Friday, September 16, 2005



Beacon of no hope?Or in plain English, if you like: Westfield/Springfield MA (Barnes Muni) [BAF]: October NOTAM #4: Aerodrome beacon out of service.

It's been OTS for some time now, and I don't know why. The ATIS broadcast will also tell you of the temporary beacon atop the control tower, in operation 24 hours a day. It's a puny little set of four lights that currently spins around endlessly all day long. OTS or not, the old beacon is a nice hefty looking piece of aerodrome equipment, much better suited to guiding a squadron of A-10's home to their 9,000 ft. runway. The temporary setup would look more at home in a discotheque, maybe with a mirror ball hanging from one of the antenna. Yellowbird might think back to the days of her youth, when such thing were in fashion.

Maybe she would like for me to get a mustard yellow leisure suit. Or maybe it's time to start browsing the Airtex catalog again...


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