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Penn
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PostSubject: Flightaware   Sun Sep 21, 2014 5:35 pm

This is nifty. - www.flightaware.com -

I dug it up just now because i'm currently a nervous dad. We saw off our daughter and her partner from Adelaide a little over 24 hours ago on their 3 and a half weeks holiday in Great Britain and France. I'm a hugely seasoned traveller and a pilot (of gliders) and I've always looked at air travel in all its forms in a 100% logical light.

But I've had a nervy 24 hours... which Is why I dug up Flightaware. I know there are other similar sites but this one is terrific! Pasted (and deformatted) from her flight info is the following:

Kuala Lumpur Int'l (WMKK / KUL)
Terminal M
London Heathrow (EGLL / LHR)
Terminal 4
00:48 MYT
06:49 BST (+1)
Scheduled: 23:40 MYT
7-day average: 23:52 MYT
Scheduled: 05:30 BST (+1)
7-day average: 05:46 BST (+1)
Other flights between these airports
Duration: 13 hours 1 minutes
Sunday, 21 September 2014
Status Arrived at gate 38 minutes ago (track log & graph)
Aircraft Airbus A380-800 (quad-jet) (A388 photos)
Speed Filed: 447 kts (graph)
Distance Direct: 10,617 km Planned: 10,615 km Flown: 13,695 km

How good's that!? I wonder why they flew an extra 3,000 kilometres?


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PostSubject: Re: Flightaware   Sun Sep 21, 2014 7:38 pm

I guess they detoured around war zones....

But how was the planned flight 2km shorter than the direct distance?
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PostSubject: Re: Flightaware   Sun Sep 21, 2014 8:06 pm

That's the logical answer, Wuz. But the Ukraine stuff's been current for quite a while now, therefore one would imagine that, by now, the airlines would have a revised flight plan reflecting the additional distance. shrug

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PostSubject: Re: Flightaware   Sun Sep 21, 2014 10:02 pm

Penn wrote:
That's the logical answer, Wuz. But the Ukraine stuff's been current for quite a while now, therefore one would imagine that, by now, the airlines would have a revised flight plan reflecting the additional distance. shrug

There is also Iraq and the Gaza strip.

Maybe there was some weather they had to avoid.
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PostSubject: Re: Flightaware   Mon Sep 22, 2014 7:50 pm

Hey Wuz, if I were cleverer, I could figure out where the additional 3,000km went! - http://flightaware.com/live/flight/MAS2/history/20140920/1540Z/WMKK/EGLL/tracklog

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PostSubject: Re: Flightaware   Tue Sep 08, 2015 12:45 am

This isn't Flightaware, but another web site that provides live tracking and displays it. I spent an hour last night tracking a flight from Copenhagen to Frankfurt.

https://planefinder.net/flight
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