What Is a “Squawk” Code and Why Do We Need Them?

The use of the word “SQUAWK” comes from the system’s origin in WORLD WAR II- IDENTIFICATION FRIEND OR FOE (IFF) system, which was named with the code “PARROT”. The PARROT check is generally done after the aircraft is airborne or while on the runway. The primary goal of a squawk is to provide effective communicationContinue reading “What Is a “Squawk” Code and Why Do We Need Them?”

Emergency calls

“Mayday mayday mayday Thomson 253H, engine failure, continuing northwesterly, inbound towards Wallasey” Flight crew of Thomson 253H This radio message was sent from Thomson253H on 29.04.2007. The aircraft had 233 persons on board. You might imagine the situation this aircraft was in and the level of distress they were facing. Luckily, not all radio messagesContinue reading “Emergency calls”

TBO: Trajectory-Based Operations

After the article about A-CDM (Airport Collaborative Decision Making), focussing on improving the overall airport performance at one specific airport, the next step is to focus on the bigger picture, away from just one single airport to the point of what happens at and in between two or even more airpots. This is where TBO,Continue reading “TBO: Trajectory-Based Operations”

Say No to Terrain Accidents – MSAW summarized

Flying too low is dangerous, many accidents happened due to flying at unsafe altitudes. This is why the MSAW function came to life. The Minimum Safe Altitude Warning is an automated warning system for air traffic controllers to prevent flying too low and causing terrain accidents. MSAW has the main purpose of enhancing safety byContinue reading “Say No to Terrain Accidents – MSAW summarized”