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Feed Setup Pictures / Pics from ham shack - KLKU, ADS-B, UAT
« Last post by johndball on Today at 12:17:49 PM »
My setup is certainly not as nice as some of these other, very professional builds, but hey, it gets me on the air. :-)

My rigs are setup in a gym which doubles as my ham shack. I have two Pi's: one for ADS-B 1080 and UAT 978, the other for LiveATC. Three antennas, not counting the HF radial antenna, and a fourth "spare" that isn't in use. The system connects to the internet through an air-gapped Ubiquiti U6 Pro to the main building via an outdoor Ubiquiti AC M Pro.

The HF antenna is mainly for ham radio use, but occasionally I'll tune in to the HF air bands when chatter is down on the ham bands. I control the ICOM 7300 through an HP computer running a remote control software - as long as I'm on my VPN, I can tune in to my HF antenna remotely and control it using an ICOM RC-28.

On top of the silo, I have a Davis Vantage Pro 2 weather station. It is also air-gapped to the main building. It's the last device to be relocated from the silo, mainly due to lightning, even with surge arrestors in place, but it's lasted about five years so it'll stay for now. One of the challenges was finding lighting arrestors that would work within the frequency bands of 978 and 1090 - I found that the Alpha Delta ATT3G50HP worked up to 3Ghz whereas the PolyPhaser IS-50UX-C0 only went up to 700Mhz.

The LiveATC Pi feeds KLKU (Louisa) and I'm close enough to pick up ground traffic and all traffic north, south, and east of the airport. Some west-bound traffic, but KLKU #2 is located west of the airport and has great coverage on that side. My wife and I are both pilots-in-training so it's nice to go back and listen to our radio traffic after a flight.

Just today, I've submitted a request to add 7W4 as well as air-to-air bands to the mix so we'll see how that goes when Dave and his crew has time (those folks are busy!).

Hope y'all enjoyed the explanation! 73's.
Aviation Audio Clips / 1 dead after plane crash in Anderson County
« Last post by KB4TEZ on Today at 10:37:00 AM »

(Have him departing KTYS, then handed off to Departure as he headed north to KGRR, but nothing after that. Something catastropic must have happened, judging by his flight level so erratic. Another Pilot made a search, guided by TYS ATC.  RIP)

ANDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WATE) — The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a plane crash near Claxton and Powell Friday evening.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, one person died in the plane crash. The FAA shared that the single-engine Piper PA-32 crashed near a road in Powell around 4:30 p.m. on April 12. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are investigating.

The victim has been identified as James Evan Scarlett, 45. He was pronounced dead on the scene and his body was taken to the Knox County Regional Forensics Center to conduct further examination.

The plane had taken off from McGhee Tyson Airport and was heading to Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) in Grand Rapids, Michigan according to ACSO.  The sheriff’s office shared that at 4:43 p.m. deputies responded to a call in the Tillery Road area to search for plane parts. ACSO added that callers reported hearing a crash.

A release from ACSO said that parts of the plane and luggage were also found in the Ashley Lane area. The plane was found in the woods near Gadsontown Lane according to the sheriff’s office.

The Anderson County Emergency Management Agency, the Claxton Volunteer Fire Department, the Anderson County Rescue Squad, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol Helicopter units assisted in the search. The recovered aircraft will be taken to Atlanta for further examination.

The National Transportation Safety Board is in charge of the investigation.

(The Mooney apparently didn't know his gear wasn't down, all ok thankfully)

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – A small plane landed Saturday morning at Winter Haven Regional Airport without its landing gear engaged, according to police.

Winter Haven firefighters responded to the runway around 11:15 a.m., the police department said in a statement.  The plane managed to land safely, police said, adding there was no fuel leak nor any other hazardous situations as a result.

No injuries were reported in the landing either, but police could not provide any further information about the aircraft or how many people were on board, the statement reads.
Listener Forum / Re: Czech Republic: LKPR - 6 feeds are down; ticket 52913
« Last post by TroubiCZ on April 15, 2024, 04:14:13 AM »
Thanks a million :)

Aviation Audio Clips / Small plane lands in grass at GRR during takeoff
« Last post by KB4TEZ on April 11, 2024, 05:44:42 AM »

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A pilot is safe after a small plane entered the green space at Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

The airport tells FOX 17 the Cessna plane was flown by a single pilot, who reported a power loss while attempting to take off on Runway L.

We’re told he tried to land on Runway R but knew it wouldn't have been possible, so he landed in the grass.
Listener Forum / Re: Sun N Fun!!
« Last post by RonR on April 10, 2024, 12:36:56 PM »
Hey Darryl,

Sorry, I do not know those frequencies... sadly I am not down there in Florida enjoying the expo and thus am not involved with that setup.  The freqs are private most likely at the request of the Sun N Fun organization.

Hope all is well with you!

Listener Forum / Re: Sun N Fun!!
« Last post by JetScan1 on April 10, 2024, 12:17:09 PM »
Hi Ron,

What does "Priv" mean for the Air Boss and Military Performers frequencies ? Do you know what the actual frequencies are ?
Aviation News (General) / Southeastern Air Traffic
« Last post by KB4TEZ on April 10, 2024, 11:22:32 AM »
Well, if you're travellng here in the Southeast today, looks like two choices,
go over the top, or all the way around.  Listening to the centers, really chatting it up.

Nasty line.  Stay safe all !!!

« Last post by KB4TEZ on April 10, 2024, 10:54:12 AM »
No injuries, and has to be the most polite controller under the circumstances.

Date:   09-APR-24
Time:   15:45:00Z
Regis#:   N994DA
Aircraft Make:   DIAMOND
Aircraft Model:   DA20
Event Type:   INCIDENT
Highest Injury:   NONE
Aircraft Missing:   No
Damage:   MINOR
City:   PUEBLO

Augusta Regional Airport sees nearly five-times as many planes a day than usual during the Masters.
Plus it shuts down one of its runways for 300 private jets to park.
"It's organized chaos to us," the airport's assistant director of marketing told BI.
With an average of 30,000 passengers a month, Augusta Regional Airport usually sees one-hundredth the number of passengers as Newark Liberty International. But the Georgian airport will see that same number in just one week as the Masters Tournament gets started. 
"It's organized chaos to us," Lauren Smith, the airport's assistant director of marketing and public relations, told Business Insider.

"We actually hire additional staff that week. The airlines, TSA, and all of our tenants out here bring in additional people to make sure we have enough to accommodate the influx," she added.

This year's Masters, played at Augusta National, is set to be the busiest yet for Augusta Regional Airport.
More commercial flights than ever before
American Airlines and Delta Air Lines always increase their number of direct flights for the tournament, but compared to last year, the latter has nearly doubled its seat capacity to Augusta.

"In years past, American has always given an influx of direct flights for Masters week," Smith told BI. "Delta has only offered maybe one or two additional flights. However, this year they are matching what American does."
For the first time, passengers will be able to fly with Delta direct to the tournament from Washington, DC, Boston, Austin, JFK, Palm Beach, and Orlando. It's also resuming flights from LaGuardia and Detroit, plus the expanded service from its Atlanta hub.
"Our numbers are going to be very high because of all those additional flights," Smith said. "Normally, the Monday after the Masters is a mass exodus and that's our busiest day, but this year, we think Wednesday and even Thursday are going to be just as busy."

A typical day at Augusta Regional Airport sees 62 planes take off and land, Smith said. During the Masters week, there will be between 100 and 300 planes every day.

But perhaps the most striking change from the usual day-to-day is the expected influx of private jets.

Private jets
Augusta Regional Airport has two runways but closes one of them down for the Masters so that the private jets can park there.

"We may have up to 300 aircraft parked out here at a given time," Smith said. "Now that changes year over year, because the aircraft, of course, are getting bigger."
Last year, 1,758 business jets landed at the airport during the seven days of the golf tournament, according to FlightAware. That was more than three times as many as the week before the Masters.

The airport has its own fixed-base operator (FBO) which provides the services for private jets.
The aviation analysis firm WingX tracked business jet arrivals at Augusta and at Aiken and Barnwell — two other regional airports just across the state border in South Carolina.

It found that last year, the largest number of business jets arrived from Atlanta — around 140 miles from Augusta —followed by New York City. The most popular aircraft type was the Bombardier Challenger 300, which cost about $10 million.

How Augusta Regional Airport deals with all the Masters fans
In February, the airport had another two jet bridges installed which made the boarding process easier.

"Even outside of the Masters, our airport has received additional grant funds to keep projects on track," Smith told BI.

She said most of the new commercial flights will be operated using the jet bridges. And that the terminal was recently increased by about 1,000 feet.
That will also come in handy as the airport is introducing a new concessionaire to operate a restaurant, gift shop, and bistro.

The influx of passengers also means a need for more cars to collect them from the airport. Smith said some local residents rent larger vehicles for ground transportation, and the airport speaks to ride-hailing services.

"We have contacts with Uber, Lyft, Toro, and make sure that they spread out their geofencing, and actually contact drivers from nearby cities and ask them to come to Augusta."

Once the tournament is finished and the visitors head home, Smith and her coworkers can breathe a sigh of relief. But then it's all about getting ready for next year as well.

"As soon as the Masters ends, we are already setting goals and making initiatives and plans for the following Masters," she said.

"We need to make sure all of our I's are dotted and T's are crossed, because we want to make sure we give the best impression as the gateway to Augusta."

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