News Article | November 18, 2014
Aviation industry experts at NATS have created an awesome time-lapse visualization of Transatlantic air traffic over a period of 24 hours, condensing all the flights during a single day in August 2013 into a 2-minute video. FROM EARLIER: Amazing Microsoft tech will help you make the gorgeous time-lapse videos you’ve always dreamed of “Every day between two and three thousand aircraft fly across the North Atlantic, with the U.K. – and NATS – acting as the gateway to Europe,” the company wrote on its blog. “Up to 80% of all Oceanic traffic passes through the Shanwick Oceanic Control Area (OCA), which is airspace controlled by the United Kingdom. With this in mind, we created a data visualisation showing a day of traffic from August last year and the oceanic airspace structures that help to make it all work.” NATS further said that on a typical summer day, it handles some 1,400 flights across the North East Atlantic, covering 700,000 square miles of sky. The full time-lapse video, showing 2,524 flights from that August day, follows below. More details about NATS air travel operations are available at the source link.
News Article | March 12, 2014
This stunning video shows all the flights that cross Europe on a typical summer day. Beautifully animated, it really provides a great insight into the intensity of modern air travel. It was created by NATS, one of the UK's air traffic control providers. Paul Beauchamp, from NATS, explains how it was made: It's an amalgamation of two data sources – UK radar data from 21 June and European flight plan information from 28 July – and it clearly highlights the structure of airspace across the continent. A few highlights include the North Atlantic tracks that connect Europe with North America, the airways that run up the spine of the UK, the holding stacks at London's capacity stretched airports and the military manoeuvres off Anglesey in Wales. All told, it's a mesmerizing display of data which I could sit and watch all day long. [NATS via Digg]
News Article | February 23, 2015
When my son was 4, he wore a superhero cape. All of the time. I vividly remember a trip to Home Depot when he had dressed himself in shorts and a shirt, cowboy boots, swim goggles, gardening gloves, and the cape. Even though he attracted plenty of stares, he walked through the store very sure of himself and his wardrobe choice. Many of us outgrow our childhood ideals, but why is it we also often leave behind the sense of confidence that accompanied them? Self-doubt is common—especially in women—and for many the feeling remains constant. A survey of British managers done by the Institute of Leadership and Management in the United Kingdom found that 50% of female respondents and 31% of male respondents don’t feel confident about their job performance and careers. "We’re all born with the capacity to be our best selves—to be who we really are," says Jen Sincero, author of You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. "Then we hear the messages that exist in our fear-based society, and we get beaten down. Being confident means peeling away the doubt, fear, and worry, and getting back to our core. Confident people have learned how to get back to their pure selves." Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, coauthors of The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know, say confidence isn’t just an attitude: "We spent a long time trying to define confidence because we felt that it would be easier to grow it if we really knew what is was," they write in their book. "In the end we came to this conclusion: Confidence is life’s enabler—it is the quality that turns thoughts into action." Becoming confident takes practice, calculated risk-taking, and changes in the way you think, say Kay, Shipman, and Sincero. Here are six habits confident people share: Nothing builds confidence like taking action, especially when the action involves risk and failure, say Kay and Shipman. Confident people start small and continue to take action until they become more comfortable with the risk. "Nerves are normal—everyone has them," write Kay and Shipman. "The difference between a confident person and an unconfident person is simply that the confident person acts on their ambitions and desires and doesn’t let fear of failure stop them." Confident people are not immune to failure; instead of letting it stop them, they view it as an information-gathering session. "It’s a notch in their belt and proof that they’ve started moving in the direction they want to go," says Sincero. "Confident people thank the experience for the lesson, and then they course-correct." It’s not the strongest species that survives, say Kay and Shipman, it’s the one that’s most adaptable. Sincero says confident people don’t speak badly about themselves. Instead, they question their self-doubts. "Instead of believing something is 100% true—such as feeling like a loser—they realize that they bought into something that’s not certain and they attach feelings to new belief," she says. Kay and Shipman call that getting rid of NATS (negative automatic thoughts): "Women are particularly prone to NATS. We think we make one tiny mistake and we dwell on it for hours and hours … and it kills our confidence," they write. To get rid of NATS, the coauthors suggest reminding yourself of three good things you did for every negative thought you have. Eventually this technique will help you eliminate the tendency to think badly about yourself. Instead of feeling like a victim of their circumstances, confident people take ownership of their situation and do something about it, says Sincero. "They don’t blame their parents or others, they take responsibility and change the things that are getting in the way of their goals," she says. Sincero says confident people read books, take classes, practice meditation, and find coaches and mentors who have done the things they want to do. "If you’re confident then you don’t feel weird about showing your vulnerability and opening yourself up to learning from somebody else," she says. "Insecure people stay where they are because they’re afraid of admitting their weaknesses." Sitting up straight gives you a short-term confidence boost, say Kay and Shipman. The coauthors suggest keeping your abs in and chin up, which they call "astonishingly simple yet woefully infrequent." Also try nodding your head: "You feel more confident as you talk when you do it—and you’re sending a subconscious signal that makes others agree with you," they write.
News Article | December 12, 2014
Update 5:08pm UK time: Air traffic controller NATS says its technical problems have been fixed, but flight delays caused by the glitch are expected to cause severe disruption to flights in and out of London. Airlines are advising travellers to check the status of their flight online. Our original story follows. Airspace over London has been restricted by safety regulators, following a "technical failure." The restriction of airspace over the UK's capital will cause potentially severe flight delays, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation has warned. In a brief statement on its website, the regulator said, "There has been a technical failure at London ACC. Engineers are working on the problem and more information will be given when available. Only already airborne traffic will be accepted." It was initially reported that London airspace had been closed entirely, however UK-based National Air Traffic Control (NATS) clarified, "UK airspace has not been closed, but airspace capacity has been restricted in order to manage the situation. We apologise for any delays and our incident response team has been mobilised." The airspace restriction -- caused by a technical problem at Swanwick air traffic control centre -- is likely to cause severe disruption to those due to travel in or out of London, with scheduled flights now backing up in the wake of the computer glitch, and airlines telling customers to prepare for delays. Heathrow airport, which is the UK's busiest airport, handled an average of 1,286 flights per day in 2013, while a whopping 4.4 million passengers travelled through London's second-biggest airport, Gatwick, in August 2014. While knock-on delays due to the computer failure may last well into the night, NATS confirmed at 4:21pm UK time that it was "in the process of returning to normal operations", having fixed the computer glitch. In terms of handling delays, analysts speaking to BBC News have suggested that long-distance flights are likely to take priority over shorter, domestic journeys.
News Article | December 12, 2014
Passengers are facing delays after a computer failure which caused problems for flights in and out of London for a period this afternoon. Air traffic control body NATS said in a statement: "NATS can confirm that a technical problem has been reported at Swanwick air traffic control centre. We apologise for any delays and our incident response team has been mobilised. Every possible action is being taken to assist in resolving the situation and to confirm the details." But it added in a tweet that London's airspace is not entirely closed. European air traffic control body Eurocontrol said there has been a failure of the "flight data computer server" in London, and that "Only already airborne traffic will be accepted." Heathrow Airport confirmed in a tweet: " Flights are currently experiencing delays due to a power outage at NATS control centre affecting UK airspace." Gatwick also confirmed in a tweet: "Air Traffic Control is currently experiencing computer issues affecting flight departures at all London Airports." Update: At 4.15pm NATS said that "following a technical failure at Swanwick, the system has been restored and we are in the process of returning to normal operations." Update 4.30pm: NATS now says the system has been restored. "However, it will take time for operations across the UK to recover so passengers should contact their airline for the status of their flight."