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#1295928 - 04/01/2015 16:01 Re: Aviation, Flying, and your flying / travel experiences & photos / movies... [Re: tornadochaser_76]
Nerd65 Offline
Weather Freak

Registered: 30/01/2011
Posts: 446
Loc: Cranbrook, Townsville
Until the black boxes are found and the data analysed any theory as to what caused the crash is pure speculation and barely warrants any attention.
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#1300808 - 19/01/2015 07:14 Re: Aviation, Flying, and your flying / travel experiences & photos / movies... [Re: tornadochaser_76]
aussiestormfreak Offline
Meteorological Motor Mouth

Registered: 02/02/2011
Posts: 6013
Loc: Melbourne (Belgrave); Corryong...
One of the great things about my Flightradar24.com smartphone app is that it allows me to keep track of flights almost anywhere I go, provided I have an Internet connection. smile

While here in Merimbula, I've been able to monitor the REX (Regional Express) flights arriving and departing at the local airport to and from Melbourne and Sydney, and occasionally other flights such as scenic flights for the NSW South Coast region. smile

But I have also discovered that overhead, flights travelling between Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Canberra, and Hobart can be seen (weather-permitting). The same can be said (off in the distance, and again weather-permitting) for flights travelling between New Zealand (Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch) and places like Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, and Singapore. smile

As for Corryong, Northeast Victoria, from my experience I've tracked flights travelling mainly between Melbourne and Sydney. But I've note aircraft travelling to other destinations along the same flight path, including Johannesburg in South Africa, Albury/Wodonga, Canberra, Newcastle, Noumea in New Caledonia, Port Villa in Vanuatu, Nadi in Fiji, Honolulu in Hawaii, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. smile

On at least one occasion I've also seen a contrail from a plane travelling between Hobart and Brisbane via Canberra. smile

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#1300849 - 19/01/2015 11:00 Re: Aviation, Flying, and your flying / travel experiences & photos / movies... [Re: tornadochaser_76]
samboz Offline
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Registered: 16/11/2014
Posts: 2216
Loc: Sale, VIC

Flightradar24 is very interesting asf, I like to show our young grandsons the contrails of Melb/NZ flights, then show them the plane online.

Explain it's at 39,000ft, speed 900kph, where it's going etc

Kids soak that sort of thing up and relating visual reality to screen info.is a good lesson I think.

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#1300853 - 19/01/2015 11:17 Re: Aviation, Flying, and your flying / travel experiences & photos / movies... [Re: tornadochaser_76]
Mick10 Offline
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Registered: 02/11/2001
Posts: 25465
Loc: Kirwan, Townsville - NQld.
i love that site as well. great to know if your plane is running on time before it arrives for turnaround, which specific aircraft you are on. handy when i am flying qantas to see if its been upgraded to seat back entertainmen or not!! lol.

but my 4yo is a a big plane nerd like myself and will sit there for an hour clicking on planes around the world looking at the pictures. he loves it.
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#1301553 - 20/01/2015 19:33 Re: Aviation, Flying, and your flying / travel experiences & photos / movies... [Re: tornadochaser_76]
Hells kitchen Offline
Weather Freak

Registered: 17/11/2014
Posts: 284
Loc: SE Failbourne
I'm addicted to Flightradar24. I've got planes from NZ and Tassie flying directly overhead to/from Tullamarine and I've always wondered how high they are etc and wished there was a way to find out. One thing I like to do is see how long I can track the plane visually before I lose sight of it then check how far away it is. One night I was tracking an ANZ flight from Perth to Auckland before I lost sight of its strobes in binoculars. From memory it was out over the sea beyond Sale.
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#1301608 - 20/01/2015 21:01 Re: Aviation, Flying, and your flying / travel experiences & photos / movies... [Re: tornadochaser_76]
samboz Offline
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Registered: 16/11/2014
Posts: 2216
Loc: Sale, VIC
Re distance, looking at them at times you'd swear they were maybe a KM or two from being directly overhead, when FR24 shows them as ten km or more it's quite surprising.

Melb. to beyond Sale, that's impressive hk.

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#1301698 - 20/01/2015 23:23 Re: Aviation, Flying, and your flying / travel experiences & photos / movies... [Re: Nerd65]
desieboy Offline
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Registered: 31/12/2002
Posts: 3838
Loc: Broome
Originally Posted By: Nerd65
Until the black boxes are found and the data analysed any theory as to what caused the crash is pure speculation and barely warrants any attention.


Always interesting to speculate Nerd otherwise we wouldn't have the media would we just... wink
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#1301720 - 21/01/2015 01:25 Re: Aviation, Flying, and your flying / travel experiences & photos / movies... [Re: tornadochaser_76]
noclouds Offline
Cloud Gazer

Registered: 18/01/2015
Posts: 2
Video: UK pilots landing a turboprop in Leeds despite strong wind
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suN9FRk92tE

They are used to it, still passenger get some goose bumps

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#1302287 - 22/01/2015 15:17 Re: Aviation, Flying, and your flying / travel experiences & photos / movies... [Re: tornadochaser_76]
aussiestormfreak Offline
Meteorological Motor Mouth

Registered: 02/02/2011
Posts: 6013
Loc: Melbourne (Belgrave); Corryong...
Yes Flightradar24.com is great! Unfortunately I'm having to upgrade my free version of the app on my smartphone, and until I can sort out the issue of storage space and installation back in Melbourne, I'm forced to rely on either a computer with Internet or else FlightAware (thankfully a free, but recently upgraded version of the smartphone app that allows you to also track flights). Frustrating, but at least I have a temporary solution! smile

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#1303771 - 26/01/2015 21:47 Re: Aviation, Flying, and your flying / travel experiences & photos / movies... [Re: tornadochaser_76]
aussiestormfreak Offline
Meteorological Motor Mouth

Registered: 02/02/2011
Posts: 6013
Loc: Melbourne (Belgrave); Corryong...
The past couple of hours here in Corryong have been abnormally busy in terms of aviation! The Melbourne-Sydney flight path is normally loaded up with aircraft travelling in both directions between the two cities (and places in the same general directions like Johannesburg, Albury/Wodonga, Canberra, Newcastle, Noumea, Port Villa, Nadi, Honolulu, Los Angeles, and San Francisco). But according to Flightradar24.com and FlightAware, planes travelling to Melbourne from Brisbane and the Gold Coast have been flying overhead... very unusual! poke

The mean Melbourne-Brisbane flight path is much further west/northwest, well away from Corryong and the Upper Murray.

Maybe it's because the main Melbourne-Brisbane flight path is overloaded with planes carrying people returning from summer holidays and the Australia Day long weekend? Or perhaps the weather, including the showers and storms from the Taree/Port Macquarie/Tamworth/Gunnedah region of NSW north into Queensland, is affecting air traffic? Either way, it's quite extraordinary as far as I'm concerned! poke smile

I forgot to mention that I've also tracked planes travelling between between Canberra, and Adelaide and Perth, in the Upper Murray/Snowy Mountains region of Northeast Victoria/Southeast NSW, but very rarely have I actually seen them in person while in Corryong. poke

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#1305074 - 01/02/2015 12:46 Re: Aviation, Flying, and your flying / travel experiences & photos / movies... [Re: tornadochaser_76]
Nerd65 Offline
Weather Freak

Registered: 30/01/2011
Posts: 446
Loc: Cranbrook, Townsville
Came across something a bit different on Flightradar24 this morning. Here's the link telling all about it: http://www.google.com/loon/

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#1305632 - 04/02/2015 15:37 Re: Aviation, Flying, and your flying / travel experiences & photos / movies... [Re: tornadochaser_76]
ColdFront Offline
Meteorological Motor Mouth

Registered: 29/06/2008
Posts: 19046
Loc: The Beach.
Amazing breaking news footage of a plain crash in Taiwan.

http://rt.com/news/229099-taiwan-plane-crash-landing-river/
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#1305653 - 04/02/2015 18:56 Re: Aviation, Flying, and your flying / travel experiences & photos / movies... [Re: tornadochaser_76]
ColdFront Offline
Meteorological Motor Mouth

Registered: 29/06/2008
Posts: 19046
Loc: The Beach.
Oh dear. It wasn't plain at all. Excuse the typo.
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#1305662 - 04/02/2015 19:12 Re: Aviation, Flying, and your flying / travel experiences & photos / movies... [Re: tornadochaser_76]
ColdFront Offline
Meteorological Motor Mouth

Registered: 29/06/2008
Posts: 19046
Loc: The Beach.
Video of that incident. Amazingly they have pulled 28 survivors off the plane according to reports.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-04/taiwan-plane-crashes-in-taipei-river-people-killed/6069950
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#1305681 - 04/02/2015 20:10 Re: Aviation, Flying, and your flying / travel experiences & photos / movies... [Re: tornadochaser_76]
Dawgggg Offline
Meteorological Motor Mouth

Registered: 25/03/2007
Posts: 23724
Loc: Townsville
That is pure insanity and a credit to the structure of modern aircraft that there were survivors
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#1305684 - 04/02/2015 20:16 Re: Aviation, Flying, and your flying / travel experiences & photos / movies... [Re: tornadochaser_76]
ColdFront Offline
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Registered: 29/06/2008
Posts: 19046
Loc: The Beach.
Notice it clipped the van.
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#1305689 - 04/02/2015 21:14 Re: Aviation, Flying, and your flying / travel experiences & photos / movies... [Re: ColdFront]
Brett Guy Offline
Meteorological Motor Mouth

Registered: 05/10/2010
Posts: 5159
Loc: Bently Park, Cairns
Originally Posted By: ColdFront
Oh dear. It wasn't plain at all. Excuse the typo.


auto correct gets us all at some stage. Amazing footage. Poor people In the plane and van.

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#1305706 - 04/02/2015 22:34 Re: Aviation, Flying, and your flying / travel experiences & photos / movies... [Re: tornadochaser_76]
Dawoodman Offline
Weatherzone Addict

Registered: 14/03/2010
Posts: 1271
Loc: Thoopara; Prossie/ Bayswater
another great capture on a dash cam....pity it was a plane crash though, aviation could do without any more of these. Looks to have stalled and then banked towards the side that ran out of lift first. I'd say the passengers are lucky it fell towards the river
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#1306095 - 07/02/2015 10:49 Re: Aviation, Flying, and your flying / travel experiences & photos / movies... [Re: tornadochaser_76]
aussiestormfreak Offline
Meteorological Motor Mouth

Registered: 02/02/2011
Posts: 6013
Loc: Melbourne (Belgrave); Corryong...
Looking forward to my Monday morning flight from Melbourne to Darwin! smile

Don't like the part about getting up at a ridiculously early hour beforehand, but at least I'm travelling interstate and not overseas (I have enough trouble with sleep when going to Fiji). smile

Still, it's a HUGE distance, going to be longer than the combined amount of time I spent in the air travelling to Cairns over 1.5 years' ago! I am still baffled by the sheer north-south length of the East Coast, especially in Queensland! =S

Now I must travel across the Outback to the Top End of the Northern Territory!

But I'm looking forward to it, especially to living my dream of Darwin in the Wet Season. wink

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#1306322 - 08/02/2015 01:28 Re: Aviation, Flying, and your flying / travel experiences & photos / movies... [Re: tornadochaser_76]
desieboy Offline
Weatherzone Addict

Registered: 31/12/2002
Posts: 3838
Loc: Broome
The other day I was on a virgin (aircraft that is)....and we were stuck on the taxiway waiting to go to the runway for take off.
Well as it turns out we were 5th in line after a late loading so we had to stay put for 20 mins before going onto the runway .

The hotess came around and told everyone to open up their air vents because it was getting a bit stuffy and warm inside the aircraft as it was about 33 deg outside .
Usually I always turn my vent away from me as I think all that circulating air has a lot of viruses etc in it and have been sick after flights..mainly international ones though.
Anyway I opened my vent right up and from the side of the vent in another opening I was hit on the shoulder by about 7 peices of ice about the size of a 5 cent coin.I reckon it must have collected on the inside of the vent tubing and released when I opened up the vent .
I wasn't that concerned about it but did mention it to a hostess and she said yes shes seen it happen before when not many vents opened and it was caused by icing up from the inside.

Anyone else had that kind of thing happen on a virgin....or any plane for that matter... blush


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