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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 9.1.1

Fixes in this release...

• Fixed search on iOS7 devices, we really advise you upgrade to iOS9 if you are able to!
• Improvements to Watch app - if you are still having issues with location not being found we have found that removing the app and re-downloading fixes the issue.

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


I've always been interested in commercial aviation, this app is great to see the 'bigger picture' of the sky traffic around the world. Living in a major UK city there's a lot of flight paths high above my garden, I always look up at the planes and wonder where they're from, where they're going, as well as their speed and altitude. With the augmented reality, now I can just look through the camera and see everything I want :)
£2.99 is not expensive for this kind of app. If you're a plane nerd, just interested in the knowing about the flights overhead (perhaps wishing you were in one of them!), or one of those idiots convinced the government is trying to control us with 'chem trails' then I'd recommend this app! (Unless you're actually a chem trail nut, in that case I recommend you stop believing everything you read on the Internet and get an actual education)

Superb App

I initially purchased this app just to track a family members return from holiday flight but was amazed how good it is and now enjoy using it ever day. It becomes adictive checking on planes you hear passing overhead and getting to know the regulars.
The app itself responds quickly and works great. It manages to display a fantastic amount of information on a small screen in a simple, attractive and user friendly way. The care that has gone into the design is also reflected in the customer service. I emailed the developers with a question / feedback and got an immediate, friendly and helpful response. Keep up the good work!

Better than the most popular app !

The great thing about this app is that it doesn't censor or filter flights out in the way another competitor does.

Could do with a little more accuracy as some flights are still carrying previous flight details but that might be due to the plane rather than the app.

Would be better if it didn't project flights for 30 minutes or so, resulting in overruns etc at airports but I have to say I am very happy with this app and great value for money.

Plane Finder
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
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  • £2.99
  • Category: Navigation
  • Updated:
  • Version: 9.1.1
  • Size: 25.2 MB
  • Apple Watch: Yes
  • Languages: English, Arabic, Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Vietnamese, Welsh
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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