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Features January 2010 Issue

Caught up in the Flow

The Air Traffic Control System Command Center looks like Mission Control, but it’s controlling a lot more craft than NASA.

Caught up in the Flow

There’s not much you can do when Tower won’t let you go. Here’s what’s happening in ATC’s brain when “hold for release” gets replaced with “I have an expected wheels-up time for you ...”

As pilots or passengers, we fly to go somewhere. That “somewhere” isn’t on an airport ramp, crammed for hours into a stationary airliner. And it’s not cooling your heels in the runup area with the engine shut down.

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