Thursday, March 21, 2019

Air Traffic Control – Ufo Sightings Are More Common Than You Think

Air Traffic Control – Ufo Sightings Are More Common Than You Think


Over recent years it has become more and more common to find forums online where air traffic controllers can be asked questions by the general, interested public. These questions are often extremely varied, however, certain questions and answers detailed in these sessions might, perhaps, pique people’s interests a lot more than the usual standard of questions and answers relating to, ‘How many planes have you seen crash’ etc.

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How common are UFOs?

For instance, how many people out there think about unidentified flying objects? How many people have even seen one? Well, as it turns out more than you would think, for not only do pilots regularly report seeing unidentified flying objects on their radars but people in air traffic control do as well.

As it turns out, approximately once a month, a sighting of a UFO, i.e. something that does not conform to normal flying patterns, is reported and received by air traffic control somewhere in the world, from the US and UK to Russia, India and Madrid. Before people get all alien crazy though, it is worth noting sometimes these sightings are found to be nothing more than terrestrial or military aircrafts that have strayed across into busy airlines, hot air balloons or other such flying objects.

Why is there a lack of public knowledge about these sightings?

It is also worth noting that a lot of sightings are either not reported by ATC (air traffic control) or at least not publically declared. This is not only because pilots and air traffic controllers do not want to appear deluded or crazed with their sightings but also because sometimes, the government does not wish for the public to be made aware of such sightings.

Once such online forum discussion between a couple of air traffic controllers and members of the public shows us just how limited we are when it comes to finding out about ‘real’ sightings, for no other reason than certain transmissions and tapes recording such discussions and sightings tend to be confiscated by the government. In this case, it was the US government.

A ‘real’ UFO sighting reported by ATC

This so called ‘sighting’ occurred back in the 90s and was discussed in its entirety, by the air traffic controllers involved, on Reddit, a popular social networking site. They first went about explaining how UFOs are very common in ATC simply because of how RADAR works.

Simply put, RADAR will pick up anything with radio waves. The reason UFOs are picked up but cannot be identified by RADAR is that they don’t have transponders, as aircraft do. So, for instance it has been known for trucks routing through mountain passes to be picked up via RADAR as UFOs, simply because they return a signal but with no transponder information.

The ‘real’ sighting of a UFO was detailed as follows:

– It took place in the 90s

– Bill Clinton, on Air Force One, was being directed through airspace by an air traffic controller based at the Oakland Centre.

– A pilot reports close proximity traffic, however, when the air traffic controller checks the aircraft’s position, there is nothing immediately in his vicinity.

– The air traffic controller checks with other pilots in the area to see if they can see anything and receives many reports on other UFOs in the area around the initial aircraft.

– The air traffic controller still cannot see anything to back up these claims of UFOs and then describes how the pilots start communicating with one another to work out how many UFOs are around them. It turns out there are more than 4.

– The secret service agents (present because of Air Force One) run checks to make sure the UFOs are not military aircrafts. They are not.

– The air traffic controller states the pilots are getting freaked out as it seems the UFOs are following them.

– The air traffic controller states no one wants to identify themselves on the radio as spotting UFOs, probably because they fear being ridiculed. After half an hour of spotting the UFOs again and again, all signs of them disappear.

– The air traffic controller asks if the pilots want to file a report. They don’t. A lot of risk is involved when filing a report for a UFO. Every move the pilot makes is under suspicion by the investigating authority and obviously, the pilots do not want to look crazy. However, the conversations are all recorded on the air traffic control side of things.

– The air traffic controller involved in the above UFO sightings was asked to sign a paper the next day which informed him the recordings were being submitted to (confiscated by) the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) for investigation.

So, as you see, UFO sightings are a lot more common than you think and air traffic controllers have a lot of exposure to them. What’s difficult is that any truly unidentified sightings are hard to uncover, simply because any evidence is firmly under the grasp of the different governments around the world.

James writes for Host Systems. When not writing about Host mobile atc rooms, he can often be found looking up at the sky with binoculars, hoping to spot a UFO.

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Lightning – More Dangerous Than You Might Think

Lightning – More Dangerous Than You Might Think


While people may use the phrase ‘You’re more likely to get hit by lightning’ to describe something as unlikely, lightning strikes on people in the USA are far more common than many people imagine. In the average year, lightning kills more people in America than hurricanes and tornadoes combined, making it the second biggest weather related killer on the continent. In fact, a person with a lifespan of 80 years has an estimated 1 in 3000 chance of being struck by lightning (though not necessarily fatally), making it actually a lot more likely than many other things!

So, when you see those telltale storm clouds in the sky or hear the distant rumblings of thunder, what do you need to do to keep yourself safe from harm?


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After in water (whether it’s a pool, the ocean, or even on a boat), outdoors is the worst place to be, so the first piece of advice is to get inside a building as fast as you can as soon as you know a storm is coming. If you can’t get in a building, then get in a vehicle, though make sure it is fully sealed up. You want a hard top car with all of the windows and the sunroof closed. It’s actually the body of the car that will protect you, not, as some people think, the tires.

If you are stuck outdoors and can’t get to shelter, as most people are aware you should never stand near anything tall or metal. Metal fences, poles, tall trees and fences must be avoided. Head for low ground and try and take shelter.

If you get the sensation that your skin is prickling or you feel your hair stand on end, it is possible that a lightning strike may be about to occur. Don’t panic, but assume a position with as little of your body as possible touching the ground – crouch low balancing on just the balls of your feet.


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You are much safer indoors, but don’t assume that there is no risk. Lightning can jump from electrical sockets, metal things like your faucets, and window frames to you, so stay in the middle of a room away from anything like this. Keep your windows firmly shut and don’t stand near them watching the storm.

Avoid using your telephone landline unless your phone is cordless. It is possible for lightning to hit the phone line and travel down the cord to hit you. You must also avoid running water. Never even think about taking a shower or bathing when a thunderstorm is coming or happening.

If you hear something that makes you think something outside you house has been hit, don’t try and investigate any storm damage until you are absolutely certain the storm is over.

If you see somebody who has been hit by a bolt of lightning, make sure you get medical assistance for them immediately, even if they seem to be dead. In a lot of cases people who have been killed by lightning strikes can be revived if attended to fast enough.

Eidur Johanson is a professional handyman and part time blogger. He shares his experiences through his articles and also provides solutions and information to people, so that they can be prepared to face any calamity.

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Should You Buy A Pool? Things To Think About Before Planning That Pool Installation

Should You Buy A Pool? Things To Think About Before Planning That Pool Installation


The idea of owning your own swimming pool is an appealing one for many people. Having somewhere to swim, hold parties and relax and make the most of good weather is certainly nothing to sniff at, and for people with children the benefits can be even greater. However, some people are put off by the thought that their pool is going to end up being a huge maintenance responsibility, the benefits of which will fade as the novelty wears off. For every family the situation is different, however if you are in two minds about whether to invest in adding a pool to your property, here are some things it is worth considering:

Work Out a Cost Per Use

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One thing a lot of people do to work out how much value they’ll get out of their pool is to work out a rough cost per use. If you think, for example, that a pool will cost you $50,000 to install and around $3000 per year to maintain, and you and your children will use it four times a week for four months per year, perhaps for 15 years into the future, how much does that actually equate to per swim? Is it vastly more expensive than using other swimming options like a municipal pool or the ocean, and do you consider it a fair price for benefits like privacy and being able to let friends use it?

Is the Increase in Property Value Significant?

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While a pool can undoubtedly add to the resale value of your home, this is often something people don’t really analyze properly when they are trying to decide whether or not to put one in. While your home may gain an equal amount in value to what you spend on the pool, whether or not you’d actually get that amount on top of your home’s value (with inflation) if you don’t sell for 20 years is hard to say, and a pool can actually be a turn off for some home buyers as much as it can be an appealing feature to others. Look at other similar homes to yours on the market in neighboring areas and see what kind of effect different types of pools have on property prices if you may sell in the next ten years. If you plan to stay in your home for far longer (for example if you have young children and won’t be likely to move before they leave home), the effect on property value is so hard to gauge that this probably shouldn’t be a huge factor in your decision. Consider value for money rather than the potential for future profit in this situation.

Safety and Insurance

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Pools do represent a certain amount of risk, particularly if you plan to let neighbors, friends and family use yours. You will probably need to take some safety measures in terms of keeping the pool area secure (so children and pets from neighboring homes don’t find them tempting places to try and explore unsupervised) as well as making sure you are insured if anything happens to anyone using your pool. Even if you haven’t given permission for them to be there, someone who gets hurt using your pool (or worse) can present you with serious financial problems, as well as of course the bad feeling that an accident happened at your house.


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Different kinds of pools need different pool supplies and maintenance, some of which you can take care of yourself, and others which will require professional help. Make sure you are clear on what needs to be done to keep the style of pool you are considering clean and usable in summer, and protected when not in use through the colder months. Factor these costs into any estimates you make regarding the price and value of having a pool.

This guest post is by Marshall Stinson, is a plumber who works with a company that deals with fasteners and other pool supplies. He is a passionate blogger and likes blogging about random topics affecting his life. He likes reading books and playing indoor games.

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