Transatlantic Crossing with KLM

  • Feb 20, 2015 11:25am GMT

Crossing the Atlantic Ocean between Europe and North America has become commonplace, with thousands of planes making the journey each day.

What most people don't know is how much planning goes into crossing the Atlantic. When flights are within radar coverage, their routes can be adjusted at a moment's notice, due to weather or traffic conditions. When planes cross the Atlantic, where there is no radar coverage, they must fly at a set altitude and speed along predetermined paths called "tracks."

These tracks change every day based on the prevailing winds across the ocean.

Check out this great video from KLM showing just how pilots must make the crossing every single day.