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  1. I you are a DC4/C54 fan, you're hopefully familiar with the 1954 classic 'The High and The Mighty' , based on the Ernie Gann novel, starring John Wayne and Bob Stack. The story is based on the long defunct Trans Ocean Airlines and the ill fated 12-hour DC4 HNL-SFO flight from hell. A few decades ago, a former Trans Ocean dispatcher filled me in on the details stating many of the events in the film were true but actually transpired over several different flights. (39) John Wayne's Coolest Scenes #4: Cockpit, "The High & The Mighty" (1954) - YouTube This sample is probably not the best example for modern CRM (Cockpit Resource Management)
  2. The British phraseology is very similar to the U.S. for PAR approaches. The USAF phraseology was: "On Course, on Glidepath" or "Slight Left of Course, Above Glidepath..."; The pilot would be instructed to execute a missed approach if no transmission received within every five seconds. That's a lot of talking for a slow-mover on a 10 mile final which could make the process quite exhausting. Most of our approaches were hi-speed fighter types such as F4E, F100s, Spanish Air Force F104, or transports like USAF C130s, C141 and C5s. We also had civilian contract carriers like Pan Am, TWA, Universal, FedEx and many more with B707, DC-8 type equipment. Typically, the civilians wanted no part of PAR and would almost insist on vectors to the ILS. Most of our approaches were conducted for training requirements during VMC. However, when weather was low IMC, you would feel a true sense of accomplishment having conducted an approach down to minimums and sincere pilot appreciation for a successful approach made it all worth the effort; but actual incidents like this were rare. As I mentioned, this was a long, long time ago in the early 1970s. This was at Torrejon Air Base (LETO), about 35 km from Madrid and closer to the civilian Barajas (LEMD) Airport. USAF has since departed Torrejon and I understand the GCA equipment has been relocated from our mobile trailer near Runway 05/23 to an on-base building.
  3. I was a USAF GCA/PAR air traffic controller many years ago in Spain. I didn't know any facilities or the approaches are still in use. PAR approaches were a lot of work for everybody and not normally popular amongst civilian pilots. There were also ASR (Airport Surveillance Radar) approaches, without vertical guidance.
  4. It looks like your picture is no longer available so I don't know if you mean there are graphic errors or if there are simply two towers. In fact, LAX does have two towers (the last I saw about one year ago), the older tower to the east and the newer tower to the west. I once worked in the older tower. SEA does has a smaller tower, operated as a ramp tower which is common at larger airports.
  5. Of course I did use the appropriate forum for the specific question. And, of course nobody is obligated to respond. It's called courtesy.
  6. Don't feel alone. I have repeatedly asked basic questions about MSFS 2020 never to receive a response.
  7. Greetings, I am considering an upgrade from NV GTX 980 4GB and would appreciate any recommendations. Samsung 49 inch CRG9 Monitor. Primary is X-Plane 11; secondary P3Dv4.5. Would like to plan for MSFS 2020 sometime in the future. Additional specs: 1.) Intel Core i7 6700K 4.00 GHz Unlocked Quad Core Skylake Desktop Processor. 2.) RAM: 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR4 2400 MT. 3.) MSI Gaming Intel Z170A LGA 1151 DDR4 USB 3.1 ATX Motherboard (Z170A Gaming M7). 4.) NZXT Kraken X62 All-in-One CPU Liquid Cooling System. 5.) Windows 10/64 Pro. Many thanks.
  8. I reported the "Ghost TCAS" warning in another thread - F33A, JF Piper Arrow.
  9. No resolution issues, just the hard to ignore division in the middle of the cockpit sometimes cutting instruments in half.
  10. The FAA ATC Handbook is widely known by its order number of: 7110.65 You can search that and see phraseology examples as well as separation standards and much more. There is also the AIM (Airman's Information Manual).
  11. Hi Bert, 

    Can i take advantage of your offer of recently expired AIRAC/Navdata for RXP G5430/G430? 

    email:  les.parson@gmail.com 

                         -or- 

                les.parson@comcast.net

    All the best and many thanks / Les Parson

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