[OSM-talk] flight paths

Frederik Ramm frederik at remote.org
Tue Aug 21 16:37:51 BST 2007


> The big noisy stuff that people are going to be complaining about are
> all likely to be flying SIDs (Standard Instrument Departures) STARs
> (Standard Terminal Arrival Routes) and Airways.

These can be obtained for most European countries through the  
Eurocontrol Web Site, which requires a registration (free of charge).  
Here is a SID from Heathrow:


(replace the 1_en by 2_en, 3_en etc to see others).

Unfortunately many countries charge a hell of a lot of money for  
updates to these publications; Eurocontrol has somehow ignored their  
objections and just put everything online they could get their hands  
on, sometimes it's really just scanned paper where the member states  
did not cooperate enough. The Eurocontrol website carries terms of  
use that are quite restrictive, i.e. their data is not suitable for us.

Apart from SIDs and STARs, you will usually fly along airways, which  
are published regularly on expensive CDs or paper or through  
expensive online subscriptions with restrictive copyright. For a  
while, the US NGA used to make airway charts availble for free, but  
they got a bollocking from whoever owned the rights and have switched  
to a subscription-based model.

Here's a link to one of these "enroute charts" for the south of England:



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