Edit 2: Hmm, a time of 0056Z doesnt really support the flaring Starlink hypothesis. However, if the aircrew had been using a phone with a clock that was synchronised to East Coast USA time of UTC-5, then it would fit perfectly.
On one hand I cannot blame pilots to not be aware of the extreme amount of Starlink satellites orbiting. But, on the other hand, should that not be at some point become common knowledge? The Starlink constellation will only get bigger. I mean, they (pilots) must at some point come to a kind of consensus, right?
I think the time will come - soon - that other pilots will publicly laugh at them for not knowing what they are, and the number of reports will dwindle toward zero. Peer pressure will get to them faster than scientific analysis.On one hand I cannot blame pilots to not be aware of the extreme amount of Starlink satellites orbiting. But, on the other hand, should that not be at some point become common knowledge? The Starlink constellation will only get bigger. I mean, they (pilots) must at some point come to a kind of consensus, right?
Unfortunately the flight playback and the ATC messages didn't get synced properly so that might give a false impression.
I tried to get the ATC comms from the LiveATC archives since they always seem to have pretty accurate timing information but couldn't find anything for Fort Worth. However I did manage to track down FDX1403's prior contact with Memphis (look for KFYV, Jan 14, 1000-1030). They are handed off to Ft Worth shortly before 1018Z. There's also a short interaction where ATC asks them if they are seeing any lights, I guess that's him relaying Ft Worth's inquiry as mentioned in Hansen's video.It suggests that the video is about 35mins behind the audio - agreed?
ZME - 1403, you see any lights out there just north of you?
FDX1403 - Uhh, looking. I don't see anything... what exactly [am I] looking for?
ZME - Well, a word that we're not supposed to say on the frequency, but something hovering above you around 45,000 ft estimated.
FDX1403 - Okay, we're searching.
ZME - FDX1403, contact Fort Worth on 35.45 and let them know if you see anything out there.
None that I'm aware of. I'm not sure it was ever meant to be an accurate recreation anyway, more likely I think is that the FR24 playback was put there simply because it made for a more interesting alternative to something like a solid black background for the ATC messages to play out in front of, and that's about all the thought that went into it.Has there been an explanation for what inputs were being used to synchronise the two, and therefore how it went wrong. Helping them avoid such accidental mistakes in the future would be useful.