Visualizing Flight Patterns Over The U.S.
An original piece by Wired magazine presents some amazing visualizations of the various traffic routes by different airplanes over the United States. The distincition in the long-hauls versus the puddle jumpers is quite notable. Also, air traffic controllers are very likely underpaid.
The graphic below visually compares differences in flight patterns
between the 10 most active aircraft models being monitored by the FAA
on August 12, 2008 over a 24-hour period. Check out the difference in
range between the Boeing 738, capable of traveling 3,060 nautical miles
in a flight, and the Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ2), which at 980
nautical miles is a puddle jumper.
And here are the unique flight paths by plane type:
And all the flights. Who wants to be an airtraffic controller?