Archive for : October, 2015

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Crash of Metrojet Flight 7K9268

At approximately 04:13 UTC, 31 October 2015, Metrojet flight 9268 crashed into the Sinai Peninsula. The flight’s planned route was from Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg, Russia. We acquired a signal from the aircraft shortly after takeoff and tracked it until 04:13:22 UTC. At the time of last contact we were receiving a signal from the aircraft to three of our receivers, all of which stopped receiving data from the aircraft at the same time. (more…)

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From Plane to Screen—How Raw Data Becomes Flightradar24

In the past, we have detailed how we track flights with ADS-B and MLAT, but that is just the beginning of a long journey to displaying a flight on our site and in our apps. In this post we’ll bring together a few of our past posts and walk through how planes flying overhead turn into icons on your screen. (more…)

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Tracking Transaero into Storage

On 26 October, barring any last minute change of status, Transaero will cease operations. Over the past two days, the airline has sent about two dozen aircraft into storage in Teruel, Spain. Teruel is the location of Tarmac Aerosave, an aircraft maintenance, storage, and recycling facility. It is the same facility where a number of UTAir aircraft are also stored. (more…)

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New Flightradar24 Receivers for the First Two Weeks of October

We activated nearly 100 new receivers in the first two weeks of October, improving our coverage all over the world. In South America, we grew our coverage area in Chile and Argentina with the three new receivers south of Buenos Aires and four new receivers in Brazil. In North America we grew our coverage area in the western half of the United States. In September, we added a new receiver on Greenland’s east coast and during the past two weeks we activated a new receiver on the west coast, expanding our transatlantic coverage. (more…)

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Tracking the Final US Airways Flights

On 8 April 2015, American Airlines and US Airways took a major step in their merger integration when US Airways flight 774 was the last flight to use the “Cactus” radio callsign. Tomorrow, the two airlines mark the final major milestone in their integration with the last US Airways flight. (more…)

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Squawking 7700—In-flight Emergencies from a Pilot’s Perspective

We track hundreds of thousands of flights every day and invariably a few will declare an emergency and possibly “squawk 7700” during the day. This common occurrence often leads to numerous questions about what the flight is doing and why. We field many inquiries each time a flight declares an emergency, so we spoke with pilot Ken Hoke to understand more about what is happening on the flight deck during an emergency situation. Captain Hoke is a Boeing 757/767 captain for a package express airline and also runs the website AeroSavvy. (more…)

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New Flightradar24 Receivers for the Last Two Weeks of September

The last two weeks of September saw a flurry of receiver activations around the world. We expanded our coverage area on six continents and increase MLAT coverage in key locations while adding nearly 100 receivers. (more…)