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How Do Flight Trackers Work?  
User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5042 posts, RR: 15
Posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3949 times:

Take any of the several internet flight tracker sites...... how do they get their info? Obviously something transmitted from the plane to ATC but how/why are these web sites able to intercept this and publish it online? And when they give you miles, as in " 25 mi ENE of _____" are they measuring in nautical or statute miles, same as distance on a map or the distance that pilots go by (nm)?

fboweb.com has extremely detailed info on any flight including a moving map. How do they do that? Are they given exact lat/long coordinates for the aircraft? Isn't this info intended ONLY for the use of air traffic control?

bruce


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User currently offlineInnocuousFox From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2805 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3916 times:

Most of them pull a feed from the national tracking center that, in turn, has links to all the ATC centers.


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User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5042 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3903 times:

a National Tracking Center??? I didn't know there was such a thing.......

bruce



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User currently offlineInnocuousFox From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2805 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3825 times:

There's an article somewhere with a guy reviewing "Flight Explorer". Google for that.


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User currently offlineSpeedbirdHeavy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 427 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3757 times:

Can anyone tell me what flightrackers actually display the aircraft tail number? Are they free?


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User currently offlineInnocuousFox From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2805 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3712 times:

Flight Explorer Personal Edition is $10 a month for 10 hours and then there is an hourly charge after that. It shows flight numbers of commercial flights and tail numbers of private. That's how the FAA tracks them so that's the data you get.


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User currently offlineDirkou From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 571 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3668 times:

AirNav Live Flight Tracker costs US$ 64.95 for each 6 months usage and you can use it up to 60 hours per month (not the 10 hours limit mentioned above).
They pull the data from tha central FAA realtime database.
Have a lok at www.airnavsystems.com


User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3617 times:

>>>Can anyone tell me what flightrackers actually display the aircraft tail number? Are they free?

None that know of. Actual tail numbers can (and DO) change often, and since the actual aircraft tail number isn't a part of the domestic airline flight plan filing (USA), there'd be no way for ATC (and thus the ASD that "feeds" the trackers) to know the tail number, unless I'm missing something...



User currently offlineDirkou From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 571 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3618 times:

Anyway AirNav Systems (the developers of AirNav Live Flight Tracker) have other programs that will show you the tail number. Check their website.

User currently offlineScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3477 times:

Can you please send me with the link of those flight tracker, please?  Smile

User currently offlineSpeedbirdHeavy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 427 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3417 times:

Scotty:

Try this link:

http://www.airnavsystems.com/



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User currently offlineInnocuousFox From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2805 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3404 times:

"Can you please send me with the link of those flight tracker, please?"

Sure...

www.Google.com



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