The Westfield International Airshow
Held on this upcoming Saturday & Sunday, August 25th & 26th 2001:
LOCATION: Barnes Municipal Airport/Air National Guard Base
a. From the West: Exit Interstate Route 90 at Interchange Exit 3 Westfield & THAN LEFT onto Route 202. b. From the East: Exit Interstate Route 90 at the "SPECIAL" exit (3) State Police Barracks just prior to Interchange Exit 3 (brings you right on to airport property). c. From the North: Exit Interstate Route 91 at Exit 16 (Route 202 West/South which mergers with Route 10 South -- just follow the signs). d. From the South: You basically have a choice by staying on Interstate 91 North and exiting either at Exit 14 (getting on the Mass Turnpike at Exchange Exit #4) and than follow instructions for b above OR continue on Interstate 91 North & exit at Exit 16 and follow intructions for c above.
FREQUENCIES TO MONITOR:
A. AIRCRAFT RELATED:
Aircraft Control/Direct Support:
Westfield Tower: 118.9/251.1 (simucast both freqs)
Westfield Ground Control: 121.7/289.4 (simucast both freqs) Westfield ATLIS (automated runway/weather observations): 127.1 Bradley Approach/Departure Control: 125.35/121.05/325.8/327.10/359.00 Boston Center ARTCC: 132.65/379.1 104 FW Command Post: 138.05, 138.25, 303.0 (all AM mode)
AIRCRAFT PERFORMERS ("Potential Frequencies):
Canada Snowbirds: 246.500, 272.100, 299.500, and 333.300 MHz. Also
possibly: 227.600 (F4), 236.600 (F15), 239.800 (F20), 240.500 (F6), 245.000 (F19), 245.700 (F11), 266.300 (F8), 272.100, 275.800 (F1), 283.900 (F16), 289.400 (F18), 294.500 (F9), 295.600 (F2), 310.800 (F3), 316.500 (F12), 322.800 (F10), 344.500 (F13), 356.600 (F14), 363.800 (F17), 378.500 (F7)
( Courtesy Grove Enterprises Website:http://www.grove-ent.com/mtairshows.html which also has a good discussion about military communications capable scanners at this URL)
Show Control Coordination Frequencies: Unknown at this time (Perhaps Friday pre arrival we will discover) BUT there will be probably one VHF & one UHF frequency.
A10 Flyby: 138.05/138.25 (AM mode) & perhaps 1 frequency in the 38, 41, 50, 60, or 75 mhz area (NFM mode). F15 Flyby: 262.0, 289.0 F16 Flyby: 261.8
(Perhaps others can add to this potential list).
NOTE: That in many cases during the airshow with the closure of the airport the ground control frequencies will be used to coordinate both ground & air activities to include the flybys.. Furthermore, depending what altitude the aircraft will climb to Bradley App/Dep Control as well as Boston ARTCC will also control the traffic.
B. PUBLIC SAFETY/SECURITY:
SECURITY, TRAFFIC/PARKING CONTROL, PROTECTION
Barnes ANGB Security: 148.455 & other MP support: (search 139 to 141 mhz range).
Mass State PD "On Scene Support": National ITAC's 866/67/68.0125, 866/76.5125 & MSP tacs 868.95/.9625/.975/.9875, & 42.46, 42.42, 42.54. Mass State PD 'Troop B" Trunk System: 852.2625, 857/58/59/60.7875 Westfield PD: 858.2375, 859.9375, 158.25R (astro digital) - May still have some highband VHF portables being used on 155.19, 155.91, & 155.88R. Mass State PD, Troop E Turnpike Support: 159.03R, 159.225, 155.475 (mobiles), 42.42 mobiles & E3 station -- should get heavy use),
Holyoke PD: 159.21R
Southampton PD: 460.3625
W. Springfield PD: 867.7875R, also national ITAC's
(You might want to do a bit of search scanning in the Federal bands (e.g. 163 - 173 mhz & 407 - 420 mhz -- BUT these transmissions will probably be encrypted).
(As a side note you can expect EXTREMELY strong aircraft/facilities security/visitors protection measures at this show --- Examples: Show Entry control points checks/searches; explosive detection dogs, covert/overt surveillance cameras; surveillance helicopters with remote video; roving uniform and "undercover" security patrols & other "specialized" security response/technical protection related teams. -- You will be VERY SAFE to enjoy the show!!!!!
C. FIRE SUPPORT & EMERGENCY MEDICAL:
Barnes MAP/ANGB Fire Crash Network: 148.200
Westfield FD: 154.43R, 153.83. 154.28 (intercity coordination) Holyoke FD: 159.645R, 155.655R W. Springfield FD: 866.475R, 866.675 (simplex) Emergency Medical: 463.10 (Med 5), 155.34, 153.92, 159.4125, & perhaps other freqs in 148 & 155 Ranges.
D. OTHER SUPPORT FREQUENCIES:
45.32, 45.36, 148.10, 148.475, 148.525, 149.20, 149.325, 150.175, 150.325, 151.10, 154.54, 154.57, 154.60, 156.225,163.4875, FRS Channels 1 to 14, various PL's.
SHOW SCHEDULE: ( checkhttp://www.2001westfieldairshow.org/ for updates)
TENTATIVE AIR SHOW SCHEDULE (As Of 15 August 2001)
(Both Airshow dates (August 25 & 26th, 2001)
08:00 Gates Open
10:00 - Parachute Jump Opening Ceremony (Northampton Jump Team)
10:15 - 4-Ship A-10 Flyby
10:30 - Jet Truck
10:40 Bob Chipoli Demo
10:55 T-28 Luke Jolee (Sun Only)
11:10 AH-1 Demo
11:20 Mike Mancuso
11:35 F-16 (Vermont ANG)
11:50 - T-6 Texans Fly (3 ship)
12:00 Reese Dill T-6 Demo
12:10 F-15 (Otis ANGB)
12:20 Jet Truck (Race F-15 ?)
12:35 - B-17 Memphis Belle
12:50 - C-5 Flyby (Sun Only)
13:00 Parachute Demo (MA Army Guard Special Forces)
13:10 C-130 Demo
13:25 - HH-60 Demo
13:35 - CF-18 Demo (Canadian Forces)
13:50 - Mike Goulian
14:05 - B-1 FLY
14:15 - P-51 DEMO
14:25 - F-15 ACC TAC Demo
14:35 - F-15 & P-51 Heritage Flyby
14:45 - 2-Ship Demo with Pyro
15:00 - Snowbirds (45 Minute Show)
F-15, 2 X F-16CJ, F-18, F-117, T-37, 2 X T-38, P-3 (Canada=CP140), KC-135, C-130, C-160 (Germany), C-5, C-21, EA-6B, KC-10, 2 X AH-1, CH-53, B-1, SEA KING (Canada), T-34, HC-130 with Skis, UH-60, T-45, S-3, DC-3, T-2, Focke Wulf 149 "Piggi", Single Engine Warbirds: L-17, L-19, ME-108, IAC-23, C-152, Wigedon Corporate Jets: Canadair Challenger, Global Express
Bruce Abbott's Inferno Jet Truck
Army Special Forces Parachute Team
Rod Gier... The Mad Bomber Pyro Act
NOTE: Paid seating will be available in the Flightline Premium Box Seat areas...
call (413) 568-9151, ext 1263 for details
LOCAL HOBBYIST COMMUNICATIONS:
Many scannerist/hobbyists will be utilizing Family Radio Service channels. The military comm hobbyists groups in general utilize FRS Channel 14, PL 38 (this might change due to channel loading on the airshow dates)......... My intentions are to most likely attend the show on Saturday... My callsign on FRS Channel 14, PL 38 will be 'SCAN WEST ONE"; perhaps "RAIDER 88" will also be able to attend, so be listening for that callsign also. We hope to meet as many "hard core" military communications monitors as well as those of you that are new to or are thinking about entering the military communications hobby monitoring area.
It appears weather wise that Saturday will be a better day than Sunday to attend the event.
If anyone has any questions, you may contact me by private email or post publically your question as you comfort level dictates.
IT'S GOING TO BE A GREAT SHOW TO ATTEND, DON'T MISS IT!!!!
Springfield MA Monitorng Area.