Fantastic time-lapse video showing air traffic over the UK

Following the success of the awesome European air traffic time-lapse video they released last spring, NATS, the organization that controls air traffic in the United Kingdom, has done it again.

This time is a spectacular time-lapse of air traffic over the British isles, including commercial, general aviation and military traffic.

Simply amazing! Watch it and think about it next time you are up in the air!

VIDEO: Amazing Wizz Air low altitude Budapest flyover

Since the demise of Malev in 2012, low cost carrier Wizz Air has been pretty much the flag carrier of Hungary.

It is maybe to highlight this connection with Hungary and its capital that one of Wizz Air's colourful A320s made this impressive low pass over the Danube and downtown Budapest, passing along some of the city's most famous landmarks like its iconic parliament building and the famous Chain Bridge.

It is not often that you see an airliner pulling such a stunt...Enjoy the views!

h/t to The Aviationist for uncovering this one

More long-haul aircraft than ever at Barcelona airport

Barcelona airport is quite a unique case in Europe: its nearly 35M annual passengers make it one of Europe's top ten airports, yet it is visited by a relatively small number of wide-bodied aircraft. Or was it?

In reality the number of long-haul routes (and airlines flying wide-body aircraft) has been increasing at Barcelona airport., to the point that Emirates and Transaero have announced A380 flights from Dubai and Moscow respectively. Add to that the fact that some airlines respond to Barcelona's popularity as a tourist destination by adding capacity and flying larger aircraft during the summer months and the chances of seeing large aircraft at Barcelona airport increase are actually much larger than they used not long ago.

So I was curious to find out more about this topic: although staff at Barcelona airport were extremely helpful, hard data had to come from Aena's website (Aena is the public entity managing almost all Spanish airports) that is really a pain to use...and unbelievable enough there is no dedicated site for Barcelona airport. 

However, there is a very active planespotting community in Barcelona and this is how I found what I was looking for. They say an image is worth more than a thousand words, so I thought it would be a good idea to share this video by Aerotendencias that summarizes quite well the current activity by wide-body aircraft at Barcelona airport, it only covers the first half of 2013, so the summer months, when activity peaks, are not included, but it is a very good illustration nevertheless!

 

Planes never sleep

Iberia has published on its corporate blog this very interesting video about what goes on in an aircraft during the night, when it rests at base.

With the name "Los aviones nunca duermen" ("Planes never sleep" in Spanish), you can see how ground crews take care of an Airbus cleaning and maintenance throughout the night...the video is in Spanish but, even if you don't understand the language, there is plenty of interesting footage of that part of airline operations you usually do not get to see!

Planespotting at London Gatwick airport

After the global mega-hub of Istanbul it was time to planespot at a totally different type of airport, not because it is small (London Gatwick makes it into Europe's top 10 airports by number of traffic) but because of the role it fulfils.

Although in some aspects might be providing a passenger experience superior to that of Heathrow (not a difficult challenge anyway!), Gatwick is not London's main airport.

Gatwick is mainly an airport for origin and destination traffic, with a strong leaning towards leisure and low cost carriers, however, it still provides good planespotting opportunities, as most of these carriers are fond of colourful liveries.

Gatwick has also its fair share of long-haul traffic too and, as it does not have the capacity constraints of Heathrow it is easy to spot a broad range of aircraft types, from British regional carriers to Virgin Atlantic's jumbo jets...

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Why cross-winds do not affect only small aircraft

I have already posted several videos of aircraft landing in strong cross-wind conditions in the past, but when someone sends one of these to me I can't help but share it as they tend to be quite spectacular and give you a perspective that (thankfully!) you are usually not aware of when inside the aircraft.

And if you think that cross-winds affect only small aircraft, have a look at the Emirates Boeing 777 that appears first in the video!