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Aviation News (General) / Sully addresses Flight Safety and Threats in Charlotte
« Last post by KB4TEZ on January 26, 2023, 06:31:05 AM »

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.

INDIANAPOLIS — Emergency crews are investigating after a small plane crashed on the south side of Indianapolis Tuesday.

Police said the crash happened along a railroad in the 4100 block of Weaver Avenue, near Shelby Street and Edwards Avenue, around 3:45 p.m.

IMPD said one person inside the plane died in the crash. Police did not confirm any details about the victim's identity.It's unclear what led up to the crash or if anyone else was involved.

Dozens of people witnessed the crash in the residential area. Tina Thompson said she was leaving work at the time when she noticed a plane falling from the sky. 

“I am still shaken up,” she said. “There were no flames. It was just a loud boom. It came down at a 45-degree angle. There was no spinning, just nose down.”   

Thompson and neighbors went to help after the crash but said the damage was too extensive. 

A 13News viewer who lives in the area shared video of debris in his neighborhood after the crash.

Members of the University of Indianapolis’ cross country team were also in the area and saw what happened. 

“We were like, ‘Oh my goodness.’ We couldn’t tell if it was landing,” said Liam Arthur. 

“It seemed way too low to the ground, and it was going way too fast,” said John Rushton. 

“It looked like a 45-degree angle or so. It was heading pretty straight down and kind of wobbling a bit,” said Blake Ellis.

The Federal Aviation Administration is taking over the investigation to determine what caused the crash.   

The area and railroad remained shut down for several hours Tuesday night.

According to Portland International Jetport staff, nobody was injured when an American Airlines flight from Philadelphia slid off the runway after safely landing.
PORTLAND, Maine — Passengers hoping to fly out of the Portland International Jetport experienced numerous cancellations and delays on Monday. According to staff and passengers at the Portland Jetport, a plane slid off the runway after landing successfully while trying to bring passengers back to the terminal.

"As it came down, it landed with reasonably good breaking action, and then went to turn on taxiway alpha. And while taxiing on alpha, the nose gear slipped just off the pavement," Airport Director Paul Bradbury said. "So relatively minor overall, but certainly a problem for overall airport operations, because that then causes us to shut down the primary runway."
According to Bradbury and passengers on board, it was an American Airlines flight from Philadelphia. Passengers were transported by shuttle bus back to the terminal from the plane.

Numerous flights have since been delayed or canceled that were scheduled to fly out of Portland on Monday.

"We came out of the clouds nice and smooth, smooth landing, then we're turning left to come back to the terminal and just fishtailed out," Rick Huard, who was a passenger on the plane said.
According to Bradbury, the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the incident. He hopes that the plane can be moved off the runway quickly to allow for continued departures from the Jetport.

"It's a recovery operation at this point. The material is pretty solid, but once you've got the nose gear off the pavement this time of year, with this type of weather event, it can be soft. So we're hopeful that the aircraft will be back on pavement pretty easily, but if it becomes more of a recovery issue for the aircraft, it will take longer unfortunately," Bradbury said.

Many of the impacted passengers were in good spirits after getting back to the Jetport.

"Everyone walked away, so that's a good thing. It would have been better if we taxied away, but we'll take it," Huard said.

"If I'm gonna be in a plane crash, that's the crash I want to be in," laughed Bert Gerstnecker who also was on board.

Staff with American Airlines issued the following statement to NEWS CENTER Maine:

"After landing, the nose landing gear of American Eagle flight 5280, operated by PSA Airlines, exited the runway due to snowy conditions at Portland International Jetport (PWM). All passengers deplaned from the aircraft and are safely in the terminal. We never want to disrupt our customers' travel plans and apologize for the inconvenience."
Aviation Accidents/Incidents / Plane crashed on Grand Parkway in Harris County Texas
« Last post by KB4TEZ on January 23, 2023, 06:55:16 AM »
(the audio is in the news story)

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — No injuries were reported after a small plane crashed on a northwest Harris County toll road on Sunday, according to Texas Department of Public Safety officials.

The crash happened around 11:15 a.m. when the pilot of a single-engine plane reported a loss of power.

The plane was approaching the Grand Parkway near Cypress Rosehill Road when the pilot decided to land on the roadway, DPS public information officer Richard Standifer said.
"I'm just passing the Tomball stadium now. I'm going to try to bring it in over the road and land with traffic," the pilot said in the recorded Live ATC communication

As the pilot attempted the emergency landing, the plane crashed into the top of an 18-wheeler, Standifer said.

"Not good. They're on big fire. Big time. Emergency services now as fast as you can," one dispatcher can be heard saying on the air traffic control communication.

Neither the driver of the big rig nor the pilot of the plane was injured, officials said.

Once the plane got to the ground, it caught fire. Officials said the wings of the aircraft were a little wider than the roadway and the fire started when the wings rubbed against the concrete barriers. There was a fuel leak, but Standifer said the Rosehill Tomball Fire Department got to the scene and was able to stop it.

Listen to the Live ATC communication during the crash landing:
Standifer said the pilot was flying a survey assignment and was coming from West Houston Airport. The Bonanza 35 aircraft is registered in Michigan.

DPS officials waited for National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration officials to get to the scene.
Aviation Audio Clips / Plane Lands on Beach in Carlsbad
« Last post by KB4TEZ on January 23, 2023, 06:30:29 AM »

Carlsbad officials confirmed on Thursday morning that an aircraft had landed on a beach in the North County community.

The plane came down around 7:40 a.m. near Tower 25, just off the 7100 block of Carlsbad Boulevard, according to Carlsbad police. That strip of beach is part of South Carlsbad State Beach and is just south of Poinsettia Lane.

The single-propeller small black plane with purple detailing came down on its belly on a stretch of beach with little shoreline, and, consequently, the waves began to turn the plane around as they came in and ebbed. High tide on Thursday morning was at around 6:30 a.m.
While nobody was down on the beach near the Piper Pa-28 aircraft, which has the tail number N57355, people quickly began to crowd around 30-40 feet above it on the cliff. A fire truck from Carlsbad was spotted parked on the roadway above the plane.

The plane was flying from Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport in San Diego to John Wayne Airport in Orange County when it had to make an emergency landing in the water after reporting engine problems, according to the Federal
Aviation Administration, which will be investigating the incident.

Shortly after 3 p.m., NBC 7 received the following statement from FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro:
A single-engine Piper PA-28 landed in the Pacific Ocean southwest of McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, Calif., around 7:45 a.m. local time today after the pilot reported engine problems.

The plane was flying from Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport in San Diego to John Wayne Airport in Orange County. Three people were on board. The FAA and NTSB will investigate.    

After investigators verify the aircraft registration number at the scene, the FAA will release it (usually on the next business day) on this webpage.  

The FAA does not identify people involved in aircraft accidents. 

Shortly before 3 p.m., NBC 7 was told by the plane's owner that he thought he knew the cause of the mechanical failure.

“We just found out it was an internal engine failure," Christopher Sluka of Learn to Fly San Diego told NBC 7. "A push rod failed and punched a hole through the crankcase, allowing the oil to come out, resulting in a seized engine. The pilots and passengers did an outstanding job landing in the water, getting out, and swimming to shore, all without injury.”

Three people were aboard the aircraft, which is used for training new pilots, according to the Carlsbad Fire Department. None of those inside the plane were hurt in the landing; all refused to go to the hospital.

California State Parks was managing the emergency landing and investigating the incident. It's expected that at low tide, around 2 p.m. Thursday, workers will be using a bulldozer and tow truck to lift the plane off the beach and onto the tow truck, which will eventually be used to transfer it to another truck that will drive it away.
Aviation Accidents/Incidents / Plane makes emergency landing on interstate in Tennessee
« Last post by KB4TEZ on January 23, 2023, 06:08:12 AM »

NOXVILLE, Tenn. (Video by WVLT via CNN) —
A small plane made an emergency landing on Interstate 40 in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Saturday, managing not to strike any vehicles in the process, according to the Knoxville Police Department.
The pilot was not harmed and there were no significant injuries, said Mark Nagi, community relations officer for the Tennessee Department of Transportation. There were no other passengers onboard.

Authorities credited both the pilot and good fortune for preventing what could have been a tragic accident.

"He was trying to make it onto the ramp where there was less traffic obviously, but luckily nobody was involved with him and he was able to land safely enough to get him out and keep everybody else safe," said Knoxville Police Sgt. Thomas Clinton.

Traffic in the area was impacted for several hours and drivers were asked to seek alternate routes if possible.

The plane was eventually loaded onto a wrecker and removed from the interstate, police said. All eastbound lanes of I-40 have been reopened.

The pilot, Frank Grubbs, told CNN affiliate WVLT the engine failed mid-flight and other options for landing were unavailable.

"I'm just sorry I backed traffic up so far. I inconvenienced a lot of people, so I hate that," Grubbs told WVLT.
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