[jhb_airlines] Re: Malta run

  • From: "Bones" <bones@xxxxxxx>
  • To: <jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2005 04:57:54 -0000

My sudden vanishing act must have been disconcerting for the pilots on my
frequency at the time. I don't think FPI warns you that ATC have vanished so
I presume the first inkling is when one aircraft calls ATC and gets no reply
- at which point the penny may drop. This may be quite a while after,
depending on how busy it is, but I assume everyone here will call the next
appropriate controller to explain the situation..

I've not had two aircraft close enough in FPI to see what happens on my
screen when aircraft get too close. You can dial in the range and height
limits you need as this will vary with controller position. For Centre work
it's 5nm and 1000ft but for Approach Control within 40nm this can be reduced
to 3nm and 1000ft. I don't know if the TCAS has adjustable values but I'd
guess it defaults to 5nm and 1000ft.


-----Original Message-----
From: jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Mike Lucas
Sent: 10 November 2005 20:03
To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [jhb_airlines] Re: Malta run

We were all wondering what had happened - your disappearance without
permission was noted, you know ... <g>  Hope you get the freezer fixed
quickly, or should all the JHB crews turn up at EGNS for an impromptu
banquet to use up the food before it perishes?

Another good session, complete with an airprox with Gerry as he departed
LMML and I arrived.  First time I have had a large yellow "TRAFFIC" on
FPI's TCAS screen.  I suspect both horizontal and vertical separation
were violated.  I was disinclined to say anything to Anthony since he
was taking traffic earlier as a result of the absence of LIRR_CTR.

Unfortunately won't be able to join next Wed's session - business trip
to Frankfurt.

Mike L

Bones wrote:
> I'd like to thank everyone for joining in the Malta run last night. It
> was a good session despite my own presence being so sporadic, for
> which I offer my apologies.
> First interruption was a phone call from a friend at Scottish Centre,
> which was slightly surreal as I had to explain why I was talking to
> aircraft <g>.. Not long after the call finished the power failed.
> Reset the trip switch, got the PC up and running again and plugged in
> and it failed again. A good while later I nailed the offending item to
> the freezer but I only managed to rejoin at the tail end of the
> session. Not sure why the freezer is suddenly tripping the RCD as it
> still appears to be working properly but assume its creating voltage
> spikes. I'll find out tomorrow when the mender arrives. I'm still
> trying to find out why the house was surrounded by firemen in full kit
> at 0900 this morning but suspect it was a problem next door.. <g>
> Next week will see a return to the UK but with Dave being away we may
> only have a two airport session planned. Our regular ATC provision now
> seems to have shrunk to just Dave, John, Anthony and myself - I'm not
> sure why the others have drifted away. Because of this we can only
> guarantee to man two airports but we hope that if anyone else joins in
> we may be able to get a third operational.
> The next session abroad may be in Scandinavia so get your winter kit
> ready.
> bones
> bones@xxxxxxx
> http://fsaviation.net

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