Views from a plane window

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About the map

Have you ever looked out of a plane window in awe of how far you can see into the horizon? Then perhaps you spend the remainder of the flight wondering whether that tiny spec in the distance was the Eiffel tower or the Crystal Palace broadcasting tower. Well, this map took one step closer to answering those unanswered plane thoughts, as we mapped the field of view for 3 popular flights around the world.

Why it works

Throughout this series of maps, Esri UK have calculated how far you can (theoretically) see from a specified altitude based on real flight data, then created a faded buffer based on that value. Obviously, the weather doesn’t always play ball so we’ve used the fade to indicate the potential viewing range. This buffer combined with imagery basemaps for both day and night helps to create a stunning visual.



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