Category Archives: ATC

Boeing takes sides in the Super Bowl

From USA Today: “As for the test flight, it took about five hours with the cabin crew of the 747-8F piloting the jet over a swath of eastern Washington that spanned roughly 100 miles east and west as well as … Continue reading

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Southwest Jet Lands at Wrong Airport

I’ve made my fair share of mistakes around aircraft, so I am not pointing fingers. However, a Southwest Jet landed at the wrong Branson airport yesterday. Here’s a clip from AVweb: “A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 with 129 people aboard … Continue reading

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Night Currency

A few nights ago, I had the opportunity to go out and meet the night requirements of § 61.57 Recent flight experience: Pilot in command. I’d like to give a hat tip to the controllers at Spirit of St. Louis … Continue reading

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How Accurate is ADS-B?

Turns out to be pretty darn accurate. Here’s an interesting video from Air & Space Magazine. Here’s the original link.

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Controller furloughs begin next week

Plan your flights accordingly. From Politico: “At a hastily called Thursday briefing, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told reporters that the public should prepare for delays that ripple across the aviation system. Air traffic controller furloughs … Continue reading

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ADS-B is Hackable?

ADS-B is mandated for all aircraft starting in 2020. But here’s a troubling little tidbit from a ComputerWorld security blog that should keep people on their toes: “Here’s a few important facts: Automated Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) has no security as … Continue reading

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FAA Course – Tower Closings

If you are a certified pilot, you should know what to do if you come across a closed tower. But here is a helpful seminar from the FAAST team for those that are looking to get up to speed if … Continue reading

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Hat’s off to STL TRACON

From today’s Post-Dispatch: “Some quick thinking by air traffic controllers Kevin Cook and Steve Clark helped a Navy fighter pilot land his F-18 jet at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport last year with just five minutes of fuel left. Failure might … Continue reading

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Introduction to ADS-B

Air Facts brings us a comprehensive introduction to ADS-B: “In an industry famous for its ridiculous acronyms, ADS-B stands out for being uniquely confusing. Everybody uses the term, but few really know what it means. And who can blame them–it’s … Continue reading

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Test your IFR IQ

Time to sharpen those IFR skills. “Darkness has fallen as the light twin with a 64-knot VSO prepares for an approach at northern Massachusetts’ Fitchburg Municipal Airport, which sits beneath a 1,500-foot overcast with two miles visibility. The plan for … Continue reading

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