Thursday, September 22, 2011
Fluglärmkonturenkarten on Google Maps
DFLD Radar is a Google Map of real-time air traffic over Europe.
There are quite a few live aircraft tracking maps already but DFLD Radar has a nice USP. DFLD Radar colour-codes the aeroplane map markers by altitude. The redder map markers indicate that the plane is flying at a lower altitude and the greener markers show planes flying at a higher altitude.
You can also click on any of the plane markers to read further details, such as the type of plane and vertical speed.
One consequence of all that aircraft traffic over Europe is quite a lot of noise pollution. Fluglärmkonturenkarten (you really do have to admire Germany's skill in eradicating those useless spaces that other languages insert between words) is a series of Google Maps showing noise pollution around Frankfurt Airport.
These heat maps show noise levels around the airport using data from 2007 and also show noise level predictions for 2020 in two different traffic modes.