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M8TJT
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2011 9:55 am    Post subject: Aircraft position map Reply with quote

Found this interesting (to me anyway) site. May interest you as well.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2011 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the mobile version on my phone, its great fun sat outside the pub when someone says "I wonder where that plane is going" within seconds you have the answer - Mike
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2011 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Mrs. Gets ever so bored when I rush outside and tell her it's flight xxx and it's at 10,00ft etc.
Strange how they give the alt in ft and speed in kts Very Happy At least the whole world hasn't gone to this strange metric convention then and have to make do with figures in brackets.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2011 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a brilliant site - really interesting. I use the mobile version on my HTC Desire and tracked my Dad's recent flight to Tenerife. I took some photographs of the screen as the flight was over various locations and showed them to him on his return. He was very impressed!

Flight Track for the Android is also a good app.

Can you tell I am a plane spotter? Cool

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seems like everybody and his (her) dog had heard about it except me Shocked
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use FlightRadar24 and another similar facility called Plane Finder (on my iPhone) they offer a surprising degree of accuracy. I live very close to Manchester Airport, normal arrivals pass within a few hundred metres of my back garden, so I can match up the aircraft with the data from these programs ... very sad I know!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

M8TJT wrote:
Seems like everybody and his (her) dog had heard about it except me Shocked

Me three - it's a problem with being a tired old people.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The trouble with this kind of thing is that it seems to concentrate on the larger airports (Heathrow & Gatwick) and neglects the smaller ones (Southampton & Bournemouth).

There is a free iPhone app for this very same thing, here, but it does show the vast majority of planes in the sky around me.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GPS_fan wrote:
The trouble with this kind of thing is that it seems to concentrate on the larger airports (Heathrow & Gatwick) and neglects the smaller ones (Southampton & Bournemouth).


I believe this is something to do with the equipment on board the aircraft. Typically the (smaller) turboprops are not equipped with the 'kit' that transmits the information which the likes of 'flightradar24' use to produce their displays. Given that the likely traffic at Southampton / Bournemouth will not be a high percentage of jets there wont be much data available.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The aircraft needs to be fitted with an ADS-B Transponder to appear on the map "Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast" See Here for more information - Mike
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mikealder wrote:
The aircraft needs to be fitted with an ADS-B Transponder to appear on the map "Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast" See Here for more information - Mike


Thanks Mike, that it the piece of 'kit' I was referring to, but had forgotten it's name. If I understand things correctly anyone can buy an ADS-B receiver and monitor activity in their area (have heard of ranges of around 100 miles mentioned), sites like flight-radar then put the input from several receivers together.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 12:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's quite cool..... Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 1:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

slightly gutted that no planes seem to land at Leeds Bradford according to the app...

on a clear day we can watch them land from our garden Smile and yes, they have jets there!

still, an interesting app. it alerted me to a hijack this morning but i couldn't find any way to pull up that aircraft in the app?!

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MaFt wrote:
slightly gutted that no planes seem to land at Leeds Bradford
Why on earth would they want to? Rolling Eyes Twisted Evil
MaFt wrote:
it alerted me to a hijack this morning but i couldn't find any way to pull up that aircraft in the app?!
I would rather hope that the 'authorities' can do that. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just been in Bradford this morning and the "Plane Finder" app on my iPhone picked up a couple of fllghts for Leeds Bradford. Smile
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