Iwantanl1011 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 151 posts, RR: 0 Posted (14 years 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3169 times:
there are lots of commercial products that show flight progress / flight data now... surely these all use some free, government provided source for their data... anyone know where it comes from, or where to get it for free???
AirFinAir From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 668 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (14 years 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3058 times:
This is an excellent program, and the same one that CNN was using to show the actual flight path of American Flight 11 into the Trade Center. I've tried accessing it to no avail. The FAA has suspended all data to all fllight tracking sights on the web.
Timvasquez From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (14 years 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3038 times:
To my knowledge, NO radar imagery is posted anywhere on the Internet. There are probably privacy and national security concerns.
The web site Peter mentioned, as well as trip.com and flytetrax.com seem to gather their data from onboard IRS positions and relay them through ARINC or satellite to the FAA and then to the servers. I don't think radar is involved at all. I've successfully tracked flights at 1-minute intervals across the Gulf of Alaska, far away from any ATC radar.
I am VERY curious, though, exactly which policy or agreement allows these private companies exclusive access to the raw data. They damn near have a monopoly on it. I haven't been able to find any info on this through Web searches, either.