24 Hours of Air Traffic in the National Airspace System (NAS) w/narration

  • Published on Feb 18, 2013
  • Made possible by:
    NASA Ames Future ATM Concepts Evaluation Tool (or FACET) webpage:
    This animation shows all aircraft flying over the United States during a 24-hour period on a typical day and shows the impact of severe weather on traffic in the New York area.
    The U.S. airspace is a busy place. This animation starts at 8 p.m. EDT and runs until 8 p.m. the next evening. Starting around 5:00 a.m., activity at Memphis, home of FedEx, picks up first, and then the morning flights begin leaving the East Coast. The next big activity is at Chicago, and then Dallas and Denver, and continues to propagate westward as the day begins. During peak times of the day, over 5000 aircraft will be sharing the airspace over the U.S.
    With so much going on, a glitch or delay in one place can cause problems throughout the system.
    And the biggest source of delays for air travel is...
    Low ceilings and visibility account for the majority of these delays, but thunderstorms also play a large role, especially during the convective weather season.

Comments • 9

  • vanderm49

    This is so cool! Thanks for making it đź‘Ť

  • Probucker
    Probucker 5 years ago +2

    Well, civilian aircraft are allowed to fly though military operating areas, they are not however allowed to fly through restricted areas

  • Josh S
    Josh S  +3

    Perhaps passengers would be a little less aggravated after watching this while their flight's delayed.

  • Void Aviation

    its literally like an ant colony. amazing.

  • tro chic

    Funny how in early morning you can see the difference between east and west in terms of number of planes departing

  • Traulee
    Traulee  +3

    Respect to all air traffic controllers . Handling all that is not some thing simple

  • Nillerg0d
    Nillerg0d Day ago


  • Finn
    Finn  +1

    why did i get this on my recos

  • ball
    ball  +1

    why only 1 comment