Archive for : May, 2015

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Using Filters in Flightradar24

Seeing every aircraft we’re tracking around the world at any given moment is an awesome sight, but sometimes you only want to see a selection of those thousands of flights. For those times, we have several different filters from which to choose. Filters are a great tool for when you’re looking for something specific, but you want to see more than just a single flight. In this post we’ll walk through each filter and provide some basic examples of how to use them on the site. We’d also love to hear how you’re using filters on our site. Send us a tweet or comment on Facebook and we’ll share some of the most creative uses of filters.

Prefer using our mobile apps? See our post full of tips for getting the most out of filters in the apps. (more…)

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New Flightradar24 Receivers for the Week of 17 May

This week we activated about 50 receivers, many of which are already helping increase MLAT coverage. We also activated three receivers that will be very helpful in expanding our trans-Atlantic coverage. One new receiver was activated in St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada, which will help with northern Atlantic coverage. We also activated receivers on the island of Fernando De Noronha off the eastern coast of Brazil and in Dakar, Senegal, which will help with southern-Atlantic coverage. (more…)

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How We Track Flights with ADS-B

The primary technology we use to receive flight data is called Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B). This relatively new technology enables us to track aircraft in real-time with great accuracy. As ADS-B becomes industry standard the number of flights we are able to track will rise. (more…)

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New Flightradar24 Receivers for the Week of 10 May

This week was a big week for new Flightradar24 receivers. We activated our 100th African receiver for 2015! We also activated half a dozen receivers in China this week, adding additional MLAT coverage. (more…)

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Interesting Patterns on Flightradar24

“What’s this plane doing?” is a question we get more than any other. Users will post a screenshot to our Facebook or Twitter pages and wonder why they’re seeing a particular flight path. While we don’t necessarily have specific information for individual flights, there are a few categories under which these flights can be filed. (more…)

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How We Track Flights with MLAT

Of the thousands of aircraft we track each day, many do not yet have an ADS-B transponder and still rely on an older transponder to report flight information. For these aircraft we’ve developed our receivers and software to take advantage of Multilateration (MLAT) to help us track their flights. (more…)

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New Flightradar24 Receivers for the Week of 3 May

Each week we send out dozens of receivers to hosts around the world. This week, we activated new receivers in places like Burkina Faso, Saudi Arabia, and Funchal, Portugal. We also activated a number of receivers in China.

Here’s the full map of receivers activated this week (click to enlarge).

Map of Receivers Activated the week of 3 May 2015.

Map of Receivers Activated the week of 3 May 2015.

 

If you’re interested in hosting a receiver, you can read more about the application process or apply to host a receiver today.

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How the Flightradar24 Receiver Application Process Works

We’re constantly working to expand our network of receivers around the world to increase our ADS-B and MLAT coverage. Each week we send out approximately 50 Flightradar24 receivers to new hosts. Before receivers are shipped, each application goes through a multistage review process to ensure we’re providing the best service for our users. (more…)

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Flight Paths and Great Circles—Or Why You Flew Over Greenland

We’re often asked why an individual flight is flying a particular route, or put another way—“why did we fly over Greenland?” Long distance flight paths are designed to be the most efficient way to get from point A to point B on the other side of the world. The shortest distance between two points is a straight line, but when a line on a globe is shown on a two-dimensional map, it looks like an arc. (more…)