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Introducing Aeronautical Charts in Flightradar24

With Flightradar24 you have always been able to see where aircraft are flying. With our latest addition of aeronautical charts, you’re now able to see why they’re flying there. While the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, flights don’t actually travel directly from airport to airport. Commercial aircraft use a system of waypoints, navigational aids, and airways to navigate through the sky safely and efficiently. Those waypoints and airways are now available to our users with a Gold or Business subscription. (more…)

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Flight Paths and Great Circles—Or Why You Flew Over Greenland

We’re often asked why an individual flight is flying a particular route, or put another way—“why did we fly over Greenland?” Long distance flight paths are designed to be the most efficient way to get from point A to point B on the other side of the world. The shortest distance between two points is a straight line, but when a line on a globe is shown on a two-dimensional map, it looks like an arc. (more…)