Travel Here's how many planes are flying in the air at any moment

17:56  19 may  2017
17:56  19 may  2017 Source:   Travel + Leisure

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Here ' s how many planes are in the air at any moment . By Talia Avakian May 19, 2017. 5, 2016, when 12,856 planes carrying 1,590,929 people were sky-bound at the same moment . Related: Why airplane windows have a tiny hole in them.

On average, how many people fly in the US every day? What' s it like to fly on Air Force One? Flightradar24.com - Live flight tracker! shows about 3300 planes in the air at the moment . Assuming an average capacity of 200, there are about 660,000 people in the air right now.

Have you ever wondered, looking up at the sky, how many planes are in the sky at any given moment? We certainly have.

  Here's how many planes are flying in the air at any moment Aviation data companies like FlightAware keep track of all (or at least most) of the aircraft in our skies. And according to them, in the past year there were an average of 9,728 planes - carrying 1,270,406 people - in the sky at any given time.

The lightest day for air traffic was the start of the new year, Jan. 1, 2017, when - at the day's peak - there were 3,354 planes in the sky at the same time.

And the heaviest air traffic day was Aug. 5, 2016, when 12,856 planes carrying 1,590,929 people were sky-bound at the same moment.

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It shows you all planes flying under a Flight Plan at the moment . Related Questions. How many airplanes fly each day in the world? What happens if an airplane runs out of fuel mid- air ? How do airplanes "make up time" in the air ?

It's overwhelming to see how many planes are in the air right now. As we continue to zoom out, here ' s where the number of planes in the air starts to get overwhelming. The left panel also includes an option to see a 3D representation of that very plane flying over the map.

FlightAware uses navigation data from countries around the world, both through military and government agencies, in addition to using radar data through a global network of antennas that track airplanes overhead. The company calculated how many planes and passengers were in the sky at any given moment by looking at scheduled flights from June 1, 2016 through May 31, 2017.

Scheduled flights don’t account for cancelations or delays, however they potentially provide more accurate information, as radar tracking is not possible above large bodies of water or on polar routes, according to FlightAware senior aviation data analyst Ryan Jorgenson.

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