20 Years of Flights in the Air

thegraphisdead

Joined December 2016

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In short: Each flight is a single line; the top is midnight, moving downwards through the day, and left to right indicates the week of the year, 1987-2007. Orange is for longer flights, on average.

All USA domestic flight data from 1987-2007. The dimensions of the image are specific to denote a calendar-approach to the image, in so much that each pixel is a minute vertically and week of the year horizontally. Each flight is added to the image as a line from departure time to arrival time, so each flight adds to the image as a vertical line, color-weighted for the distance being traveled. Initially, the shape and broad areas of color make it appear almost featureless, with the only gradient being the deepening of the color left-to-right. However, this is a great example of the image evolving as the viewer takes longer to look at it, and features start to appear. The most pronounced are the sharp vertical stripes as airlines were in financial turmoil in the 90’s and the most stark of them all being the attacks of Sept 11 2001, and the effects on the aviation industry in the year that followed.

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