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Plane Finder - Flight Tracker

By pinkfroot limited

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


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 11.0.3

Fixes issues with the search box auto correcting text

Customer Reviews

High "wow" factor - doesn't deliver

When I first purchased this app, the "wow" factor was impressive. Plane Finder showed details on planes that were flying overhead, nearly real time. You could grab a snapshot of tracked raffia worldwide at any moment. It seemed amazingly accurate!

After a bit of playing around with it, I really liked the app.

Later, when I tried to actually use it to track flights I realized that it's shaky at best at that. Retrieving a flight's history is truly hit and miss. These comments apply to both Part 121 (commercial airliners) and Part 91 (general aviation, I.e., private aircraft). I've corresponded with customer support. Emails are returned and shortcomings acknowledged, but no commitments (yet) for fixes.

I'd recommend waiting a bit to see if future releases improve the coverage and utility before paying for this app. It certainly has potential but falls short as of Oct, 2016.

Update - December, 2017. No changes or improvements for the shortcomings noted above. An example of the poor architecture is that there’s no way to delete an aircraft you’ve searched for. Ever. Customer Support says that this is a recognized issue. No commitment to fix it.

Love this

I love this app! I bought while staying on Long Island near JFK. I was wondering what planes were flying overhead and where they came from. Oh- that was an Air Emirates Airbus coming from Doha, Qatar to JFK.
I look at flights I’ve taken, track routes, etc. JFK to Bejing? Now over the Arctic Ocean in a Boeing 737 built 4 years ago, arriving in 8 hrs.
Well worth it IMO.

No more confusion on what’s overhead

Wife has always seen high flying planes leaving white streaks in the blue sky above, she thought they where all military planes, now with this app there is no more guessing!
Love it!

Plane Finder - Flight Tracker
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
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  • $4.99
  • Category: Travel
  • Updated:
  • Version: 11.0.3
  • Size: 66.1 MB
  • Apple Watch: Yes
  • Languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Welsh
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Apple TV: Yes

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