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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 9.4.1

Don't you just hate bugs! Well this release fixes up a ton that crept in last time.

Anyway, in the last release was...

We worked really hard on a much improved details screen giving you much more information. Now you can see if a flight is on time or late.
We also managed to work in some extra information from the aircraft that tells you some geeky things such as the outside air temperature! (Chilly!)
Some brand new airport boards are also in place now too!

Oh and we also managed to squeeze in an awesome iMessage app!

Is that enough?

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.

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.

I can Fly

I'm a pilot and being one means that whenever a plane flys overhead, I can't help but to look up and wonder "What type plane is it and where are they going?" This app with a little imagination can put me in the cockpit. There are a few problems with tracking the international flights that cross the Atlantic once they come into the "Grey area" after passing the Moncton airspace. But still lots of fun especially sharing with non-pilot friends.

After a ton of research...

Edit: I gave this four stars (reasons below) but after using it for a day, I have found no less than 6 flights that when looked up have completely incorrect departure and arrival cities. But when checking a free app by flight aware its right 100% of the time. For a paid app I'm disappointed in the lack of detail and quality.

I downloaded and researched 4 flight tracking apps. All had their highlights, even some free ones that hold their own. But I chose this one because of all the current features of iOS, watchOS and tvOS they support. By far the best at that by a long shot.
Feedback: I would like to ask 2 things.

1) when you click on the route icon it should show traveled and yet to be traveled. So the "complete line" from departure to destination.

2) add an option to overlay weather on the maps.

But great job and keep supporting all the new and best features!

Plane Finder - Flight Tracker
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
Offers iMessage App for iOS
Offers Apple Watch App for iPhone
  • $3.99
  • Category: Navigation
  • Updated:
  • Version: 9.4.1
  • Size: 52.6 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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