Contrail spotting

Contrail spotting (Condensation trail spotting) is a hobby that everybody can do and is in fact the spotting of high altitude flying airplanes. Mostly you can see a condensation trail. Condensation trails are no natural phenomena but are artificial cirrus clouds between 7000 and 12000 meter. Due to the burning of kerosine the air after the plane is added with water vapor and heath. This is mixed with the surrounding air with it's own temperature and relative humidity. If this last one is high and the temperature is very low, this water vapor transforms into tiny ice crystals.

To practice contrail spotting you only need a binocular. If you want to see the plane type or the operator you'll need a binocular with a high magnification factor. The bigger this magnification factor is, the more stable you have to hold the binocular. You can use a tripod for this. Some spotters are using telescopes to do contrail spotting. On these telescopes they mount a digital camera to take contrail pictures. Have fun watching contrailing airplanes !

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Logfiles of spotted airplanes

Spotted on 29/03/2008, 13h13 local time : Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 9V-SKC !!! SQ0317 - Route : London Heathrow to Singapore.

 Log van 28 juni 2008 :
 Between 19:45 and 20:15 local time near Schellebelle, no contrails.
northeastsouthwest
A320 Air FranceA319 EasyjetB737 Transavia-
--A320 Air France-
--A320 TAP-
--B737 KLM-
--B737 Transavia-
 From and to Brussels National (EBBR)
DepartureArrival
A319 Brussels Airlines to ?B737 RAM from Casablanca
-A320 Clickair from Barcelona
-B737 Atlas Blue from Marrakech

 Log of 9 februari 2008 :
 Between 14:30 and 17:00 local time near Schellebelle, whilst gardening ;-)
northeastsouthwest
B737 TransaviaB777 EmiratesB737 NorwegianB747 British Airways
A320 AlitaliaB777 EmiratesB737 NorwegianA320 Thomas Cook
MD82 AlitaliaB747 British AirwaysB757 ?A319 British Airways
B737 TransaviaB777 EmiratesA320 ?A321 Lufthansa
MD82 SAS-B737 TransaviaA340 Lufthansa
--A321 ?B777 ?
---B737 Lufthansa
---A321 ?
---B767 Delta
---A319 British Airways
---A310 Jordanian
---B747 ?
---B757 Monarch
---A310 ?
---A319 British Airways
---F70 Austrian
---B747 MK Airlines
---A320 ?
---B737 Pegasus
---A321 Lufthansa
---A320 Lufthansa
---B737 Lufthansa
---F70 Austrian
---A330 Lufthansa
---B737 Ryanair
---A320 Thomas Cook
---A320 ?
---B737 British airways
---A320 British Airways
---B737 ?
---A310 Jordanian
---B737 Ryanair
---A320 Lufthansa
---A320 Thomas Cook
 From and to Brussels National (EBBR)
DepartureArrival
A319 British Airways to London HeathrowB747 Asiana from Anchorage - New York
A319 British Midland to London Heathorw-
B747 Singapore Airlines to Chicago - Los Angeles-

 Log of 8 februari 2008 :
 Between 15:30 and 16:30 local time near Schellebelle, finally nice weather and some free time ...
northeastsouthwest
MD82 Alitalia-B777 JALA319 Easyjet
A319 Easyjet-B747 ?B747 MK Airlines
--A320 Air FranceB737 Ryanair
--B737 TransaviaB737 ?
---A320 Air Berlin
---A319 Easyjet
---A330 Lufthansa
---A319 British airways
---A321 Lufthansa
---B737 British Airways
---A319 Easyjet
---B737 Ryanair
---B737 Lufthansa
---A330 Lufthansa
---A320 Germanwings
---A321 British Airways
---A319 British Airways
---B737 ?
 From and to Brussels National (EBBR)
DepartureArrival
A319 British Airways to London HeathrowERJ145 Flybe from Manchester
B707 NATO-
A319 British Midland to London Heathrow-
B747 Saudi Cargo to Houston - New York-
A320 Aer Lingus to Dublin-
Bae146 Brussels Airlines to Birmingham-

 Log of 19 december 2007 :
 Between 08:45 and 09:10 local time near Schellebelle
 From and to Brussels National (EBBR)
DepartureArrival
-RJ85 Brussels Airlines from Birmingham
-RJ85 Brussels Airlines from Oslo
-B767 Delta from New York
-B747 Singapore Airlines Cargo from Chicago O'Hare
-B767 Ethiopian from Addis Ababa
-B737 Brussels Airlines from Parijs
-Jetstream Eastern Airlines from Southampton

 Log of 18 december 2007 :
 Between 08:45 and 09:00 local time near Schellebelle
 From and to Brussels National (EBBR)
DepartureArrival
-B777 Jet Airways from New York - Newark
-B767 United Airlines from Chicago
-B747 ?
-B767 American Airlines from New York
-RJ85 Brussels Airlines from Birmingham
-A319 British Midland from London Heathrow
-B737 ?
-B767 Delta from New York

 Log of 18 november 2007 :
 Between 10:00 and 11:20 local time near Schellebelle
northeastsouthwest
A319 Air FranceB777 United AirlinesB737 NorwegianB747 Air India
B737 Air BerlinA319 British AirwaysA320 Air BerlinA320 Lufthansa
MD82 SASB767 American Airlines-ARJ85 Swiss
A320 ?A320 Wizz Air-B737 Ryanair
-A321 Lufthansa-A330 Turkish Airlines
-A330 ?-B767 American Airlines
-A330 ?-A321 British Airlines
---B757 Continental
---A330 MEA
---B737 Ryanair
---B737 Ryanair
---B747 Lufthansa
---A320 Lufthansa
---A320 Wizz Air
 From and to Brussels National (EBBR)
DepartureArrival
B777 Jet Airways to New YorkB767 US Airways from Philadelphia
B747 Singapore Airlines Cargo to Chicago - LA-
B747 Cargo all white colorscheme ?-
A319 British Midland to London Heathrow-
B767 American Airlines to Chicago-
B767 Delta Airlines to New York-

 Log of 16 october 2007 :
 Between 16:20 and 17:20 local time near Schellebelle
northeastsouthwest
B737 KLM-A320 VuelingA330 Lufthansa
MD82 Alitalia-B737 XL AirwaysA321 Lufthansa
--A320 VuelingB737 Air Berlin
--B737 TransaviaA340 Lufthansa
--A321 SASB737 Ryanair
--B737 TransaviaA319 British Airways
--A320 Air FranceB737 Ryanair
--A319 Air FranceA340 Lufthansa
--B737 KLMA319 Easyjet
 From and to Brussels National (EBBR)
DepartureArrival
Embraer ERJ135 British Midland to East Midlands-
Embraer ERJ145 British Midland to Manchester-
Dornier DO328 British Airways to Leeds-

 Log of 7 october 2007 :
 Between 18:00 and 19:00 local time near Schellebelle
northeastsouthwest
MD11 MartinairA319 AustrianB737 KLMB747 Lufthansa
B737 TransaviaB747 ?B737 TransaviaB777 Jet Airways
B767 Kenya AirwaysA319 Easyjet-B737 ?
A320 ?A310 PIA-B737 Ryanair
---B737 Ryanair
---A320 British Airways
---A319 Swiss
---B767 ?
---A340 Lufthansa
---A319 Easyjet
---A319 British Airways

 Log of 9 september 2007 :
 Between the clouds at 17:50 and 18:15 local time near Schellebelle
northeastsouthwest
-F100 Austrian ArrowsB737 KLMB737 Ryanair
-B777 British AirwaysB737 TransaviaA330 Lufthansa
-A319 EasyjetB747 ?B737 British Airways
--B737 TransaviaA319 Easyjet
---A319 Easyjet
---B737 Ryanair
---A319 Lufthansa
---A319 ?
 From and to Brussels National (EBBR)
DepartureArrival
Embraer ERJ145 British Midland to Leeds-

 Log of 1 august 2007 :
 Between 17:00 and 18:00 local time near Schellebelle
northeastsouthwest
-A340 Gulf AirA319 Air FranceB737 Ryanair
-A300 DHLB737 TransaviaA340 Lufthansa
-MD11 ?B737 NorwegianA319 British Airways
-B757 British AirwaysB767 ?A321 Swiss
-B777 El AlA319 Air FranceAvro RJ85 Brussels Airlines
-B737 British AirwaysBae146 Air FranceB747 ?
-A320 LuftansaB737 TransaviaA300 Lufthansa
-A320 British AirwaysA300 BelugaA319 Easyjet
--B737 TransaviaA320 XL Airways
--B737 TransaviaA319 British Airways
--A320 TAPB757 First Choice Airways
---A340 Kuwait Airways
---A319 Lufthansa
---B767 ThomsonFly
---B757 Thomas Cook
---B737 Ryanair

 Log of 31 july 2007 :
 Between 16:00 and 18:00 local time near Schellebelle
northeastsouthwest
-A330 EmiratesB737 TransaviaA330 Lufthansa
-B757 British AirwaysB737 TransaviaB737 Ryanair
-B767 British AirwaysB737 KLMC-17 Globemaster
-A340 ?A320 IberiaA320 British Airways
-A320 Air BerlinB737 KLMA319 British Airways
-B747 El Al-B737 Ryanair
-A319 Easyjet-A319 British Airways
---B737 Ryanair
---B737 Ryanair
---A321 First Choice Airways
---B737 Thomsonfly
---A320 Lufthansa
---B757 Thomas Cook
---A320 MyTravel Airways
---B757 First Choice Airways
---A320 MyTravel Airways
---A319 Easyjet
---A319 British Midland
---A320 Thomas Cook
---A321 Monarch
---A319 British Midland
---B737 Ryanair
---B757 Monarch
---A330 Lufthansa
---B757 XL Airways

 Log of 18 july 2007 :
 Little contrails between 19:00 en 20:00 local time near Schellebelle
northeastsouthwest
B737 KLMA319 EasyJetB737 KLMA300 Lufthansa
--B737-800 TransaviaB777 Emirates
--A320 TAPB737 Ryanair
--B737 NorwegianA319 Easyjet
 From and to Brussels National (EBBR)
DepartureArrival
Embraer ERJ145 British Midland to East MidlandsB737 RAM from Casablanca
Avro RJ85 Brussels Airlines to ManchesterA319 British Airways from Londen Heathrow

 Log of 17 july 2007 :
 Little contrails between 20:00 en 21:00 local time near Schellebelle
northeastsouthwest
-A319 EasyJetA321 IberiaA330 Cyprus Air
-B737-800 Air BerlinB737-800 ?-
-A320 Air BerlinF100 KLM CityHopper-
 From and to Brussels National (EBBR)
DepartureArrival
Avro RJ85 Brussels Airlines to Birmingham A319 Aer Lingus from Dublin
-B737-800 RAM from Oujda
-A319 British Midland from London Heathrow

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