At any given moment there are an estimated 5,000 commercial airplanes in the skies over the United States and now there's a website that enables you to track them, in real time, on a map.
Flightradar24 makes it possible to track flights all around the world, whether commercial airliners, private jets or military aircraft.
The website's flight map is updated every couple of seconds. Using the map you can track a specific flight, mark out its route, the airport from which it departed and where it is supposed to land. You can even see its altitude and speed.
The information on the site can be grouped by airport, to see which flights are leaving a given airport and which planes are expected to land within the next two hours.
The site's data includes each aircrafts specs (model type, serial number and airline affiliation) and tracks its most recent flights. Alternatively, you can narrow your selection by airline and follow which aircrafts it has in operation.
Flightradar24 pulls data from the Federal Aviation Administration in the United States and the automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) system in other countries.
About 60 per cent of the airplanes that carry passengers are equipped with ADS-B, so the map isn’t even showing every flight there is. Even still, zooming out a bit shows a mad cluster of planes over the U.S. and Europe.
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