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UA839 LAX-SYD Via Atlantic & Indian Ocean NOW!?!?  
User currently offlineDIA From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3273 posts, RR: 28
Posted (8 years 1 month 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 11575 times:

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/UAL839

Still inflight...hope this link works...take a look.

I've been tracking UA fl.839 (Departure on Monday June 26th & still inflight)...one of my coworkers is on it...it took a sharp "left" after a short segment out to sea after leaving L.A. I've never seen this, nor did I know airlines did this routing. How often does this occur?

This routing blew me out of the water...I never thought you could possibly cross Mexico, the Caribbean, the Atlantic and Indian Ocean, and Africa to get to Sydney from LA!?!?!? You learn something new everyday.


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User currently offlinePilottim747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1607 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 11562 times:

Dont trust flight trackers over the oceans.

Flight trackers rely on radar data from the US/Canada for their updates. After it leaves radar coverage the flight tracking is no longer reliable.

pilottim747



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User currently offlineBigGSFO From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2911 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 11562 times:

I am most positive there is an error in the flightware tracking software. There is absolutely no way UA would fly LAX-SYD across any ocean other than the Pacific.

User currently offlineVenezuela747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1427 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 11543 times:

There is gotta be somethin wrong with this......I think this way is way longer but I might be wrong


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User currently offlineZkpilot From New Zealand, joined Mar 2006, 4805 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 11517 times:

It would take the best part of 30 hours to fly that way... ie over the Atlantic, Africa and Indian Oceans, and Australia itself! Its about 14,000nm as opposed to the direct LAX-SYD Pacific Ocean route which is 6500nm and takes about 13 hours.


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User currently offlineDIA From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3273 posts, RR: 28
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 11477 times:

Nothing like showing the novice side of my aviation knowledge! I thought that might take mighty strong tailwind...and then some. You know in those Looney Toons cartoons when one of the characters turns into a sucker-pop or an jackass ...yep...that's me right about now.


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User currently offlineBigGSFO From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2911 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 11394 times:

Quoting DIA (Reply 5):
You know in those Looney Toons cartoons when one of the characters turns into a sucker-pop or an jackass ...yep...that's me right about now.

 rotfl 
It's all good!


User currently offlineRDUDDJI From Lesotho, joined Jun 2004, 1457 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 11291 times:

you can see the line of flight makes an abrupt change right about the point radar coverage would be terminated off the coast of CA. If you notice at the bottom of the graphic, there's a disclaimer that reads:

Quote:
At least part of this flight occurs outside of FlightAware's service area. Information on this page may be unreliable.



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User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7391 posts, RR: 17
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 11207 times:

Wow!! Supersonic UA!! This flight covered around 14,000 miles in just 8hr 28 min!!! That's an AVERAGE speed 0f 1650mph - faster than Concorde and a new world record!!! Thought we had seen the last supersonic passenger flight in my lifetime several years ago. But way to go!!!

Of course they must have gone the wrong way (east instead of west) because of the jet stream or something. I mean if they had flown the right way across the pacific and taken the same length of time they would only have AVERAGED about 765 mph. And that's scarcely above Mach 1 - almost tortoise pace!!


User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 11093 times:

Yeah, you can' trust flight trackers outside of US/Canadian Airspace. You can see that the flight time has been incredibly wrong on the previous LAX-SYD flights.

I looked up DFW-NRT before I went and it was showing a flight time of around 7hrs, 30min, which we know is totally false, especially westbound.

UAL


User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4041 posts, RR: 53
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 10697 times:

This little snippet of info also gives the game away :-

FICKY 2500N 13000W 2100N 13500W BELAN
1500N 14300W 0900N 15000W 0500N 15600W
0100S 16500W 0400S 17000W 0500S 17227W
0800S 18000E GITON 1400S 17000E 1800S
16500E 2003S 16300E 2300S 16000E IFFEY
MARLN

The flight is going WEST as can be seen from the routing.

 Smile



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User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9497 posts, RR: 52
Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 10650 times:

Quoting DIA (Reply 5):
I thought that might take mighty strong tailwind...and then some.

On routes that are mostly east-west then yes the winds can really effect them. However LAX-SYD is mostly a north-south route. There are not huge dominant winds going north and south. The jetstream goes around the globe roughly parallel to the equater with some dips and dives. The winds don't really move north-south except in small areas.



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User currently offlineFlyswim From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 67 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 7912 times:

many of the flights to Asia end up looking like this on Flight Aware as well, or they just "disappear"

User currently offlineRDUDDJI From Lesotho, joined Jun 2004, 1457 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 7626 times:

Quoting Pilottim747 (Reply 1):
Flight trackers rely on radar data from the US/Canada for their updates. After it leaves radar coverage the flight tracking is no longer reliable.

I have also seen trackers with valid radar ping info from the UK, Guam, New Zealand and some Caribbean countries to name a few. I guess they have bilateral radar agreements...  Smile



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User currently offlineCxsjr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 7140 times:

Looks to me like the whole lot of info on that tracker is bull$h1t - take a look at the track log and see how the flight rollercoastered between 29,000 and 1,000 feet over the ocean - if that is to be believed, those passengers must've feared their lives.

Looks like flightaware.com is not worth much IMHO  thumbsdown 


User currently offlinePlanecrazy2 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 615 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 7140 times:

I don't see why they can't track farther over the pacific if they can track the Hawaii flights without a problem.

[Edited 2006-06-28 09:43:50]


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User currently offlineTommy777 From Norway, joined May 2005, 93 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7078 times:

Quoting Cxsjr (Reply 14):
Looks to me like the whole lot of info on that tracker is bull$h1t - take a look at the track log and see how the flight rollercoastered between 29,000 and 1,000 feet over the ocean - if that is to be believed, those passengers must've feared their lives

He he, funny indeed. Would love to be on a 744 that dives down to a 1000 feet every once in a while.


User currently offlineB777A340Fan From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 765 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 5075 times:

Yea, I don't think it's reliable, AT ALL! I just did a test with UAL flight#914 from IAD-CDG and it says it takes 14hrs 4 mins. So on one hand, we have UAL, the supersonic airliners, and on the other hand, we have UAL, the turtle of airliners. Doesn't seem to add up quite right. Heck, at least it didn't go west through the Pacific/Indian oceans to Paris.

User currently offlineMalmoaviation From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 385 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4575 times:

My flight LAX-SYD (not on UA, on NZ) took 14h. This one is taking 14h 30minutes, and going the same way. And you can clearly see that in the beginning from LAX the jumbo is going straight out to the ocean, and then suddenly turns 90 degrees left. Must be a bug or something..

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