Noticing the flyovers? Might be ‘opposing flows’ again

We’ve been getting messages in the past 15 minutes or so about increased airplane noise/low-flying sightings – and one message says it’s apparently the same situation that happened in mid-May (WSB coverage here), weather quirks causing Sea-Tac and Boeing Field to be in “opposing flows.” Not sure if we’ll be able to verify that tonight, but we’re checking.

5 Replies to "Noticing the flyovers? Might be 'opposing flows' again"

  • Beth July 2, 2012 (10:07 pm)

    We saw a large UPS plane fly over Me-Kwa-Mooks park earlier tonight,heading west. We knew you would have the answer. WSB is the best!

  • Lord of Westside Manor July 3, 2012 (1:55 am)

    You can check the current runways in use at anytime for both Boeing Field and Sea-Tac via the following phone numbers:
    Sea-Tac ATIS: 206-241-6025
    Boeing Field ATIS: 206-767-4113

  • Maggie July 3, 2012 (2:19 am)

    The graphic from the 9/1/2009 blog is neat! I might contact the Port to see if that is regularly available to the public, mostly out of curiosity.

  • WestSeattleAirBoss July 3, 2012 (2:28 am)

    Indeed, at 7:51 pm tonight Boeing Field was in opposite flow to Sea-Tac. UPS 987, a heavy Boeing 757, bound for Rockford, IL departed Boeing runway 31L and made a west departure directly over West Seattle at about 2,200 feet. Look here for its track:

    But the opposite flow lasted for barely an hour.

  • Mike July 4, 2012 (1:59 am)

    Maybe I just notice it more now, but having lived here for many years, we do seem to have a LOT more air traffic flowing over our heads in West Seattle than ever before. Maybe it’s a good thing? Does it mean more goods being transported in and out being sold and bought? Dunno, the helicopter flyovers have been the loudest for me anyhow. ‘Most’ of the jets flying out of Boeing are pretty high by the time they fly over with the exception of a select few.

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