International Plane Routes Visualized As Colorful Graphics [Pics]

International Plane Routes Visualized As Colorful Graphics [Pics]

Software engineer uses data from Plane Finder to create unique infographics on flight paths.

Yi Chen
  • 26 june 2013

Alexey Papulovskiy, a software engineer, created Contrailz that transforms the data collected from Plane Finder into stunning visuals. Flight paths from around the world have been mapped out to show routes and height levels of the planes, where blue markings indicate higher altitudes, and red shows low-altitude flights.


Papulovskiy painstakingly monitored every plane route from Plane Finder, where the data collected resulted in a billion “dots” plotted on a world map. On the site, users can search by city and airport, and zoom into a particular location on the map. Papulovskiy comments that:

What I find especially fascinating about this map, though, are the airfield traffic patterns in bigger world airports. Just look at those tricky curves the pilots have to make in order to land in London! Sadly, there’s no data on Paro airport in Bhutan, for example: the place is known to be a true nightmare among pilots.

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