September 9, 2008 3:26am CST
How often do you travel by air? I assume that you do trust your pilot. But, did you know that when you travel by air, it is not only the pilot responsible for your safety? Well, if on the road, we have the highway, traffic lights & signs, traffic policemen, in the sky we have these so called "Airways, Navigational Aids and Air Traffic Controllers (ATC)." As highway is to Airway, Traffic lights and signs is to Navigational Aids and Traffic policemen is to Air Traffic Controllers. The difference is that Air Traffic Controllers cannot have an aircraft stop in the air as with the case of cars on a red light. What they do is anticipate, plan every action and every word or instructions to pilots. Instructions should and must be accurate to prevent collision with another aircraft or obstacles whether it be in the air or on the ground. Another thing is that ATCs should memorize their traffic and instruct these pilots to maneuver their aircraft to the standard traffic pattern for the safety of each and every flight. One moment of forgetfulness of an ATC could lead to disaster, which we never would want to happen, right? So, the next time you travel, and your up there, think of the ones down here, guiding your pilots for your safety, would you?
9 Sep 08
I travel twice a week and when I'm not traveling, I'm part of the system that makes air travel safe, orderly and efficient. It's really kinda scary thinking about how the system work, a very complicated system. But when you get the hang of it, it will be fine.
9 Sep 08
This is a scary thought! In fact the efforts of many people go into making a flight safe and efficient. There are ecurity personnel, check in staff, baggage handlers, cabin crew - the list is endles and they all play their part. I only make short internal flights within UK but the arrangements are just as complex as for international business travel or holiday flights.