free online flight tracking

Quick start Guide

Possibility 1. : Click on the magnifying glass -> Enter a flight number and select aircraft => Now you directly track the flight
Possibility 2. : Click on the magnifying glass -> enter a city -> under “Airports” select airport -> select the desired flight in the list => Flight is displayed

Video instructions

Flightradar 24 Instructions

Use/controls on the map

  • The map can be changed under “Settings”.
  • The aircrafts are shown as symbols.
  • If there is a question mark on an aircraft, only incomplete data is available.
  • The map can be moved by pressing the left mouse button.
  • Use the mouse wheel to zoom in or out of the map. This function can also be executed by pressing the bars (+/-) and with the keyboard keys +/-.
  • At the bottom end of the map you will also find the map scale as the length in nm (nautical miles) and km (kilometers).
  • When the user clicks on the aircraft icon, he receives information about the airplane on the left-hand side of the screen. Every now and then an image of the machine is displayed.
  • The user receives information about the flight route and can also estimate the airports by color.

The left buttons on the top map

With the “Jump to area” function, the user can jump to certain areas of the world. If the user places a check mark in “Terrain”, he also receives a simplified surface representation with streets and places; If the user removes the check mark, he receives an ordinary map.

“Simple” reverses the map so that no more places and streets are displayed. If the user chooses “Labels”, he gets a combination between “Map” and “Satellite”. This setting is suitable for searching for unmarked airports.

The right buttons on the top map

Via “Search”, the user can search for airplanes relatively quickly if he has the flight number (on the ticket) or the callsign. The callsign is posted repeatedly in the chat.

If the user places the flight number or the callsign in the search field, he must press “Search” in order to display the airplane on the map. The aircraft is displayed in red. If the user clicks on the aircraft, the corresponding playback follows.

Via “Live” the user is able to replay the flight movements of the last 16 days. The user only has to select the day and the time – subsequently he receives information about past flight routes. When the user clicks on “Exit Playback”, he returns to live mode.

Note: All times are displayed in UTC (World Time); the time can be found on the upper right of the map.

The tabs above the map


Map: The user enters the map of Flightradar24.com.

Planes: The user enters the list of all existing aircrafts. By means of “Show on Map”, the user can then search for individual aircrafts and display them on the map. If the user presses F3, he can search within the provided data. The search field can be closed by clicking on the X.

Settings: The map display can be changed. There is also a slider below the map – here the user can change the brightness of the map.

Show Airports: Displays the locations of the airports. The positions are represented by blue crosses.

Aircraftlabels: The callsign.

“Show Airports” and “Aircraftlabels” should always be activated. In this way important airports and also the callsigns of the aircrafts are represented.

Aircraftcolor: The user can select a color for the aircraft symbol.

Aircraftsize: Different icons are displayed which are based on the size of the aircraft.

The user should have “Aircraftsize” set to “Auto”. In this way the user can already recognize by means of the symbol, whether it is a large airplane or even a helicopter.

Filter: The filter can be used to reduce the displayed aircraft on the map.

Callsign: The user can enter the complete callsign or only parts (DLH or DLH12y).

Altitude: The user can set the required flight altitude using the sliders.

Speed: The desired speed can be set with the sliders.

Radar: The user can opt for a specific radar receiver.

Aircrafttype: The user can enter a certain type of aircraft or parts (A38 for A380).

If the Add filter is clicked, the selected filter appears at the bottom of the screen. The user can activate several filters at the same time. Needless to say, the filters can also be removed (X).

If the user clicks “About”, he gets the English description.

The user can open the chat window via “Chat”.


The ads on the left

The data may vary, depending on the amount of information displayed. As a rule, the following tabs are available:


ADS-B transmitted data include, amongst others, callsign, altitude, speed, hex, track, pos, or squawk. The other data can be obtained from the manually maintained database

Callsign: Above is the call sign, which helps the air traffic controller during identification. The aircrafts can also be searched and found via the callsign; sometimes there is also an observation in the chat. The point, which is to the right of the callsign, switches the flight tracking on or off.

Image: If there is a picture of the aircraft, it will be displayed.

Airline: The owner of the aircraft

Flightnumber: The flight number, which is found on the display panel (airport) or on the ticket.

From/To: The data found based on the flight number. The start and destination airports are also indicated in the IATA 3 letter code.

Aircraft: The type of aircraft.

Reg .: The official registration number of the aircraft.

Hex .: The internationally unique registration number of the aircraft (ICAO24).

Altitude: The details of the flight altitude in meters and Feet.

Speed: The current speed.

Track: Current flight direction.

Squawk: This is a code, which is coordinated by Euroclear in Europe. The code is entered by the pilot and can also be changed by the pilot – via request of the air traffic controller. Internationally standardized Squawks are 7700 (emergency), 7600 (communication problem), 7500 (abduction) and 7000 (sighting).

Pos .: Information regarding positions with latitude and longitude

Radar: The name of the ADS-B receiver that received the data

Weblink: The web address, which can be found under the radar location, can be copied and inserted into the chat.

About Flightradar24

How Flightradar24 works

Flightradar24 shows you air traffic in real time. Flightradar24 uses the so-called ADS-B technology. This technique ensures that you get flight information directly from the aircraft.

This also means that Flightradar24.com can only present information about airplanes that also have an ADS-B transponder. This is about 60 percent of all passing aircrafts and small parts of private and military aircrafts.

How big is the network coverage?

Flightradar24 has a network of approximately 300 ADS-B receivers. These aircrafts transmit the data to the server. You will then receive the information on the Flightradar24.com map.

It is therefore only possible to see these aircrafts within the reception area, which also use a connected receiver. In Europe, network coverage is around 90 percent. There is also a good coverage in the USA, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Brazil and the Middle East, Japan, India, Russia and the Maldives.

Which aircraft are shown on the map?

Only airplanes that use an ADS-B transponder are displayed on the map. This includes the following aircrafts:

• All Airbus models (A300, A310, A318, A319, A320, A321, A330, A340, A380)
• BAe Avro RJ70
• BAe Avro RJ85
• BAe Avro RJ100
• Boeing 737
• Boeing 747
• Boeing 757
• Boeing 767
• Boeing 777
• Boeing 787
• Embraer E190 (mainly newer models)
• Fokker 70
• Fokker 100
• Gulfstream V
• Gulfstream G500 / G550
• McDonnell Douglas MD-10
• McDonnell Douglas MD-11
• Sukhoi Superjet 100
• Iljuschin (newer models)
• Tupolev (newer models)

The following aircraft are not visible because they do not use an ADS-B transponder:

• ATR-42
• ATR-72
• Boeing 707
• Boeing 717
• Boeing 727
• Boeing 737
• Boeing 747-100
• Boeing 747SP
• all CASA types
• all Bombardier Dash types
• all Bombardier CRJ types
• Dornier 328
• all Embraer types
• Jetstream 32
• Fokker 50
• McDonnell Douglas DC-9
• McDonnell Douglas MD-8x
• McDonnell Douglas MD-9x
• Saab 340
• Saab 2000
• “Air Force One”
• Numerous military aircrafts

Of course, there are also exceptions:

• Lufthansa CRJ900
• a LOT ATR-72
• a Wideroe Dash
• some MD8X from Onur Air
• some Saab 340 (mainly in Australia)
• younger models of Embraer ERJ-190
• some private Cessnas

How can I improve coverage in my own area?

The network coverage is dependent on the data from the private ADS-B receivers. If you want to improve coverage in your area, you must purchase an ADS-B receiver.

If you already have an AirNav Radarbox, an SBS1-1 receiver or another ADS-B receiver, and you have Planeplotter software or Radarbox Pro software, you can share the data with Flightradar24.com.

How can you forward the received data from the ADS-B receiver to Flightradar24.com?

You have an ADS-B receiver and want to share the received data with Flightradar24? A short e-mail to info@flight24.com is enough. You should specify your location (nearest airport or town) in the mail. After a few days you will receive a program, which you will have to install on the computer.

Once the software has been installed, you will be able to submit the data to Flightradar24.com. The amount of data required for the software is relatively small. Per month, you need to expect a data consumption of around 500 MB – that’s about 15 MB per day. Many receivers use 3G/GPRS/mobile broadband, in order to transmit the information to Flightradar24.com.

How long do you need to be connected to the network?

There is no time period during which you must be online with the receiver. The other users get only information, if your radar is connected to the network. Of course, the users are happy when the data is always made available.

What costs do you have to face when choosing an ADS-B receiver?

The most popular ADS-B receivers include AirNav from AirNav Systems and SBS-1 from Kinnetic Aviation. The costs are around 500 euros. To get a better range, you should buy an external antenna and install it as high as possible.

The price for an external antenna is around 100 euros. The antenna cable should be as short as possible; You can also use a low-loss cable. It is important that the signal loss is kept as low as possible. You can also use a signal amplifier. Note that the receiver must be connected to the computer.

What is the range of an ADS-B receiver?

The range depends on numerous factors. It is important that the antenna is mounted relatively high and with a 360 degree visibility. The range is usually between 250 and 350 km. In good conditions, even 450 km is possible. Such a range can be achieved, for example, with a signal amplifier.

Last week Flightradar24.com has shown the air traffic over my house, now there is suddenly no more information. Did I do something wrong?

Flightradar24 is a network, which is used by many ADS-B receivers in the world. Many recipients are online 24 hours, other recipients only from time to time. There are numerous reasons why the recipient is offline. There might be technical problems or perhaps problems with the Internet connection can also be a reason.

Sometimes the receiver was also shut down by the owner or positioned differently. There are more than 300 receivers, so Flightradar24.com can not specify why different receivers are now offline or when they will be online again.

So if you always want to know which aircraft are flying over your house, you can buy your own receiver and connect with Flightradar24.com.

The web browser

Flightradar is 100% based on JavaScript. JavaScript is a code that runs on the browser. If you use Internet Explorer, you must expect a lower performance. For this reason, you should use Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or Opera.

Mobile devices

There are apps for iOS (iPod, iPad, iPhone) and also for Android. These apps can be found in the app store (for iOS) or on the Android market. You can choose from two apps. There is “Flightradar24 Free” and “Flightradar24 Pro”.

“Flightradar24 Free” is a free app, with limited flight information. “Flightradar24 Pro” costs 5 US dollars (3 Euros) and provides extensive flight information. The apps are not available for Symbian, Windows Mobile or Blackberry.

Past, present and future

Flightradar24.com was launched in 2007 in Sweden. At the beginning, it was a hobby project. In 2009 the network, which had previously only been available to recipients from Northern and Central Europe, was opened. From this point onwards, all ADS-B receivers were able to connect with each other. This is also the reason why Flightradar24.com – until today – has been able to develop further.

Past, present and future

Flightradar24.com was launched in 2007 in Sweden. At the beginning, it was a hobby project. In 2009 the network, which had previously only been available to recipients from Northern and Central Europe, was opened. From this point onwards, all ADS-B receivers were able to connect with each other. This is also the reason why Flightradar24.com – until today – has been able to develop further.

Flightradar 24

Flightradar24 is the ideal website if you want to track flights in real time. You will get a lot of information about the transponder of the airplane.

The information is processed by Flightradar24 and subsequently made available to the users.The details are provided on the map so that you get a relatively good overview.

Flugradar is a simple homepage, so that even amateurs, who have never been involved in flight tracking before, are given a relatively quick insight into which aircrafts are currently in the air.

You do not need any special software, have exceptional knowledge and do not have to pay a single cent if you want to use the services of Flightradar24.

You need, if you want to follow a certain flight, a working Internet connection and, of course, the flight number. The flight will be displayed immediately after you enter the flight number on the page.

You will also get valuable information: the actual height of the aircraft, the destination and the current information on where the airplane is located.

In addition, you will also get information about the current speed, the remaining flight time, any delays or sometimes incidents, which have been documented during the flight.

Flightrader is a very useful tool, which is used by more and more people. Flightradar24.com is used mainly by people who are waiting for certain flights, as they have to pick up friends, relatives or friends from the airport.

Flightradar is also used by people who want to know if their friends or family members, which are currently going on vacation, are safe on the plane, how long the plane is still going to travel, and whether there are any incidents. Flightradar24 provides you with all the necessary information so you do not have to worry about your loved ones.

When the website Flightradar24.com is opened, a map appears at the beginning. On this map you will find almost all current flights. The flights are displayed in real-time or with a small delay.

Thus, one could also see that the Ukraine was overflown on a relatively large scale after the MH17 engine crashed. There are also numerous filters on the page, which can be adjusted individually; in addition, specific information can also be searched for and queried.

Thus, individual airlines (Lufthansa and the like), types of aircraft (Airbus A380 and the like) or even starting and destination airports can be searched and/or filtered.

Furthermore, combinations of several filters are also possible. For example, all aircrafts of a certain type and a particular airline can be searched, which are on their way to Frankfurt, Berlin or Vienna.

A click on the aircraft reveals numerous details: the information about the registration number, the current airports, the climb and the sink rate, as well as the current flight speed.

The functions Data/History and Flight History provide an insight into the individual flight movements. At the beginning the airline is chosen, after which an overview of the current and already carried out flights is shown.

In addition, flights already finished are sorted by date. The flights can be specifically selected and then displayed on the map. The advantage is that the aircraft can be moved, enlarged and also reduced in size.

The flight of the German eleven was also seen as they flew to Berlin after the World Cup final. It was the flight LH2014. However, the airplane did not fly directly to the airport in Tegel, but rather did a lap of honour above Berlin.

The (possibly) shot down Malian Boeing 777 of the Malaysian Airline (MH17) could also be tracked in this way.

All information, whether in real-time or retroactively, are not always error-free or complete. There are numerous areas above the oceans that do not allow flight tracking.

This is because the necessary receiving stations are missing here. So if you are on a flight from Frankfurt to South America, you should not be surprised if the aircraft disappears over the Atlantic.

The data will not be displayed correctly until the aircraft is in the coast monitoring area.

It should be noted that the use is unfortunately not free of hurdles. The homepage is in English. This means that the search for the individual types is difficult if one does not know all English terms.

Many terms can also be confusing. The Airbus A380 is not found under this type description; who is looking for the Airbus A380, must enter in the search A388. Furthermore the abbreviations of the searched airlines and airports are important.

Sometimes, however, such abbreviations can be found through a search engine. The use is also only free for 30 minutes. If you want to track the flights longer than 30 minutes, you must restart the website.

However, these limitations may be avoided by the paid premium version. The premium version also offers other features, so that historical data is even longer available.

The page can also be used on the go. There are apps for tablets and smartphone that are compatible with Android and iOS devices, Windows Phone 8, Kindle devices (Amazon), and Windows 8.

The apps also have premium versions, so that the camera is able to capture the flying aircraft and further information is passed on.

If a machine is flying over the house, the camera can tell which flight it is. It should be noted, however, that the server performance of Flightradar24 is not always able to fulfill its obligation 100% of the time.

During certain events it may well be possible that the page is working very slowly or sometimes can not be reached at all. For example, when the flight MH17 “disappeared” or the German eleven returned from Brazil.

It should be noted that there are other pages that offer a similar range of functions. These include flightaware.com and radarvirtuel.com. However, the aviation enthusiasts agree that Flightradar24 provides the perfect overall package.

In addition, even if it involves a few difficulties, the site is clear and appropriate for beginners, after they get a little familiar with the site.