High Altitude Airways (Get 'em now!)


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Hi All,

I found the IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) Enroute Airway Charts online*.

Go here: http://tinyurl.com/7dkgl3s

Unless given a more direct route by air traffic control, these are the routes aircraft fly to get from point A to point B.

You have low and high altitude routes:
• Low altitude routes (victor airways) are for aircraft flying at or below 17,000 feet.
• High altitude routes (Jet routes) (where contrails are generally created) are for aircraft flying at or above 18,000 feet (flight level 180).

I thought these maps might be helpful for answering the question, "Why are contrails above my house?" (Answer: There are airplanes flying above your house.)

To find a location, go to "Select the index to show the coverage of charts series:" and select the low or high altitude coverage charts link. For high altitude routes you'll choose from H1 thru H12. Once you know which coverage map you want to view, go to the column titled "High Altitude Enroute (U.S.)" and click on the link for your map. Unzip, open and see the airways!

*It should be noted, this FAA page is not permanent. Anybody wanting this data should download everything now for future reference.

These are two examples of high altitude routes (100 square nautical miles):

Over Phoenix:
View attachment 306

Over Los Angeles:
View attachment 307


Senior Member.
I've found easily accessible enroute high charts for canada: http://joomla.czul.info/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=23&Itemid=128&lang=en
but they seem tricky to source for the UK where many chemtrailers bewildered by air traffic are very vocal.
Anyone found easily accessible european and UK charts?


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here's another source for these charts(covers US incl. Alaska):

Those are awesome maps for seeing terminal airspace and restricted areas. Restricted airspace could be important because when they are active aircraft are not allowed to fly through them. Having to avoid restricted airspace in one area causes aircraft to overflow into other areas, possibly causing people on the ground to say, "How come there are so many aircraft above my house today? They weren't there yesterday and the weather is exactly the same."

These maps would be used more by pilots because of the detailed terrain depictions.
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