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User currently offlineAA757BOY From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5703 times:

I know that on the BTS it shows the reg. of the aircraft with the statistics but is there a way for me to track an aircraft. Like say I want to track N677AN, where could I go to see where its been etc... any help would be great

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User currently offlineS12PPL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5690 times:

A good free one is:

www.flightaware.com


User currently offlineAA757BOY From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5690 times:

Quoting S12PPL (Reply 1):

Flight Aware doesnt show the reg. but thanx anyways


User currently offlineBeech19 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 936 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5670 times:

Quoting AA757BOY (Reply 2):
Flight Aware doesnt show the reg. but thanx anyways

You can search by Reg...

if you don't like flightaware.com use Aeroseek.com or flytecomm.com

or use the Flightaware flight finder...
http://flightaware.com/live/findflight_route.rvt

You will be able to find the craft you are looking by narrowing two points down.

[Edited 2007-01-15 21:17:30]


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User currently offlineMidEx216 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 651 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5651 times:

Quoting Beech19 (Reply 3):
You can search by Reg...

On FlightAware, the reg number search is only for non-commercial flights. Such as a corporate jet that filed an IFR flight plan.



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User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5638 times:

Quoting S12PPL (Reply 1):
A good free one is:

www.flightaware.com



Quoting AA757BOY (Thread starter):
Like say I want to track N677AN, where could I go to see where its been etc...

ASD-based flight trackers like flightaware and others will be of no value to you with repect to a registration number of an airliner, since airlines file flight plans by flight number, and not aircraft registration numbers.

I don't know of any way you can do what you're hoping to do...


User currently offlineBeech19 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 936 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5608 times:

Quoting MidEx216 (Reply 4):
On FlightAware, the reg number search is only for non-commercial flights. Such as a corporate jet that filed an IFR flight plan.

Hmm... could have sworn i was able to do it before. Or i could be smoking crack...



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User currently offlineS12PPL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5608 times:

Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 5):
ASD-based flight trackers like flightaware and others will be of no value to you with repect to a registration number of an airliner, since airlines file flight plans by flight number, and not aircraft registration numbers.

Are you sure? I've tried to track one of Paul Allen's 757's that he uses to fly the Blazers and Seachickens around to games in, and it seems to know that company keeps it's planes reg's, and movements private.


User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5585 times:

Quoting S12PPL (Reply 7):
Are you sure? I've tried to track one of Paul Allen's 757's that he uses to fly the Blazers and Seachickens around to games in, and it seems to know that company keeps it's planes reg's, and movements private.

In the case you cite, yes, you could probably track it (unless they have opted to have the info blocked), but I meant "airliner" in the context of a commercial airline with a fleet of airliners. If the airline has N123XX assigned to flight 789, and N123XX breaks down :30 before departure and the airline assigns N124XX to the flight, the flight plan never gets changed--as far as ATC is concerned, it's still flight 789.


User currently offlineS12PPL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5573 times:

Well I understand that. I just know you can track a reg. number on flight aware. They give you the option. They have to provide an aircraft registaion number with every flight plan...

User currently offlineBond007 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 5408 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5528 times:

Quoting S12PPL (Reply 9):
They give you the option. They have to provide an aircraft registaion number with every flight plan...

No they don't. You have 2 options when filing a flight plan - use a callsign or use a registration number.

All airline flights (or 99.9%), use a callsign which cannot be tied to a registration number using flight plan data.

Some non-airline flights also use callsigns (some corporate/charter operators). Only some can be tied to a registration (example EJA, LXJ, OPT).

Most GA and corporate aircraft use registrations.

Any owner/operator can have their registration blocked from flight tracking systems.

That's about it.

Jimbo

[Edited 2007-01-15 22:04:23]


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User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5514 times:

Quoting S12PPL (Reply 9):
They have to provide an aircraft registaion number with every flight plan...

An individual with an airline-type aircraft may have to file the registration number when they file the ATC flight plan, but I know of no airline that has to, and the computer interface at my place doesn't even have a field for the registration number.

If we swap aircraft, I don't have to do anything if it's the same type, but if we swap from a 735 to a 733 or 737, those I have to change, but again, I'm changing the aircraft type, and not the specific registration number, since it was never filed to begin with.


User currently offlineBond007 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 5408 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5489 times:

Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 11):
An individual with an airline-type aircraft may have to file the registration number when they file the ATC flight plan, but I know of no airline that has to, and the computer interface at my place doesn't even have a field for the registration number.

Correct!

In fact individuals/companies can apply for a callsign as long as they meet certain criteria (number of flights is one). For example, John Deere JDC, in which case they don't need to file using the tail number and have full control over the other 4 digits.

Jimbo



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User currently offlineS12PPL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5442 times:

Oh...Thanks for the info  Smile

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