Well, this is a fascinating story. In May, Gizmodo posted a large collection of air traffic control towers—and you, the readers, added many of your own contributions in the comments. Now, the collection has helped inspire a set of beautiful posters devoted to the towers.
The air traffic control tower is the most important part of any airport, yet it's also the most unacknowledged. Fliers seldom stop to admire their ethereal beauty and futuristic silhouettes. We're missing out: These towers are fascinating architectural specimens.
Automated Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast, or ADS-B, is the future of Air Traffic Control. It's an automated system that allows hardware on planes to radio in the aircraft's coordinates to the tower, instead of using radar to pick up each plan individually. Problem is, you can hack it to hell.
For the third time in almost as many weeks, reports have surfaced of an air traffic controller falling asleep at his post. This time, in Reno, a medical plane carrying a sick passenger had to land without tower assistance in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Something's seriously wrong here.
An unnamed air traffic controller at Knoxville's McGhee Tyson airport fell asleep for five hours during his night shift on Feb. 19, leaving seven aircraft to land without their primary officer. And he did it intentionally.
Shortly after midnight on Wednesday, two DC airliners approached Washington DC's Reagan National Airport. They waited for guidance from air traffic control. And waited. And waited. And waited. They never got a response.
The national average of air traffic controller errors is 1 in 84,000 "flight operations." New York City area folks make 1 in 40,000. If the worst that happens from these errors is that your plane goes for a swim in the Hudson, I'd say they're not too severe. Also, that wasn't an error (I don't think), right? [NYPost]
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