When a flight goes south (and I'm not talking directionally), a pilot's mind starts to race, stress levels increase, and decision making is impaired. This is why a simple malfunction often times turns into a major tragedy. Knowing your emergency procedures can improve the odds significantly. But knowing how to call for help can provide a pilot a clear thinking and competent resource.
That call for help needs to go no further than your Push To Talk button. ATC is well known for their "saves" and each year a subset of those saves is nominated for the Archie League Award. A small team reads and discusses every nomination and ends up awarding the controller(s) who provided what some would call "above and beyond" assistance to a pilot. Those controllers state they were merely doing their job. Tonight Marc takes a look (and listen) of some of the 2016 winners. The situations are different, but the controllers all share the same traits.
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Blue Skies and Tailwinds!
The boys are back in town tonight and looking forward to doing some hangar flying. With listeners writing in with questions, topics, and perspectives, the karma is perfect for that kind of show.
One of our listeners, Mike Barbarone, called in with a frustrating and common experience. That being the confusion of finding a variety of aviation weather sources, with different forecasts, different formats, and are many times, WRONG. How frustrating to end a vacation earlier than expected due to an ominous weather forecast that totally misses the mark. Al and Marc talk to Mike about how they look at weather and analyze the factors (including passenger makeup, fuel level, complicating factors, etc.) to come up with a set of alternatives which are as varied as the weather outcomes.
It's these kind of hangar flying sessions that bring us together and make us a smarter and more informed community.
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Who knew when we recorded our opening that it would someday serve as a lead in to our first story of the night.