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a communication system for sending continuous radio messages to an airplane pilot who is making a ground-controlled approach to landing

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My understanding is there was one B-52 flight, I'm not even sure the date on it, but there was an effort made by Chinese ground controllers to reach out to that aircraft and that aircraft continued its mission.
Malaysian officials said earlier that those words came after one of the jetliner's data communications systems -- the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System -- had been switched off, suggesting the voice from the cockpit may have been trying to deceive ground controllers.
The plane, which was carrying 239 people, lost contact with ground controllers somewhere between Malaysia and Vietnam after leaving Kuala Lumpur early on Saturday morning for Beijing.
An alert was sounded immediately and ground controllers were informed.
It then began activation procedures and started to communicated with ground controllers where it will begin observing from space.
The AHM system, selected last year by Air China for its 117 in-service and on-order 737NGs, allows the carrier to gather and evaluate in-flight flying condition data, relaying the data to ground controllers.
It enables Air China to gather and evaluate critical real-time in-flight flying condition data, relaying information to ground controllers and allowing the airline to better plan and perform repairs, Boeing said.
While carrying out the repairs, Wheelock struggled to free an unyielding quick-disconnect fitting on one ammonia line feeding the failed system, before ground controllers told him to move on to the other lines.
When the sun obscures the Earth's view of Mars, it prevents any possibility of ground controllers making contact with astronauts.
Ground controllers lost contact with the Twin Otter as it flew over the densely-forested and mountainous region.
The Airbus lost contact with ground controllers after leaving Rio de Janeiro for Paris on Sunday night.
Hubble's trouble began on 27 September when the telescope's control unit and science data formatter suddenly suffered a "hard" failure, preventing ground controllers from receiving data from the science instruments.
A new version of ROVER that will soon be deployed is expected to be compatible with other aircraft and also allow interaction between ground controllers (who identify targets) and close-air support pilots.
There were about 14 aircraft awaiting departure and the control tower just couldn't cope with all the aircraft being handed over from ground controllers.
Soon after it reached orbit, ground controllers lost the ability to control it and soon all communication was lost.