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Saturday, June 4, 2016

How Air Traffic Between Europe And North America Looks

How Air Traffic
Between Europe And North America Looks
It Is Absolutely Mind-Boggling... 

An incredible new video, created by NATS (the National Air Traffic Services), tracks every single aircraft which flew through the five major air spaces over the North Atlantic during a 24 hour period in August of last year, condensing the movements to two minutes. And the resulting picture simply boggles the mind!

Every day, between two and three thousand airplanes fly between Canada, the United States and Europe. The sheer number of flights requires that air control systems maintain complex routes, so that planes flying between North America And Europe don't crash into one another all the time.

The visualization you are about to see shows 2,524 flights crossing the North Atlantic. Of that total, 1,273 pass through the Shanwick Oceanic Control Area. At the busiest times, traffic can peak at 1,500 flights a day in the summer. Paul Beauchamp, NATS spokesman said:

Airspace is an incredibly valuable asset -- just as important as the rail, road and utility networks that everyone relies on every day. However, most people aren't aware of the work that goes into managing and safely guiding aircraft through our skies.

Well, here is a chance for us to plug the knowledge gap.

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