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Flight Tracking – Follow your Flights LIVE on Flightradar Online

For decades it was impossible for you to track any commercial flight you would like. Nowadays with the help of thousands of transponders on the ground and high speed internet, anyone can turn its computer or phone into a flight tracker with ease! This is not only very handy when you would like to know when someone is landing, but it’s also great fun for people to see which planes are flying in the sky right now! With the help of all the flight tracking services such as Flightradar24, this is now very easy to do!

The flight tracker above is really easy to use. You can use the search-function to search by:

Flight number

Airport

Airline

Aircraft Registration

What does it mean to track a flight?

When you are tracking a flight you are using a flight radar to track a flight to its destination.  Using ADS-B transponders aircraft are shown on the online flight radar.  There are a lot of different types of aircraft that are tracked. The most common are:

Commercial Aircraft

Cargo Aircraft

Military Aircraft

Private Aircraft

Helicopters

Which services are available to track a flight?

There are lots of services nowadays to track online flights. In the underlying table we have collected some relevant information of the most important flight tracking systems for you to see which service is best for your needs.

Flight Tracker Service

# Airlines Tracked

# Aircraft Tracked

Coverage

Language

Free Service

Flightradar24

962

34589

Worldwide

ENG

Yes

Radarbox24

955

32478

Worldwide

ENG

Yes

OpenSky Network

930

30654

Worldwide

ENG

Yes

FlightAware

855

30552

Worldwide

ENG and most common languages (17)

Yes

From this table you can see that Flightradar24 has the most comprehensive dataset, and that’s why it’s also the most popular flight tracking service. People who are not comfortable with the English language can use the service of FlightAware.

What does it cost to track a flight?

Are the positions of the aircraft you want to track always accurate?

As you can see in the previous table the most well-known flight tracking services allow you to use their service for free. But mostly they then limit the amount of information you get to see on a specific flight and you get advertisements on their website. If you are a flight enthusiast it would be smart to check out their paid service which gives you access to a lot more data such as cruise speed and outside temperature. Check out their websites to see if there is a package that would fit your needs.

The GPS location of an aircraft on the flight radar is mostly accurate. Especially on land when the aircraft in in range of an ADS-B receiver on the ground. In Europe and North America there are thousands of these receivers, so there is almost always a receiver in place as the range of a receiver is between 250 and 450 kilometers. Outside of the range of a transponder, the location of the aircraft estimated by calculation.

Which Aircraft types are tracked the most?

There are a lot of different Aircraft that are tracked by the different Flight Trackers. We created a top 9 list for you of the most Tracked Aircraft.

#

Aircraft Type

# Aircraft

1

Boeing 737 Family

~ 7000

2

Airbus A320 Family

~ 7000

3

Boeing 777

~ 1800

4

Airbus A330

~ 1500

5

Boeing 767

~ 800

6

Boeing 757

~ 750

7

Boeing 717

~ 720

8

Boeing 747

~ 600

9

Boeing 787

~ 500

Which airlines can you track?

It is possible to track almost any commercial airline! We will sum up some popular airlines for you which you can track.

Who would use LIVE flight tracking?

Most people who use flight tracking are individuals who want to know where a plane is of someone they know and when it’s scheduled to land or take-off. The only thing you need is a flight number to see all of the information an average user would need. But in which circumstances would people want to track a flight? We listed some for you:

  • You need to pickup a client from the airport and want to know the exact time the aircraft lands.
  • When a loved one is travelling to the other side of the world and you want to know if the aircraft is experiencing any delays, or are just curious where the plane is now.
  • When the weather is bad and you want to know if the weather is influencing the flight schedules.
  • You see a plane above your head in the sky and want to know what its destination is!

Is Flight tracking still hot in 2019?

Yes! Each and every year there are more flights being tracked by the different services. Partly because services such as Flightradar24 are expanding their coverage of transponders worldwide, but also because worldwide the Aircraft industry is still growing every year by a huge amount! So naturally there are also more people who would be interested in tracking a flight.

The table below will demonstrate this for you.

Year

# passengers boarded by airlines worldwide

2005

2.14 billion

2006

2.26 billion

2007

2.45 billion

2008

2.49 billion

2009

2.48 billion

2010

2.70 billion

2011

2.86 billion

2012

3.00 billion

2013

3.14 billion

2014

3.27 billion

2015

3.57 billion

2016

3.82 billion

2017

4.09 billion

2018

4.34 billion

2019

4.59 billion* est

As you can see the number of passengers that are flying worldwide is accelerating rapidly. The reason for this is the worldwide economy is booming for the past few years. But also that the people the people in less developed countries are becoming more wealthy and thus have more access to flying.