Why are aircraft overflying my home when I do not live under a flight path?

Although flight paths often appear as straight lines on maps, in reality they are corridors that can be several kilometres wide.  Factors such as aircraft type, weight and weather conditions determine exactly where aircraft fly within corridors.

From the ground it can appear that an aircraft is flying on the ‘wrong’ or a ‘new’ flight path, which is rarely the case.  Flight paths represent where the majority of aircraft fly but aircraft may sometimes have to deviate from normal flight paths for operations reasons.

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