PHOTO: Airbus A380 on the South Cross taxiway, Singapore: © Andrew Hunt (see huge version here)
There's an amazing virtual reality tour of the flight deck of an Airbus 380. Once you click on the link a new page will open with the full virtual reality pano loaded. The Airbus 380 flight deck has the very latest technology for pilots, including HUD (head-up-display), and the pano lets you zoom in and move around the flight deck freely. The screenshots below are from the A380 pano, © Gilles Vidal.
|Using Google To Track A U.S. Flight
You can use Google to check the status of a U.S. flight by typing the name of the airline followed by the flight number. For example, to see the status for United Airlines flight 134 search for "United 134."
On the resulting page click on the fboweb.com link and you'll see a flight tracker with your flight info.
Heres' the flight tracking info you'll get (using flight United 134):
FlightID: UAL134 (Commercial Jet)
Owner: UNITED AIR LINES INC.
Radio Call: UNITED
Type: B772 (Boeing Company Model 777-200)
Origin Apt: SFO SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL
Dest Apt: ORD CHICAGO O'HARE INTL
Departed: 11:24 AM PDT (1824Z)
Original ETA: 04:37 PM CDT (2137Z)
Actual Arrival Time: 04:47 P
You can also use Google to see delays and weather conditions at a particular airport by typing the airport's three letter code followed by the word "airport." For example, San Francisco International Airport updates can be found by searching for "sfo airport."
Flight Tracking, International Flight Tracker
Do you want to be able to track a flight? There are lots of places to do so on the web, and most involve typing in the flight number. Our favorite is from FlyteComm. They offer a great free service that allows you to view lots of info and track the flight in real time.
If you are not sure about an airline flight number, check with the airline on their website. Take note of it and then go to the first box of the free flight tracker and track the flight by entering the airline and flight number. For advanced users, enter Flight ID (eg AAL1014) or Arrival and Departure (optional) Airport codes.
20% of all airline flights will arrive late, so using flight tracking can save you time. The flight tracker includes the following information based on a flight number:
Remaining Flight Time
Flight Status In Flight
Visit FlyteComm for real time flight tracking.
Airliners.net Considered the biggest aviation links and interest site in the world. There are over 350,000 photos online and some of them are absolutely spectacular. Look at this Air France 747 coming in very low over a beach. Look for even larger images on site.
Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC) There are from 4,000 to 6,000 aircraft operating in the National Airspace System (NAS) during peak periods. This equates to approximately 50,000 aircraft operations per day. The role of the ATCSCC is to manage this flow of air traffic within the continental United States.
AirlineMeals.net Ever wondered what's cooking at 30,000 feet? You can find out with a single click, without leaving the ground. This is the world's first website about nothing but airline food. Featuring over 3,700 photos of airline meals. Look for the Air France spreads, they are superb!
SeatGuru.com Better than free cocktails on a trans-Atlantic flight, this site allows you to choose your aircraft from a list of several carriers, and then get the low-down on every seat on the plane. Flying an American Boeing 757-200? You'd be well advised to avoid seats 15A and 15F, but if you find yourself in row 17, count your lucky honey-roasted peanuts. To find the best airline seats (including First Class, Business Class, and Coach Class) you can simply select the aircraft you're flying using a drop-down menu.
How Air Traffic Control Works How do aircraft keep from colliding with each other? How does air traffic move into and out of an airport or across the country? The task of ensuring safe operations of commercial and private aircraft falls on air traffic controllers. They must coordinate the movements of thousands of aircraft, keep them at safe distances from each other, direct them during takeoff and landing from airports, direct them around bad weather and ensure that traffic flows smoothly with minimal delays.
Read this great primer from the How Stuff Works website. Includes sections (with illustrations) on Departure, En Route and Descent, Approach, Landing, Career Training, and Air Traffic Control Problems.
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