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New Flightradar24 Features—Airport Information Panels, New Weather Layers, and Better Email Alerts

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We’ve recently added even more great new features to Flightradar24.com and our mobile apps. On the web, we’ve made finding airport information and tracking flights by airport even easier. On the web and in our mobile apps, we’ve added new weather layers that make visualizing flight patterns simple. And if you receive flight alerts via email, you now have the option to receive them in freshly designed HTML for even more convenient flight following.

New Airport Information Panels

Clicking on an airport pin or searching for an airport used to mean leaving the map and that click took you to information that had been duplicated from our extensive airport data pages. We’ve streamlined the design and functionality and made it easier to track the flights to and from the airports you’re interested in.

The new airport information panel, showing London-Heathrow arrivals (click to enlarge)

When you click on an airport pin or search for an airport, you’ll see the new airport info panel open on the left side of the screen and the map will center on the airport. This behavior now mimics the airport pin behavior in the apps to give you a seamless experience.

You’ll initially see the Arrivals tab and you can easily click over to the Departures or On ground tabs. Clicking the more tab will take you to the complete airport data page, which contains a full list of arrivals, departures, aircraft on the ground, current weather, all the routes from an airport, myFlightradar24 user reviews, and more.

Clicking on a flight in the airport information panel expands the flight to show additional details like departure and arrival times and aircraft information. You’ll also see a photo of the aircraft, if available. You can also click to see additional information about that specific aircraft, additional information about the flight number, playback of the flight, and if the flight is currently in the air, click Show on map to follow the flight.

We’ll also have additional new features for our new Airline data pages coming out soon, so keep an eye out for those.

‘Hey, Ho, the Wind and the Rain’—New Weather Layers

Two new weather layers are now available on the web and in our mobile apps. For Gold subscribers, we’ve added a Total precipitation layer. The Total precipitation layer shows worldwide precipitation of all strengths. This new layer complements the Intense precipitation layer, which shows precipitation of such strength that aircraft are likely to avoid the area.

The new Total precipitation layer

For our Business subscribers, including everyone who contributes ADS-B data to the Flightradar24 network, we’ve added  a new Winds layer, which can be displayed either as wind barbs or a color gradient overlay.

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In weather settings, you can choose to view the winds on the map from 1,000 feet to 51,000 feet in 1,000 foot increments. Zooming in on the map will display a more granular breakdown of the winds on either the wind barb or gradient layers.

New wind layer with barbs showing wind speed and direction

Wind barbs show the strength and direction of the the wind in Knots. The direction of the wind is blowing from the side of the barb on which the barbs and pennants sit. So, in the example image above, the wind over central Greenland at 36,000 feet (FL360) is blowing from the southwest.

Example showing wind barb speed and direction

The speed of the wind is denoted by the barbs and pennants. A single small barb represents 5 Knots, a single full barb represents 10 Knots, and a pennant represents 50 Knots. The speed of the wind is computed by adding the total of the barbs. In the highlighted section of the example above, winds across Greenland are moving at 90 Knots from the southwest.

The new wind color gradient layer showing the jet stream

The wind gradient layer can be useful for visualizing larger wind patterns, like the jet stream.

Wind color gradient scale, in Knots

The wind color scale is shown above.

More Useful Email Notifications

We’ve redesigned our email notifications to be more useful. When you open an email alert now, you’ll see freshly designed HTML with the alert trigger and alert details clearly listed as well as a route map for the flight if your alert was triggered by a flight with a known route. You can click through on the map to begin following the flight.

New HTML email alerts, including route map
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