Big Data issues

Indus News again

Another Indus News interview, this time on Big Data issues.
The topic:
Big data and its future: With governments all over the world focusing on the collection of data for a plethora of reasons, we discuss in the show how important big data is in fact in the modern world. Why is there so much emphasis on its collection? How is this data utilized and for what purposes is it used. How is the collection of big data shaping the future of politics and international relations?

My suggested talking points:
– Big Data has become very important in many industries and will grow, it is unstoppable even more with the Internet of Things (everything is connected).
– Regulations need to be in place to address privacy concerns and to protect the vulnerable such as children and others, such as the elderly.
– Companies must clarify what data they gather and how they process and store them.
– Some even think companies should in a way pay for the data, now they harvest free of charge.
– A big concern is the misuse by authoritarian governments, they could use the data for political purposes against dissidents and others, especially if the data collected can be traced to individuals. An example is the Chinese Social Credit System that can trace anything about an individual: website visits, online purchases, online comments, anything.

Oops Internet gone

In the middle of the interview Skype stopped. First I thought there was problem on my side but soon it was clear Indus “was gone”. Soon I got a message through WhatsApp that the studio in Lahore had its Internet cut off… Anyway they still managed to send out the interview, with pieces missing from my side (YouTube):

 

Some more comments on Big Data issues

Big Data is yes, a big issue…

It is being used in so many industries and business: medical, warehousing, inventories, fraud detection, name it. With the increasing computing power and Artificial Intelligence, the sky is the limit…

One major application is to detect trends, in whatever field: in fashion, consumer attitudes, entertainment, politics, opinion on international trade issues, tourism, …. you can basically think about anything.
An example could be: What are the views on the U.S. – China Trade issues? Sources can be the media, in any form, also like Facebook, Twitter, ….

Foreign airline pilots

Job market changed

In my post on the Binzhou Flying College I mentioned China is employing many foreign airline pilots. The job market for pilots is changing and is suffering the impact of the debacle with the Boeing 737 MAX. Chinese carriers account for 20% of global fleet of grounded planes and have largely stopped hiring foreign pilots for the 737. Appetite for captains of many Airbus models remains unabated.

Commercial pilots in China

The number of Chinese licensed commercial pilots was 61,492 at the end of 2018. That’s up 54% from 2014 levels, but it’s still not enough. According to Boeing, China will need 8,090 new airplanes over the next 20 years. To fly them all, China will require another 124,000 pilots, Boeing says. That’s the equivalent of 119 new hires every week for two decades.
As a result by the end of 2016, Chinese carriers had more than 1,000 foreign airline pilots, double the number in 2010.

Good salaries

Chinese airlines that are still hiring are getting more picky to select foreign airline pilots, simulator tests are pretty strict. Chinese airlines still pay above-market wages,  paying multiple times the median salary of a commercial pilot in the United States.
It’s still possible for overseas pilots to head home with US$1 million in the bank after five years of flying in China.

Juneyao Airlines in Shanghai is offering US$299,000 a year to A320 captains aged between 30 and 53. The role demands an average of just 14 hours’ flying a week and includes 50 days of paid leave and an overseas employment allowance of US$666 a month. The pay climbs to US$311,000 – after tax – a year in the second term.

China United Airlines, a unit of China Eastern is offering US$288,000 a year to 737 captains on three-year contracts. But that’s the site’s first ad for 737 pilots in China since July. The package includes a monthly education allowance of $1,000 for children in Chinese schools.

The future

Schools as the one in Binzhou have an uphill task to satisfy demand, in view of China’s booming aviation market.

Sources
See:
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3042166/chinese-airlines-drop-foreign-pilots-wake-boeing-737-max
and
https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/SIG2PVuxEQ2Tokrkv4r-Pw

 

Binzhou Flying College

Flying school

Binzhou Flying College is located in Binzhou University (Chinese: 滨州学院) is a public university located in Binzhou, Shandong province.
The university was established in 1958.
The university offers 38 diplomas, with 19 undergraduate majors. It is the first regional university in China to offer flight training for pilots. It operates a number of research centers and institutes in diverse areas including ecology, military science, history and ancient books. It has received 23 Provincial Scientific Research awards and has published extensively in the field of science.
Faculty and Students:
The university hosts a student body of approximately 18,000 full-time students, with a teaching faculty of over 700.

The University has set up Flying College since 2006 and became the first regional university to train pilots in China. I could not find s decent website in English for the University and the Flying College.
The Binzhou Flying College has several sections, such as intensive courses, maintenance of aircraft and parts, training for flight control in airport and other. It is said to have some 1,500 students.

The visit on 30 November

In front of Binzhou Flying College there are two planes, can also be used for training.
See the flight simulators, the workshops for maintenance training, classrooms, assembly of model planes, training for airport flight management (see the video clip, click to play).

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China lacks commercial pilots and as for now has to employ many foreign pilots (Brazil and other countries).
The students can practice in the Aircraft City where Shandong Bin Ao is located.
See the pictures:

Shandong Bin Ao Aircraft Industries

Shandong Bin Ao Aircraft Industries Co., Ltd. is located in the Dagao Town, Zhanhua County, Binzhou City.
The company was founded in 2008. It is a joint venture set up by Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH. The joint venture manufactures mainly DA40 Diamond Aircraft with a yearly production scale of 500 aircraft.

See: www.bin-ao.com (Chinese only)

Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH/Shandong Bin Ao delivered 40 DA40 and 10 DA42 aircrafts to China. The aircraft, manufactured in Austria, Canada and China, are primarily used for commercial pilot training.

About the Diamond Group

See: https://www.diamondaircraft.com/en/about-diamond/why-diamond/

In 1981 Hoffmann Aircraft GesmbH was established as a 100% subsidiary of Simmering-Graz-Pauker AG with its head office in Vienna and began the production of the Diamond MK II.
Diamond Aircraft, headquartered in Austria with facilities in Canada and China, is amongst the leading aircraft manufacturer in General Aviation. Founded in 1981, Diamond has pioneered many aviation firsts and achieved numerous milestones and industry expert accolades.

Today, Diamond Aircraft has more than 1,000 employees worldwide and offers the most complete range of certified piston aircraft models: from the 2 seat single DA20 to the stunning 7 seat DA62. With its complete line of piston aircraft including a dedicated flight training concept with Single Engine Piston (DA40 NG) and Multi Engine Piston (DA42-VI) trainers, along with type-specific flight training simulators and proprietary engines, Diamond Aircraft is the only sole source provider in the fleet training market.

In 1996 the company was first named named Diamond Aircraft.
First flight of a jointly developed multi-engine hybrid electric aircraft, commenced on 31 October 2018.
In 2017 Wanfeng Aviation Industry CO., LTD acquires the Diamond Group, including Austria, Canada and Austro Engine.

Binzhou Bohai Piston

The company

Shandong Binzhou Bohai Piston Co., Ltd (SBBP) is one of the 520 State Enterprises in China, located in Binzhou (Shandong) and has over 60 years of history (founded in 1951).

Website: http://www.bhpiston.com/en/gywm_gsjj.asp

Core product of SBBP is high performance piston with diameters of Φ30mm-Φ350mm. See some samples in the pictures.

Piston variety is over 1000 and annual production capacity is 30 million pieces, widely applied in all kinds of sedan car, motorcycles and marine engines, engineering machinery and other.

Main customers include famous large scale auto works and engine manufacturers in the domestic market and overseas, such as GM, DaimlerChrysler Ford, Caterpillar, Cummins FAW Wuxi Diesel Engine CO, FAW Dalian Diesel Engine Co, Shanghai Diesel Engine Co, Yulin Diesel Engine Co, Dongfeng Chaoyang Diesel Engine Co, Chery Automobile Dongfeng Cummins Engine Co, Beiqi Foton Motor Co, Nanjing Fiat Automobile, Harbin Dongan Power Co, Yunnei Power Co, Daewoo Heavy Industries & Machinery, Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp. in USA, Greaves Cotton Limited in India. It has a 220 service parts distribution network covering 34 provinces in China and occupies 30% of the comprehensive market share and over 40% share of the heavy-duty truck market in China.

International quality system related to manufacturing of automobile components and standards: ISO90OO, QS-9000, VDA6.1, ISO/TS16949, IATF16949, ISO14001, OHSAS18001, among other.
In June 2015, SBBP state-owned equities were incorporated into Beijing Automotive Group.

Visit to SBBP

On 30 November 2019 our delegation of foreign specialists visited the enormous factory.
See the pictures where you will notice the whole manufacturing chain is automated and very few if any workers are around.

All in all pretty impressive…

Bohai Advanced Technology Research Institute

We also visited the rather enormous construction site of this future Institute.

I am always impressed by the massive scale of those sites… and the speed they work…

 

BRITF at the Binzhou Seminar

The 2019 Qilu Trip for High-Level Foreign Experts

The participation of BRITF at the Binzhou Seminar was the highlight of the trip to Binzhou and was held on Saturday 30 November 2019 in the Binzhou Grand Hotel. See earlier entries about our trip.
Government leaders of Binzhou government opened the seminar and gave introductions to the city, also using a well-done video.

Keynote speeches by BRITF experts

Presentations:
– “Promoting Quality Tourism” by Gilbert Van Kerckhove
– “The advantages to resume production by UK pedigree pig genes” (Artificial Intelligence in agriculture)by William Spiers
– “Smart Binzhou, smart tech, smart expats” by David Feng
– “Industrial Development” by Vitaly Mankevich (Russia)

Roundtable forum 1: with participation of Sydney Parmenter
Roundtable forum 2: with participation of Maurice Eliam.

I received a very nice book about Sun Tzu, “The Art of War”, on … silk pages…

It is a pity that the city does not take full advantage of that famous historical figure. I understand they made some kind of a museum about him but is is a flop.