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To piggyback on Colin's post about recording effects in urban environments. How do you avoid air traffic? I'm in DC and between two major airports and in the flyover zone for the Pentagon and White House. Unpredictable government air traffic aside, is there a resource that you use to plan recording around air traffic?
I've done night/early morning recording and mostly avoided air traffic. But, I have also driven 60-80 miles out to the country, only to find out that I'm in the holding pattern flight path for IAD. I feel like there has to be a web resource that allows you to map it out. Anybody know?
The gist of it is, that there are very few places in left this country that you can find 15 minutes without noise.
I saw a map somewhere on the net (can't find it now) that charts all of the air traffic pathways in the US. Basically, there really isn't a place that isn't covered by air traffic (especially the east coast). You're only bet is to record late night / early morning when planes don't fly. Even the wilderness is covered with air traffic now. The further you get away from airports, the more likely you can get a least a few minutes of silence. But that is almost impossible on the East Coast, since everything is so close to each other.
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Here is the tracker I use. Very reliable in my exp, and iPhone compatible!
I've worked on gigs all over the country and it is nearly impossible to find a spot without air traffic. I just did a feature film shoot in Western, NE (do a Google Maps search) and even there we had to wait for high-flying planes. The only spot I have ever been without hearing a plane, train, or car all day long was the Boundary Waters Wilderness Canoe Area on the Minnesota/Canada border.