Plane Finder is Universal!

Plane Finder for iOS is now a Universal app! This means that a single purchase now works on iPhone, iPod Touch, Apple Watch, Apple TV and iPad! We’ve also added some great new iOS 9 features such as the split screen multitasking view. This means you can run Plane Finder along side your other favourite […]


Battle of Britain 75th anniversary events at Biggin Hill

Mark the Battle of Britain 75th anniversary with three unique events at the iconic Biggin Hill airfield. Tuesday 18th August 2015 On the 18th August 1940 the Luftwaffe launched raids against RAF Fighter Command with the objective of destroying them to allow for an invasion of Britain. The day was to become known as […]


Spy in the Sky terror threat to William: Friend or Foe?

Interesting to read the latest Daily Mail scare story today regarding the tracking of an Air Ambulance that happens to be piloted by the heir to the UK throne. The Daily Mail have some history here – back in 2010 they were doing the same thing when Plane Finder released augmented reality aircraft tracking […]

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Plane Finder MLAT – Free Receivers

We are looking for some help setting up the core of our new UK Multilateration (MLAT) ADS-B radar network. To support this we are offering high quality receivers – completely free to good homes! We have the following initial target locations: Swindon Worcester Northampton High Wycombe Sevenoaks Thetford Colchester Derby Liverpool Goole We’ll supply the receiver, […]

A decent ADS-B polar radar diagram - from Plane Finder sharing site

TransAsia Airways plane crashes in Taiwan

A TransAsia Airways aircraft has crashed and burst into flames whilst making an emergency landing in Taiwan. Local media are reporting 47 deaths with 11 others seriously injured by the crash and fire. Flight GE222 (callsign TNA222) took off from Kaohsiung Siaogang Airport (KHH), Taiwan sat 17:43 (scheduled departure 17:00) local time and was originally […]

MH17 downed over Ukraine

Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was downed yesterday over Ukraine with the loss of all 295 passengers and crew. News media report that Boeing 777-200ER aircraft, registration number 9M-MRD, was shot down by a surface to air missile. 9M-MRD Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777-200ER. Photo © Henk Jansen – The Boeing 777-200ER aircraft is the same […]

Virgin Australia plane reports hijack attempt en route to Bali

Virgin Australia flight VA41 has  reportedly been hijacked on route to Bali. The Boeing 737-800, registration number VH-YIF, has recently landed at Bali Ngurah Rai Airport (DPS). The aircraft had sent off from Brisbane International Airport at 01:00 UTC and was scheduled to fly to Bali. We tracked the flight here on Plane Finder.Playback of […]

VA41 VH-YIF Arriving in Bali

What is ACARS?

It has been over a week since Malaysian Airlines flight 370 went missing and we have still not located the aircraft. There has been a lot of talk in the press about “ACARS” and that this was turned off and that the 01:37 transmission was never received. So what actually is this, what does it […]

The cockpit of an Airfrance A380 showing the crew keyboards - photo © Simon Lochery -

Malaysian Boeing 777 missing presumed crashed

Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has gone missing between Malaysia and Vietnam. The Boeing 777-200ER aircraft left Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) at 00:40 local time (16:40 GMT 7 March) and was bound for Capital International Airport (PEK) in Beijing, China. The aircraft was expected to land in Beigjing at 06:30 local time (20:30 GMT). The […]

Boeing 777-200ER 9M-MRO. Photo © Martyn Wheatley -

Heathrow runway closed after British Airways A319 spits fire

A British Airways Airbus A319 was forced to return to Heathrow Airport last night after flames were seen spitting from an engine shortly after takeoff. The emergency landing forced the closure of the airport’s southern run for 16 minutes. The flight had departed London Heathrow Airport (LHR) just before 20:55 local time and had been […]

Flight BAW364 Airbus A319 returns to LHR - screenshot