How Air Traffic Control Works

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Select footage courtesy the AP Archive

References:
[1] https://www.heathrow.com/company/company-news-and-information/company-information/facts-and-figures
[2] https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-30326125
[3] https://www.eurocontrol.int/articles/flight-planning
[4] https://www.nats.aero/about-us/what-we-do/our-control-centres/
[5] https://www.nats.aero/ae-home/introduction-to-airspace/
[6] https://www.reuters.com/article/europe-airlines-atc/air-traffic-control-issues-cost-eu-economy-20-bln-in-2018-airline-body-idUSL5N20T0TU
[7] https://www.eurocontrol.int/news/2018-air-traffic

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    • ashlinmario sequeira

      Why no uploads on youtube though?

    • Excellent. Are you going to do Jan Mayen one day? That place has fascinated me ever since I bought the north Atlantic ONC charts and saw a tiny speck in the middle of one. I’m hoping to get a glimpse of it when I fly LAX-HEL in November, the flight often goes within 100 miles of ENJA.

    • Mistake at 4:35
      Wendover, you used the “less than” symbols, not the “greater than” symbols.

    • Hey not trying to be irritating or anything but Belgocontrol doesn’t exist anymore. They changed their name to Skeyes.

  2. On the other hand, if you are a private pilot you can get into your own airplane and fly anywhere without any help. Hmmmm.

  3. 10:46 last year I was on a flight that took the exact same diversion. We departed over hull and I just thought ‘wait wtf’

  4. Aaron Peavler/Geomodelrailroader Railroad Photography

    the radio call sign for ATC is Tower these are the guys you call before you put a plane in the air.

  5. 4:35 Your graphic displays LESS than 24,500ft and LESS than 7,500m instead of GREATER than.

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  7. Michael J. Vollmer

    This sounds like something perfect for AI to take over.

  8. Wow, should’ve become an ATC

  9. I am a future pilot trainee and this gives me headaches

  10. Fl 660 Who flies that high? Can you fly that high?

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