Pushing Tin

Factual error: When Nick returns as a controller, he is working traffic and a conflict alarm for two aircraft on the same trajectory sounds that indicates a mid-air collision is imminent. Another controller has to jump in and order the two aircraft to change headings to avoid a crash. In the following shot, it shows the two aircraft nearly collide and the pilots look shocked. However, all aircraft have a system called TCAS or the Traffic Collision Avoidance System which notifies pilots of an incoming conflict with another aircraft. It then orders a resolution advisory such as an emergency descent or climb. Therefore, commercial pilots would have neither been unprepared for this event, nor surprised.

1

Factual error: Billy Bob Thornton is new at the air traffic facility, yet he plugs in and immediately begins working airplanes. Under no circumstances would he be able to do that without having someone train him first (even if he was a controller at that facility at a prior time). Each facility has its own approaches, restrictions, etc.

Continuity mistake: In two spots in the movie, first with Thornton and the second time with both Thornton and Cusack they stood on the runway over the threshold markings and waited for a landing aircraft so they could feel the strength of a wake turbulence. On final approach the pilot would have seen him/them on the runway and called a missed approach and execute a go around. You just don't land when there is an obstruction on the runway, it makes a hell of a mess of the undercarriage...

More mistakes in Pushing Tin

Russell Bell: Thought is the enemy.
Nick Falzone: I know. I've been thinking too much. I had that thought actually.

More quotes from Pushing Tin

Question: The title - what does it mean/refer to?

Answer: In the film, it's a phrase used to describe the job of an air traffic controller. They're responsible for maneuvering the airplanes around in the skies. "Tin" refers to the airplanes and they're moving, or "pushing", them around. I tried to find if this was a real reference or phrase used in air traffic controllers prior to 1999, or just made up for the movie. It seems it's a phrase made up for the movie (but I can't say for certain as I have no experience in that field).

Bishop73
More questions & answers from Pushing Tin

Join the mailing list

Separate from membership, this is to get updates about mistakes in recent releases. Addresses are not passed on to any third party, and are used solely for direct communication from this site. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Check out the mistake & trivia books, on Kindle and in paperback.