Thousands of people use Plane Finder on a daily basis to monitor worldwide air traffic, but many are still unaware that it’s also possible to replay that same data for historical flights. In fact, Plane Finder has been recording ADS-B data for use in playback since April 2011. Not only that, but we also provide free and unlimited access to it via our website!
Making the most of Plane Finder playback
You can access planefinder.net‘s playback feature by selecting the “Playback” button at the top right-hand side of our website. After that it’s as simple as selecting a date and time and hitting play. Playback works just like a video player – allowing you to pause and adjust playback speed at any time you’d like.
There are also a number of alternate ways to access playback data:
- If you’re looking to playback a specific flight you can search for the flight number on planefinder.net and we’ll provide you with a list of its most recent flights for quick and easy playback.
- Or you can search for a specific aircraft in our extensive Aviation Database.
In September 2014 Plane Finder’s mobile application became the first iOS application to offer unlimited playback of air traffic data. Just like playback on our website the feature is free and offers unlimited playback of data all the way back to April 2011. We worked hard to ensure the experience was intuitive on mobile devices, allowing users to speed up or slowdown playback with the swipe of a finger. Why not download our iOS application and give it a try?
Playback of Noteable Events
When we receive reports of a notable event, or if we detect that an aircraft is squawking 7700, we will endeavour to capture playback data and present it for our users as part of our Event Report system.
- An Airbus A350 performs display practice for the Singapore Air Show.
- Iron Maiden depart from Cardiff aboard EdForceOne.
- Nurse Cafferkey’s medical transport flight.
The Event Report system provides a full and transparent picture of the data our systems collect. We highlight areas of lost coverage as well as speed and altitude changes over time, and provide all of the information as a .csv download completely free of charge.
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