How Air Traffic Control Works


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  • Wendover Productions
    Wendover Productions   6 months back

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    • bootfan !!
      bootfan !!  5 months back

      4:35 Your INCORRECT GRAPHIC does not match with the spoken words. The graphic shows "<24,500 ft" or LESS THAN 24,500 while the spoken words describe Maastricht air control in control of traffic GREATER THAN 24,500 ft. The correct graphic would be ">24,500 ft". Please correct your graphic.

    • Khalid Bin Walid
      Khalid Bin Walid  5 months back

      Your name is not Wendover?? My whole life...

    • Effah Osei
      Effah Osei  5 months back

      Wendover Productions wee

    • Anmol Dani
      Anmol Dani  5 months back


  • Kiran FlyAir
    Kiran FlyAir  2 days back

    I will become a PILOT

    • Cpr1234
      Cpr1234  5 days back

      In 7 days the top 3 most frequent routes out of heathrow are usually Dublin, Amsterdam and New York JFK. Combined they make up nearly 450 of the over 4,500 flights that will leave in this time

      • Steven stott
        Steven stott  2 weeks back

        I wonder what Belgium will be like when it becomes a Islamic state.

        • Johnny Walker
          Johnny Walker  2 weeks back

          Tfw your organization is an intergovernmental air traffic organization

          • Mark
            Mark  3 weeks back

            Skip Hole. smh.

            • Bert Visscher
              Bert Visscher  3 weeks back

              Do you know what the domain name leads to now? PornHub!

              • Matthew Slocombe
                Matthew Slocombe  3 weeks back


                • lonelyPorterCH
                  lonelyPorterCH  3 weeks back

                  Of cour'se it were the french, who were striking again... it's always the french^^

                  • lonelyPorterCH
                    lonelyPorterCH  3 weeks back

                    Don't the planes just use autopilot?^^

                    Or does the autopilot data come fom the ground?

                    • Keno Fuhrken
                      Keno Fuhrken  3 weeks back

                      The autopilot can't avoid other airplanes. Plus, instructions are given by the controller to the pilot who then can dial in the appropriate heading, altitude or speed or enter the value into the flight computer, in both cases the action is then executed by the autopilot.

                  • Markus Olofsson
                    Markus Olofsson  4 weeks back

                    The worlds first airport with no air control on site, no tower, opens in December 2019, Scandinavia Mountains, which is a step towards going towards a system built on AI. SAAB and LFV (Luftfartsverket) are working on one. Airbus is also working on something similar.

                    • imcanada
                      imcanada  4 weeks back

                      Eurocontrol is an example of a box that can never have a power outage

                      • Ege Bilgin
                        Ege Bilgin  1 months back

                        London - Frankfurt uhm?
                        Wonder how Eurocontrol want to control flights after Brexit !?

                        • Gillian Cockroft
                          Gillian Cockroft  1 months back

                          Ait traffic corruption more like.🛫🛬

                          • Randy Mack
                            Randy Mack  1 months back

                            10:37 RIP

                            • Bald Guy Flies Planes
                              Bald Guy Flies Planes  1 months back

                              All the thumbs down are those who didn’t get the domain they wanted. Great video, keep them coming!

                              • You are breathing
                                You are breathing  1 months back

                                Great. This is another thing I'll think about when I'm flying in an airplane. I hope I won't have anxiety over thinking this.

                                • Dominic Johnson
                                  Dominic Johnson  2 months back

                                  This is amazing

                                  • John Ramirez
                                    John Ramirez  2 months back

                                    Thank you for answering the question i have in my mind.

                                    • Mathew Kurland
                                      Mathew Kurland  2 months back

                                      Lol, flight level 245 in the US means your at 245,000 feet

                                      • Someonewhodoesntuploadanymore

                                        7:50 5 nanometers seems a bit close to me...

                                        • GaryNumeroUno
                                          GaryNumeroUno  2 months back

                                          Short of controllers!!! Have they thought of advertising for new ones? At least they don't have to worry about the Thomas Cook flights anymore!

                                          • 4HEad
                                            4HEad  2 months back

                                            belgian and dutch people when he says Maastricht: TRIGGERED

                                            • Ashok Naik
                                              Ashok Naik  2 months back

                                              Hlo sir .ur explanation is good nd understanding I need some topics onair traffic control for a mini project.

                                              • Wai Ki Yuen
                                                Wai Ki Yuen  2 months back

                                                Thank you for making our professor’s life easier. She literally just play this video in lecture. What the fuck.

                                                • joseph lemons
                                                  joseph lemons  2 months back

                                                  RIP THOMAS COOK AIRLINES

                                                  • Kim Lau
                                                    Kim Lau  2 months back

                                                    Did you just go to Brussel and did an interview???

                                                    • Luke Thompson
                                                      Luke Thompson  2 months back

                                                      *this is a Thomas Cook flight*


                                                      • yakikadafi
                                                        yakikadafi  2 months back

                                                        I'm an air traffic controller in Australia and here the minimum horizontal separation is 2000 feet!

                                                        • fobpower88
                                                          fobpower88  2 months back

                                                          RIP Thomas Cook 10:37

                                                          • Samuele
                                                            Samuele  2 months back

                                                            Prissinotti orgoglio italiano porcoddio!

                                                            • JOHN RICHARDSON
                                                              JOHN RICHARDSON  2 months back

                                                              At times the planes are spaced in such a way that their airstreams eventually widen and merge with the one next to it resulting in a thin but
                                                              total cloud cover. One can imagine that the area trees hate those days.

                                                              • Alina Vinnytsia
                                                                Alina Vinnytsia  2 months back

                                                                *EU control comfortable

                                                                Holidays: I'm gonna end this man's whole career

                                                                • Brian Beard
                                                                  Brian Beard  2 months back

                                                                  So where is the US ATC video? Its different over here.

                                                                  • Ehab Mheibes
                                                                    Ehab Mheibes  2 months back

                                                                    somebody answer the phone! :p

                                                                    • Firat Peker
                                                                      Firat Peker  2 months back

                                                                      Poor Thomas Cook flight

                                                                      • Chuk Wow
                                                                        Chuk Wow  2 months back

                                                                        Sorry, this robovoice didn’t make it for me😕

                                                                        • Benjamin Lahr
                                                                          Benjamin Lahr  2 months back

                                                                          Maybe they shouldn't have delayed the Thomas Cook flight...

                                                                          • PASSUR Aerospace
                                                                            PASSUR Aerospace  3 months back

                                                                            Great educational video!

                                                                            • Den Top Seje Gummiand
                                                                              Den Top Seje Gummiand  3 months back

                                                                              Rip Thomas Cook

                                                                              • Lex
                                                                                Lex  3 months back

                                                                                taking the FEAST tests at Eurocontrol in about a month wish me luck

                                                                                • McKayla Medina
                                                                                  McKayla Medina  3 months back

                                                                                  There goes our ozone layer

                                                                                  • sjakebaas
                                                                                    sjakebaas  3 months back

                                                                                    What happens , if your system has a failure ,with planes in the air?

                                                                                    • Mark Moire
                                                                                      Mark Moire  3 months back

                                                                                      At 1:54 is that a Facebook mom minion meme above the persons desk?

                                                                                      • Major Kong
                                                                                        Major Kong  3 months back

                                                                                        Ahh, the French strike again!

                                                                                        • 47ambrose42jpm
                                                                                          47ambrose42jpm  3 months back

                                                                                          How does one become an ATC person?

                                                                                          • Tom Donnelly
                                                                                            Tom Donnelly  3 months back

                                                                                            This would have been a lot more interesting if it had been about US airspace rather than European airspace.

                                                                                            • unknown unknown
                                                                                              unknown unknown  3 months back

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