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Offline jrdioko

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Radar contact lost near Burbank
« on: September 07, 2010, 02:27:09 AM »
I was listening to the KBUR feed tonight (at around 8pm) and heard SoCal Approach (I believe) inform a helicopter pilot (Comanche something-papa) "radar contact lost". He then called him several times over the next 5 minutes or so with no response. What exactly does "radar contact lost" mean, and what happened here?



Offline Fryy - Avocado Flight

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Re: Radar contact lost near Burbank
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2010, 03:28:14 AM »
It just means that the controller lost the aircraft on the radar screen. Most likely the aircraft in question went below the controllers MVA - (Minimum Vectoring Altitude). As to why he lost him on radar, I don't know. If a plane goes down the controller will eventually lost them on radar and if i'm not mistaken, on the radio as well. I'm assuming if it was a helicopter he may have been landing but it seems like there should of been some sort of communication if that's the case. These are my assumptions.