Questions tagged [flight-path]

The intended or actual path through the air that an aircraft follows.

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Where can I find the position of the MRP (Map Reference Point) for LT6-formatted track data?

I have located a dataset with tracks from January to March 2006 over the Northern California TRACON here (from data.gov). I have taken a look at the files and the "coordinates" seem a bit ...
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Is this a normal flight path to take?

A few days ago I was flying from Munich to Chicago, the flight arrived about 20-25 minutes late, at some point, the pilot suddenly turned in completely the opposite direction as we were approaching ...
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Why do airliners hug the coast on flights?

In reviewing the route a commercial aircraft is taking from Boston to Miami, I see the following: As you can see, it does not follow the great circle path and in fact deviates significantly from it, ...
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Why don't flights fly towards their landing approach path sooner?

For example shown here, the flight is heading to the centre of the airport, until it gets close when it then moves into it's landing path. This is an inefficient use of time, fuel and emmissions, why ...
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What is the first recorded instance of simulating weightlessness in an airplane?

I wonder what the first instance ever has been of a controlled creation of weightlessness onboard an aircraft, like during a parabola or flying nose-down ~90 degrees. Do we have a record of the first ...
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Did the X-15 ever conduct a point-to-point flight?

The North American X-15 rocketplane flew at up to Mach 7 and at very high altitudes, it was also capable of spaceflight but these were quite steep parabolic patterns. At Mach 7 it flew leveled and my ...
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What is this aircraft doing?

I spotted this aircraft on FlightRadar24 flying a strange route. What is it doing?
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What is this plane flying in overlapping circles pattern doing?

I have seen this Beechcraft Super King Air coming from France near Valenciennes and flying in circular patterns over a zone of Belgium for 2 days in a row now. What is it doing, some kind of aerial ...
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Why do planes generally curve north and not south? [duplicate]

I know that the shortest distance on a sphere is a curve and not a straight line, so that's why planes curve when they fly. But why is that planes curve north and not south? For example, when if I hop ...
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What is happening with this aborted flight?

I live near Southend airport in the UK (SEN, EGMC) and noticed a strange behaviour of a cargo jet that does daily trips to Spain. It started out on runway 05, took a normal departure until it turned ...
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Does a Chicago to UAE flight fly over the Arctic Circle or go around it? [closed]

I'm speaking about a flight from Chicago to UAE. Does it fly over the Arctic Circle or go around it?
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Why don't planes fly directly to their destination? [duplicate]

Here is the flight path for B62554 from PBI (Palm beach) to JFK. This flight almost goes back on itself when off the coast of South Carolina. I was wondering why this flight takes such a contorted ...
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Was this the intended flight path?

I have verified numerous approaches from the NW to PVR airport and they all look like this, basically approaching on the left side of the mountain then taking a right towards the airport: But then ...
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Why would an airliner make a 90° course change?

Why would this airliner be doing a 90° course change at cruising altitude? I saw this while waiting for a traffic light to change. 9 Jan 2020 1:42 pm (18:42 UTC) at Virginia Beach, VA, coordinates: ...
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Why don't aircraft fly direct via oceanic airspace from UK to Iceland?

Whenever I watch the routes of aircraft flying between BIKF (Keflavik, Iceland) and e.g. EGLL (Heathrow, UK), they make a small turn in between to avoid oceanic airspace. See for example this flight ...
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Is it legal/possible to request a flight-path change from Domestic to International minutes after take-off, for a privately owned jet?

This is related to the recent escape of Carlos Ghosn from Japan. While we don't know the details yet, M. Ghosn allegedly boarded a private plane from a small airport near Osaka [and probably in a kind ...
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Why do eastbound transpacific flights fly at lower latitudes than their westbound counterparts?

I’ve seen some routes for flights from Asia (mainly Hong Kong and Shanghai) to the west coast of North America, which fly at lower latitudes than flights in the other direction (which they fly closer ...
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Why did my LGA-ORD flight make an S-shaped turn round the time it was passing a storm?

On a recent United UA1709 flight into Chicago (hit by a heavy storm at the time), I felt a noticeable descent, combined with two wide banks around 1 hour before landing. Looking at the flight path, I ...
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last 747 flight path, was this hand flown? How was this communicated with ATC? [duplicate]

Elal's last 747 flight made this nice path of a 747, how was this done? Could this be entered into the computer and flown? or was this hand flown The path looks quite neat Also what is the ATC ...
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Where can I find Take off and Landing Zones for GIS Integration?

I am a GIS specialist and looking to plot the take off and landing zones into major and minor airports across the UK. This is dominantly to see land affected by noise pollution from air traffic. If ...
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Why did BA 199 fly a missed approach followed by circles?

I just saw G-YMML (operating as BA 199) execute a missed approach and make weird circles. What is happening here? (FlightAware permalink)
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How to estimate the altitude of an aircraft at a given distance from a runway?

What altitude should a heavy class commercial freighter be at on a descent path 17 nautical miles from a runway? (Say SDF airport)
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Do stratospheric business and military jets use the North Atlantic Tracks?

The North Atlantic Tracks (NATs) are the airways generally used by airliners taking approximate great-circle routes between North America and Europe; due to the wild swings in wind strength and ...
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How (and when) does Heathrow alternate arrival paths?

I've noticed that flights over Richmond (particularly arrivals) seem to have significantly reduced over the last few weeks. This is based on looking at Flightradar, as well as listening to the noise ...
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What factors made my flight land at runway 02 in El Prat?

Aircraft normally land at Barcelona's El Prat airport using either of the 25 runways, along a flight path hugging the coast, with a flip to the 07 orientation generally associated with bad weather. ...
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Are there generic routes all pilots can fly?

The recent question Is the destination of a commercial flight important for the pilot? stoked my curiosity but the answers were rather explaining that a pilot does not necessarily need to know where ...
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Why would a flight no longer considered airworthy be redirected like this?

I ran across this tweet covering the saga of Smartwings 1201, a 737 MAX 8 that was apparently redirected from Prague to Ankara after the MAX was grounded by the EU. (flightaware.com) It seems like ...
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What is the relation between altitude and vertical speed?

I recently saw 2 graphs on a flight path on BBC, shown below. For those interested, it's the path of the recently crashed Boeing 737 max flight ET302, but that's irrelevant to my question. My ...
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Why was Air India flight AI101 diverted to SHJ 5 times in the past few days?

Air India flight AI101 using a 777-300ER on multiple westbound and eastbound routes was diverted to SHJ airport in Sharjah, UAE. I am curious if there is a specific reason. It cannot be a coincidence ...
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Why would the Pakistan airspace closure cancel flights not headed to Pakistan itself?

The India-Pakistan feud has heated up again, with Pakistan closing its airspace as a result. I know many international routes fly over Pakistan, and that the closure would cause issues, but this ...
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Can a VFR flight follow an IFR route?

Can a VFR flight follow the same route of an approved IFR route (such as those found on Forefight Route Adviser) using waypoints and Victor airways?
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Do Instrument Landing Systems restrict building heights and can these be overcome?

A recent territorial spat between the countries Malaysia and Singapore over an ILS implementation made me curious. I'm interested in finding out about ILS and how an implementation of one would affect ...
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Why does JBU1825 from Ft. Lauderdale to Lima show a large zig-zag in the route?

Why oh why is this non-stop flight flying such a zig-zag? (screenshot from FlightAware)
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Why are flights from Fuzhou or Xiamen to Taiwan not allowed to overfly Taiwan strait?

The flights from Kinmen or Matsu to Taiwan always overfly Taiwan strait. Why can't the flights from Xiamen or Fuzhou use the same route, fly over Kinmen or Matsu first and then to Taiwan directly, but ...
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Are there any airports that require arriving/departing flights to fly under an obstruction?

Are there any airports with approaches and/or departures that require pilots to fly under an obstruction at some point (thus meaning that, for at least a short segment of the approach or departure, ...
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Do pilots have a generally preferred “traffic” resolution?

For aircraft cruising along at altitude, it is common for the controller to assign an aircraft a new course or altitude or speed for some reason such as "for traffic". My question is, would most ...
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Best glide speed vs. best glide angle? Maximum glide range?

I have some open questions regarding best glide in a descent: I understood, that there is a best glide speed. This best glide airspeed occurs at the highest lift-to-drag ratio (L/D). This best glide ...
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Why would a flight from North America to Asia sometimes fly over the Atlantic?

I am going to take AC031 from Toronto to Beijing in a couple of weeks, I searched its flight path, most of the time it will fly westbound after taking off from Toronto and continue west across the ...
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What was the flight route from New York to Paris that Air France took in 1955?

I have a photograph of me and my sister in 1955 or 1956 boarding Air France to Paris. I seem to remember the route was: New York - Gander Gander - Shannon Shannon - Orly Is that correct? I know the ...
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How much can a plane deviate from its route to Paris (CDG and ORY) before an alert is raised?

I was reading about the 9/11 hijacks and the Wikipedia information about flight AA 11 mentions that Of the four hijacked aircraft on 9/11, the nine minutes of advance notification about the ...
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What is the initial direction from Sydney to Santiago on a great circle?

When flying the great circle route from Sydney to Santiago, what direction do you head leaving Sydney? Does the path leave Sydney heading SE and approach Santiago strictly from the SW, like is shows ...
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What is the flight time from Beirut to Paris using different aircraft?

If the distance between Beirut and Paris is 1985 miles / 3194.55 km / 1724.92 nautical miles, and a flight using Airbus 320-200 take 4 hours and 40 minutes, how much would it take using the following ...
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How to find the flight paths of an airport?

How can I find the flight paths near an airport (e.g., Heathrow or Pearson) including cruising altitude, descending speed (variations)? Specifically, I need a figure showing the height vs. speed of a ...
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Why did Air India 139 fly so far south?

(twitter.com) An Air India flight from Delhi to Tel Aviv started very far to the south before turning west. Why did it do that? Which airspace did they have to circumvent for political reasons? The ...
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Why would FlightAware show this meandering flight path?

Today's BA219 from LHR to DEN (2018-03-20) appeared to fly 5 zigzags just before and over the Hudson Bay in Canada at around 18:15z. Prior to that, its flight path matched its planned route very ...
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What is the flight trajectory of a commercial airplane in regards to altitude v/s distance?

So, my friend and I got into an argument regarding the flight trajectory of a plane. He said that for half the journey the plane is ascending and for the rest, it is descending and hence making a ...
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Why is this plane flying in such a tight circle?

I was in a car in NYC on 2/18 going from Queens to Manhattan. While going over a bridge I noticed some (what looked to me like) very tight circular contrails in the sky. The plane was still there but ...
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Why do aircraft fly over land rather than over the Adriatic Sea?

When flying from central Europe to Greece or Egypt, I've noticed the plane often follows down the eastern coastline of the Adriatic Sea, instead of flying in the middle on a path I imagine would put ...
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Why didn't Air India always fly DEL-SFO over the Pacific?

I read a 2016 article that said Air India broke a record for the longest flight (distance) by flying from New Delhi to San Francisco over the Pacific rather than a polar/Atlantic route. The total ...
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Why would Emirates fly over Iraq, avoiding Iran?

For the last few years flying with Emirates from the UK to Dubai, I've noticed it avoids Iraq and fly over Iran to the north. For example, EK40 from BHX to DXB From Flightradar24 However, flying ...