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Tutorial: Getting the most out of Flightradar24 Settings options

In this video we take an in-depth look at the Settings button and everything you can do with it on Flightradar24.

Flightradar24 Tutorials: 01. Custom Alerts (Android)

This is a short informational video showing how to add and delete custom alerts on Flightradar24.

Tutorial: Creating a custom alert on the Flightradar24 mobile app

We show you how to create custom alerts based on flight numbers, aircraft types, and registrations. Then find out how you can qualifiers to make the alerts even more specific.

Aviation explainer series

  • How to read METAR weather reports

    Spend any time around aviation types and the term METAR will likely come up. METAR is an acronym that stands for Meteorological Terminal Air Report, and it’s a highly practical way to transmit weather data that’s primarily used by pilots. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) ensures it is standardized throughout the world, although there …   Read More
  • What is a black box and how does it work?

    Just about everyone has heard of the “black box” on an airplane. The term tends to have strong associations because most of the time when we hear about the black box it’s as a result of an air crash. Here’s a look at how they work.   Read More
  • How do pilots stay current in a pandemic?

    With demand for air travel still far below normal levels thanks to COVID-19, airlines are having to juggle a number of difficult decisions and manage not only the financial pain but also the logistical chaos that comes from suddenly cutting flights and parking planes. One of those logistical issues is that of pilot currency.   Read More

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Flightradar24 combines data from several data sources including ADS-B, MLAT and radar data.

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