Entries by Brian Sullivan

Airbus to Showcase ‘Future of Flight’ at Dubai Airshow 2019

The Dubai Airshow is an important platform for Airbus to highlight its best-in-class products and innovative services to customers. AIRBUS At the Dubai Airshow, which runs from Nov. 17-21 Airbus will showcase its wide range of innovative technologies, products and services from market leading commercial and military aircraft to helicopters and space systems. The Dubai […]

Navy demonstrates new shipboard air traffic radar at Webster Field

Naval Air Warfare Center, Webster Outlying Field, MD – November 1, 2019 – The Navy demonstrated its new Shipboard Air Traffic Radar, AN/SPN-50, for the first time October 23, 2019 at Webster Field in St. Inigoes, Maryland. The AN/SPN-50 , which is currently in the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase, is scheduled for a production […]

How a control tower works: Moving planes on the ground

As passengers, we board the plane, get seated and play with our smartphones, patiently waiting for that moment when the plane pushes back. However, behind the scenes, there’s a lot of coordination with planes from around the world landing, departing, taxiing and just about to push back. I recently visited the Los Angeles (LAX) control […]

Midwest ATC Wins President’s Citation of Merit Award from ATCA

Midwest ATC’s team at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, was recently awarded the President’s Citation of Merit Award from the Air Traffic Control Association.   Midwest ATC Team Bagram serves the United States and NATO coalition forces under Operation Freedom’s Sentinel and Operation Resolute Support in a 24/365 combat environment. Our team members respond quickly to the […]

Best Airport/Transit/Award of Merit Excellence in Safety: Ellington Airport Air Traffic Control Tower and Utility Building

Ellington Airport Air Traffic Control Tower and Utility Building Houston Best Project and Award of Merit, Safety Owner: Houston Airport System Lead Design Firm/Civil Engineer/Structural Engineer: AECOM General Contractor: Clark Construction Group LLC MEP Engineer: VoltAir Consulting Engineers Structural Engineer for Utility Building: Concept Engineers Inc. An innovative plan for erecting structural steel improved safety, […]

The Dangers of a Rejected Takeoff

The pre-takeoff briefing in a transport category airplane always includes the flying pilot’s intentions should an emergency or anomaly occur during the takeoff roll. The reason to have all the duck’s in a row is that once the aircraft accelerates to decision speed, there are precious few seconds available for much thinking. Decision speed – […]

Festival of flight celebrates aviation history

FAIRBORN — You can try out flight and drone simulators, experience virtual and augmented reality demonstrations, learn more about the Wright brothers and watch five aircraft flyovers at the inaugural Festival of Flight. The free Festival of Flight will celebrate the importance of aviation in the Miami Valley 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. […]

Night Hawk Lives On

After months of effort, The War Zone has been making steady headway in obtaining new details about the status of the U.S. Air Force’s remaining F-117 Nighthawk stealth combat jets and their future fates, including that one is headed for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Still, it has long proven difficult to get any details about who is still flying at least some […]

10 things that happen before your plane can take off

One small step: Some aircraft have their own stairs and need little more than a portable step to fill the gap. (CNN) — Sitting in the terminal building waiting to be called for our flight is a regular occurrence for most of us — but what’s really going on out there on the ramp while […]