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Visualization of US flight patterns

This is a page showing some rather more artistic representations of aircraft in motion over the United States by Aaron Koblin. The researchers took the real time flight data for a 24 hour period and plotted the positions of the aircraft in flight over the US and coming to and from the US. Visually its a very attractive piece, from an aviation perspective you can see the waves of aircraft coming and going as the time zones roll by – well worth a look.

Link to the site: Air Traffic As Seen by the FAA

Have a look at the Video Documentation (Quicktime) movies first as this gives you an overview of what they did, you can then look at some of the more specific movies on the page as you desire.

This description of the project is taken from Aaron Koblin’s website:

The following flight pattern visualizations are the result of experiments leading to the project Celestial Mechanics by Scott Hessels and Gabriel Dunne. FAA data was parsed and plotted using the Processing programming environment. The frames were composited with Adobe After Effects and/or Maya and the final piece was highlighted at SIGGRAPH 2005 in the NVIDIA Immersive Dome Experience
http://www.aaronkoblin.com/work/faa/

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