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Anyone Here Contrail Spot?  
User currently offlineBa757gla From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 760 posts, RR: 2
Posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 6105 times:

i can spot heavies from the comfort of my house . do you .

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User currently offlineJamesbuk From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 3968 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 6098 times:

yup, I get everything over my house, from 747's to priv jets mainly from luton airport and heathrow i, but they are normally just reaching 10K ft but then i get some that are real high up in the 30's,quite often theres lil prop aircraft like cessna's coming over from cranfield, just as im writing this a A320 has just flown over! my office window is one of htem big curved ones so i get a huge view of the sky.

Rgds --James--



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User currently offlineBa757gla From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 760 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 6083 times:

i saw this morning eastbound transatlantics a330 but couldnt identify airline can anyone help

User currently offline777DadandJr From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1516 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 6080 times:

Hey Ba757,
Yep, we do it all the time. My son and I will go out on the patio and just stare into the sky.
We are 12 miles from MDT (Harrisburg Int'l, Pa) and we have a lot of traffic that passes overhead, especially, when they are taking off of 13. Most of the time, when they come over the house, there are aboout 5-7000 feet. We always know when the UPS DC8's or FX 727's are overhead!
Also, our house is directly in the flight path for inbound heavies, from Europe, into IAD. IAD is about 75 miles away, so most of the aircraft are decending. They are still at least 12-15000ft when passing. but they are low enough to ident, at least with binoculars. We can also catch arrivals to BWI, DCA, and eastboaunds to PHL, EWR, JFK.
We also see a lot of flyover traffic, westbound from PHL, EWR, JFK, etc.
Sometime, we see southbound traffic from places like MSP, YYZ, and DFW. We'll check flightaware and see where they're headed. Mostly to Florida or the Carribean.
We do have lot's of fun, just watching.
I just need to get a laptop with a wireless connection, so I can check flightaware, without having to run inside! rotfl 

Russ



My glass is neither 1/2 empty nor 1/2 full, rather, the glass itself is twice as big as it should be.
User currently offlineBa757gla From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 760 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 6080 times:

flightaware dosent have the UK so i just indentify with binos . i always see nortwest planes

User currently offline777DadandJr From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1516 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 6077 times:

Quoting Ba757gla (Reply 4):
always see nortwest planes

They are very eay to spot, you know, red tail and all.
Also easy to spot here, are WN (orange), B6(blue tail), US(at least w/ the old color). Most of these you can pick out with the naked eye.
The inbounds to IAD are harder to ident, without binoculars.
I remember one day last summer, we were here at the office, out front, enjoying the sunshine, and a BA 777, inbound to IAD flew overhead.
I could see it as clear a day! Never saw one that low, this far out before.
What a beauty she was though!

Russ



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User currently offlineBa757gla From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 760 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 6072 times:

i live in the UK so no southwests or jetblues any tips a/c indenfiers

User currently offlineHighFlyer9790 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1241 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 6053 times:

I live right near 1B9 which is about 30 miles south from KBOS, under the approach path for 4R, and as far as in-cruise flights go, I am under the big skyway over BOS. flights over me are usually headed to JFK, EWR, IAD, PHL, or any other big east coast destination. Aircraft? A330s, A340s, A310s, 747s, 757s, 767s, 777s, and business jets. i sit out on the deck with my scanner, map and binochulars, and tune into Boston Center. planes headed to JFK/EWR usually start to descend over us. the list of variuos airlines is long, but the most commmon are BA, AA, UA, CO, DL, VS, LH, AF, US etc. etc. the most exotic is the rare Thai A345 and SQ A345. there is also royal jordainian, aeroflot, TAP, SAS, and the lst goes on. A lot of times on a clear day u can see up to 10 contrails, most headed south and 2-3 headed west. I could go on with a lot of sightings which are rare for here. (somewhere like heathrow and the exotics are lined up for miles) it is so great to here "...Virgin 45, cleared to FL290, maintain 290 kts..." and then be looking at the plane thats communicating at FL730. In the evening it goes from european arrivals to mixed to all east coast departures. (during the day planes come in from europe, then reverse on the evening/night flights back) it cool to see the same plane headed north at FL370 that u saw going south 3 hours earlier at FL360. When the planes come for the BOS Approach to 4R, they are usually around 8000ft. generally east coast traffic. heres a link to a radar i use for the boston are. also, quite a bit GA traffic due to 1B9 which is my home airport....

Happy spotting!

highflyer

http://www4.passur.com/bos.html

Their home site includes other major airports....


heres another contrail dicussion...
Your Contrail Pics/what Planes High Up Do You See (by Ba757gla Mar 31 2006 in Aviation Polls & Prefs)



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User currently offlineJetmatt777 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2850 posts, RR: 33
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 6007 times:

I live under the approach for 31 in OKC. And under the Base leg for Rwy 35R in OKC. I see bunches of RJ's and I sit in my lawn chair in the yard with a scanner and binoculars and tune OKC Tower. I see bunches of heavies at Cruising altitude. Most planes in the sky above me are headed to DFW,HOU,IAD,MCI, and most East and West destinations like SLC, LAX, ATL, MCO, JFK etc. They all use the OKC VOR to Navigate so there is always a plane flying over my house!

-Matt  Smile



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User currently offlineGunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3509 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 6003 times:

Not so much here in Olympia, but back at my parent's house in Redmond there's plenty of traffic heading into/out of YVR to spot at cruise altitude. If I happen to be down on the coast, there's usually plenty of CA-ANC freighters and even some CA-Asia flights to spot.


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User currently offlineJetmatt777 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2850 posts, RR: 33
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5988 times:

Quoting Ba757gla (Reply 6):
i live in the UK so no southwests or jetblues any tips a/c indenfiers

Well, KLM should be easy to spot, espcially in Amsterdam! lol



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User currently offlineSmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1640 posts, RR: 28
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5969 times:

I'm living in London right now (away from home in the USA), and I'm in central London.

Every day, whether I'm on campus at King's College London (Guy's Hospital campus) or in Bloomsbury, I look up whenever I hear a jet overhead.

Over London, most planes are low enough to identify with the naked eye, because they are going around to approach LHR or LCY.

SmithAir747



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User currently offlineRobTrent From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 260 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5942 times:

I get great views of contrails in the early morning from my windows, I always try to guess what the heavy will be before it gets close enough to work out.

Regards
R



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User currently offlineILSApproach From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 410 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5913 times:

I do my share of bino spotting contrails.............fun to try to ident!!
we get quite a bit of trancon over MSP...and I'm directely under apppraoch path for the 12's here, 2900-500ft over my house depending on weather.

I love spotting contrails near sundown as many seem to appear and/or easier to spot that time of day.

I am always blown away when I go to ORD............you not only have numerous planes following each other, but sometimes I've seen 4-6 contrails going easterly and 4-6 westerly all at once.......what a sight.

I am only using 7x50's and they work pretty well. sometimes i use my 400mm lens on the camera, little tougher to hold steady.

Let's here what anyone else is using for bino's

Mike @ MSP


User currently offline777DadandJr From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1516 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 5906 times:

Quoting ILSApproach (Reply 13):
I am only using 7x50's and they work pretty well

I have 12 x 50 binoculars. They work pretty well. I can usually ident up to about 25000ft without to much difficulty. I will usually consult flightaware, just to confirm.
Some are easier then others, ie: NW, BN6, WN, are quite easy to ident. Others, like UA, BA, USAir (new colors) are a bit harder because, from underneath, they all have blue bellies!

Russ



My glass is neither 1/2 empty nor 1/2 full, rather, the glass itself is twice as big as it should be.
User currently offline777DadandJr From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1516 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 5906 times:

Quoting ILSApproach (Reply 13):
I am only using 7x50's and they work pretty well

I have 12 x 50 binoculars. They work pretty well. I can usually ident up to about 25000ft without to much difficulty. I will usually consult flightaware, just to confirm.
Some are easier then others, ie: NW, B6, WN, are quite easy to ident. Others, like UA, BA, USAir (new colors) are a bit harder because, from underneath, they all have blue bellies!

Russ



My glass is neither 1/2 empty nor 1/2 full, rather, the glass itself is twice as big as it should be.
User currently offline777DadandJr From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1516 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 5899 times:

Sorry about the double post above. Mods, please feel free to delete the duplicate.

Back on topic, as I was coming to work this morning, I could tell it was the Monday morning push at PHL and EWR. As I took my son to school, there was about 30 contrails, criss-crossing the morning sky.
Oh, to have a day off today!

Russ



My glass is neither 1/2 empty nor 1/2 full, rather, the glass itself is twice as big as it should be.
User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6373 posts, RR: 14
Reply 17, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 5896 times:

Every morning I look out the window and see loads of contrails. I live in North West London and the sky is never empty of them. I often see 747s, A340s and loads of FR 737-800s.
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I have no idea of what this is.  Smile


User currently offlineBa757gla From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 760 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 5892 times:

i think UA is darker blue underneath and more of it whereas ba has less blue . AA and UA(OLD colors) are very difficult to spot. can anyone compare UA and BA?

User currently offline777DadandJr From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1516 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 5886 times:

Quoting Ba757gla (Reply 18):
i think UA is darker blue underneath and more of it whereas ba has less blue

Yes, this is true, and sitting at the terminal, it's very easy to tell. But when you are underneath, looking 30000+ ft in the air, it's not so easy to tell them apart.

Quoting Ba757gla (Reply 18):
can anyone compare UA and BA?

On UA, the dark blue covers the whole bottom, and up the sides, to the window line. On BA, the dark blue covers the whole bottom, but doesn't come up as high on the sides.
But, as I said, from underneath, it's pretty similar.

Russ



My glass is neither 1/2 empty nor 1/2 full, rather, the glass itself is twice as big as it should be.
User currently offlineILSApproach From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 410 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 5875 times:

quite a few trails here about 10 am til noon and at sunset we usually get the later east to west coast flights.

Fun to listen to High altitude stuff.........we do get some europe-wst coast quite a bit, AC to US points, alot of cargo from ORD to ANC. Really just about anything and everything. Even NWA to DTW 747's from Asia fly over here quite reg. Mpls Center does cover quite a bit of the upper midwest.

I really enjoy this part of the hobby! Another favorite is plane spotting out the window while flying!

Mike @ MSP


User currently offlineILSApproach From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 410 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 5871 times:

Shamrock,

Possible NWA DC10............in ur pic MSP, MEM or DTW to AMS, would they still be at this level over you for AMS.....I would think probably. Maybe UPS or FedEx DC/MD

Mike @ MSP


User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6373 posts, RR: 14
Reply 22, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5859 times:

Thanks for that! It could be any of what you mentioned above and I see that aircraft about every day at noon.
I also see this every evening but I doubt anyone can tell what they are Big grin
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User currently offlineILSApproach From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 410 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5832 times:

Sure looks like the "bowling shoe" to me though..........see quite a few here...LOL.........imagine that!

Mike @ MSP


User currently offlineMrMcCoy From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 377 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5823 times:

My house sits almost directly under the SADDE6 arrival into LAX, just high enough to grab the end of a decending contrail and assist with spotting. Being under the SADEE6 means that I get to see a lot more international traffic than domestic--quite entertaining!

I flip on my radio scanner, grab my laptop and log every flight that flies overhead when I'm lounging in the backyard. It's quite relaxing. Two days ago I grabbed a Singapore Airlines 777 Flight 30 about 15 minutes from arrival.. feeling nothing but pity for the economy passengers that had been crammed into that aircraft for many long hours. Big grin

Right now an Air Canada A320 is setting up for the SADDE6 - Flight 554, decending through FL250.



It only takes five years to go from rumor to standard operating procedure.
25 LHRneighbour : (Weather Permitting) Low Level Spotting: I live near RAF Northolt and see Bus. jets everyday (there's sometimes a Boeing BBJ that pops in now and agai
26 Post contains images Shamrock350 : Is this it? I live near Northolt and my school is about five minutes away so I get a bit distracted in Maths
27 Ba757gla : i always see a flybe going frm bhd-abz no contrail. post in contrails and will identify em.
28 LHRneighbour : Yep, that's the one. It was re-painted a year or so ago from the red tail to the colour scheme of RAF Squadron 32, which is based at Northolt. I watc
29 Post contains links and images STARalliance24 : Im in montreal and i see all the planes coming from Europe and going to Toronto, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Detroit but thats if they pass low in Quebe
30 Post contains images Aircanada333 : this is Cathay831 not 838. lol Bry!!! And btw I spot contrails passing over my house too! so here is the list of the planes I saw: March 27th 2006 NW
31 Post contains images STARalliance24 : Oops sorry for that guys! Bryan
32 Post contains images Jetmatt777 : reminds me of what me and my dad do. We eat dinner late 10:30ish and were sitting at the dinner table and we hear this deap rumble and I say Fedex 72
33 LTU932 : I rarely spot any contrails over my house, but I do see tons of aircraft while climbing after takeoff. And the place I live can become a nice place to
34 YYZflyer : I see them sometimes. I would need my binoculars to see the type of aircraft. Number of engines is easy.
35 ATAIndy : Yeah, I like to. Today, I was playing a football (soccer as it is known in the states) game when I saw two aircraft with 4 separate contrails fly over
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