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They were damn lucky the plane was fully fueled and didn't have issues with that after the third unplanned for hour of flight... The $250 vouchers were quite a lousy way to get out of issue, too; the customers would have been better off with a $100 hotel voucher instead.
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Pilot/Controller Forum / Ida bands headed to Atlanta
« Last post by KB4TEZ on August 31, 2021, 07:06:49 AM »
Some interesting conversations this morning on KATL approach, ahead of Ida.  Going to be an interesting morning in Atlanta.
Stay safe all !!!
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Listener Forum / Re: Geneva frequencies missing
« Last post by thowe on August 30, 2021, 03:32:43 PM »
Meanwhile, two feeders are preparing to bring LSGG back online. I try to coordinate and support both.

Regarding the frequencies: I think the data you mentioned are the new channels in the 8kHz grid. I.e. these data can be entered exactly like that in the airplane and converted internally by the radio. But if you have to enter the effective frequency like RTLSDR, then the frequencies are sometimes different.

For this reason I would say that the effective frequencies are the following (according to AIP):

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      freqs = ( 136.450, 136.250, 119.525, 130.550, 120.300, 131.325, 118.700, 119.900, 119.700, 121.675, 121.850, 121.750);
      labels = ( "Transit", "Arrival", "Departure", "Approach", "Final", "Departure Aux", "Tower", "Tower 2", "Tower/Ground Aux", "Ground", "Apron", "Apron Aux");
The feeders will contact you as soon as the setups are ready.
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https://www.local10.com/news/local/2021/08/29/pilot-flight-student-grateful-to-be-alive-after-emergency-water-landing/

A pilot and flight instructor are thankful to be alive after a scary situation earlier this week that saw their plane plunge into the waters off Virginia Key.

“We’re at a thousand feet over Key Biscayne, we’re coming back southbound from Miami Beach, next thing you know we start hearing engine noises,” said Seraj Abdelhameed, the flight instructor of the plane.

Abdelhameed described the moments before he made an emergency landing in the plane.

“We got our doors open, we got ready for impact and we avoided a little bit of rocks and we went into the water,” he said.

Abdelhameed said the single engine failed in the Cessna Skyhawk he was flying around 7 p.m. Thursday, as he was with a flight student heading from Miami Executive Airport to Miami Beach.

His student, Mohammed Alrafaei, said the moment was scary and the men are lucky.

“It’s a scary situation, but I’m glad I survived and that’s it,” Alrafaei said.Neither of the men was injured. They were assigned by ocean rescue but didn’t go to the hospital.  Alrafaei says he wants to continue to train to be a pilot.

“Yeah, I want to finish what I started,” he said.

Both men grateful to have survived what could have ended tragically.

“I would say were very lucky,” Abdelhameed said. “We were going to go to the Everglades to the southwest practice area, but i’m still trying to comprehend it all.”
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Feed Outage/Status Reports / Re: KNUQ and ZOA 35 temporarily offline
« Last post by silagi on August 29, 2021, 10:10:21 PM »
Both feeds back on line as of today. :-)
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Aviation Accidents/Incidents / 17C closed at DFW
« Last post by aselder on August 29, 2021, 05:53:23 PM »
At DFW, and there’s a CRJ9 or E145 stopped on 17C with a ton of trucks. Any idea what happened?
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Feed Outage/Status Reports / Re: YPPF Parafield Decommisioning
« Last post by Jacko on August 28, 2021, 10:51:30 PM »
Hey Team, I've got many contacts in Adelaide in the ham radio fraternity and I myself used to host the YPPF feed many years ago. I've since moved interstate but my parents still live relatively close to the airport. Did you want me to look at potentially trying to get something together?
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Aviation Accidents/Incidents / Alaska Airlines, smartphone fire, Seattle.
« Last post by KB4TEZ on August 27, 2021, 06:55:35 AM »
(airportia via twitter)
https://www.airportia.com/news/alaska-b739-at-seattle-on-aug-23rd-2021-passenger-s-electronic-device-catches-fire/

(the slide evac caught my attention)

An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-900, registration N479AS performing flight AS-751 from New Orleans,LA to Seattle,WA (USA) with 128 passengers and 6 crew, had safely landed on Seattle's runway 34L, had taxied towards the apron crossing both runways 34C and 34R and was on the apron waiting to move into the gate, when a passenger's smartphone caught fire. While cabin crew extinguished the fire and secured the remains of the device in a containment bag, the smoke emanating from the device forced the evacuation of the aircraft via slides.

The airport reported the Smartphone was a Samsung Galaxy A21. Two passengers were taken to a hospital for checks.

On Aug 26th 2021 the NTSB reported they rated the occurrence an accident and have opened an investigation.

The aircraft returned to service on Aug 25th 2021 after about 32 hours on the ground in Seattle.
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https://www.dpr.com/media/blog/phoenix-mesa-gateway-airport-air-traffic-control-tower-tops-off-with-prefabricated-cab

Over the course of a week, DPR Construction completed the erection of two prefabricated steel structures atop the newest air traffic control tower in Mesa, Arizona. After the initial 206,000-lb. lower “bulge” pick, the structure was topped off with the 110,000-lb. cab. The two critical crane picks signaled the topping off of the largest single project in Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority (PMGAA) history.
The frame for the lower-level bulge is supported by the precast concrete shaft of the tower. To successfully place the first structure, steel rods set in the concrete base had to line up with tightly fitted holes in the steel base plates of the bulge. “Aligning anchor bolts with 100 tons of steel on the crane hook required careful coordination and collaboration between trade partners,” said DPR project manager, Geoffrey Minor. “All the pieces had to align perfectly.”

The project team and trade partners developed a quality control plan to ensure the successful alignment of the anchor bolts. The DPR virtual design and construction (VDC) team used shared templates, surveying and laser scanning to verify all dimensions and identify any deviations prior to hoisting the bulge structure. Both steel structures were prefabricated onsite.
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Aviation Audio Clips / Re: N2843T (PA-32) lands on freeway in San Diego
« Last post by marekp0 on August 25, 2021, 07:26:35 PM »
Is it common to talk to KCRQ that far south, rather than SCA?
Especially when just flying between KMYF and KCRQ a lot of pilots around here won't bother with flight following. KCRQ can get rather busy sometimes, and I sometimes call the tower up to 5nmi from the class D boundary just in case if I'm not talking to Socal.

It looks like he went down near the Del Mar racetracks (VPSRT) which is ~6nmi from the class D boundary, so I don't think it's unreasonable for him to have been on KCRQ tower at the time. Another possibility is he was self-announcing on 122.75 with KCRQ tower as his standby frequency, and probably thought KCRQ tower would be more useful than a few random pilots on 122.75.
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