Years ago, we stood at the airport and watched airplanes arrive and depart. We asked ourselves where they came from, where they went, and we didn’t have a clue. We desperately watched airplanes lift off and wished we could sit in that airplane to discover unknown destinations. While they start to disappear from the human eye, our flight radar knows exactly where these airplanes are. Altitude, flight number, and destination are essential for easy air traffic in the sky.
For a long time, the flight radar was one of the best-kept secrets in the world! Only traffic controllers in the radar tower knew exactly where an airplane was at the moment. Luckily, the Internet now helps us to track flights every minute. It’s an easy process — simply click on our map and you can see all the flights. You choose out of two ways. Either you search for a flight to track, or you can observe all the incoming and outgoing air traffic from a specific airport on our radar.
Why is it fascinating to track flights on the flight radar?
Before, when a family member, a friend or a colleague from work traveled by plane, there was always uncertainty between departure and arrival. Nobody knew where the plane with the person was at the moment. Is the airplane close to its destination, did it cross the border already, or is the plane still flying overseas? There was no other way than to speculate about the exact position of the airplane. Our flight radar provides all the information you need, in real-time and always up to date. You only need the flight number. Simply type in the flight number in the search box and click on “search flight”. Our radar immediately shows you the exact position of the airplane, including a virtual world map. It is simple as that!
The flight radar helps for even those simply want to know about airplanes. You can use our flight tracker to get all the necessary information about a flight schedule. On our flight radar, you can track airplanes in real-time, and with a little bit of luck, you can even draw the airplane in its departure or arrival.
Air traffic at an airport
Modern air traffic is, as we already know, busy and hectic. Major airports such as Bogotá, Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Austin or New York JFK have a chaotic air traffic schedule. Passenger and Cargo planes start every second. For many, this schedule can be very confusing, but the flight radar helps you to understand the schedule without problems. A short trip to the airport is something truly unique, but getting the overview of a traffic controller in the airport tower is incredible and possible for free on our flight radar.
On the flight radar, you can see everything from the view of an air traffic controller in the tower. The map offers you several ways to zoom in or zoom out into a map. When you zoom in on a map, you can track every single flight with ease. The flight radar shows you whether an airplane arrives or departs with the exact position. Is the airplane flying over a city, village, forest, lake or sea? When you zoom out of the map, you will see more flights close by and you get a clearer overview of the entire air traffic. The flight radar provides you with a great overview of the airport and its surroundings, such as over the whole US, neighboring countries or the whole world.
Flight Radar is for free and easy to use
If you want to track a particular flight, e.g. New York to Los Angeles, you can use the flight radar as the following. In New York, zoom in on the map, so you only see the one particular airplane. After the airplane lifts off, zoom out just a little bit. You can see the entire track that the airplane will fly and the whole airport area. When the airplane reaches its desired altitude and travel speed, you can even further zoom out and observe the airplane on its way to Los Angeles. In Los Angeles, you zoom in again to get all the details about the arrival and to get a better view on the landing.
If you want to observe airplanes on our flight radar, you will need a PC, Mac, laptop, tablet or smartphone. Each device must be connected to the Internet. For tablets and smartphones, you can user our mobile app (soon to be launched) as well. The flight radar is completely free and easy to use. Wherever you see an airplane flying above your head, you can easily find on our flight tracker the flight number, destination, and airline to which the airplane belongs.
Flight radar – a fascinating invention
The flight radar boasts a long and fascinating history. Everything begins in the year 1886 when Heinrich Hertz discovered during an experiment electromagnetic waves and how these waves reflect on metal bodies. The first experiment to locate airplanes started in 1904, led by Christian Hülsmeyer. After, radar technology was not further used or explored until the WWII. In 1935, the Scottish physicist Sir Robert Alexander Watson-Watt completed the first tracking of airplanes and the de-facto created the first flight radar.
In some books, he is marked as the founder of the first flight radar. He was capable of detecting the airplane Handley Page H.P.50 on a radar. Watson-Watt developed his technology, but in other countries, the development of radars was on the rise as well. In February 1935, scientists in the UK were capable of tracking airplanes on a flight radar within a range of 13km. On the 18th of December 1939, the German Air Force fought an air battle against British pilots after they detected their enemies via flight radar. 12 of the 22 airplanes were detected and destroyed. In January 1943, the Brits developed a radar for mobile navigation within their airplanes. On both sides of the war, pilots used “Düppel” (small metal pieces) to irritate the flight radar.
Flight Radar after 1945
At the end of WWII, all research on flight radars was stopped. Until 1950, the usage of a flight radar was forbidden by the allied forces. After 1950 in the US, research was done with microprocessors, one of them being the Synthetic Aperture Radar. During that time the flight radar was mandatory equipment on airplanes for civil transportation. The first incredible invention for civil purposes developed from flight radar was the Air Traffic Control (ATC) for the surveillance of air traffic.
Flight Radar in the present
In our modern times, the flight radar is of incredible importance. Radar systems are essential in many parts of our modern society. Radar systems are crucial devices for air traffic safety such as warning of early collisions. Airplanes are high-tech machines equipped with flight radar systems such as surveillance radar to observe air traffic – stationary as safety radar or as mobile systems in airplanes (AWACS). Furthermore, flight radars are used to track targets in military applications. Another essential use is as an on-board radar. In the so-called radome (nose of the airplane), the fight radar can detect weather changes, other airplanes, and missiles. Click here to see flight radars today!