swiftski
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How Can I Work Out What's Above Me?

Thu May 24, 2007 4:01 pm

All,

I currently live at a place in North London, N5. Right next to the Emirates Stadium, if that helps.

[maps.google.com, search "n5 1aw to heathrow airport"]

I'm on the flightpath out of Heathrow; according to one of the neighbors who has been here long enough that I trust him.

Per Google maps, I'm 24.0 miles from LHR, door to door, so obviously less, in a straight line, or as the crow flies.

From what I can guess, flights headed my way are probably bound for anywhere East of the Netherlands and Norway (I see heavies too).

Sometimes I can just about make out liveries; other times they are just a bit too high/far.

My question, as per the title; how can I work put what is flying above me? I'm thinking to match it to LHR Arrival/Departure boards, but how long should I add for them to get to me? Is there a program/site that lets me track flights in the London area?

I can provide more info if needed. I'm fed up of lying in bed or looking out the window and thinking "what's that" or "where are they going!"

TIA,

Swiftski
 
cloudyapple
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RE: How Can I Work Out What's Above Me?

Thu May 24, 2007 4:47 pm

You are underneath the approach to Heathrow runway 27. They get vectored downwind to base to final around Finsbury Park/Highbury, intercepting at 10-12Nm on the localiser. Actual track depends on the traffic, Intermediate and Director of the day.

No departures (27 or 09) fly through the area.
A310/A319/20/21/A332/3/A343/6/A388/B732/5/7/8/B742/S/4/B752/B763/B772/3/W/E145/J41/MD11/83/90
 
swiftski
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RE: How Can I Work Out What's Above Me?

Thu May 24, 2007 4:57 pm

Thanks Cloudyapple.

So I've just seen a KLM jet go over me at 08.40

I'm guessing it would be this bad boy into LHR:

09:00 KL1007 AMSTERDAM EXPECTED 0848 Terminal Four

which makes sense, as it was an A330, which this usually is.
 
otnysaslhr
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RE: How Can I Work Out What's Above Me?

Thu May 24, 2007 5:07 pm

Swiftski
If you're really interested and have a PC you could get an SBS-1 Real-Time Virtual Radar Receiver.
This will show you all aircraft within your area (from what I understand)
For details see:
http://www.transair.co.uk/product4.asp?SID=2&Product_ID=4099
Brgds Tony
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TEBGuy
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RE: How Can I Work Out What's Above Me?

Fri May 25, 2007 2:17 am

Wow... i wouldn't mind having one (especially since i live near some of the busiest airspace in the US), but £499 is a bit expensive (about $990US)
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OV735
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RE: How Can I Work Out What's Above Me?

Fri May 25, 2007 2:27 am

A simple airband scanner could work too. From 24 miles (not sure how the aerials are placed at LHR) you probably cannot hear the tower or approach controller, but you can hear all the aircraft in the air.

This way it would be easy to know what aircraft are flying in.

Cheers,
OV735
 
bond007
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RE: How Can I Work Out What's Above Me?

Fri May 25, 2007 2:30 am

Quoting TEBguy (Reply 4):
Wow... i wouldn't mind having one (especially since i live near some of the busiest airspace in the US), but £499 is a bit expensive (about $990US)

for the US, take a look at :

http://www.red1radar.com/index2.html

Bear in mind that in the USA, a small percentage of aircraft are ADS-B equipped, whereas in the UK it's more like >90%.

Their Florida demo is down though .... it looked great when it was working.


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