No YYC From Canada, joined Jul 2000, 73 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 827 times:
I've been visiting friends in YEG this past week and have noticed at least 9 aircraft flying high above (747, 777, MD-11)daily. They come in from the northeast heading in a southwesterly direction. Often there are three in a row, flying a parallel course.
Everyday, inbetween 11:00 am & 2:00 pm these 9 aircraft fly overhead. I'm assuming they are from Europe heading to the U.S. west coast on a Great Circle track. Would anyone happen to know the possible departure and arrival points of these flights. Or perhaps someone could provide some info where I could find this out?
Timz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6468 posts, RR: 8 Reply 2, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 739 times:
You need a scanner. Listen to aircraft departing your airport, noting the frequencies ATC tells them to switch to, and eventually you'll learn the necessary high-altitude ATC frequencies for overflying traffic. Once you learn the flight numbers of the contrails you're seeing you can look them up in the OAG at the library, or at the airline web sites. Freighters will be harder, of course.
I'm guessing only United flies 777s from the US west coast to Europe; if you're directly beneath them binoculars will plainly reveal those distinctive bare-metal strips along the aircraft centerline. Swissair should be easy to recognize, and maybe KLM.
Keep an eye out for flights to Tokyo from Atlanta or Houston or DFW. Dunno if they fly over there, but seems like they might.
United 707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 707 times:
I use a Telescope, and I can clearly see the livery. So I look at where I am, what airline, Route, Aircraft, and website. And presto! All though, its not always that easy. Thats just if I am lucky. Some livery does not show good.
Qantas737 From Australia, joined Jul 2000, 738 posts, RR: 4 Reply 6, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 692 times:
I use binoculars(10x50) to see planes flying overhaed. Most are Qantas flights, mind you that you don't even need binoculars to see that so I more or less use them to see what type of plane it is. Today I saw a B767 and B747. It then got cloudy and I could hear a plane up around 30,000ft so I am assuming it was the Qantas B747-SP. It's funny to watch the Qantas and Ansett local flights as the planes are right up each others but unless you got delays somewhere.