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Listener Forum / Who listens to KONT?
« Last post by N6RFB on Today at 04:35:05 PM »
So I was sitting here watching Kevin at LAX on Airline Videos and decided to check my KONT feed.  13 listeners, #9 on the top 50.  HOLY COW!  Got me wondering, Who listens to my feed and where are you located?  Glad to see folks are enjoying it.  Rich, N6RFB, Corona, CA.
Listener Forum / Re: KGPT feed is live
« Last post by mperry on Today at 03:38:23 PM »
I'm glad GPT is up, thank you for providing this. What receiver are you using?
Aviation Audio Clips / Hurricane Ian last Delta arrivals KPBI
« Last post by KB4TEZ on Today at 01:20:53 PM »
I was perusing some Ian audio, we're here on the east coast of Fla. even though Ian struck the west coast (our daugter is a senior over there at FGCU, pretty wild day/night when it hit), but we did have some affects over here on the east due to Ian's size.

PBI never did shut down, but traffic was very much decreased as Ian moved across the state.   Found these two last Delta's that day who arrived.
KPBI controllers are the best (sorry, home field advantage), and love the interaction and complimenting of the Pilot's landing in the conditions that afternoon.

Just two flights, so not a long listen.


(Bloomberg) -- Employees of a small government contractor linked to the massive US air-traffic error that grounded thousands of flights earlier this month have had their access revoked to the computer system that failed.
The Federal Aviation Administration provided the information to Congress on Wednesday, according to a person familiar with the update to lawmakers. The FAA also identified the name of the contractor for the first time, Spatial Front Inc., said the person, who asked not to be identified discussing the sensitive case.

Unnamed “personnel” inadvertently deleted a data file while troubleshooting the FAA’s computer system that dispenses safety notices to pilots, leading to its failure on Jan. 11, the agency said last week. Because aviators must have that information before departing, the FAA halted all departures for almost two hours early that day, prompting thousands of delays and cancellations throughout the day.
Spatial Front, based near Washington, works on computer systems at multiple US government agencies, according to its website. The company did not respond to emails seeking comment and attempts to reach it by phone were unsuccessful.

Early last week, its website touted work on FAA contracts, saying it had more than 50 employees working on more than 90 “mission critical” systems, including the one that failed, known as Notice to Air Mission or Notam.

In recent days, that information was removed from the company’s website.

The FAA’s update to Congress was earlier reported by the Wall Street Journal.
Aviation Audio Clips / Re: What I heard on Guard today...
« Last post by KB4TEZ on Today at 08:57:10 AM »
Here's what I heard on Guard (KPBI), oops!

Fourteen years after he landed US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River, an achievement that made him a hero and a prominent, outspoken safety advocate, Captain C.B. “Sully” Sullenberger visited Charlotte, where a museum commemorating the event was renamed in his honor.

The incident on Jan. 15, 2009, brought national recognition to Sullenberger, First Officer Jeff Skiles, and three flight attendants as professionals committed to aviation safety. The flight took off from LaGuardia bound for Charlotte, but lost power in both engines due to a bird strike.

Sullenberger visited Charlotte on Thursday, the day after a computer failure shut down the Federal Aviation Administration’s Notice to Air Missions systems, which provides safety information to pilots. On Wednesday, the shutdown caused 1,300 flight cancellations and 10,000 delays.
In an interview, Sullenberger decried the NOTAM failure, but said it must be seen as an opportunity for needed improvement. “Don’t waste a crisis,” he said. “When we do have public attention, we need to take advantage of that and act on it, (because)what I know for sure is that hoping you can continue to be lucky is never an effective strategy.”

Blame for the failure should be “shared between the American people, Congress, the DOT and the FAA,” Sullenberger said. But more important is addressing the problem, which “requires two things — public awareness of the problem and the political will to act to solve it. Those commodities are perishable; they only exist for a short period, until we are on to the next shiny object.”
“We’ve seen this movie before,” he said. “It’s important that we not keep fixing the old jalopy to see if we can keep it running – making smaller investments that are band aids when we need major investments to update critical systems.”

The museum, scheduled to open by the end of 2023, will be called the Sullenberger Aviation Museum. It is intended not only to commemorate a historic event in airline safety but also to expand opportunities for members of underserved communities to participate in aviation, which Sullenberger called “one of the most transformative industries in the world.”
“Never in my wildest dream did I ever think I’d have a museum named after me, especially when I’m still alive,” Sullenberger said in an interview. He retired in 2010 after 30 years as a pilot for US Airways and predecessor PSA.

Sullenberger’s life is now largely devoted to advocating for aviation safety, often as a keynote speaker. In recent years he seems to have had his finger in the dike seeking to mitigate mounting safety threats. These include a growing push for single pilot cockpits, an effort by cellphone companies to build 5G towers near airports and Boeing’s doomed effort to reduce costs despite safety implications.

The idea that commercial aircraft could fly with a single pilot “has been floated, primarily for economic reasons,” Sullenberger said. “It’s a dumb, dangerous and ironically unnecessary risk.”

“Some people say we have a terrible pilot shortage and this is the way to fix it, but that’s looking at the problem in the wrong way,” he said. “If we were having a hard time attracting primary care physicians to rural mountain areas, would we reduce medical school from four years to two? No, we’d say that’s crazy, because it is crazy. Rather than lower standards to meet an imagined crisis we should be finding ways to attract and retain people.”

Perhaps the Sullenberger museum can help, he noted: “Part of the reason for the museum is not just to inspire and elevate people but also to provide a well-defined pathway to get people to a professional aviation career.”

On Thursday, Air Line Pilots Association Chairman Jason Ambrosi praised Sullenberger and First Officer Jeff Skiles, noting that they worked together to make an emergency landing that saved the lives of 155 passengers and crew after Flight 1549 lost its engines following a bird strike.

“Two highly qualified and fully experienced professional pilots are the foundation upon which our aviation system is built,” Ambrosi said in a prepared statement. “There is no automated or remotely operated replacement for the collaboration, communication, and airplane feel made possible by having at least two pilots on the flight deck.

“This is a critical year as Congress begins work on the next FAA reauthorization,” Ambrosi said. “ALPA will remain resolute in opposing any efforts to weaken the safest aviation system in the world, including any attempt to reduce the number of crewmembers on the flight deck. While money may talk in Washington, the safety of the flying public and our flight crews is not for sale,” he said.

Another threat, which emerged in 2022, was the effort by cell phone companies to erect towers close to airports, Sullenberger called it not only a “crazy and unnecessary indication of the absolute hubris of the telecoms, uncaring about real serious safety issues on the part of aviation, “ but also a government failure, because “you have gray areas of independent federal agencies in different domains” that don’t collaborate or even communicate about a critical safety issue.

“There was no adult in the room to force the FAA and the FCC to show each other real data and have a real conversation,” he said. (FCC is Federal Communications Commission.) “FCC should never have auctioned the spectrum they did when, for 60 years, radio altimeters were built to use a spectrum that did not have adjacent interference.” Now, he said, older radio altimeters must be replaced or have filters added, a time-consuming and expensive project that will cost millions of dollars.

As for Boeing’s calamitous cost-saving effort to reduce pilot training for the 737 MAX, Sullenberger said the outcome, which included two fatal crashes, shows what happens when companies don’t take seriously the importance of quality, safety and good governance, especially in cases where good governance and an effective safety culture encourage instances of self-reporting safety threats.

Rather, at many U.S. companies, “we find that the people running our major corporations are almost never subject matter experts: they are all corporate experts,” he said. At Boeing, he said, the 1997 merger with McDonnell Douglas exacerbated negative trends, which increased in 2001 when the headquarters was moved to Chicago from Seattle, where most of the manufacturing took place. Now Boeing plans another headquarters move to Arlington, Va.

“I give a lot of talks about leadership and governance and corporate culture,” Sullenberger said. “But I have not found a business school that teaches the subject of safety, even though there is a strong and compelling case for safety because if you get it right up front, the improvements always pay for themselves.”
Aviation Audio Clips / Re: What I heard on Guard today...
« Last post by pinger on January 25, 2023, 08:51:31 PM »
And how about some DTMF?? 
Aviation Audio Clips / Re: What I heard on Guard today...
« Last post by pinger on January 25, 2023, 08:47:50 PM »
2x Guard and 1 from a pilot complaining to ZDC (124.05 MHz) about the unprofessional pilots...  who is he to say they are unprofessional? 
Listener Forum / Re: New Air Traffic Controller Job Pay Scale
« Last post by KB4TEZ on January 25, 2023, 10:11:00 AM »
Well where the facility is located also has something to do with the salary.
gotta get your feet wet first.
here's some backround.

As of Jan 18, 2023, the average annual pay for an Entry Level Air Traffic Controller in Alaska is $46,523 a year. Just in case you need a simple salary calculator, that works out to be approximately $22.37 an hour. This is the equivalent of $894/week or $3,876/month.

ATC salaries as high as $126,210 and as low as $20,698, the majority of Entry Level Air Traffic Controller salaries currently range between $32,309 (25th percentile) to $52,503 (75th percentile) with top earners (90th percentile) making $92,890 annually in Alaska.

The average pay range for an Entry Level Air Traffic Controller varies greatly (as much as $20,194), which suggests there may be many opportunities for advancement and increased pay based on skill level, location and years of experience.

Based on recent job posting activity the Entry Level Air Traffic Controller job market in Alaska is not very active as few companies are currently hiring.

Alaska ranks number 18 out of 50 states nationwide for Entry Level Air Traffic Controller salaries.

Now as your career progresses, and you get more radar time under your belt, learning the whole way, at that point you can move it on up, to other centers/facilities etc.

Crawl, walk, run as I say.

Aviation Audio Clips / Plane landed on Gwinnett interstate
« Last post by KB4TEZ on January 25, 2023, 05:48:22 AM »

A single-engine plane that landed on I-985 North in Gwinnett County on Tuesday afternoon, temporarily blocking traffic during the busy evening commute, was towed away.

The plane successfully touched down on I-985 North just past the split from I-85 at about 4:15 p.m., according to the Federal Aviation Administration, and could be seen sitting in the travel lanes. According to Gwinnett fire spokesman Ryan McGiboney, the plane came into contact with a semi-trailer on the interstate when it landed.

All lanes were reopened after the plane was removed from the interstate, officials said. A tow truck began to move the plane around 5:30 p.m., eventually pulling it up the exit ramp to Buford Drive, Gwinnett police said.The FAA said the plane is a 1966 single-engine Piper PA-28 Cherokee and had two people on board, a pilot and a passenger. According to Flight Aware, it took off from the Gwinnett County Airport just after 3:20 p.m. and landed on the highway just after 4:10 p.m.

Several motorists continued to stream by the plane until first responders arrived and shut down the interstate, Channel 2 Action News reported.

Firefighters responded to the scene at about 4:15 p.m. and found no one injured and no fire, according to officials. The two occupants had already exited the plane by the time fire crews arrived, McGiboney said.
The Piper Cherokee is a popular model for pilot training and flight schools, said Channel 2 chief meteorologist and private pilot Brad Nitz. The plane involved in Tuesday’s incident was taking its second flight of the day and sixth in the past five days, according to Flight Aware data.
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