How Air Traffic Control Works

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  • Wendover Productions
    Wendover Productions  Πριν 3 μήνες +1235

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    • bootfan !!
      bootfan !! Πριν 2 μήνες

      4:35 Your INCORRECT GRAPHIC does not match with the spoken words. The graphic shows "24,500 ft". Please correct your graphic.

    • Khalid Bin Walid
      Khalid Bin Walid Πριν 3 μήνες

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

    • Effah Osei
      Effah Osei Πριν 3 μήνες

      Wendover Productions wee

    • Anmol Dani
      Anmol Dani Πριν 3 μήνες


  • DDS Software
    DDS Software Πριν ημέρα

    Yeah because I'd rather listen to you than a real ATC instructor.

  • joseph lemons
    joseph lemons Πριν ημέρα


  • Kim Lau
    Kim Lau Πριν ημέρα

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

  • Luke Thompson
    Luke Thompson Πριν ημέρα

    *this is a Thomas Cook flight*


  • yakikadafi
    yakikadafi Πριν 2 ημέρες

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

  • fobpower88
    fobpower88 Πριν 3 ημέρες

    RIP Thomas Cook 10:37

  • Samuele
    Samuele Πριν 3 ημέρες

    Prissinotti orgoglio italiano porcoddio!

    JOHN RICHARDSON Πριν 3 ημέρες

    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 Πριν 3 ημέρες

    *EU control comfortable
    Holidays: I'm gonna end this man's whole career

  • Brian Beard
    Brian Beard Πριν 7 ημέρες

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

  • Ehab Mheibes
    Ehab Mheibes Πριν 7 ημέρες +1

    somebody answer the phone! :p

  • Frat Peker
    Frat Peker Πριν 10 ημέρες +1

    Poor Thomas Cook flight

  • Chuk Wow
    Chuk Wow Πριν 12 ημέρες

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

  • Benjamin Lahr
    Benjamin Lahr Πριν 13 ημέρες +1

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

  • PASSUR Aerospace
    PASSUR Aerospace Πριν 16 ημέρες

    Great educational video!

  • Den Topseje Gummiand
    Den Topseje Gummiand Πριν 16 ημέρες +1

    Rip Thomas Cook

  • Lex
    Lex Πριν 18 ημέρες

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

  • McKayla Medina
    McKayla Medina Πριν 19 ημέρες +1

    There goes our ozone layer

  • sjakebaas
    sjakebaas Πριν 23 ημέρες

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

  • Mark Moire
    Mark Moire Πριν 26 ημέρες

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

  • Major Kong
    Major Kong Πριν 29 ημέρες

    Ahh, the French strike again!

  • 47ambrose42jpm
    47ambrose42jpm Πριν μήνα

    How does one become an ATC person?

  • Tom Donnelly
    Tom Donnelly Πριν μήνα

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

  • unknown unknown
    unknown unknown Πριν μήνα

    Today schedule 1615 to 2115

  • Jeff Ray
    Jeff Ray Πριν μήνα

    Nose to tail aircraft noise morning noon and night over Calderdale, has someone blown their top ? 😂🔥

  • Ibirdball
    Ibirdball Πριν μήνα +3

    2:42 Funny you show that area with EGSH, that's my local airport! However sometimes flights to the Middle East out of Manchester or from America do come over that area.

  • Andrew
    Andrew Πριν μήνα

    Wonder if I could get a Visa to go work at eurocontrol

  • John Daltrocanto
    John Daltrocanto Πριν μήνα

    You really butchered that Italian name

  • DaRobo
    DaRobo Πριν μήνα

    I regret checking if checklistmas{ was actually taken.

  • Neurofied Yamato
    Neurofied Yamato Πριν μήνα

    Wow cool, you actually went to eurocontrol.

  • badlandskid
    badlandskid Πριν μήνα +1

    Twenty flights daily equals more than one an hour? Must be on metric time in Europe.

  • UConnhuskyandrewnduati
    UConnhuskyandrewnduati Πριν μήνα

    This is probably my favorite video ever, like Wendover Productions, Half as Interesting, GRclip, Netflix, Hulu, any*fucking*thing ever.

  • Shadowwolf TD5000
    Shadowwolf TD5000 Πριν μήνα

    2:38 There's also an RAF base there

  • Incorrigible Panda
    Incorrigible Panda Πριν μήνα +1

    Step 1: raise ATC wages.
    Seriously, how much could it cost to pay that small group of highly talented individuals enough to not strike.

    • Geometrical Gamer
      Geometrical Gamer Πριν μήνα

      It really depends on where the ATCs are working. In my area they get paid 100,000+

  • NadChel1
    NadChel1 Πριν μήνα

    The seventh reference is just a search result

  • Scooty789
    Scooty789 Πριν μήνα +1

    seems like a nice job worth pursuing

  • Oliver Gray
    Oliver Gray Πριν μήνα

    I work for a European airline as cabin crew and pretty much everyday we get ATC slots causing us delays! Especially over summer as norther Europe airspace is mad!

  • Shanghao Zhong
    Shanghao Zhong Πριν μήνα

    ATC would be one of the most complicated work in the world

    • Alex
      Alex Πριν μήνα

      Good pay though

  • YoBanana
    YoBanana Πριν 2 μήνες

    Thought this was Captian Joe.

  • Nathan Gehman
    Nathan Gehman Πριν 2 μήνες

    1: 37 Man, they have NICE chairs!

  • JP Labs
    JP Labs Πριν 2 μήνες

    I like how a Dutch control centre controls Belgian airspace......

  • funkyleah
    funkyleah Πριν 2 μήνες

    Fake! It’s like ATC in Microsoft flight simulator steam edition

    • Michael Hall
      Michael Hall Πριν μήνα

      Looks like a Traffic Management facility.

  • GopzU
    GopzU Πριν 2 μήνες

    12:30 my dream place to work

  • Amaral Monteiro
    Amaral Monteiro Πριν 2 μήνες

    Ágora tou na Madeira. Muito giro.❤

  • A Throbbing Peanuts
    A Throbbing Peanuts Πριν 2 μήνες +1

    Can't wait for the moment all these human "controllers" are replaced by AI

    • Michael Hall
      Michael Hall Πριν μήνα +1

      Spoken like someone who doesn't understand the job. When you can put 135 (I had about 95 of those) airplanes on 4 runways in an hour then maybe you can voice an intelligent opinion. There is no IA that could have kept up with that hour! BTW, using EuroControl is probably not a good example of volume. Try the busier FAA ATC facilities. We rarely limited flights based on staffing. Volume goes up and we just work harder/smarter.

  • Aaron Seet
    Aaron Seet Πριν 2 μήνες

    In this day and generation, I'd have expected ATC software be able to render flights (with their projected vectors) and terrain in 3D perspective to give them better visualisation of separation or impending danger.

  • Theron Kolokwe
    Theron Kolokwe Πριν 2 μήνες +1

    Hey Wendover Production. Just out of curiosity; is it your own crew that conducted the interview with that directors? If yes, you have made it in life.

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    Love the videos. Hate the B.S. Falun Gong "Epoch Times" fascist propaganda advertising you apparently accept.

  • the hunter
    the hunter Πριν 2 μήνες

    I don't need sleep
    I need answers

  • 习近平和毛泽东都是怪物
    习近平和毛泽东都是怪物 Πριν 2 μήνες

    you guys really do a kick ass job. the interviews were really great, worth your extra effort

  • Anna Orzechowicz
    Anna Orzechowicz Πριν 2 μήνες

    Can you explain the logistics of how they know what fire trucks go to each incident? I never know what station they're all coming from, and i figured that'd be a Wendover type of video!

  • christian legaspi
    christian legaspi Πριν 2 μήνες

    If a baby is born on an airplane what citizenship does the baby have

  • Glimpse Pedroza
    Glimpse Pedroza Πριν 2 μήνες

    I understand. But sigh! Its complicated

  • Marc Pagan
    Marc Pagan Πριν 2 μήνες +1

    Not fun fact:
    Obama was quota hiring Air Traffic Controllers. Putting me, my student pilots, and the public at risk.
    When Trump was told...he immediately ended this racist and dangerous practice.

    The Leftist media...which even slammed Trump for "misfeeding goldfish" in Japan....said not a word.
    Try defending "How not White or not Asian are you?" as a job qualifier.
    Especially for a job where lives are at risk.

    • Michael Hall
      Michael Hall Πριν μήνα +1

      As an ATC I had to train these hires. They had NO idea what real ATC entailed. It is very difficult to teach someone to think 3-dimensionally. Instead of having a limited amount of hours to certify (check-out), the FAA instituted "train to succeed." We called it train to suck!

  • Kami Kami
    Kami Kami Πριν 2 μήνες

    Thank you so much for such a amazing , excellent & useful information

  • Karen Kramer
    Karen Kramer Πριν 2 μήνες

    Seems so complicated. Can't believe there aren't more crashes.

  • Cedar W
    Cedar W Πριν 2 μήνες

    1:10 looks like mission control in houston!!

  • T Bjornsson
    T Bjornsson Πριν 2 μήνες

    I think the video should be titled 'How Air Traffic Control Works in Europe'

  • Alex's Flight Channel
    Alex's Flight Channel Πριν 2 μήνες

    Ooh 15 minutes long