Fort Lauderdale Airport To Close Runway In 2019; Flights Will Be Cut

By Larry Barszewski,

SFl Sun Sentinel


Airport director Mark Gale predicts the number of flights could drop by 20 to 25 percent when the north runway closes from June through October, 2019. Travelers at Fort Lauderdale’s airport will have fewer flights to choose from next year as one of its two runways is shut down for five months. Airport director Mark Gale predicts the number of flights could drop by 20 percent to 25 percent when the north runway closes from June through October 2019. He said international flights probably would not change, since there are fewer of them and officials don’t want to see this growing segment of airport traffic affected. Instead, the airport is working with domestic airlines, Gale said. flights to popular destinations such as New York or Chicago and instead use larger planes to accommodate the same number of passengers. See more on Newsletter Jan-June 2018.

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Our broadcast schedule is every Monday from 7:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M EDT. Hosts from six different locations discuss items pertaining to Eastern and its many valued employees and its 7300 EARA members located around the world. Each Broadcast is taped and you can easily catch the show by clicking on our archived files by following the directions below in red. We want you to tell us what you want to hear, suggest special "Eastern" guests, or tell us your favorite Eastern experience. This Radio Show is for and about the people of Eastern.  Here's how it works!

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Episode 371,  June 25, 2018

Hazards of Microbursts  “23rd Anniversary of

 Eastern Flight 66, June 24, 1975”


The topic of our next EAL Radio Show Episode 371 on Monday, June 25, 2018 is Hazards of Microbursts and “The 23rd Anniversary, Eastern Flight 66 on June 24, 1975”.


This topic brings to mind what microbursts can do and how our Eastern Air Lines Flight 66, a Boeing 727, crashed into the runway approach lights, as it penetrated a thunderstorm near the ILS localizer course line to that runway, at JFK in New York City, with 113 fatalities.


The official cause of the accident was a sudden high rate of descent, caused by severe downdrafts (classic wet microburst) from the thunderstorm. What is a Microburst? The National Weather Service defines microbursts as a localized column of a downdraft. Microbursts can cause extensive damage at the surface, and in some instances, can be life-threatening as we know from this tragic incident.


Tune in to find out the meanings of two (2) types of microbursts:

  1. A wet microburst, and a
  2. Dry microbursts


We look forward to June 24, 2018 to learn more, so please join us on the radio with any of your questions on this topic, by calling into the show at 213-816-1611 and our hosts who will try to answer them.  Our program begins at 7:00 P. M. EDT as we depart the gate, or listen in by going to our blog talk website:

EAL Radio Show

  Episode 372, July 2, 2018
“EAL Radio Show Open Mic” and  “The Signing of The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776”

Our program Monday evening, July 2, 2018 Episode 372 for the EAL Radio Show, is “Open Mic” and our  Commemoration of “The Signing of the Declaration of Independence, July 4th, 1776.” Our forefathers, Ben Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 2, 1776 but it was ratified on July 4, 1776 and the US holiday that we observe yearly.

Join us as we honor our Founding Fathers, Ben Franklin: American polymath; John Adams was an American statesman (the 1st VP of the U.S.) and the 2nd President of the United States, and Thomas Jefferson who was hailed as the author of the Independence, and the 3rd President of the United States as we give honor to them and celebrate this glorious holiday.

Please call to to share you stories or memories and talk about anything you want, it’s “Open Mic” night at the EAL Radio Show program. Join us for our celebration of the 4th of July too. You can also share your memories and send any to: [email protected] for us to read to our listeners.
We look forward to July 2, 2018, and our call-in number is 213-816-1611 at 7:00 P. M. EDT as we depart the gate, or listen in by clicking this hyperlink:


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"From The Eastern Files"
Upcoming Episode 56, Thursday, June 21, 2018
"Legendary Pilots

 Captain Dick Merrill, Part I of III"

The EAL Radio Show Episode 56, Thursday, June 21, 2018, "From The Eastern Files" begins at 3:00 P.M. EDT.  Neal will  give us another reading of one of our Legendary Pilots  "Captain Dick Merrill, Part I",  who flew the 1st Commercial Transatlantic flight and more.

Join us to hear more on Captain Merrill that airs on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 3:00 P.M. Listen in by going to our website, at, or at the provider's website:

Old Time Radio Show"
Episode 9, Thursday, June 28, 2018
"New Series of Old Time Radio"

The next "Old Time Radio Show" Episode 9, Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 3:00 P.M., airs with a new series  "Old Time Radio". These are a fun series of the Old Time Radio broadcasts that we heard growing up as a kid, lying on our carpets!  Join us for the fun memories!


The program airs 3:00 P.M. Thursday, June 28, 2018. Listen in by joining Captain Neal and his Host, Don Gagnon, by clicking on the EAL Blog Talk Radio icon, or go to our website at:

Breaking News!

NASA Flies RPA Without Chase Airplane

By Paul Bertorelli

In a test it says it moves drones closer to being integrated into the National Airspace System, NASA on Tuesday and flew its Ikhana remotely piloted aircraft without a chase plane for the first time. The flight took place at the agency’s Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base. ‘This is a huge milestone for our Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration in the National Airspace System project team,” said NASA’s Ed Waggoner, who directs the agency’s Integrated Aviation Systems Program. Integrating unmanned aircraft into the NAS has been an overarching goal of both the FAA and NASA, with detect-and-avoid capability for the drone a difficult technical challenge to overcome. See more on Newsletter Jan-June 2018

Rolls Royce Dreamliner Saga Worsens = Bonus For Wet Lease Companies

By Aviation News , Jon Champs

Rolls Royce.jpgIt feels like the never ending story, but Rolls Royce have now admitted the fan blade issue, previously restricted to a Package C engine format has been found in the older Package B engines. These were fitted on 788’s from 2012, and affect 166 units that will also now require inspection and remedial action. The problem has been a deeply embarrassing one for Rolls Royce, and yet and the same time demonstrates the pressure engine manufacturers are under to finalise designs to meet production targets for airframe manufacturers. See more on Newsletter Jan-June 2018

The Roswell 'Boneyard': Where Airlines Send Old Planes To Be Scrapped

By Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY

ROSWELL, N.M. — American Airlines Flight 9780 arrives from Dallas/Fort Worth and taxis past a line of other MD-80 passenger jets as the morning sun rises over the New Mexico desert on a chilly morning this past winter. But as the jet comes to a stop, there’s no boarding gate or jet bridge. In fact, there are no paying passengers aboard at all. The pilots leave the cockpit and head toward the rear of the plane. They drop the rear stairs from the 140-seat MD-80’s rear emergency exit, and the flight’s four occupants – two pilots, an American employee and a journalist – calmly descend the steps into the New Mexico sun. Lines of planes stretch for nearly as far as the eye can see. Many bear familiar logos. Most planes are intact – but not all of them. Reams of airplane parts lay strewn nearby across the desert floor. “They affectionately call this the Boneyard,” says Martin Testorff, one of American’s aircraft storage managers based here. See more on Newsletter Jan-June 2018.

Spirit Airlines To Offer New US Virgin Islands Connection From Orlando
By Breaking Travel News


On the heels of the launch of new service between Fort Lauderdale and St. Croix, Spirit Airlines has announced even more flights to the US Virgin Islands from the Sunshine State. The department of tourism announced that Spirit Airlines will inaugurate service between Orlando International Airport and Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas with three flights a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, beginning November 8th. The service augments existing daily flights between Fort Lauderdale and St. Thomas. “These new flights represent the fruit of the hard work of our administration to add new service and increase flights to our destination,” said US Virgin Islands governor Kenneth Mapp. See more on Newsletter Jan-June 2018.

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