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Aviation Accidents/Incidents / Re: AAL flight returns to KCMH - declaring an emergency
« Last post by ikev85 on February 17, 2020, 10:19:15 AM »
That’s from 2019. This incident was from over the weekend, the plane heading to Miami
Aviation Accidents/Incidents / Re: AAL flight returns to KCMH - declaring an emergency
« Last post by kb4tez on February 17, 2020, 08:16:52 AM »

in a nutshell:

An American Airlines spokesperson says the plane struck several birds during takeoff and the plane experienced some damage forcing an emergency landing.
Listener Forum / ESGG Gothenborg Landvetter airport
« Last post by Seat7A on February 17, 2020, 04:51:31 AM »
Sorry to see Landvetter ESGG is gone. Sweden's second largest airport. Any chance we can see Landvetter again?

Aviation Accidents/Incidents / AAL flight returns to KCMH - declaring an emergency
« Last post by ikev85 on February 16, 2020, 03:55:35 PM »

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — An American Airlines flight from John Glenn International Airport to Miami was forced to return to Columbus Sunday following an emergency, officials at the airport and the Columbus Fire Department confirmed Sunday.

Officials said the plane took off, but a warning light alerted the pilot there was an issue. The pilot returned to John Glenn, landing the plane safely.

The nature of the warning light is unknown at this time.

American Airlines mechanics are on the scene evaluating the plane to determine if the plane can continue on its way to Miami or if passengers need to be moved to another plane.
Aviation Audio Clips / Re: Boeing & McDonnell Douglas' GPWS, TCAS, and Callouts .
« Last post by nickwilson on February 14, 2020, 02:43:17 AM »
Maybe you need a boeing airplane suonerie
Pilot/Controller Forum / Audit blasts Southwest's safety culture, FAA oversight
« Last post by kb4tez on February 12, 2020, 02:55:18 PM »

Any SWA Pilots have the other side?

A government report out late Tuesday blasts the Federal Aviation Administration's lax oversight of Southwest Airlines, but reserves some of the harshest criticism for the airline.The 31-page report from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Office of Inspector General, which follows an 18-month audit, said 61% of the 46 FAA officials it interviewed, from senior executives to local inspectors, raised issues about Southwest's approach to safety.

"Many officials throughout FAA have expressed concern about the safety culture at Southwest Airlines,'' the report says.

During an investigation into whistleblower claims that Southwest mechanics were being pressured not to document aircraft discrepancies, the FAA's Quality Control and Investigations Branch found that "there is an absence of a 'Just Safety' Culture'' at Southwest.

The highlighted comments from unidentified FAA employees paint a damning picture of the nation's largest domestic airline, a darling of travelers and Wall Street:

"The safety culture at Southwest Airlines consists of using 'diversion, distraction and power' to get what the company wants.
"Regarding Southwest Airlines bypassing the local oversight office by going directly to FAA Headquarters when there is a disagreement, 'They’ve always done that—just more blatant now.'
“ 'Southwest’s management is very skilled in what they have to do. If it costs money, they won’t do it.'
“ 'Whatever Southwest puts on paper for us to see never seems to get done the way they wrote it.'
“ 'It’s not a positive culture with these issues at Southwest Airlines. Arrogance gets the best of them.'
"Southwest’s attitude toward FAA appears to take the form of 'I’ll respond to you when I damn well please.' ”
Southwest spokeswoman Brandy King said in a statement that the airline "adamantly disagrees'' with the "unsubstantiated references to Southwest's safety culture.''

She said Southwest "fully cooperated'' with the OIG throughout the audit, "sharing a common goal of strengthening industry and Southwest safety practices.''

"The success of our business depends, in and of itself, on the Safety of our operation," King added, "and while we work to improve each and every day, any implication that we would tolerate a relaxing of standards is absolutely unfounded. "

The audit of the FAA's oversight of Southwest began in July 2018 and was sparked by a whistleblower complaint about the FAA's oversight of Southwest and a "number of'' operational issues at the airline, including pilot training deficiencies and inaccurate information being provided to pilots prior to flights departing, and an April 2018 accident that killed a Southwest passenger. King called the whistleblower hotline complaint "unsubstantiated.''

Overall, the report concluded that the FAA has not effectively overseen Southwest Airlines' systems for managing safety risks.

The FAA shifted to what it calls a more collaborative approach to airline safety management from an enforcement approach in 2015. The FAA has also been criticized for an allegedly cozy relationship with Boeing in the wake of two fatal crashes involving the Boeing 737 Max.

The report identified a number of "concerns and gaps'' regarding the FAA's safety oversight of Southwest and said it has resulted in Southwest continuing to fly aircraft with unresolved safety concerns.

It cites:

►Incorrect aircraft weight and balance data provided to Southwest pilots, which can

"greatly affect" a plane's performance and safety. The airline is under separate investigation for that.

►Operating planes in an "unknown airworthiness state, including more than 150,000 flights on previously owned aircraft that did not meet U.S. aviation standards, putting 17.2 million passengers at risk."

"In both cases, the carrier continues operating aircraft without ensuring compliance with regulations because FAA accepted the air carrier’s justification that the issues identified were low safety risks,'' the report says.

Ed Coleman, chairman of the safety science department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona, called the lax oversight in part growing pains from the new safety management system.

"It went from being direct – the FAA telling you what to do – to them giving you an option of telling them how you're going to apply it,'' he said.

Coleman likens it to parents giving children more control when they turn 18. If they offer too much leeway, he notes, the results aren't always ideal.

"If you let your kids run all over you, they will,'' he said. "The FAA's the mom and dad.''

The report notes that it changed the leadership team at the FAA office overseeing Southwest in June 2019 to “help remedy systemic concerns with the internal and external relationships’’ of employees there.

It concludes, however: "Given the significant unresolved safety concerns that FAA has identified at Southwest Airlines, it is clear that the agency is not yet effectively navigating the balance between industry collaboration and managing safety risks at the carrier. Taking immediate actions to address identified safety issues at Southwest Airlines, improve oversight processes and guidance for addressing identified concerns in the future, and reinforce the importance of managing risks will be critical steps to ensure the safety of the traveling public.''

The report identifies 11 steps to improve the oversight of Southwest's safety management system, including retraining local inspectors; developing a management control system to make sure airlines and inspectors don't use the collaborative approach as a substitute for regulatory compliance; and providing guidance on how inspectors can evaluate an airline's safety culture and factor that into oversight decisions.

The FAA agreed with the inspector general's recommendations and set dates for implementing all of them, beginning in March and running through Sept. 2021.
Listener Forum / Re: ESMS Radar and Tower
« Last post by Nissenudel on February 12, 2020, 11:54:17 AM »
Yes, now both TWR and control by ESMS are running!
Thank you for this most wanteed feeds.

Aviation Audio Clips / Runway 1R Arrivals San Francisco Tower Audio
« Last post by Squawk 7700 on February 12, 2020, 01:57:23 AM »
Tower recording of the Runway 1R arrivals into SFO on Sunday February 9, 2020. Recorded from the Public Shores in Millbrae, CA from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm.
Removed silence between transmissions. Total Running Time about 2 hrs.
Winds 340 at 26 gust 36

This is the terrifying moment passengers feared for their lives when their plane repeatedly attempted to land while battling Storm Ciara.
More than 300 passengers were on board the Air Europa flight from Madrid to Amsterdam which took off just after 3 pm yesterday.
In a video, one female passenger screams in terror as the plane unsuccessfully attempts to reach the tarmac.
The pilot eventually decided to turn back to the airport they departed from, where he was able to land the aircraft safely.
In the recording, the dimly-lit plane can be seen jolting up and down with severe turbulence.
One of the female passengers is crying hysterically in the background as she begins to fear for her safety.
The plane continues to shake violently, which prompts the woman to then let out a series of prolonged screams.
They continue to increase in pitch before she can be heard saying 'oh my god' repeatedly.

The video ends shortly afterwards. 

Another passenger later said that some of those on board were sick during the turbulent journey and that items of luggage flew around the cabin.

The plane made five attempts to land at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport before the pilot turned the aircraft around to return to Madrid Barajas.

One of the passengers who had been on board, Mark Haagen, from Kamerik, Netherlands, spoke about the experience after returning to solid ground. 'The pilot stopped the landing twice at the very last moment and we took off again at 150 meters above the runway. Really not cool.'

'People screamed and were puking. The turbulence was enormous, everything vibrated and went back and forth. The luggage flew back and forth.'

Mr Haagen also went on to criticize the pilot and crew for their lack of communication during the bumpy attempts to land.

A spokeswoman for Air Europa said: 'The Flight UX1093 from Madrid to Amsterdam couldn't land at Amsterdam airport due to bad weather and returned to Madrid.

'Passengers were attended to at all times, accommodated in hotels and alternatives to reach their destinations the day after were managed by our staff.'

Storm Ciara caused havoc with flights across Europe with winds of up to 93 mph.

Footage showed several planes dangerously rocking from side-to-side at airports including Manchester, Birmingham and Frankfurt.

Gatwick was the UK's worst affected by the weather with around 300 arrivals and departures cancelled.
Listener Forum / ESMS Radar and Tower
« Last post by Nissenudel on February 11, 2020, 05:33:19 AM »
Hi and thank you so very much for the feeds from ESMS. As EKCH don´t hav feeds, due to the Danish lew, this 134.980 is perfect for us, simmers in South Sweden.
Just noticed that the tower frequency 118.805 is there, but seems to be no audio! Looking forward to get the TWR as well!!

Regards Nisse/South Sweden
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