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Aviation News (General) / Happy National Aviation Day !!!!!
« Last post by KB4TEZ on Today at 11:07:17 AM »

“Ever since 1939, August 19 has been celebrated as National Aviation Day, the legacy of a presidential proclamation first made by Franklin D. Roosevelt.

“Selected because it was Orville Wright’s birthday, the decision to revel in all things aeronautical came at an exciting time in aviation history.

“Just 36 years after the Wright Brothers flew the first heavier-than-air flying machine in 1903, aviation was a growing – if not thriving – industry in the United States and around the world.

“New world speed and distance records were being set, airlines that still exist today were being formed and, as World War II began, both Allied and Axis Powers sought new ways to beef up aviation’s role in warfare.

“By 1939, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (N.A.C.A.) – NASA’s organizational predecessor – was 24 years old and already well established with the nation’s premiere aviation research laboratory in Virginia, and a brand new center just approved to be built in California.

“Fundamental problems with flight were being solved on the drawing boards and in the wind tunnels of the N.A.C.A., enabling aircraft to fly faster, higher, farther and with more and more cargo and passengers.

“Today, with the N.A.C.A.’s research heritage still alive and well at NASA, it can be said that every U.S. aircraft and air traffic control tower in operation today uses some kind of NASA-developed technology.”
Aviation Audio Clips / Re: Midair KWVI Watsonville, CA
« Last post by Rick108 on Today at 08:47:49 AM »

Here is the audio from the Watsonville CTAF from a few minutes before the accident.  It sounds like the airport was fairly busy.  The Cessna 152 (N49931) was in the pattern doing T&Gs on r/w 20, while the twin Cessna (N740WJ) was inbound, straight in for r/w 20.  Both pilots were reporting their positions, and the 152 had the twin in sight.  There is a dialog between the two pilots just before the accident - the twin reports a one-mile final, and the 152 pilot says he's going around because the twin is approaching fast from behind.  A third aircraft in the downwind witnessed the accident.

Such a tragedy.  My condolences to the families of the pilots involved.
Aviation Audio Clips / Midair KWVI Watsonville, CA
« Last post by KB4TEZ on Today at 06:48:38 AM »
Story from Fryy's post in the Accidents/Incident section.
found from Norcal another aircraft witness account.

WATSONVILLE – Multiple fatalities were reported Thursday after two airplanes collided while attempting to land at the Watsonville Municipal Airport, authorities said.

The mid-air crash was reported around 3 p.m., according to the Federal Aviation Administration. In a statement, the FAA said a Cessna 152 and a Cessna 340 collided while the pilots were on their final approaches to the airport.

One person was onboard the Cessna 152 and two people were onboard the Cessna 304, according to the FAA.

In a statement posted to social media, the city of Watsonville said multiple fatalities were reported.

“Multiple agencies responded to Watsonville Municipal Airport after (two) planes attempting to land collided,” the statement read. “We have reports of multiple fatalities.”

The FAA did not confirm the fatalities but said there were no injuries to anyone on the ground.

Witnesses reported seeing two aircraft collide about 200 feet in the air. Franky Herrera was driving past the airport when he saw a twin-engine plane bank hard to the right and hit the wing of a smaller, single-engine aircraft.
Aviation Accidents/Incidents / Re: Midair KWVI Watsonville, CA
« Last post by KB4TEZ on Today at 06:44:55 AM »
some audio from another witness aircraft. (also posted in the audio section)

According to The Aviation Herald, the pilots of Ethiopian Airlines flight #ET343 from Khartoum to Addis Ababa fell alseep in flight.

On August 15,2022, the Boeing Boeing 737-800 (reg ET-AOB) was at 37,000 ft at FL370 when it was supposed to start the descent to Addis Ababa Bole Airport.

The Air Traffic Control tried to contact the crew several times without success. When the autopilot disocnnected, the alarm woke up the pilots who reacted and finally landed the plane on runway 25L about 25 minutes later.In this case, it looks the flight management system was set up for an approach to the airport… without descending. The consequences could have been well worse if it was not the case.
Aviation Accidents/Incidents / Midair KWVI Watsonville, CA
« Last post by Fryy - Avocado Flight on August 18, 2022, 07:46:49 PM »
Developing, multiple fatalities reported.

- Following the August 18, 2022, fatal mid-air collision between a Cessna 340A, N740WJ, and a Cessna 152, N49931, that occurred near the Watsonville Municipal Airport (WVI/KWVI) in Santa Cruz, California.
 Multiple fatalities are reported at this point. Two people and one dog inside the 340 were confirmed dead. Both aircraft were trying to land at the airport. One plane crashed into one of the airport’s buildings. The second plane crashed in a neighborhood next to the airport, at the intersection of Buena Vista Drive and Calabasas Road.
This post will be updated over time. Nothing else is known at this moment.

- Flightaware links:

Huh, the files went 404.
Listener Forum / Re: Manchester Airport UK Feed?
« Last post by MIAMIATC on August 17, 2022, 10:19:56 AM »
Remotehams also has a slew of UK ATC Radios
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