Many people are surprised to learn that there are virtual roads in the sky. They’re called airways.
They’re not visibly marked like a striped highway. Instead, airplanes rely on radio beacons with supporting data from radar and satellites.
The system is extraordinarily safe and robust thanks to more than a century of ongoing optimization.
If you know what you’re looking for as an informed passenger, you can visually determine where you are on your journey. Now that most airlines provide flight trackers, it’s never been easier to become a window seat navigator.
Driving or flying from Dallas to St. Louis has a commonality in that you can’t get there by traveling in a straight line. I’ve made that drive five times and flown the route at least forty. The bent and crooked path has become quite familiar and from the air I always seem to know where I am.
Passing over or through Oklahoma involves a degree of monotony. The version at 39,000 feet is the one I prefer.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.