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Interactive Flight Path Map Instructions

You can use this improved flight path map to determine where jet and propeller flight paths exist in the vicinity of Raleigh-Durham International Airport .

Please use these instructions to familiarize yourself with some of the features of this useful map. For best results, a powerful computer with high speed internet connection is necessary. Lesser systems could cause unsatisfactory results.

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The flight paths represent one day of aircraft operations for each operating mode, Runway 5 and Runway 23. Arrivals are represented with blue; departures with red.

When you click on the link, the map appears. On the left of the map is the tool bar for zoom in, zoom out, and address search. Click on the layers icon to display the Layers window.

Select the Runway 5 Departures and Runway 5 Arrivals boxes on the right side. The Runway 5 flight paths appear on the map. Then deselect the Runway 5 boxes and select the Runway 23 boxes. You can change between Runway 5 and Runway 23 as often as needed. ALWAYS CHECK BOTH RUNWAY 5 AND RUNWAY 23 FLIGHT PATHS FOR EACH AREA OF INTEREST. The Tips for Homebuyers explains when Runway 5 and Runway 23 modes are in effect.


You can also select Runway 14 and Runway 32 flight paths to view small propeller operations on the short perpendicular runway. Use the noise contours to determine where aircraft noise disclosure is required for residential property sales.

To check other locations around the airport, deselect the Runway 5 or Runway 23 visible box. Click and drag to move the map. You can always select the Runway 5 or Runway 23 visible box whenever you want to show flight paths.

The closer along a flight path an airplane is to the airport, the lower the airplane is to the ground. The noise of airplanes varies based on engine types and altitude. This flight path map helps you determine where airplanes typically fly. On site observations during each operating mode provide you an opportunity to experience the noise impact.

RDU Flight Path Map

Non-Interactive Jet Flight Track Maps
Each map represents approximately eighteen days of operations.

RDU Runway 5 Jet Arrivals (1 MB PDF)
RDU Runway 5 Jet Departures (1 MB PDF)
RDU Runway 23 Jet Arrivals (1 MB PDF)
RDU Runway 23 Jet Departures (1 MB PDF)

Helicopter Track Map
The helicopter flight track map shows the paths used by helicopters when operating close to the airport. All airspaces farther from the airport are subject to possible helicopter over flights.

Helicopter Flight Tracks


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