Best Practices for ‘Blue Water’ Ditching Presented at VBACE

According to the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), there are about 2,700 flights that cross the world’s oceans every day. When you’re halfway between continents and your airplane suffers an in-flight emergency, sometimes the only option is to ditch in the angry ocean below. Surviving this kind of “blue water ditching” was the subject of a virtual education session at last week’s NBAA Virtual Business Aviation Conference and Exposition (VBACE). NBAA put together a panel of experts for a discussion on planning, preparation, and survival that included session moderator Paul…

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Irish Authority Evolves as Europe’s ‘Getaway’

A time line from the past to the future runs through the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) North Atlantic Communications Center at Ballygirreen, a townland on the Shannon Estuary in western Ireland.  Originally known as Shannon Aeradio, the station dates to 1936, when a transmitter hut, a receiver hut and a short-wave radio direction-finding hut were built to provide communications by Morse code with flying boats crossing the North Atlantic Ocean between Ireland and Newfoundland, Canada.

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