In addition to the well known sites for tracking
I've recently discovered I can track SHARKS
What other things can be tracked on the internet?
I'm specifically keen to see sites with a map of the world (or I suppose a more local region if that is appropriate) with all the things moving around in real time, but any aggregation of real world data would also be interesting.
posted by Just this guy, y'know
on Sep 26, 2013 -
The latest ragebait going around is this story
that a US training sortie burned too much fuel waiting for the range to be cleared, so they couldn't land safely without dropping their bombs into the sea near the Great Barrier Reef. My question is, how does dropping the bombs help the planes land? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang
on Jul 21, 2013 -
During the last year, my long-distance boyfriend and I have gotten used to making the trip between NYC and Rochester, NY for weekend visits. Now I'm moving to Philadelphia, and we need a new plan. What's the fastest, least painful, least expensive way to get between Philadelphia and Rochester? [more inside]
posted by i_am_a_fiesta
on Jun 30, 2013 -
Can you tell me in great detail what would happen if a 2-engine airliner ingested a bird into one of its engines while on approach to land? [more inside]
posted by COBRA!
on Nov 21, 2012 -
A dear family member suddenly passed in Italy. I live in the Mid-Atlantic USA. I really need to travel to Italy on very short notice for the funeral. I am not a frequent air traveler to begin with, but have never been abroad in my life (though I do have a passport). I have no idea how this works. I want to know anything I should know about getting to and from my destination (e.g., negotiating customs). I also want to know how bereavement fares work, whether I should bother trying to get one, who people have had good experiences with, etc. [more inside]
posted by Keter
on Apr 25, 2012 -
My 11-year-old son wants to learn about jet planes. Help me help him learn. [more inside]
posted by eleyna
on Mar 14, 2012 -
Help me overcome my fear of being on an airplane (not flying) using creative methods. Very specific details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jan 17, 2012 -
You know how sometimes you find a single object that makes travel so much less
inconvenient, uncomfortable, or disorganized? I'm going from the US to Russia (St. Petersburg) in a few weeks - please tell me what I would buy now if only I knew of its existence. Stuff for plane trips, packing, or just living out of a suitcase are all welcome. [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty!
on May 30, 2011 -
What would be the most streamlined/cheap/quickest way to get to go between Rochester, NY and Port Jefferson(Long Island), NY on a semi regular basis? [more inside]
posted by lettuchi
on May 5, 2011 -
I have a US Airways Shuttle ticket. If I show up to the airport earlier that same day, what are the chances I'll be able to switch the ticket to an earlier flight at no charge?
posted by decoherence
on Nov 18, 2010 -
Traveling in Tokyo filter: My nephew, who is in the U.S. Air Force, is traveling to his first posting at Misawa AB, in Aomori Prefecture, in Japan. He will arrive at Narita at 2:55 pm local time on March 17, and needs to get to Haneda airport for a 7:55 am flight to Misawa the next morning, March 18. He'll have one afternoon and evening in Tokyo to do a little sightseeing. Suggestions and travel help? [more inside]
posted by toodleydoodley
on Mar 12, 2010 -
In the movie The Parallax View
(1974), Warren Beatty boards a passenger plane, without a plane ticket. He doesn't have to buy one until the flight attendant comes down the aisle to ask him, "Round trip?" Was air travel really this casual back then, like getting on a train?
posted by Kirklander
on May 28, 2009 -
Why do the pilots at Airtran always fly the plane like they stole it? No matter where they seem to hammer the takeoffs and come in hot on landing. [more inside]
posted by UMDirector
on May 26, 2009 -
AirfareFilter: I need to go to Montana in May. At what time between now and then will tickets be cheapest? [more inside]
posted by voltairemodern
on Feb 16, 2009 -
What's the largest size that an airplane could theoretically be and still fly? Let's assume real-world materials that exist currently (ie, no carbon nanotubes or anything like that). I'm interested in the 'why' as much as I'm interested in the actual answer.
posted by empath
on Dec 11, 2008 -
It's MBA hiring season. I have been selected to attend second round interviews with three different companies in three different cities on three consecutive days. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Oct 24, 2008 -
I'm trying to remember what the title of this movie was. I think it was made in the 1960's or 1970's in the U.S. I remember watching it on TV on the Sunday Matinee show in the 1980's. The plot involved this millionaire who wanted to attack the Soviet Union, he had a small force which was to attack Russia by driving trucks across the polar ice cap. All I can remember was that in the end of the film his plan is thwarted by the Soviets, who send planes to bomb the ice, and the trucks sink to the bottom of the ocean. Any ideas?
posted by smoothvirus
on Jun 27, 2008 -
Years ago when I took a classical mythology course, my professor used a literary term for a being who can travel between planes of being at will. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin
on Apr 10, 2008 -
In about two and a half months, I'm going on my first flight. What should I know, or otherwise be prepared for? [more inside]
posted by lisawin
on Mar 15, 2008 -
I need a good, creative Christmas gift idea for my dad. He's really into travel by air and rail--not the vehicles themselves so much, but their schedules, the logic behind putting a particular model on a particular flight, etc. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco
on Dec 10, 2007 -
9-11 Technology Filter: I have never been able to even get signal on my Blackberry 8200 (GSM) within 10 seconds of liftoff, so how were cell phone calls completed from hijacked planes on 9-11? Specifically, given the prevailing handset, carrier, and tower technologies present in the Boston, NY, and DC metro and intervening areas at the time, and given the flight paths and altitudes of the hijacked planes, how were passengers able to complete cellphone calls to loved ones? [more inside]
posted by Pastabagel
on Nov 30, 2007 -
After an awful flight from Denver to Seattle last night, my ears still feel plugged. Any suggestions on how to get them to pop? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath
on Oct 23, 2007 -
I fondly remember an arcade game from my childhood at the local junk-food kiosk, but I can not remember the name. I have tried to search Google, but I have not found anything.
The game, as I remember it, was a side-scrolling shoot ‘em up. You flew planes (1 player or 2 players) and on the ground beneath you dinosaurs where actively trying to kill you with their prehistoric might.
posted by Grums
on Oct 19, 2006 -
I always assumed that, when making a connecting flight in an international airport, I was under international jurisdiction - the logic being that I clearly haven't 'entered' the airport's host country (haven't got a visa/filled out a landing form/whatever). My personal experience and now recent events
suggest otherwise, so what are the rules about this, and do they vary from country to country? [more inside]
posted by runkelfinker
on Jul 19, 2006 -
A plane I was on seemed to have a very close encounter with another plane. Is it possible to find reports of 'near miss' incidents online? [more inside]
posted by valleys
on Jun 10, 2006 -
Quick question: I plan on moving to England for an indefinite but legal period of time, do I need a round-trip ticket to get clearance into the country? [more inside]
posted by cloeburner
on May 31, 2006 -
FearOfFlyingFilter: Do you fly Lufthansa? Do you listen to their "Relaxation Program" on the in-flight radio? Do you have any idea who does the guided imagery on it? Or, have any other great suggestions for calming things I could listen to at 30,000 feet? [more inside]
posted by Your Time Machine Sucks
on Nov 17, 2005 -
I am flying to another city soon and would like take my guitar with me. On the plane--not as baggage. I would like to read about the experiences of anyone here who has tried to do the same. My research thus far yields no fixed answer.
posted by y2karl
on Oct 9, 2005 -
I'm looking for blogs written by pilots of (or about) planes, helicoptors, blimps, etc. Got any links?
posted by o2b
on Jun 16, 2005 -
Is a plane easier to pilot than a helicopter? If so, why?
posted by jimmy
on Feb 25, 2005 -
I had a terrifying flight on a small 50-seater plane today. Heavy turbulence, people screaming, lights dimming... I am supposed to fly home on Sunday and although I know it's ridiculous, I just don't think I can step back on a plane so soon. I am planning to rent a car (to drive about 8 hours v. one-hour flight), but am finding this really embarassing (not to mention a waste of time and money). Can anyone offer any advice or online resources that may be of aid and reassurance? [mi] [more inside]
posted by amro
on Nov 25, 2004 -
I'm flying to France from the states at the end of next month, and I'm wondering what experiences are on different carriers. [more inside]
posted by o2b
on Oct 18, 2004 -
Any of you guys have experience with RTW (round the world)
air travel tickets? Any particular ones to recommend? I have been looking into STA
off and on, and several other options have been uncovered. But it seems all the data
I can find is depressingly out of date. I tried futzing around on this webboard
, but, not knowing much at all about airports, pro-level flying, and the like, I was incredibly intimidated to the point of "not knowing where to start." [more inside]
posted by oog
on Jul 12, 2004 -
How cheaply can I fly? Has the internet brought us "last minute deals" or are they just travel agent scams?
posted by skallas
on Mar 20, 2004 -