CoolGuy
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Technical Details On A Delta Arctic Flight?

Fri Mar 16, 2012 7:07 pm

I'll be traveling for the first time over northern Canada and the Arctic on DL173 JFK-NRT and back on DL172. I'd like to learn as much as I can about the route and anything of interest for this flight and this region of the world with respect to aviation. I'll likely be able to obtain the flight plan beforehand from flightaware.com and could probably get the lat/long of the fixes in US airspace from airnav.com, though I don't know how I'd do so for Russian and Japanese airspace. Then I could input those coordinates into Motion GPS for iPad and I'll have a personal flight map. The outbound flight has personal screens, presumably that means it's the updated B744 with AVOD and a moving map, though the latter flight is showing up as not having been updated yet, so just an overhead screen so no map there.

So, some technical questions here:

How to look up fixes and routes (similar to skyvector.com and airnav.com) in the Arctic, and Canadian, Russian, and Japanese airspace
Wind projections for this region
Anything interesting about Arctic flights and the underwhelming DL B744s I'll be on
Reasons for taking routes that may go north/south/through Alaska (I noticed it can vary greatly every flight)
Any links to a related topic regarding prior trips on the trip report forum
 
9V-SPJ
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RE: Technical Details On A Delta Arctic Flight?

Sat Mar 17, 2012 3:42 pm

This website has some wind information regarding the jetstream:

http://www.stormsurfing.com/cgi/display_alt.cgi?a=npac_250

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pianos101
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RE: Technical Details On A Delta Arctic Flight?

Sat Mar 17, 2012 8:20 pm

When I flew DL 172 a few weeks ago we didn't go north at all. We stayed a few hundred miles south of the Aleutians, then entered US airspace at Seattle, and flew a standard SEA-JFK route. The "standard" route takes you further north, but obviously favorable winds make all the difference.
 
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RE: Technical Details On A Delta Arctic Flight?

Sun Mar 18, 2012 3:46 am

Quoting CoolGuy (Thread starter):
How to look up fixes and routes (similar to skyvector.com and airnav.com) in the Arctic, and Canadian, Russian, and Japanese airspace
http://www.opennav.com/

Not sure if they do Russia or Japan, but they definitely cover more than the US (I was using them for SE Asia and it worked fine).

Quoting CoolGuy (Thread starter):
Wind projections for this region

You can get the Alaska winds here:
http://www.aviationweather.gov/products/nws/alaska

I'm sure Jeppesen has a forecast product for higher latitudes but I don't think it's public.

Quoting CoolGuy (Thread starter):
Reasons for taking routes that may go north/south/through Alaska (I noticed it can vary greatly every flight)

Winds make a huge difference. When solar weather gets really bad that can make a difference too:
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/today.html

Tom.

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