Entries by Brian Sullivan

Flying Missile Defense? The F-35 Stealth Fighter Can Do Everything

by Michael Peck Key point: Missile defense is expanding the repertoire of F-35 missions. Add another mission to the F-35. On top of being a stealth fighter, bomber and airborne quarterback coordinating other aircraft, now it’s a missile defense sensor. The U.S. Army recently incorporated Air Force F-35s into its missile defense system. “Two U.S. […]

Remote ATC Testing to Begin at Northern Colorado Regional Airport

New mobile tower is first phase of eventual remote tower service. By Dan Pimentel February 25, 2020 Pilots who are used to flying into Northern Colorado Regional Airport (KFNL) near Fort Collins/Loveland—and operating there like they would at any non-towered airport—will need to take careful note of major air traffic control changes coming soon to […]

US bomber to feature in Warbirds Over Wanaka 2020

An iconic US bomber plane is set to grace this year’s Warbirds Over Wanaka airshow in a first for New Zealand. Organisers have confirmed a United States Air Force B-52 Strotofortress bomber will feature in the April event. The American B-52 Stratofortress bomber is scheduled to feature in Warbirds Over Wanaka 2020. Warbirds Over Wanaka […]

High-flying fare planned for air show

Teams from Navy, Army are among attractions By ALLISON GATLIN Valley Press Staff Writer Feb 8, 2020 LANCASTER — Demonstrations of the Navy’s newest fighter, an Army parachute team, an aerobatic pilot fresh off of the Top Gun sequel and World War II pilot training — all these attractions have been added to the bill […]

Amsterdam Air Traffic Control

AMSTERDAM AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL VISIT SAM CHUIJANUARY 20, 2020 Amsterdam is Europe’s busiest airport in terms of movements and top 3 in terms of passenger numbers; in 2018, it handled over 70 million passengers with over 500,000 movements. I visited the Air Traffic Control Tower and Approach Centre in Amsterdam, to find out how the […]

What the ATC controller sees – tech in the tower

It’s quite normal to be nervous the first time you tune in a new ATC frequency and call the control tower to request a landing clearance, or when you request flight following from the approach controller on a cross-country. Fortunately, as with most skills in aviation, you’ll soon feel comfortable with these procedures after some […]

Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers

The forum room at AirVenture’s Pilot Proficiency Center off Boeing Plaza is nearly full as the afternoon sun begins to drive people inside for a few minutes of cool air before the airshow. Even at 83 degrees, it’s still a great day for AirVenture 2019, following the torrential rains earlier in the week that threatened […]