Questions tagged [flight-path]

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

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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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Why does this flight fly over Bangladesh, and not over Nepal and China? [duplicate]

Lately, I have been following flights flying eastwards from India. More often than not, I see them taking a longer route over Bangladesh and Myanmar, and not a typical parabolic route over Nepal and ...
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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 ...
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Do flights of a specific callsign always depart and arrive at the same airports?

I've been doing some research using flight data, but I'm not particularly versed with aviation. From a quick look, it appears that, say, a flight with callsign SAA203 will always be departing from ...
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Why does Turkish Airlines avoid Israel when going to Amman, but not on the return leg?

(flightaware.com) Last week I was browsing Flight Aware when I came across a Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul (Turkey) to Amman (Jordan). I noticed that the flight path clearly makes an effort ...
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What is the busiest route of Turkish Airlines in 2017? [closed]

What is the busiest non-domestic route of Turkish Airlines: in terms of passenger number, in terms of number of flights performed per year? Is there a database that I can look for such kind of ...
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Who decided which airspaces not to fly through and how?

I was looking at some flight paths, and I noticed that while some airspaces are ignored by planes for "obvious" reasons, like the Ukraine - Russian border airspace. For example, this flight seems to ...
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If an aircraft flies straight ahead, does it follow an orthodrome/great circle?

I understand that an orthodrome (line on a great circle) is the line with the shortest distance between two points on a sphere. If an aircraft flies straight ahead, i.e. there is no wind, the rudder ...
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Why doesn't EVA Air BR087 (Taipei to Paris) follow the shortest path?

I've noticed that the flight BR087 from TPE to CDG doesn't follow an orthodrome. Instead, it seems to take great pains to avoid the Chinese airspace entirely. Why? EVA Air has other flights ...
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Why does Turkish airlines still fly over Iraq, is it safe?

I realized that Turkish Airlines have a lot of flights over Iraq. For example, here is a flight from Istanbul to Maldives (TK 730). Do you know if it is safe to fly there? Till today I thought ...
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What's the benefit of this long flight (apart from marketing)?

The post Do promotional flight routes have a historical precedent? asks about previous occurrences. I'm guessing this flight (shown below) was a test flight, as well as being a marketing attempt. ...
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Do promotional flight routes have a historical precedent?

Right now, a Dreamliner is flying a rather strange path over the USA (see below). The plane took off from Boeing Field airport near Seattle, and is 'drawing' a virtual copy of itself on the map of the ...
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Is there a way to get descriptions of great circle routes?

Given that I am blind and love to know where I'm flying over, is there a online service that describes a great circle route in text form? e.g. in a format like this: A great circle from CYVR to ...
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Should the route be changed if the GPS RAIM prediction fails?

Do i have to change the route if the GPS RAIM prediction has one or more outages along my route?
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Why does a plane fly like this? [duplicate]

Why does a plane fly like this? https://www.flightradar24.com/LED5/dea0776
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Why do aircraft take this strange route into JFK?

Looking at FlightRadar24, I see there is a long line of aircraft heading into JFK, but that they seem to all be starting to head straight at it from over Pennsylvania (as can be seen in the image ...
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What type of coordinate system is this?

In case you want to say spherical coordinate system: no it is not a spherical coordinate system. I found this image in a book about flight management systems where they explain the different types of ...
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Why flights route is so different? [duplicate]

Let's take a look to itinerary of a flight from Dubai to Tokyo taken here And from Tokyo to Dubai It's the same airline. One more example. Here is the route of flight from Istanbul to Tokyo And ...
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Why might this trans-pacific flight not follow a more direct route?

I notice that this flight from DFW to PVG has a path that’s not a single arc of a great circle. Rather, it looks like it flies to some city in California and then takes a direct route for the ...
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Strange flight path [closed]

I am tracking my husbands plane from Tokyo to Chicago and saw a strange flight path. What would be some reasons for this?
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How are airline pilots assigned routes? Are there easy and tough ones?

How are routes given to airline pilots? Is it based on the amount of flying experience they have or just random or based on availability? Also, can routes be classified into tough and easy? If so, ...
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Do modern flights and pilots have reservations about flying over the Bermuda Triangle?

I know that the Triangle was pretty much legend back in the days but now, given that there is so much technology involved with respect to tracking and communications, do pilots, flights and airlines ...