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Aviation Audio Clips / Runway Taxiway lighting issues at KPBI
« Last post by KB4TEZ on Today at 12:07:19 PM »
Well, time to "lighten" things up.
I caught this early Saturday morning, all sorts of light issues at PBI.
The ground/maintenance teams don't get enough credit sometimes.
There have been issues before, and after updating the ATIS and NOTAM,
it was time to start another normal Saturday morning for them.

Enter in a very understanding Southwest Pilot.
and during this time of year, his prognosis seemed to fit at the very end !



One of Canada’s largest privately-owned airports gives way to land redevelopment.
The final echoes of engines roaring, propellers whirring, and the sight of planes ascending into the skies have faded away from Toronto Buttonville Municipal Airport.

After six decades of service, Buttonville Airport, one of Canada's largest privately-owned airports, officially ceased operations on Nov. 30, marking the end of an era in aviation. Situated at the intersection of Highway 404 and 16th Avenue in Markham, the airport's closure was foreseen, attributed to the expiration of a land lease agreement between Cadillac Fairview, the airport's owner, and TorontAir Limited, the airport's operating entity.
The future holds a transformation for the land, with Cadillac Fairview envisioning its redevelopment into an expansive industrial complex, signalling a significant change for the area's landscape.

Derek Sifton, president of TorontAir Limited, could not be reached for comments via phone or email on Nov. 30. However, Vince Faust, assistant line manager for flight line services, confirmed that Nov. 30 was the last day of the airport’s operations without giving further comments.

Amid the closure, traces of activity could still be observed on the airport's final day. An isolated plane lingered on the otherwise vacant premises while employees were witnessed evacuating furniture and personal belongings from the site.
Runway decommissioning had already started, commencing with the smaller runway (21/03) on Nov. 20, followed by the closure of runway 15/33 shortly after, according to staff members.

Reflecting on the closure, City of Markham Ward 2 Coun. Ritch Lau, a former student pilot at Buttonville Airport, acknowledged the nostalgic sentiments shared by fellow pilots. However, Lau highlighted safety concerns raised by local residents following recent mishaps involving crash landings, indicating that the closure was not entirely

For many aviation enthusiasts and professionals, Buttonville Airport held a special place in their hearts. Robert Cohen, who obtained his pilot license at Buttonville in 1981 and subsequently embarked on a career as a charter pilot, expressed profound gratitude to the Sifton family for nurturing his childhood dream of flying.
Recalling the airport's humble origins as a grass airstrip in 1953, Cohen reminisced about the Sifton family's vision, particularly that of Heather and Michael Sifton, who transformed the farmland into a thriving private airport facility.

"It turned out to be a gem for any aviation enthusiast. Many of us in the industry ... will miss Buttonville Airport.”

"Buttonville Airport was my roots in aviation," Cohen remarked. "It turned out to be a gem for any aviation enthusiast. Many of us in the industry, be it professionally or privately, currently flying or retired, will miss Buttonville Airport and all the services it had to offer.”

The airport's closure marks the end of an era for those who found solace and inspiration amid its runways and hangars, leaving a legacy that will endure in the memories of the aviation community.

(Pieced the audio together, but the set up at Indy for APP/DEP are shared, so don't actually hear the aircraft from the declaration.
they did land safely, but the ground freq must have changed, Tower said 121.8, yet on the freq page for KIND is shows 121.9, so never heard any of that convo)

By Simon Hradecky, created Sunday, Dec 3rd 2023 14:53Z, last updated Sunday, Dec 3rd 2023 14:53Z

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration N8630B performing flight WN-2399 from Indianapolis,IN to Las Vegas,NV (USA), was accelerating for takeoff from Indianapolis' runway 23R when tower already queried the number of souls on board. The aircraft climbed out, the crew declared Mayday reporting they had just lost their left hand engine (CFM56), needed to return and work some checklists prior to landing back. The crew shut the engine down and returned to Indianapolis for a safe landing on runway 23R about 22 minutes after departure.

A replacement Boeing 737-800 registration N8604K reached Las Vegas with a delay of about 3 hours.

The occurrence aircraft is still on the ground in Indianapolis about 50 hours after landing back.

The airline reported a mechanical issue with the #1 engine.
Listener Forum / Re: KBWI Tower feed
« Last post by texx on December 02, 2023, 11:18:06 AM »
It's back! Thanks.
Feed Outage/Status Reports / Re: CYHZ down... {now back up} {now back down}
« Last post by blacktop on November 30, 2023, 07:37:09 PM »
Exactly !!   :-D
Aviation Audio Clips / United B737 at Newark on Nov 28th 2023 nose gear door issue
« Last post by KB4TEZ on November 30, 2023, 02:05:31 PM »

Bit of a lengthy listen, but what great interaction between ATC and the Flight Deck.
some amazing vectoring with the other aircraft, and a snow squall about to roll in, and a runway change.

A United Boeing 737-700, registration N21723 performing flight UA-2144 from Newark,NJ to Saint Louis,MO (USA), was climbing out of Newark's runway 22R when the crew reported an issue with their nose wheel door and stopped the climb at 5000 feet. While working the checklists and communicating with dispatch and maintenance the crew updated they were having a problem with the nose gear doors, it was very noisy and they needed to return, no emergency was declared. The aircraft maintained 5000 feet for about 90 minutes before returning to Newark for a safe landing on runway 22L about 105 minutes after departure.

A replacement Boeing 737-700 registration N39726 reached Saint Louis with a delay of about 3.5 hours.
Feed Outage/Status Reports / Re: CYHZ down... {now back up} {now back down}
« Last post by KB4TEZ on November 30, 2023, 11:13:36 AM »
Stages of Angst.  We have new Technical Term now !!(aka Dave-ism)
glad to hear the set up is "progressing"

Aviation Audio Clips / 1 dead after plane crash in Etowah County identified
« Last post by KB4TEZ on November 30, 2023, 08:10:44 AM »

Can only hear the ATC side, really felt for this controller, did everything possible for the pilot.

UPDATE: According to Etowah County Coroner London Pearce, the pilot was Charles Walker Pickering Jr., 65, from Fairhope, Alabama.

ETOWAH COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — Etowah County authorities responded to the scene of a reported plane crash that left one dead near Attalla Monday evening.

According to Etowah County Sheriff Jonathon Horton, 911 dispatchers received calls at around 6 p.m. Monday regarding a plane crash in Etowah County. The crash landing occurred in the area of Lemons Hollow Road and Rocky Hollow Road, near the St. Clair County border.

First responders attempted to climb the mountainside near Rocky Hollow Road when they were stopped by fire. They have accessed the scene by using drone shots to work around the “difficult terrain,” according to Sheriff Horton. The fire is contained in the wooded area and is not expected to spread.
At this time, Sheriff Horton stated the crash is believed to involve a small aircraft with only the pilot onboard the plane. ECSO deputies and other authorities are expected to patrol the area throughout the night.

Sheriff Horton stated that investigators currently have no idea what caused or led up to the crash. He also advised locals to avoid the area of Lemons Hollow Road until further notice.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the scene further in the morning and provide additional updates.
Aviation Audio Clips / Plane veers off Stuart airport runway causing fuel spill
« Last post by KB4TEZ on November 29, 2023, 02:56:44 PM »

STUART, Fla. (CBS12) — A plane drove off a runway causing 15 gallons of fuel to spill, the Martin County Fire Rescue (MCFR) says.
The incident occurred at 6:40 p.m. Tuesday night at the Witham Field airport. Units say the aircraft's landing gear collapsed while the plane was landing which caused it to veer off the runway.
No one was injured.
The incident is under investigation.
Aviation News (General) / Commercial jet powered by fat and sugar crosses the Atlantic
« Last post by KB4TEZ on November 29, 2023, 02:09:51 PM »

LONDON — The first commercial airliner to cross the Atlantic on a purely high-fat, low-emissions fuel flew Tuesday from London to New York in a step toward achieving what supporters called “jet zero.”

The Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787 flight was powered without using fossil fuels, relying on so-called sustainable aviation fuel made up largely of tallow and other waste fats and plant sugars.

“The world will always assume something can’t be done, until you do it,” said Virgin founder Richard Branson, who was aboard the flight with others including corporate and government officials, engineers and journalists.

The U.K. Transport Department, which provided 1 million pounds ($1.27 million) to plan and operate the flight, called the test a “huge step towards jet zero” to make air travel more environmentally friendly, though large hurdles remain in making the fuel widely available.

While governments have long talked about decarbonizing air travel, the transition has been moving at the pace of a dirigible.
Sustainable aviation fuel, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions by about 70%, is the best near-term way for the international aviation industry to achieve its net zero target by 2050, the U.S. Energy Department said, though it called the goal aspirational.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office said that while domestic production of the fuel had jumped from about 2 million gallons in 2016 to 15.8 million gallons in 2022, it accounted for less than 0.1% of the jet fuel used by major U.S. airlines. It was also a drop in the bucket compared to the goal of producing 1 billion gallons a year set in 2018 by the Federal Aviation Administration.
The White House, meanwhile, set a goal two years ago to produce 3 billion gallons of sustainable aviation fuel per year by 2030 and 100% of domestic commercial jet fuel by 2050.

The U.K. has set a goal that 10% of jet fuel will come from sustainable sources by 2030.

Holly Boyd-Boland, vice president of corporate development at Virgin Atlantic, said the flight shows that the fuel can power existing aircraft but said the challenge is ramping up production to “get to enough volume so that we’re flying more sustainable aviation fuel every day.”

But the group Aviation Environment Federation said the aviation industry was making misleading claims about the impact of sustainable fuel on carbon emissions.

“The idea that this flight somehow gets us closer to guilt-free flying is a joke,” said policy director Cait Hewitt. Sustainable aviation fuel represents “around 0.1% of aviation fuel globally and will be very hard to scale up sustainably.”

While this is the first jetliner to make the trans-Atlantic journey using only the sustainable fuel, it was not a commercial flight and not the first jet to do so.

Gulfstream Aerospace was the first to make the crossing earlier this month with a business jet powered only by the eco-fuel. Air France-KLM flew from Paris to Montreal two years ago using a mix of petroleum-based jet fuel and a synthetic derived from waste cooking oils.

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