Researchers are seen here experimenting with new air-to-air passenger transfer techniques which would drastically reduce airport landing fees and operations costs:
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This statement in a recent conversation got me thinking. Largely I agree except when we pilots have a chance to creatively solve problems. Which is why I enjoy flying into smaller centers rather than the big cities. When the traffic volume is saturated like it is all the time at New York, Chicago, Toronto, etc.. there's little room for pilot creativity. Either the system has been configured to handle the situation and the controllers apply it as required - or not. There is little for the pilot to do except ensure the proper amount of fuel is on hand to deal with the new plan.