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The Plane Highway in the Sky

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Support Wendover Productions on Patreon: https://www.Patreon.com/Wendover Productions Over the North Atlantic, where there is no radar coverage, planes don't fly like they normally fly. They follow a set of daily tracks that act like highways in the sky. Youtube: http://www.YouTube.com/WendoverProductions Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/WendoverPro Email: WendoverProductions@gmail.com Subreddit: http://www.Reddit.com/r/WendoverProductions Sources: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/05/14/opinion/14-in-flight-mark-vanhoenacker.html?_r=0 (This is a fantastic 10-15 minute read) https://pilotweb.nas.faa.gov/common/nat.html http://aerosavvy.com/north-atlantic-tracks/ http://nats.aero/blog/2014/06/north-atlantic-skies-gateway-europe/ Attributions: North Pole Oriented Map Courtesy Strebe Airplane icon courtesy Mirko Velimirovic from Noun Project Airplane overhead icon courtesy Viktor Vorobyev from Noun Project Gander airport photo courtesy www.Fronterasblog.wordpress.com and used under Fair Use Guidelines Air Traffic Control video courtesy Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Cockpit view courtesy Simulation and Aviation Overnight flight footage courtesy FlyingHDWorldwide
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Deacon Mercer white (7 hours ago)
My aunt works an air traffic controller at gander
Usman Ur Rehman Ahmed (1 day ago)
Ignorance is bliss. The entire Atlantic traversal is done without being in-communication with the ATC or ground at all???
Stephen Cannon (1 day ago)
BTW the points off of Boston are FENWY, LBSTA, CHWDR. Etc..... arrivals and departures are also named after local events or history. Example St. Louis has the Blues departure, DCA has the River Visual from North-South and Mt Vernon arrival from south-North. Pittsburgh, PA has the HEINZ, STLRS waypoints which basically follow up the river from downtown to the airport.
Stephen Cannon (1 day ago)
Once you get to the Ireland Coast you are back in radar coverage for the rest of the way. West Bound tracks are just the opposite and labeled north to South and Alpha- let’s say Hotel (A-H). Also accordingly planned out of the wind which may be difficult to do especially in winter. It is not uncommon to have flights from Europe have to stop in Gander for fuel if winds become above forecast. The preferred fuel stop is Bangor Maine but once the winds were so strong I couldn’t even make Bangor. The joke around the office was my fuel stop needed a fuel stop. It is also possible to be on or slightly under burn. In the case of Europe- East Coast there can be a designated point at which you have a minimum fuel required. You either have it or you don’t most times you do and if you do, proceed on if not then fuel stop somewhere. The other part more technical pet is random routes which is exactly that. Routes that don’t cross the route structure but still keep organized waypoints (Lat/Long) and spacing. Example London -Miami you don’t want to go up way over Greenland if a lower routing will work. The LHR-MIA might exit the Atlantic off the coast of New York or Virginia and follow down the east coast.
sira chaliaokeangkai (3 days ago)
4:16 The name just like commercial thingy
Ramesh Telang (3 days ago)
Excellent presentation. Precise and to the point
justin baas (3 days ago)
Let's see how many there are on here!
Larry Carmody CMD (4 days ago)
I stopped in Saskatoon Canada to get refueled coming from Fairbanks Alaska, took off & climbed to 23k ft picked up the winds behind a cold front going my way SE at over 150kts mph I made it to Detroit city airport 1200kt miles in three hrs flate a 400kt mph ground speed, in a turbo charged, twin engine, TC Baron. Beachcraft. Minneapolis center asked me twice, Say Again Type of Aircraft? At a regular mile, of 460mph ground speed. That's the fasted ground speed I ever had in a, non jet propeller type aircrst
Finnish Wehraboo (5 days ago)
New finland canada huh?
Austin Martín Hernández (6 days ago)
I took a trip from Atlanta to London in 2014 and that was like the exact route that the plane took! I always wondered why! Thanks!
Ken Bellchambers (7 days ago)
Lovely machines, so easy and quick. Only problem is that jet sourced pollution, acid rain, ozone depletion, and excruciating weather events driven by high altitude heat deposition are demolishing the entire biosphere. Happy flying.
Joshua 윤호 Han (8 days ago)
We all know it’s not cubs and bears. It’s the Red Sox and the cheatriots
MrBannnnnny (8 days ago)
6 Super Bowls, and we cheated. Shouldn’t we have stopped winning at deflate gate? Or spy gate?
rush 124 (10 days ago)
Boston's sports teams are not the cubs or bears those are Chicago teams
jean harman (10 days ago)
Rion Alice (12 days ago)
Bro I need an updated video for that pbcs tracks 👊
Firstkillian Lastsmithy (14 days ago)
So informative and well narrated 👍 thanks
Jonty Acklom (15 days ago)
Your admitting the earth is a flat plane as we always knew for 19000 years
YoderAviation (15 days ago)
Gander Radio actually doesn’t say radar services terminated. The pilot or the ATC will actually have to say his or her position, a position report is what it’s called. Everything else was perfect!
DerpyPanda (15 days ago)
2:13 but actually, flying in the 0.8 mach to 1.2 mach area Burns more fuel then below or above that speed
Sonal Saha (15 days ago)
Very interesting.
Sean Hunjan (16 days ago)
For those get it.. “Citation 7768B, 25 Miles from RAFIN. Radar services terminated... Squak VFR” “Squak VF-... Wait WHAT!??”
Richard Murray (17 days ago)
4:10 when did Steve from Blue's Clues start working on air traffic??? Lol
Master David John (18 days ago)
The Earth is Flat
hazwan razukhi (20 days ago)
jet stream..
Lipin Gopi (20 days ago)
The moment you said “Radar Terminated”, my mind went blank for a second. Very good presentation, dude!!
Ron Baruah (20 days ago)
cause you were meant to, one of the baits to keep watching Wendover. In reality we still have all sorts of comms from HF radio to satellite, it is just the radar that is unable to track the planes due to range constrains. We still talk to the centres and give "position reports" at waypoints with current altitude, speed in mach, next waypoint, estimated time and the waypoint after that. It is not lonely and often you would see planes flying nearby with appropriate separation.
Otto Marjanen (20 days ago)
"60 miles per hour below the sound barrier" 2:00 Noup. TAS is always the same when cruising. mach has nothing to do with the gs... It´s all about the relative speed to the air...
shantanu jain (20 days ago)
If there is no radar, then how am i able to watch airplanes on *flightradar* ?
Ron Baruah (20 days ago)
kyunki woh satellite based hai aur radar radio waves use karta hai islia range ka constrain hai.
Biggie Cheese (20 days ago)
satellite radar
vyx (21 days ago)
869 Dislikes from triggered flat earthers..
João Felipe Oliveira Alves e Silva (21 days ago)
Notice: on the European side, the ATC is in Shannon, not in Shanwick.
shantanu jain (22 days ago)
What if engine fails, some medical emergency,etc occurs and airplane has tu return after radio service is terminated? How do pilots contact?
Ron Baruah (20 days ago)
Search ETOPS, actually this channel has a video for such situations.
rapperguy98 (20 days ago)
They are still in contact with ATC, so they can talk to ATC about it.
Bryce Corbin (22 days ago)
Mariano Buitrago (22 days ago)
Did I hear Boston Cubs and Bears? Wouldn’t that be Chicago?
adipuu1 (22 days ago)
1:16 Not 'easterly', but 'eastward' or 'westerly'
Waltonmg TV (23 days ago)
RAFIN and GUNSO are actually further south. RAFIN is south of Newfoundland and GUNSO is south and west of Ireland.
Charles Bukenya (23 days ago)
I wonder how you can Know so much about almost anything
Waltonmg TV (23 days ago)
you get smart lol
canadian_ aviator (24 days ago)
Well, due to the new ADS-B satellite technology launched by Nav Canada you get the exact location of planes crossing the Oceanic every 5 seconds. We shall praise and hail the great Nav Canada. May Nav Canada rain against us for years to come.
Vincenzo Rutigliano (25 days ago)
Twitch Drxne (25 days ago)
Good video
James Torti (26 days ago)
WOW!! Nice presentation.
bob loblaw (26 days ago)
If you have ever seen the Gander airport this is kind of shocking to learn they play suck a vital role. i think they are also a space shuttle alternate runway too. Go newfies!
pitbullman77 (26 days ago)
this is so fake the EARTH IS FLAT that is why they go over the North Pole area
Greg Schuman (27 days ago)
San Diego waypoints: Stay Classy Ron Burgundy
지훈 (27 days ago)
never knew the word 'route' pronounces like 'ra-out'
gondolier62 (28 days ago)
Would you also do a similar video for the flights crossing Pacific Ocean?
Christain Kirby (29 days ago)
I live in lebanon New Hampshire
JP Labs (29 days ago)
If you look away from the other somber approach beacons at Washington, all you see on your navigation is.... ‘WEEEE!’
Sali Mall (30 days ago)
are there waypoints near Hiroshima and Nagazaki ?
Cameron McAllister (1 month ago)
Kubs and bears waypoint is not in Boston!! That’s Chicago
igotanM16 (1 month ago)
Cubs and Bears are from Boston?? Have you lost your mind because I'll help you find it.
Nishanth Prashanth (1 month ago)
What about crossing Pacific ocean
Billy Boi (1 month ago)
1.89 FOR JET FUEL?!?!
Мирослав Мирић (1 month ago)
Greenland is much smaller then shown on this Mercator projection map. They should use Gall Peters map.
Adil Feroz (1 month ago)
Explain the rotation of the Earth which turns from west to east, therefore a plane flying west should reach the same distance faster than when it travels east. Whaadya say?
Waltonmg TV (23 days ago)
The Earth is a massive planet that spins at a seemingly slow speed - I believe 1,000 MPH. With a circumference of 24,000 miles, I don't think much time would be shaved off.
Nils Arne (30 days ago)
The plane is rotating with the earth. it's like saying that if you jump on the equator and that jump takes 1 second you will land 460 meters to the west, no, you rotate with the earth.
Alexander Eaton (1 month ago)
4:08 *When The Blues Clues Kicks In*
Ricky Bones (1 month ago)
This video Answered so many of my questions!! Thank You!!!
S.E. Sander (1 month ago)
I'm inventing the drone radar ship with augmented strong AI to act as the interim Air Traffic Controller for mid ocean Intercontinental radio connectability. Whose with me?
Fala Lala (1 month ago)
Recently was on a flight crossing the Pacific ocean, I remember looking out the window in midflight and realizing we are in the middle of nowhere and just feeling that nothingness. When you said "radar services terminated and have a good night" it totally brought back the feeling...
TheNeoLeo (1 month ago)
I can’t listen to any Aviation videos, he’s not using any proper terminology. He knows nothing about aviation, I watch so many other videos with the same problem.
Amir Naqvi (1 month ago)
Did you use Flightradar24
Trains (1 month ago)
U r talking too fast
michael sharp (1 month ago)
i heard a virgin atlantic boeing 787-9 dreamliner broke the soundbarrier earlier this year flying from la to london
Roger Kyle (1 month ago)
Could you please slow down a little bit. Thanks bud
J0HN_R1 (1 month ago)
I know how it reads, but it's pronounced ~ "New-fund-land"... :)
Der RaEuBeR (1 month ago)
are you talking shit ? the poles are military zone . not a single fucking one flights over it :D 2,1 Million idiots belive that omg..... wtf hope this world get nuked soon. humans are parasites
Der RaEuBeR (30 days ago)
@Nils Arne i will check that and reply
Nils Arne (30 days ago)
@Der RaEuBeR Show me proof of those military jets. And yes, you can go there for scientific purposes if you have a permit.
Der RaEuBeR (30 days ago)
​@Nils Arne ha , every time someone try to get there to look behind the icewalls, they getting intercepted by military jets . You can´t cross a specific degree of latitude in the northern hemisphere . same with ships. it´s not possible to go there. They hiding something there. Search for Neuschwabenland.
Nils Arne (30 days ago)
Why do you think that the poles are military zones?
praj rao (1 month ago)
tqvm. knowledge shared.
Adam Zappacosta (1 month ago)
I don’t think those Boston Waypoints are correct both of those are Chicago Teams
Itshenry 2006 (1 month ago)
Why does wendover always use Bangkok as an example
jojojoman78 (1 month ago)
This video is NATs :D
MWB Gaming (1 month ago)
"Radar services terminated" **titanic song plays**
my name (1 month ago)
what happens if something happens when there’s no radar services
Jack Prince (1 month ago)
4:09 steve from blues clues called he wants his wardrobe back
:I (1 month ago)
Hold the fuck up, jet fuel is 1.89 a gallon?? And I pay 2.59 for regular gasoline what the fuck
anderson (1 month ago)
Hold Up ! how is jet fuel $1.89 but i gotta pay almost $4.00 for 93 octane . Simply not adding up :/
MWB Gaming (1 month ago)
Kerosene requires less processing than unleaded
Fluorineer (1 month ago)
normal people: We will never forget me, an intellectual: WEEEE WLLLL NEVVR FORGT
William Cornwell (1 month ago)
Your fucking lier
mii64 (1 month ago)
4:37 Respect ✊❤️
jp clune (1 month ago)
I didn't know Boston had a teams called the Cubs
Jack Summers (1 month ago)
A Wendover Productions video without aviation is called a Half as Interesting video
Fuji Chrome (1 month ago)
Its nice to see that at least one YouTuber knows how to pronounce Newfoundland
Dr. Bhil (1 month ago)
I live in new brunswick canada which is right below every flight from almost every european country to any major city in Canada and the U.S. so i techniqually live in the flight highway.
Harry Hull (1 month ago)
rodrick160 is a no brainer how is space, not real lmao where did the stars come from? where is the moon where is our planet and the other planets? Space.
Future god king of the universe (1 month ago)
“This curved line is a straight line”
Neon Moon Pie (1 month ago)
Sounds like my sexuality
Paul Ward (1 month ago)
Interesting video
kik kon (1 month ago)
What happens to this airplane if it cross the SOUND BARRIER? Is its structure(or another type of commercial airplane) will bear the impact?Some expert explanation is kindly needed here. Thanks
Bill_nye_the Ruski_spy (1 month ago)
The current 825 dislikes are flat earth believer- Oh wait, now 826 (chill out if you are going to argue, I do not think the earth is flat. It is round, and if it was flat, how do you explain the fact you can’t see all the cities in every direction... *Read More*
Boab Joab (1 month ago)
The earth is Fat. Fat, not Flat. Only a stoopid would say it's flat, dummy.
Lewis Johnson (1 month ago)
There’s two waypoints over my house called BIG and FEGBOI :[
KingsChannel (1 month ago)
Excellent video! Very well done!!!
Clay Lepchenske (1 month ago)
The info is flawed. Flights are always in radio contact crossing the Atlantic and Pacific. NYC aeronautical radio is in HF comms with these flights until they turn them over. The Pacific (SFO radio)flights are in HF comms all the way until they reach Tokyo radio, or further south Manila radio. Even CPDLC flights have different separation requirements, regarding oceanic seperation. But the video was correct on the straight line distance portion.
Paul Torresi (1 month ago)
Loving your channel. I got flight tracker and every day around midday we watch the Qantas fight from Melbourne to Johannesburg take the same flight path every day! It's amazing how many planes are up there right now. Like space junk floating around the earths atmosphere.
Andrew Klosowski (1 month ago)
there isn't a fucking sports team in boston with the name bears or cubs
Lee (1 month ago)
I’m curious about how air traffic is controlled over the Pacific. Is it similar to how it works over the Atlantic?
Jim Baker (1 month ago)
I would think that there's a similar alignment of cities along a great circle route, as the coasts of western North America and eastern Asia form, roughly, a great circle route. LA, SF, Seattle, Vancouver, Anchorage, Japan or Korea, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore are all a bit close to that great circle I recall. (Don't have a globe next to me at the mo.). A growing corridor too. It would be interesting to learn whether there's anything similar for those routes.
James Hackett (1 month ago)
I really enjoy learning from your videos. Your videos have fantastic information that I'm so thankful to have learned from!
Chaz MichaelMichaels (1 month ago)
Panicking in Trench (1 month ago)
0:47 "huh really? *checks flight arrivals in Baltimore and sees plane from London lands in 10 minutes* *looks out window* " oh look there it is lmao! No wonder I can't sleep all night!" *British Airways screeching as it flies over my house*
Night Elf (1 month ago)
ADS-B out and Iridiim satellite comms replacing archaic 1940s HFC and radar will be a gamechanger for the 2020s and 2030s. Global positioning to within 30 centimetres, and no radio frequency change or aiwaves chatter, and every aircrafts altitude, longitude and latitude on cockpit avionics will drag the airline industry from WWII technology into the 21st century..
Dan Slik (1 month ago)
You know the Earth is a ball, because you were told to know it.
Nils Arne (30 days ago)
*Because of all the massive evidence that support it.
arman music list (1 month ago)
Hum, burger and fries.......
laylo east (1 month ago)
a plane never hit the pentagon!!
Hurricane (1 month ago)
Tell me about the missile then
laylo east (1 month ago)
no it didn't!!!! it was a missle!!!
Hurricane (1 month ago)
Yes it did. It was an American Airlines 757, just google it
WrathOfN8 (1 month ago)
I love how you disprove the flat earth theory, yet show a flat earth map that proves its flat thru flight paths. Thank you
hsttrek1 (1 month ago)
Hitting these NATS waypoints at the precise time, speed, altitude is critical for maintaining aircraft separation. Aircraft that are unable to do so are relegated to less favorable areas of the Jetstream. This was a key benefit to reengining the C-5 which was under powered with the TF-39.