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Fall of Ice from the Sky A Global Nuisance

Author Name: BIMAL K SRIVASTAVA | Format: Paperback | Genre : Technology & Engineering | Other Details

Reports of the Incidents of fall of large ice blocks from the sky have been appearing in media since times. These ice chunks, also known as “Blue ice” or “Aircraft Ice” happen to be the frozen mixture of human bio-waste and liquid disinfectant, that emerge in the form of the leakage from the defective toilet lines from a commercial airliner or any other transport category aircraft carrying passengers. The book gives an account of more than 600 such cases of ice fall worldwide extracted from various languages.

Many people believe that the colour of ice blocks fallen from the aircraft toilets must be Blue or Green, but as a matter of fact, it could be of any colour, blue, green, yellowish, rusty, muddy, ash, white, dirty, or colourless.

These ice blocks are potential hazards that are likely to endanger the lives and properties on the ground. As, the incidents are generally viewed from the perspective of weather and therefore, no preventive measures are contemplated against them.  However, a majority of them are actually found to be aviation-related, and thus there appears to be some possibility of minimising them provided appropriate precautionary measures are taken and implemented in the matter by the airlines, regulatory authorities for aviation and other concerned.

"This is the first occasion that a book on the topic of ice-fall from the sky has been written by an aviation expert, who has done it after conducting high-quality research work considering various aeronautical aspects as well as the facts & figures related to aviation - Satendra Singh, Former DGCA, India"

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BIMAL K SRIVASTAVA

The author, Bimal Kumar Srivastava is a 1968 Engineering Graduate (B.Tech.) from IIT Kanpur in Electrical Engineering and holds equivalent degrees in Aeronautical Engineering with Aircraft Navigation & Operations Group, as well as with Avionics Group from the Aeronautical Society of India. 

He commenced his aviation career in 1970 as Assistant Aerodrome Officer (In Air Traffic Controls) at Mumbai Airport in the office of the Director General Civil Aviation and finally retired from Airports Authority of India (AAI), New Delhi as General Manager in the year 2006. He then set up his own company “Aero Survey” in New Delhi working as an independent Aviation Consultant. 

Thus, he possesses more than 50 Years of Aviation experience of working in various disciplines of Aviation including Air Traffic Controls, Airport Management, Airport Obstacle Survey (OLS Survey), Aircraft Accident Investigation, Aircraft Engineering, and other miscellaneous fields related to aviation. 

His books in Hindi were honoured with many awards by the Government of India (from the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Science & Technology, Ministry of Tourism, and the Ministry of Home Affairs.) He was also awarded the ‘Indira Gandhi Rajbhasha Award’ by the President of India. 

Mr Srivastava’s name appears in the Limca Book of Records for the simultaneous publication of four of his articles on the cover pages of four different Science Magazines in Hindi & English in September 2007. It may be mentioned that the ‘Limca Book of Records is an annual reference book 

Mr Srivastava is currently working as an Aviation Consultant, in New Delhi (India) providing technical consultancy to Airports & Helipads and on other matters related to Civil Aviation. 

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