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I found this on the liveATC forums:

A jet carrying 286 passengers slammed on its brakes and aborted a take-off this week at Kennedy Airport after another plane began taxiing towards the runway it was using, the Federal Aviation Administration said on Wednesday.

Lufthansa Flight 411 was cleared for take-off and EgyptAir Flight 986 was instructed to stay behind a “hold line”, 250 feet behind the runway, at 6.50pm on Monday, said FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen. The EgyptAir crossed the line but did not enter the runway, she said.

“When air traffic control saw that, it cancelled the take-off for Lufthansa,” Bergen said, adding that the Lufthansa plane stopped “a considerable distance” from the EgyptAir jet.
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In radio recordings posted on the website LiveATC.net, a controller in the JFK tower is heard giving take-off clearance to the Lufthansa flight while another controller directs the EgyptAir plane.

“No! Whoa-whoa-whoa-whoa!” shouts someone in the tower as the EgyptAir plane crosses the hold-short line.

“Cancel take-off! Cancel take-off plans!” a controller shouts to the Lufthansa jet.

The Lufthansa plane, an Airbus A340, slammed on its brakes and came to a stop. Then it taxied off the runway. The pilot told controllers he was worried his brakes may have overheated, so controllers sent a Port Authority crew to help check the plane’s landing gear.

“That was quite a show. Thought it was going to be a short career,” a pilot who witnessed the aborted takeoff remarked on the radio.

The FAA was looking at “pilot deviation” because the EgyptAir plane, a Boeing 777, didn’t follow air traffic instructions.

“The pilot was instructed to turn onto another taxiway but did not,” Bergen said.

She said the FAA is investigating and will determine how close the two planes came.

EgyptAir officials said they had no knowledge of the close call.

The Lufthansa flight was heading to Munich, airline spokesman Martin Riecken said. After the takeoff was halted, the captain returned to the gate for a maintenance check while the passengers remained on the plane. The fight departed about two hours later, Riecken said.

There were no reports of injuries.

The New York Post reported that the EgyptAir flight was bound for Cairo. It was not immediately known how many people it was carrying. It departed about 90 minutes afterwards.

Bergen said investigators will listen to air traffic communications and look at radar replay.

Aviation authorities are increasingly worried about the danger of runway collisions as planes get bigger and airports more congested. In December a JetBlue plane took a wrong turn at Boston’s Logan Airport and nearly taxied onto a runway where another plane was taking off.

The deadliest crash in aviation history was a runway collision. In 1977 a KLM Boeing 747 crashed into a Pan Am 747 on the same runway in Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, killing 583 people.

Wow, I had no idea! That’s intense.

Here are some other things I found…

” Thank goodness for good visibility. Something like this happens under IFR day or night, with low RVR, and you’re looking at another Tenerife.”
“You can hear the commotion in the ground recording. It’s unreal.”

Someone had also linked the Youtube recording someone made of the Lufthansa captain’s announcement… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8_yK7Twz8E

Most of it is in German. I am meant to be learning German. Oh, that sucks. Looks like I’ve been slaving away at modalverbs and past participles for four years for nothing, eh? I didn’t understand a word of it 😛

He did repeat it in English afterwards though (or ‘aftervards’, I guess it should be in German) “There was another airplane intruding the runway. (Insert ‘OOOH’ from male passenger) in front of us, that is why we aborted the take off, so we would not hit the other airplane.”

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Hey, it’s a new game I discovered!

We can buy fake stocks with fake money at real prices.

I had absolutely no idea what I was meant to be doing. Fun, fun, fun! I scrolled down toVirgin Blue.

I gleefully bought some Fortescue Metals.

Give me a break, I know nothing about the stock market, I was just having a bit of fun with my fake money!!

FMG actually turned out to be one of top growth stocks they had on one of the articles.

Today, I logged on to discover my stock had gone down by 0.495% *sad face* At least I’d managed to buy some. My Virgin stuff is still pending. caf

What do I do now?

I had absolutely no idea. I scrolled down the list and gleefully happened upon MAp, who I have been reading about in the news. Buy!!!

I have been telling Spocketatus about my adventures:

Me:

ARGHH!! So exciting! I love this game.  The stock’s just gone down by $20. I’m guessing the pretty red colours are an indication telling me I shouldn’t sell it. idunno

Spock:

Good, good. What sort of stock? cattle? goats? chickens? pigs? donkeys? horses?

Me:

Fortescue Metals. caf

Spock: 

Metals? thats good.

ROFL….. heheh

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Really? What was it? What happened?!?! Inquiring minds need to know!

At JFK, on the liveATC interesting recordings, there was a cancelled departure. Lufthansa 411 aborted their take-off after “Wow, that was quite a show,” says one pilot. “Yeah, okay, we all saw what happened, we don’t need to talk about it on the frequencies, there are people, er…” says the controller, and stops. NO!!! There are people what? Listening? Like me? So now I am curious… anyone out there who was there? Tell me! TELL!! lau

I was listening to JFK yesterday too. JFK is so cute. I kid you not! There was a massive rush going on. Something had obviously happened to delay the flights, and the controller was in a frenzy trying to keep the line moving. “If you need two minutes, tell me now! Cos if it’s two minutes I’m going to put someone else there!!” “Air France 1023, you can start that second engine now.” “Dynasty 5391, pull up to the Air France in front of you. Pull right up to him.” “Air France 1023, please pull up in line.” “FOLLOW THE AMERICAN EAGLE EMBRAER.” “American 257!!! If you are on Charlie, you should be started up and ready to go. Your line is moving. PLEASE pull up as close as possible to the traffic in front.” (What an awesome day! :D)

Wait for it! Wait for it! I have a GFM on BYC! Someone has gifted me a GFM! I don’t believe it! Humble little me… it’s still a bit weird seeing my name there in orange. I have seen so many people turning golden and thought, hey, that would be pretty awesome. My inbox status has jumped from 98% to 39%!!!! I can keep PMing with Erbil and Spocketatus now, if I can ever be bothered replying to either. I have been doing so much replying today my creative juices appear to have run a bit dry. Sorry!

I find it fantastic how we can gift GFMs. It really allows you to show your appreciation for another member of the chicken nerdom population. What have I done that’s so good? Is is because I’ve started welcoming recently? I hang around so many places, I honestly have no idea whether the culprit is from RR, GJF, Family Life, or maybe even the Aussies’ thread! But whoever you are… gratefulness to the extreme!

I must, of course, now pick a title for myself. I decided on “Out of the blue”. The GFM, my username, my arrival on the forum… (must’ve looked that way 😉 I always end up looking awkward and too forward online at first.)

Qantas is in danger of ending up on a path critics say is practically a mirror-image of Ansett’s collapse. Poor Qantas, who have slipped to #8 on the World’s Top Airlines. Qatar, meanwhile, have claimed the top spot. Where even is that? I think it’s near the Emirates, #10. The middle east has been rather binary this year. Asiana is #3: I haven’t heard of them before. Cathay, #4: I like Cathay, they are a pretty decent airline.

Have you even seen Qantas’s shares recently? $1.80? I have a really hard time believing that a few years ago the things cost $4.20.

Airlines are really copping it hard from the ash cloud and those natural disasters. The earth has not been very kind to us recently. Oil is still, however, hanging around $90.

Ahah. Have any of you heard of Gina Rinehart? First woman to top Australia’s rich list. $10.3 billion. What on earth does she own, the United States of America?! (Actually, I wouldn’t, have you even SEEN their debt numbers? th)  Nope, apparently not. Just a humble mining company. Although they apparently have some pretty spectacular projects, with the same number on the top ten as Rio Tinto.

BHP Billiton, meanwhile, have none.

Fantastic.

Okay, I’m going to stop warbling now. Over and out. – Lizzzzzzzzay.

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Recently, a thread’s popped up on BYC about bad families. It’s pretty tear-jerking, reading about the experiences of people who’ve had alcoholic or just uncaring parents: I could never imagine a life like that! Virtual hugs to you all who’ve ever been in that situation!

I removed my post from that thread because it was obvious it wasn’t needed.

It’s interesting to read about the ways people cope with that kind of horrible stuff. People write, they listen to music, they take drugs.

I don’t know what I’d do if my life ever got that bad. Throw myself off a bridge? I currently keep a lame attempt at a journal. It’s funny in parts, when I read old notebooks, although some things are just better left in the past! There are a huge number of startling things that most people would be gobsmacked to read if I died and they found the journals.

The BYC people wouldn’t believe it, my parents wouldn’t believe it.

It’s amazing how people change, don’t you reckon? Year by year, my life has gone from one extreme to the next. I always do a little bullet point list of what I’ve achieved each year, just the main things. I do this on New Years’ Eve. It’s kind of a tradition lol

Some of the more amusing ones would be ‘Discovered PoultryLand and have successfully maintained four accounts.’ (Hey, don’t tell anyone, okay? hide I was a bit of a loser. But now I’ve started afresh, and I am 23_Lizzy_05, if PL ever returns)

‘Wrote four movies.’ Movies? What a joke! They were little Pages documents smothered in kiddy language. Recently, I’ve written a properly formatted real-deal thing, and I’m starting on another one! woot

‘Discovered aviation and have become an expert.’ ‘Discovered the stock market and have become an expert’. Really, Liz? Really? lau How can I be an expert in those things when I am not even at an age where I can legally fly or trade? ROFL. And back when I wrote those statements… I knew nothing compared to what I know now. Amusing how I used to think I was so smart, just because I knew what STAR, ILS, SPI and NYSE stand for. roll

I shall have to add ‘Discovered BYC and became a Crazy Pullet’ onto this year’s list. Fantastic. Something I should be very proud of!

The Crazy Pullets is a  fantastic resource. I can practically find any smiley I need on there, and copy and paste. Except for roll, because nobody seems to be rolling their eyes much lately 😦

And, to end with a bit of a laugh I got from old Spockety-Spock recently… lau

Me:

Wow, I just failed my German writing test! th

I actually tried really hard, went 150 over the word limit and detailed pet-searching flights to Perth and encountering the ash-cloud and enclosing a bird T-shirt from Bindi Irwin for my bird-crazy teacher who I have to tame in preparation for news that I’ve missed the past week of school to search for my missing pet. lau

Then my bubble was burst when Frau told us ‘geflogen’ has to be used with ‘sein’ and not ‘haben’. he th

Spock:

hugs

wait, what? you put a hundred and fifty pets in an ash cloud just so you could tame a bird to give to you’re insane teacher?……you have no idea why weird what you just wrote sounded like.

So a woman told you that somebody had to be flogged in order to use a duck and not a rabbit in a bubble? or am i completely off? idunno

One more thing. Sorry I’m keeping you! I found a book named ‘Share Investing for Dummies’. Epic, it’s got chapters on almost everything i actually want to know… but $46 too expensive. It’s my birthday in ten months’ time!! Wink wink, nudge nudge! Jokes.

Mrs Bennet: I can wink and nudge… can you? lau

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This morning, everyone in the senior school got a chance to vote for the student council. The year elevens had given their talks a couple of weeks ago: some of them were funny, some of them were terribly boring but got huge cheers due to popularity, some of them were just terribly boring.

The second sort I hate. There are girls there who I know for a fact are bitchy, tardy, up themselves… and they’re probably going to end up on the board due to popularity. I eliminated all of those right away as soon as I got the voting slip.

I picked people who either gave me a bit of a laugh, or who I’ve chatted to before, or who didn’t get much of a cheer due to the fact that they actually wrote a proper speech. I hope at least some of them make the board, because some of them actually deserve to be there. 🙂

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CONSUMERS will save up to $54 million a year from Virgin Australia’s joint venture with Delta, which has received its final green light from US regulators. US business consulting firm Compass Lexecon determined the economic benefit as part of the two carriers’ appeal to allow the alliance across the Pacific. The US Department of Transportation approved the partnership at the weekend, allowing the airlines to co-ordinate flights and ticketing.

It’s finally happened! :woot

I’ve been waiting for this for ever so long, ever since the news first came out of the initial negotiations in January!

I’ve also been following the news about the airlines cancelling flights due to the ash cloud. Here’s a paragraph I wrote for BYC…

Oh, dang! Now flights have been cancelled to Perth. Before, Virgin had let their pilots fly below the ash cloud (geniuses), but it’s shifted to 15 000 in WA and is now unavoidable. They’ve resumed flights to NZ, Tazzie and SA below the cloud: they were the only big domestic airline not to cancel their services to Adelaide. 

Other flights to Adelaide are back online today, things in Tasmania still wishy-washy…

Qantas, especially, has been pulling out ALL their flights, saying again and again that safety comes first. “Virgin, Emirates, Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines are privately fuming at the Qantas decision.” They think it’s a publicity stunt. Personally, I’m with Virgin here, fly around the darned thing. They’re even sending more planes out to help passengers stranded by other airlines! woot

Passengers, instead, are taking taxies. Many overjoyed drivers are being paid $1200 to drive interstate lau lau

I can’t believe a volcano in Chile has caused all this trouble! 
https://i1.wp.com/resources2.news.com.au/images/2011/06/13/1226074/532602-steve-wood.jpg

Here’s the link, if any of you are interested, a live update thing on the status of flights and what the airlines are up to regarding this ash cloud.
Volcanic Ash Cloud

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There’s a Woolies in the city centre that’s recently been renovated. Reopened, that store looks absolutely fantastic. They have escalators that don’t break down every couple of days (trust me, that was annoying), four express lines with self-serve checkouts and one with cashiers so we don’t have to wait for hours in queue, and new lighting that means we can now actually see what we are buying and how much it costs.

Since it reopened, business has boomed. Whenever I head to the Woolies to get some lunch (and it’s the same story at closing time), the queue stretches almost to the far wall, but that’s fine because with the five check-out lines, you get out of there pretty fast. And nobody buys huge trolleyloads of food because

a) You’d have to check it out yourself, and the bagging area can only hold so many packs of steak before you start getting error messages

or

b) You risk having a check-out girl glaring at your mountain of food and dropping your eggs on the floor or onto your shoes in her haste to get you out so she can serve the next customer.

They’ve recently introduced three dollar “bag as much fresh fruit-n-veg as you can” bags, and they are a hit. In fact, myself and my mother bought so many (the trick is to stuff things like mushrooms and strawberries in the gaps between the egg-plants) that people thought our trolley was the collection of ready-bagged veggies and started taking stuff. 🙄 Fantastic.

Anyhow: this would be the kind of business I’d like to invest in one day. I hear Woolies isn’t doing too badly right now.

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