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We have become an airborne species in a big way


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A transportation planning engineer has created fascinating visual representations of aircraft flight paths across the planet.

They certainly make you realise where the centres of population and commerce are.

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Quickbeam

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I suppose that that's as near as we can get to a photograph of a carbon footprint in action.

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wiz-king

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Most of the SE England ones seem to be over my house!

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Aitchbee

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For an ornithicalogical comparison, take a look at the Sooty Shearwater's flight paths:

http://talontours.com/the-animal-kingdoms-longest-migration-award-goes-to-the-sooty-shearwater/

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mole1944

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For those interested type flightradar24 into your search engine, see all the commercial aircraft going on there merry way around the world

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Chronos the 2nd

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mole1944

That's useful thanks.

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SparkyJack

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Standing in my garden ajcent to the Thames in north Kent at nine most mornings with a clear sky I see squadrons of planes flying at max cruising height. Flying from east to west one thing is sure they are not going to deposit their cargos here in the UK - unlike 70 years ago. I wonder where they are from and whence they go.

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"I wonder where they are from and whence they go."

They are almost certainly inbound to Gatwick or Heathrow. At your location they will be between 20,000 and 25,000 feet and descending. Some aircraft will fly overhead above 30,000 feet, and they'll probably be from Norway, en-route to Gran Canaria, or from Mainland Europe inbound to Birmingham, in which case they'll be at 30,000 feet and descending. Your part of the world is a busy place for overhead traffic.

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Al94

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Good link FE, like mole1944 I use Flightradar24 but Radarbox24 looks promising.

For anyone living interested in shipping movements this is good http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/

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SparkyJack

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FE I am surprised to learn some of those high flyers are bound for HR / GW being only 30 miles or so from either.

I recall last year I was inbound from Tromso to HR and we were stacked for 20 minutes or so because of a thunderstorm over HR. We were cruising up and around the Thames we had ra good view over all the sights- mucher lowe I thought than 30k

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