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In addition to communicating with the local Air Traffic Control facility, all aircraft in the Persian Gulf AOR are required to give the Iranian Air Defense Radar (military) a ten minute 'heads up' if they will be transiting Iranian airspace.

This is a common procedure for commercial aircraft and involves giving them your call sign, transponder code, type of aircraft, and points of origin and destination.

From a guy who overheard this conversation on the VHF Guard (emergency) frequency 121.5 MHz while flying fromEurope to Dubai . It is too good not to pass along.

The conversation went like this...

Iranian Air Defense Radar:'Unknown aircraft you are in Iranian airspace. Identify yourself.'

Aircraft:'This is a United States aircraft. I am in Iraqi airspace.'

Air Defense Radar:'You are in Iranian airspace. If you do not depart our airspace we will launching interceptor aircraft!'

Aircraft:'This is a United States Marine Corps FA-18 fighter. Send 'emup, I'll wait!'

Air Defense Radar:(no response .... total silence)

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he'd probably just read this;[8-|]

Nobody flies Etihad do they? . . . . . .[:-))]

Thursday, March 19, 2009:

The brand spanking new Airbus 360-600, one of the largest passenger airplanes ever built, sat in its hangar in Toulouse , France without a single hour of airtime.  Enter the Arab flight crew of Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (ADAT) to conduct pre-delivery tests on the ground, such as engine run-ups, prior to delivery to Etihad Airways in Abu Dhabi ...

 The ADAT crew taxied the A360-600 to the run-up area. Then they took all four engines to takeoff power with a virtually empty aircraft.
Not having read the run-up manuals, they had no clue just how light an empty A360-600 really is. (when in doubt RTFM)

The takeoff warning horn was blaring away in the cockpit because they had all 4 engines at full power. The aircraft computers thought they were trying to take off but the aircraft had not been configured properly (flaps/slats, etc.) Then one of the ADAT crew decided to pull the circuit breaker on the Ground Proximity Sensor to silence the alarm.  This fooled the aircraft into thinking it was in the air.

The computers automatically released all the brakes and set the aircraft rocketing forward. The ADAT crew had no idea that this is a safety feature so that pilots can't land with the brakes on.

Not one member of the seven-man Arab crew was quick enough to throttle back the engines from their max power setting, so the $900 million brand-new aircraft smashed into a blast barrier, totaling it.

 The extent of injuries to the crew is unknown for there has been a news blackout in the major media in France and elsewhere. Coverage of the story was deemed insulting to Muslim Arabs. Finally, the photos are starting to leak out.

https://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,517772,00.html

No competition then![:D]

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