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How Many Planes Flying At The Same Time?

Sat Nov 25, 2006 10:30 pm


I don't know if this subject has been debated already, but I wonder how many commercial planes are flying allover world at the same time ?

Let's say at noon at GMT time are any other time
how to calculate ?

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RE: How Many Planes Flying At The Same Time?

Sun Nov 26, 2006 1:57 am

I don't know how many planes it is, but they said on a tv program on Discovery Channel that about 260 000 people is in the air at the same time

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RE: How Many Planes Flying At The Same Time?

Mon Dec 04, 2006 3:40 am

Just for an idea, have a look at the Star Alliance screensaver, it shows you the flights of the different members at the same time...
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RE: How Many Planes Flying At The Same Time?

Mon Dec 04, 2006 7:42 am will give you an indication of the number of IFR flights over the US at any given moment..
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RE: How Many Planes Flying At The Same Time?

Mon Dec 04, 2006 8:20 pm

It would almost impossible to calculate all the aircraft in the air at any given time I heard from somewhere that in their heyday that there was a PA aircraft departing or arriving at an airport around the world every 5 seconds. and thats just one airline.

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RE: How Many Planes Flying At The Same Time?

Tue Dec 05, 2006 5:43 pm

Not to mention all the military flights, general aviation flights, etc...

But if you are just talking commercial, Star Alliance alone generally has about 1000-1500 planes up in the air at any given time, and that's just one alliance. It's probably upwards of 10,000 but Star Alliance is pretty big though. But if I had to guess, I'd say roughly 10,000.
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RE: How Many Planes Flying At The Same Time?

Wed Dec 06, 2006 10:03 am

In the US around 1800-2000 GMT, the usual is around 5000 IFR aircraft, with another 5000 VFR. The count is close to the same about 6 hours later.
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