• Watching Airports Grow with Google Earth Engine

    Google has released a new version of its Google Earth Engine Timelapse. This new version stretches from 1984 to 2016 and includes clearer imagery of previous years than the old version. Check out some examples of the airports that have been built or have grown significantly since then.   Read More

  • LMI2933 Crash near Medellin

    While conducting flight LMI2933 from Santa Cruz, Bolivia to Medellín, Colombia, a LAMIA Bolivia aircraft (registration CP-2933) crashed south of Medellin Airport near La Union. The flight was carrying Brazilian football club Chapecoense to Medellín for a Copa Sudamerica finals match. Airport and civil aviation authorities are reporting that 81 people were on board the …   Read More

  • The Flights Behind the Photo

    On 12 November, photographer Seth Jaworski captured the departure queue for Runway 34L at Sydney Airport. While the identity of a few of the aircraft was readily apparent, we wanted to see if we could identify all six aircraft in the photograph. We turned to our Global Playback feature for the answer.   Read More

  • The Airbus A350-1000 Takes to the Skies

    Yesterday in Toulouse the Airbus A350-1000 took flight for the first time, embarking on a yearlong flight test campaign before Qatar Airways puts the first delivery into commercial service in late 2017.   Read More

  • Developing a Wake Turbulence Warning System

    Just as ships moving through the water create a wake, aircraft moving through the air create one as well. Wake vortices from aircraft often go unseen, but the wake turbulence they create can have severe consequences for aircraft if pilots are not aware.   Read More

  • Practice Makes Perfect—Crosswind Landings

    Earlier this week, an Airbus A350 made news in Scotland when it visited Stornoway Airport to conduct crosswind touch-and-go practice. But what is a crosswind and what exactly are the pilots practicing?   Read More

  • Where Airplanes Retire

    We’ve previously written about where airplanes are born and where they’re maintained, but what happens when they’re ready to retire? Around the world, aircraft ‘boneyards’ are used to store aircraft, either permanently or until they find new life with another airline.   Read More

  • New Flightradar24 ADS-B Receivers Activated in October 2016

    The nearly 100 new receivers we activated in October are helping fill our remaining coverage gaps and expanding our MLAT coverage area. With our over 12,000 receivers we’re tracking an average of 160,000 flights a day. In October, we tracked a total of 4.6 million flights around the world. See where we activated new receivers …   Read More

  • Antonov An-225 Flight Schedule—November 2016

    The Antonov An-225, the largest cargo aircraft in the world, will begin a week-long flight schedule from its home base in Ukraine to South America this Thursday. The aircraft will load cargo at Leipzig/Halle before flying across the Atlantic and down the east coast of North America on its way to Iquique, Chile. From there …   Read More

  • New World’s Shortest International Flight

    People’s Viennaline inaugurated the new shortest international flight today, flying between St. Gallen-Altenrhein and Friedrichshafen with an average inaugural flight time of 7 minutes and a gate-to-gate time of about 20 minutes. The service is used to connect passengers to their final destination in Cologne, though the short flight is bookable by itself. Follow the …   Read More