The numbers are in! Thanks to our industry-leading ADS-B receiver network powered by tens of thousands of hosts around the world, we tracked 63,136,442 flights in 2018, over 4 million more than 2017.

Most flights —19 July — 209,752 flights
Fewest flights — 25 December — 109,645 flights
New FR24-supplied receivers — 800+

Each month we send out complete ADS-B receiver kits that include an ADS-B receiver, antennas, and all necessary cabling to qualified hosts. You can apply to host one of our receivers or easily build your own. The dozens of new Flightradar24-supplied receiver kits and the hundreds of home-built receivers activated in December, combined with over 20,000 existing receivers, helped us track 5 million flights.

New receiver kits are sent to locations that will expand our coverage or most improve existing MLAT coverage. In places like Cook Islands, Egypt, and Cocos (Keeling) Islands new receivers are helping track more ADS-B equipped flights, while new receivers in the United States, New Zealand, Nepal, and Iran are increasing our MLAT coverage.

The December New ADS-B Receivers Map

Here’s the full map of all receivers activated during December (click to expand).

Newly activated Flightradar24 ADS-B receivers in December 2018.
Newly activated Flightradar24 ADS-B receivers in December 2018.

The 2018 New ADS-B Receivers Map

Here’s the full map of all Flightradar24-supplied ADS-B receivers activated in 2018. In total, we activated over 800 new receivers.

All Flightradar24-supplied ADS-B receivers activated in 2018. | Note: does not include the thousands of home-built receivers connected to Flightradar24 last year

Help Add ADS-B Coverage

We are always looking for new receiver hosts. Especially if you or someone you know lives in a remote location, please apply to host a receiver. All of our receiver hosts get a free Flightradar24 Business Subscription, which can be used on the web or within our mobile app. If you’re interested, please apply today. If you’d you like more information about our application process, you can read more about it in our blog post.

Use Your Own Hardware

Have a Raspberry Pi sitting around collecting dust or looking to get started with tracking flights with a quick project? Build your own receiver to help us increase ADS-B and MLAT coverage in your area. Our simple guide walks you through the steps from getting the parts you need to setting up your receiver. Learn more today!

Ian Petchenik’s love of aviation began at an early age growing up next to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. As Flightradar24’s director of communications and co-host of the AvTalk podcast Ian now gets to share that passion for aviation with millions of Flightradar24 users and listeners around the world.