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Aviation News (General) / Welcome to Hurricane Season 2021
« Last post by KB4TEZ on June 18, 2021, 07:25:16 AM »
Wasn't sure which category (pun not intended) to post info on the brave aviators of the Hurricane Reconnaissance group, so here is some info on this group, a group which we here in South Fla especially depend on, for the storm track/info.  While most pilots avoid weather, they fly into the heart of it.  With one brewing in the Gulf, it's wheels up !

The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, a component of the 403rd Wing located at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss., is a one-of-a-kind organization. It is the only operational unit in the world flying weather reconnaissance on a routine basis.

The mission of the Hurricane Hunters is to recruit, organize and train assigned personnel to perform aerial weather reconnaissance. They provide surveillance of tropical storms and hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and the central Pacific Ocean for the National Hurricane Center in Miami. The unit also flies winter storm missions off both coasts of the United States.

To perform their mission, the Hurricane Hunters have 10 WC-130J aircraft. These Super Hercules aircraft are equipped with palletized meteorological data-gathering instruments. The WC-130J is the next generation "Hurricane Hunter" designed to continue weather reconnaissance well into the 21st century.

The 53rd WRS is authorized 20 aircrews. Fifty-nine unit members hold air reserve technician positions. The rest of the squadron is made up of Air Force Reservists.

WC-130Js carry a basic crew of five: pilot, co-pilot, navigator, flight meteorologist and weather reconnaissance loadmaster. The pilot, who serves as the aircraft commander, and the co-pilot man the flight controls. The navigator keeps track of the aircraft's position and movement and monitors radar to avoid tornadic activity. The flight meteorologist acts as flight director and observes and records meteorological data at flight level using a computer that encodes weather data every 30 seconds. The weather reconnaissance loadmaster collects and records vertical meteorological data using a parachute-borne sensor known as a dropsonde. It measures and encodes weather data down to the ocean surface.

Co-located with the National Hurricane Center in Miami, is a small group of Air Force Reserve civilian personnel, assigned to the 53rd WRS. The supervisory meteorologist of the unit serves as Chief, Aerial Reconnaissance Coordination, All Hurricanes, better known as CARCAH.

These personnel are responsible for coordinating Department of Commerce requirements for hurricane data, tasking weather reconnaissance missions and monitoring all data transmitted from weather reconnaissance aircraft.

It all started in 1943 as a bar room dare, when two Army Air Corps pilots challenged each other to fly through a hurricane. On July 27, 1943, Maj. Joe Duckworth flew a propeller-driven, single-engine North American AT-6 "Texan" trainer into the eye of a hurricane. Major Duckworth flew into the eye of that storm twice that day, once with a navigator and again with a weather officer. These were generally considered to be the first airborne attempts to obtain data for use in plotting the position of a tropical cyclone as it approached land. Duckworth's pioneering efforts paved the way for further flights into tropical cyclones.

The 53rd WRS was originally activated in 1944 during World War II as the 3rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, Air Route, Medium, tracking weather in the North Atlantic between North American and Europe. Since that time, the Hurricane Hunters have had many designations and called many airfields home.

The squadron moved from New Hampshire and then on to Florida. In late 1947, the Hurricane Hunters moved across the Atlantic to Kindley Field, Bermuda, later relocating at Burtonwood Royal Air Force Station, England, and Dharan, Saudi Arabia. The squadron returned to Bermuda for a short time, and then back to the United States at Hunter AFB, Ga. In 1966, the 53rd WRS once again left the United States, this time for Ramey AFB, Puerto Rico. When Ramey closed in 1973, the Hurricane Hunters came to their present locations at Keesler AFB, Miss.

In June of 1991, the 53rd WRS was deactivated, and all weather reconnaissance responsibility fell to the Air Force Reserve's 815th Weather Squadron, which had existed concurrently with the 53rd since 1976. Then on Nov. 1, 1993, the 53rd WRS was reactivated and assigned to the Air Force Reserve, replacing the 815th WS.

In September of 1999, the 53rd WRS received its first of 10 WC-130Js. While in conversion to the new airframe, the unit continued its mission of aerial weather reconnaissance and added a new weather-related mission in 2003, using the WC-130Js to drop buoys ahead of impending tropical storms.

In 2004, the unit started training to support tactical airlift missions in addition to the unit's weather mission.

In September 2005, the unit completed conversion to the J-model a month ahead of schedule, flying absolutely no hurricane taskings in the legacy WC-130Hs during the 2005 Hurricane Season. Despite heavy damage to their home station caused by Hurricane Katrina, the unit continued its weather reconnaissance mission without missing a single tasking.
Listener Forum / KSAT approach - stuck on ATIS
« Last post by jjbiv on June 17, 2021, 04:56:12 PM »
The KSAT approach feed is stuck on the ATIS frequency. Many thanks to the feeder who provides this feed!
Aviation News (General) / United plans supersonic passenger flights by 2029
« Last post by KB4TEZ on June 17, 2021, 08:04:57 AM »
Some interesting reads.

US airline United has announced plans to buy 15 new supersonic airliners and "return supersonic speeds to aviation" in the year 2029.
Supersonic passenger flights ended in 2003 when Air France and British Airways retired Concorde.
The new Overture aircraft will be produced by a Denver-based company called Boom, which has yet to flight-test a supersonic jet.
United's deal is conditional on the new aircraft meeting safety standards.

United becomes first U.S. airline to sign aircraft purchase agreement with Boom Supersonic
United will purchase 15 of Boom’s ‘Overture’ airliners, once Overture meets United’s demanding safety, operating and sustainability requirements, with an option for 35 more aircraft. Slated to carry passengers in 2029, the net-zero carbon aircraft will fly on 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
How in the world did we fly anywhere thirty or fourty years ago?

Southwest Airlines is delaying and canceling flights for the third day in a row as it continues to deal with the fallout from issues that affected its flight schedule this week.

"While our technology issues from Tuesday have been resolved, we are still experiencing a small number of cancellations and delays across our network as we continue working to resume normal operations," a company spokesperson said in a statement to Insider on Wednesday.

The airline delayed more than 500 flights on Wednesday, which is roughly 15% of its flight schedule, as of this writing, FlightAware showed. Southwest canceled over 275 flights on Wednesday, which makes up roughly 8% of its flight schedule.

On Monday night, the airline grounded its entire fleet, delaying more than 1,500 flights, after its third-party weather-data provider suffered "intermittent performance issues" that obstructed access to critical weather information needed to fly. In a statement later shared with Insider, the company said normal flight operations had resumed as of Tuesday morning.

But later on Tuesday, Southwest experienced another technical issue, this time with "network connectivity," the airline said. The Federal Aviation Administration grounded Southwest's flights at the airline's request while the carrier dealt with a "reservation computer issue," the agency tweeted. The issue caused the delay of more than 1,800 flights, as well as the cancellation of more than 500 flights, on Tuesday, FlightAware showed. The ground stop was lifted about an hour later.

Southwest recommended that customers affected by the delays and cancellations check its website for an update on their flight status or speak with customer service. Passengers have taken to social media to vent about the flight changes in recent days, and many said wait times to get ahold of customer-service representatives have been very long.
Listener Forum / Re: Help, Aircraft diverted, Where is the audio?
« Last post by BulletG on June 17, 2021, 03:10:45 AM »
Thanks you very much for your reply.
Very informative, I was under the impression that most things where recorded for open use but, that makes sense. I greatly appreciate it.
Thank You again!

Listener Forum / Re: KOKC APP, DL 1730 question
« Last post by AJISAI on June 16, 2021, 10:39:45 PM »
Dear tyketto,
I was so amazed at your listening skills!
I really appreciate your help.
I've listened repeatly those audios like hudreds of times, but I couldn't understand what the pilot said.
After I read your answers and listen again, finally I can understand those words!
Thank you so much!!!  You opened my ears!
Aviation News (General) / McCarran International Airport is no more.
« Last post by tyketto on June 16, 2021, 08:13:26 PM »

Starting 17 June 2021, KLAS will no longer be named McCarran International Airport. Effective tomorrow, KLAS shall be known as Senator Harry Reid International Airport.

ARRIVING SOON: FAA changes aircraft navigation maps to Harry Reid International Airport
McCarran Airport scrubbed to reflect the name change

By: Joe Bartels
Posted at 6:45 PM, Jun 15, 2021 and last updated 8:10 AM, Jun 16, 2021

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Federal Aviation Administration appears to be working on administrative tasks in order to reflect the name change of the largest airport in Las Vegas to Harry Reid International Airport.

New aircraft navigation maps, the visual flight rules terminal area chart, or VFR Las Vegas TAC, show Harry Reid International Airport instead of McCarran International Airport.

The maps help pilots navigate heavily regulated airspace above Las Vegas and surrounding areas.

The name change was first noticed on Twitter by a popular Las Vegas account.

The new maps show they are effective starting June 17, 2021.

“This is an honor of a great statesman for my adopted father and I’m proud to be his adopted son," said businessman Stephen J. Cloobeck, the founder of Diamond Resorts International.

“This was a blessing to be involved, this is a man who deserves this great honor while he’s alive and we’re very, very excited," added Cloobeck.

In February, the FAA told 13 Action News the agency does not approve airport name changes but would need to complete some administrative tasks before officially recognizing any name change.

The tasks include making the name change to properly track federal grant agreements, revising the Airport Master Record and air traffic control maps.

There are still questions about the timing and money to pay for the overall name change of the Las Vegas Airport.

“The numbers are coming together nicely as to what it will cost, not to be disclosed just yet, but obtainable," said Cloobeck.

"My first gift of $1 million is still valid to jump-start this campaign," added Cloobeck.

Cost estimates to cover new signage, designs, and other items to reflect the name change have been previously anywhere between $2-5 million.

“No tax dollars should be used for this, it will all be done through private donations and that vehicle is already been set up through the county,“ added Cloobeck.

13 Action News has reached out to Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom about the timing and progress of the name change, but we have not heard back as of Tuesday evening.

“I have seen some first renderings of what the airport will look like with its rebranding and boy it is going to be representative of a beautiful world-class city,“ said Cloobeck.

On Tuesday, Commissioner Segerbloom Tweeted his approval of the name change.

The Clark County Commission decided unanimously earlier this year to remove the McCarran name and legacy from the airport and instead rename it in honor of former Sen. Harry Reid.

Wednesday, a spokesperson for Clark County says the FAA has provided no formal notification on its finding of the proposed name change and that it is important to note that the cost of any name change must be borne by private donations, as stipulated by the Clark County Commission.

The spokesperson also said the estimated preliminary costs of such a change total $7.2 million with reports of donations to be provided to the county commission quarterly starting on July 20.

The airport was named in honor of former Sen. Patrick McCarran, who represented Nevada between 1933 and 1954. Some say he supported racist, anti-immigrant and anti-semitic policies, but he was also a massive supporter of aviation.

This has drawn fierce reaction -- both for and against -- the idea.

Charts for this are already available, as they go into effect when the next AIRAC cycle kicks in, which is tomorrow.

Listener Forum / Re: KOKC APP, DL 1730 question
« Last post by tyketto on June 16, 2021, 07:55:57 PM »
Hi, I was listening DL1730 (unruly passenger) ATC.
I couldn't interpret following phrases.
Can somebody help me to dictate it? 
(The audio file is attached)

Pilot: we do have 17L in our box we can just get vectors to visual to land
ATC : Q. [ get ready as expected ] or [ wherever you expected ] or [    ] ????

ATC: Delta 1730, Roger, you can expect it.

Pilot : delta 1730, we're going to the airport now, can we get a heading Q. [and lower? (along?) ]

Pilot: Delta 1730, we're direct to the airport, can we get a heading, and lower?

Pilot: delta 1730, ready for base Q. [so I can ** roller?? ]

Pilot: Delta 1730, we're ready for the base leg and lower. (The pilot steps on the call from ATC at the end of this.)

Pilot : I'm sorry, delta 1730, I think it's Q.[ ***ning ] for base, Q. [ so I can roller? ]

Pilot: I'm sorry, Delta 1730, I think I stepped on you, we're ready for a base leg and lower.

ATC : delta 1730, turn right heading 080, descent and maintain 3000, traffic that'll turn will be one o'clock, east bound, helicopter, 2300 ?? 2200?

You're correct here. Altitude for the helicopter traffic was 2200.


AN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Recently obtained audio recordings appear to capture some confusion between at least two pilots and an air traffic controller at San Diego International Airport. It is the second time in about a month that an incident prompted a Federal Aviation Administration investigation at the airport.

This latest incident happened just before 6 p.m. last Thursday, the FAA confirmed. The agency did not provide any further details.In the radio traffic, a controller is heard telling a Southwest flight to go around, then heard to not head to the runway, saying a a flight is exiting.

The Southwest pilot then asks, "how are we going to do that?" Then, when the tower asks the pilot to confirm they're going around, the confusion between the pilot and air traffic controller becomes apparent.

"Pilot: no we weren't instructed to go around. (inaudible) you said don't overfly the traffic."

"ATC: 1648, negative I said go around and then do not over fly traffic."
"Pilot: yea, I didn't hear that."

A second pilot then says he also did not hear that order. Another says they're confused about how this all happened.

An ABC 10News aviation source explains that this was not a close call or a "near miss" but instead confusion. The source believes the pilot of the Southwest flight "stepped on" the audio at the same time the traffic controller was telling him to go around, meaning he never heard the request.

He says the other flight was far enough on the runway that it was still safe for the Southwest pilot to continue his landing.

This is the second incident involving an FAA investigation into communications between pilots and air traffic controllers.

On May 14, this station reported a runway incident at San Diego International Airport after air traffic controllers diverted a plane from landing while a second plane was departing. According to a statement from the FAA, the crew of SkyWest Flight 3446 was ordered to discontinue their approach to Runway 27 because another aircraft was on the runway preparing for departure.
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