Chicago’s Midway Tower Goes ATC Zero

In FAA lingo, the phrase “ATC Zero” means an air traffic control facility is unable to offer ATC services. Chicago Center went ATC Zero in November 2014 when an FAA contract employee cut communications lines that normally kept controllers and pilots in radio contact with each other before he set fire to the center’s equipment room. This afternoon at about 5:30 CST, the FAA Great Lakes Region public affairs contact, Tony Molinaro, informed the public that Chicago Midway tower is now ATC Zero due to at least two confirmed cases…

Airbus A220 Engine Failure Cause Narrowed Down By FAA

The FAA has issued a further airworthiness directive to operators of the A220. The US aviation safety regulator now requires operators of A220 aircraft in US airspace to remove certain full-authority digital engine control software and install new software. The directive comes after four in-flight shutdowns last year. The FAA considers this a serious safety issue This latest directive concerning the A220 follows an earlier directive issued in September 2019 after a series of engine shutdowns in the skies over Europe. According to a report in Flight Global, three of these…

Good Experience. FAA CAE Learjet Type Rating

Hello everyone..CAE DFW building and operation are at the top of the scale. Clean, state of the art classrooms, nice cafeteria (lunch-books) and pretty good food as well. Instruction for systems is good and all the people I met were happy and helpful.  I want to share my CAE Initial Type Rating Experience, making me a little sad and affecting flight performance. I started the Learjet 35 PIC Type Rating Training almost 2 weeks ago, each students was paired with another student, buddy. Performed all Ground lessons with a buddy.…

Afghan plane crash: Mystery over crash in Taliban territory

The US military has joined an investigation into a plane that crashed in eastern Afghanistan on Monday. Local officials initially said the aircraft that came down in Deh Yak district, Ghazni province, belonged to state-owned airline Ariana. But the airline denied this, prompting questions about the origin of the aircraft and the cause of the crash. Hardline Iranian news agency Fars posted footage of what it said was the plane, with US Air Force markings. Video and images posted on Fars’s social media accounts appeared to show a Bombardier E-11A…

Royal Brunei Airlines’ first all-female pilot crew lands plane in Saudi Arabia – where women are not allowed to drive

The first ever all-female flight deck crew for Royal Brunei Airlines has operated a plane from Brunei to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. Although it was a milestone for the airline, the pilot crew touched down in a country where women are still not allowed to drive a car. To mark Brunei’s National Day, which celebrates the country’s independence, Captain Sharifah Czarena Surainy Syed Hashim, Senior First Officer Dk Nadiah Pg Khashiem and Senior First Officer Sariana Nordin flew flight BI081, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, to the Middle Eastern country on 23 February. Saudi…

A Turkish Airlines Boeing 737 Crash Lands In Odessa

 Turkish Airlines Boeing 737 passenger jet with TC-JGZ tail number, flying from Istanbul, Turkey to Odessa, Ukraine, rolled off the runway following its landing in Odessa International Airport. The incident happened tonight, resulting in what appears to be a collapse of the plane’s nose gear. All 134 passengers and flight crew onboard the aircraft evacuated the plane without any injuries. According to unofficial sources, after a missed approach the aircraft circled over Odessa and skidded off the runway during second attempt. There are no reports of injuries following the evacuation of…