Piqua-based Hartzell Propeller enters deal with Chinese university

Published: Monday, July 17, 2017 @ 11:37 AM

Machinist Mark Williams prepares to grind a propeller in the Hartzell Propeller factory in Piqua. The 99-year-old business produces more than 10,000 blades each year. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Machinist Mark Williams prepares to grind a propeller in the Hartzell Propeller factory in Piqua. The 99-year-old business produces more than 10,000 blades each year. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Piqua-headquartered Hartzell Propeller has added a service and support center in China, the company announced.

Hartzell appointed the Aircraft Repair and Overhaul Plant of Civil Aviation Flight University of China (CAFUC) as the service and support center. Located in Guanghan City, CAFUC has 110 employees who perform maintenance, repair and overhaul of aircraft, engines, propellers and components.

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The partnership with CAFUC gives Hartzell additional in-country service and support capability, the company said. Hartzell has completed translations of propeller owner manuals into Mandarin for the most popular turboprop and piston-powered aircraft flying in China.

“This latest appointment demonstrates Hartzell Propeller’s ongoing commitment to Chinese owners, operators, maintenance facilities and the continued growth of general aviation in China,” said Weiqing (Max) Wang, Hartzell Propeller managing director for China, based in Shanghai City.

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CAFUC is the largest civil aviation university in Asia and the one of the world’s largest flight training institutions. It is responsible for operating and maintaining the largest fleet of propeller driven aircraft in China. CAFUC also has pilot training facilities at five airports located in the Henan and Sichuan Provinces of China.

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Do energy-efficient bulbs really save you money?

Published: Monday, November 06, 2017 @ 5:43 AM

Are savings from using energy-efficient bulbs worth the money? First, it helps to understand the basic versions of home lighting options.

They are:

  • Fluorescent, including linear fluorescent lamps/Circline lamps and compact fluorescent lamps.
  • Incandescent, including mercury vapor lamps, metal halide lamps and high-pressure sodium lamps.
  • Outdoor solar, including standard incandescent (A-type) lamps, energy-saving incandescent (halogen) lamps and reflector lamps.
  • Light-emitting diode (LED).

Cost savings

Switching from an incandescent bulb to a light-emitting diode (LED) light can save about $13 a year if the LED is used at least five hours a day, according to Money Talks News.

Incandescent bulbs cost about 50 cents each, while an LED bulb costs around $20. Exchanging your least-used bulbs - ones that are on for maybe only 30 minutes a day - results in savings of about $1.20 per year.

EnergyStar persuasion

However, a different story is told by EnergyStar: if all Americans replaced their inefficient light bulbs with ENERGY STAR-certified LED bulbs, they would save $1.5 billion in annual energy bills and prevent 17 billion pounds of carbon pollution annually.

LED bulbs are now an affordable option for the average consumer, with prices at around $2 per bulb across the country (and as low as $1 in many areas). Using less energy, the bulbs pay for themselves in a matter of months and can save households $50 to $100 each year in utility costs.

By 2020, the federal government expects to see widespread adoption of LED bulbs, as utility programs across the country educate consumers about the energy-efficient options that are available and continue to offer rebates on the bulbs.

Today, 71 percent of homes have no LED bulbs in use and most consumers have little knowledge about the various light bulb options. The average American home contains around 50 light sockets and about 60 percent of them still contain an inefficient bulb, according to EnergyStar.

LED bulbs that have earned the government-backed ENERGY STAR label are independently certified, undergoing extensive testing to ensure they save energy, deliver on brightness and work the way consumers expect. Bulbs that have earned the ENERGY STAR use 70 to 90 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and last at least 15 times longer.

Health risks

If you're sensitive to light, those savings might not be worth the painful headaches that can be caused by LED bulbs.

Arnold Wilkins, professor of psychology at the University of Essex, in the United Kingdom, said LED light bulbs switch on and off hundreds of times every second, leading to disruption of movement control of the eyes and causing double or multiple vision. Headache risks also double while reading with a flickering LED light bulb.

LED bulbs are also capable of inducing feelings of dizziness and pain within 20 minutes of turning them on.

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Champagne gummy bears? Dorothy Lane selling new candy brand

Published: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 6:45 AM

KARA DRISCOLL/STAFF
KARA DRISCOLL/STAFF

Dorothy Lane Market just added a new brand of candy to its inventory, just in time for the holiday season.

The grocery chain is now carrying Sugarfina, a Beverly Hills-based candy company that focuses on upscale candies made with ingredients from artisan candy makers around the globe. Sugarfina’s hazelnut candies come from the Piedmont region of Italy while its gummies are sourced from the Bavarian region of Germany, where gummy bears were invented.

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Dorothy Lane is selling Sugarfina’s champagne bears for $8.49; martini olive almonds for $7.49; dark chocolate sea salt caramels for $17.99; and an assortment of other options including marshmallow ice cream cones.

The candies are hard to find, and are sold in stores like Nordstrom and Sur La Table.

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J. Crew apologizes after photo of black model with messy hair sparks controversy

Published: Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 1:13 AM

J. Crew Criticized For Photo Of Model With Unkempt Hair

J. Crew is facing criticism after a photo of one of its models and her seemingly unkempt hair surfaced online.

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The black woman, dressed in a Madewell dress, was photographed with her natural hair messily pulled back in a ponytail. But everyone wasn’t impressed with the look.

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One Twitter user took to the platform to express her disapproval. She uploaded the picture of the model with the caption, “J. Crew..... girl.... y’all wrong.”

Many seemed to agree with her sentiment, because the post soon went viral, racking up more than 11,000 retweets and 20,000 likes. 

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Several chimed in, accusing the fashion brand of prepping the model for the shoot without using the proper practices needed to style African-American hair. 

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Others, including the model, Marihenny Pasible, thought the look was in line with J. Crew’s relaxed and natural campaign.

Some challenged the critics, asking them to embrace the care-free look for all cultures.

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After the barrage of comments, J. Crew released a statement on Twitter.

“J.Crew strives to represent every race, gender, and background. We sincerely apologize for the styling of this model and the offense that was caused,” the company wrote. 

Spirit Airlines turns to Disney to improve its customer service

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 3:02 PM

A fight broke out at a Florida airport after Spirit Airlines canceled nine flights and stranded hundreds of passengers.

Spirit Airlines, the low-cost carrier from Florida, has reported some of the biggest profit margins of any airline in the country because of its practice of charging passengers fees for a long list of basic services.

But the airline also has had the highest rate of complaints by passengers for problems such as canceled flights, delayed departures and poor customer service.

The airline acknowledges that it needs to address its damaged reputation and has turned to a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Co. for help.

In a message to employees, Spirit Airlines President and CEO Bob Fornaro said the airline has partnered with the Disney Institute to “create a common purpose and a fresh set of service standards.”

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The Disney Institute is a Florida-based company that offers business courses to improve leadership, employee culture and customer service. On the institute’s website, the company cites its work with Haagen-Dazs International, the National Football League, Volvo and the Orlando Magic basketball team.

Fornaro said the airline’s flight crews have been through training with the Disney Institute, and the carrier plans to do the same with its airport staff.

In his note to employees, Fornaro said guest satisfaction scores at the airline already have “reached an all-time record high.”

But the most recent data from the Department of Transportation shows that Spirit in September continued to receive the highest rate of customer complaints — 6.41 for every 100,000 passengers — more than twice the rate of any other carrier.

Neither Spirit nor the Disney Institute responded to requests for comment.