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Website allows real-time plane tracking

September 20, 2012, 11:09 amYahoo! New Zealand

Have you ever looked up and wanted to know where that plane has come from or is heading to?

Website allows real-time plane tracking
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Have you ever looked up and wanted to know where that plane has come from or is heading to?

A website that provides a real time map tracking airliners, private jets and even military aircraft has become a massive hit with avid plane spotters.

Flightradar24's global maps show you the rough locations of aircraft as they travel – and gives you an idea of the countries with the busiest airspace.

Zoom in and you can locate a particular flight right down to its airline affiliation and aircraft model type, and even its altitude and speed.

Flightradar24's real time plane-tracking map


The maps are updated every few seconds.

It's also useful if you're wanting to check whether or not your loved one will arrive on time. You can see what flights are scheduled to land at any airport in the next two hours.

The website says the service has become increasingly popular and it receives more than 10 million visits a month.

But how does it obtain such a vast amount of information?

The website uses data from the Federal Aviation Administration in the US as well as automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) systems in other countries.

The information is then collated and presented on to user-friendly maps.

About 60 percent of aircraft are equipped with an ADS-B transponder – so there are still plenty of planes that are not represented on the map.

Go to www.flightradar24.com to see the map for yourself.


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10 Comments

  1. Family10:08am Friday 21st September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Darren, why are you resorting to such offensive language? (c**t) The article isn't even that provocative. I didn't think Yahoo would allow you to get away with posting your comment ...

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  2. mightydollarz10:02am Friday 21st September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    its a pity courier companies couldnt do the same thing so we can track our parcels instead of wondering were they are and when they will get here you can have parcel tracking but its not that good and it only tells you if your parcel has gone through a depot and not were it isin real time

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  3. Darren09:32am Friday 21st September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    cleaver cunt why dont they just put a big cross on them

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  4. People need to wake up09:10am Friday 21st September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Makes them easy targets for missiles.

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  5. Super08:47am Friday 21st September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    This website has been around for a while now. yahoo is only just catching up.

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  6. Biddy08:43am Friday 21st September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Well done, Yahoo...for catching up. I have been following friends to their destinations, AND using it to save time sitting around waiting for friends to arrive at Airports.

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  7. Jordan08:00am Friday 21st September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Glenn...you have actually tracked planes?...you sad sad sad person....hahahahaha...classic....

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  8. Glenn E07:27am Friday 21st September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Good ole Yahoo, right up there with the breaking news..... Have been tracking flights on this site for last 12 months :-)

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  9. Owen07:20am Friday 21st September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I use this site a lot if I have friends or family coming, better then airport flight status to let you know if the planes early or late...

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  10. kneewall07:01am Friday 21st September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Agreed, it would only be a novelty for most people, but for terrorists it could REALLY be useful.

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