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by GoSteelers
Sat Jul 18, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Former MDW official accused of violating safety protocols
Replies: 32
Views: 5452

Re: Former MDW official accused of violating safety protocols

While I wouldn’t call this a political issue, or even an airline-specific issue for that matter, ATC plays these games all the time. ATC knows that certain conditions will completely shut operations down. For example, FZRA, +SN, and PL (just to name a few) do not have holdover times. ATC is aware t...

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by GoSteelers
Sat Jul 18, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Former MDW official accused of violating safety protocols
Replies: 32
Views: 5452

Re: Former MDW official accused of violating safety protocols

I also forgot to add most, if not all major ATC facilities have in house NWS. They put the current METAR and conditions in and I either press four buttons to send it or record it word by word. I’ve cut 1000’s of ATIS’s in my career and I have never changed an official weather report.

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by GoSteelers
Sat Jul 18, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Former MDW official accused of violating safety protocols
Replies: 32
Views: 5452

Re: Former MDW official accused of violating safety protocols

While I wouldn’t call this a political issue, or even an airline-specific issue for that matter, ATC plays these games all the time. ATC knows that certain conditions will completely shut operations down. For example, FZRA, +SN, and PL (just to name a few) do not have holdover times. ATC is aware t...

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by GoSteelers
Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Visual vs. ILS approach
Replies: 27
Views: 2925

Re: Visual vs. ILS approach

Ok, so a really dumb follow up question: Is a visual approach truly 'visual' in the sense the pilot sees the airport and runway and simply flies there, or is there a system of electronic navigation 'landmarks' (for lack of a better term) that are used to navigate to the runway? Thanks in advance. T...

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by GoSteelers
Wed Jul 08, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Visual vs. ILS approach
Replies: 27
Views: 2925

Re: Visual vs. ILS approach

To add a few tidbits... Although a visual approach, it is still a IFR procedure. And the aircraft doesn’t necessarily have to actually have the field in sight. If the aircraft has the preceding aircraft in sight, he can be instructed to follow the traffic and cleared a visual approach. And there are...

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by GoSteelers
Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US ATC Impacts from Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 197
Views: 28182

Re: US ATC Impacts from Coronavirus Thread

Honestly I don’t even know why they bother the cleaning. Watching first hand at my facility, it’s a joke and like you said expensive. It’s gone from “being safe” to doing as little as possible as to not disrupt the system. We’ve had 3 confirmed from 3 different crews. Yeah that’s what I was afraid ...

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by GoSteelers
Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US ATC Impacts from Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 197
Views: 28182

Re: US ATC Impacts from Coronavirus Thread

Just curious from anyone that’s been at a facility that has a positive test; are they making that entire team/crew quarantine for 14 days or just the individual?

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by GoSteelers
Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Completely Disobedient Pilot Refuses to Vacate LAS Class B Without Clearance/Argues With ATC
Replies: 46
Views: 15095

Re: Completely Disobedient Pilot Refuses to Vacate LAS Class B Without Clearance/Argues With ATC

Right, ever hear of Captain Happy’s outburst at ATL? It’s was all over APC. The controller was at complete fault with The captain Happy incident. It was one of 14 Similar exchanges that year. They all led to one controller. He was given leave and came back... his behavior did not change much so he ...

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by GoSteelers
Fri Jun 05, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW Airport Is Now The World's Busiest Airport
Replies: 41
Views: 9331

Re: DFW Airport Is Now The World's Busiest Airport

I don’t believe these stats are correct. I believe these are only departures. Usually, when the “World’s Busiest Airport” title was going between ATL and ORD, the number of total operations was used, not just departures. While I would assume it would be doubled, the stats the newspaper used aren’t t...

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by GoSteelers
Mon May 25, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France A380 retirement/parking thread
Replies: 483
Views: 62357

Re: Air France to retire A380 fleet effective immediately

While I’ll admit watching it depart into the sunset each early evening was a beautiful sight which I will miss, I will not miss working it from an air traffic point of view. Slow and a pain in the ass to work around.

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by GoSteelers
Tue Apr 28, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL takes the crown in NYC
Replies: 36
Views: 7366

Re: DL takes the crown in NYC?

Not much of an accomplishment? Consider this. 1). DL has to deal with split hubs which creates less than optimal international~domestic connections. This is probably why Delta international numbers are much lower than UA because they cannot flow as many international connections through. 2). DL has...

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by GoSteelers
Fri Apr 10, 2020 11:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US ATC Impacts from Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 197
Views: 28182

Re: US ATC Impacts from Coronavirus Thread

I work in a tower. We normally run 8-9 positions during a normal day. We are doing three now. Clearance and flight data are combined with ground. We have a local (tower) controller for each side of the airport and that’s it. And to clarify, when you here a “ground” controller, he is still in the tow...

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by GoSteelers
Tue Apr 07, 2020 1:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Fire at Fort Myers Airport (Apr. 3)
Replies: 54
Views: 7508

Re: Fire at Fort Myers Airport (Apr. 3)

The Fort Myers area, as I would assume much of southern Florida, is a extremely seasonal rental car market. The company’s move thousand’s of cars down in preparation for “the season”; snowbirds coming south for the winter. Normally, those cars are in use as March and April are the busiest times for ...

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by GoSteelers
Sun Mar 22, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II
Replies: 1993
Views: 340749

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II

I wonder, how is it possible that ATCO's in the U.S. are testing positive one after the other? It's not like they are all working in tight quarters and coming in contact with a lot of people? Has there been an ATC convention that all these Atco's went to? Is it transmitted through radio? The virus ...

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by GoSteelers
Sat Mar 21, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airport Photos in the wake of coronavirus impacts
Replies: 184
Views: 10201

Re: Corona Airport Photos

I saw on this board that ATL was closing a runway for the sake of DL storage. I'd love to see a photo! I read one report that Delta was going to park 600 of their 900 aircraft on that one runway in ATL. I have to question the wisdom of that plan heading into peak tornado season [1]. Dispersing to 2...

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by GoSteelers
Thu Mar 19, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAS airport closed
Replies: 60
Views: 18991

Re: LAS airport closed

So who was clearing the traffic at LAS for take-off? I was hearing the tower freq via Liveatc.net but didn't hear anything other than hearing from LAS NW departure freq clearing the flights "cleared as released." Then I heard ATC telling an AA flight to monitor ctaf on 119.9 (basically tw...

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by GoSteelers
Thu Feb 20, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian most punctual airline - recipe?
Replies: 52
Views: 5797

Re: Hawaiian most punctual airline - recipe?

Weather

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by GoSteelers
Sat Feb 08, 2020 6:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Major delays at ATL
Replies: 29
Views: 8998

Re: Major delays at ATL

I have to wonder why ATL doesn't have a crosswind arrival runway. It may not help with the departures, but arrivals could still happen. A crosswind runway would have no effect. The winds were right down the final most of the morning. We had numerous wind shear alerts as well as numerous pilot repor...

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by GoSteelers
Sun Jan 12, 2020 4:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Runway Incursion at JFK - Jan 10, 2020
Replies: 51
Views: 12246

Re: DL Runway Incursion at JFK - Jan 10, 2020

From a ATC point of you, if a correct read back isn’t received, it’s like nothing was issued. She made a mistake not solitciting a read back of hold short instructions. I also fault the technique of issuing an important clearance like a hold short and in the same transmission adding another question...

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by GoSteelers
Thu Jan 02, 2020 2:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlanta Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 76
Views: 9935

Re: Atlanta Aviation Thread - 2020

Not sure if you mis-typed but there is no 9C. It’s going to between 10/28 and 9R/27L

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by GoSteelers
Tue Nov 26, 2019 12:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATL operations
Replies: 34
Views: 6261

Re: ATL operations

The reason I can call it the “Papa Loop” is we have a coded taxi route signed by certain operators that pilots are supposed to be aware of. For an aircraft that lands 9R, they can be issued a ATC clearance that says “taxi via the Papa Loop”. The aircraft will follow the prescribed routing. He still...

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by GoSteelers
Sun Nov 24, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATL operations
Replies: 34
Views: 6261

Re: ATL operations

The reason I can call it the “Papa Loop” is we have a coded taxi route signed by certain operators that pilots are supposed to be aware of. For an aircraft that lands 9R, they can be issued a ATC clearance that says “taxi via the Papa Loop”. The aircraft will follow the prescribed routing. He still ...

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by GoSteelers
Sun Nov 24, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HA A332 at EWR
Replies: 12
Views: 3889

Re: HA A332 at EWR

Yes, both the Raiders and the Seahawks fly HA. -DBC False. The Seahawks Charter with Delta and have for several years. FALSE. HA has been the charter for the last 2 years for Seahawks. Only during the playoffs is when DL takes over flying the Seahawks. HA had to drop the Seahawks a few years becaus...

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by GoSteelers
Fri Nov 22, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATL operations
Replies: 34
Views: 6261

Re: ATL operations

Papa loop on the south side allows for faster departures Eastbound and not having arriving traffic on 9R and 10 not cross in front of 9L departures. The same process works very well for ORD. I do understand that is alot of aircraft poured onto ground ops on the south side though. When in eastbound ...

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by GoSteelers
Fri Nov 22, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATL operations
Replies: 34
Views: 6261

Re: ATL operations

There’s some good in depth information in this study. https://www.faa.gov/airports/planning_capacity/profiles/media/ATL-Airport-Capacity-Profile-2018.pdf If you read the “current capacity chart” on the third page, which incorporates arrivals as well as departures, you’ll notice that all flows are h...

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by GoSteelers
Fri Nov 22, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATL operations
Replies: 34
Views: 6261

Re: ATL operations

http://www.airportviewer.com Select ATL and spend time observing traffic patterns. And, yes, peak efficiency is a west operation. Most 27R departures use the LC intersection. Heavies our aircraft with flow times mostly use full length. ILL Wrong. Peak efficiency is eastbound. The arrival rate peaks...

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by GoSteelers
Fri Nov 22, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATL operations
Replies: 34
Views: 6261

Re: ATL operations

There’s some good in depth information in this study. https://www.faa.gov/airports/planning_capacity/profiles/media/ATL-Airport-Capacity-Profile-2018.pdf If you read the “current capacity chart” on the third page, which incorporates arrivals as well as departures, you’ll notice that all flows are hi...

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by GoSteelers
Fri Nov 22, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATL operations
Replies: 34
Views: 6261

Re: ATL operations

Those are arrival rates only. Last time I checked, airplanes have to depart as well. But don’t let my 10 years of experience in the FAA, including multiple years working ATL tower, mean anything.

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by GoSteelers
Fri Nov 22, 2019 3:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATL operations
Replies: 34
Views: 6261

Re: ATL operations

http://www.airportviewer.com Select ATL and spend time observing traffic patterns. And, yes, peak efficiency is a west operation. Most 27R departures use the LC intersection. Heavies our aircraft with flow times mostly use full length. ILL Wrong. Peak efficiency is eastbound. The arrival rate peaks...

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by GoSteelers
Sun Nov 03, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN ending LGA-MKE
Replies: 55
Views: 7942

Re: WN ending LGA-MKE

For someone who seems to have a good knowledge of the Milwaukee market; I’m curious what your thoughts are on ATL. Southwest does two flights a day and each time I’m onboard they aren’t close to full. Of course with DAL flying the route as well, I wonder if SWA is considering dropping ATL-MKE. I loo...

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by GoSteelers
Sun Sep 29, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Contract ramp worker killed in ATL
Replies: 7
Views: 5315

Re: Contract ramp worker killed in ATL

A few weeks ago DAL coordinated a two minute freeze on all ground movement at Atlanta to honor the ramper that was killed at JFK. I think it would be a nice gesture for them to do the same now.

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by GoSteelers
Wed Sep 25, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sheboygan airport getting int'l traffic- who?
Replies: 20
Views: 3433

Re: Sheboygan airport getting int'l traffic- who?

Get it built before the Ryder Cup September 2020?

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by GoSteelers
Tue Sep 17, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlanta Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 119
Views: 14956

Re: Atlanta Aviation Thread - 2019

The a380 is approved on 9R/27L. That is the usual arrival runway. He can depart as well on that runway.

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by GoSteelers
Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlanta Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 119
Views: 14956

Re: Atlanta Aviation Thread - 2019

They arrived and parked at a gate on the E and F terminals. They were then towed to north cargo where they stayed overnight. They then departed without going back to the terminals.

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by GoSteelers
Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlanta Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 119
Views: 14956

Re: Atlanta Aviation Thread - 2019

Three different Virgin 747’s on the ground. One for the normal flight and two repos from Orlando. Two just took off heading back south.

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by GoSteelers
Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA1584 Today AUS-DFW
Replies: 14
Views: 3520

Re: AA1584 Today AUS-DFW

At my airport, the ARFF crew is positioned at the entrance to the ramp, well in advance, of the arrival. So absolutely zero delay and zero extra taxi.

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by GoSteelers
Tue Jul 30, 2019 1:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA ORD Ground Stop 7-29-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 6856

Re: AA ORD Ground Stop 7-29-2019

The wall of weather is mostly just rain. Big gaps between the yellow. The WSR88 system was the worst thing that ever happened to aviation. Another hysterical overreaction by ATC. If it’s a GS for a specific airline, as in AA and Subs only, I can pretty much guarantee it was not an ATC issue, it was...

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by GoSteelers
Fri Jul 05, 2019 12:37 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do pilots always understand ATC?
Replies: 39
Views: 8582

Re: Do pilots always understand ATC?

No, the pilot is wrong. ATC isn’t there to serve him; we are there to serve everyone equally. I am sworn to provide safe and efficient service to everyone, whether you are in an A380 or a C182. I understand you have been flying long enough that you feel entitled cause you are flying a heavy, but don...

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by GoSteelers
Thu Jul 04, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do pilots always understand ATC?
Replies: 39
Views: 8582

Re: Do pilots always understand ATC?

As accurately noted above, if a pilot does not understand a clearance, he requests it restated until he does. I think the funniest thing I heard was at YYZ last year. As it was the late evening Ground and Clearance Delivery were the same controlller. As we were taxiing in, Emirates received the cle...

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by GoSteelers
Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Chicago TRACON controlled airspace dimensions
Replies: 6
Views: 2403

Re: Chicago TRACON controlled airspace dimensions

Here is a link from the public FAA website that has some pics. Although it’s not up to date; in fact it’s from the old O’Hare layout, I would guess the diagrams that show the airspace are still relatively accurate. https://www.faa.gov/airports/airport_development/omp/planning/mp/oamp/media/Section_I...

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by GoSteelers
Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Chicago TRACON controlled airspace dimensions
Replies: 6
Views: 2403

Re: Chicago TRACON controlled airspace dimensions

If you look on the public FAA website they have a not great picture of C90’s airspace in an article about STARS. I tried to post the pic but I can’t. Chicago Tracon is bordered by Milwaukee Tracon on the north, almost on the Wisconsin/Illinois border. Rockford is to the west. I don’t know for sure b...

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by GoSteelers
Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:29 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Increased commercial traffic and existing airspace
Replies: 2
Views: 1145

Re: Increased commercial traffic and existing airspace

In every air traffic facility, there are standard operating procedures that cover departure and arrival procedures at every airport within their airspace. I’m not from the area but I’m assuming Paine Field is underneath Seattle approach control. There is a letter of agreement, or LOA, that spells ou...

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by GoSteelers
Sat Apr 20, 2019 3:14 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DL in ATL 4/19
Replies: 28
Views: 3907

Re: DL in ATL 4/19

Inbounds landing Miami and Jacksonville Centers were ground stopped for hours today. Obviously, anything departing ATL towards the south hits these centers. So, although ATL may have been reporting delays, it wasn’t all charged to them.

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by GoSteelers
Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ATC and approach/departure rules for special events (AGS this weekend)
Replies: 12
Views: 2288

Re: ATC and approach/departure rules for special events (AGS this weekend)

As far as the ground stops and delay programs, this is unfortunately a necessary evil when so much traffic wants to land at approximately the same window. Other airports near Augusta, including Aiken (AIK), SC, DNL Field and Thomson, GA (HVQ?) also get delayed as well.

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by GoSteelers
Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ATC and approach/departure rules for special events (AGS this weekend)
Replies: 12
Views: 2288

Re: ATC and approach/departure rules for special events (AGS this weekend)

To answer the question, Augusta is an approach control with tower. Each year, the FAA does a special bid and brings in controllers from other facilities to work the tower. Since tower functions are relatively simple, a temp controller and figure it out pretty quick. The regular AGS controllers that ...

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by GoSteelers
Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ORD and triple parallel landings
Replies: 37
Views: 6066

Re: ORD and triple parallel landings

Atlanta does it all the time. If the weather is garbage they will land triple arrivals from about 730am to 9pm almost nonstop.

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by GoSteelers
Fri Aug 31, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA862 almost lands at the wrong airport
Replies: 46
Views: 13148

Re: AA862 almost lands at the wrong airport

The FAF for RSW is 1500, so 800 isn’t as low as you would think. However, this looks close. This happens often enough at Fort Myers where this isn’t all that shocking. There are procedures to try and prevent this from a controller point of view, but speaking from my own experience as an approach con...

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by GoSteelers
Sat Aug 18, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlanta Air Service Discussion - 2018
Replies: 144
Views: 18249

Re: Atlanta Air Service Discussion - 2018

The T expansion is a novel idea and I like it. The main problem is, this does absolutely nothing to solve the problem of a shortage of gates for widebody aircraft. This is a good stopgap solution for the interim but how long can they actually go in the long term without adding G? Also, I wonder wha...

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by GoSteelers
Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest grounding many airplanes.
Replies: 71
Views: 13409

Re: Southwest grounding many airplanes.

At the airport I work at, a pretty busy one at that, we, in coordination with the major airline operators here, started our construction last Monday, also an indicator that the summer schedules are starting to slow down.

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by GoSteelers
Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest grounding many airplanes.
Replies: 71
Views: 13409

Re: Southwest grounding many airplanes.

We haven't hit Labor Day yet. Summer is still peaking. I don't think so. When I was a kid in the 60's and 70's, I never was in public school before mid Sept. Somehow since then, although summer doesn't end until 9/21, the start date of schools in the US has crept earlier, now to mid-late August. So...

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