I’m an air traffic controller at Edinburgh Airport.
A great job. Loads of laughs.
I never realised the power an air traffic controller has.
These pilots do everything you tell them.
I found the flashing lights and warning bleeps on my consul a bit annoying,
especially when I’m reading. But I have found out you can unscrew the lights
and disconnect the speakers.
When I’m bored I create my own entertainment.
I phoned up my brother and told him to look out of his window.
Two minutes later flight BA 245 from Birmingham flew that low over
his house it blew all the snow from his roof.
A few days later I was listening to the football on the radio so I ordered
the Virgin V867 from Aberdeen to fly over the stadium at 100ft.
I heard the screaming engines on the radio and commentators diving for cover.
Of course I’ve divided the skies above Edinburgh into a giant chessboard.
I found it easier to keep track of the planes this way and it also
opened the door on some more fun.
I had the Dublin Easy Jet and a plane from Norway flying back forth
between h1 and e1 for over an hour. I'm castling in the sky.
What wonderful buffoonery.
Look at what I did with the flights from London, Berlin and Copenhagen.
I have tripled e-planes!
Of course the skies the limit (an intended pun) and soon I was trying all kinds of things.
Problem buffs will know of the 8 Queens problem.
Place all 8 Queens on the board so that none are attacking each other.
My task was to place eight planes over Edinburgh without none crashing into eash other.
It took a while and I had to divert some flights to Glasgow but
at 11:23 am on the 6th of February I finally did it.
The 8 Queens problem in the skies over Edinburgh.
One or two near misses and the flight from Rome nearly ran out fuel but it was worth it.
A couple of ashen faced pilots complained. You would think that with
all the money these guys are getting paid they would lighten up a bit.
I have only recently discovered I have the authority to scramble
the fighter jets from RAF Lossiemouth.
When you read about a jet shooting down a cargo plane over f7 you
will know it’s me replaying one of Morphy’s games.
I have work in the morning but it’s a job I can do better when I have a severe hangover so I'm off to Sandy Bells.
OK Here is Zebano v Amsterdam RHP 2007.
The Black King flies all the way to e1 and gets mated.