Posted on March 11th, 2014 at 17:36 by John Sinteur in category: awesome -- Write a comment
This data visualization was created from real flight data. It shows the air traffic which flies on a typical summer day and highlights the intensity of the operation in Europe – an operation which runs 24x7x365.
Wow! It’s amazing that there are so few serious accidents, imo.
I love the latitude separation lanes over the Atlantic, btw. (They look like 1 degree apart).
It really is remarkable – to me, anyway, when I think of all the technology behind this animation. Things like this make me realize people can be pretty awesome when we’re not being arseholes…
Question for the better informed, tho – what are those flight paths that seem to go in tight loops like a NASCAR track? Is that just an optical illusion or did somebody forget something and have to go back to the terminal?
Mark, I think what you’re probably seeing are the airport approach paths. Each airport has a specific route to follow to approach the runway, so planes can slot into the queue, and they follow each other on that route on intervals of 1 to 3 minutes. (In fact, usually a route per runway and per direction, and the approach route is paired with a farther-away “holding pattern” loop in case the plane has to wait for a slot.)
You see similar predetermined-route patterns in the neat parallel paths over the north Atlantic.
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