Commercial pilots are at a higher risk than the general public of developing cataracts because of exposure to cosmic rays while aloft, a study concluded. The Wall Street Journal reported that researchers at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik found that pilots had “triple the risk of developing” the eye ailment. Cataracts, which can be removed surgically, cloud the eye’s lens and cause blindness.
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Private Jet Gourmet in Miami has come up with a unique variation on traditional catering–an assortment of gourmet frozen entrees, side dishes and desserts, from beef roulade and Moroccan lamb chops to garlic mashed potatoes and four-cheese ravioli to chocolate soufflé and key lime pie.
Edward Taylor, a 16th-century New England Puritan not given to excess, nevertheless saw fit to describe the spiritual in terms of the flesh when he wrote of the sacraments, “It’s food too fine for angels.”
Erica Sheward’s long-awaited book Aviation Food Safety is now available from Blackwell Publishing, 9600 Garsington Road, Oxford OX4 2DK, England, telephone +44 1865 776868, or contact Castle Kitchens at +44 1903 891400, www.castle kitchens.com. Sheward is technical director for Castle Kitchens and a long-time advocate of safety in food handling in the aviation industry.
Applied Biosystems, a Warrington, UK, subsidiary of Applera of Norwalk, Conn., is marketing an avian influenza test kit in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The company claims the kit can detect the presence of the bird flu in a “matter of hours, not days.”
Special slot procedures will be in place at about 20 German airports during the World Cup soccer tournament, which runs from June 9 to July 9. About 60 games are being hosted in Berlin, Hamburg, Gelsenkirchen, Dortmund, Leipzig, Cologne, Stuttgart, Munich, Nuremberg, Frankfurt, Hannover and Kaiserslautern and are expected to draw a significant number of corporate aircraft to airports in and around these cities.
Passengers on corporate and private aircraft flocking to Ireland for this month’s Ryder Cup golf tournament could face inflated parking rates and a shortage of hotels. Flight-planning group Universal Weather & Aviation has urged operators to make plans early for the event, which is being held from September 22 through 26 at the K Club outside Dublin.
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