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User currently offlineATAV2pls10 From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 35 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 8 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 5193 times:

My apologies in advance as this is a way over used thread. I'm pretty new to this forum and that's the reason I'm asking. What are the best flight tracker mediums that you use to track flights. They have to be free being as I'm a cheap a$$ed pilot and would just like to find something that works well. My thanks in advance.

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User currently offlineDirkou From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 571 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 8 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5166 times:

AirNav Live Flight Tracker is the cheapest and easiest to use.
Download a free trial from www.airnavsystems.com

They are a new company and getting lots of market share in the last few months.


User currently offlineBond007 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 5453 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5158 times:

Well, I can recommend:

http://icarus.red1aviation.com

Sorry, not free, but only $14.95/month ..... and I don't care what the other say  Wink, the free trackers simply don't compare to those that cost less than 50 cents a day. Lots of search capabilities. It doesn't have great maps but is excellent on pure readable data..which is what I like.

Heck....the others will say fboweb.com also.....oh, and airnavsystems.com

Everybody has their favorites for various reasons,


Jimbo



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User currently offlineRDUDDJI From Lesotho, joined Jun 2004, 1541 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5151 times:

Our company uses Flight Explorer. It's a great program, but not free. However, you can track single flights on their website for free.

http://fasttrack.flightexplorer.com/default.asp

http://www.flightview.com/ is pretty decent too.



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User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 29
Reply 4, posted (9 years 8 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5149 times:

As the others didn't read that you wanted a free one, here are my favorites:

http://flytecomm.com/cgi-bin/trackflight

http://www.flightview.com/TravelTools/default.asp

http://www.fboweb.com/21/track/trackcommercialmenu.asp

EDIT: Comment wasn't aimed at you, RDUDDJI, you beat me to it.  Smile

Harry

[Edited 2005-04-19 03:49:51]


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User currently offlineDirkou From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 571 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 8 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5134 times:

Like with almost evrything if you get it free the quality is usually worse...again try www.airnavsystems.com ,they give 60 hours per month which is 6x what the competion offers...it is being used by most airlines and airports in the US and the best, it is not web based so it has much more capabilities.

User currently offlineBond007 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 5453 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5129 times:

Quoting Dirkou (Reply 5):
give 60 hours per month which is 6x what the competion offers...

Let's not get toooo commercial here  Smile

red1aviation.com and fboweb.com are both only $14.95/mo for unlimited usage. All depends on what you want.

Flight Explorer is no doubt the business leader, but also probably the most money.

You pay for what you get....so make sure you only pay for what you want  Smile

Jimbo



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User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3309 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (9 years 8 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5097 times:
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I was just about to ask a similar question. Anyone know which of the above are offered for MAC users such as myself?

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User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 29
Reply 8, posted (9 years 8 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5096 times:

Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 7):
I was just about to ask a similar question. Anyone know which of the above are offered for MAC users such as myself?

The free ones I gave are web based and should work for you.

Harry



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User currently offlineDirkou From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 571 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 8 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5082 times:

Bond007
"Flight Explorer is no doubt the business leader"

Why you say that? Do you know how many users each company has or you believe what they write on their site? I wouldn't be so sure...


User currently offlineBond007 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 5453 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (9 years 8 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5066 times:

Quoting Dirkou (Reply 9):
Why you say that? Do you know how many users each company has or you believe what they write on their site? I wouldn't be so sure...

Well, this isn't the thread to argue this, but to quickly reply, yes, flight tracking and related subjects are my life, and have been for many years. Flight Explorer has been in the market for many,many years before Airnav, and was/is directed at primarily business users. Flight Explorer is great, I'm sure Airnav is great....geared more toward enthusiasts than FE is, fboweb.com and red1aviation.com are direct competitors with each other and are web-based and probably the cheapest for simple tracking. Flightview is also very good, but has a history more like that of FE (RLM/Flightview in fact I think the first of the commercial trackers).


...I don't know why I'd be that interested in which one has more customers unless I was involved in the company  Smile

rgds,

Jimbo



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User currently offlineQxeguy From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 8 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 5036 times:

Flight Explorer is 9.95/month if you go to www.avweb.com (click on Flight Explorer on the left frame). It is an actual application that you download, then subscribe to. It is quite robust. Although I don't subscribe any more, I had lots more than $10 per month worth of enjoyment out of it. However, it is orientated towards flights in the US.


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User currently offlineDirkou From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 571 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 8 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 5003 times:

Bond007: Ok on your opinion. I respect and would agree with it if we were in 2001/2002. Anyway I believe they are not the leaders anymore (in software based flight tracking - despite whatever they say on their site).

I also do daily flight tracking work and we use AirNav at our company for 2 years. From what we've talked with them they are easily increasing their share market with their new AirNav Live Flight Tracker 6 and from what I know NASA, Rockwell Collins, Lockheed, Boeing and many airports and airlines use it (including mine). It started to be an aviation enthusiast, got extremelly robust and now it is growing in the Professional market. If they are leaders? I don't know...

If you don't know the number of customers or the company income I don't know why you say "Flight Explorer is no doubt the business leader"...from what I've talked with a few people they were before but now...I simply don't know.

If we could make a comparison AirNav is the "Southwest Airlines" of flight tracking: cheap, easy and growing a lot. I would compare FE and FV to United/US Airways...old and expensive.

For Qxeguy: have a look at http://www.airnavsystems.com/anlv/orde.html : thier Gold solution offers you 60 (not 10) hours for $14.95 per month.

Just my 2 cents...


User currently offlineLaxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 26131 posts, RR: 50
Reply 13, posted (9 years 8 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4979 times:

Flight Explorer is a quite powerful product which is primarily designed for and used by airlines, including several large ones.

Many of the other products are primarily for the FBOs and enthusiast users. Flight Explorer thus also come out with a basic stripped down version geared for this market.



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User currently offlineBond007 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 5453 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (9 years 8 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4969 times:

Quoting Dirkou (Reply 12):
If you don't know the number of customers or the company income I don't know why you say "Flight Explorer is no doubt the business leader"...from what I've talked with a few people they were before but now...I simply don't know.

OK, I simply DO know...but like I said, but what it does matter?
But since I am insider in this business, I will refrain from other comments....so perhaps another thread  Smile

Jimbo



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User currently offlineDirkou From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 571 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (9 years 8 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4960 times:

The problem is that you're not the only insider in this business.
BTW have you read any reviews on websites about flight trackers recently?
I'm sorry but it seems you haven't...

Also NASA, Boeing, Tacoma Airport, Virgin Airways aren't exactly enthusiasts or FBOs...

The only point here is that your company is paying 3 or 4 more times for less quality. If you think that doesn't matter that's your problem.  Wink


User currently offlineBoeing73G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 8 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4951 times:

Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 7):
I was just about to ask a similar question. Anyone know which of the above are offered for MAC users such as myself?

Have a very similar question, but is there any software like the ones offered above for Mac users that is NOT use a Web browser?


User currently offlineAccidentally From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 643 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (9 years 8 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4938 times:
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I've used both Flight Explorer and Airnav's.

FE is great. It's easy, very fast, and flexible, with a better interface, but slightly more basic overall.

Airnav would be the best if it wasn't so damn slow. Zooming, selecting, moving the view is in my book unbearable. It has some great features though.

I currently have Airnav, but I don't think I'll be renewing my subscription until I know the software is much snappier. Back to FE for now.



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User currently offlineBond007 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 5453 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (9 years 8 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4930 times:

Quoting Dirkou (Reply 15):
The problem is that you're not the only insider in this business.

Well, unfortunately you misunderstood my 'insider' comment.
My company doesn't pay anything for it's flight tracker  Wink

BTW is has little to do with quality, but functionality and features. IMO most of the trackers are good quality, but differ in features and that is reflected in price (and perhaps different markets).

Actually the prices pretty well reflect what you get for your money....and remember not everyone wants to pay extra for flashy maps, in fact the original post was for free trackers.

...oh, and if you have lots of website reviews of Flight Trackers why don't you post them - isn't that the whole purpose of this post ???

Jimbo



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User currently offlineJdaniel001 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (9 years 8 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4905 times:

Dirkou...I think you're getting upset over nothing. Bond007 isn't saying Airnav is bad, but FE is currently more popular commercially. I have worked for more than one airline and know the inside scoop on several others, and FE is currently the product of choice. Not to say that Airnav would beat them sometime in the future. And my opinion, FE is great.

User currently offlineRDUDDJI From Lesotho, joined Jun 2004, 1541 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (9 years 8 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4893 times:

FE is my preferred A.S.D. program. The $10/mo. deal does not include the weather overlay...which I find critically important. It also only tracks flights in U.S. airspace incl HI and AK, parts of the Caribbean (San Juan area), Guam, the U.K., and New Zealand. It also shows flights that are to takeoff or land in any of the aforementioned areas...but at best it only estimates their progress when not in one of the covered areas (i.e. the tracks over the Atlantic).

I haven't used airnav in many years, mayhaps I will check-out their recent versions...



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User currently offlineTrb10 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 179 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (9 years 8 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4780 times:

Some sites that provide UK tracking and not just USA tracking would be nice!

User currently offline747Loadmaster From Germany, joined Oct 2004, 59 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (9 years 8 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4747 times:

Or German tracking would also be nice!

User currently offlineBond007 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 5453 posts, RR: 8
Reply 23, posted (9 years 8 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4732 times:

Just a technical note.

Most of the trackers all use the same FAA data feed, which only includes those flights in (or in/out) US airspace, and some UK data (see below).

The UK data is part of the same data feed, but is only available to qualified customers (i.e. airlines, or those that pay ATC fees), so unless you qualify for that data, the best you will get is all of the US/Carribean, Atlantic until about 30W, and some Pacific.

One or two (airnav), may also use ACARS data, but this has limited usage for comprehensive tracking.

As RDUDDJI mentioned, FE also has an agreement with New Zealand.

rgds,

Jimbo



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User currently offlineJdaniel001 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (9 years 8 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4702 times:

I think this is an excellent opportunity for our overseas friends to find some capital and start a company to produce a product for the average "Joe" to cover Europe. I bet it will make millions of Euros (or Pounds).

25 Post contains images Bond007 : The decision is not a commercial one because you can already get this data from FE and the other guys if you are qualified. The restriction is a legal
26 Skywatch : Is the monthly payment on fboweb.com for a default certain number of months, or can you buy one month at a time?
27 LordHowe : Agree with that! Also European, Asian, African, Oceanian trackers would be nice to have. Aren't there actually any at all? Not even for a monthly fee
28 Jdaniel001 : Great idea! I would upgrade for that. But it would have to be a real-time map like FE, not some stupid status list i.e. planned, airborne, arrived.
29 Post contains links and images Bond007 : Now, now....that's another thread already How About A Flight Tracker For First Class Members (by Jdwfloyd Mar 30 2005 in Site Related) jimbo
30 Asteriskceo : Which ones can I look up the flight plans of a certain flight (the route)
31 Jdaniel001 : FE for certain. Don't know about the rest.
32 Asteriskceo : Standard or the Professional version?
33 Bond007 : Could you explain a little more... Even the more textual ones like red1aviation.com, you can plug into search criteria, for example airport, airline,
34 Post contains links Dirkou : With AirNav Live Flight Tracker 6 you can right mouse click over a flight, click "Show Flight Plan" and a yellow line will draw over the actual filled
35 Asteriskceo : Wait, so does personal edition of FE show flight plan?
36 Dirkou : I don't think so although I'm not sure. Anyway we use AirNav Live Flight tracker 6 daily and it does show the flight plan.
37 ATAV2pls10 : Thanks for the info guys. Now I'm actually more confused than before....LOL Really, though, thanks a million. Lots of information out there. V2
38 Dirkou : Your welcome! We work with flight trackers daily so any question you may have let me know.
39 Aviationwiz : There is a Flytecomm plugin that comes with Sherlock I believe, check that out. Also, I believe in Tiger next Friday, there will be something for the
40 Dirkou : AirNav Live Flight Tracker works in a MAC with a proper Windows emulator.
41 Post contains links and images UAalltheway : Because I'm on a mac (and really cheap) I use the free one at FlyteComm™. http://flytecomm.com/cgi-bin/trackflight
42 MIAMIx707 : To me, there won't be a "good" flight tracker until the royal FAA stops blocking all the many foreign flight IDs they block. Someone on a previous thr
43 Bond007 : Well I would say at least 90% of the airlines are included in the trackers, including most of the foreign ones. Plenty of the deliveries from BFI and
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