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Screen shot of air traffic flow. Day in the Life of air traffic over the United States

This animation provides an eye-opening illustration of the ebb and flow of air traffic over the continental United States in one 24-hour period.

When viewing the animation, the number of aircraft flying into and out of the continental United States is displayed at the top center of the graphic.

Elapsed time is displayed in the upper right-hand corner of the animation and shown as "UTC Time" (Coordinated Universal Time, formerly Greenwich Mean Time).

When the animation begins, it is actually 7 pm Eastern Standard Time (4 pm Pacific Standard Time) and traffic is heavy. At the 12-hour mark of the animation, it is 7 am EST (4 am PST) and traffic is light. See table below of time conversions from UTC to U.S. Standard Time.

Watch for dramatically visible increases in traffic coming from hubs in Chicago, then New York, Washington (DC) Atlanta, Dallas, and the West Coast .

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UTC GMT EST PST
0000 7 pm 4 pm
0100 8 pm 5 pm
0200 9 pm 6 pm
0300 10 pm 7 pm
0400 11 pm 8 pm
0500 Midnight 9 pm
0600 1 am 10 pm
0700 2 am 11 pm
0800 3 am Midnight
0900 4 am 1 am
1000 5 am 2 am
1100 6 am 3 am
1200 7 am 4 am
1300 8 am 5 am
1400 9 am 6 am
1500 10 am 7 am
1600 11 am 8 am
1700 Noon 9 am
1800 1 pm 10 am
1900 2 pm 11 am
2000 3 pm Noon
2100 4 pm 1 pm
2200 5 pm 2 pm
2300 6 pm 3 pm





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