Monday, September 7, 2009

World Air Traffic

Ever wanted to watch the movement of the world's air travel? The density of airplanes coming and going is actually really stunning.

This computer simulation by Zhaw shows worldwide commercial flights over a 24-hour period. It made the blog rounds earlier this year, and I thought it was worth bringing back. Watch as flights start in the morning in the western hemisphere, and as the sun starts to come up in the east, more flights begin in the east. Although it's a simulation, I found the whole thing very inspirational. I'm not sure, however, if we're seeing actual GPS traces or just interpolated flight paths from point-to-point data. My guess is the latter.


For another interesting simulation, see the air traffic over Europe.  ▣

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