My Cessna 150F has never had ADS-B out. It has had the same N number since 1967. But yet, FlightRadar24 shows a flight a few weeks ago, perfectly tracing the coast north of San Diego, 2,000 miles from my home airport in Kentucky.
How is it possible for ADS-B tracks to show up under the wrong N number?
It is not one blip of data with a bad ID…it’s hundreds of data points over 50 minutes with no discernible glitches at all.
I searched the web and this StackExchange for several variations of “ads-b wrong plane” with no results coming close to matching. Plenty of discussion of poor position accuracy and other anomalies…but none about wrong N numbers that I found.
UPDATE: I found the name for this, which yields better search results: "Call sign mismatch" or its abbreviation, CSMM.