Intel's Ronler Acres Plant

Silicon Forest

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Air Traffic


A day over the UK

What we have here is a time lapse video of air traffic over the British Isles. We have a great deal of traffic going into London and other major airports, but we also have short little flights that apparently go back and forth between non-existent locations. I suspect that most of these are to and from tiny islands, but I wonder if some of them might be to oil rigs. I mean there are a bunch of islands to the Northeast of Scotland, but I'm pretty sure there aren't any in the middle of the North Sea.

The video is from NATS:
NATS is the UK's leading provider of air traffic control services.
Air Traffic Control is performed by private companies in socialist Europe? Who'd a thunk it? I mean, here is the good ol' USA, land of free enterprise and home of capitalist exploitation,  Air Traffic Control is done by the gummint. Weird, man.

Via Flight Radar, who left a comment on one of my old posts.

3 comments:

Ole Phat Stu said...

Some are MIL training flights and supersonic interceptions. Watch Valley and Macynelleth(sp?). Oil rig helicopters too. Supersonic MIL flights around southern Ireland too etc :-)

Chuck Pergiel said...

Watch Valley (Switzerland) isnt' visible here (heh), but Macynelleth is interesting. Watching that area, it's like everyone is specifically avoiding it, until near the end when a couple of flights go zig-zagging all over it.

Ole Phat Stu said...

Valley is an RAF field on Anglesey island(NW Wales).

Re "like everyone is specifically avoiding it". They are, its a low-level training area (500 knots at 100 feet through the mountains). Stand on the hillside and watch the fighters coming through below you. Transponders are off.