National Air Traffic Services makes time-lapse video of UK’s Air Traffic
Thousands of planes fly in and out of the United Kingdom every day. National Air Traffic Services, which provides en-route air traffic control services to flights within the UK Flight Information Regions, has released a time-lapse video, where number of planes can be seen flying in and out of the country.
According to reports, about 6,000 planes land and take off across the country during an average 24-hour period. To create the video, air traffic experts of the air navigation service provider gathered radar data. The data provided overview of a typical day in the skies above the country. With the video, the agency wanted to show how crowded the country's skies are.
The video begins with a fleet of planes incoming from the west side. After that, the skies over the UK became crowded and thousands of flights started arriving and taking off from the country. About 3,500 flights flew in and out of London alone.
The time-lapse video showed flights arriving and taking off from all major airports of the country. The video also included military training flights and helicopter flights between Aberdeen.
Head of operational policy at National Air Traffic Service, Brendan Kelly, said, "Following the success of our two data visualisations - Europe 24 and North Atlantic Skies - we've taken a lot of time to think about where to go next".
Kelly said both Europe 24 and North Atlantic Skies were made to provide an overview of volumes of air traffic across the UK and Europe. According to Kelly, it was an exciting experience to watch the time-lapse video.
Kelly also said that the skies of the country are very busy. Every year, the country manages about 2.2 million movements, which means around 8,000 every day.
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