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Planespotting – WebTrak takes off

By Gungahlin Al 12 December 2008 33

As  advised in a story about the Airport Master Plan being rejected (post #20), Air Services Australia was to launch a new service Webtrak.

This service has now gone live at http://www.airservicesaustralia.com/webtrak

WebTrak allows you (after a delay of 20-40 minutes) see the exact flightpath a plane took in or out of the airport, designate your home (or other location) and see the distance and altitude from you, see the noise readings at the Jerra and new Hackett noise monitoring stations as the flight passes, and more.

No military or VIP flights will show, but everything else will be in there for your planespotting pleasure.

The noise monitoring stations are greyed out for me, and I’ve sent a query to the Airport about why this might be.

As a media release from Mike Kelly mentioned, the information on the website is sourced from the air traffic control radars displaying movements within 55 kilometres of the airport and up to a height of 3,000 metres.

And to reiterate my previous link, if you are interested in aggregate flightpaths of arrivals and departures, see the quarterly ASA report and particularly pages 16and 22.

[ED – interestingly the system will also let them pinpoint troublemakers and route around them…]

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p1 10:33 am 20 Dec 08

Anyone who has flown in to Sydney (or Melbourne, or any bloody where) should realise that anywhere is a “flight path”. The line Snow’s running, that there is one flight path (over Tralee) is a giant, whopping LIE.

This is very true. However, if an area is left free from housing, at least they can attempt to concentrate flights there when wind direction etc allow.

Granny 2:53 am 20 Dec 08

ant said :

i’m not sure that this thing is showing all flights.

Some programmer’s left off some semicolon somewhere, no doubt ….

; )

ant 11:55 pm 19 Dec 08

Anyone who has flown in to Sydney (or Melbourne, or any bloody where) should realise that anywhere is a “flight path”. The line Snow’s running, that there is one flight path (over Tralee) is a giant, whopping LIE.

miz 10:15 pm 19 Dec 08

I support a curfew. I do not want either Tralee-bypass noise or 24/7 freight and don’t want this foisted on our lovely peaceful town.

sepi 9:09 pm 19 Dec 08

so why not bring in a curfew then – problem solved.

Mr Evil 1:08 pm 19 Dec 08

I can’t imagine Canberra ever becoming the freight hub Snow would like us to believe anyway – unless bulk freight links from Canberra are significantly improved.

sepi 1:00 pm 19 Dec 08

ps – you may be late to the party, but if Canb Airport get their way, the entire city will be a gigantic flightpath.

All night long.

sepi 12:59 pm 19 Dec 08

This is it baby!

Mr Evil 12:55 pm 19 Dec 08

Have they got a noise meter to register the amount of whining from people who chose to live near/under a flight path?

ant 12:27 pm 19 Dec 08

i’m not sure that this thing is showing all flights. I was having a poke around it last night, and interrogated the 4 – 5pm slow, which is rush hour over my range. Nothing. Bit puzzled by that. also, usually 5pm – 6pm you get a line of them coming in from the jerra hill to land, you can see the lights, and there was nothing.

sepi 11:38 am 19 Dec 08

The noise monitor on this webtrak site is working today.

Check out yesterday between 5.12 and 5.26 – you get 3 or 4 really noisy planes – up to 71 on the noise dot.

Just untick ‘current flights’ choose 5.12 yesterday as the time to replay, and set the replay speed to a bit faster so it doesn’t take too long.

This webtrak thingy is great!

sepi 3:38 pm 17 Dec 08

Also the noise/disturbance seems to change a lot depending on weather conditions etc.

So checking the Tralee airspace on one day won’t show the whole picture.

Some nights we get heaps of planes – eg last night between 7 and 9 was really noisy, but other nights we hardly notice.

I’m not sure if it is planes going closer to us due to cloud cover, or just different wind conditions making them seem closer.

Mr Evil 3:14 pm 17 Dec 08

bluey39 said :

Its very interesting doing comparisons between Sydney and Canberra. Looks to me like idiot Byron has just proved how much of a liar he really is!!! Also don’t seem to see heaps of airtraffic over Tralee.

Well then, that means no one at Tralee will be whinging when the traffic does increase over the next 20 years then……….knob!

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