Highflyer16 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 117 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 856 times:
Check out this website, Airblue. It gives capacity benchmarks for the 31 major airports in the country, along with some traffic stats. All three New York Airports are there. http://222.faa.gov/events/benchmarks/
And yep, you guessed it right, all three NYC airports handle way more than their capacity. Surprise, surprise!
Apuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3026 posts, RR: 13 Reply 3, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 800 times:
A while ago, National Geographic Channel, (re)aired a documentary called 'Near Miss'. I think this also should have been aired by something called 'The Learning Channel' or so (I don't know this TV channel, since I live in Belgium, Europe). It reported about the air traffic in the New-York Area, and about the life of the controllers over there. I can only tell you that I was amazed by the amount of traffic handled each day by JFK, Newark and LaGuardia.
MightyFalcon From Oman, joined Jun 2001, 384 posts, RR: 10 Reply 4, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 769 times:
Yes, the amount of traffic an air traffic controller (ATCO) can take is amazing but the tower controller is not the busiest one: sure he (or she) gets lots of traffic but all sequenced, one behind another under speed control.
The busiest controller is the one working in a TRACON as he is the one doing the sequence: he gets traffic coming from everywhere and has to get it in line!
But please, do me a favor, DO NOT take the movie "Pushing Tin" as an example of what's being an ATCO; althought some parts look credible, this movie is full of mistakes and "cowboy stuff"!!