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Focus Oil Service Reminder

If, like me, you don’t particularly trust manufacturers main dealers (back street garages with big badges) then you’ll probably choose to get your car serviced elsewhere by someone you trust, or do it yourself.

My car is still under Warranty, so I choose to let my step dad service it at his garage Holbrook Motor Services – but use genuine Ford parts to keep the balance of my warranty.  With my car approaching 25,000 miles I arrange for Ken to service it for me a fortnight ago.

This week it clicked over 25,000 miles and the annoying “Service Oil” reminder came up on the dash.  This then comes up every time you start the car.  Because it wasn’t displaying when I took the car in, it didn’t need resetting (yes they have the dealer tools to do this!)..  but obviously now it did.

You can do this yourself – and I have; and thought it’d be handy to post it here in case any other Ford owners

To Reset Oil Service on a Mark 2 Ford Focus:

1.  Close all doors.

2.  Turn the ignition key to position II.

3.  Press both accelerator & brake pedals  and hold for a minimum of 15 seconds (dash will say “Oil Service Reset in Progress”)

4.  The dash will beep and read “Oil Service Reset Complete.”    Job Done.

Interesting Links for October 6th.

These are my interesting links for October 6th:

30 Seconds to Impact

A book review & warning to chat room commentators.

30 seconds To Impact
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While I was stuck at Oslo (Rygge) airport earlier this week (another story to come in another post!), I managed to use the 7 hour delay productively by finally getting around to reading 30 Seconds To Impact, by Peter Burkill.    For those who don’t know, Peter Burkill was the Captain of the ill-fated British Airways Flight 038 from Beijing to London Heathrow in Jan 2008 which crash landed short of the runway following a double engine failure at 500′; with no loss of life and only 1 serious injury.

The book doesn’t really go in to any great detail about the cause of the crash, or the actions of the pilots (it was actually the Senior First Officer who was Pilot Flying at the time of the crash), but it doesn’t need to – the Air Accidents Investigation Branch does a good job of that, showing that it was a build up of ice in the fuel system that caused the crash.  Instead it concentrates on the human aspects of the crash, its aftermath, and the way it was dealt with by British Airways and the British media.

Maria too.

The book is written as a recollection of events after the crash by both Capt. Burkill and his wife, Maria.  They often alternate passages in the book, and in doing so they provide a brilliant insight into both sides of the story.  It is an absolutely enthralling tale, and I’ll try not to retell the book here – buy a copy, and support The Burkills.

BA038 after crash landing.

I think its probably fair to say that the Burkill’s felt let down by British Airways because of the way they handled the media circus which ensued after the accident; Peter was banned from speaking to the media, and no-one from within BA or his union were about to publicly support him.  In the absence of proper solid information the media (especially the tabloid press) reverted to type and went dredging!

Couple this with gossip and tittle tattle, and you have a proud man almost broken; and because of being off work, almost broke too.  I won’t say more; but it really captures you.  I read nearly the whole book in one sitting!


I think the reason the book was literally “un-put-down-able” was that it detailed the side of an accident that I, and other pilots, never think about – the people.  When an accident occurs we’re all keen to find the root cause as quickly, but as accurately, as possible so that if possible a re-occurrence can be prevented.  To that end the various investigative & safety agencies (AAIB, NTSB, CAA, EASA, etc) do an excellent job of producing technical reports… but none of them ever say what happened afterwards!   Normally, they don’t even mention the pilot’s name – in this case Capt. Burkill is just described as Male, aged 43, 12,700hrs experience.

Peter Burkill
Peter Burkill

This book tells that tale – the personal details.  The thing which has struck me most was that Captain Burkill cited a couple of times that he didn’t get support from his colleagues, and that comments in some forums really really affected him.  This disappoints me because as pilots we should look out for each other – especially in moments of need.  But the message I have taken away is this if you are an aviator and want to comment on an accident, please don’t do so in a public forum without facts. It has untold effects you won’t realise!

Any landing you can walk away from, is a successful landing.

Interesting Links for August 9th.

These are my interesting links for August 9th:

  • BBC News – New heliport opens on Portland for 2012 Olympics – There has been a lot of speculation in the UK heli industry about additional capacity for the 2012 Olympics – the only licensed heliport at Battersea being small and expensive…. but this is bonkers – Portland is nowhere near London!!
  • Ryanair plumps for Dell EqualLogic • The Register – Dell have been chosen by Ryanair to provide their new SAN which will apparently free up other IT resources. We can but only hope these newly freed up resources to improve their awful website, or maybe even their customer service dept. Flying pig anyone?

Interesting Links for July 2nd.

These are my interesting links for July 2nd:

Interesting Links for May 17th.

These are my interesting links for May 17th: