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Listener Forum / Re: LGIR will be down for a couple of days
« Last post by danmilon on June 07, 2019, 05:56:46 AM »
Feeds are back online.

Los Angeles International Airport lost power Wednesday evening, the result of a glitch at a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power station, an airport spokeswoman said.

Olga Gallardo, an LAX spokeswoman, said the outage occurred about 6:10 p.m. and that generators immediately kicked in.

It takes about 1½ hours for the Transportation Security Administration and other airport staff to reboot everything, she said.

“Everything is back on and running,” Gallardo said Wednesday evening. “When there is a power outage, the generators automatically kick in.”

But that statement contradicted what travelers were sharing on social media.Later in the evening, LAX said on Twitter that power was restored to most terminals and systems, but there were still issues at Terminals 1, 7 and 8. At 9:35 p.m., the airport announced that power was restored to Terminal 7.

“We have crews on the scene working to restore power fully,” the airport said in a statement. “Check your flight status with your airline, as delays are possible.”On Twitter, users discussed being stuck on planes sitting on the tarmac. Others raised concerns about when they would see their luggage again.

“My latest dose of bad luck: ALL of LAX airport has lost power and my luggage is being held hostage. No air, no power, and having to siphon off my laptop’s battery to keep my phone alive,” one user tweeted. “But I’m here!”

Both the Southwest and United terminals seemed to be affected by the outage. Late Wednesday, Southwest said all flights out of LAX were canceled. It was unclear if any of the airline’s flights were still inbound to LAX or had been diverted.

“Power Outage in LAX Terminal 7 is causing stoppage in United check-in process. Any ETA for resolution. Everyone is in waiting mode with zero progress,” one user tweeted at United.

Joelle Lai, a 35-year-old graphics and marketing coordinator, was waiting 10 minutes in a stalled security line when she got a text message that her flight to Las Vegas was canceled.

“I should have just driven, I would have been there already,” she said.

Lai had planned to join her friends in Vegas and her boyfriend was already on his way there.

“I think I just have bad luck,” she said, adding that the last time she came to the airport in April, her flight was delayed for two hours. Lai said she was now considering driving to Vegas.

Meanwhile, passengers who arrived at 7:29 p.m. on a Southwest flight from Vegas were still stuck on the tarmac at 9 p.m.

Airline staff told the passengers that they couldn’t communicate with staff inside the airport because of the outage, and they were waiting for stairs to become available so they could deplane.

Outside the airport, multiple traffic lights were down, making traffic even more congested than usual. Even the iconic colorful LAX pylons were dark.

At Terminal 1, travelers told The Times via Twitter that the power was still out. Backup lighting was on, but several screens, outlets and power in nearby shops did not have electricity. Without computers, Southwest customer service couldn’t change flights for anyone, and the hold time with Southwest was up to almost three hours, one user said.

One Southwest staffer said over an airport speaker: “We are not able to rebook you because, as you can see, the power is out.” The staffer said the airline didn’t have access to its computers.

People were huddled in large groups awaiting direction as gate attendants provided limited information. People in the security line were sitting on the ground, and one lying down while reading a book.

“It’s inexcusable for a world city airport,” said Sean Cooney, of Los Angeles, who was waiting at Terminal 1.

Cara Fox-Galassi, of Chico, Calif. was on a Southwest flight leaving for Sacramento at 6:30 p.m. when the power on the plane — which was fully boarded — went out.

“It was honestly very disconcerting when it happened since no one knew what was going on and phones weren't working,” Fox-Galassi said.

The plane started making beeping noises, and the captain soon told passengers that because they were still plugged in to the terminal power, they would need to switch over to the plane’s power source to leave.

The flight crew worked with airport workers on the tarmac to tow the plane off the jet bridge.

“After 1.5 hours sitting on the plane ... he was able to get us off,” Fox-Galassi said. “He knew once power came back on we would be in a two-hour line waiting on the tarmac.”

Once the plane was in the air, the pilot announced to his passengers that they’d been the only Southwest flight to leave within that hour.

Michael Sundquist, a 59-year-old dean at Modesto Junior College, had driven from Sayulita, Mexico to board a plane from Puerto Vallarta to L.A.

Things were fine at the international terminal, but when he got to the terminal to go through security for his flight to San Jose, “everything was dark.”

“It’s a bit inconvenient, but travel is uncertain,” he said.

His car was waiting for him in San Jose for the additional drive back home to Modesto, but by about 8 p.m., it was uncertain whether he would do the last leg of his trip.

“Depends on how late it is, it’s already been a long day,” Sundquist said.

Later, Sundquist received a message that his flight was canceled, and he left the line to find a hotel room.
Listener Forum / Compliments to the Barrie sector feeder
« Last post by JonYTS on June 05, 2019, 04:57:17 PM »
I wanted to give a big thanks to the Toronto CZYZ / Barrie sector feeder. It’s interesting to hear how often that airspace connects and divides with Picton and Killaloe (North Bay High). If I was in North Bay, I would upload the North Bay FSS and Killaloe sector.
Listener Forum / Sault Ste Marie High/Low sectors
« Last post by JonYTS on June 05, 2019, 04:47:35 PM »
Any updates on the CYAM High and Low sectors? They are live and online, just no sound.
Listener Forum / Re: CYTS Montreal Noranda, some frequencies gone?
« Last post by JonYTS on June 05, 2019, 04:45:34 PM »
My feed is the southern half if the Noranda sector, from Montreal centre. I have listened to the CYFB feed and noticed an unsteady period of northern Quebec being cross-coupled with my feed and other times, both airspaces are divided in half during their peak periods. My feed includes all high level traffic at FL 290 and above, for Timmins, Moosonee, Val D’Or/ Rouyn, among other sectors. I have seen some pictures of the Montreal controllers for the Timmins-Noranda sector, with their communication panel showing 9 frequencies.

Your Amazon prime packages are one step closer to being delivered by drones.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a certificate to Amazon Prime Air on Wednesday, allowing the company to operate its MK27 unmanned aircraft for package deliveries, the federal agency said in a statement.

On the same day, Amazon (AMZN) announced it will begin delivering packages to customers by drone “within months” at its artificial intelligence, robotics and space conference re:Mars in Las Vegas. Amazon’s certificate is valid for one year and is eligible for renewal, according to the FAA.

“We’ve been hard at work building fully electric drones that can fly up to 15 miles and deliver packages under five pounds to customers in less than 30 minutes. And, with the help of our world-class fulfillment and delivery network, we expect to scale Prime Air both quickly and efficiently, delivering packages via drone to customers within months,” Jeff Wilke, CEO of Amazon Worldwide Consumer, said on Wednesday.

The e-commerce giant showcased the latest design of its flying device, highlighting its safety features and ability to do vertical takeoffs and landings at the conference.Jeff Bezos, the company’s founder and CEO, had predicted on CBS’ “60 Minutes” in December 2013 that drones would be making deliveries within five years. Now, a little behind his original schedule, Amazon is the second company to get FAA approval for drone delivery, following Alphabet's Wing Aviation in April. Alphabet’s Wing plans to use drones for food delivery. Uber has also been testing drones in its UberEats unit to achieve fast delivery.
Listener Forum / IAH Ground feeds have no audio
« Last post by Ariffraff on June 05, 2019, 02:29:00 PM »
With all of the bad weather around IAH I've been spending some time "listening" to IAH.
I'm wondering if the ground feeds have changed or if there's some other technical difficulty. I listened to all 3 ground feeds for 30 minutes during the day and heard nothing not one single call.
SO is it me or is something going on with these feeds?
DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — A battery-powered glider crashed into the roof of a Connecticut home, injuring the pilot and scaring a mother and her two children who were watching TV.Neighbors described hearing a small explosion when the aircraft hit the home in Danbury Tuesday night and became partially embedded in the attic. Mayor Mark Boughton tells The News-Times that neighbors found the pilot walking around looking for his glasses.The aircraft had taken off from Danbury's airport earlier in the day and the mayor says the pilot thought he had 20 minutes of power left and was headed for the airport. An airport official says he ran out of power.

Fire Chief TJ Wiedl says the glider mainly uses the power to take off and, if needed, in flight.

Officials say the pilot sustained minor injuries.
Aviation News (General) / Flight from El Paso, Texas, to Chicago turns back twice!
« Last post by kb4tez on June 05, 2019, 09:38:11 AM »

(would have loved to hear the pilot's PA Announcement the second time. "Folks, you're not gonna believe this......")

EL PASO, Texas — An American Airlines flight from El Paso, Texas, to Chicago turned back twice, apparently because of the same faulty mechanical-problem warning.

Flight 3880 took off from El Paso International Airport two times Monday for Chicago only to return to the airport. The flight had 76 passengers and four crew members on board.

A spokesman for Fort Worth, Texas-based American Airlines, Ross Feinstein, says the first return at 2:25 p.m. Mountain time was blamed on a faulty indicator light warning of an in-flight mechanical problem. He says after an inspection found it to be faulty, the twin-jet Embraer E-175 took off again at 3:58 p.m. but reversed course after about four minutes in the air — apparently because of the same faulty indicator.

The aircraft took off again at 6:23 p.m. Mountain time and was scheduled to arrive at Chicago O'Hare International Airport about 10:45 p.m. Central time.
Listener Forum / Okinawa feed RODN/ROAH
« Last post by rch38084 on June 04, 2019, 07:56:26 PM »
Hey Dave, great to see the feed running at RODN and ROAH. Any chance of making ground and tower separated from the approach freq as it dominates the feed? Rgds
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