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Plane Finder - Flight Tracker

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Plane Finder tracks planes in real time around the world. Watch live moving planes on a worldwide map or use the camera AR view to ID planes above you. You can even play back past flights – all the way back to 2011.

The Plane Finder app launched in 2009 and was the first live flight tracking app - today there are millions of happy users all over the world. Plane Finder has been top rated and top ranking since 2009 and covers most of the world, tracking 12,000+ planes simultaneously.

Search by flight number, place name, airport, airline and aircraft or browse the map. (You can choose Apple or Google maps too!).

Simply tap a plane to see detailed flight and aircraft information including photographs or tap an airport to see live arrivals and departures boards.

Use Augmented Reality (AR) view to identify planes overhead using your device camera.

23 different plane markers are included and airline logos are displayed next to planes for easy identification.

Custom alerts are unlimited and free to use, so you can take a break from watching the air traffic and let the app notify you when a plane is in the air or nearby.

Powerful and unlimited custom filters are also free to use. You can create, save and name as many filters as you need for quick access to the planes you are interested in.

Add and browse bookmarks to saved locations around the globe to quickly navigate to areas or airports of interest. Handoff is supported too!

If you prefer a list view of planes to the map view, use the sortable List View. You can also rearrange the table columns for ease of use.

Watch your previous flights - all the way back to April 2011! Use playback to replay holiday flights, diversions, major incidents etc. You can also easily see the effects of storms, ATC strikes, volcanic ash clouds and more. Or just relax and use playback to view the flow of air traffic through the day.

FAA US and NATS UK aviation charts are available as an in app purchase as a visual alternative to standard maps.

Plane Finder has been featured by Gizmodo, CNN, GMA, BBC, Sunday Times, Mail on Sunday, CNET, Wired, GQ Magazine and many more. We have millions of happy users and Plane Finder is regularly updated with innovative new features. Our support team always listen to and reply to feedback.

At a glance our worldwide coverage includes -

• Europe 95% - realtime
• North America – 100% via slightly US delayed data – Nationwide realtime ADS-B network in place and capturing 95% of ADS-B equipped aircraft
• Rest of World – Excellent coverage in Australia, New Zealand, Central America, Brazil, Japan, Taiwan, Dubai, India, Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea, Maldives, Mauritius, Singapore, Hong Kong and many more countries

Important Note:
Plane Finder works by picking up real time ADS-B and MLAT signals used by aircraft to transmit positional data to land based receivers. This technology is faster than traditional radar and is used for air traffic control and navigation. ADS-B is not used by all airlines or aircraft, however this is changing and the number of aircraft tracked by ADS-B is increasing all of the time. Traditional radar type data in real time is also included for North America.

Disclaimer: The use of the information presented using Plane Finder is strictly limited to pursuing enthusiast activities (i.e. for entertainment purposes), which specifically exclude any activities that might endanger yourself or the lives of others.
Under no circumstances will the developer of this application be held responsible for incidents resulting from the use of the data or its interpretation or its use contrary to this agreement.

What's New in Version 9.3.1

Where do we start? There is a lot in this version!

For a start we bought back the ICAO codes that it seems a lot of you love, don't know what they are then don't worry!

• A much improved search view, should be a little more accurate now and also can do more advanced searches such as by a route pairing.
• A new looking list view
• Improved AR view - can now tap the hovering icons to see more information
• Overhauled filters look and feel
• Lots of other little tweaks and fixes - but you are bored of reading this now aren't you?

We hope you've noticed that our coverage gets better and better too. Thank you to everyone that shares data and host receivers for us. Please let us know if you want to be a part of our network.

Thanks as always for all of your feedback and comments too. We do listen!

Each new version wipes out old reviews so please help us by leaving a new review. You should be prompted in a few days time!

We cannot reply to reviews so if you have any feedback for us please email - we always reply.


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Customer Reviews

Cannot ID planes

The App Store indicates I needed IOS 8.4 or above and I have 9.3.2. It is said to work on iPhone, iPad & iPod. I have an iPod touch. When I opened the app, it asked to use my camera. Good. I thought I was going to be able to point and identify planes flying over. But then I got a pop-up stating my device does not support AR ( Augmented Reality) so I can't point and ID planes after all. This was the main reason I bought the app. I have requested a refund from Apple.
Otherwise, it's ok but the cool part was the point - and- identify- flights feature. Very disappointing and no way to know if I would be able to use the feature unless I bought it and tried.
The description in the App Store lacks this caveat and should be changed to warn buyers.

One of my favorite apps. EVER

This is one of my favorite apps I've come across. EVER! I use it keep it open almost all the time to see what planes are flying over my house. When I hear a plane I can look at the map and get all the information about the flight and the aircraft. I like comparing the altitudes of flight paths to a plane's destination. And now that I've gotten more into airplanes, I know love the information it gives you on each aircraft itself.

Love it

From following my family and friends as they travel near and far, to enjoying the ability to see where that flight is headed as it passes by, this app brought me back to the joyful days of watching planes take off with my grandfather!

Plane Finder - Flight Tracker
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
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  • $3.99
  • Category: Navigation
  • Updated:
  • Version: 9.3.1
  • Size: 53.7 MB
  • Apple Watch: Yes
  • Languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Welsh
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.4 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Apple TV: Yes

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