posted on Mar, 11 2012 @ 02:38 PM
reply to post by Droidinvoid
I am located around 10 miles from the main airport , but never see planes coming in to land with trails like this in the pix.
Well, I think it's been mentioned already....but, no. Contrails don't form down at the altitudes where the airplanes departing/arriving Birmingham
would be at. Contrails occur at altitudes above at least 28,000 feet. Usually higher.
Here, these links will show you the Aviation Charts for your country (ironically, in the UK they call them "ATS Routes").
This is the home page
sourced them from. The list of Charts is down in section 6.
Upper ATS Routes (North Sheet)
Upper ATS Routes (South Sheet)
Those are references to relate to the high altitude traffic as it goes by your location, and sometimes make contrails.
There are a slew of other Charts showing different Routes for lower altitudes....but, since contrails don't form down that low, we don't need to be
bothered with them....they are available on that website, though.
One more source of interest:
Note, though, that even that "live" flight tracker will still not show every airplane:
How Flightradar24 works
Introduction to Flightradar24
Flightradar24 shows live airplane traffic from different parts around the world. The technique to receive flight information from aircraft is called
ADS-B. That means the Flightradar24 can only show information about aircraft equipped with an ADS-B transponder. Today about 60% (about 30% in USA and
about 70% in Europe) of the passenger aircraft and only a small amount of military and private aircraft have an ADS-B transponder.