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Feed Setup Pictures / Re: OddATC client tries to connect then disconnects repeatedly
« Last post by kb4tez on January 11, 2019, 07:25:58 AM »
it's either a port number is not in the list as active, or it's a firewall issue blocking that port data.
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Listener Forum / Re: New Vienna (LOWW) Super Feed
« Last post by JetScan1 on January 11, 2019, 12:48:09 AM »
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Does anyone have the sector map with frequencies?

Attached are my notes. These are the sector configurations and frequencies noted in use over the last few days.

If anyone hears anything different or can provide more detailed info. please post.

Cheers,

JS
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Listener Forum / Re: New Vienna (LOWW) Super Feed
« Last post by VASAviation on January 10, 2019, 05:42:30 PM »
Hello,

I had not realized of this awesome feed!! I wish I could set something this cool for Spain but law is stopping our feet from moving forward unfortunately. We definitely have to make goverments check these laws. UK, Germany, Spain, Italy... :cry: :cry:

From these lines, thanks to the feeder from Austria. Really appreciated!

Does anyone have the sector map with frequencies? Thanks JetScan for sharing that one of Austro Control. :-)
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Aviation Audio Clips / Re: DCA: late takeoff & go-around due to radio interference
« Last post by VASAviation on January 10, 2019, 03:46:15 PM »
Thank you for sharing, eboelter.

Is it known the cause of the interference? It sounds like a hot mic at some point but I'm not really sure.
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Aviation News (General) / Re: Pilot: Shutdown adding new risk to air travel
« Last post by TomCat4680 on January 10, 2019, 03:04:21 PM »
The controllers and airport workers are outside the Capitol protesting as we speak.

Air traffic controllers, working without pay, ramp up shutdown pressure
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Listener Forum / New Vienna (LOWW) Super Feed
« Last post by JetScan1 on January 10, 2019, 10:57:28 AM »
Thanks for setting up this Super Feed, great location sounds very good !

I notice the audio seems to be skipping at times, similar to what was happening with the Swiss Super Feed when it was first set up.

"LOWW ACC 118.730" - this frequency used to cover the "S" Sectors (FL350 and above), but was changed to 133.965 a few years ago. I checked a sampling of 118.730 archives and there was nothing on them. For some reason this feed is one of the most listened to, had 10 users on it yesterday, but there was nothing being heard on it ? 

If you have the bandwidth and can squeeze in a few more feeds, the high airspace directly overhead the Vienna area (E Sectors) are not covered. I suspect you should be able to get controller reception on all or some of these frequencies ? They are currently using 134.440 (FL250 to FL340), 135.635 (FL350-FL360), and 133.985 (FL370 and above).

https://eaip.austrocontrol.at/lo/190104/Charts/ENR/LO_ENR_6_6_en.pdf

JS
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Aviation Audio Clips / DCA: late takeoff & go-around due to radio interference
« Last post by eboelter on January 09, 2019, 03:47:54 PM »
KDCA tower at 1950 UTC on 9 January 2019
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https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/india-is-allowing-airlines-to-keep-using-engines-that-sometimes-shut-down-mid-flight/ar-BBS03Ic?li=BBnbklE

India’s airlines can continue to fly their A320neo aircraft and even take new deliveries of the model from Airbus. This is despite some of the aircraft, flying on engines made by the US-based Pratt and Whitney (P&W), being snag-prone.
The country’s ministry of civil aviation yesterday (Jan. 08) cleared the P&W engines in A320neo aircraft used by IndiGo and GoAir. The decision was made at a meeting of various stakeholders, including the airlines, Airbus, P&W, and India’s civil aviation watchdog directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA).
The meeting was called by the ministry following a series of in-flight shutdowns of A320neo aircraft in India.

On Jan. 03, an IndiGo flight on the Chennai-Kolkata route experienced trouble in one of its P&W engines, which shut down mid-flight with a loud bang and smoke. The aircraft with 136 passengers on board returned safely to Chennai.

In December, IndiGo had grounded an aircraft following the mid-air shut down of one of its P&W engines. The plane, flying from Port Blair to Kolkata, returned to Port Blair and made an emergency landing. This was the fourth technical glitch involving an IndiGo flight since Dec. 10.

However, the government and the DGCA do not see the need for grounding the aircraft yet. “A root cause analysis on the A320neo issues was carried out. In-flight engine shutdown cases in India was found to be lower than the global benchmark,’’ the DGCA said. The regulator added that India witnessed more such incidents as IndiGo and GoAir are among the largest clients of these engines in the world.

Following the recent incidents of in-flight shutdowns, the government had identified five issues plaguing the P&W engines. Civil aviation secretary RN Choubey said P&W has taken corrective action on four of them and was working on resolving the fifth issue related to the gear box. Measures such as grounding of existing planes and halting the induction of new A320neo aircraft are not needed as of now, Choubey said.

The DGCA may issue a set of additional safety directives for A320neo aircraft next week, the aviation secretary added
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Aviation News (General) / Pilot: Shutdown adding new risk to air travel
« Last post by kb4tez on January 09, 2019, 06:37:50 AM »
https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/pilot-shutdown-adding-new-risk-to-air-travel/ar-BBRZpAW?li=BBnbfcL

Nobody wants to hear a recording of, "Sorry, we're closed due to nonpayment." If you're an airline pilot requesting an approach clearance, this would be especially troublesome to say the least. We have no checklists for such things.

Fortunately, that scenario will never occur. Air traffic controllers are an essential government service, so airplanes will still be flying despite the government shutdown. But air traffic controllers are people, not robots, and soon the situation will begin to take its toll, potentially on our safety. As a veteran airline pilot I can confirm that we will all have to be especially vigilant with all aspects of aviation operations the longer this situation continues.The controllers will soon be missing paychecks, and nobody wants to work for free. This will add to the burden of an already stressful job. Controllers will be fighting fatigue and the additional stress of not knowing how their mortgages and other bills will be paid.

Some of the Federal Aviation Administration staff members who support the controllers may not be available. New controllers who are learning the ropes often help veteran controllers with routine tasks. Unfortunately, the new kids have been furloughed. Adding insult to injury, the Oklahoma City training academy for controllers has closed during the shutdown, meaning the problem of chronic understaffing won't get better soon.

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http://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/diversions-delays-and-abandonment-the-30-hour-alaska-flight-from-hell/ar-BBRZxCS?ocid=ientp

What was supposed to be a simple transcontinental flight turned into more than 24 hours of hellish travel for Alaska Airlines passengers, including a diversion, backtracking and an overnight in an airport.
Alaska flight 1367 was scheduled to departed from Boston-Logan (BOS) for Los Angeles International (LAX) on Saturday at 6pm. However the aircraft sat on the tarmac for nearly two hours until it took off with an “uncomfortably hot cabin,” reports the Seattle Times.

But the delay was just the first incident in a series of events the passengers experienced. An hour and a half after takeoff, a burning electrical smell appeared, and the pilots made the decision to divert the aircraft to Buffalo International (BUF) as a safety precaution — landing at the airport around 9:30pm.
The captain and crew gave brief updates after landing and then disappeared for about four hours as passengers waited in a bright holding room, unable to get any sleep.

After six hours on the ground in Buffalo, passengers boarded the Airbus A320 and flew back to Boston, instead of their final destination of LA. However, once back in Boston, the passengers had to sit for 90 minutes in the aircraft while they waited to get a gate.

It wasn’t until 7am when they managed to get inside the airport — but Alaska had rebooked everyone for a 4:30pm flight. Meaning another nine and a half hours before they could restart their journey home.

And to make matters worse, Alaska agents wouldn’t give all the passengers hotel vouchers. The Seattle Times said most people received just a $20 food voucher to hold them over for the entire day. Clark and Maggie Rheinstein, who were traveling with two cats, were one of those unable to get a hotel. They had to hole-up in the terminal’s empty chapel after Sunday services were over and spread newspapers on the ground so the pets could relieve themselves, all with the airport chaplain’s permission.

“It was a horrible experience,” said Maggie Rheinstein.

Sunday evening approached and the passengers got ready to end their journey, only to find out of another one-hour delay. The aircraft finally took off and landed at LAX at 9:30pm EST, more than 24 hours after their scheduled arrival time or 30 hours of total travel time.

Unsurprisingly, passengers’ checked bags were nowhere to be found, and the Alaska check-in desk was devoid of employees — the few remaining staff at the luggage office had no clue as to where the bags were.

TPG reached out to Alaska for comment but did not hear back by time of publication.

“This was a really, really difficult experience for our guests, a terrible experience,” Alaska spokeswoman Bobbie Egan said in an interview with the Seattle Times. “We are deeply sorry for what our passengers had to go through.”

Egan said the airline is considering $1,000 in compensation per passenger, whether in the form of flight vouchers or a full cash refund, adding that the airline is sending baggage back to passengers via FedEx.
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