Archive: August, 2009

China to unveil first jumbo jet engine in 2016

China, one of the world’s fastest growing economies, plans to unveil its first home-made jumbo jet engine in 2016. The engine will outfit the locally developed C919 aircraft and put them in competition with global players Airbus and Boeing. “China is expected to complete the research on its first jumbo jet engine in 2016 and begin to […]

American Airlines Retires Airbus A300 Jets

American Airlines Inc. has completed the retirement of its Airbus A300 fleet with its last flight touching down at New York’s JFK International Airport shortly after midnight on Monday. The Airbus A300 wide-body jet began flying for American more than 21 years ago after Boeing could not deliver the B767s quickly enough to meet their needs.

High-tech Balloon Keeps Tabs on Afghan Elections

Republished from PlaneTalking As Afghanis head to the polls in crucial elections, a high-tech surveillance balloon thousands of feet overhead will help to ensure the integrity of the process by providing round-the-clock video and audio to security forces on the ground in Kabul. The “aerostat” balloon was deployed earlier this month, and it flies beyond […]

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Boeing completes Required Navigation Performance milestone in Panama

Republished from Boeing has recently completed a critical design review for Required Navigation Performance procedures (RNP) in work at Panama’s Tocumen International Airport and Howard Airport. The critical design review, which took place at the Copa Airlines training center in Panama City, assesses the “fly-ability” of the procedures and ensures compatibility with airline crew […]

NATS Unveils World's First Approved Remote Control Tower

NATS Services Ltd (NSL) has developed and put into service the world’s first full safety certified remote airport contingency control room that can keep flights moving through Heathrow airport in the event of a serious problem at the airport’s main control tower. The Virtual Contingency Facility (VCF) was developed following discussions with BAA and the […]

Hudson River Midair Collision - Lessons for Air Traffic Controllers

The two controllers on watch at New Jersey Teterboro Airport at the time of the mid-air collision of the Piper PA-32 Saratoga and the Eurocopter were suspended . The controller in charge was reportedly involved in inappropriate conversations on the telephone at the time of the accident, while the supervisor was not in the building as was required. […]

The Hudson River Tragedy

The rules of VFR flight dictate “see and be seen”, however, the pilots of the two aircraft which collided over the Hudson River very likely did not see each other. It is the pilots’ responsibility to look for and avoid other aircraft, but with no Air Traffic Control or Flight Information Service being provided there, […]

ATCO Helps Save Infant's Life

The profession of Air Traffic Control is one in which credit is seldom attributed to the men and women who watch over our skies, but here’s a story from NATCA that is truly touching: “MIAMI – At 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday [August 4,2009] morning the pilot of a Lifeguard flight from St. Thomas bound for […]

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I am Wayne, an aviation safety evangelist who once made my living working in the control tower. Engage me while I share my thoughts, experience, and news from the aviation world. After writing "13 Characteristics of an air traffic controller" in 2010, it went viral and established me as an unofficial ambassador for ATC.


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