Anyone interested in aviation or in where they flew on that flight over the |Atlantic to or from Europe should enjoy the attached video. The North Atlantic route is, I believe, the busiest in the world. Inside an aircraft, one does not notice, even with a window seat. Despite countless flights across those waters and much time staring out the window, I have very rarely spotted another airplane.
In earlier times, airplanes were required to fly within a few hours of land. You can see that some now simply head off across the middle of the ocean, having complete confidence in the reliability of modern engines and their ability to calculate fuel requirements.
Have a nice trip in your imagination...
If there is a list of truly bad jobs, I want to suggest an addition. I have a great deal of sympathy for Malaysia Airline employees in Beijing, who must face distraught and increasingly angry relatives of ML 370 passengers. How many times can you express sympathy and offer no news? Excuses never replace reasons.
The biggest story in all media is the missing Malaysia Airline plane. Conspiracy buffs are having a heyday. Anyone that watches Scandal knows that the real story will not be told.
Media coverage of the search is provides pictures that are not reassuring. I cannot imagine that men and women peering out windows of military aircraft flying over vast stretches of open sea are all that effective. I heard that the search area is the size of a mass six times that of the United States.
Anyone that watches Scandal knows that a government cover-up is hiding the truth...
Things are different in non-US and non-European countries. Some might consider certain practices to be lax, but they seem to work.
The international airport at Malé, the capital of the Maldives, is small. Land is limited, so the runway is made from reclaimed land. The is no taxiway, so planes are forced to taxi to the end of the runway after landing or before takeoff to turn around. There are no jetways, so passengers climb down stairs at departure and walk the short distance to the terminal. For departure, the process is reversed.
Walking to the plane is not a problem. I was only surprised that we walked by refuelling airplanes. And, passengers remained on the plane during refuelling, as our plane had originated in Sri Lanka. None of this would have been allowed in the US or Europe. I found the experience interesting, because one saw what happens on the tarmac of a busy airport.
If one has a window seat and has power of observation, a major difference between the United States and the rest of the world can be discerned from above.
There are significantly more airports and airfields in the United States. Civil aviation is wider-spread, less-restricted, and less-expensive. Air travel grew quicker and suffered from less government control. Flying over other countries, one spots only airports near cities and military airfields.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.