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Features May 2015 Issue

Not So Fast

If aircraft speeds aren’t managed, the lead aircraft may be getting a not-so-friendly nudge from the following aircraft.

Not So Fast

If the sky is full of airplanes threatening to run each other over, it’s time for ATC to apply the brakes bringing some order from the chaos.

It’s a signature moment in the classic 80’s beach-volleyball documentary Top Gun. Two Naval aviators swagger past a parked line of Grumman F-14 Tomcats. “I feel the need,” Tom Cruise’s Maverick character declares to his buddy Goose, who joins in the chorus. “The need… for speed!” Mav and Goose were bragging about the sound-barrier-busting velocity only a few pilots get to experience. Still, whether your winged ride’s top speed is Mach two or 100 knots, there is one universal truth: if you’re firing up an airplane, you’ve probably got somewhere to go or a mission to accomplish.

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