Like any good catcher, McKinleyville senior Jacob Smith is always thinking ahead.And as he gets ready for his final prep season here on the North Coast, Smith already has his eyes set on where he’s going to be next year, recently signing a letter of intent to play baseball at Carleton College in 2019.The fact that Carleton is in Minnesota and a little over 2,000 miles from McKinleyville doesn’t seem to bother Smith, who led the Big 5 in hitting last spring.“I’m relatively untraveled,” he …
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27 March 2006South Africa’s elite athletes with a disability (EAD) showed up well in Melbourne, winning a number of Commonwealth Games medals, with swimmer Natalie du Toit leading the way.Du Toit, as she did in Manchester four years ago, shone in the pool, winning both the 50 metres and 100 metres freestyle.She claimed the 50 metres title in a world record 29.27 seconds, breaking her own mark, and won the 100 metres in 1:01.81.Du Toit says her aim remains to compete as an able-bodied athlete at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. In the past year she has taken eight seconds off her time in the 800 metres freestyle, but reckons she still needs to improve by another 20 seconds.‘Unbelievable!’Winning Commonwealth gold rated highly with Du Toit: “Unbelievable!” she said.“Every swimmer tries to do their best. For me it is more than just that. My medal is also that of South Africa and the Commonwealth Games team. If I can help with one medal to make South Africa do better at the Games, I’ll be proud.”In athletics, South Africa landed a couple more medals. Hilton Langenhoven captured silver in the men’s 100 metres EAD T12 final, running a time of 11.22. The winner and world record holder, Adenkule Adesoji of Nigeria, was clocked in 11.07.In the men’s 200 metres EAD T37 final, David Roos also won a silver medal. Australia’s Heath Francis won the event in 22.96, with Roos finishing in 23.12.‘Doing the Jonty Rhodes thing’Speaking afterwards, Roos admitted he thought of diving for the finish line – “doing the Jonty Rhodes thing” – but then thought better of it.South Africans Dominique Vogel and Thuliswa Mlinganiso finished sixth and seventh respectively in the women’s 100 metres EAD T37 final.Ricardo Fitzpatrick placed fourteenth and Evgeni Popov sixteenth in the powerlifting event. Want to use this story on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info material.
We have shown this magnificent video before of a landing in thick fog using autoland taken from the cockpit of a Boeing 757 by Hjörleifur Jóhannesson.Many readers have asked us to put it back up on the news feed so here we go.The Category 3A approach is to Oslo Gardemoen Airport. The wind is calm with visibility of just 225 meters on the runway.Autoland systems were developed to enable aircraft to land virtually blind although they can be used in all levels of visibility.However there are limits to the amount of wind component that an autoland system can handle.For instance for a 747-400 the maximum headwind is 25 kts (28mph / 46km/hr), maximum tailwind 10 kts and a maximum crosswind of 25 kts.However for the autoland to work an airport must be equipped with an appropriate Instrument Landing System (ILS) or Microwave Landing System (MLS). There are various levels of ILS capability.CAT 1 has a decision height for the pilot of 200ft (61m) and the pilot must be able to see 2400ft (55m) down the runway. For CAT 11 the decision height is 100ft (30m) and a runway visual range of 1000ft (300m). CAT111a 100ft and 660ft, CAT111b 50ft and 246ft.Most airports have only a CAT 1 capability.The first aircraft to be certified to CAT III standards was a Sud Aviation Caravelle in December 1968 followed by the Hawker-Siddeley Trident in May 1972 to CAT IIIa. It achieved CAT IIIb in 1975.The Trident had been certified to CAT II in February 1968.In the video listen for the heights being called out by the aircarft’s systems. The 757 enters the fog at 500ft and the first lights of the runway are seeen at just 100ft above the runway.Music on the video is by Paul Schwartz, Cantilena from the Aria 2: New Horizon album. For more videos by Hjörleifur Jóhannesson see: http://www.youtube.com/user/hjorleifur1961/videos