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Friday, February 20, 2009

24 Hour Air Traffic for the World

This little video blew me away about air traffic across the world in just one 24 hour period. The video follows the sun and all I could think of after watching it is how the hell we don't have thousands of airline crashes a day? Blew me away!

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You don't want to see the radar for lost luggage...

Papamoka

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Anonymous Infidel753 said...

Great video! I must say, I've flown many times and I don't recall even being able to see another plane except very close to the airports. Luckily for us, the Earth is extremely big (and the air traffic controllers seem to know what they're doing).

8:26 PM  
Blogger Papamoka said...

They are not paying air traffic controllers enough! How many near misses do you think we have a day Infidel? I'm thinking to many!

10:39 PM  
Blogger B.J. said...

I can’t see your little video, but when I could see such things, I saw the time-lapse radar of how air traffic controllersgot some 4,000 airliners out of the U.S. n just a few hours on 9/11. That was an awesome sight!

When I was copy editor on the daily newspaper here, a survey came out about the most stressful occupations in America. Number one was air traffic controller. Number two was copy editor on deadline on a daily newspaper!

Don’t you just love trivia!

BJ

3:37 AM  
Blogger B.J. said...

Let me try that again. I hit the dreaded “insert” key which ate some of my words:

I can’t see your little video, but when I could see such things, I saw the time-lapse radar of how air traffic controllers got some 4,000 airliners out of the U.S. sky in just a few hours on 9/11. That was an awesome sight!

I couldn’t believe how many planes were in the sky when the events of that day began to unfold!

When I was copy editor on the daily newspaper here, a survey came out about the most stressful occupations in America. Number one was air traffic controller. Number two was copy editor on deadline on a daily newspaper!

Don’t you just love trivia!

BJ

3:44 AM  
Blogger DB said...

This is awesome! I fly international all the time and only recently (November) when I was flying Asia bound from the West Coast did I realize how "not" alone we are up in the sky. We had horrible turbulence and the pilot kept asking whoever he asks for permission to increase altitude to fly above the turbulence. They kept telling him no because there were other planes already at those altitudes in the general area. We are talking middle of no where Pacific Ocean near the dateline and nowhere near any land whatsoever. It kind of put things into perspective, but not as clear as this map just did!

Thanks for sharing this.

8:21 AM  
Blogger Papamoka said...

I saw the video BJ for the 9/11 air traffic and that was an amazing event when you consider how many planes are in the air over the US. A good friend of mine was stuck in a relatively small airport in Georgia where they landed his jet and 15 others because Atlanta was backed up.

DB, I don't know how you do it my friend? Those are some long flights. How long, eight hours or more?

8:52 AM  
Blogger DB said...

8 hours would be a dream lol. Washington DC to Okinawa is 17 hours total (including 2 hour layover which we go through customs and immigrations). Other East Asia countries will have the trip top 24 hours easily. It sucks sometimes!

5:36 PM  
Blogger Papamoka said...

I could never do it on a regular basis DB??? No freakin' way. 17 hours... holy crap!

5:54 PM  
Blogger DB said...

All for country! Lol, it sounds rougher than it is. I at least fly business class so I can stretch out and sleep. Plus movies and tons of alcohol. Not too bad. The hard part is traveling with my cats (when we move). Nothing is more stressful than making sure the cats get from place to place.

5:57 PM  
Blogger B.J. said...

DB just won my heart! I had five cats and used to take them to the vet all at the same time. Now, that was a TRIP! BJ

8:48 PM  
Blogger DB said...

Thanks BJ :-) Ya, cats hate going anywhere, let alone the Vet.

9:20 PM  
Blogger Papamoka said...

I threw a post up dedicated to both BJ and DB on cats just for giggles.

Is it just me or does it seem that free nations have a hell of a lot more air travel that equals commerce than those nations that don't? Europe and the US are huge, so is Japan and South Asia???

Amazing video every single time I look at it.

12:43 AM  
Blogger DB said...

Not free nations, but nations who maintain a regulated airline infrastructure. Many planes in Africa (the ones you cannot see) are unregulated (and incredibly dangerous!) and don't have tracking devices if they don't fly in and out of "civilized" countries. Though you make an excellent point, their commerce is subpar compared to developed countries and even if they did track their airplanes it would still represent a small portion of the flights.

1:40 AM  

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