Re: in-flight engine shutdown / antiquated ATC equip

From:         "Steven J. Leighton" <>
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Date:         02 May 95 13:27:40 
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  or MIME structure (R. & L. Chilukuri) wrote:
> Our local newspaper had an article today on an in-flight shutdown of
> a B767 engine:
> A private subcontractor, Aeronautical Radio Inc., was used to relay radio
> messages between the airliner and the ATC. The company transcribes
> reports and then transmits them by teletype to the Controllers at he
> FAA's New York Center. The controllers keep track of locations in their
> heads, or use grease pencils on Plexiglas!!!!

For the North Atlantic tracks the pilots communicate with ATC in
Shannon, Ireland, on HF. The Irish controllers make a note of the
message then telephone British ATC in Prestwick, Scotland to pass
on the messages !

Fortunately there are trials for ADS going on so hopefully things will
improve !

Steve Leighton