Archive: March, 2011

Sleeping on the Job

After failing to get a response from the controller on duty at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport shortly after midnight, American Airlines and United flights landed about fifteen minutes apart without incident. Was the controller sleeping?

ATC Capacity and Frequency Congestion

Another weekend has passed, another explosion of traffic, and ATC capacity and frequency congestion has become more real to me. A look at ATC capacity, frequency congestion and some solutions.

Getting a Pilot's License: Giving Real Wings to Dreams

Obtaining a pilot’s license is possible for most. Whether you fly for profit or for pleasure, whether you fly in a motored craft or float on air currents, make your dreams a reality. Get a pilot’s license and let your soul soar!

The Million Dollar Helicopter Ride

We lifted off Providenciales Airport on a local familiarization flight around the island. It was a lovely summer-like day and the experience was priceless. I worked the radios and the my camera like a pro. It was the million dollar helicopter ride of a lifetime.

EGNOS Declared Fully Operational

The European satellite navigation network was declared certified March 2 for use by European civil-aviation authorities. The network is intended to complement the U.S. GPS satellite navigation constellation.

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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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