NEPA Completing Draft on Motor Vehicle Emission Standards

first_imgStory HighlightsNEPA is currently finalising the draft paper for the motor vehicle emission standards, which is expected to be adopted into a regulatory framework, this fiscal year.State Minister Hayles informed that the implementation of the regulatory framework will allow the country to realise the testing of motor vehicle emissions and regulate fleet emissions.The State Minister also informed that Government will further expand the air quality monitoring programme to Manchester and St. Catherine, during the 2014/15 financial year. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is currently finalising the draft paper for the motor vehicle emission standards, which is expected to be adopted into a regulatory framework, this fiscal year.This was disclosed by State Minister in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Ian Hayles, during his contribution to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on June 17.“I am putting the country on notice that this year we will begin tackling an even more pervasive air quality issue – motor vehicle emissions,” he noted.Mr. Hayles informed that the implementation of the regulatory framework will allow the country to realise the testing of motor vehicle emissions and regulate fleet emissions.He said the Ministry will also be partnering with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the University of Technology (UTech), in implementing a Global Fuel Efficiency Initiative in this financial year, which will look at issues related to clean fuels and vehicle efficiency.This, he said, will support the motor vehicle emission standards that will be adopted this fiscal year.In the meantime, the State Minister also informed that Government will further expand the air quality monitoring programme to Manchester and St. Catherine, during the 2014/15 financial year.He said the Ministry is currently in discussions with several international partners to develop its ability to monitor greenhouse gases, specifically in procuring a mobile air quality laboratory.“This will increase the country’s emergency response to air pollution incidents and allow for the prompt dissemination of information to our emergency response partners to save lives during major hazard events,” the State Minister said.Last year, Government fulfilled its commitment to expand the air quality monitoring network, with NEPA establishing monitoring stations in Catherine Hall, Montego Bay and on Main Street, May Pen.The expansion was executed at a cost of $8 million, and brings the current government air monitoring network to eight sites.The NEPA has also licensed 35 private industry emitters who also operate air monitors. These complement the eight government stations and bolster the islandwide air monitoring network. RelatedImproved Water Supply for Western Hanover NEPA Completing Draft on Motor Vehicle Emission Standards EnvironmentJune 18, 2014Written by: Athaliah Reynolds-Bakercenter_img RelatedSt. Catherine Residents Benefit from Rain Water Harvesting System RelatedJamaica to Receive Funding from UNDP to Implement Climate Change Activities Advertisementslast_img read more

Lead Flight Simulation Engineer

first_imgPerforms administrative duties: Maintains FSTD aircraft systems and avionics hardwareconfigurations.Maintains FSTD and visual scenery software configurations.Performs new and routine software updates to FSTDs and visualscenery databases.Performs software installation and updates to resolvediscrepancies.Performs and supports engineering modifications andupdates. Provides new hire indoctrination and basic training.Provides oversight, direction, and OJT to center staff.Provides assistance and operator training to FSTD crews.Participates in meetings, conferences, seminars, workshops, andvendor schools. Maintains and shares technical expertise: Develops, documents, and maintains software programs, tools,and utilities using industry best practices and standards insupport of fleet and network fidelity, federal requirements, andthe vision, operational objectives, and mission statement of theuniversity. Performs testing and preventative maintenance on FSTDs: Performs scheduled and preventative maintenance tasks.Performs quarterly objective and subjective testing.Runs diagnostics on FSTDs and visual systems.Services hydraulic and electric motion and control loadingsystems.Performs scheduled calibration, tuning, and adjusting of FSTDsand related systems. Performs daily preflight inspections of FSTDs and visualsystems.center_img Maintains and updates FSTD related hardware and softwareconfigurations: Conducts FSTD fleet data network needs assessments to developdata network designs, cost structures, and implementation schedulesin support of fleet requirements.Develops FSTD fleet data network designs, strategies, and soundnetwork management practices.Researches flight simulation and data management systemsindustry trends, analyzes, and recommends value-added technologies,tools, and methodologies in support of the Center’s operationalobjectives.Executes and enforces operational plans, policies, andprocedures to ensure high availability, supportability, andmanageability of the FSTD Fleet and related data communicationsservices.Maintains FSTD fleet server and Distributed SimulationNetwork.Maintains FSTD fleet Discrepancy Reporting and Certificationdatabase.Maintains FSTD fleet Visual Scenery database.Documents and reviews activity in shift, pass down, andDiscrepancy Report (DR) logs.Maintains spare parts and tool inventory.Assists in recruiting, tracking, scheduling, and evaluatingpart-time personnel.Assists in maintaining the Simulator-Quality Management System(SQMS).Assists in the acquisition of tooling, test equipment, andsupplies.Assists in maintaining the support documentation and traininglibrary.Liaisons with center stakeholders.Participates in shift turnover meetings. Job DescriptionThe Advanced Flight Simulation Center at the Daytona Beach Campusis currently accepting applications for the position of Lead FlightSimulation Engineer.The Lead Flight Simulation Engineer provides engineering services,technical expertise, and team skills necessary to maintain the highquality performance of the Flight Simulation and Training Device(FSTD) fleet at the Daytona Beach campus. Provides engineeringservices and technical support to ensure fleet compliance withregulatory requirements and pilot training needs. Will participatein the design/development, acquisition, relocation, installation,operation, and management of Flight Simulation and Training Devices(FSTDs) and the Distributed Simulation Network and will assist withthe maintenance of the Simulator-Quality Management System (S-QMS),as well as the recruitment, training, and supervision of centerpersonnel.Provides scheduled and unscheduled engineering and support to FSTDsand associated systems: Develops Software Programs, Tools, and Utilities: Conducts analysis, review, and resolution of critical networkperformance and functionality problems.Installs and configures data network infrastructure,maintaining documentation and critical operationalinformation.Determines Root Cause (RC) and resolves discrepancies reportedby training crews, the FAA, and support staff.Diagnoses and isolates problems to component or sub-assemblylevel.Replaces or repairs components to return FSTDs to regulatorycompliance.Performs calibration, adjusting, and tuning of FSTDs andrelated systems.Develops, installs, and maintains visual scenery database.Performs special redesign and enhancement projects. Assists in recruiting, tracking, scheduling, and evaluatingpart-time personnel.QualificationsAnalytical skills with an in depth knowledge of information systemsand technical expertise with Microsoft operating systems, Access,Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook/email, and Internet end-userapplications.Expert knowledge of FSTD regulations, documentation, software, andutilities.Expert knowledge of Flight Simulation and Training Devices(FSTDs).Expert knowledge of Distributed Simulation Networks and relatedsystems.Expert knowledge of aerodynamics, mechanical assemblies, andelectrical circuits.Expert knowledge of visual scenery development and relatedsoftware.Expert knowledge of visual systems configuration andcalibration.Expert knowledge of the Open Flight format software standard.Strong working knowledge of the Distributed Interactive Simulation(DIS) Protocol.Strong working knowledge of Frasca’s Distributed SimulationInteractive (DSI) Protocol.Strong working knowledge of the SIMNET Protocol for DistributedSimulation.Strong working knowledge of Air Traffic Management Systemsincluding TIS-B and ADS-B.Strong working knowledge of Aircraft Integrated Cockpit Systems(ICS).Strong working knowledge of collimated displays and relatedhardware and software.Strong working knowledge of network management, network security,and network test equipment.Strong working knowledge of local and wide area communicationtechnologies including Ethernet.Strong working knowledge of routing protocol environments such asTCP/IP, Apple talk, and multicast.Strong working knowledge of network TCP/IP addressing includingDHCP, BOOTP, DNS, and WINS.Strong working knowledge of the .NET framework windowsplatform.Strong working knowledge of programming in Visual Basic, C++, C#,FORTRAN, Java, and HTML.Strong working knowledge of structured wiring standards, codes,policies, and termination procedures in copper and fiber opticcabled environments.Working knowledge of client/server environments including UNIX,Novell NetWare, and Microsoft NT.Strong troubleshooting skills including: servers, routers,switches, hubs, wireless access points, host computers, I/Osystems, hydraulic and electric motion, control loading, and IGsystems.Strong analytical, diagnostic, and problem solving skills.Strong Visual Basic, C++, C#, FORTRAN, Java, and HTML programmingskills.Strong verbal and written communication skills.Strong time management and interpersonal skills.Above average flying skills and knowledge of aircraft systems,principles of flight, and navigation theory.Proven ability to interpret, modify, and design wiring diagrams andschematics.Proven ability to interact in a cooperative environment throughbeneficial behaviors.Proven ability to commit to common goals.Proven ability to contribute to problem solving.Proven ability to encourage employees to communicate ideas andsuggestions.last_img read more

Auburn could face Barry Alvarez after Gary Andersen leaves Wisconsin for Oregon State

first_imgAUBURN – Who will be calling the plays against Auburn in the Outback Bowl is now in question as Gary Andersen shockingly left Wisconsin to become coach at Oregon State on Wednesday.The stunning news leaves an unexpected void for the Badgers, who could see former coach Barry Alvarez, now Wisconsin’s athletic director, coach the team in the bowl game.Alvarez returned to the sidelines to coach Wisconsin in the 2013 Rose Bowl after Bret Bielema left the program for Arkansas following the 2012 season. Wisconsin’s players asked Alvarez to coach the team against Auburn.“I told them I’ll make up my mind tonight,” Alvarez said Wednesday. “I’ll definitely consider that.”Alvarez, who went 118-74-4 at Wisconsin, finished his full-time coaching career against Auburn in the 2006 Capital One Bowl, a 24-10 win for the Badgers.Meanwhile Auburn still has to fill its vacancy at defensive coordinator, which has been open for 10 days since Gus Malzahn fired Ellis Johnson a day after the Iron Bowl. Will Muschamp is still believed to be the lead candidate for the position and a decision could come in the next few days.Alvarez, who serves on the College Football Playoff selection committee, has begun the process for hiring a replacement, with the goal of doing so before the bowl game. He told Andersen, who contacted Alvarez by phone earlier Wednesday, he expects the current assistant coaches to remain at Wisconsin through the Jan. 1 game.“I began working to find a new head coach as soon as I spoke with Gary this morning,” Alvarez said in a statement. “My first concern is taking care of the players on the current team, especially the senior class, and ensuring that their bowl experience is a memorable one. I will find a head coach to uphold the great tradition at Wisconsin, someone who is committed to excellence both on and off the field.”Gary Andersen has left Wisconsin to become head coach at Oregon State.Gary Andersen has left Wisconsin to become head coach at Oregon State.Andersen, 50, went 19-7 in his two seasons at Wisconsin, including 13-3 in Big Ten play. He led the Badgers to a Big Ten West division title this season, though they lost 59-0 to Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship game.Andersen, whose departure was first reported by the Portland Tribune, will owe Wisconsin a $3 million buyout for leaving during the first two years of his contract, according to USA TODAY. He will be introduced in Corvallis Friday afternoon.“First and foremost I want to thank coach Alvarez for the opportunity to coach at the University of Wisconsin,” Andersen said in a statement. “I also want to thank my staff and the people at UW. We worked very hard together and accomplished some great things. I had the opportunity to meet and coach some great young men and I look forward to watching them as they continue their careers and move though life.”last_img read more