I think we had a website like this with ships(?) Or was it this one with planes?
Ever wondered where that plane is going that's flying right over your head at the moment? Ever seen the vast amount of flights happening around the world at any one time? (and this isn't all of them). A more or less real time view, or at most a 5 minute delay - zoom in near where you live (though a lot of remote areas do seem fairly empty) and see what is flying around. Hover the mouse over a plane icon and then click to see the details.
Forgot to mention - if you click and get the details on the left there is an icon for 'cockpit view'. This brings up some flight instruments and is linked to Google Earth(?) to give a view out of the front windscreen (not a real camera view though, a representation. Nevertheless, interesting anyway).
Post by bixaorellana on Sept 29, 2012 13:43:43 GMT
I just looked again. It appears that the new world is being aeronautically invaded by the old. But then they all hit the US. Except for a very few in the northeast, Mexico's skies are innocent of big silver birds. Indeed, there are none until you get down to off the coast of Panama.
It’s indeed an intriguing site/sight – and for me it has made air traffic much more ‘comprehendable’: though I knew planes fly in corridors, those contrails have always looked haphazard to me, it wasn’t until flightradar that I realised how very much defined ‘goat tracks’ those are up there. Nowadays when I see trails in the Nortwest I know: ‘Far East -> Paris’; Southwest: ‘Mid East -> London’; literally straight above: ‘Frankfurt -> North America’…
And it’s great that by now you can rewind the clock, so that you can verbatim reiterate your last trips (‘so it was that lake we flew across…’).
it was pretty impressive during the Eyjafjallajökull-times, too, when you could ‘see’ the impact the ash cloud had (cannot find my own screenshots from back then, therefore some links will have to do):
There were, and most likely still are, Airways. These are laid down routes signposted by radio beacons which the aircraft home on to. The on board computer can be programmed to fly to each beacon on the route they need and automatically tune to the next one as they reach the first. The speed and height are regulated by the computer so all the pilots have to do is maintain radio contact with the different controllers along the route, supervise, and sit back drinking coffee, etc. (Or having fun with amenable trolley dollies ;D ;D, introducing them to the "mile high club" if required )
Man is not lost, only temporarily uncertain of his position
yes, I had a faint idea about airways before - it's just that when you're standing on the surface, these patterns hardly show and the contrails looked just erratic to me, flightradar however visualises pretty well the coherencies...
(so, a new word for me: trolley dolly. it's 'Saftschubse', i.e. 'juice pusher' over here - certainly not a nicer wording )