> > > I live 15 miles from 2 airports(regional). What is the best way to
> > > listen to the air traffic flying over my house in between the 2
> > > airports? Also, when near an international airport, what is a good
> > > method of listening to the big boys?
This page will give you all the radio frequencies for the airports in
your area: http://www.cc.gatech.edu/db1/fly/airport-info.html . This
includes arrival, departure, tower, ground control, etc.
Most of the communications will be on these freqs. The non-military
distress frequency is 121.5. There is also a general plane to plane
"CB" frequency, but I don't remember what it is.
The major carriers also have their own frequencies for plane to plane
and plane to ground. These are outside of the air band, ususally in the
450 MHz range, and are more to do with schedules, supplies, and
maintenance than flying.
As you listen to the departure frequencies you can write down the
regional air traffic control frequencies as they are given to the planes
("TWA271 contact Kansas City Center on 126.985"). You may not be able
to hear the controller, but you'll pick up any planes in your area that
are transmitting on those freqs.