Bill’s Aeronautical Listening and Observation Pages and Links
I refer to this as my
aero jumpoff page.
This is where you begin and head off to what particularly interests you.
Last updated November 30, 2019
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Homepage: www.marscan.com THIS PAGE IS IN ACTIVE RECONSTRUCTION AS OF DECEMBER 2019.
CHANGES WILL BE FREQUENT.
THIS PAGE IS IN ACTIVE RECONSTRUCTION AS OF DECEMBER 2019. CHANGES WILL BE FREQUENT.
RCAF CF-188 (CF-18A) 118796 in special show colours, by Howard Doucet.
In these pages I intend to cover listening to and observing of predominately civil aircraft flying over the Maritimes whether or not they are landing or departing locally, or merely passing by. Seeing as how this is a radio website, this is all anchored in listening in on your VHF scanner, supplemented by usage of websites that will help you to geographically locate what you are hearing, or listen from afar. You will learn about the frequencies and the areas they are used in, and also about the codes for locations and for the flights themselves. For example, if you hear Lindbergh 4302 cleared for VOKIL or for MLT or to Flight Level 290 do you know what you are hearing? Or on the websites if you see 3V1408 and identifying on-air as Quality 1408, going from ORD to LGG, do you know that is a TNT Airways cargo flight from Chicago to Liege? This will all be covered in these pages. Rather than try to cover it all in one page, I have divided things up. I hope it works for you.
NEW in December 2019: Dedicated page re Shearwater and as well the four helipads in Halifax, plus Porters Lake airfield. Click here.
AERONAUTICAL RADIO AND OBSERVATION
I have been listening to aeronautical radio for several decades and have become very familiar with it, and with the procedures used n air movements. I combine radio listening with occasional live observation out at the local airport, plus I very commonly watch the flights on sites such as www.flightradar24.com and www.planefinder.net that depict aero traffic in real-time and near real-time. I often use Flightaware for aero arrivals and departures at Halifax and elsewhere. My pages focus on Halifax but are useful for others in the Maritimes and elsewhere.
Supplement your observations with on-line feeds of aero communications from places that are out of range of your home location. The prime page for this is ATC Live. Click here to access ATC Live's Halifax page. At this page, select CYHZ Del/Gnd/Twr/App To find other areas enter the appropriate code in the search box at the upper left. I commonly also listen to Moncton Centre remote transmissions from Yarmouth (enter CYQI) and also Boston Center's 133.45 from Cape Cod (enter ZBW)
Halifax Airport &
Shearwater VHF Frequencies at a Glance
Some other local area frequencies of note:
133.95 Moncton Ctr
hi-level (Hfx xmtr)
[for other Moncton Centre frequencies see my specific pages linked below]
122.8 Stanley & Trenton
118.1/120.6 Greenwood Terminal
Halifax Airport Webcams
Public Webcam (from the terminal toward junction of 05/14) and showing
de-icing bays. impaired by new construction.
Professional quality photos of
aircraft at CYHZ (on the airliners.net website).
[In keywords, type in CYHZ]
Ive Wind and RVR's at Halifax This Nav Canada page shows the wind at CYHZ, indicating the best use runway. Links to other airports too.
The remaining topics and links shown below are about to be moved to a jump-off page in order to clear space here on the opening page.
Sleeping in Airports A fascinating guide to sleeping in airports overnight between flights. Yes, Halifax is in here!
Halifax Airport Watch Group. You might be interested in joining!
Listening to high flyers? What does it mean when they report "light chop" or "moderate turbulence"? See the explanation of this kind of comment at this page.
The following are mostly my own aero pages with descriptive detail of aero movements from a radio perspective, for the Halifax area but also the surrounding region. Also included is a variety of great external links.
General outline of the Aero Scene in the Halifax area and the Maritimes.
Stanfield Departures: Aircraft Leaving the Halifax Airport Area and Heading Out. Includes my map showing the major initial destinations (waypoints and navaids)
Controlled Airspace and Sectors. Including low level and high level sector maps and frequency charts. This page briefly outlines tower control zones and terminal control areas but mostly focuses on the area control centre sectors and frequencies in this region. This is where you can see which centre frequencies are used where in our region. You need to get a handle on this if you want to listen effectively, or want to watch on the computer. But you may want to read about aero radio first.
Listening to and Observing High-Flying Aircraft Passing over Nova Scotia. This is where you go if you want to know about the multitude of aircraft flying over our area on their way to and from Europe. REQUIRES RE-WRITING.
Observing on Your Computer
Click here for an external webpage listing many American military aero call signs.
Runway designations. What does “Runway 35” really mean? And why did the designations at Halifax change a while back?
Halifax Stanfield International Airport (CYHZ) official website
Other External Reference Links
Airnav.com Get info on airports, navaids, reporting points, etc.
Airportnavfinder is where I go to get info on airports and relationship to navaids and adjacent airports. I use this in my Flight Simulation grand tour of North America.
Nav Canada's Notices to Airmen (NOTAMS)
Rockwell Collins (AIRINC) page
GlobalAir.com an eclectic aero website including aircraft sales and a listing of airspace fixes in the USA
VATCAN Moncton This is one of many sites from around the world established for the benefit of serious flight simulation enthusiasts. This site provides airport maps, along with diagrams of standard approaches and departures at the major airports in the Maritimes, all of which originate in Nav Canada publications and reproduced superbly at the simulator site
Canairradio -- for info on Canadian aero frequencies
Nav Canada's Airport
FAA Site for USA Airport Diagrams and Terminal Procedures (Arrivals and Departures) Search by State
www.planespotters.net (Lists of current and historic aircraft types, deliveries, etc)
NTSB (United States National Transportation Safety Board) reports on incidents. This has reports on all aviation incidents that the NTSB has been involved in since 1962. This includes some incidents outside the USA in which for some reason the NTSB played an official role. Very interesting as it gives more details on accidents and incidents than you would find in the press.
Aviation Safety Network (descriptions & photos of air crashes and incidents)
See current location of Lifeflight air ambulance
THE FOLLOWING IS AN OLDER SET OF LINKS TO MY PAGES AND EXTERNAL PAGES. BASICALLY THIS IS THE SAME MATERIAL AS SHOWN ABOVE, AND THE TWO WAYS OF DOING THINGS WILL BE AMALGAMATED AS PART OF MY RECONSTRUCTION
Here are my various aeronautical pages. Most of these interconnect so that on one hand you may need to read several of them, and on the other, there mayb be some overlap or repetition encountered. On the whole you will find that updates are few and far between which will mean that a frequency, airline, or other piece of information might be absent or obsolete, but yet the overall package might be of continued value to you. I hope so.
Click here for a map of the high level sectors and frequencies for Moncton ACC (CZQM). This will be moved to my control sectors page when I complete it. This is a large pdf, so you need a pdf reader, and if your download speed is slow, it may take a few seconds to appear. "The chart is based on various sources primarily from personal monitoring. Any additional updates or corrections from other listeners are always appreciated".
The following are links to external pages and will take you out of marscan.com
First are some sites that bring you on-line aeronautical
charts, airport and navigation info and more.
At present I do not know of any on-line chart site that covers
PROVIDE REAL-TIME AND NEAR REAL TIME DEPICTIONS OF AIRCRAFT LOCATIONS AND
LISTENING IN FROM FAR AWAY, FROM BEYOND THE RANGE YOUR SCANNER CAN PROVIDE.
About me and aero radio and my aero background:
By the way, I am not a major air traveller. Here are my highlights. I think I was up in a small airplane when I
was a child back in the late fifties, but that is lost in time. A highlight around 1960 was to go on a new
TCA Viscount from