The holidays are rapidly approaching, and many North Coasters will be flying somewhere or picking someone up at an airport. It’s anyone’s guess how many planes will be on time in the seasonal melee. Wouldn’t it be nice to know what’s really going on in advance?
At last, there is hope, and a great way to track of global flights: http://flightaware.com. Touting itself as “the world’s largest flight tracking data company,” FlightAware “provides over 10,000 aircraft operators and service companies as well as over 12,000,000 passengers with global flight tracking solutions.”
How? FlightAware gets data from air traffic control systems in over 55 countries. The website features live flight data and delays (the MiseryMap), Squawks & Headlines about the aviation business and thousands of aircraft photos, plus it has weather maps, flight planning, navigation charts and more.
FlightAware must be doing something right, as they claim to have 10 million users a month. And yes, there is an app for that.