(NOT) Using flightaware.com to follow progress

Update to the below – it looks like flightaware does not track private flights in the European region. I had hoped it’d work, because it does work for private IFR flights in Australian just fine. It’ll start working when we are back near Australia again.

Oh well!

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If you haven’t seen it, this web site:


… is pretty amazing.

Not only does it track commercial flights, but it also tracks private ones where a flight plan has been properly filed.

This means you should be able to use it to track the progress of the upcoming ferry flight in near real time, by just entering my aircraft registration (VH-TCP) into that web site using the “Private Flight Tracker” box.

Note that VH-TCP won’t work as a search term until we start actually flying my aircraft in the ferry journey…! Its sitting there in Stans, waiting for us to arrive… 🙂

Of course, flightaware will also track the outbound flights to Stans (QF81, QF9, BA710) using the normal airline/flight number boxes, but that seems somehow very ‘routine’ compared to doing it the way we’ll be doing it coming home 🙂

Must pack some shorts, looks like nice weather in Stans!

4 thoughts on “(NOT) Using flightaware.com to follow progress

  1. What is the data source for FlightAware? Are they using ADS-B, or approximating position based on flight plan, time, and normal flight profiles?

    Is ADS-B installed on your aircraft (I guess if you intend to fly at it’s max altitude you’ll need it shortly anyway)?

  2. FlightAware gets data feeds from ATC, though they talk about “their own network”, which I presume are ADS-B receivers. In Australian and US it definitely is an ATC feed; in Oz it shows any aircraft with an assigned code.

  3. Bas, pretty sure they use ADS-B receivers donated/operated by private people. You can often see when aircraft get out of range of the receivers. Receivers are typically clustered around the larger cities.

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