Air Traffic Is A Pile Of White Dots

Is it any wonder air traffic controllers have such difficulty keeping planes from scraping each other’s bellies?

This is a shot from a live map of all the planes in the sky right now. Click it for the map. Somewhere underneath the pile of white dots is America. The goal is to keep the dots from touching one another.

(Thanks to BNatural!)


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  1. DeeJayQueue says:

    We musn’t agitate the dots.

  2. Mr. Black says:

    Connect the dots, la-la-la-la…

  3. thrillhouse says:

    there’s a reason why so many air traffic controllers have high blood pressure

  4. … he wanted to know what wake-air felt like.

  5. Karl says:

    NASA has an interesting animation (.mov format) of one day of air traffic over the continential US.

  6. Ben Popken says:

    Anonymous writes:

    “As someone who works for the company which develops much of the software air traffic controllers use in their daily work, I can tell you that being an air traffic controller isn’t quite as stressful as it was a decade ago. Thanks to new FAA initiatives, controllers now have access to systems which can predict aircraft-to-aircraft conflicts well before they happen as well as numerous tools to help them keep Plane A and Plane B from becoming Plane A+B.

    To the ordinary person, it may seem like impossible work to keep those white dots apart. But air traffic controllers go through intense training to prepare them for their job, and having seen some of them in action, I have to say that they are capable of amazing feats of air traffic control. Still, every once in a while, one spoiled apple gives a bad name to the whole bunch. But considering that these folks direct millions of planes each year to a safe journey, I think it’s safe to say that the vast majority are highly competent folks who are better at their jobs than most people–even doctors who slice people open on a regular basis–are at theirs.

    Air traffic controllers make a lot of money, so I’d highly encourage anyone who has fast reflexes and would like a fast-paced, important job to learn more about it. It’s not nearly as horrible a career as some folks make it out to be. The air traffic controller’s union, probably second strongest in the country, helps protect the interests of its members and ensures that no one controller gets a workload he or she can’t handle. And there is an urgent need to start hiring younger controllers as many current ones are fast approaching retirement age.”

  7. Plasmafire says:

    You should check out Oshkosh, WI this week, the EAA is in progress and for this week alone its the most crowded airport in the world.

  8. Jesse in Japan says:

    Do we really want the terrorists to have access to these kinds of maps with dots?