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User currently offlineJpintoa From Mexico, joined Oct 1999, 131 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 7126 times:

Is there any flight tracker that you actually use?

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User currently offlineSan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4939 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 7047 times:

http://www.flytecomm.com/cgi-bin/trackflight. Shows all arrivals at any North American and Caribbean airport for the day. Very useful for spotters!


Scotty doesn't know...
User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 7039 times:

http://www.fboweb.com

Love it. Worth the $9.95 a month. (Its unlimited)



[Edited 2004-12-28 19:07:47]

User currently offlineUnitedRhapsody From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 27 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 7031 times:

If I need to track a flight, I use either

http://www.flightview.com
or
http://www.flytecomm.com

These two provide free real-time info with a map of the Aircraft's location


User currently offlineJpintoa From Mexico, joined Oct 1999, 131 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 7014 times:

Is there any flight tracker that you can actually use for free?

User currently offlineStevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 6997 times:

FBOWeb is definitely the best I've ever seen. I just used the free version, but I was amazed at the detail. I had a relative flying on DL009 (LGW-ATL) and DL1773 (ATL-PDX) yesterday and followed it most of the way. It showed the approach patterns each time, clearly showing the downwind/base/final legs. Excellent quality!



User currently offlineSan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4939 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 6976 times:

http://www.flytecomm.com/cgi-bin/trackflight is completely free. Once again, it shows all arrivals into any North American or Caribbean airport that day, and it shows the status of all of them.


Scotty doesn't know...
User currently offlineBoeingDrew From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 55 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 6962 times:

http://www.gofox.com/tools/traveltools.php?pid=1213392&tool=tracker is pretty good. Shows a map of where the aircraft is along with it's airspeed and altitude.

-Drew



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User currently offlineCapri From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 446 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 6950 times:

How about Europe and the med, is there any free pr paid?????

User currently offlineBrink777 From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2004, 130 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 6896 times:

How about one that tracks flights all over the world?

User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20322 posts, RR: 63
Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 6850 times:

How about one that tracks flights all over the world?

This is my suggestion, even though it takes a bit of work.

There's a way to force flytecomm.com's flight tracker to display flights all over the world, but you have to use the advanced tools to find them.

If you go to the normal flight tracking page, click on "Click here to track a random flight" (works best when there aren't a lot of U.S. domestic flights in the air), and it will pickup flights around the world. Then write down the codes it uses for the different airlines. Such as "MYT" for My Travel Airways, "BAW" for British Airways, "EZY" for EasyJet, etc. Then in the future you can manually enter the airline code and flight number to track flights where ever you want using the Advanced Users section. I don't know of a comprehensive list of the airline codes flytecomm.com uses. Maybe someone else does.

Cheers.



International Homo of Mystery
User currently offlineBrink777 From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2004, 130 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 6766 times:

Thank you for the info AeroWesty I will try that. Does anybody have any info on Capri's question about european flight tracking websites?

User currently offlineMiamix707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 6566 times:

Flytecomm is good but many smaller (non-U.S.) airilnes don't show up.

They also need to update their airline codes. Some flights I've seen have the name of an airline that no longer exists.


User currently offlineIlsapproach From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 410 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 6509 times:

Flytecomm.com works for CDG, LHR.................etc also. Try it !

for CDG use LFPG, for LHR use EGLL, for GAT use EGKK and so on............oh and for SXM use TNCM. All of these of course go into the "advanced users" field for arrival airport.


Mike @ MSP


User currently offlineQuebecair727 From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 328 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 6481 times:

Thanks a lot Mike@MSP. It does work and finally and I can see what's going on over Europe using Flytecomm.


User currently offlineSan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4939 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 6348 times:

I didn't know flytecomm showed Heathrow and Gatwick and Paris! I knew about SXM, but not of those airports! Wow, this is great!  Smile


Scotty doesn't know...
User currently offlineDirkou From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 571 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 6317 times:

All the trackers you mentioned are extremelly limited for one simple reason they will never correct: they are browser based. That's why they say they are unlimited...because a browser limits all you can do.

I've used AirNav Live Flight Tracker for years and it by far the best I've tried.
Cheap, easy to use and a stand alone software. You can open many views at the same time (for example to monitor LAX and JFK approach simulataneously).
And I've heard they be adding UK airspace soon.

Their website is at:
http://www.airnavsystems.com

And BTW: they are the major sponsor of airliners.net...have a look at the bottom of any airliners.net page.

A free trial is available from their homepage.


User currently offlineIlsapproach From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 410 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 6159 times:

Yeah I stumbled across it myself.....................got bored looking up all the US airports there so I just started playing around with airport codes and  Wow!


I always bring my laptop with me down to ORD/MDW ...................hit Flytecomm in the morning in the hotel b4 plane spotting!!

Mike @ MSP


User currently offlineIlsapproach From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 410 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 6041 times:

I feel Flytecomm is pretty accurate................updated every 5 mins, and always seem to be right on. Granted it's not completely live and you really can't watch planes moving................but what the heck it's free!

I still think it's a great spotting tool.........not to mention picking someone up at airport. Alot of my non-airplane geek friends now use it too!

Mike @ MSP


User currently offlineSanthosh From India, joined Sep 2001, 545 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 6023 times:

Does anyone have any idea on how these flight trackers work actually? Does they receive information of aircrafts speed and altitude directly from any radars or is it the information send from the transponder?

Thanx
George



Happy Landing
User currently offlineRobK From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 3945 posts, RR: 18
Reply 20, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 6010 times:

I've used AirNav Live Flight Tracker for years and it by far the best I've tried.
Cheap, easy to use and a stand alone software. You can open many views at the same time (for example to monitor LAX and JFK approach simulataneously).
And I've heard they be adding UK airspace soon.

Their website is at:
http://www.airnavsystems.com

And BTW: they are the major sponsor of airliners.net...have a look at the bottom of any airliners.net page.

A free trial is available from their homepage.


Sorry, but I have to disagree. Airnav is the worst one of them all. I've said this before in another 'flight tracker' thread. Points of departure and destinations rarely show, aircraft types rarely show and planes mysteriously vanish off the map and suddenly re-appear a few hundred miles further into their journey. Also, if you rattle up a particular airport for arrivals and departures it only lists about 75% of what's actually due.

For example, the AAG709 Electra I reported a few days ago did appear on the map (luckily, else I would have missed it) but didn't show in the St.John's arrivals, where other Iceland-Canada bizjets and ferry flights were doing.

In my opinion it's very temperamental and patience is required with it.

Be advised that the 'free trial' isn't actually correct. The 'free trial' consists of using old, saved flight information - so in essence it's a 'demo' not a 'free trial' as none of the flights are live.

Personally, I use FBOweb's $9.95/month package which I reckon is the best by far. It isn't very good on European flight coverage and that's where I use flytecomm.com. FBOweb also has a flight archive which I find handy to see what I've missed while working away, as does Flytecomm, but Airnav doesn't.

FBOweb is the best for bizjet coverage too. If they don't show it, none of them will.

Hope that's of help.

Cheers,

Rob K  Wink/being sarcastic


User currently offlineFuture757 From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 5918 times:

I like www.fboweb.com or www.passur.com. I use passur a lot. I usually go back about an hour and replay then it gives me the information on a flight. Now this is not a flight tracker where you can follow a flight for it entire flight, you can only track a flight until it gets too far away from the airport you are monitoring. I think most are like a 90 mile radius. The only thing that sucks is that the only way I can get info on a plane is to go back an hour and replay. Would be nice if it was live, but I still enjoy watching BOS and JFK. Makes me wish I was there to watch all the heavies. Now I have never been able to get any info on any planes at LAX. Does anyone know why?

User currently offlineDirkou From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 571 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 5904 times:

RobK: Sorry but I totally disagree with you. I've used all of them and AirNav Live Flight Tracker is by far the best. It has many features others don't have. Important: they show you what the FAA radars sends them and not estimates like many others do. This might explain that sometimes some flights do not show.

Let me say that your opinion is very strange: your conclusion is that a browser based system is better than a Windows standalone program...really strange. Have you seen the latest graphical features of their version 6?

Also don't forget that AirNav has been used in many TV shows and even for NASA studies so unlike what you told, it is something you can rely on for its extreme accuracy.

About pricing I'm not sure on how their trial works...any have a look at:
http://www.airnavsystems.com as I'm sure it is explained there.


User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 30
Reply 23, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 5903 times:

I use www.passur.com to find out which planes are flying over my house, and flytecomm to find arrival information on various airports, especially when I am spotting. The only thing I don't like about flytecomm is that you can't list departures from airports like you can for arrivals. Other than that, both of these websites are very helpful, and above all, FREE!  Smile

Harry



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User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9601 posts, RR: 69
Reply 24, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 5896 times:
AIRLINERS.NET CREW
PHOTO SCREENER

I ditched fboweb for red1  Smile

25 Post contains links Sidishus : All of these systems derive their data from the ETMS database. Inside CONUS they work well. Outside CONUS expect the positional data to be missing or
26 Post contains links Sidishus : Eurocontrol has the ETFMS, but AFAIK the public access is still really expensive and not in general use by any of the ASD vendors...At least not at pr
27 Air1727 : UK feeds were available prior to 1999 (approx). Now, special permission is required for the ASD vendor and user to access this information. Dimen Intl
28 Post contains images Newark777 : What is CONUS? Harry
29 Post contains images Dirkou : Air1727: Have a look at the below screen shot...don't you agree that AirNav Live Flight Tracker is very superior in terms of graphics compared to the
30 Post contains images RobK : Dirkou, Airnav flight-tracker is cr@p ! Cheers, Rob K
31 Post contains images Dirkou : Your opinion...
32 Post contains images Air1727 : Dirkou, the key here is what do you need? Do you need pretty colors and geographical paintings? Or do you need fast, reliable data? Flight Explorer ha
33 Sidishus : Overseas flights can often drop off the map and reappear since their position data is derived from global satellite and radio communication providers
34 Dirkou : Air1727: Thanks a lot for your reply. You mentioned: "Flight Explorer has more feeds than any other ASD vendor." What feeds do they have for general p
35 HAWK21M : Lets Rephrase:- Rank the best freeware International Flight tracker available on the Net. regds MEL
36 Air1727 : Global coverage is kind of a gimmick, wouldn't you say Dirkou? Airlines claim global coverage, cellular phones have global coverage plans, etc. But do
37 AC345YYZ : I use 2 different flight trackers...Try them out! www.flightview.com -The best one www.usatoday.com/travel/flights/delays/tracker-index.htm
38 Dirkou : Air1727: "Dimensions International works directly with several data providers independently giving them a better edge in precise data. Honeywell, Blue
39 Post contains images RobK : Flightview.com is missing several charter airlines and also does not cover bizjets or general aviation. The Usatoday site uses the Flightview tracker
40 Dirkou : Rob K: I agree with you. "if you want the best UK coverage then Flight Explorer" That is only for professionals right? Or can you access UK flight inf
41 Air1727 : UK feeds are for professional accounts only and require permission as well (unless you are a UK based firm). The UK data used to be available to all (
42 Post contains images JetBlueAtJFK : I find my favorite flight tracker is www.aeroseek.com/webtrax. It is really good you can zoom in onto which town the flight is over. Sometimes it isn'
43 AC345YYZ : JetBlueAtJFK, thanks for the great flight tracker! I have a new favorite!Love how you can focus on the city/town it is over! Thanks!
44 Dirkou : Air1727: Thanks a lot!
45 Post contains images RobK : JetBlue@JFK, Aeroseek is the free version of FBOweb and uses the same data. If you want to see flight-plan details and track biz and g/a then you'll n
46 Post contains links KDTWFlyer : Lycos used to have a version of flightview.com's tracker built into their website that was very cool but now its gone. It used to be http://flighttrac
47 JetBlueAtJFK : RobK, Sorry never caught that it was but I think I'll try out FBOweb tracker. Thanks! jetBlueAtJFK
48 FloridaMark : Hi Folks, I have been a user of FBOWeb flight tracker since September of 2001.The $14.95 monthly fee is the best deal around as far as tracking both c
49 Dirkou : FloridaMark: AirNav Live Flight Tracker costs 64.95 each 6 months (US $10.8 per month) and gives you up to 60 hours per month (not the 10 FE gives you
50 Post contains images RobK : But Airnav is just pretty pictures Dirkou!! ...and more importantly (imo), doesn't have a flight history feature. FBOweb is the better all round packa
51 Post contains images Dirkou : LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL Your sense of humor is good but AirNav is much better
52 QuestAir : I think that trip.com used to have one. Not sure if they do anymore.
53 Post contains images JetBlueAtJFK : Yea trip.com/cheaptickets.com does have one under travel resources on the top bar. It is pretty good and reliable but the size of the plane is very bi
54 JetSaurus : I use Flight Explorer. Not bad. http://www.avweb.com/fe/
55 JetSaurus : Or you could get the latest Personal version directly from Flight Explorer. www.flightexplorer.com
56 Dirkou : FE is very expensive...you pay $10 for 10 hours of usage while with AirNav you pay the same for 60 hours...
57 Jetsaurus : Dirkou you are correct. However, when I tried both systems at the same time last summer I found AirNav to be ~7-10 minutes delayed over FE. I cancelle
58 Dirkou : yes you are right too. For non professional use AirNav is delayed due to FAA restrictions. Anyway I've heard from their support that in a month they w
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