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Flightradar24: Your Flight Tracker App For The Holidays
Flightradar24 is a flight tracker app that allows users to see detailed information about flights all around the world, including ETA, altitude, and more.
The holiday season is just around the corner, which means all your friends and family will soon board flights to give thanks and unwrap presents. When your loved ones are traveling, it’s nice to stay up-to-date on their arrival. Sure, you can track flights directly through airlines, but it’s nice to know a little more information beyond just the estimated arrival time. This holiday season, track your loved ones’ travels with Flightradar24, the perfect flight tracker app for travelers and aviation geeks alike.
Flightradar24 is a flight tracker that allows users to see detailed information about flights all around the world. It began in 2006 as a hobby when two Swedish aviation geeks built a small network of ADS-B receivers in North and Central Europe. These receivers allowed them to track flights that were equipped with ADS-B transponder, providing positional data. In 2009, they opened the network, making it possible for anyone with an ADS-B receiver to upload data to the network. Today, Flightradar24 is an ongoing project to provide global coverage, available through the web or mobile app.
The features of Flightradar24’s app go beyond just tracking flights, but let’s cover that first. The app shows a map where users can watch planes move in real-time, turning the phone into a live flight tracker. Users can tap on any plane on the map or search for flights using the flight number, airline, or airport. Information such as the route, estimated arrival, aircraft type, speed, and altitude are available for any flight on the map. Tapping on an airport on the map provides details such as arrival/departure boards, flight status, delay stats, and the current weather conditions. Now for the fun stuff; users can use 3D view to get an idea of what the pilot sees from that specific flight. The coolest feature is the AR flight tracker; this feature allows users to point their phone at the sky, which then identifies planes that are currently flying overhead.
Flightradar24 is free, but there are also two levels of premium for those aviation lovers who really want to dive deep. Flightradar24 Silver ($1.49/month) provides features such as 90 days of flight history, current weather overlaid on the map, and more aircraft information such as serial number and age. The Gold subscription (3.99/month) gives users 365 days of flight history, detailed live weather with cloud and precipitation layers, and a look into air traffic control boundaries.
Since it began in 2006, Flightradar24 has soared in accomplishments. With a 4.8/5 rating in the App Store, the app has over 40 million downloads. Flightradar24 has also been used by major news outlets to cover high-profile aviation accidents (The Guardian, International Business Times, Reuters). Flightradar24’s popularity has created a buzz in the press with Conde Nast Traveler, Aviation Week, and Wall Street Journal.
Stop stressing over flight status and download Flightradar24.
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