Bruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5099 posts, RR: 13 Posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 5433 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 Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
InnocuousFox From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2805 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 5196 times:
Flight Explorer Personal Edition is $10 a month for 10 hours and then there is an hourly charge after that. It shows flight numbers of commercial flights and tail numbers of private. That's how the FAA tracks them so that's the data you get.
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Dirkou From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 571 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 5152 times:
AirNav Live Flight Tracker costs US$ 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
OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5101 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...