What is Flightradar 24?
Flightradar24 is a flight tracker that allows users to track flights on real time basis. This flight tracker application shows live air traffic from whichever part of the globe using the combined data gathered from sources including ADS-B (automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast), MLAT (Multilateration) and FAA (Federal Aviation Administration).
ADS-B, MLAT and FAA
ADS-B is the primary technology used by Flightradar24. The diagram below shows how the system works:
ADS-B coverage is dependent on which part of the world an aircraft is flying. Nonetheless, about 99% of Europe is already covered with ADS-B receivers and there is also a good coverage in places like the USA, Australia, Brazil, Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico, New Zealand and countries in Asia including Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, and Middle East.
Calculating the positions of non-ADS-B equipped aircraft is still possible through MLAT using the Time Difference of Arrival (TDOA) method. In Europe, most parts are already covered with MLAT and there is also a good coverage in Australia, North America, Brazil and Mexico.
While data from ADS-B and MLAT are presented real-time, aircraft/flight information gathered from the Federal Aviation Administration in the United States is delayed by roughly 5 minutes because of FAA regulations. Nevertheless, the FAA is still a very reliable data source.
Flightradar24 is compatible with your iPad, iPod, iPhone and/or Android smartphones and tablets. With this app, you can transform your favorite gadget into air traffic radar and watch planes move on a real time basis. You can even simply point your phone or tablet to an airplane flying overhead and get its flight info. The information includes actual time of departure, estimated time of arrival, route, aircraft type, altitude and speed. What’s more? You can even take high-resolution photo of the plane.
Advantages of Using Flightradar24
Two of the benefits of downloading and using Flightradar24, which are listed below, are enough proofs why it is the #1 travel app in over 100 countries including the United States, United Kingdom, and Japan.
√ Easy flight search using only the flight number, airline, or arrival/departure airport.
√ If you turn the app into the arrivals board of any major airport, then you can get status updates for all flights in real-time. There is also an in-app purchase that allows you to get the latest airport weather condition.
Here is a video reviewing the Flightradar24 Pro app:
Yes, simply amazing!
Download here for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone
Also available in a desktop version for Mac and PC
– Happy Globetrotting!