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ls the one secret airline pilots will never tell youTheyre respected professionals who take our lives in their hands every time we take off from the airport

. But there are some aviation secrets that pilots wouldnt reveal to you as a passenger - until now. One air traffic controller has decided to speak out on the topic, and has publicly stated that the number of flight delays

is down to massive overschedulin

g on the part of airlines. Its an eye opener for us all, from frequent fliers to timid travellers. Read more: Victory! Mil

lions of Brits now due airline compensation for delayed flights - how to claim yours Cockpit control: Delays can occur when slots for planes are busy due to bad weather (Image: Getty) Paul Cox, part of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the US, say

s that the air traffic control delays that you may hear pilots mention over the addr

ess system on a flight can be much better described as o

verscheduling delays. Airports have what are known as arrival

rates. A standard, one-runway airport with well-designed taxiways (including high speed taxiways) can safe

ly handle, in good weather, around 60 operations an hour -

one

per minute, Paul wrote on Quora . Video LoadingVideo UnavailableClick to playTap to playThe video will sta

rt in8CancelPlay now He explains that this can be 60 landings, or 60 takeoffs, or 30 of each - whatever is needed. Until the weat

her turns and there is suddenly only the space for 30 flights - meaning the other 30 are delayed. Paul is concerned t

hat these are known as ATC delays as opposed to what they actually are . The reality is that theyre overscheduling delays. If the airlines and/or the airports would limit the number of flights to the BAD weather limits, the number of delays in the system would be massively shrunk.

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