It’s so easy and commonplace that simply entering the airline designation and flight number in Google gets you the flight’s pertinent date– arrival, terminal, gate, and more. Here’s an iPhone app that does all that and more– using air traffic radar all around the world.
Flight Information And Radar Location
A year or two ago a friend sent me a link to FlightRadar24‘s live radar tracking site, which displayed a map with airplane icons traveling along enroute, in real time.
It wasn’t much to look at then, but it was intriguing nonetheless. Overlaid on a Google map of an area you could see icons of airplanes as they headed to their destinations.
Now, there’s an iPhone and iPad app for that (in addition to the website’s maps) which displays even more flight information.
It’s called FlightRadar24 Pro (there’s also a free version with few features) and it’s a remarkable app.
It’s almost as if your iPhone’s screen becomes the tracking radar for airplanes near your location (or, almost any location worldwide).
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then derive all you can from these two screenshots.
FlightRadar24 displays all their airplanes being tracked by radar. Look closely and you’ll see the airplanes actually move on the screen.
Click on an airplane icon and FlightRadar24 displays information about the flight, including airplane type, origination, destination, flight speed and altitude and much more.
A photo of the airplane pops up on the bottom of the iPhone’s screen, but you can configure the app to display flight trails and call signs on the map. Most planes provides real time information for departure, actual departure, scheduled time of arrive, estimated arrival time, as well as altitude and airspeed.
When I first looked at FlightRadar24 many months ago the geography was very much incomplete. That’s no longer the case. It features 100-percent coverage for the U.S. and Canada, about 95-percent of Europe, most of Australia and New Zealand, as well as major countries in Asia and the Middle East.
Use FlightRadar24 to view all nearby flights, or use the filter to search for a specific flight, or by airline, altitude, speed, and so on. When it comes to tracking flights in near real time, this is about as impressive as you can get for free. Even the Pro version is only a few dollars.
Very impressive and highly recommended.