“Your kind attention, please… In a few moments from now, our flight will be landing in Delhi. Please fasten your seat-belts and keep the window shutters open. The temperature outside is 5 degree Celsius. “
When I opened the shutter, I found the live city full of neons, argons and sodium-vapour looking upwards to invite us to a smooth landing into her lap. Cars and buses, no bigger than the size of ants, were marching past long trails of highways – they were getting bigger and bigger. Ahh… I could see a sigh of relief when a not-so-heavy impact was made by the landing gears on the hard runway at the Indira Gandhi International airport, New Delhi. I could see passengers busy switching on their cellphones as the aircraft exited the main runway.
My cellphone too came alive, and my son was on the line; he had been excited about his visit to the Air Traffic Control centre the previous day along with his schoolmates. When he was done with his narration, I realised that there is a ‘lot in the middle’ between the aircraft and the airports, which makes my travel safe and efficient, and I was very eager to know more, and, as I entered the cab, I started surfing the internet.
Air Traffic Management (ATM) has evolved so quickly over the decades, to keep pace with the industry, which has ‘speed’ inherent in it. ATM is today far distant from merely being Air Traffic Control and has evolved to include Air Traffic Services (ATS), Air Space Management (ASM), and Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM).
(Read the full article from the April Issue of Safety Messenger Magazine 2015)