Inflight Planespotting, Due to JetBlue Fly-Fi

How’s this for an AvGeek irony: it’s arduous to planespot from a aircraft. Certain, when you’re on the bottom there’s tons of plane round. However when you’re within the sky you’re zooming by different planes so not often — and so shortly — that it’s arduous to catch any of them. However one latest flight I took was a enjoyable exception to that rule. 

Due to a winter wave of worker COVID infections and a high-profile system meltdown, Jetblue had a tricky previous 12 months from an operational perspective. However they rebounded from these points, and their onboard financial system product nonetheless shines robust — particularly the free high-speed inflight web (“Fly-Fi”).

Fly-Fi is a high-bandwidth satellite-powered system that’s now out there throughout the fleet. It offers gate-to-gate connectivity so you can begin utilizing it from the second you board. On my flight from New York to Mexico I waited to go browsing since there have been nice takeoff views available. 

On a aspect observe, don’t neglect about our YouTube channel for those who like aviation movies. 

I often assume most airways’ WiFi is simply too dear and/or gradual to be price it. However on most JetBlue flights, Fly-Fi has been adequate for me to stream video. And on this flight, I spotted I might use that very same bandwidth to maintain a watch out for different visitors. I believed it will be only a few minutes of enjoyable, however I ended up maintaining a tally of FlightRadar24 (my tracker of alternative, although there are many different nice choices) for the remainder of the flight. 

You actually get a way of how briskly you’re flying if you go a aircraft headed the wrong way. And there was a enjoyable second the place we had a wingman flying at our stage and identical route just a few miles off of our wing. None of these encounters have been shut sufficient to make for excellent video from my cellphone digital camera — and I’m fairly certain ATC works arduous to maintain it that method. However moments like the short video under — when one other aircraft handed proper above us — I 100% would have missed with out gaining access to a flight tracker. 

Is that this a serious information replace? Nope. However particularly after two years of rare flying, I’m excited sufficient about even the smallest AvGeek joys.

Do any of you all use inflight WiFi to watch visitors round your flight? Some other AvGeek inflight pastimes you’d prefer to share? Tell us within the feedback part under. 

SENIOR CORRESPONDENT – NEW YORK, NY. Manu obtained his non-public pilot license in highschool, setting the tone for his curiosity in all issues aviation. He earned his frequent flyer credentials working as a journalist, and is now a medical resident in New York Metropolis. He enjoys writing about air journey from a millennial’s perspective.

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