Originally Posted by daveswenson
I haven't found any big pieces of aluminum yet but I have quite a collection of little curly aluminum strings.
Thanks so much for the help. We've probably chatted as I flew overhead. Although if you were at Denver center it was probably for about 30 seconds. How small are those sectors? Seems like constantly changing freqs.
I worked at Seattle center from 1971 to 1993 and Denver Center from 1993 to 2004. Sector sizes vary a lot, the idea is to equalize the workload. So in areas of high traffic volume and/or complex terrain or routing they will be smaller. The smallest one I ever worked was a sector we had at Seattle Center that did nothing but handle traffic 4000' feet and below between Whidbey approach and Seattle approach. I think that is part of Seattle approach now. We basically provided radar approach control for Paine Field and Arlington Airport. The largest I ever worked was probably one that ran north south from Cheyenne to just south of Billings and east west from Rock Springs to well into south Dakota and Nebraska.
The busiest sector I ever worked was the one that handled traffic for Aspen and Eagle Airports in the winter.
Basically during my career, geographically I worked all of Seattle Center and 60% of Denver Center. I got bored easily, so tried new things often.