Ashes no crashes – Watch live online as aircraft clear from the UK's ash-filled skies

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In case you hadn’t heard, Iceland’s volcanoes are sending tonnes of volcanic ash towards the UK right now. Yeah, so that’s not the tech story. The tech story is that courtesy of FlightRadar24 you can watch as the skies across the UK clear of aircraft.

FlightRadar24 receives information from several ADS-B receivers in real time. This is presented as airplanes on a Google-map.

You can even click on a plane and see its path and flight status, like height.

Launched in Sweden in 2007, Flightradar24’s network of hackers and geeks who have an ADS-B receiver has grown to over 100 ADS-B receivers. They receive the information from airplanes with ADS-B and send this information to a server, which then plots it on the map. Only airplanes within the coverage area of the 100 receivers are visible.

BTW, any suggestion that Iceland, an island which helped the global financial crisis kick off by creating an unsustanable banking industry, is having its revenge on the UK, which insisted it pay back the cash, is pure satire.

UPDATE: Two hours later this is what it looked like (is that a Ryan Air Plane? it was. Probably charging for landing):

UPDATE2: Here’s an image of how planes are disappearing from the Atlantic

  • http://www.lobstur.com Iain Haywood

    Mike I can’t imagine that there’d be scores of TC readers genuinely believing that Iceland was reaking revenge on the UK via the tried and tested “volcano method”…

    • http://twitter.com/mikebutcher Mike Butcher

      You can’t?

      • http://www.lobstur.com Iain Haywood

        …says he as he misspells “wreaking”. *slaps forehead* Maybe I do need a disclaimer.

      • http://www.bview.co.uk Colin Bruce

        If the ash was sulphurous then it would be “reeking” ;-)

      • meeka

        This one looks so creepy, it appears it was stripped straight from the Scream Movie. Reactions:
        http://j.mp/creepy-iceland-volcano

      • meeka
  • http://casper.frontier.nl Dario Gieselaar

    We might have a more attractive view: http://casper.frontier.nl , from both Manchester and Dublin. Amsterdam as well.

  • Liam Bradey

    You want revenge, you clearly haven’t tried any of their frozen ready meals (even if they do have great round-pound value).

    • will

      oii vey

  • http://www.businessads.net BusinessAds

    This is a really nice site.

  • Andy

    Casper is neat. Nice to get some air peace today along the west coast of Ireland

  • andy mac

    So it takes muck in the skies to clear the skies – how ironic!

  • http://www.twitter.com/julesmorgan Jules Morgan

    That site is flat-out awesome.

  • Rich

    Has anyone or can anyone check the air quality in London. The number of people with coughs seems to have risen more than average for the time of the year….

    Please let us know if you have the means to do this.

    • http://twitter.com/mikebutcher Mike Butcher

      Of course! 21 more people have coughs in London this year. Fact.

  • the Icelander

    To Liam Bradey:
    that’s the store dude.

    yep we have been working on the volcano technick for centuries…..

    just now we were piste inuf to take it full metal…..

    just call your MP and tell theme to drop the Icesave crap and we will put a lid on the volcano ok…..

    p.s. the dutch are next….

    ok ok please notice the irony in my “voice”

    happy air clear day.

    • Liam Bradey

      It was a poor attempt at sarcasm! Clearly a backfire there :D

    • Alex

      To Liam Bradey:
      that’s the store dude.

      yep we have been working on the volcano technick for centuries…..

      just now we were piste inuf to take it full metal…..

      just call your MP and tell theme to drop the Icesave crap and we will put a lid on the volcano ok…..

      p.s. the dutch are next….

      ok ok please notice the irony in my “voice”

      happy air clear day.

      Having known many guys from Iceland I can confirm this voice is exactly how they’d phrase something.

  • JA

    Great site…note that there are still aircraft flying overhead here in London…just fewer!

    Hmm…wonder if there are other mashups like this?, trains, satellite, shipping? Time to Google!

    • http://free-dyson.co.uk Amy

      @JA – not for much longer; I’ve just heard that every plane is going to grounded. Keep an eye on the skies!

  • Mike

    Darn. Looks like the site is down now.

  • Josh

    Welp, it’s a clear sunny day out here in london. I just heard two – make that three – planes fly by out the window in the last 15 minutes, and I stuck my head out the window, breathed in, and it just seems normal.

    • Conrad

      Thats because most of the ash is just slightly higher than where your nose is ;)

      Seriously though, its extremely damaging to engines of aircraft.

    • chimaera

      I just saw a 300ft rock fly past the window.

    • Sam

      An example of ash being extremely bad for aircraft engines: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Airways_Flight_9

  • Conrad

    Just heard that Eurocontrol are closing Belgian Airspace and parts of German Airspace :) – Glad I’m not flying today :)

  • Liam Bradey

    The ash is at around 55,000ft, so probably won’t even be visible, let alone tangible. And yes, very damaging. The ash at that altitude, coupled with moisture in the atmosphere, can create a sort of cement, jamming planes engines. For more info, watch Discovery’s Supervolcano (must be online somewhere). Oh, and I seriously doubt there would be a rise in the number of people with a cough, unless they all happened to be extreme freefall enthusiasts!

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    If you wish to know what being on a plane flying through volcanic ash is like, YouTube comes to the rescue: http://youtu.be/gVctfPGY3BI

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  • igniman

    Iceland shows the middle finger to britain again! how awesome

    • igniman

      like, “I’m not gonna pay your effing money back, now eat my dust “

  • http://www.tweet4gary.co.uk/ Mike Garrick

    Everyone knows this is Gordon Browns fault!!
    He sent the Icelandic government a handwritten note saying “Please send cash”. Oops! Everyones allowed one mistake :)
    Mike.

    • the Icelander

      yep we there is no C in the Icelandic alphabet.

      for the rest of you guys:

      Sorry for the flight delays, Europe. We are aiming for London, but it’s hard to be accurate when firing a volcano

  • http://twitter.com/jneill JN

    So what is so special about this lonely little Cessna still flying over London?? Call sign TWF63 = G-JBIS = a Cessna 550 Citation http://twitpic.com/1frbfg

  • Pete Serjeant

    I like this for two reasons, the impact of nature and how you can see this visaually, a live infographic, brilliant ! And second @the Icelander, you comment of ‘we have been working on this technique for years’ made me laugh out loud, thx

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  • http://www.ajaxjones.com Ajax Jones

    I heard it’s actually a zombie virus outbreak and this is the first steps in a quarantine process

  • Tim Harris

    I like the fact that the Norwegian prime minister is stranded in New York – where he is running the country from… and is that an Ipad I see?

    http://www.vg.no/nyheter/utenriks/artikkel.php?artid=10000731

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