June 11, 2012 | Mark Paradies

Air Traffic Simulation

This doesn’t have much to do about root cause analysis but it may help explain air traffic control delays.

Watch this worldwide air traffic simulation …


(.wmv format – click to play)

Here’s what the e-mail said that was with the video …

This is a 24 hour observation of all of the large aircraft flights in the world, condensed down to 1:11. From space we look like a bee hive of activity. What you will see, is a video showing air traffic around the world
for 24 hours, taken from a satellite..

You won’t believe this! The yellow dots are airplanes in the sky during a 24 hour period.

Stay with the picture. You will see the light of the day moving from the east to the west, as the Earth spins on its axis.  Also you will see the aircraft flow of traffic leaving the North American continent and travelling at night to arrive in the UK in the morning.  Then you will see the flow changing, leaving the UK in the morning and flying to the American continent in daylight.

This is something that everyone should see.  For our children/grandchildren it provides a superb learning moment and an opportunity to open up what could be a very interesting discussion. This is one of the coolest things I have ever seen.

How many people do YOU think are in the sky at any given moment?

You can tell it was spring time in the north by the sun’s foot print over the planet. You could see that it didn’t set for long in the extreme north and it didn’t quite rise in the extreme south.

We are taught about the earth’s tilt and how it causes summer and winter and we have had to imagine just what is going on. With this 24 hour observation of aircraft travel on the earth’s surface we get to see the daylight pattern move as well. Remember watch the day to night..Day is over in Australia when it starts.

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