Contrailz: Detailed flight patterns at major airports

Posted to Maps  |  Tags:  |  Nathan Yau

Alexey Papulovskiy collected flight data from Plane Finder for a month, which essentially gives you a bunch of points in space over time. Then he mapped the data in Contrailz.

Turns out, besides Flight Levels (FL) (which are indicated on my map by dots’ color: red ones stand for lower altitudes and blue — for higher) planes have pretty specific “roads” and “highways” as well as “intersections” and “junctions”. You can see this for yourself by taking a look at the Russian part of the map: it’s less “crowded”, so the picture is as clear as it gets. The sky above Moscow area looks particularly interesting: civil flights are allowed there only since March 2013 and only with an altitude of 27.000 ft or higher.

Aaron Koblin’s Flight Patterns always comes to mind immediately when I see flight data, and Contrailz of course looks similar, but the latter brings in European flight patterns, too, which makes it worth a gander.

By the way, you should also check out Plane Finder if you haven’t seen that yet. It shows planes currently in flight, and there’s a lot of them. [Thanks, Alexey]

Favorites

Unemployment in America, Mapped Over Time

Watch the regional changes across the country from 1990 to 2016.

Best Data Visualization Projects of 2016

Here are my favorites for the year.

How We Spend Our Money, a Breakdown

We know spending changes when you have more money. Here’s by how much.

Shifting Incomes for American Jobs

For various occupations, the difference between the person who makes the most and the one who makes the least can be significant.