I wanted to formally say hello to all of you and do a quick intro. I’ve always loved flight, specifically commercial passenger aviation stuff. I worked on the ground at ORD for quite a long time as a Special Service Agent (entails everything from wheelchairs to baggage to VIP escorts, and anything else you can think of), Gate Agent, Checkpoint and Airfield / Cargo / Hangar Security, and Customer Service. The only thing I haven’t done is to work as a flight crew member or work ATC.
I’ve had some ground school training, but nothing past that. It has been my experience that my fellow aviation workers both active and retired, are wonderful people who I have always enjoyed being around.
I have some questions about how to read the Flight Aware live flight tracking radar:
I know DAL217 is the airline and flight number, and I know the following: B753 is the aircraft, and KDTW KLAS is the originating airport with the destination airport. What is the 320 446 reading? Is that the flight level and knot speed?
My next questions are how to read weather and flight waypoints. What is the best way t learn how to read the following examples and then remember how to read them? I know these are likely some big questions, but ask that you hang in there with me.
KORD 231444Z 03009G18KT 10SM BKN024 BKN029 BKN045 23/17 A2979 RMK AO2 $
KORD 242152Z 2422/2524 04009G15KT P6SM SCT045 SCT250
FM250200 VRB03KT P6SM SKC
FM251500 16005KT P6SM SCT250
Waypoints / Route: Route PETTY PECOK ASP YXI BAREE N115B DOTTY NATV 5300N 3000W NATV DOGAL NATV BEXET BOYNE DIBAL L603 LAMSO
Thanks to all of you for your patience, and know that I look forward to interacting with all of you here.