The time of year is another very important feature to be aware of as the winds over the Pond can be very strong and either useful or dreadful. In excess of kts from the West is not uncommon and even at 10, ft or Flight Level they can often be in excess of 80 kts! Typically the strong Westerly jet streams flow from about October to the end of March with the remaining months producing a predominantly westerly but with some fairly strong east and Northeasterly winds too.
Then comes the bureaucracy which we endure more and more these days… Do you and your passengers hold all the necessary travel documents? Are Customs and Immigration facilities available and open at your planned time of arrival? Have you secured a fuel release or made arrangements for refuelling at all your likely airports?
Have you checked and booked accommodation as required? And the list goes on!
Some more good news… There are some very reliable companies who will do almost everything for you and take the pressure. RocketRoute is one! Having decided on dates, aircraft type and performance, one comes to the more detailed and in some cases technical aspects of this venture. The average non-commercial aircraft does not come with maritime survival kits let alone dinghies and immersion suits etc.
These products can be sourced from several companies specialising in this aspect and are usually available for short term hire or even purchase. A MHz Satellite E. You can arrange to pick these items up at many of the coastal airports. More good news is that long-term survival in the North Atlantic is all but forgotten these days due to excellent communications and the amount of traffic flying the route.
A careful appraisal of the various airports and their available facilities is a must, once again depending on the time of year you intend to travel. In the winter months ground temperatures in some of the more northern airports are extremely low with unusually large deposits of snow and ice. When flying the chosen route it goes without saying that a careful constant check on all parameters in the aircraft and its performance should be monitored. Early detection of any anomaly will offer more time to make the right decision.
One might well consider using ETOPS planning to give you confidence that in the event of an emergency en route you can select and reach a suitable diversionary airport. In RocketRoute, the circles shown in our example above display minute engine out distances for this particular aircraft. Even if your aircraft is not required to comply with ETOPS it is nevertheless comforting to see what you are capable of achieving.
The chart below shows that all parts of the planned route are within the minute capability of this aircraft. The chart below marks some of the most commonly used diversionary airports across the pond. Arriving into European airspace for the first time is quite different in many ways from the USA.
Skip to main content. I love this park. Put a sock in it! Precise intervals, known as separation, are guaranteed because the intervals are absolutely exact due to the equal speeds. Listen to the programme to find out
For example, be very careful with your altimeter settings remembering that the Transition altitude of 18,ft is no longer the case in Europe! Transition altitudes and Transition Levels vary from airport to airport and quite often is as low as ft as it is at EGLF Farnborough — our chosen destination.
The radiotelephony can also be quite unusual what with accents and local procedures. RocketRoute can facilitate all your refuelling requirements enroute and with Air BP as our worldwide partner we have you well covered. For your next International Trip contact sales rocketroute. Get the latest flight planning news, service updates and special offers from the RocketRoute shop. The bottom of the North Atlantic has been accumulating submarine cable since , when the first one was laid between North America and Europe—a telegraph cable. Since then, coaxial and then fiber optic cable has snaked under the water.
For more than a century, the business of planning, engineering, laying and maintaining submarine cable proceeded at a stately pace. Voice traffic, which is what the cables were mainly meant to carry, grew at a healthy but predictable rate each year. In , when what was then WorldCom Inc. The technology for providing bandwidth has kept up with the demand for capacity—it might, in fact, be said to have stimulated the demand, since land-based competitors already have begun to use it in their terrestrial networks.
Dense wavelength-division multiplexing DWDM has made it possible to get more wavelengths, and hence more information, down an optical fiber. Improvements in zero-dispersion optical fiber have meant that the fiber itself is more robust.
The upgrades can be accomplished from the beach, and accomplished less frequently. DWDM systems now being deployed in the oceans have 16 wavelengths per fiber, and some of those being announced have 32 wavelengths. The more channels one has, of course, the less power per channel. Lucent and other manufacturers of undersea cable are developing zero-dispersion fiber that requires less power per channel. A year ago, we were advertising that our cable would carry gigabits per second gbps crossing an ocean.
Last fall, we announced the state of the art had moved to gbps. In January, it was 1. Data is where the money is, and where the capacity is used. Project Oxygen plans a global network—, kilometers in its first phase, of which , will be undersea. However, Poe says, ownership of the project has been "moved to an off-shore corporation Project Oxygen Ltd.
Another relatively new undersea cable player, Global Crossing Ltd. Croix, U.
TransAtlantic; referring to a country on the opposite side of the Atlantic from the country where this is said. E.G. in America, saying "across the pond" would. English. Prepositional phrase. across the pond. (informal) On or to the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. We flew across the pond.
Virgin Islands, with stops in Mexico and Panama. PAC is scheduled to begin service in February Most of the cable will be terrestrial, but large parts of it will run along the coasts of Argentina and Brazil. SAC is scheduled to enter service some time in The U. Croix, and is scheduled to go into service in December. In competition with the Japan-U. Partial service begins March and full service is scheduled for June Clubs, once their cable is complete, often lease excess capacity to smaller carriers—but those carriers and their traffic are more like ballast than passengers on the transoceanic voyage.
As regulatory barriers have come down and competitive carriers have risen around the world, many of them have taken a new spin on the old "club" model: the consortium. A consortium may have dozens of members that buy into the cable, each member pledging a certain amount of money and resources to get the cable built, each member having a say in its building and in its operations. Depending on how much each member contributes, that member owns capacity on the cable and can behave like an owner—leasing, or even selling, the capacity to other carriers.