FlightAware shows aircraft avoiding New York during Irene

When Hurricane Irene rolled over New York City most flights had cleared the airspace. FlightAware.com captured that moment when the skies were free of aircraft.

FlightAware.com is a website that provides live flight data, airport information, weather maps, flight planning, and navigation charts, as well as aviation news and photos.

Founded in March of 2005, FlightAware.com was the first company to offer free flight tracking services for both private and commercial air traffic in the United States.

When Hurricane Irene approached New York flights were ether grounded or diverted to other cities leaving the skies clear of aircraft. After the storm passed airports on the east coast reopened and hundreds of flights took to the skies.

FlightAware's tracking map shows the skies over New York City clear of aircraft as Hurricane Irene passed over lower New England.

Twenty-four hours after the storm FlightAware’s tracking map is full of aircraft.

Represented by green and blue icons that move, you can track flights across the map. The data is typically delayed by a five minutes from real time. Updates are usually one to four times a minute.

FlightAware compiles, aggregates, and processes data from a variety of government sources, airlines, commercial data providers, as well as FlightAware’s proprietary flight tracking network. FlightAware’s proprietary algorithms calculate delay and arrival time estimates to offer the most up-to-date and reliable flight tracking data on the Internet.

Additional facts about FlightAware.com

FlightAware.com provides a live flight tracker allowing you to follow most flights in the U.S. Enter the flight information you are interested in to get a list of departure and arrival times, airports the flight is traveling to and from as well as information on planning a flight and pricing.

A registry of U.S. airports provides a list of flights that are scheduled to arrive and depart. Additional information about the airports amenities such as ground services, aircraft maintenance, rentals & flight schools as well as other business is also available.

A photo gallery gives the aeronautical enthusiast an opportunity to view images of aircraft, airports and the aviation industry. The photos are submitted by professional and amateur photographers.

If you’re into blogging and discussion boards, FlightAware has both with interesting and informative topics about the aviation industry.

If you are interested in taking FlightAware with you, the app can be download to your smartphone. The free flight tracking/flight status apps are available for Android, iPhone, BlackBerry and Windows phones.

Interactive map shows current power outages

When the power goes out do you ever wonder how big of an area it effected? And how long it will take to restore power? If you’re in SCE&G’s coverage area then that information is available to you.

On SCE&G‘s website click on “storm center” then “outage map” to access the interactive map.

Interactive Electric Outage Map

Outages are indicated by different colored cones dotted across the map. When you click on a cone a box appears providing the estimated number of customer outages in that area, cause of the outage and the estimated restoration time. If you click on “View impacted area” in the box, the map magnifies the location of the power outage. You can also zoom in and out at any time and switch from map view to satellite view.

View impacted area map

An outage table listing is also available by region and county.

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