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    If Air Traffic Controllers Could Speak Their Mind

    Some NSFW language in here...

    Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We have a small problem.
    All four engines have stopped. We are doing our damnedest to get them under control.
    I trust you are not in too much distress. —Captain Eric Moody, British Airways Flight 9

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    Isn't there a ground controller at JFK who's a lot like that?

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    I thin this is great, but I'm getting tired of the robot voice thing. Why can't people just say it themselves?
    Email me anytime at [email protected].

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perriwen View Post
    Isn't there a ground controller at JFK who's a lot like that?
    Used to be, last I knew he is at ISP now.


    Last edited by Matt Molnar; 10-04-2010 at 11:25 PM.

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    Yes he is at ISP, he was working tower Sunday morning when I was flying.
    Last edited by lijk604; 10-12-2010 at 07:36 PM.

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    Forgive my lack of knowledge about this stuff, but I always thought most of these planes and airports had some sort of displays and sensors that "knew" where the planes were, using gps or rfid tags. I didnt realize it was most visual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by puckstopper55 View Post
    Forgive my lack of knowledge about this stuff, but I always thought most of these planes and airports had some sort of displays and sensors that "knew" where the planes were, using gps or rfid tags. I didnt realize it was most visual.
    Only a few major US airports have it, and JFK only got it within the last year I believe.
    Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We have a small problem.
    All four engines have stopped. We are doing our damnedest to get them under control.
    I trust you are not in too much distress. —Captain Eric Moody, British Airways Flight 9

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    For the airports without the sensors, how do they handle the traffic when dense fog rolls in? I know the landings would be less during fog, but I do know most major airports which handle newer plans have the ability to allow the planes to land themselves.

    I landed at JFK 2 years ago (on a 777) and I couldnt even see the wingtip. Now that I know they dont have these sensors, I have no idea how they got all the planes off the runway and to the gate

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    Quote Originally Posted by puckstopper55 View Post
    For the airports without the sensors, how do they handle the traffic when dense fog rolls in?
    You hear things like "American 123, have you landed?" "Yes, we have." "OK, taxi via A, B, and C." It takes a lot of mental spatial gymnastics and everybody working together to figure out where everyone else is.

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    wow, for an industry with so much technology its amazing that we still do things the same way we did 30 years ago (except the auto landing)

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    OMG Matt that is so funny

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    I feel bad for the JFK controllers some time, it's got to be one of the hardest jobs in the world.

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