Radio failure? SMS your final approach.


A pilot of a small private plane found himself in a not so uncommon predicament last November – loss of electrical power in his twin-engine plane.  The engine was still running, and the pilot has a mobile/cell phone with him, but the calls kept dropping out.  Lacking any other communication options, the air traffic controller working the tower in Cork, Ireland began sending SMS text messages to the pilot, providing him with instructions for the approach and other details.

Pretty ingenious action on the part of the controller.  I guess banning mobiles in the air isn’t really a great idea, huh?

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and .
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