I just joined the FlightAware website last night, having not known this existed before. Pretty fun stuff, but I am puzzled by two things I’ve noticed regarding flight paths:
A flight from Japan to Los Angeles managed to fly over the San Francisco Bay Area at 30,000+ feet, headed almost due south. If it was headed to L.A. on a non-stop from the Far East, why would it fly over S.F. to get to L.A.? Wouldn’t it make more sense to come into L.A. straight off the ocean?
Tonight, I notice a Qantas flight #74 that is listed as KSFO to KSFO, just doing circles off the coast of California. Is this a mechanic “test flight” or some error in the system?