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Pilot/Controller Forum / US Congress Pilot Retirement Age Stays the Same
« Last post by KB4TEZ on May 22, 2024, 10:43:01 AM »

Congress kept the retirement age for pilots, but a new bill adds a lot of safety regulations.

Although sharp partisanship frequently divides the United States, the US Congress fortunately agrees on the necessity of safe air travel for the country. After several near-misses on the runway and public anxiety over the trials and tribulations of Boeing, the US Senate and House of Representatives have said that they reached a deal on a new bill for flight safety.

Here is a quick breakdown of several aspects of the prospective five-year deal with a budget of $105 billion:

Increase number of air traffic controllers.

Increase number of inspectors, engineers, and technical specialists at the FAA.

Instruct the FAA to use new methods of surface technology to avert runway collisions.

Maintain pilot retirement age at 65.

Reauthorize the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) for the next five years.

Require airplanes to have 25-hour cockpit recording devices.

Raise maximum civil penalty for consumer violations on airlines from $25,000 to $75,000.

The Transportation Department must create a dashboard showing the minimum seat sizes for each US airline, as minimum seat standards remain set by the FAA.

The mandatory pilot retirement age turned out to be one of the more contentious issues. The House of Representatives initially voted to raise the pilot retirement age to 67, but the Senate Commerce Committee voted to reject that increase.

The FAA asked Congress not to raise that age until they could study the potential effects. Further increases are opposed by 30 pilot labor unions. Supporters of raising the age include some airlines that believe there is a “pilot shortage” that is harming their ability to hire pilots at the salary level they wish to pay.

Congress last raised the retirement age from 60 to 65 in 2007.

(no audio of the crashed plane, but luckily, flying partner called it in)

By Ben Bradley
Published: May. 21, 2024 at 3:31 PM EDT|Updated: 9 hours ago
PEORIA, AZ (AZFamily) — A small plane missed the runway before crashing through an abandoned travel trailer in north Peoria late Tuesday morning, federal officials say.

First responders were dispatched to the area of State Route 74 and New River Road shortly before 12 p.m. That’s about five miles south of Lake Pleasant.

A Peoria Fire-Medical official says the single-engine plane collided with a travel trailer before coming to a stop on its nose. No injuries were reported on the plane or the ground.
According to preliminary information released by the FAA, the pilot overshot the runway while trying to land at Pleasant Valley Airport. After hitting the trailer, the plane’s nose gear collapsed.

Two people were onboard the aircraft, a Nanchang CJ-6A built in China in 1967 that’s registered to an LLC in Scottsdale.
Aviation Audio Clips / Small plane crash at Hooks Airport no brakes
« Last post by KB4TEZ on May 21, 2024, 02:17:52 PM »

(Lost his brakes prior to take off)

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) -- Crews are responding to a small plane crash at Hooks Airport in northwest Harris County Tuesday morning.

According to the Klein Fire Department, a rescue was underway for two remaining people on board after one passenger and two dogs had been rescued. Everyone has since been reported safe.

Officials said the Taxiway Mike is shut down as crews work to clear the incident.
Aviation Audio Clips / Wheel seperates on landing SAN LUIS OBISPO
« Last post by KB4TEZ on May 20, 2024, 09:05:36 AM »
Date:   17-MAY-24
Time:   22:16:00Z
Regis#:   N1500D
Aircraft Make:   CESSNA
Aircraft Model:   190
Event Type:   INCIDENT
Highest Injury:   NONE
Aircraft Missing:   No
Damage:   UNKNOWN
Total Fatal:   0
Listener Forum / Re: Unavailability of EHAM Frequencies
« Last post by dave on May 20, 2024, 08:20:40 AM »
We lost a critical piece of equipment at the EHAM receiver site. It will take several weeks, at a minimum, to replace. The receiver site is not easy to access. We may configure the working equipment to scan some frequencies instead of having separate frequencies like we have now.
Listener Forum / Unavailability of EHAM Frequencies
« Last post by FirstOfficerJesse on May 20, 2024, 08:14:43 AM »
Dear LiveATC Community,

I have noticed that for the past eleven days, starting from 9 May 2024, all frequencies for Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (EHAM) have been unavailable. This issue does not affect the Dutch Mill Radar frequencies.

As a regular listener who monitors the air traffic departing from and arriving at Schiphol, I am curious to know the reason for this prolonged unavailability. Is there maintenance being conducted, or are there other reasons behind this disruption? Additionally, is this a temporary issue, or will these frequencies remain unavailable indefinitely?

I appreciate any insights or information that the community or support team can provide.

Best regards!
Listener Forum / Re: The one freq archive I need & can't find @ KMCO
« Last post by RonR on May 17, 2024, 01:51:03 PM »
Sorry for the delayed reply... unfortunately, there is currently no LiveATC feed for KMCO Twr East so that means there are no archives for the date you are looking for.

Aviation Audio Clips / Cessna lands on road near Yuma AZ
« Last post by KB4TEZ on May 17, 2024, 09:52:54 AM »
Engine goes out, comes back on, goes back out, but he got it down in one piece safely.
couldn't catch all of the convo, due to the set up NYL, but you get most of it.

Date:   16-MAY-24
Time:   00:00:00Z
Regis#:   N125LA
Aircraft Make:   CESSNA
Aircraft Model:   TR182
Event Type:   INCIDENT
Highest Injury:   NONE
Aircraft Missing:   No
Damage:   UNKNOWN
City:   YUMA
State:   ARIZONA
Feed Outage/Status Reports / Some KCHO Feeds Going Offline
« Last post by RonR on May 16, 2024, 11:34:39 AM »
For those who are interested, my KCHO feed site located in Palmyra, Virginia will be coming offline most likely by this Saturday.  Unfortunately, the feed host is moving out so the feed equipment will have to be removed  :-(

A number of the ZDC frequencies from this site have already been added to other feed sites with, in some cases, better reception than before and some of the other frequencies are currently being evaluated for the other sites.  There are also some possible new locations in the works as well that will eventually allow most if not all of the ZDC frequencies to find new homes.

Sorry to see it go, but what can you do...

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