Early Monday morning, as most residing on the US' east coast just started to wake, a small plane took off from an Austrian airport. While in the air for nearly 30 minutes, the pilot spent their time crossing back and forth and creating a pattern in the sky. Once on the ground, it became clear it wasn't a practice run or anything like. Instead, it was a message.
It says "flight tracker pattern reveals. Zipping above the ground, the pilot entered to begin spelling the message as best they could before maneuvering outside the words to create an underline on the message. The plane then landed at the same airport it took off from. All the while, the digital flight pattern tracing spans Austria and begins to cross over Hungary and Slovakia.," in an effort to help fight the , the
It's easy to read the stunt in a few different lights. Foremost, it is indeed good advice to stay home and help halt the spread of, the disease this coronavirus causes. Social distancing has quickly entered nearly everyone's daily vocabulary as we seek out further ways to slow the spread of the virus.
In a separate, more lighthearted take, it's entertaining to see a pilot go through this much trouble. If anything, it's a testament to the pilot's skills, and maybe it's just the reminder we need that everyone's in this together.