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Really there's nothing you should do in cases like these. Flightradar24, FlightAware, and similar services should not be used for flight safety purposes, and most of them specifically state so in their terms of service (such as sections 12 and 14 of Flightradar24's terms and conditions). Their sources may go down for whatever reason -- that does not mean ...


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That is a plane being used to train/practice landings. It is without passengers and one of the pilots is training. There will also be another pilot on board, possibly two, providing support and checking that the trainee is performing their duties according to the manual.


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FR24 relies for most of the tracks on ADS-B data. Part of the ADS-B transmissions is the position. There are three causes of the behaviour that you observe: 1). Aircraft landing next to the runway The position source onboard the aircraft is not always GPS. Mainly older aircraft (e.g. Fokker 100) have their Inertial Navigation System (INS) coupled to the ...


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You can't get real-time data from the FAA without an operational need, and organizations which do receive real-time data cannot legally re-distribute this data publicly, except to other organizations approved by the FAA. An operational need pretty much means you have to be a flight dispatcher for an airline or commercial operator, not just have an interest ...


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The OpenSky Network has a free open-source API for real-time air traffic data. In its current version it allows users to retrieve live (and partially historical data). The data is retrieved by a network of ADS-B receivers and consists of ICAO 24-bit transponder ID to identify the aircraft the flight's callsign aircraft's current location (latitude, ...


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It's on flightradar24.com blog: RF-85655’s Open Skies flights over the United States since the beginning of 2017 Here you can see more details over Washington. Two of the recent routes are here. One of them flying as low as 3,800 feet.


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Looking into one set of data from the the popular Flightradar24 service it is not visible. I think I found the data you're looking at. Since the heading also suddenly changed to (exactly) 360, I'm thinking this is just an invalid data point. Notice that the receiving station jumped between these measurements and something could have happened with the ...


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Not to take away from already great answer provided. In my experience the jumping behavior you are describing in Flightradar24 is due to MLAT triangulation that is used to establish approximate location rather than absolute (using GPS). Older planes transmit a SUBSET of ads-b data, which does not include aircraft location. So FR24 knows that there is an ...


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Nothing you should do. Flight Radar 24 does not have coverage down to ground level in all areas. ATC has better surveillance and will be aware of the aircraft. Probably it's just in a fast descent, the Citation II / Bravo is quite a nice toy.


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FlightRadar and similar websites use several sources for aircraft detection, most commonly they use ADS-B. Not all General Aviation aircraft, to which helicopters would count normally, are equipped with transponders that are capable of emitting ADS-B data, so they would not show via regular means on FlightRadar. The primary technology that Flightradar24 ...


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Yes, and no. FlightAware (and I believe FlightRadar24) will show General Aviation aircraft (I panned around a bit and found N802AF, a Pilatus, buzzing around over Bethlehem, Pennsylvania just now). The catch is most of these systems are fed with ATC data, and generally only pick up flights that are either on an instrument flight plan, or which have picked ...


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Community wiki answer: 06A0F8, Mode S ICAO 24-bit address 51.3056, lat 6.4601, long 283, heading 43000, altitude in feet 459, ground speed in knots 3245, squawk (transponder code) F-EDDK1, radar receiver identifier A359, ICAO aircraft type Airbus A350-900 A7-ALD, ...


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You can buy a DVB-TV USB stick for around €20, which will allow you to receive ADS-B data: Up from that, you can get a high-end ADS-B receiver that costs about €750: Finally, FlightRadar24 offers free hardware in selected locations: Bear in mind that these devices will only allow you to receive signals within a relatively small area. One thing worth ...


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TL;DR To properly track GA aircraft, one needs to operate professional equipment or an ATC datastream, both which are not available to most websites. Flight radar 24 shows GA traffic in some occasions, but in general it cannot track these aircraft. FR24 works primarily on ADS-B, which is a surveillance technology that transmits aircraft information ...


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No. From the Flightaware FAQ: Can FlightAware track VFR flights? In the US and Europe, this is not officially supported although some VFR aircraft with flight following are available on the position maps but it is largely unreliable and arrival/departure/flight plan data is often not available. and Can I track NASA's Space Shuttle or other ...


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It's not the first time they do it. Back in 2012 they wrote 787 and the Boeing logo: Planes have been drawn before by others as well.


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Skimming FlightAware's FAQs: The most consistent way to show up on FlightAware is to have your flight worked by ATC (a squawk code and an IFR flight plan), or to fly an airplane equipped with ADS-B Out. FlightAware doesn't really track VFR flights unless they have ADS-B Out: some VFR aircraft with flight following are available on the position maps but ...


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From the Flighradar How it works page: Flightradar24 relies on volunteers around the world for the majority of our coverage Note it implies: There are people willing to contribute These people can afford to buy receptors, gather the data and upload it to Flightradar About point 1. In case of China how much people are willing to contribute? How many ...


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One of the first examples I recall of this sort of thing was when a Gulfstream aircraft wrote "GV" over the US in 2007: One could say that this has been a "tradition" for at least 10 years now.


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The German Space Agency (DLR) worked with ESA to track flights from space using ADS-B, the same technology behind flightaware etc. Some info about it is here A commercial entity, called Aireon, is planning a global constellation to monitor aircraft that will piggy-back upon the next generation of Iridium satellites. But, unfortunately, the recent setbacks ...


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Messages with Downlink Format 17 are, as you know, ADS-B messages that do not require interrogation. As such the interrogator ID will be zero. Frequently you will see that, after applying the CRC check, the CRC remainder is non-zero. This is caused by corruption of the ADS-B message between the transmitter (see note) and the receiver. This is partly ...


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You can download Google Earth airspace files for most countries, and move through them in 3D to explore what they would look like for various areas. For example, you could see where you would be "under" a Class B shelf, or where you might navigate to avoid B/C/D airspace and "surface airport E airspace" (if you're flying an ultralight, for example). These ...


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From the this link: At 15:38 local time N7874, the fourth 787 built, departed Boeing Field in Seattle for an 18-hour, 22 state test flight. The crew spent the overnight hours above the United States performing ETOPS testing on the new Rolls Royce Trent 1000 TEN engine, which will power the 787-10. Also this video from the above flightradar blog link. ...


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Your observation is somewhat correct. Plenty of flights land at hundreds of Chinese airports every day. The main reason why it always seems so empty on FR24 (technological issues aside addressed by Jean), is that 80% of China's airspace is open only to the military. Civillian flights are restricted to narrow corridors, adding many miles onto a flight, while ...


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If you want to look for the airplane that flew a certain flight (U22604/EZY42EA for your case), you could go onto flightradar24.com/data and search for that specific flight to find the list of aircraft which flew with the callsign and if you select any one of the planes, you can find out the flight history of that plane for the past few months. You could ...


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Sometimes, prevailing winds will account for the difference -- flights going west to east in the US will generally be scheduled for less time than flights going the opposite direction. The other major factor that can play is in taxi times. If the delays waiting to get in to a gate matched the times waiting to depart at each airport, these delays would ...


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That is the angle between true north and the current ground track. FR24 is slightly different to (most) aviation in that it uses true north instead of magnetic north as the datum.


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This is a classic example of fallback to INS. Most of the track data is coming from GPS. For some reason the GPS signal is lost momentarily causing a fall back to INS. The INS is offset by about 1km to the Northeast, which appears as a jump. Next position report is from the GPS again, in line with the original track. This happens several times. In the ...


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Sites that track aircraft including FAA 5 minute delayed are Flight Radar 24 and Plane Finder I am also putting up a private tracking network in the Philippines. These sites use volunteers that host equipment on an internet connection. Typically these sites will receive Data from Mode S Transponders from up to 200+ miles away with the right aerials. I only ...


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With the way in which it suddenly switched back and forth it appears to be either a software glitch or bad data from one of the feeders. All aircraft displayed in yellow on FlightRadar24 are detected by volunteers with their own ADS-B receivers, of varying quality in hardware, software and range. When aircraft reach the very edge of someone's receiver range ...


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