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Our friend, John Carr, has taken down his blog, The Main Bang. John is the immediate past President of NATCA; he held the position for six years. Johnny the Bull retired from air traffic control last year. On a personal note, John and his wife have multiples as well – a beautiful set of triplets – as well as a beautiful singleton.

There has been a lot of speculation as to why John has made this decision, but my take from his last post was that it is for personal reasons. I was going to leave his link on the blogroll and leave it inactive for now, but I haven’t figured out how to do it. I don’t doubt he’ll be back to blog on the failings of the FAA or whatever else catches his fancy. The question that remains is when.

I’m not the first one to blog on his recent decision. Don Brown over at Get the Flick, Blue Eyed Buddhist over at The FAA Follies, and Todd over at Vanity Fair Musings all beat me to it. There will probably be more to follow. John’s writing had a lot of followers, not just those of us in air traffic control clicked on his site.

In the meantime, I’m going to leave the RSS feed for the Bang on my favorites toolbar. Who knows, maybe one day – sooner rather than later – the feed will load again with some biting, satirical bit of alliteration from my friend. One can only hope.

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One of the nicest things about aviation and air traffic control is that it’s a relatively small community. You learn early who shares similar ideas on safety, who’ll fight for the safety of the system, and you are lucky enough to be surrounded by those who are committed to safety. One of those individuals is Don Brown, retired controller. Don’s written some great stuff over the years, for NATCA, for AvWeb, and now for himself on his own blog, Get the Flick. Don and I may not always agree (usually on terminal vs. center viewpoints on what constitutes safe), but he’s one fantastic stand-up-and-be-counted individual with a level head on his shoulders. Don’s recent blog “Woof!” let me know there’s another blog out there worth checking out – JurassicBark. Thanks, Don.

Don has had a few more than his usual well-worth-reading blogs lately; check out Air Traffic Safety vs. Capacity, So Reason-able, and Think Tank Thunk….in that order. His retirement has obviously given him some time to develop regular sleep habits (something a career in ATC is not famous for) that is clicking those synapses and churning out some exceptional thoughts. From a terminal controller’s stance, his logic applying the basics of “physics” on the runways is spot on.

BTW, Don, I agree with you wholeheartedly about the usage of strips in the ATC environment! I always have. Wink

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