Amazing video of European air travel starting up again after the volcano:
I found this via Mark Ashley‘s indispensable air-traveller blog. Mark notes,
Youâ€™ll notice some gaps, especially over France. That doesnâ€™t mean that thereâ€™s no radar over French airspace. Rather, the websiteâ€™s data are gathered by individual aviation enthusiasts who hook receivers up to their computers, to capture and track planes with ADS-B transponders. Itâ€™s an enthusiast community, sorta like HAM radio operators. (Iâ€™ll defer to the siteâ€™s â€œAboutâ€ link for an explanation, since I claim no expertise in transponders.)
But regardless of the technology driving the site, itâ€™s a neat video. Youâ€™ll notice a few test flights, some flying a loop. Then a few more. And then, the deluge.
In particular, note the impact when London Heathrow comes online. A behemoth.
All this is particularly reassuring to me personally as I have a little trip to Europe myself coming up.