This week I’m going to tell you about a strange story I read on the Pilot’s Weekly blog the other day (at least I think it did, it was a bizarre story so not sure if I dreamt it or not!)
Apparently, the story goes, a private pilot was flying a 10 seater private light aircraft back into Phoenix airport late in June 2012. The plane’s instrument panel develop a fault and although the pilot still had fully navigational functionality he had lost the ability to make radio contact with the control tower in Phoenix.
The co-pilot, then this is the strange thing, announced that he had brought with him a digital baby monitor (an Angelcare AC1000 video baby monitor to be precise). The co-pilot then proceeded to find a channel on which to communicate with air traffic control and safely land the plane much to the relief of the crew and passengers.
This sounded (a) too much of coincidence to me and (b) not very believable. So I decided to do my own research on Baby Monitor Centre and purchase a suitable digital baby monitor (not a waste as I needed one as a gift for my cousin anyway). Now the site did not list a suitable monitor for air-to-ground communications so I purchase a Motorola MBP36 (even came with a video connection) as this had the best baby monitor reviews.
Did it work? Well I left the bay monitor on in the office of the small local airport and I could communicate with the guys on the ground until I left the runway then lost contact.
Good story anyway!