Domestic flight arrivals


Joined December 2016

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Artist's Description

All (USA) domestic flight data from 1987-2007. Each flight is a point added radially. The distance from the center relates to the “speed” of the flight (calculated as the distance between airports divided by the time it took, crucially including delays). The angle being a 24hr clock face of arrival time.

Three components stand out: the first are the radial spokes that inadvertently signify the on-the-hour arrivals. It seems unlikely this is real, and probably an artifact in how certain kinds of arrival times are recorded, an interesting human element. Second is the broad dark band around the center of the image which would be populated by the majority of flights going at a standard “speed”. Any flight closer-in than this band will be late and further out considered early, or more likely fast and interestingly three distinct bands seem to indicate three speeds of journey. The final aspect that provides real texture to the image are the curved lines that become more prominent as the day goes by, some of which seem to defy the patterns of the data surrounding it. These appear almost like brush strokes and give the image the impression it was painted or drawn from the imagination.

These images are obviously deliberately pixelated. You may be worried about some minor issues as it is re-scaled from the original high-res image. I’ve checked each image at each resolution that will be available and the effects are minimal!


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