How to Locate Airplanes in Flight


If you want to know the location of a loved one or friend while they fly, or if you're an aviation enthusiast who wants to follow the locations of airplanes in the sky, one thing you can do is track planes as they fly through the air. This allows you to see where they are in the world, as well as how much time is left until the plane arrives at its destination.

  • Use the FlightView website to find and look for the flight you want to track online. You can select the airline and flight number from the website, and Flightview displays the plane's general location on your web browser.

  • Connect to the Flightwise website to determine the location of the aircraft. Flightwise can search for aircraft by airline and flight number like Flightview can, but it can also look at the general traffic of a particular airport as well, allowing you to look at several flights all at once.

  • Enter the flight information into the Flightaware website to determine the location of the plane you are watching. In the event that you have forgotten what airline or flight number the plane way, but remember its destination and arrival city, Flightaware lets you search for flights based on that information alone.

Tips & Warnings

  • Only commercial airlines and planes can be seen. Private airplanes cannot be tracked.

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