How Air Traffic Control Works

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Wendover Productions
Wendover Productions Aylar önce
Hey all, so in case you didn't see the announcement video, we launched a new scripted podcast last Wednesday called Extremities. It's all about why and how people live in earth's most isolated and extreme settlements. In season one, we tell the story of Pitcairn Island--a small British territory in the South Pacific with just 50 people. It's 300 miles/500 kilometers away from the nearest other inhabited place, 3000 miles/5000 kilometers away from the nearest city, and 10,000 miles/16,000 kilometers away from its capital city in London. The twist and turns that Pitcairn takes through history and the explanation of why and how Pitcairn still exists today are fascinating, in my biased opinion. Episode 1 is out now, episode 2 comes out tomorrow, and I'd love it if you'd give it a listen. Extremities is available at the following places: Apple Podcasts: Anchor: Spotify: Google Podcasts: Stitcher: Breaker: Overcast: Pocket Casts: Podbean: RadioPublic: I hope you enjoy! -Sam
Khalid Bin Walid
Khalid Bin Walid 6 gün önce
Your name is not Wendover?? My whole life...
Effah Osei
Effah Osei 16 gün önce
Wendover Productions wee
Anmol Dani
Anmol Dani 16 gün önce
advancekid 27 gün önce
I guess its the new trend, but I'm surprised so many of these links don't have download options. After looking at the first 5 I just figured none of them let you download them - I figured it was by design. Thanks.
Yat Sum Leung
Yat Sum Leung 3 saatler önce
Notice the TV screen broadcasting, well, TV programs. Many control centers in airlines, ATC, or even government and electricity grid control centers make need to make immediate plans if there are breaking news on the TV which would otherwise change their system requirements.
ash king
ash king 10 saatler önce
so this is how you BREXIT!
MrChaos2peace 23 saatler önce
i now have a fear, like if the pilot forgets to report in to the controller and is travelling in the blind. How does that get solved? Do aircrafts auto report after a timeout?
Pablo Suarez
Pablo Suarez Gün önce
Yisus content quality his HIGH! Keep up the good job.
Diego Gonzalez
Diego Gonzalez Gün önce
2:59 the controller is very busy taking boogers out of his nose.
ASG_8 Gün önce
The "above" sign for the 24500 ft (and 7500m) is reversed, should be like this "> 24500 ft". "a > b" translates to "a greater than b", so, ">24500ft" = "greater than 24500ft"
Mohammed jalal
Mohammed jalal Gün önce
it seems that the next couple years will be more messy with loads of air planes packed in the sky .. it now time for hyperloop .. safe , fast and easy controllable .
Kieran Nicholson
Kieran Nicholson 2 gün önce
Your flight costs are so far out it isn't funny. You're looking at more like $1.80USD per mile for smaller jets ie 8 seats or less which is what wall art will use. And usually they would have up to 6 people on board!
Saiga Legacy
Saiga Legacy 2 gün önce
Now imagine, if the control room is hacked!
JD 2 gün önce
Wow, so many planing and managing going on in the background. Hats off to these and others who make possible the uneventful flights.
Swaggerlot 2 gün önce
Diplomatically avoids mention of the frequent French ATC strikes and its impact on flow control.
Thank you for information. Allahu Akbar!
Big Papi
Big Papi 3 gün önce
Why does he sound like Half As Interesting
TC Kocher
TC Kocher 3 gün önce
This is how Eurocontrol works. Similar to how the American system works but different on many aspects
TheGeekGaming 3 gün önce
This is an Aviation Productions video made possible by Boeing, Get 10% off you’re 737MAX with the link in the description
Christopher sbarounis
Christopher sbarounis 3 gün önce
The system that works the flight plans (FPL) is called IFPS (integrated flight plan system) and then the processed FPL goes to another system called ETFMS (enhanced tactical flow management system) and then goes to the ATC and AO (aircraft operator) and ARO (Air traffic services reporting office) I worked there and it was such a blast you made a video about it 😁😍😍
Aliff Firdaus
Aliff Firdaus 4 gün önce
How do I apply this job and what is the requirements?
codycast 2 gün önce
Step one: don’t ask on a TRwomen video comment Step two: anything else
Harry Cat
Harry Cat 4 gün önce
Boston would not have waypoint names- Cubbs and Bears, more like Chicago, Boston would b Patriots, Red Sox or Celtics
Eggy Rab
Eggy Rab 4 gün önce
Shouldn’t the signs be the other way around at 4:38?
Kaan Demirkol
Kaan Demirkol 5 gün önce
Stan Vanillo
Stan Vanillo 5 gün önce
3:25 is Gatwick.
Tomáš Petržilka
Tomáš Petržilka 6 gün önce
What are the factors of ATC staff shortage?
the prestiger klopt
the prestiger klopt 6 gün önce
Why can't he make videos about other things than planes???
Keon YungStunna
Keon YungStunna 6 gün önce
Will this industry be ripe for disruption by AI?
snowismas 7 gün önce
3:12 is this guy CGI?
Angry Ox
Angry Ox 8 gün önce
Being an air traffic controller looks like a hellish job.
Kevo Morider
Kevo Morider 8 gün önce
What Spule Happen to a Pilot who just normaly flies throu France during the ATC strike?
Adnan M
Adnan M 8 gün önce
Good to know at least this field has vacancies, now i will do ATC course lol
Héctor Monroy
Héctor Monroy 9 gün önce
Hey Wendover! I live in Mexico and the current government just cancelled half-way into construction a massive international airport at Texcoco to replace it with other two distant airport upgrades including turning a military airbase into a civilian airport. It all has been for political reasons since it turned out to be even more expensive, besides all aviation authorities predicting this decision will be a huge favor. I think It would be interesting to see your take on this case, not only will it be very enriching, but your break-down of complex aviation problems on this would also help lots of people understand the scenario and voice a more informed opinion on the matter!
Will Wilson
Will Wilson 9 gün önce
Another great video !!!
king pak
king pak 9 gün önce
It’s so amazing.
saf dipo
saf dipo 10 gün önce
In few years they will be assisted by AI, unless some urgency most of the normal flight will be handled by the machine.
Théau Ravier
Théau Ravier 10 gün önce
Congrats France for being highlighted as causing delays because of strikes !
SKYLX Prod 11 gün önce
Hello, great video ! How did you get the shot at 11:22 I filmed it on a flight from Montpellier to Paris and sell on stock footage. Didn't found any sales on this one...
Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith 11 gün önce
TRwomen : wendover productions Pornhub: Bend over productions Hotel !? Trivago
Rastislav 13 gün önce
Maastricht is in The Netherlands, not Belgium.
Abhishek Ray
Abhishek Ray 14 gün önce
I'm still wondering: is Breaking Bad an accurate representation of air traffic control, where one controller who's having a bad day can crash a plane and kill hundreds?
Abhishek Ray
Abhishek Ray 3 gün önce
@Tarik arslan thanks! will check it out
Tarik arslan
Tarik arslan 4 gün önce
Not really.there are systems in airplanes as named tcas or acas.they warn the pilots about collusions and giving avoiding advisory.In that situation pilots are responsible what the tcas says and do not execute what the controller says.I advice u to watch Uberlingen is about that topic.
Ethan ?
Ethan ? 14 gün önce
At 1:54 a minion meme is at a desk in the top right
Possum boi
Possum boi 14 gün önce
1:53 do i see a fuckin minion meme
TLC 14 gün önce
Why there is a shortage of air traffic controllers?
chris sondrita
chris sondrita 14 gün önce
I'm really amazed how traffic control handle language barriers
FabDino 11 gün önce
all air traffic controllers (and pilots for that case) everywhere in the world have to speak english
videogamesroflcopter 15 gün önce
I can't even understand the people when they speak not american because it's hard to read those subtitles you have incorporated into your vidoe. America is a not talked about everty second in this video so it's unpatriotic because yuo don't fote for trump 2017
Tristan Möller
Tristan Möller 15 gün önce
This is exactly the amount of detail I like
RedLeader327 16 gün önce
Massive respect to the people that work behind the scenes. 👏👏👏👏👍👍👍
Adam Gasiorek
Adam Gasiorek 16 gün önce
1:57 minion meme. Cringe
Bram van Gelder
Bram van Gelder 16 gün önce
Why does Maastricht (NL) control the Belgium airspace?
Bram van Gelder
Bram van Gelder 15 gün önce
@Dede Wx ja ik ben nederlands haha maar bedankt iig
Dede Wx
Dede Wx 15 gün önce
Look on Google Maps, it's a very small area between Belgium and Germany. Because eurocontrol is intergouvernmental borders don 't really matter. Ik ben trouwens 90% zeker dat je Nederlands praat maar je weet maar nooit
Google Tracking
Google Tracking 17 gün önce
Blockchain will replace 80% of you more half the operational cost...
Daniel McDavid
Daniel McDavid 18 gün önce
This is a great video, but I wish you had covered other parts of the world and not just Europe. A simple "in other parts of the world, it's similar, but with less coordination between countries" would have been enough
Versus 18 gün önce
You should do the Logistics of 2-day Prime Day
SoloPerICommenti 18 gün önce
Sam, your prounciation of Iacopo Prissinotti was really a total failure. Shame on you!
John Lichtenstein
John Lichtenstein 19 gün önce
Euro control has better chairs than the FAA gives us
Junior Campbell
Junior Campbell 19 gün önce
This was really informative
David Sasse
David Sasse 20 gün önce
Just hire train and pay the proper number of ATC controllers. The price of flying will go up but this is the actual cost. Time is money. Less ATC controllers equals more delays and less safety. Ugh.
maxonzfra 20 gün önce
4:20 The french accent of this guy is the best I ever heard ! And I'm a French working in English. Straight to favorites !
Mike Smith
Mike Smith 21 gün önce
AI baby, it's time to "AI" this problem out. Planes should be able to communicate with air traffic control computers that know all planes in the air and in the ground all over the World.
Auto Bot
Auto Bot 21 gün önce
Can anyone help answer this I am curious about this- Who pays in case of delays? When a flight is delayed because of a different flight, Is it the causing flight pays for the extra expenses arising or the flight incurs on its own?
Wargy Wirry
Wargy Wirry 21 gün önce
You should make a video of. “What would happen if everyone let out the air pressure in there tires at once in the world”
Terry Offord
Terry Offord 21 gün önce
A well presented and satisfying look at the entire overall picture related to Air Traffic Control,perhaps those who complain about Air Port Delays of departure/landings will understand the complexity of this amazing system/ As a fourteen Years experienced A T C Controller, I found this item to be perfectly explained and the best item altogether on what is a complex task. Thank you for the brilliant presentation.
The Chungus Army
The Chungus Army 21 gün önce
Been listening to the new podcast, it’s really amazing, and gives many details in everything that has happened at Pitcairn and its amazing history, really exited for the next podcast to come out.
Daniel Dąbrowski
Daniel Dąbrowski 21 gün önce
I just found this channel and it's amazing! A lot of interesting content. Keep up the good work :)
Billy Bob
Billy Bob 21 gün önce
Umm is this the same guy? Completely different voice but same speed pattern
Be. We.
Be. We. 21 gün önce
Just wanted to say that I thoroughly enjoy your videos and your new podcast. I never thought someone could make isolated islands interesting. Well done!
Noraphon Kaedklung
Noraphon Kaedklung 21 gün önce
Great description, thanks.
Butter_Cupcake_2005 21 gün önce
Hey, Wendover, can't you say congratulations to your friend Half As Interesting for hitting 1 million subscribers?
max holperin
max holperin 21 gün önce
I'd be very interested in how bags get from check-in to the destination
ron1n1 Travis
ron1n1 Travis 22 gün önce
Dear Wendover Productions I must point out that you broke the rules in the Maastricht Control Centre... you are not allowed to bring cameras in there! Hahah. Did they show you the break room also? The one with the curling table?
Harry Cooper Reid
Harry Cooper Reid 22 gün önce
why did you remove the everst logistics episode?
Pedro Rafael
Pedro Rafael 22 gün önce
I knew it was complicated and complex, but didn't imagine it was as complex as this. Thank you for the details!
Milán Nagy
Milán Nagy 22 gün önce
Dude I watched like 30 videos in a fucking row and im soaking in the information I love it don't stop! Jesus hold my grades!
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