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  1. To me, those two goons with the false passports should be the ones who need to be investigated further. Just because they haven't set off any alarm bells with the various terror-agencies around the world doesn't mean they should get the all clear.
  2. MH1155 aircraft possibly 9M-FFE seen from 'radar tracking data' (around the same time as 9M-MNC), but no information on it in FR24.com database.
  3. WMKK-5 is actually the original WMKK. Was using old feeder software which for some reason FR24 wanted to upgrade and at the same time was given the new WMKK-5 code.
  4. WMKK feeder is certainly down and it has been for about 2 weeks. Reception on WMKK's SBS1 is not as good as some of the newer feeders, but seems to provide better coverage to the South West around Melaka when it is working. The owner of WMKK is overseas and the home computer with an SBS1 on it has gone off-line/crashed. From experience there's virtually no delay between whats seen on the PC and what's seen on FR24 - no more than 10 seconds. The feeder software only tranmsits packets of data to FR24's servers every 10 seconds anyway (with the version of software that currently in use and that was provided by FR24).
  5. Malaysia Airlines creates a no-child zone Malaysia Airlines announces no-go area for kids Will be restricted to the lower deck on its A380s Comes after it banned babies from first class FIRST it banned babies from first class, and now Malaysia Airlines has declared a child-free zone on its Airbus A380s. The child ban applies to the upper deck economy section of its jets, restricting children to the lower deck, Australian Business Traveller reports. The move was revealed in an advisory issued to travel agents which stated that children under 12 would be banned from the section on its new superjumbo, which is set to make its debut on July 1. It hopes that the adults-only cabin will ensure a more enjoyable flight for business travellers who have to fly in economy. According to an airline memo sent to South Korean travel site Topasweb: "(the booking system) is currently being developed so that, when customer has (a child or infant booking), seats on upper deck will automatically be excluded from selection. "Please make your seat selection at lower level if you are travelling with children under 12 years old." The airline banned babies from its first class section on its A380 and 747-400 fleet last year after receiving a number of complains about crying infants. Its first flight will be between Kuala Lumpur and London, with a Sydney-Kuala Lumpur flight on September 25. Source: http://www.news.com....6#ixzz1r2dglI2T
  6. Alan F.


    Right wing tip is aquisition/training AIM-9 and left wing tip is DRS made ACMI pod (re Aerotree contract).
  7. Feeder into KL radar has the PC down and is currently overseas! Will not be back up and running till 4th Feb!
  8. At last, someone in Singapore got their hands on a Mode-S receiver and is happy to feed into the FlightRadar24 network! Reception could be masked by buildings/trees etc - depends on where the receiver/antenna is based. The KL receiver is certainly not getting the best reception as its on a lower floor of a condo unit and the antenna is 'blocked' to the north east reception area. With a good clear view of the skies, 250nm reception on a mode-s receiver (Kinetics SBS-1 or AirNav RadarBox) is feasible.
  9. Looks like another FR24 feeder has set-up in Penang area. The reason for the intermittent feeds could be a technical issue from the feeder's PC (if its an SBS1, it could be either a USB or network version). Our KL feeder had many problems with poor quality USB leads causing similar 'dropouts' from time to time. No booster is installed at the KL feed!!
  10. Aircraft flying around the time of landing (10.45pm) suggests it was either 9M-MQF or 9M-MMU (neither of which are transmitting their callsign). Another web-site for tracking is Atlas - Flight Global - better tracks but data delayed by 5 minutes.
  11. 9M-MLJ (737-8FZ) is on its way.. (source: Boeing Test Flights blogspot)
  12. John, These hex codes have remained unidentified for some time, even though they are regularly seen in the air. Can confirm your suspicions on 7500D2 as being a C130 and 8A021A giving out a Sriwijaya callsign (I believe all their fleet is 737).
  13. AirAsia X to defer all new aircraft deliveries in 2011 Malaysia-based AirAsia's long haul subsidiary AirAsia X has deferred all deliveries of new aircraft this year, as it builds up its balance sheet ahead of a possible public listing. The carrier was supposed to receive three Airbus A330s this year but has deferred the deliveries, says AirAsia X CEO Azran Osman Rani. "We are consolidating and building up our balance sheet ahead of any prospective listing," he adds. AirAsia has said it is eyeing a public listing for AirAsia X in the second half of 2011, but Azran says no decision has been made yet by the airline's shareholders. "We have to make sure that the balance sheet is ready in case shareholders decide," he adds, saying that the shareholders are waiting to see the carrier's full-year results in 2010. AirAsia X operates 11 A330s currently and has 17 more on order. It expects these to arrive from 2012 to 2017. It also has an order for 10 A350s and these will be delivered from 2017. The carrier is eyeing flights to North America with the A350s, says Azran. This year, it will begin services to Paris Orly and Christchurch. The airline is still awaiting approval from Malaysian authorities to begin flights to Sydney, he adds. AirAsia X expects revenue to grow by 50% this year and passenger traffic to increase by 40%, says Azran. The airline also plans to grow its ancillary revenue to a 28% share of its total revenue from the current 24%. Source: Flightglobal
  14. CAE is expecting its initial multi-crew pilot license (MPL) class to arrive in Dallas this month or in October to start the intermediate portion of the 56-week programme. The twelve candidates are part of beta class designed to train crews starting with zero initial flight time for positions with Asian low-fare carrier, AirAsia. Upon completion of the programme, the trainees are expected to receive an MPL license from Transport Canada and Malaysian authorities, after which they will enter AirAsia's initial operating programme for Airbus A320 first officers. AirAsia and CAE announced the program in February. The 12 candidates are currently finishing the second phase of the four-phase programme, which included basic flying skills and 70h of single-engine flight time in Moncton Flight College in Canada. During phase two, the group will spend six months in intermediate training at CAE's SimuFlite centre in Dallas, which will include training in a twin-engine Beechjet 400 business jet flight training device. The fourth and final phase of the programme will take place at CAE's headquarters in Montreal, where the students will train in an Airbus A320 full-flight simulator. The programme is expected to be complete in March or April 2011. Source: http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2010/09/08/347105/cae-awaits-first-air-asia-mpl-class-in-dallas.html
  15. Another task the MAS/AirAsia trolly-dolly's could do with some simulator time too! Let stewardesses land the plane in a crisis, says Ryanair boss: Airline wants to ditch co-pilots Ryanair's ever-controversial boss has called for the second pilot to be dumped from the flight deck of aircraft to save money. Michael O'Leary suggested air stewardesses could be trained to take over and land the plane in the event of a crisis. The idea is the latest in a long line of cash-saving wheezes from the budget airline boss who once suggested, apparently seriously, that aircraft could fly with standing-only areas for passengers. Mr O'Leary suggested ripping up the existing safety regime in a magazine interview. 'Why does every plane have two pilots? Really, you only need one pilot,' he said. Suggesting flying a plane was little more difficult than playing a computer game, he said: 'Let's take out the second pilot. Let the bloody computer fly it.' Asked what would happen if the single pilot suffered a heart attack, he said one of the cabin crew would be trained to land a plane. 'If the pilot has an emergency, he rings the bell, he calls her in. She could take over,' he told Bloomberg BusinessWeek. But the idea was immediately ridiculed as a dangerous fantasy by pilots. Patrick Smith, a long-serving pilot, told the magazine it was 'beyond preposterous'. He accused Mr O'Leary of stoking the common misconception that planes more or less fly themselves. 'Even in routine operations, it's important to have a second person there,' he said. Jim McAuslan, general secretary of the British Airline Pilots' Association, said: 'Are there no lengths to which he will not go to get publicity? His suggestion is unwise, unsafe and the public will be horrified.' Mr O'Leary has turned Ryanair into one of the world's most profitable airlines by tearing up industry conventions with his 'cattle class' operation. He appears both to enjoy the controversy his remarks cause as well as being more than half serious. When he dreamed up the idea of standing only areas for passengers he suggested they would hang on to a handrail during take-off and landing. Another idea was to charge for using the aircraft lavatories. Following the volcano ash cloud crisis, Mr O'Leary initially announced a cap on the support and compensation to passengers, only to be forced into a Uturn by the EU. This summer, he infuriated many by introducing a baggage charge for the summer holiday season, which brought a massive increase in the cost of putting luggage in the hold. Mr O'Leary suggested there is still a long way to go and that many other costs that can be removed to make flights as cheap as possible. For example, there could come a time when airport baggage handling systems are scrapped in favour of passengers loading their own cases into the hold. Airports are ludicrously complicated places only because we have this utterly useless transaction of taking your bag from you upon departure, just so we can give it back to you at arrival,' he said. 'Get rid of all that ****.' Mr O'Leary said that while some may ridicule his ideas, they set the template for the way airlines will operate in future. 'For a small little Mickey Mouse Irish airline, the whole industry around the world now watches what we do,' he said. 'If you don't approach air travel with a radical point of view, then you get in the same bloody mindset as all the other morons in this industry. 'In many ways, travel is pleasant and enriching. It's just that the physical process of getting from point A to point B shouldn't be pleasant, nor enriching. It should be quick, efficient, affordable, and safe.' But Kate Hanni, the founder of FlyersRights.org, a passenger advocacy group, said: 'He insults the dignity of the flying public every time he opens his mouth.' Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1308852/Let-stewardesses-land-plane-crisis-says-Ryanair-boss-Airline-wants-ditch-pilots.html
  16. 9M-MLF now in service since 22nd Aug - only seen doing the KUL/PEN run.
  17. A 'new' KL virtual radar site is up and running at KL Virtual Radar. Its still in development and there's some issues with the silhouettes, operator flag and a/c registration that seems to affect 'Asian' aircraft (lack of database information). The other Radar Virtuelsite still displays aircraft details when you click on the aircraft icon.
  18. Mode-S or ADS-B is basically an aircraft transmitted signal used as an identification for air traffic control. Each aircraft has a unique code with the first three digits identifying the country with the remaining digits usually specified by the local aviation authority. Its used worldwide and I understand it is a compulsory requirement for aircraft flying in Europe and Australia (including military). Most Malaysian commercial aircraft have it fitted. Several companies have developed amateur receiving devices for enthusiasts to 'pick-up' the Mode-S signal such as SBS1, AirNav Radarbox and Aurora Eurotech Virtual Radar.
  19. 9M-MLF doesn't appear to be flying - there's no signs of it on the SBS-1 radar box. Its supposed to have Mode-S code 750229 according to 737NG list.
  20. Some pics of Normans Malaysian visit are here: Gyrocopter Malaysia and his 'Gyro Goes Global' site and a Blog Site.
  21. I hope his baggage was on board!!
  22. A PDRM Eurocopter AS355 has crashed this morning near Kuching. Only one website showing pics at the moment: Sarawak Virtual Community Some other links: Yahoo News Utusan
  23. The guy doing the Malaysian feeds to the virtual radar sites is on holiday!! KL will be back up on 16th June.
  24. Correction to above....its RadarVirtuel that has re-hosted to improve speed and added a volcanic ash overlay.
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