Qantas has trialled and tested their in-flight WiFi. Their passengers are pleased with the service. So now, with a working proof of concept, Qantas has pledged to bring in-flight WiFi to 80 of its aircraft by the end of 2018. As more planes with WiFi take to the skies, we answer the real burning question … Continue reading “As Qantas Pledges WiFi on More Planes, We Ask: How Does in-Flight WiFi Work?”

What is a “Squawk”? Squawks, or squawking, has its origins in The Second World War, where IFF systems were first installed. These Identification Friend or Foe systems were established in response to control friendly fire by establishing a two-way transponder system. One where air traffic control (ATC) effectively request an aviation vehicle to identify themselves … Continue reading “Squawking: What is it and what does it mean for flight tracking?”

On 17th October 2009, Plane Finder was released onto the Apple AppStore. Plane Finder was a groundbreaking app enabling people to track planes on a smartphone for the very first time. We had no idea back then that Plane Finder would grow to be enjoyed by millions of users worldwide. Augmented Reality (AR) App In … Continue reading “History of Plane Finder on iOS”

What is ADS-B? Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) is a surveillance technology that uses on-board satellite navigation to precisely determine an aircraft’s positioning. It is via an ADS-B Out transmitter that this system periodically broadcasts an aeroplane location, ground speed, altitude and velocity to both, nearby planes equipped with an ADS-B In receiver and … Continue reading “How ADS-B Flight Tracking Works”

What is Flight Tracking? Flight tracking is, as the name suggests, the tracking of commercial aviation flights. However, due to this activity’s popularity and our ever-growing technical ability, flight tracking has grown into a huge network: One fuelled by global data received by data broadcasts and antenna radars placed all around the world. There are … Continue reading “A Brief History of Flight Tracking”

About Santa’s Sleigh Every year come the December 24th, Father Christmas, Santa or Good Old St. Nick – however, you refer to him, has 32 hours to travel over 510,000,000 km, visiting over 91.8 million homes to get presents to over 400 million children. This, of course, varies yearly, depending on whose been good of course! … Continue reading “Track Santa’s Sleigh With Plane Finder’s Flight Tracker”