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BOCA RATON, Fla. (CBS12) — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an Alert Notice late Friday afternoon for a single-engine Lanclair 320 that disappeared off the coast of Boca Raton.

Officials with the U.S. Coast Guard say they're searching for pilot, who is the sole occupant of the plane. The Coast Guard has identified the pilot as Brendan Spratt, 87. He left from Spruce Creek earlier, which is just south of Daytona Beach, and was supposed to land at Boca Raton Airport.

Crews from stations in Fort Lauderdale, Clearwater, Miami and Fort Pierce have been searching by air and sea for the missing plane, according to officials. While the search by air has been suspended until Saturday, Coast Guard crews will continue to search by boat throughout the night.
it has been an ugly weekend in small craft aviation

JUPITER, Fla. (CBS12) — Another plane crash took place in Palm Beach County on Sunday afternoon.

According to the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration), a single-engine Luscombe 8A crashed under unknown circumstances near Chandelle Road at Tailwinds Airport in Jupiter at 12:30 p.m. There is one confirmed fatality, according to the Martin County Sheriff's Office.Preliminary reports indicate two people were on board.

The NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) will be in charge of the investigation and will provide additional updates.

A flight instructor and a student pilot were rescued by a U.S. Coast Guard crew Saturday night after their plane experienced engine trouble, forcing them to ditch the aircraft in the ocean off the coast of Hawaii, officials said.The two pilots were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Coast Guard officials. Their names were not immediately released.

Lt. j.g. Makenzy Karnehm, watchstander of the Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center, said a Coast Guard helicopter rescue crew from Air Station Barbers Point in Oahu managed to reach pilots about an hour after they ended up in the ocean about eight miles off the coast of Lanai, the sixth-largest Hawaiian island."As a watchstander, this is the type of outcome we want to see with every case," Karnehm said in a statement, "Both the Coast Guard and our partners train together for incidents like this and once the call came in we were able to quickly mobilize a robust response and rescue the pilots."Coast Guard officials said they received a call at about 5:49 p.m. from the air-traffic control facility at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport that an aircraft was experiencing engine trouble and was likely going to ditch in the ocean.

On-duty Coast Guard watchstanders issued an urgent notice to mariners in the area to be on the lookout for survivors, officials said.

A Mokulele Airlines plane that had just taken off from the Lanai Airport headed to Honolulu spotted the two men in the water and radioed in their location as they continued to circle, officials told ABC affiliate station KITV in Honolulu.

Passengers aboard the Mokulele Airlines flight said their pilot quickly asked them to help scan the ocean for the stranded flyers as they circled the area.

"The pilot said, 'There is an aircraft in distress. There is nobody else out there. We have to divert to find them,'" a passenger aboard the Mokulele Airlines flight told KITV. "We started a descending spiral over the ocean just looking for the aircraft. My wife and two passengers on the left side of the plane spotted the aircraft about to impact the water, then witnessed the aircraft impact the water."
Listener Forum / RTLSDR_Airband
« Last post by Aerotower on February 25, 2021, 06:39:18 PM »
Hi Guys,

For those how want to install the RTLSDR_Airband script but don't know how to do it (Like me) the OpenSky have a command that do it for you, compile, install an put the service running.

For raspberry pi:

"sudo bash <(curl -s"


The only thing that we need to change is the rtl_airband.conf file located at /usr/local/etc/rtl_airband.conf

Have fun

Aviation Audio Clips / Mooney Landed on Overpass - KLVK
« Last post by Fryy on February 24, 2021, 02:02:54 AM »
Mooney N3254F forced landing on to a road overpass just after takeoff. No reported injuries.
Listener Forum / adelade oz
« Last post by cal646 on February 23, 2021, 02:18:46 PM »
why are so many listeners on the adelade atc feed whats happening?

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – A Boeing 757 en route to Seattle has made an unexpected landing at the Salt Lake City International Airport.

The plane was traveling from Atlanta to Seattle when it was diverted to the Salt Lake City International Airport after experiencing a “left engine issue.”

The FAA issued a statement to NewsNation regarding the emergency landing saying, “A Boeing 757-200 operated by Delta Air Lines diverted to Salt Lake City International Airport and landed safely Monday afternoon after experiencing a left-engine issue.”The statement continues, “The FAA will investigate. Delta Air Lines Flight 2123 was flying from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport when the incident occurred. “

Delta Airlines issued a statement to ABC4 saying, “DL2123 en route to Seattle from Atlanta diverted to Salt Lake City out of an abundance of caution following an indicator warning of a possible problem with one of its engines. The flight landed safely without incident and taxied to the gate without assistance. We are working to reaccomodate customers on a later flight. We apologize for the delay and any inconvenience.”
we knew this would be coming.

The aerospace giant issued its recommendation late Sunday, a day after a 777 operated by United Airlines suffered a dramatic engine failure over Colorado and hours after the head of the F.A.A. said he was requiring “immediate or stepped-up inspections” of planes equipped with the Pratt & Whitney PW4000 family of engines, which are used only on 777s. The vast majority of Boeing 777s are equipped with engines made by GE Aviation.United, which is the only American carrier affected by the F.A.A. order, said it would temporarily ground the two dozen 777s powered by that Pratt & Whitney model that it had been flying. The National Transportation Safety Board is leading an investigation into the crash.

“While the N.T.S.B. investigation is ongoing, we recommended suspending operations of the 69 in-service and 59 in-storage 777s powered by Pratt & Whitney 4000-112 engines until the F.A.A. identifies the appropriate inspection protocol,” Boeing said in aBoeing said on Sunday that all 128 of its 777 jetliners powered by a particular Pratt & Whitney engine model should be grounded worldwide until the Federal Aviation Administration determines the best way to inspect the engines.
Earlier on Sunday, the F.A.A.’s counterpart in Japan had ordered airlines there to stop flying 777s equipped with those engines, affecting 32 jets operated by All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines, a move that Boeing said it supported.

The only other country with carriers that fly that plane-and-engine combination is South Korea, according to the F.A.A. Korean Air said on Monday that it planned to ground its planes but that it was waiting for guidance from local regulators. Another carrier, Asiana Airlines, said it had temporarily stopped operation of the 777s.

“We reviewed all available safety data following yesterday’s incident,” the F.A.A.’s administrator, Steve Dickson, said in a statement on Sunday. “Based on the initial information, we concluded that the inspection interval should be stepped up for the hollow fan blades that are unique to this model of engine.”

Mr. Dickson said the F.A.A. was working with its counterparts around the world and said its safety experts were meeting “into the evening” with Pratt & Whitney and Boeing to address the required inspections. Pratt & Whitney, a division of the aerospace and military giant Raytheon Technologies that makes jet and helicopter engines, did not immediately respond to requests seeking comment.

Soon after United Flight 328 departed Denver for Hawaii on Saturday, the right engine failed, shedding debris across three neighborhoods before the plane returned safely to Denver, according to the authorities. None of the 229 passengers or 10 crew members were injured.

The National Transportation Safety Board said on Sunday that an initial investigation showed that two fan blades in the plane’s Pratt & Whitney PW4077 engine had fractured and that the cowling, or covering, had separated from the engine. Investigators are examining the engine and airplane as well as photographs and video taken by passengers. The cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder were taken to Washington for analysis.

United said in a statement that “safety remains our highest priority — for our employees and our customers.” In addition to the two dozen planes it was grounding, United said it had 28 more Boeing 777s equipped with the engine model in storage.

While the American and Japanese orders affect relatively few planes, they represent yet another blow to Boeing, which is suffering from two recent major crises: the 18-month global ban of the 737 Max following two fatal crashes and a slowdown in worldwide travel caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The F.A.A. in November became the first global aviation authority to lift its ban on the Max, and its counterparts in several other jurisdictions have since followed suit.

The 777 is a large, twin-aisle plane typically used to fly long distances. Its first passenger flight, operated by United, was in 1995. So far, Boeing has delivered more than 1,600 of the jets to customers around the world, roughly 200 of which are freighters. Only 174 of the 1,600 jets were equipped with Pratt & Whitney engines, the last of which was delivered to the South Korean carrier Asiana Airlines in 2013. More than 1,250 of the jets were equipped with engines made by GE Aviation, with the remaining using engines made by Rolls-Royce.

In recent years, airlines have increasingly favored smaller, single-aisle planes, a trend accelerated by the pandemic, throughout which few people have been flying internationally.

The Sunday F.A.A. order came hours after Japan’s aviation authority told All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines to stop using 777s equipped with the Pratt & Whitney engine.

“We have ordered that operation of the planes be stopped while we consider the necessity of additional measures,” the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure Transport and Tourism wrote in an announcement on its website.

In the statement, the ministry said it had ordered the airlines to increase engine inspections after a “serious incident” on Dec. 4 involving a 777 with a Pratt & Whitney engine. Soon after departing from Naha airport in Okinawa that day, Japan Airlines Flight 904 turned around because of a problem with its left engine, according to the ministry. A subsequent investigation by the ministry discovered damage to the engine’s fan blades and cowling.

In late January, the ministry concluded that the episode was caused by metal fatigue in the fan blades and issued an order for domestic airlines to step up inspections of similarly built engines. The engine on that Dec. 4 flight was a Pratt and Whitney PW4074.

A spokesman for Japan Airlines said the airline had decided on Sunday — before the aviation authority issued its order — to stop using the 13 Boeing 777s in its fleet equipped with the Pratt & Whitney engines. Only three scheduled flights were affected. The airline last year said it planned to remove all 13 planes from its fleet by early 2022. The airline also operates 22 Boeing 777s equipped with engines from GE Aviation, which are unaffected by the order.

All Nippon Airways said it had 19 jets in its fleet involved in the order, affecting two scheduled flights.

Three Korean airlines, Korean Air, Asiana and Jin Air, operate a total of 29 777s equipped with engines from the Pratt and Whitney PW4000 series, according the country’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. However, it said none used the same engine model as the plane that suffered the engine failure over Colorado.

Korean Air has 16 777s with Pratt and Whitney PW4000 engines, six of which are in service. In a statement Monday afternoon, the company said it planned to voluntarily ground the planes while it waited for further guidance from authorities.

Asiana, which has nine 777s with engines in the same series, said in a statement Monday that it had decided to temporarily stop operation of the planes.

In an email, Jin Air said that two of its planes had completed flights on Monday and that it planned to conduct maintenance on them, but would wait for instructions from the authorities before taking further action.
Feed Outage/Status Reports / Re: KHPN back online
« Last post by rjs176cp on February 21, 2021, 11:15:48 PM »
The reception on KHPN Tower is suddenly but consistently for a week or so, very poor.

The controller is barely audible and you can not hear aircraft at all.
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