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!
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.