Flight Tracker is a flight tracking system that allows you to watch aircraft movements within the Edinburgh Airport's airspace.
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Flight Tracker includes specific information about flights to and from Edinburgh Airport, as well as limited information on air traffic transiting through our airspace. Information specific to aircraft not arriving or departing from Edinburgh may not be available or limited for those aircraft tracks associated with military aircraft, helicopter movements and aircraft associated with other airports.
Information shown includes the aircraft’s type, altitude, origin/destination airport, and flight identification. This system allows residents to review specific aircraft that created a noise concern and lodge an enquiry directly from Flight Tracker.
Flight operations have a delay of approximately five minutes. The radar data used to display aircraft movement is taken directly from Edinburgh Airport radar feed
Air Traffic Control is in constant contact with all aircraft, and they define their route and heights. The Standard Instrument Departure (SID) routes in use at this time are not precision routes and as such there is wide dispersal in the routes that aircraft will fly. The current ground based technology directs aircraft to ‘waypoints’ along the route. Noise Preferential Routes were introduced on the SID's by the airport to minimise disturbance on local communities. The Noise Preferential Routes end at 3,000ft (4,000ft on the GRICE SID from Runway 24). The current SID’s extend 1.5km from the centre line of the route. Aircraft may vector (turn) from the flight path towards their destination once they have reached the required altitude.