The intricate network of flight paths air traffic controllers have to help coordinate is truly mind boggling. Across the North Atlantic alone, which includes Canada, the United States and Europe, two to three thousand aircraft are flying back and forth between their respective destinations and departures. In an effort to avoid even a single miscalculation of air travel, “airspace across the North Atlantic is divided into six Oceanic Control Areas (or OCAs)” that’s managed by Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) located in multiple countries and continents.
NATS, the UK’s leading provider of air traffic control services, helps to create the software and logistics needed to prevent areal calamity. They are also responsible for using real flight data to create these stunning data visualization programs showing the complex web of flight paths that take place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days per year.
Hopefully, these videos have given you a new found appreciation for the complexity of what’s involved during air travel.