Q. Lately, there seems to be more and more jet fuel trails visible just off the coast. On sunny days 6-7 planes at a time are visible heading due east or west. Are under the I-95 of the airline industry?
A. Air traffic over Wilmington is mostly a result of the city’s location in the larger travel grid, according to Jon Rosborough, airport director at ILM.
“Most of the commercial air traffic, a majority of it occurs along the East Coast, east of the Mississippi,” he said. “We have a lot of traffic going from north to south, so being a coastal state – just like Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia – we are following the most direct route. There’s a lot of planes up there.”
The area’s warm weather most likely contributes to the visibility of fuel trails in the sky, Rosborough said.
“The blue sky with high moisture and the height that they fly – it makes the trails more visible,” he said.
Date posted: April 3, 2012
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