Race Across Atlantic-2

Clashmaker posted a photo:

Race Across Atlantic-2

A picture of the sky over Moncton, New Brunswick. Moncton ATC service area is an essential part of the whole across-Atlantic air space structure.

e-jazzist posted a photo:

Taking off ...

Very fast auto-shooting mode … the clearest one is here ;)

Taking off …

Anita Gould posted a photo:

Air Traffic Control, Huahine

One of the more interesting adventures of our trip. We had some time to kill waiting for our puddle-jumper from Huahine back to Tahiti, and next to the airport terminal Rick spotted a building sporting a ham antenna. So we wandered over & found someone, and Rick explained (using a mix of English, combat French, and gestures) that he was a ham operator & was wondering about the antenna. The guy said "Oh, follow me" and took us up to adjoining Air Traffic Control tower. The air traffic controller invited us in, and sat and talked with us for ~1.5 hr! (One of the things we learned is that Huahine gets 8 flights a day, all of them scheduled, so I suspect he was bored out of his skull.) He was such a nice guy, and he spoke perfect English. His name is Elvis (no kidding!), and he is a 4th-generation Chinese immigrant. Turns out the ham antenna is only for emergency communications, and the guy who led us up to the tower was one of the firemen on duty. We were impressed by the safety precautions — they rolled the fire truck out and positioned it by the runway before every landing. We also found the low-tech ATC system very interesting: with 8 flights a day, you don’t exactly need radar. The controller keeps track of planes in his airspace with little cardboard strips that he moves around the board in front of him. For example, when he clears a plane for landing or departure, he places its strip on the row labeled ‘piste’ (runway).

Air Traffic Control, Huahine