which evades or resists interpretation and meaning. Asking what are the wider political, ethical, and philosophical correlates of this incommensurability, Late Modernism and the Avant-Garde British Novel reads experimental literature in this light, as suffused with anxiety about its adequacy in the light of its status as necessarily imitative and derivative, and therefore redolent of the forms of not-knowing and uncertainty that mark late modernism more generally.