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Thread: FLIGHT RADAR

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    FLIGHT RADAR

    I'm not one for apps but a mate of mine showed me Flight Radar and I love it.

    Yes it's totally anorak and geeky but if you see planes flying overhead and ever wondered where there destination was, then Flight Radar is for you. You'll also get their real time location on a map, altitude, the flight path, where it's come from, type of aircraft etc etc.

    If you see a lone sole in the Rumney area looking up into a clear blue sky saying, "Mexico City to Paris, well I never", unfortunately that is likely to be me.

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    Re: FLIGHT RADAR

    Quote Originally Posted by Moodybluebird View Post
    I'm not one for apps but a mate of mine showed me Flight Radar and I love it.

    Yes it's totally anorak and geeky but if you see planes flying overhead and ever wondered where there destination was, then Flight Radar is for you. You'll also get their real time location on a map, altitude, the flight path, where it's come from, type of aircraft etc etc.

    If you see a lone sole in the Rumney area looking up into a clear blue sky saying, "Mexico City to Paris, well I never", unfortunately that is likely to be me.
    Good, innit? Me and one of the blokes i work with have small wagers on where the plane has come from, and where it is going. It is possible to get quite close if you know your east from west and north from south, the height of the plane helps as well etc. Exciting stuff in my workplace

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    Re: FLIGHT RADAR

    Quote Originally Posted by Moodybluebird View Post
    I'm not one for apps but a mate of mine showed me Flight Radar and I love it.

    Yes it's totally anorak and geeky but if you see planes flying overhead and ever wondered where there destination was, then Flight Radar is for you. You'll also get their real time location on a map, altitude, the flight path, where it's come from, type of aircraft etc etc.

    If you see a lone sole in the Rumney area looking up into a clear blue sky saying, "Mexico City to Paris, well I never", unfortunately that is likely to be me.
    There are also ones for shipping such as MarineTraffic and Marine Radar.

    https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais...ry:20.3/zoom:7

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    Quote Originally Posted by city1927 View Post
    There are also ones for shipping such as MarineTraffic and Marine Radar.

    https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais...ry:20.3/zoom:7
    You don't get many ships flying over though, I suppose it could be useful on a trip to the seaside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tuerto View Post
    Good, innit? Me and one of the blokes i work with have small wagers on where the plane has come from, and where it is going. It is possible to get quite close if you know your east from west and north from south, the height of the plane helps as well etc. Exciting stuff in my workplace
    Makes we wish I was back in work again ! Well not quite. About 2 weeks ago we had a cloudless sky and I followed on the map those planes heading in our direction and then trained my binoculars on them when they came into view. Cincinnati to Brussels, Chicago to Baki, Atlanta to Istanbul were just a few.

    There is no way you or your workmate would have guessed one of the flights.....try Kuwait City to Shannon. Got to be worth 10 points that one lol

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    My 5 year old grandson loves it, he knows all the airlines by name lol

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    Re: FLIGHT RADAR

    Quote Originally Posted by Moodybluebird View Post
    I'm not one for apps but a mate of mine showed me Flight Radar and I love it.

    Yes it's totally anorak and geeky but if you see planes flying overhead and ever wondered where there destination was, then Flight Radar is for you. You'll also get their real time location on a map, altitude, the flight path, where it's come from, type of aircraft etc etc.

    If you see a lone sole in the Rumney area looking up into a clear blue sky saying, "Mexico City to Paris, well I never", unfortunately that is likely to be me.
    If you want to be REALLY sad about you could get a raspberry pi and nooelec SDR dongle and contribute to the data yourself.....I don't know anyone who'd be that sad, honest

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    Quote Originally Posted by GL1Blue View Post
    If you want to be REALLY sad about you could get a raspberry pi and nooelec SDR dongle and contribute to the data yourself.....I don't know anyone who'd be that sad, honest
    Sorry, you lost me after "raspberry" lol

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    Re: FLIGHT RADAR

    Quote Originally Posted by RichardM View Post
    You don't get many ships flying over though, I suppose it could be useful on a trip to the seaside.
    Yeah fair point I should have mentioned it is nice when you walk along a coastal path or you at the beach and you see a tanker sat out there.

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    Re: FLIGHT RADAR

    Quote Originally Posted by Moodybluebird View Post
    I'm not one for apps but a mate of mine showed me Flight Radar and I love it.

    Yes it's totally anorak and geeky but if you see planes flying overhead and ever wondered where there destination was, then Flight Radar is for you. You'll also get their real time location on a map, altitude, the flight path, where it's come from, type of aircraft etc etc.

    If you see a lone sole in the Rumney area looking up into a clear blue sky saying, "Mexico City to Paris, well I never", unfortunately that is likely to be me.
    Try “ The Flight Channel” on YouTube . Some superb representations of both doomed and saved flights. Not for the squeamish.

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    Re: FLIGHT RADAR

    Quote Originally Posted by Moodybluebird View Post
    I'm not one for apps but a mate of mine showed me Flight Radar and I love it.

    Yes it's totally anorak and geeky but if you see planes flying overhead and ever wondered where there destination was, then Flight Radar is for you. You'll also get their real time location on a map, altitude, the flight path, where it's come from, type of aircraft etc etc.

    If you see a lone sole in the Rumney area looking up into a clear blue sky saying, "Mexico City to Paris, well I never", unfortunately that is likely to be me.
    If he's flying over Rumney en route from Mexico City to Paris I think that pilot needs retraining!

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    I love using it when you know someone who's on a flight.

    Also love the ISS Tracker app. Gives you 5 minute warning to see the Space Station, together with its position in the sky. Still blows my mind that sometimes I can see it and its actually flying directly over the north coast of Spain.

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    Re: FLIGHT RADAR

    Quote Originally Posted by cityhammer View Post
    If he's flying over Rumney en route from Mexico City to Paris I think that pilot needs retraining!
    Why is that? The Great Circle route goes over Cornwall, which is not far away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cityhammer View Post
    If he's flying over Rumney en route from Mexico City to Paris I think that pilot needs retraining!
    Could be a variety of reasons why a certain flight path is taken, such as weather conditions and other air traffic for instance. But the Mexico to Paris flight definitely came up on the tracker and I viewed the aircraft overhead. On another day the same flight might enter UK air space over Cornwall or Mid Wales and would not be visible from Cardiff.

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    Re: FLIGHT RADAR

    Quote Originally Posted by Moodybluebird View Post
    Could be a variety of reasons why a certain flight path is taken, such as weather conditions and other air traffic for instance. But the Mexico to Paris flight definitely came up on the tracker and I viewed the aircraft overhead. On another day the same flight might enter UK air space over Cornwall or Mid Wales and would not be visible from Cardiff.
    Is it because people are familiar with looking at a Mercator map of the world and not realising that a straight line on it between two points is nowhere near the shortest distance involved?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taunton Blue Genie View Post
    Is it because people are familiar with looking at a Mercator map of the world and not realising that a straight line on it between two points is nowhere near the shortest distance involved?

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    Almost certainly, especially if they're not regular fliers. It's quite common to fly over Nova Scotia or even further north when flying from London to Miami for instance.

    Not only is the Flight Radar app fun, it's a great educational tool as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moodybluebird View Post
    Almost certainly, especially if they're not regular fliers. It's quite common to fly over Nova Scotia or even further north when flying from London to Miami for instance.

    Not only is the Flight Radar app fun, it's a great educational tool as well.
    It's my very last day as a cartographer as I'm retiring at 4pm today. Glad to be of service

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    Re: FLIGHT RADAR

    Quote Originally Posted by Taunton Blue Genie View Post
    It's my very last day as a cartographer as I'm retiring at 4pm today. Glad to be of service
    Good luck in your retirement!

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    Re: FLIGHT RADAR

    Quote Originally Posted by Moodybluebird View Post
    Almost certainly, especially if they're not regular fliers. It's quite common to fly over Nova Scotia or even further north when flying from London to Miami for instance.

    Not only is the Flight Radar app fun, it's a great educational tool as well.
    Isn't that what Newfoundland is famous for, being the pitstop for the Americas?

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    Re: FLIGHT RADAR

    Quote Originally Posted by city1927 View Post
    There are also ones for shipping such as MarineTraffic and Marine Radar.

    https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais...ry:20.3/zoom:7
    Used it quite often,

    Sat with my father yesterday at the Spinny in Sully watching a cargo ship pass

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