SXMbyKLM747 From Netherlands, joined Aug 2004, 82 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 10372 times:
I am always wondering...probably like more of you...what kind of plane it is flying sky-high over my house...
How the ### can i recognise the plane type...i can just distinguish the nr. of motors, but then: If its 4, how can i see the difference between an A340 of a 747? Is the shape of the wings very different so i can recognise it???
Same holds for 2 engine planes.
Airtrader From Netherlands, joined Jun 2004, 40 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 10255 times:
Good question. I live in the center of amsterdam, but on my roofterrace I have one of the best views of planes flying high over. I am always trying to see which airliner it is. The binoculars I have are too small. Anyone know which are good ones? Thanks Remi
Boeing764 From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 298 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 10149 times:
I use a pair of 20x50 binoculars to see the aircraft flying high above my house. With a VHF scanner tuned to the frequency these aircraft are using you can identify the flight number then look on the internet to sites such as http://www.flytecomm.com/cgi-bin/trackflight, or the airlines own website and click on 'flight status', enter the flight number and it will tell you what type of aircraft it is and it's routing. http://www.airnavsystems.com even has a live flight tracker that you can use to see all flights airborne in North America.
Another great way to identify the aircraft is by using an ACARS decoder. ACARS stands for Aircraft Communication Addressing and Reporting System. Aircraft frequently send and recieve messages via ACARS, and the message will identify the flight number and the registration of the aircraft. You'll need a VHF reciever and decoding software on your pc. I use this website to check ACARS reports for my area: http://asia.geocities.com/sunshine_8088/
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I've found a small telescope to replace my 8x56 binoculars, it's not really easy but sometimes I'm able to identify some airlines flying over the house. Another solution would be to buy a digital camera like the Canon 300D with at least a 200mm lens, take pictures and then view the result on the computer. Looking at some pictures in the database, I really think it's a good idea but hummm, maybe quite expensive. Am I just crazy ?
SXMbyKLM747, feel free to email me if you want to talk about the topic !
Ua777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 9878 times:
If the a/c flieing over are at a lower altitude you can tell from the normal a/c "stand outs" as I like to call them. The 744 of course has the 4 engines, 777 has the stub tail, 767 just stands out to me, the 757 is very skinny and the 737 is in a class of it's own. The MD-11 I can tell is only Fed-Ex....
I live in an area where when it's light out and the skies are clear you can tell the airline and a/c. It's really great I think. The MD-11's that are going into OAK start their decent right over my school and house. A/c in and out of CCR are over the house and the usual Coast Guard or MedaLife helo's are a usual. With the added F-16/18 and other airshow fav's.
Azul320 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 281 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 9832 times:
How to recognise a plane over your house, you ask?
I believe it's the lights that blink simultaneously at the tips of the wings, most distinguishable at night of course, Boeing aircraft one blink simultaneously at each wing tip and Airbus Aircraft a double blink simultaneously at each wing tip...
ZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7110 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 9758 times:
How high up are the aircraft flying.
Here at AKL it is pretty obvious because I roughly know what airlines flyin out or in at certain times of day. Also because to the colour scheme.
Here at AKL, it is also made easier by the fact that we do not see many varients of aircraft operated by different carriers.
eg. CX will only operate the A340 to AKL and on occasions the 744. Therefore, it will not be a 777 or A330 (do you get what I mean because it may sound confusing).
Rushed From Australia, joined May 2000, 248 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 9675 times:
Its easy.. just move closer to the airport. My partners brother lives directly in a flight path for sydney airport. Staying there a few weeks ago i could simply read the 'Boeing 737-400' title at rear of the plane.
N62NA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4593 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 9590 times:
I use the Flight Explorer personal edition software. It costs about $10 per month but it's fantastic. I always know what's coming, so I can skip running out for the mundane AA MD80 and instead not miss the VS A346!
BCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 15
Reply 19, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 9245 times:
IIRC BEA (which merged with BOAC to become BA) at one time painted the wings of their aircraft red both top and bottom and the BEA logo also appeared underneath. This made their planes very easy to spot when flying overhead.
Does any airline still have their logo underneath the wings of their aircraft?
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Upsmd11 From United States of America, joined May 2003, 819 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 9143 times:
If you are lucky enough to live in an area where the Passur system is in place you can always log on and find the flight via that system.
I was at a soccer game once and noticed a big 4-engine aircraft overhead crusing at 37,000 - 39,000 feet. I noted the time and then went home.
When I got home I pulled up Passur and I changed the replay to the correct time of when I had seen this flight. It ends up it was an LH flight going from DFW or HOU (can't remember) to FRA. The aircraft was, indeed, an A340 as well.