[jhb_airlines] Re: Cleared to land

  • From: "Fred Stopforth" <fredstopforth@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2008 17:11:09 +0100

Mmm interesting, must get IVAO's number just incase.  Fred
----- Original Message ----- From: "Denis Ripley" <dripley@xxxxxxx>
To: "JHB Airlines" <jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, August 11, 2008 3:03 PM
Subject: [jhb_airlines] Cleared to land

     Thought this might be of interest for those pilots with
cellphones(mobiles). In view of this I understand that the Boss will be
issuing said phones to all JHB pilots for use on IVAO  <vbg>


     Controller Directs Aircraft Via Cellphone Text Message
     The pilot of a Piper Seneca with five aboard was last November
instructed to land via text message. The report from the Air Accident
Investigation Branch was published Aug. 6 detailing the complete electrical failure aboard the Seneca and the 39-year-old pilot's reaction to fly clear of clouds after departing Kerry airport for a flight to Jersey, in the U.K. The pilot attempted to contact Kerry airport and air traffic control in Cork
via cellphone. After making contact with Cork and then losing contact, he
received a text message from a Cork controller advising him that air traffic
control had him on radar and he was cleared to land at the airport. The
aircraft landed safely at the airport after performing a fly-by to confirm
wheels down. The report praised the efforts of the controller. "In this
incident the positive and proactive initiative of the ATC controller, who,
on realising that mobile audio communication from the pilot was
intermittent, quickly switched to texting his instructions instead,"
reported air accident investigator John Hughes.

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