Brilliant new bird
in the sky over Chiang Mai
SKAL members and guests at
Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai.
Members of SKAL International, Chiangmai & North Thailand, were last week
treated to a “virtual” flight on board a Hong Kong Express EMBRAER 170 Jet
to Hong Kong. Our virtual flight took off from the luxurious Four Seasons
Resort with the airline’s Director of Engineering, Nigel Parker at the
controls. Hong Kong Express launched its twice weekly direct flights between
Chiang Mai and Hong Kong last June to become the only carrier to currently
offer direct, scheduled services between Changers and Honkers. Acting
Captain Parker ably assisted by Skalleague and Acting First Officer Marc
Dumur brought us up to speed on the Brazilian built, Embraer 170 Twin Jet.
Just in case you’ve never heard of Embraer, this highly respected
manufacturer has specialized in designing, developing and servicing
technologically advanced regional jet aircraft for more than 35 years. Nigel
says the 76-seat Embraer 170 takes engineering design, performance,
efficiency and environmental standards to new levels of excellence. The
aircraft is currently operated by a number of airlines around the world
including US Airways and Switzerland’s Crossair.
So what gives this aircraft top-marks in the technical sweepstakes? Consider
these features: The advanced double-bubble cross-sectional design, results
in a stronger fuselage. It has state-of-the-art cockpit avionics integrating
Honeywell Primus Epic digital avionics and fly-by-wire technology systems
which are even superior to some modern wide-body jets.
The Embraer 170 delivers unprecedented performance efficiency as well as
exceptional turning, take-off and landing capabilities. To cap all of this
off, the Embraer 170 engines produce noise levels within the Stage IV
requirements and are in compliance with regulations imposed by some of the
world’s most restrictive airports. All very good reasons, says Nigel, why
his airline “Embraced the Embraer,” he concluded our “virtual” flight by
describing the excellent passenger comfort and outstanding in-flight service
offered by Hong Kong Express; if it is anywhere near as good as the fabulous
food and service provided by Four Seasons Resort G.M. Andrew Harrison and
his crew, the good folk of Chiang Mai will be flocking off to Hong Kong on
Hong Kong express in their droves.
The next SKAL meeting will be held on Thursday August 31st at Palaad
Tawanron. Further details from Eleanor Hardy, Email: [email protected]
common in Chiang Mai
A study of contagious diseases in Chiang Mai has found
that diarrhoea ranked as the most common contagious disease, whilst
hemorrhagic fever is the eighth. Despite this, the Public Health Office
expressed concern about hemorrhagic fever, especially during the
remaining six weeks of rainy season. “We are worried about the spread of
hemorrhagic fever and urge Chiang Mai residents to take extra care of
their hygiene and living environment, to be careful about what they eat
and to try to destroy common household mosquito sources,” the Chiang Mai
Provincial Public Health Office advised.
Dr. Surasingh Wisarootrat, deputy head officer of Chiang Mai Public
Health Office, revealed that the study, which was conducted between
January and June of 2006, showed that diarrhoea was the most frequently
contracted contagious disease, coming in first place in all Chiang Mai’s
districts. The most common cause of the disease was from eating
contaminated food or from poor hygiene whilst cooking.
Whilst hemorrhagic fever is in eighth place, health officials fear that
it will spread further during the remainder of the rainy season. There
were 456 suspected cases of hemorrhagic fever between January and June
2006, 221 of which were confirmed. New patients are continually being
discovered. The total number of hemorrhagic fever cases during 2005 was
160 suspected cases, so this year’s increase indicates a worrying trend.
Fang district had the largest number of patients, most being immigrants
who lacked knowledge of the disease and reluctant to go to the doctor,
thus aiding the spread of the disease. The Public Health Office has
responded by holding a series of information campaigns in order to raise
the public’s awareness of hemorrhagic fever.
There have been no reported cases, in either humans or wing livestock,
of H5N1 bird flu in Chiang Mai. As with hemorrhagic fever, the Public
Health Office has been running a series of information campaigns and
urging the public to report any suspicious wing livestock deaths
immediately. The Health Office also advises Chiang Mai residents to
thoroughly cook any wing livestock and that anyone suspected of catching
bird flu should see a doctor immediately. In addition, rehearsals will
be held in July and August of this year to prepare health officials for
the possibility of a bird flu outbreak.