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Things that make you go hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm....

President Joe Biden's first flight on the new $217 million presidential helicopter has been delayed because the Pentagon deemed the aircraft unreliable in an emergency and not 'operationally suitable.'The VH-92 helicopter program is a $5 billion project to build 23 aircraft replacing the aging fleet used by the president and other senior officials.

Lockheed Martin won the contract in 2014 after other aircraft makers dropped out.
The new presidential helicopter - with the call sign Marine One when carrying the president - was expected to be ready in July.
But on Tuesday, Bloomberg News reported that a testing report in September found it was 'failing to meet the reliability, availability or maintainability threshold requirements' set for it.

The Pentagon testing office found that its communications system did not 'adequately support timely, continuous and secure communications,' and tended to delay critical communications at the start of emergency missions.

Major Jorge Hernandez, a spokesman for the Marine aviation deputy commandant, told Bloomberg the VH-92 program office 'cannot speculate as to when' the White House will give approval to introduce the new helicopter.

The aircraft is slated to replace the current fleet of 11 Sikorsky VH-3D and eight VH-60N helicopters.
Dwight D. Eisenhower was the first president to use a helicopter in 1957. He wanted an easy way to get to his Pennsylvania summer home, an impractical for Air Force One - the president's plane.
Multiple models of aircraft have been used, arriving at the VH-3D which went into service in 1978 and the VH-60N in 1987.
Both models have been upgraded over the years, but the result has been an increasing weights to the point where an entirely new aircraft was needed.
The new VH-92 made its maiden flight in July 2017.
A test landing and take off at the White House a year later revealed other problems. It left behind scorch marks on the South Lawn grass, which the Navy determined was caused by the helicopter's exhaust.

Greg Kuntz, a spokesman for the Naval Air Systems Command at the time said that 'under certain conditions, the VH-92A exhaust can impact a grass landing zone.'

One possible solution was to place a protective mat on the landing area, although that was dismissed as impractical.

That test was conducted secretly.
But a year later President Donald Trump got a look at the new aircraft, when it made another test landing.
They were originally expected to enter service in 2020, but the date has slipped several times.
And in March, it emerged that the military and Lockheed Martin were still working on the scorching problem.

John Dorrian, a spokesman for Lockheed's Sikorsky aircraft division, was quoted by Bloomberg News as saying: 'Sikorsky continues to work closely with our customer to ensure the aircraft meets all operational requirements.'
Aviation Accidents/Incidents / Three dead in small plane crash in Nebraska
« Last post by KB4TEZ on November 23, 2021, 07:10:50 AM »

(As a Husker alum, hits close to home, RIP, and prayers with the families)

Three people were killed when a small plane crashed in rural Nebraska.
Officials say that the pilot and two passengers were found dead when the plane went down near Chadron, Nebraska.Witnesses told investigators that they saw a fireball or explosion take place after the plane crashed, says the Dawes County Attorney’s Office.

Authorities say that the plane was found by emergency services in an area near the Chadron Municipal Airport.

The names of the victims have not yet been released by officials.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash of the six-passenger Cessna T310R aircraft.

Agency spokesman Peter Knudson said the plane had taken off from Chadron Municipal Airport when it crashed around a mile and a half away.
Aviation Audio Clips / N8074E Crash - Old Bridge, NJ - 2021-11-21
« Last post by Fryy on November 22, 2021, 02:43:41 AM »
Student on a solo crashed upon landing, plane caught fire. Luckily reported as no injuries.

Feed Setup Pictures / Re: CYQG Windsor Ontario Feed SETUP
« Last post by dave on November 20, 2021, 12:10:44 PM »
Antennas work best outdoors. But you do what you can do.

For multiple frequencies, how many SDRs depends on what the particular frequencies are and how you want them arranged.

A single SDR can be run in one of two modes: scan air multichannel. Scan works like a radio scanner and can scan for activity between multiple frequencies. The disadvantage is that while it stops on an active frequency, simultaneous transmissions on the other frequencies are blocked. Multichannel mode allows for multiple monitored frequencies (channels) but only within a 2.4 MHz “window”. So how many SDRs you need depends on what the frequencies actually are.

With multiple SDRs you also have to consider the fact that splitting the output of your antenna will cause signal loss. If that is an operational issue then you may have to consider the use of an amplified splitter to mitigate the loss. Several options are available at various price points but obviously things get more complicated and more expensive.
Feed Setup Pictures / CYQG Windsor Ontario Feed SETUP
« Last post by CYQG on November 20, 2021, 11:54:51 AM »
So this is all new to me, and thanks Dave for the help.. This setup is a Raspberry Pi4 with a single Nooelec NESDR Smart v4 SDR and about 30ft of RG58 i created the antenna "Flower-Pot" as a DIY version and what better place to put it was in a flowerpot LOL this was a testing setup yesterday about 20klmn from the Airport, there was a bit of Static so I've moved the antenna approx 5klm from the Airport now and sound much better. BUT the antenna is sitting inside the house. ill be making a new antenna with a longer line to mount outside in the near future. but had a few questions with regards to setup... If i want to capture 2 freq's do i need 2 SDR's or could it run all on the same one.. right now I've split the DIY antenna tunning to the middle of the 2 freq i have in my config file, just a little confusing as I'm not a radio guy and not much on youtube for configuring for LiveATC builds unless I'm just searching for them the wrong way. never the less i want to make this as solid as i can get it. anyway, thanks for viewing.
Feed Setup Pictures / Re: Ready for a code? i think
« Last post by CYQG on November 19, 2021, 03:08:55 PM »
I know Dave is busy, just wanted to know if anyone here would help me figure out the CronJob part.. hopefully i can get help here without bothering Dave! UPDATE: i managed to get it working !
Feed Setup Pictures / Re: Ready for a code? i think
« Last post by CYQG on November 18, 2021, 08:58:15 PM »
Dave, i just got it thank you very much!
Feed Setup Pictures / Re: Ready for a code? i think
« Last post by dave on November 18, 2021, 08:54:04 PM »
Please check your spam folder - responded to you twice. :-)
Feed Setup Pictures / Ready for a code? i think
« Last post by CYQG on November 18, 2021, 08:43:22 PM »
Hey all, my local feed went down 30 days ago so I've opted to build one and get it running as i know people local liked to listen to it.. I ended up with a Raspberry Pi4 4GB and used the Nooelec NESDR Smart v4 SDR and a tuned antenna, I've set the Pi up as far as I can go using the provided Image from the LiveATC email I got and then at the bottom it says "LiveATC will then send you a valid config file and further instructions to complete the installation."
is this a generic config file that i can just copy from anyone.. i was rushing to get this built as I'm doing my First Solo flight tomorrow and wanted to have the audio from it.. any help would be great!

yes I've sent 2 emails advising the install was complete and nothing back as of yet..
thoughts with the families and RIP to the brave souls

'FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A pilot and passenger were killed after a single-engine air tanker crashed near the quickly spreading Kruger Rock Fire on Tuesday night, according to the Larimer County Sheriff's Office.  The plane's flight was supposed to be historic: It was the first time a fixed-wing aircraft had ever fought a fire at night using night vision in Colorado, according to the Coloradoan's television news partners at 9News.

The fire, which is burning an estimated 133 acres with 15% containment as of . Tuesday evening, is near Rocky Mountain National Park, 90 minutes away from Denver.

The plane, called the Air Tractor Fire Boss, is a one-seat firefighting airplane that can drop up to 800 gallons of water or retardant on a fire per flight and up to 14,000 gallons per hour, according to the manufacturer's website.

9News previously reported that the flight was planned to deploy a pilot wearing night-vision goggles in a plane equipped with specialized infrared lighting and other lighting designed for flying at night. The technology was demonstrated during a May demonstration in Loveland, Colorado.  The sheriff's office said the pilot and only occupant of the plane did not survive. Their identities were not immidieately available

According to emergency radio broadcasts from Estes Valley Fire District, the plane is believed to have gone down about 6:45 p.m. It left an airport at 6:13 p.m. and was last tracked at 6:36 p.m., according to the aircraft tracking website FlightAware.

Around 9:49 p.m., crews found the plane crash site, the sheriff's office said.
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