Wellington, New Zealand

 











Wellington is a lovely city.  A few homeless, but not nearly as bad as US cities.  Many people know Sarasota from hurricane Ian.  They are fascinated that we have alligators in our front yard. No alligators or crocodiles here. In fact they have no indigenous wild animals other than lizards! 

Beautiful city.  As lovely as Cape Town, but not nearly as many social problems. 

We see indigenous Maori pretty integrated into society.  Many mixed races including many Asians. 

Had the best Chinese food ever last night.  Ate at a darling Bistro restaurant tonight.

Funicular up to a glorious view of the city with lunch.   Walked around the cliff. 

Tomorrow catch the ferry to the South Island. 

 











Click for more photos of Wellington

https://photos.app.goo.gl/c6XWxgDS9LPRrHdo6

More about our trip to New Zealand at:

https://catonewzealand.blogspot.com/







Feeling Guilty



Feeling guilty. We will miss Hurricane Ian that is headed for our home near Sarasota, Florida. We are in the Pacific Ocean on a cruise headed to New Zealand.


I helped form a CERT Team (Community Emergency Response Team) for our development. Went to the training and got some nice gear. And now we will have a disaster and I am not around to help.

Oh, well, our condo is new and built like a fortress. Unlikely for it to suffer damage. I feel for the folks in older buildings.

Our friends live closer to the beach. We told them to move in and they should.





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Beth and I were prepared for Hurricane Irma in 2017, in the closet with our motorcycle helmets on.






 

Chicago Population Up 2% Over The Past Decade








The City of Big Shoulders has always been a melting pot — but new U.S. Census data suggest it’s gaining in diversity.

Despite national headlines about political corruption and street violence, Chicago saw its population grow by 2% over the past decade, allowing it to hold onto its title as the third-largest city in the United States.

Of the more than 50,000 residents added over the past decade to the city’s total population, most are Latino and Asian.

The Latino population grew by more than 40,000 people — about 5% — in the past 10 years, and the Asian population grew by almost 45,000, a 31% increase.

That helped offset the continued loss of Chicago’s Black population, which dwindled by almost 85,000 people during that time — a nearly 10% drop.

Click to read the full article:

Population Change in the US

 


Click to read more:

https://usafacts.org/data/topics/people-society/population-and-demographics/our-changing-population?utm_source=Quora&utm_medium=Paid&utm_campaign=OCP&utm_content=OCP_Ripped_Topics




Heliport




"The heart of the operation will be at Vertiport Chicago, an existing downtown heliport facility. In the UAM world, heliports are Vertiports, where eVTOLs take off, land, collect passengers and recharge their batteries. Eve has assembled an impressive group of participating stakeholders to facilitate the three-week simulation and make it meaningful. These include Blade, Republic Airways, Halo Aviation, SkyWest Inc, Speedbird Aero, ACCIONA, Vertiport Chicago, and Tinley and Schaumburg villages.

Replicating Eve's future eVTOL, the helicopter will transport passengers from the vertiport to two helistops located northwest and southwest of Chicago. Two routes will be operated, the first from Vertiport Chicago to Schaumburg Municipal Helistop and the second connecting Tinley Park Helistop to the vertiport. By involving a broad range of stakeholders, Eve hopes their differing views and feedback will help it develop the right solution for cities like Chicago."

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I had to look up where Vertiport Chicago was (1338 S Wood St if you are interested) after this article about EV helicopter commuting tests being run there.


This sounds like exciting stuff, but raises some questions.  Why are EV helicopters any safer, faster, more useful than existing helicopter technology?  And why doesn't someone have a heliport there for regular helicopters?  And who wants to fly into that neighborhood?  Inquiring minds want to know.

Will Hepburn MPHS 66

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Answer - I don't know about safety of the EV helicopters. I can address the other questions.

The Heliport in Tinley Park has existed since 1999 and has been and is used by regular helicopters. 

I worked on the heliport in Tinley Park north of I-80 when I was the assistant Village Manager. The Village was constructing a large Fire Department training facility with a tower and a very large parking lot for firetrucks to practice putting out fires. The facility was used by many fire departments in the region. Someone (I can't remember who but will try to find out) suggested that we put a heliport on the site. I think we had to have the FAA certify it and paint it to their standards.  

My boss David Dorgan led the charge, I think. We liked it because we were working to enhance and improve our business park clustered around I-80, Harlem (Rt 43) and LaGrange Road (Rt 45), 183rd St and 191st St.  We worked on developing the Tinley Park Convention Center with a number of hotels nearby. The World Music Theater was growing strong. We felt that the heliport would help us market our community as an upscale destination.






The Heliport was Part of our 


Tinley Park Comprehensive Plan

Village staff developed the Comprehensive Plan in house. The plan proposed the Downtown Improvement Plan / Transit Oriented Development Plan, the Housing Renovation Plan, the extension of 183rd Street, extensive landscaping improvements, the development of a Village wide bikeway system, forest preserve improvements, heliport, flood control improvements, the Tinley Park Convention Center and the Economic Development Incentives required to fund these improvements.




Craig Hullinger MPHS Jan 66

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Tinley Park Helicopter Activity


Pat Carr,Neighbor
Posted Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 9:02 pm
https://patch.com/illinois/tinleypark/tinley-park-helicopter-activity

The helicopter activity over the Mental health center today was law enforcement training. The airspace over Tinley Park is very active since we are in the flight pattern for Midway Airport. In addition, we have high tension power lines, underground pipelines and rail that traverse through our town. All of these have some sort of inspection from the air with helicopters. On any given day we have as many as 10-15 helicopters flying over our town. Tinley Park also maintains a public use helipad that is utilized frequently by public and private agencies. If we know there will be prolonged air activity we will notify the public.



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FAA INFORMATION EFFECTIVE 11 AUGUST 2022

Location

FAA Identifier: TF8
Lat/Long: 41-33-33.0000N 087-48-21.0000W
41-33.550000N 087-48.350000W
41.5591667,-87.8058333
(estimated)
Elevation: 760 ft. / 232 m (estimated)
Variation: 02W (1995)
From city: 20 miles SSW of central business district of the associated city
Time zone: UTC -5 (UTC -6 during Standard Time)
Zip code: 60477

Heliport Operations

Heliport use: Open to the public
Activation date: 02/1999
Control tower: no
ARTCC: CHICAGO CENTER
FSS: KANKAKEE FLIGHT SERVICE STATION
NOTAMs facility: IKK (NOTAM-D service available)
Attendance: UNATTENDED
Wind indicator: lighted
Segmented circle: no
Lights: SS-SR

Heliport Communications

CTAF: 122.9
WX AWOS-AV at C56 (12 nm SE): 119.125 (708-534-5256)
WX AWOS-3PT at IGQ (12 nm E): 119.275 (708-889-6319)
WX AWOS-3 at LOT (13 nm W): 118.525 (815-588-4802)
WX ASOS at MDW (14 nm N): PHONE 773-884-4424
WX AWOS-3 at JOT (17 nm W): 119.975 (815-730-9560)
WX AWOS-3PT at GYY (18 nm E): 134.575 (219-944-0010)

Nearby radio navigation aids

VOR radial/distance  VOR name  Freq  Var
CGTr284/10.9CHICAGO HEIGHTS VORTAC114.2002E
EONr356/17.4PEOTONE VORTAC113.2002E
JOTr086/23.0JOLIET VOR/DME112.3002E
DPAr127/31.5DUPAGE VOR/DME108.4002E

Heliport Services

Parking: tiedowns

Runway Information

Helipad H1

Dimensions: 40 x 40 ft. / 12 x 12 m
60 FT BY 60 FT HELICOPTER PARKING PAD LOCATED 75 FT NORTH OF LNDG PAD.
Surface: asphalt, in good condition
Runway edge lights: PERI
Traffic pattern: leftleft

Heliport Ownership and Management from official FAA records

Ownership: Publicly-owned
Owner: VILLAGE OF TINLEY PARK
16250 S. OAK PARK AVENUE
TINLEY PARK, IL 60477
Phone 708-444-5000
24 HR NON-EMERGENCY NUMBER 708-444-5300.
Manager: PAT CARR, DIR EMER MGMT
17355 S. 68TH CT
TINLEY PARK, IL 60477
Phone 708-444-5601
24 HR DISPATCH CTR 708-444-5300

Heliport Operational Statistics

Aircraft operations: 50/year *
100% transient general aviation
* for 12-month period ending 31 May 2021

Additional Remarks

32 FT UNLIT PLINES 95 FT SOUTH; 40 FT BLDG 120 FT NW; & 33 FT LGTD POLES 293 FT W; 90 FT LGTD TWR 250 FT NW OF PAD.
INGRESS/EGRESS ROUTES ARE 090 DEGS & 270 DEGS.
FOR CD CTC CHICAGO APCH AT 847-289-0926.
+31 FT TREES 190 FT E OF FATO AND 100' N OF APCH CNTRLN RESULTING IN 5:1 APCH CLNC TO THE E




Corruption By Nation

  


The Corruption Perception Index rates nations by corruption. The lower the corruption the lower the ranking. The lighter yellow colors are less corrupt.

The United States is rated 27 out of 180 countries in 2021, which is down from 19 out 177 Countries in 2013. The graph below shows the years of our decline.


Our neighbor Canada is less corrupt that the US and Mexico more corrupt. Russia is rated at 136 out of 180 countries while Ukraine is 122.  Most of our G-7 partners are quality ethical countries - part of the reason they are successful. The Scandinavian countries are the least corrupt.

Iraq is 157 while Afghanistan is 174. So we invaded and tried to modernize these crooked countries into functioning democracies with a fair and good economic system.  Not easy to do. Really stupid on our part.

Wringing corruption out of government and society is a challenge. You can't have a quality country with rampant corruption. Your top officials simply steal the country blind. 
Less corrupt countries usually have more successful economies.

We must work at electing less corrupt politicians.  In a democracy, if we elect crooks, shame on us. We need to pick honest, decent, and hard working politicians.  When we elect crooks it damages our country. 

Wellington, New Zealand

  Wellington Oct 18, 2022 Wellington is a lovely city.  A few homeless, but not nearly as bad as US cities.  Many people know Sarasota from ...