How Air Traffic Control Works

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Wendover Productions
Wendover Productions - Month ago
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.
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Khalid Bin Walid
Khalid Bin Walid - 8 days ago
Your name is not Wendover?? My whole life...
Effah Osei
Effah Osei - 19 days ago
Wendover Productions wee
Anmol Dani
Anmol Dani - 19 days ago
advancekid - Month ago
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.
J-Luc Genoud
J-Luc Genoud - 6 hours ago
They do it in the dark!
John Smith
John Smith - Day ago
French people be like duhhhhhhhhhhhhh we handle duhhhhhhhhhhhhh 1500 flights a day duhhhhhh
Kenneth Thomas
Kenneth Thomas - 2 days ago
Well done guys. You managed to capture something rather complex in an easily understandable way. Brgds, Ken
CiaTheVideoStalker - 2 days ago
Shoutout to my dad at 9:00 !
Yat Sum Leung
Yat Sum Leung - 2 days ago
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 - 2 days ago
so this is how you BREXIT!
MrChaos2peace - 3 days ago
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 - 3 days ago
Yisus content quality his HIGH! Keep up the good job.
Diego Gonzalez
Diego Gonzalez - 3 days ago
2:59 the controller is very busy taking boogers out of his nose.
ASG_8 - 3 days ago
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 - 4 days ago
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 - 4 days ago
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 - 4 days ago
Now imagine, if the control room is hacked!
JD - 5 days ago
Wow, so many planing and managing going on in the background. Hats off to these and others who make possible the uneventful flights.
Swaggerlot - 5 days ago
Diplomatically avoids mention of the frequent French ATC strikes and its impact on flow control.
THE GOOD CONTENT - 5 days ago
Thank you for information. Allahu Akbar!
Big Papi
Big Papi - 5 days ago
Why does he sound like Half As Interesting
TC Kocher
TC Kocher - 5 days ago
This is how Eurocontrol works. Similar to how the American system works but different on many aspects
TheGeekGaming - 6 days ago
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 - 6 days ago
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 - 6 days ago
How do I apply this job and what is the requirements?
codycast - 4 days ago
Step one: don’t ask on a RUvideos video comment Step two: anything else
Harry Cat
Harry Cat - 6 days ago
Boston would not have waypoint names- Cubbs and Bears, more like Chicago, Boston would b Patriots, Red Sox or Celtics
Eggy Rab
Eggy Rab - 6 days ago
Shouldn’t the signs be the other way around at 4:38?
Kaan Demirkol
Kaan Demirkol - 7 days ago
Stan Vanillo
Stan Vanillo - 7 days ago
3:25 is Gatwick.
Tomáš Petržilka
Tomáš Petržilka - 8 days ago
What are the factors of ATC staff shortage?
the prestiger klopt
the prestiger klopt - 9 days ago
Why can't he make videos about other things than planes???
Keon YungStunna
Keon YungStunna - 9 days ago
Will this industry be ripe for disruption by AI?
snowismas - 9 days ago
3:12 is this guy CGI?
Angry Ox
Angry Ox - 10 days ago
Being an air traffic controller looks like a hellish job.
Kevo Morider
Kevo Morider - 11 days ago
What Spule Happen to a Pilot who just normaly flies throu France during the ATC strike?
Adnan M
Adnan M - 11 days ago
Good to know at least this field has vacancies, now i will do ATC course lol
Héctor Monroy
Héctor Monroy - 11 days ago
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 - 12 days ago
Another great video !!!
king pak
king pak - 12 days ago
It’s so amazing.
saf dipo
saf dipo - 12 days ago
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 - 13 days ago
Congrats France for being highlighted as causing delays because of strikes !
SKYLX Prod - 13 days ago
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 - 14 days ago
YouTube : wendover productions
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Rastislav - 15 days ago
Maastricht is in The Netherlands, not Belgium.
Abhishek Ray
Abhishek Ray - 16 days ago
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 - 5 days ago
@Tarik arslan thanks! will check it out
Tarik arslan
Tarik arslan - 7 days ago
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 ? - 16 days ago
At 1:54 a minion meme is at a desk in the top right
Possum boi
Possum boi - 16 days ago
1:53 do i see a fuckin minion meme
TLC - 16 days ago
Why there is a shortage of air traffic controllers?
chris sondrita
chris sondrita - 17 days ago
I'm really amazed how traffic control handle language barriers
classic waxko
classic waxko - 14 days ago
all air traffic controllers (and pilots for that case) everywhere in the world have to speak english
videogamesroflcopter - 17 days ago
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 - 17 days ago
This is exactly the amount of detail I like
RedLeader327 - 18 days ago
Massive respect to the people that work behind the scenes. 👏👏👏👏👍👍👍
Adam Gasiorek
Adam Gasiorek - 18 days ago
1:57 minion meme. Cringe
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