Fascinating animation shows how airline pilots are guided from one side of America to the other

Mail Online | 11/22/2018 | Sadie Whitelocks for MailOnline
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Have you ever wondered how pilots are guided through the incredibly crowded skies of America, where 43,000 flights take place a day?

This fascinating animation from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reveals just how it's done, with a step-by-step explanation of the processes involved.

Example - Hour - Flight - Los - Angeles

Using an example of a five hour and ten-minute flight from Los Angeles to Baltimore, it shows how 28 controllers in 11 command centers are involved with the journey, with each expert monitoring progress meticulously - as there are normally around 5,000 aircraft in the sky at any one time.

The animation takes viewers through the process, from take-off to landing.

Step - Pilot - Los - Angeles - Tower

The first step is the pilot contacting the Los Angeles tower Ground Controller and requesting permission to taxi to the runway for departure, the video explains.

The pilot is cleared for take-off by the Los Angeles tower Local Controller and is airborne one minute later.

Tower - Local - Controller - Pilot - Southern

The tower Local Controller tells the pilot to contact the Southern California approach control facility (Tracon) and the Tracon controller instructs him or her to climb to 17,000 feet.

The pilot is then cleared to climb to 23,000 feet by the first controller in the LA Air Route Traffic Control Center.


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