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Listener Forum / Re: KBGR Feed
« Last post by BoxhillBob on January 08, 2021, 12:28:48 PM »
Hi

The KBGR is back up GREAT  :-D :-D Thanks to Dave for all his efforts

Bob
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Listener Forum / Re: HKG ATC
« Last post by yeasau on January 08, 2021, 02:21:06 AM »
Thank you for the reply
  Hope it will be up and running soon
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Listener Forum / Re: JAX ARTCC CLOSED FOR CLEANING AFTER COVID POSITIVE
« Last post by tyketto on January 07, 2021, 03:39:05 PM »

Check the frequencies used along the ARTCC boundary for ZTL, ZMA, and ZDC. In cases like this, they would keep the aircraft on their frequency and extend the ARTCC boundary to cover the loss of ZJX. That should be part of the LOAs they have in place.

Similar happened when ZLA had to evacuate due to wildfires. ZOA, ZAB, and ZLC have LOAs in place to handle the traffic until they can be handed off to SBA, SCT, or L30 TRACONs.

BL.
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Enlightening read (thank you Simpleflying)

COVID-19 has had a massive impact on commercial aviation. Over the last few weeks, a new problem has started to develop. As the virus spreads and impacts those in aviation, air traffic control centers in the US are closing for facility cleaning, creating a bit of an operational issue for airlines and airports.Jacksonville closed on Monday
On Monday, January 4th, cleaning was undertaken at Jacksonville’s air traffic control facility. The closure impacted the number of flights that could be routed through the geographic area the control center covers.

Other air traffic control center closures
Before the start of 2021, the Fort Worth Air Route Traffic Control Center shut down for COVID-19 related sanitization. Early on in the crisis, three FAA ATC towers were closed in March. This included the busy John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York. The other two were at Chicago-Midway (MDW) and Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS). By the end of March, a total of 11 facilities were affected.
The bigger nightmare scenario is if multiple control centers and air traffic control towers have to be shut down for cleaning at the same time. This would impact flights across the country and be an operational nightmare for airlines. There is not much that can be done if this is the case, as the FAA would not have much of an advanced notice between when cleaning would need to occur after an employee tested positive for the virus.

You can read the full detail on the link below.
https://simpleflying.com/atc-centers-closing-covid/

When it comes to ARTCCs, they generally have something set up in the LOAs between sectors, as well as between the ARTCC and the TRACONs within that sector. When ZLA had to evacuate due to wildfires getting close to the facility in Palmdale, the LOA between ZLA and ZOA, ZLA and ZAB, and ZLA and ZLC allowed ZOA, ZLC, and ZAB to extend the range of their sector across the boundary to be able to handle aircraft until they could handed off to SCT or SBA.

Similar happened when fires got clost to SCT and they had to evacuate, where ZLA handled all departures that SCT would normally handle. LAS was the outlier in this as since the Tower was the only place that closed, L30 was still up and running, so they just treated the field as untowered.

In ZJX's case, ZMA, ZTL, and ZDC should all have LOAs in place to extend their airspace to cover what ZJX would normally control.

BL.
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Listener Forum / TJSJ Feed No Audio
« Last post by intolerantleft on January 06, 2021, 07:48:03 PM »
Hello!

I've been trying to listen to TJSJ feed for several hours today, and have not heard any audio at all. I have tried to listen to the approach, center, and tower frequencies and get no audio, though the feed shows it is online. I also asked another person to try it out and they said they heard no audio either.

Am I doing something wrong or is the feed possibly messed up? Thanks for looking into it!
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https://www.cbsnews.com/news/threat-air-traffic-control-iranian-general-qassem-soleimani-revenge/
(the audio is in the news link)


Multiple air traffic controllers in New York heard a chilling threat Monday in audio obtained exclusively by CBS News: "We are flying a plane into the Capitol on Wednesday. Soleimani will be avenged."

The threat refers to Qassem Soleimani, the Iranian general killed last year in a U.S. drone strike ordered by President Trump. It was made on the one-year anniversary of Soleimani's death, for which Iranian officials have long vowed revenge.

It's unclear who sent the threat. While the government does not believe the warning of an attack is credible, it is being investigated as a breach of aviation frequencies, CBS News has learned.

Sources told CBS News that the Pentagon and other agencies were briefed Tuesday about the digitized voice recording. The sources said they believe the threat was designed to suggest hitting the Capitol on the same day Congress is set to count the Electoral College results.

Experts said the intrusion is concerning because it could affect the instructions pilots get about how and where planes fly.

Sources told CBS News a message was sent to air traffic controllers on Tuesday reminding them that any threat or a plane deviating from its flight path should be reported immediately.

The FBI is not commenting but said it takes "all threats of violence to public safety seriously." The Federal Aviation Administration said it is in contact with law enforcement.
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Aviation News (General) / A New COVID Problem: US ATC Centers Are Closing For Cleaning
« Last post by KB4TEZ on January 05, 2021, 07:30:41 AM »
Enlightening read (thank you Simpleflying)

COVID-19 has had a massive impact on commercial aviation. Over the last few weeks, a new problem has started to develop. As the virus spreads and impacts those in aviation, air traffic control centers in the US are closing for facility cleaning, creating a bit of an operational issue for airlines and airports.Jacksonville closed on Monday
On Monday, January 4th, cleaning was undertaken at Jacksonville’s air traffic control facility. The closure impacted the number of flights that could be routed through the geographic area the control center covers.

Other air traffic control center closures
Before the start of 2021, the Fort Worth Air Route Traffic Control Center shut down for COVID-19 related sanitization. Early on in the crisis, three FAA ATC towers were closed in March. This included the busy John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York. The other two were at Chicago-Midway (MDW) and Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS). By the end of March, a total of 11 facilities were affected.
The bigger nightmare scenario is if multiple control centers and air traffic control towers have to be shut down for cleaning at the same time. This would impact flights across the country and be an operational nightmare for airlines. There is not much that can be done if this is the case, as the FAA would not have much of an advanced notice between when cleaning would need to occur after an employee tested positive for the virus.

You can read the full detail on the link below.
https://simpleflying.com/atc-centers-closing-covid/
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Aviation Accidents/Incidents / 2 dead after plane crashes in Arkansas, sheriff says
« Last post by KB4TEZ on January 05, 2021, 07:11:04 AM »
POINSETT COUNTY, Ark. — Two people are dead after a plane crashed in Poinsett County, Ark. Monday morning, according to Sheriff Kevin Molder.

The Poinsett County Dispatch Center received a call about the crash in northwest Poinsett County at 9:44 a.m.

Emergency responders discovered a twin-engine plane in a field off of Flag Slough Road, according to Molder.According to the FAA, the plane was burning.

Multiple agencies responded to the scene.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

The NTSB said via Twitter the airplane is a Hawker-Beechcraft G58 that crashed in Weiner, Ark.

https://www.fox13memphis.com/rss-snd/plane-crashes-near-jonesboro-faa-says/22H2FXVMAFBQFEPRPHSRUTRXYA/
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Listener Forum / JAX ARTCC CLOSED FOR CLEANING AFTER COVID POSITIVE
« Last post by MIAMIATC on January 04, 2021, 06:15:42 PM »
Anyone know what going on with hem thus afternoon...Barely any Commercial Traffic in the Center Airspace  and wild deviations around Airspace ? Looking at trackers and pretty much 80 to 90 % of Airspace has no traffic .
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