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How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

Tue Feb 04, 2003 8:49 am

Since we are all aviation enthusiasts (well, I sure do hope so), most of us tend to visit airports every now and then and try to see (or even take pictures of) aircraft arrive, depart or whatever.

Today however, I was wondering how many of us get to see aircraft movements right from the place we live. Take me for instance: I live about 17km (about 10nm) north of BRU. So, I don't get to see many aircraft 'up close and personal', unless I jump into my car and drive to BRU. Fortunately, I get to see many aircraft movements right over my house:

  • Whenever RWY 25L and/or RWY 25R are used for landings, most aircraft coming from the north/northwest (I suppose that's where they're coming from) fly right over my house at a height of about 3000ft.

  • If RWY 20 is used for landings (i.e. wind blowing from southwest), I only have to look right out of one of the windows that's pointed towards the east to see all the aircraft line up for landing. Even though they're still far away, I'm able to see every aircraft for a couple of minutes. If I grab my binoculars, I can even see the gear come out etc...after a while however, they disappear, probably only 90 seconds or so before landing.

  • Every now and then, depending on wind conditions, aircraft take off from RWY 02 and/or RWY 07R. Now, if these aircraft have to fly north or west after departure, they'll fly right over my house only a minute or so after take off (thanks to those particular SID's). Especially during a sunny day, it's pretty cool to see and hear all those heavies only moments after taking off.

  • Every now and then of course, some helicopter or other general aviation aircraft (Cessna/Piper/...) flies quite low over our house. On some occasions, we even get to see a Lockheed C-130H Hercules of the Belgian Air Force fly really low over our head...Those Air Force cowboys  Wink/being sarcastic

  • Finally, usually I also get some good 'enroute' action. I.e., whenever the sky is clear and atmospheric conditions are as should be, the sky over here is filled with contrails. It's just breathtaking to see the sun set in the west and see a bunch of thick contrails heading towards that orange/red sky. Makes me want to sit on one of those you know?

    I can very well imagine some neighbours being annoyed by all those 'dangerous' aircraft flying right over their head. However, I like it of course. Anyone'd like to share their situation?

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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Tue Feb 04, 2003 8:53 am

    when SEA is is taking planes from the south I will usually see the European heavies over my house (SAS A340, BA 777/747, NW DC-10). When SEA is launching planes to the north many southbound planes fly over. And I see/hear lots of QX flights headed to Eastern WA.
     
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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Tue Feb 04, 2003 9:01 am

    Aircraft coming into LHR/LGW, as well as CDG, FRA, MUC, AMS etc etc... From/to the US....

    Concorde on most days, at about 24,000ft (don't know why this is...), sometimes much lower...

     
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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Tue Feb 04, 2003 9:05 am

    At my home in Manchester UK usually see aircraft circling above holding for MAN. Great in the summer when it's busy with clear skies! Other than that there's a pretty frequent flow of traffic heading to MAN taking the route over the north of the city from the south east and down from Scotland and Ireland. In the morning I also get the heavies, SQ 747, US330, AA767 etc. When it's easterly opp's and 06R/L is in use I also see aircraft arriving from Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.

    At high altitude I get to see the heavies from LHR, mostly BA, heading over to the Atlantic and also european transatlantic heavies.

    At my Uni flat in Nottingham I can see aircraft turning onto finals for EMA and if I can be arsed to venture up to the campus I can see them lined up on approach. Not so much in the day, as most traffic comes in from the south. However at night alot of freighters come over - nice and noisy!

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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Tue Feb 04, 2003 9:06 am

    Now I'd love to see Concorde fly over my house. Back in the early 90's, I even saw a US Air Force C-5 Galaxy fly quite low, after take off from BRU. Heavenly...

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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Tue Feb 04, 2003 9:12 am

    I see em every time JFK uses 22L or 22R. And with the new LGA approach I can see them when they are landing on 31

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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Tue Feb 04, 2003 9:23 am

    The last two places I lived were under one of the approaches to JFK. Around 5-6PM I'd get a treat of heavies coming in from across the pond. Typically, they'd be at a few thousand feet, although one day a VS 744 came in so low I could see the people through the windows (keep in mind at the time I lived 40 - 50 miles from JFK).

    Right now all I get is the occasional military helicopter flying between a navy pier and a base in central NJ.
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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Tue Feb 04, 2003 9:31 am

    I get final approach turns for runway 35 L right over my house, they sometimes come very low, but sometimes hot and high.

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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Tue Feb 04, 2003 10:05 am

    During peak times in the late afternoon and early evening, one jet at 9000' every 2 minutes going into EWR on the DYLIN 2 arrival. Overtop of that are 5 different J-Airways.

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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Tue Feb 04, 2003 10:09 am

    -Planes coming into BOS:
    Runway 4R and 4L(about 1500-2000 feet)

    -Planes Departing BOS:
    Runway 27(about 3500 feet)

    -There are a lot of planes at 30,000-40,000ft. that are flying to/from Europe

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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Tue Feb 04, 2003 10:11 am

    A lot! Many planes turn onto final approach right over my dorm on approach to 36C usually at around 3,000 ft. Unfortunatly, when they take off on 18C they are too high or have already made a turn.
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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Tue Feb 04, 2003 10:13 am

    my house is right near South Miami and so I see many planes flying overhead...probably from South America (and being from Miami, there are a ton of them)...but the best is when it is stormy and they are heading on the downwind leg to 9L/R...a few months ago I saw an Iberia 742 fly right over my house...8 or 9,000 (maybe 10k, I am just estimating) feet and still pretty far from the airport...awesome!!!!

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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Tue Feb 04, 2003 10:31 am

    I live about 15 miles north of DTW- I see planes at about 3000-4000 ft I assume circling in to land on 22L and 22R.

    When the wind is from the north, westbound flights take off to the north and make their circle westward over my house.

    Aircraft inbound to YIP fly over my house at a much lower altitude like 1500-2500 ft, every once in a while I get a nice treat from a Kalitta 747 flying low.
     
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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Tue Feb 04, 2003 10:33 am

    I stayed with friends that lived first in Ashburn, VA and then Centreville, VA for some time.

    Great views of a variety of widebodies from Europe, the occasional KE and ANA planes, and tons of UA planes of all varieties flying to IAD.

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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Tue Feb 04, 2003 10:42 am

    I live under the downwind for Runway 33 at NXX, NAS/JRB Willow Grove, and as such get tons of military traffic roaring over at altitudes between 1000 and 2000 feet on approach...I also do see the occasional heavy heading into PHL at about 5000 ft. or so way overhead, as well as Dash-8s at about 3000 ft.

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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Tue Feb 04, 2003 11:15 am

    I get alot, alot of different airlines and alot of different airplanes. coming from EWR, JFK, and LGA


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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Tue Feb 04, 2003 11:27 am

    My house is directly under the approach path for runways 10L and 10R at Port Columbus. Most aircraft have already lined up or are in the process of lining up as they fly over my neighborhood. When runways 28L/R are used, most aircraft have already turned by the time they reach my neighborhood. All I generally see are westbound departures. Sometimes cargo aircraft going into Rickenbacker will take a path close to my house. I've seen FedEx DC-10's fly over my neighborhood on several occasions.
     
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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Tue Feb 04, 2003 11:34 am

    My house is around 11 miles north of Burlington VT (BTV). I don't really get a lot of commercial traffic over my house but my house is located in the North Training area. So I see a good amount of 152's 172's etc... I do see the 747's and 720's from Pratt and Whitney in Plattsburg every once in a while. The most unusual plane was a British Airways Erj 145 that was being ferry from England to Chicago to be sold. It flew over my house at around 2500ft. It's not everyday that you hear British pilots talking to the local tower  Smile

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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Tue Feb 04, 2003 11:35 am

    About 2 per day!

    Living in Melbourne (Australia), the vast majority of traffic starts/ends here. I've occasionally seen something travelling SE/NW early afternoon which the best I can pip-point is a SQ flight from Christchurch (NZ) to Singapore.

    After living only 15mins from Heathrow - it's very different!!

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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Tue Feb 04, 2003 11:45 am

    I get a fair amount of small traffic headed into HPN. Usually, there are quite a bit of US Airways Express Dash-8s, but the number has seemed to have dwindled lately. There are the occasional Comair CRJs and Lear Jets, but mostly small props. At night, there is traffic from EWR outbound to Europe overhead at 10,000-15,000 feet. Usually I can tell what type of aircraft it is (747 vs. 777 vs. A340). The only visible liveries that I have seen are the Peter Max and Virgin New, both highly visible in the sunset. There are, in addition, Delta Shuttle and US Airways Shuttle aircraft on their way from LGA to BOS at about 10,000 feet. The most interesting traffic, however, consists of several military helicopters that fly overhead each day on their way to and from the Sikorski manufacturing plant nearby.
     
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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Tue Feb 04, 2003 12:03 pm

    I live in La Jolla, a city within San Diego, California. Three separate flight corridors are above my house, one at 4000-10000 feet, the other two around 20000-30000 feet. The lowest corridor routes planes arriving at San Diego's Lindbergh from points on the West Coast of the US, as well as Hawaii and Asia (whenever there is the odd cargo flight). Among the most common aircraft I see flying overhead are Southwest 737s, UA & UA Express 737s, A320s, and Emb-120s, American Eagle Saab 340s and ERJs, and Alaska Airlines 737s and Md-80s.

    The first of the higher corridors routes planes traveling to and from the West Coast of North America and Mexico/Latin America. The most common aircraft types flying overhead are Alaska 737s and Md-80s, Mexicana A320s and 757s, and Aero California DC-9s. Notable daily or semi-weekly aircraft include Varig Md-11s to Sao Paulo, LanChile A340s to Lima & Santiago, and until recently, Korean Air & JAL 747s to Sao Paulo Strangely, I never seem to see aircraft from Aeromexico or any US airline besides Alaska. They must route their a/c differently.

    The second of the higher corridors routes planes going from the midwestern US to Hawaii. During the late morning/early afternoon hours, I've seen Northwest DC-10s, American 767-300s, Delta 767s, and even the odd Continental 777. These aircraft seem to vary their flightplan often, however, so it is hard to catch them on a daily basis.

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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Tue Feb 04, 2003 12:10 pm

    If PDX is operating on the 10s, then every plane headed there goes by my house. So depending on the wind I either get take-offs (usually in the summer) or landings (the winter). It's only when they are using 3/21 do I not get any traffic outside my window.

    I will say though, there are days when it feels like they are right outside my deck. It's great to sit out, drink a beer and watch the planes roll by. I don't even have to leave to spot any more!

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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Tue Feb 04, 2003 12:42 pm

    I frequently see aircraft heading to and from ISP, mostly WN 737's. I also can see high-flying JFK traffic from time to time.
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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Tue Feb 04, 2003 1:25 pm

    I forgot to mention also that where I live near Detroit we are also in the flight path for Eastbound a/c out of ORD at about 30,000 ft. Looks to be mainly AA and UA 757s and some 767s, occassionally a 777.
     
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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Tue Feb 04, 2003 1:49 pm

    I live right across Lake Michigan from ORD. By the time the airliners fly over my house, they are at least at 10,000 feet for the most part. Many planes from MDW fly over as well. I see ATA Saab340's all the time, probably at 8k or 9k feet. On a clear night, I can see as many as 12 aircraft in the air from my back deck heading East from the Chicago area.
    Many aircraft fly over at much higher altitudes from more westerly airports.
    I live about 30 miles NW of SBN, so I get to see some RJ's come over as well.

    Clear nights are a good time to stand on the bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. You can look West and see most of the Chicago skyline and planes taking off from ORD and MDW.

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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Tue Feb 04, 2003 2:45 pm

    I live 5 about minutes from ISP and when they use runway 15R for landings and runway 33L for takeoffs, the planes go right over my house.

    I also sometimes see high flying planes going to land at JFK (I'm about 40 miles east of JFK)

    I can sometimes see planes coming from JFK too, heading east towards Europe.
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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Tue Feb 04, 2003 4:56 pm

    Where i live we get nearly all transatlantic services. Usually the sky is covered in contrails
     
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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Tue Feb 04, 2003 5:49 pm

    Some of that traffic will be domestics from London to Galsgow/Edinburgh, I've flown that route quite a bit and we usually fly past EMA and then in the corridor between Derby and Nottingham.


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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Tue Feb 04, 2003 7:26 pm

    Easyjet's from Belfast and ATP's from the Isle of Man always fly over my house on approach to Liverpool. The strange thing is though, I never see EuroManx aircraft coming in from the IOM.
     
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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Tue Feb 04, 2003 10:03 pm

    Thanks for all the replies, guys. Seems like I'm not the only one who doesn't have to drive all the way to an airport to get his daily dose of aircraft action  Wink/being sarcastic

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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Tue Feb 04, 2003 10:41 pm


    Almost all the traffic approaching Tunis,as well as the high levels traffic to MIR,DJE,Africa,the Middle-East,and Eastern Europe !!!
     
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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Tue Feb 04, 2003 10:49 pm

    I live right under the approach for IAH, and a small civil airport called Hooks Airport. My school is also under the approach for IAH, so I see approximately 100 aircraft or so a day. All types from Cessnas all the way up to 747s.
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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Tue Feb 04, 2003 11:30 pm

    Living in the southwest of Sweden, just across the strait from Copenhagen, 25 miles from CPH, we get all the incoming traffic from the east on route to runway 22L. Mostly "shuttles" from the Baltic states, Russia and Finland including SK, AY, SU and Air Baltic. They are at about 3000 - 4000 feet. In the mornings we also get the widebodies from the Far East. If you oversleep there is still a chance that TG:s 744 will wake you up. I you are really late sometimes SQ and their 777 will do the job.
     
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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Tue Feb 04, 2003 11:36 pm

    None.

    Airplanes never fly over my house (19th district) as it is not under any of the approach paths to Schwechat, Vienna. If the pilots however screws up any of the approach turns to either RWY 18 or 11, they may sometimes pass at around 4000-6000 ft about 3 miles away.
     
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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Tue Feb 04, 2003 11:38 pm

    At where I live (Mountain View, CA), I get the following overflights:

    1. Overflights between the Pacific Northwest and Southern California.

    2. The go-around pattern out of Moffett Federal Airfield (when it was Moffet Naval Air Station up until 1993 I used to get overflights every few minutes from P-3C Orions).

    3. The landing pattern for SFO's Runway 28L/28R every now and then.

    4. The landing pattern for SJC whenever landings/takeoffs are in the north to south direction.
     
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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Tue Feb 04, 2003 11:39 pm

    My house is less than 1 mile from JFK, I can roll out of bed and see that traffic. I can also see LGA most days, and some EWR traffic depending on the runways in use. On a clear day, there is so much OTT stuff overhead. From arrivals into the NE area (BOS,PVD,BDL,MHT,YYZ) Also many European flights heading out of IAD, ATL, CLT, and some of the other US airports. I can truly say this (NYC) is one of the best areas to live in for plane spotting.
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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Tue Feb 04, 2003 11:41 pm

    I dont know how many but my house is directly under path to runway 19 for landings. Airplanes are no more than 1000feet above, and if they use runway 1 for take offs They are also roaring overy my house. I hate 6am departures from DCA towards north. If AA MD-80 or UAL 757-200 takes off it wakes me up.

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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Tue Feb 04, 2003 11:44 pm

    I live [literally] under the flight path of LCY. So every half hour or so my apartment rumbles ... I'm telling ya, the leafblower in the mornings is quieter than the planes going overhead ...
     
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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Wed Feb 05, 2003 12:05 am

    I live near Halim Airport (WIIH) in Jakarta, when they are using 25L&R I get all eastbound departures from the main airport (WIII/CGK) as they all head direct to Cirebon as they turn left and the line takes them towards Halim, and over my house. The larger jets turn right towards Cirebon as they are on low weights and can climb faster above the incomings by a couple of thousands of feet. Take offs from 07L&R go slightly north of me, but I get to see a lot of them.

    Most of them are overhead my house at around 7000 - 12000 feet.

    Some Halim westbound departures fly over my house...

    So, from the main airport, I get all the F28, F100 737-200s and 300s eastbound, and Qantas to Sydney. From Halim I get all sorts, from 737-200, to F28s, from F16s to Hercs to 707s and other props.

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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Wed Feb 05, 2003 1:17 am

    I used to live three years ago under the northeasterly landing path for ATL, so hundreds of planes a day passed over me. Unless planes were landing from the west that day.
     
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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Wed Feb 05, 2003 11:25 am

    So, did any of you ever try to take pictures from the place you live? As a matter of fact, the first picture I ever took of an aircraft with my D60, was a UA 767 that flew over my house moments after takeoff. But, since the weather wasn't that good, the picture came out too dark. Next to that, I take pictures of contrails every now and then...

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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Wed Feb 05, 2003 11:51 am

    I don't know exactly how many fly over my house, but I'm essentially right on the path of flights approaching RWY 29 in Oak. My school in Hayward gets most of the planes coming from the south. They are approximately 4500 ft, but I don't often get to see what ariline they're from.
     
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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Wed Feb 05, 2003 12:02 pm

    Virtually everything that comes and goes into ORD swings by my house, or is visible from my house.

    Conclusion: I see more planes over my house than anyone here. Yar ORD has the most movements in the world  Big thumbs up
     
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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Wed Feb 05, 2003 1:37 pm

    I live in north Toronto directly under the point where aircraft approaching Pearson international turn to intercept with runway 24R. The airliners pass overhead at about 3000ft. I've spent many enjoyable summer afternoons in the backyard with a pair of binoculars and a few beers wathing planes make steep banks over the house.
     
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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Wed Feb 05, 2003 5:44 pm

    At PDX when 10R/L is used, everything coming from the east goes right over my apartment. They fly west and make the turn to PDX. 10:30 every morning UA has an Airbus from DEN. I can tell by the sound of the engines...

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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Wed Feb 05, 2003 6:17 pm

    Here's a picture I took from my house.....



    and this was taken at work.....


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    I can only get these pictures if LHR runway 09R is in use which is about 25% of the time.


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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Wed Feb 05, 2003 9:01 pm

    Qantas744:Nice pics! Thanks for sharing them with us!

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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Wed Feb 05, 2003 9:47 pm

    I live in Amersham just beneath the holding pattern for LHR. From my house I can see most flights arriving from the North America and Northern UK and Ireland.
    Airlines I mostly see are: British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, BMI, American, United, Air Canada, Aer Lingus and also Air India, Icelandair.
    There are also departures from LHR flying over my house but these are less frequent than the holdings.
     
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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Wed Feb 05, 2003 10:02 pm

    I am about 40 miles from BTV, maybe a little bit more....... So, I don't see many A/C, occasionally I will see a Chopper, or a Cessna 150, but I see a lot of aircraft at FL300-400 crusining headed for europe. If you take a look at the great circle route, you would realize that almost all planes going across the pond would fly over me (I was on OS VIE-IAD, and it showed right where I live on the tracking map as we flew over)
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    RE: How Many Aircraft Fly Over Your House?

    Wed Feb 05, 2003 10:23 pm

    On average I'd guess 3-5  Smile It depends if rwy33 at Stord - Sørstokken (SRP) is in use. If it is, all traffic goes over/past my house on arrival. As we are pretty close to the town centre, there are normally a few private aircrafts having a look at the area. Especially during the summer.

    During the Airshow which is held every 2-3 years, the number of passing aircrafts increase drastically. Not that I'm sitting at home to watch them when the airshow is held at the airport. Big grin

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