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by atcdan
Sat Sep 05, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Departure procedures for airports located near international borders
Replies: 16
Views: 2309

Re: Departure procedures for airports located near international borders

All airspace is divided up by international treaties, and then more practically by “Letter of Agreement” between adjacent controlling authority. For example, Los Angeles Center will have agreements with Oakland Center, Salt Lake Center, Albuquerque Center, Mazatlan Center, SoCal Approach, Las Vegas ...

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by atcdan
Mon Aug 24, 2020 1:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 8/18/20 - Taxiway DIXIE at ATL has Reverted to D
Replies: 27
Views: 7300

Re: 8/18/20 - Taxiway DIXIE at ATL has Reverted to D

Isn't the point of language and communication to ensure that parties understand each other? Or do you ignore anyone who says y'all, yous guys, a'int as it is grammatically incorrect? Seems like a mountain out of a mole hill. The world keeps turning, but you sure showed them, didn't you. Are you ser...

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by atcdan
Sun Aug 23, 2020 5:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx 767 makes emergency landing at LAX
Replies: 132
Views: 25467

Re: FedEx plane makes emergency landing at LAX

Probably would have caused real chaos had LAX been at normal capacity. LAX is pretty typically a ghost town at 0400, doesn’t start to pick up in normal times until about 0515 or so. Do you happen to know by what percentage traffic has decreased? In terms of aircraft movements it’s publicly availabl...

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by atcdan
Sun Aug 23, 2020 5:53 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most Connected Domestic Hub: DEN, ATL, DFW, ORD?
Replies: 5
Views: 1200

Re: Most Connected Domestic Hub: DEN, ATL, DFW, ORD?

jhsusman wrote:
I read somewhere that DEN was at 200 cities which would make it #1 domestically - can anyone confirm?


Don’t know about DEN but a couple of years ago DFW was over 230 passenger destinations weekly.

I don’t think DEN ever got nearly as high as that, I could be wrong though.

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by atcdan
Sun Aug 23, 2020 5:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx 767 makes emergency landing at LAX
Replies: 132
Views: 25467

Re: FedEx plane makes emergency landing at LAX

I took some photos of the aircraft today. I spoke to some of the guys working the night shift and they told me that the aircraft made several very low passes over 24R, then ATC had them land on 25R. They closed 25R for the entire day, and used 25L for both take off and landings. I left work around ...

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by atcdan
Sun Aug 23, 2020 5:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 8/18/20 - Taxiway DIXIE at ATL has Reverted to D
Replies: 27
Views: 7300

Re: 8/18/20 - Taxiway DIXIE at ATL has Reverted to D

We have Delta pilots call up ready to taxi from “Dixie nine” even at LAX.

I ignore them just to see how long before they realize they’re in the wrong part of town for that kind of nonsense. They usually get it right by the third try lol!

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by atcdan
Sat Aug 22, 2020 6:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx 767 makes emergency landing at LAX
Replies: 132
Views: 25467

Re: FedEx plane makes emergency landing at LAX

CitizenJustin wrote:
Probably would have caused real chaos had LAX been at normal capacity.


LAX is pretty typically a ghost town at 0400, doesn’t start to pick up in normal times until about 0515 or so.

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by atcdan
Fri Aug 21, 2020 3:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilot / ATC Repartee
Replies: 95
Views: 12960

Re: Pilot / ATC Repartee

D is pronounced “Delta” lol A few people with questions about live ATC here. The site was founded and is maintained by an enthusiast and flight instructor out of the Boston area. Almost all ATC feeds are hosted by a volunteer near the airport or transmitter site, a few are even hosted by friendly ai...

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by atcdan
Mon Aug 17, 2020 6:14 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: LAX Gate 39 - What happened to it?
Replies: 8
Views: 1183

Re: LAX Gate 39 - What happened to it?

You’re right LAX. Wasn’t BTQ using 39 for a little while?

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by atcdan
Sat Aug 15, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: LAX Gate 39 - What happened to it?
Replies: 8
Views: 1183

Re: LAX Gate 39 - What happened to it?

My only source is internal briefings we had at work re: Delta re-adjusting their gates at various points in time, both T2 and T3. The T2.5 construction notwithstanding , I believe DL wanted to start parking heavies on gate 38, which meant gate 39 would become unusable. If they are going to make 38 a...

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by atcdan
Thu Aug 13, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilot / ATC Repartee
Replies: 95
Views: 12960

Re: Pilot / ATC Repartee

The headsets used by the majority of ATC’s in the US (FAA) only go in to one ear and they don’t actually cover your ear like many pilot headsets. We generally need to be able to hear the environment/ people around us just as clearly as we do the pilots. Lots of important ATC coordination occurs simp...

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by atcdan
Thu Jul 23, 2020 6:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Old Control Tower Equipment
Replies: 3
Views: 1344

Re: Old Control Tower Equipment

The original ATC tower at DFW has all the equipment needed to run ATC ops in the event one of the two towers cannot he used. There is less equipment and it’s old, but it’s definitely still used from time to time. The original tower at LAX, while currently used by airport operations, has backup dupli...

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by atcdan
Thu Jul 23, 2020 6:04 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports where you’re most likely to wait for a gate
Replies: 33
Views: 1898

Re: Airports where you’re most likely to wait for a gate

LAX it was common for all the morning AA and Eagle flights to be 30 min early and still have their gates occupied. Alaska and United not as much, Delta somewhere in between. Southwest was usually pretty good about changing the gate for the inbound if the original was still occupied. The foreigners w...

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by atcdan
Thu Jul 23, 2020 4:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX Music Video!
Replies: 9
Views: 2142

Re: LAX Music Video!

The traffic (pre-Covid) on the roadways is always that bad, particularly in the evenings. My commute in for the overnight shift would be 20 min on the freeway and an hour to get to T2 lol.

I actually would come in a little early to beat the traffic and go for a run up Sepulveda before work.

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by atcdan
Fri Jul 10, 2020 5:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue makes LAX West Coast focus city
Replies: 329
Views: 35574

Re: JetBlue makes LAX West Coast focus city

Personally I have only flown out of LGB twice, despite living closer. When flying for leisure I’m looking for the cheapest fare and best product on a non-stop flight and those are usually more plentiful and cheaper out of LAX. As far as flying b6: I have been treated like absolute garbage by employe...

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by atcdan
Sat Apr 04, 2020 2:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - April 2020
Replies: 542
Views: 99622

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - April 2020

But the more likely set-up is the middle one Configuration Morphée; 10 modules for "up to a dozen" (personally I'm seeing 10-for-10) heavy wounded I confess I cannot see any reason to further reduce capacity to just six, but then I'm not a medic. https://www.defense.gouv.fr/var/dicod/stor...

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by atcdan
Fri Nov 22, 2019 3:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX status 11/20
Replies: 6
Views: 1920

Re: LAX status 11/20

I’ve had a nasty cold the lat few days, any day LAX is East is a good day to be home sick lol.

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by atcdan
Mon Nov 11, 2019 2:49 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: FAA to allow pilots with diabetes to fly commercial jets
Replies: 30
Views: 5231

Re: FAA to allow pilots with diabetes to fly commercial jets

I’ve had a third class FAA medical certificate since 2012, with a special consideration for type one diabetes. As a result of the FAA requiring that I monitor my blood sugar before and during my duty day, and that I have to follow up with my personal physician every three months and provide the A1c ...

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by atcdan
Mon Sep 09, 2019 6:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta 767-400/A350/777 Gates at LAX
Replies: 21
Views: 5029

Re: Delta 767-400/A350/777 Gates at LAX

Gates 34 and 35 can hold b763 and smaller i believe, I don’t recall any 764 on those gates. 26 and 25 used to be wide body only, but they created the swing gates to allow either a heavy or two smaller planes to use those gates as well as 23. DL routinely parks a b764 on gate 31 also, where 23 is usu...

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by atcdan
Mon Jul 01, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX congestion getting out of control?
Replies: 58
Views: 16403

Re: LAX congestion getting out of control?

Just a comment on the original post: It's common to have multiple AA planes waiting for gates, as they over-schedule their gates. IF the arriving plane is not early AND the departure is not delayed, then you may have a seamless operation, but AA seems to be the worst just anecdotally from an ATC per...

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by atcdan
Sat Jun 15, 2019 1:27 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: LAX simultaneous opposing direction runway ops
Replies: 22
Views: 4255

Re: LAX simultaneous opposing direction runway ops

This procedure is one of three configurations for the airport. West flow which is almost every day, East flow dictated by strong easterly winds, and over-ocean flow done for noise abatement between 0000L and 0630L each day. Over-ocean may be suspended due to runway closures overnight, low cloud ceil...

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by atcdan
Fri Mar 22, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: No more LAX loop on departures
Replies: 24
Views: 6934

Re: No more LAX loop on departures

As previously stated it’s the ORCKA DP, aircraft must be able to cross over LAX at 10,000 MSL within 20 flying miles of taking off. Most A321s and even some other types aren’t able to do it because of climb performance. As also previously stated it’s used for aircraft headed east and northeast, but ...

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by atcdan
Fri Feb 08, 2019 6:03 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: At what phase (before pushback) are pax loaded?
Replies: 12
Views: 1942

Re: At what phase (before pushback) are pax loaded?

As an added data point, IFR or airways clearances are available in the US only 30 minutes prior to the proposed time of departure. While the pilots will have a release from the airline, they won’t have confirmation of the clearance (including and change in route or altitude) or the squawk up until t...

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by atcdan
Sun Jan 27, 2019 4:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 96
Views: 16984

Re: LAX Aviation Thread - 2019

American is "dominant" in only one thing at LAX, landing with an occupied gate!

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by atcdan
Sat Jan 19, 2019 3:10 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Shutdown Part 2 - reasons, effects and details
Replies: 1199
Views: 49118

Re: The Shutdown Part 2 - reasons, effects and details

These ATC controllers are being forced to work without pay. all because of a lying racist.[/quote] ATC Controllers??? I never know what side of sarcasm you are on casinterest. BTY, the "lying racist" just doen't stick, no matter many times you regurgitate it.[/quote] Trump lies, often, and...

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by atcdan
Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest 737 overran runway at BUR
Replies: 233
Views: 39738

Re: Southwest 737 slides off runway at BUR

Bottom line is, ATC reports the winds and precipitation and braking action reports. It is still up to the aircraft Captain to make the decision to land or not. It seems like it would have been prudent in retrospect to break off the approach and hold for a while or divert to LAX. There's a saying we ...

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by atcdan
Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why Wide Turns?
Replies: 10
Views: 3132

Re: Why Wide Turns?

Regarding delay vectors, the runways can only handle a limited number of aircraft every hour. Break that down into 5 min increments and you then have airlines all scheduling their flights near the same arrival time (times that pax are purchasing those flights for) and the runways will quickly become...

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by atcdan
Sun Aug 26, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flying with Type 1 Diabetes
Replies: 8
Views: 1298

Re: Flying with Type 1 Diabetes

I'm an ATCs working for the FAA here in Los Angeles. Been in the agency for 8 years, T1D since age six. I am well controlled with a pump and CGM, and I do have a "special consideration" on my medical certificate. Not sure what the regs are for pilots vs. controllers, but I have to check my...

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by atcdan
Sat Aug 18, 2018 5:18 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Multiple aircraft taxing across an active runway at once?
Replies: 22
Views: 2874

Re: Multiple aircraft taxing across an active runway at once?

LAHSO operations are completely safe, and are only conducted in dry VMC conditions with no tailwind component for the landing aircraft. They are also only authorized for select runways at select airports where it is necessary for the efficiency of the movement of aircraft. Also, in the USA, you will...

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by atcdan
Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:47 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Same flight numbers on roundtrips.
Replies: 7
Views: 998

Re: Same flight numbers on roundtrips.

travaz wrote:
Ok thanks for the explanation . Now that I think about it it probably is flow control going into LAX


There is almost always flow control between large airports that are in close proximity, including anywhere in the southwestern US headed to LAX.

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by atcdan
Thu May 03, 2018 6:38 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DFW Rwy 13L/31R
Replies: 12
Views: 2399

Re: DFW Rwy 13L/31R

The main reason you do not see a lit of traffic landing 31R or 13R (the "diagonal" runways) is because of separation rules that fall under something called Converging Runway Operations or CRO for short. The FAA has determined it is unsafe to allow an aircraft to depart 18L or 18R while an...

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by atcdan
Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:50 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DFW Rwy 13L/31R
Replies: 12
Views: 2399

Re: DFW Rwy 13L/31R

Flew in to DFW over the weekend and noticed 18R/36L was closed so lots of narrow bodies were taking off on 31L. I've landed multiple times on 13R but I've noticed that 13L/31R hardly, if ever, gets used. Does anyone know the reason for this? I'm guessing because it crosses in front of 17L/35R or a ...

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by atcdan
Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737 Altitude Question
Replies: 12
Views: 1583

Re: 737 Altitude Question

I noticed many of the westbound departures this evening from DFW were filed at 260 which seems rather low. There could be a strong jet stream or as mentioned turbulence at the higher FL's.

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by atcdan
Thu Feb 01, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: F9 adds PHL-IND/GRR/DFW
Replies: 30
Views: 4050

Re: F9 adds PHL-IND/GRR/DFW

I know from experience that AA commands a huge premium DFW-PHL, and Spirit once you add carry on fees is close to the same. it will be good to have competition in that market to drive down the pricing.

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by atcdan
Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Take-Off/Landing RVR equivalent?
Replies: 11
Views: 1202

Re: Take-Off/Landing RVR equivalent?

Also keep in mind that in most towers the RVR updates and is issued to pilots in real-time. I've had it before where the RVR dropped while a plane was mid-approach and they ended up going missed at about 1/2 mile because the RVR was allowing for cat III only and they were not capable.

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by atcdan
Tue Jan 09, 2018 6:36 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Approach and inclement weather
Replies: 5
Views: 889

Re: Approach and inclement weather

In many cases when conducting a visual approach on a clear day, aircraft will be turned onto final 15-20 miles out and already on the glideslope sometimes even above it. During IMC aircraft will be vectored to intercept the glideslope from below, and when simultaneous parallel approaches are in use,...

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by atcdan
Wed Sep 06, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Most efficient US airports for departures?
Replies: 11
Views: 2311

Re: Most efficient US airports for departures?

https://www.faa.gov/airports/planning_capacity/profiles/media/Airport-Capacity-Profiles-2014.pdf DEN, DFW, ATL, and ORD lead the list with over 200 arrivals/departures per hour. Several factors contribute to this, as someone mentioned earlier when the departures are on alternating departure procedur...

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