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Why does the captain always sit on the left side?

Because most early rotary engines turned counterclockwise (from the front, clockwise from the pilot’s view).  The physics of rotating objects resulted in left turns being easier than right turns.  That led to standard maneuvers using left turns.


(a) As discussed in WEEK 1, human (Liveware) is at the centre of the model. Human is generally considered the most critical as well as the most flexible component in the system. Yet people are subject to

Inventory control

With any manufacturing facility good inventory control is an absolute essential. It is estimated that it costs up to 25% of the cost value of stock items per year to maintain an item in stock. Proper control

Distribution: industrial markets

For industrial market distribution the situation is more variable. Frequently the seller will have his own fleet of vehicles and may have warehousing facilities or geographically dispersed depots. An example might be a company that manufactures components

Distribution: consumer markets

For engineering companies operating in the consumer marketing field distribution can be accomplished through a variety of ways. This can include wholesalers, retailers, mail order or direct selling through the company’s own retail outlets. Some companies may

Finance and accounting

The finance director will manage the company’s cash flow, short- and long-term investments and supervise the company’s accounting and budgetary system. His job is to ensure that the company has sufficient cash to support day-to-day operations. He


In an engineering business, control is required for a variety of reasons including ensuring that a project or product: • remains within budget • is delivered on time • complies with relevant legislation • meets appropriate quality

Engineering functions

You need to be able to identify the various functions within an engineering company. These include both commercial and engineering aspects of the company’s operation. The commercial functions include sales, marketing, distribution, commissioning, finance and purchasing. The