flyerboyek From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 72 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 5341 times:
I was listening to JFK Tower on LiveAtc.net at that time and there was a flight check aircraft doing low approaches. Don't recall which runway, but USAF and FAA aircraft are sometimes painted the same.
andyinpit From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 320 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 5289 times:
Flyerboyek nailed it. Whenever something that has to do with navigation, VOR, ILS, etc. goes out of service, before it comes back online FlightCheck will have to go check it out.
So it looks like some sort of instrument approach was coming back, so they have to do straight in runs, along with arcs from each side to intercept the final approach course/localizer. They can be a real pain in the you know what, because it ALWAYS seems like they want to do opposite direction stuff, but that's me probably remembering all the messed up situations because of that. If they're same direction, eh, who cares. Just another Joe Schmoe doing low approaches
KC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12293 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (3 years 2 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 5062 times:
Why wasn't this done in the middle of the night when there is almost no traffic? When I was at DFW, we always made Flight Check fly between 0100L and 0500L so they wouldn't interfer with normal airline traffic.
NASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3187 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (3 years 2 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4983 times:
Quoting flyerboyek (Reply 1): I was listening to JFK Tower on LiveAtc.net at that time and there was a flight check aircraft doing low approaches. Don't recall which runway, but USAF and FAA aircraft are sometimes painted the same.
Quoting jayhup (Reply 3): I know that there are a lot of King Air's based outside the US and it looked like a VIPSAM color scheme so I wasn't sure if they were ferry flights or what.
If it is in the SAM colors and it is a King Air - it is FAA. I am not aware of the USAF painting any C-12s in the blue and white colors. However FAA has a large fleet of them with real basic tail numbers like N12, N13 etc and they will make several passes to check ILS approaches etc. I see them doing tests every once in a while at MCO flying low over my apartment on approach to 18R. In fact one was here the other day and it was painted in some special FAA colors of red white and dark blue.