Plane Finder Live Flight Tracking App Launches as a Free Web App

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    Plane Finder Live Flight Tracking App Launches as a Free Web App:)

    The highly rated Plane Finder App for iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows Phone has launched as a new free web app for desktop users. Special features designed for the new web app include - historical playback of flight patterns and "Fly Me" using Google Earth. The live plane tracking data is real time and obtained via a network of receivers across the globe.

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/09/19/prweb8807390.DTL

     
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    At first glance, http://www.flightstats.com seems to track a lot more flights, although Plane Finder has some very nice features (including detailed info on the airplane).
     
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    Does it tell you where the cute chickens are sitting? :D
     
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    Ah. Plane Finder shows the int'l flights, whereas the Flightstats flight tracker mostly shows domestic.It also seems relatively real time, whereas Flightstats and some of the others have a 5 minute delay. So for my usage, while Flightstats has more quantity, (lots of RJ's and MD-80's) Plane Finder has more quality.
    I just spotted a Swissair 333 and Eitad 777 over my house thanks to Plane Finder. thumbs-up.gif

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    Swissair 333 at 4400 ft above my house​
     
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    Seems to have issues. I click on planes approaching DEN and they show tracks like DTW-CLT. :confused:
     
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    Reading the FAQ, it is still in development, they are looking for more data feeds and improved data accuracy.
     
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    Aren't we all. Wake me when they reach "improved data accuracy." :D :D :D
     
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    At the moment they are showing a Frontier Airlines 737 from IAD to AMS approaching ORD at 43,000 ft.
     
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    Hmmm, wrong in at least 4 ways. I would say they are on a looooooong search for improved data accuracy. At least it was a plane icon, yes? Not a boat or a train? :D :D :D
     
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    details, details.
    :p
     
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    Seems their feeds have gotten weaker in the past week. Instead of seeing a dozen planes on ORD approach at any time, I just see between 0 and 3. Also, getting more false data- after a plane has landed, they show it doing a flyover for a minute or two, cruising 10 miles past ORD before it suddenly disappears off their map.
     
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    Fortunately the A319 and 737 shown in this screen cap were separated by 13,000 feet of altitude. :)

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    I've gotten a few good catches with Planefinder (like an AF plane directly overhead- the realtime feed is nice) but they have huge gaps in their data and details. They often list JAL planes approaching ORD as being a domestic configuration, earlier today I spotted a listing for a Cessna Citation going from ORD to Hamburg, Germany, although it was headed West from Chicago. (I think it would have to land mid Atlantic for refueling? :) )
     

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