How planes keep away from each other

This article in the Huffington really set us thinking about how the many (hundreds) of mid-air flights over vast oceans and continents avoid running into each other. Do the pilots swerve their aircraft like fighter pilots?

Fortunately no, because that would make flying hell of a roller coaster!

flight-map
Can you imagine the intensity of flights?

So we are all know that air traffic control plays a critical role, charting paths or the equivalent of road trip waypoints for the pilots to stick with. These days with automatic piloting sofware, it’s all punched into the computer which runs on its own when the plane’s taken off to the designated altitude.

It’s probably when there are technical issues that may force a plane off its programmed route. Or when there is inclement weather disrupting the jetstreams. And for the vast stretches of open water where there is no radar coverage, it is really the compliance of the pilots to report in their positions that keep all in the know that the flight’s ok. So while there is the “ground work” that the air controllers perform, its really the pilots who ultimately determine your safety (and destiny). Yep, that does not change with technology.

Which brings up the issue of missing flight MH370.

Deep down our hearts we all know that the plane has probably met with a tragic end along with the many passengers onboard. All travelers like us. We pray that the loved ones of the victims find peace and solace for this very tragic loss.

For the rest of us, perhaps it is time to look around you and cherish what you now have.

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

8 thoughts on “How planes keep away from each other”

  1. Good thought, Suan. You never know. I was in Charlotte, North Carolina a few weeks ago and went to the museum where the plane that Sully landed in the river is on display. Seeing how beat up the plane is, you realize what a miraculous job Sully did. –Curt

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  2. Oh, being an erstwhile controller this is very familiar topic. A few pilot friends always joked that they are mostly on autopilot except during take-off and landing. And we should all pray hard that they are on autopilot at cruising level because it means that it’s a smooth flight.

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  3. I’ve seen radar screens of every aircraft flying in a region and it is mind-boggling. Glad computers do most of the work but I’m sure glad human professionals oversee and take control when needed. Good insight.

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