pwm2txlhopper From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1254 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (2 years 9 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 12229 times:
Quoting Agill (Reply 1): Well considering how much money they spend on stealth and stuff it would be a bit odd if you could track the planes online.
Well, if the flights weren't blocked from flight trackers, there's no reason you couldn't see them. They'd have their transponders on so they'd show up on the radar of civilian ATC. Even stealth aircraft have to be visible to radar when they're in controlled airspace with other planes. If the physical aircraft doesn't send a radar return, then the transponder does for it..
moose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2148 posts, RR: 11 Reply 6, posted (2 years 9 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 12024 times:
Quoting eugegall (Reply 2): Wow i just realised how stupid my question really was...
Not stupid at all. Certainly, if they are en route to drop bombs on someone, they won't be broadcasting their position to the world, but like pwm2thlhopper said, for everyday flights, they could be tracked, as they file flight plans, and use transponders like civilian aircraft. They are blocked from flight trackers, but they aren't "invisible".
DiamondFlyer From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 1370 posts, RR: 3 Reply 8, posted (2 years 9 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 11973 times:
Quoting wardialer (Reply 7): If they do, those websites would be facing class action lawsuits everyday!!!!!!!!!
Why? Every aircraft owner has the option of opting out of being tracked, if they so choose to. If they didn't do, it would foolish to think they could sue because they are being tracked. Plus the FAA is working towards making the rules much stricter on who can and can't be tracked.
moose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2148 posts, RR: 11 Reply 9, posted (2 years 9 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 11900 times:
Quoting wardialer (Reply 7): Even most corporate jets cannot be tracked via the internet. Only commercial.
There are many corporate jets that can be tracked on FlightAware. In fact, when I've searched for particular N-numbers (say if I wanted to catch a new aircraft, or a striking paint scheme) I find many more that I can track then are blocked. The owner needs to specifically request tracking be blocked.