Archive: September, 2009

New FAA System Improves Safety in Remote, Non-Radar Regions

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new surveillance system introduced by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in Colorado allows air traffic controllers to track aircraft not covered by radar in remote, mountainous regions.

FAA Approves 1st U.S. Ground Based Augmentation System

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced the approval of Honeywell’s Smartpath Precision Landing System, clearing the way for increased safety and efficiency at airports by providing precise navigation service based on the global positioning system (GPS).

The Britten-Norman Trislander

HH-RPL landed in Providenciales on Friday 18th September making it my first sighting of a Britten-Norman Trislander. Being myself, I grabbed my camera and headed to the apron for a close up view. Here are some of my photos and the specification which I further looked up following my photo shoot.

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Stress in Air Traffic Control

Stress is an everyday fact of life, which affects us all in different ways and to varying degrees. It is provoked by a change in the status quo, something Air Traffic Controllers are too well aware of. The profession therefore contends for the number one spot on the list of most stressful jobs.

Helicopter Operations in the Gulf of Mexico

Flying choppers can be pretty challenging. Operating offshore on oil rigs and platforms hundreds of miles offshore in the sometimes unbridled wind conditions and swaying platforms is just another day in the office for those who dare. Here’s a peek into the operation that seldom gets reported, a testimony of the somewhat mastery of man over machines and the elements.

JetBlue plane with engine fire lands in Bahamas

MIAMI, Sept 3 (Reuters) - A JetBlue airliner with 93 people aboard made an emergency landing in the Bahamas on Thursday after a warning light alerted the crew to a fire in one of its two engines, authorities said.

FAA Announces Plan to Enhance Safety for New York Airspace

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is planning to modify the airspace over the Hudson River by revising procedures to create safe, dedicated operating corridors for all the aircraft that fly at lower altitudes around Manhattan.

Caution! Airport Sub-contractors at Work

Two recent events involving airport sub-contractors at work occurred on the same day at two different airports with the same outcome - a comprise in the integrity of ATC services. The First: Fremont, California – A subcontractor’s mistake caused the FAA Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI) system to shut down for 20 minutes at one of the […]

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Wayne Farley

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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