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Flight Tracking: Listen to Air Traffic Control Radio

  • Published: 2009-01-21 (Revised/Updated 2017-12-24) : Author: Flight Tracker
  • Synopsis: Air traffic radio and flight tracking online listen to all communications between a control tower and airplanes or track aircraft in flight.

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"Call signs in aviation are derived from several different policies, depending on the type of flight operation being conducted, and depending on whether the caller is an aircraft or a ground facility."

Air Traffic Control and Flight Tracking is now available for everyone, all you need to be able to listen in is an operational internet connection.

You can listen to all communications between a control tower and it's incoming airplanes or even track an airplane from the beginning of it's flight to it's arrival.

By live feed from a satellite you will know the planes current altitude and speed, where it is located and a glimpse at the approximate time of arrival. The mapping of flights in real-time is based on the air traffic control system.

There are no costs or restrictions in doing so and many official websites are starting to provide the service. This can come in useful when curious about a family members flight, or when anticipating an arrival without knowing of it's progress.

You can have your own command center at home with all of the new software across the web which allows you to have access to some real-time radio communications from police and fire departments, along with marine and flight control worldwide.

Be aware of all that is going on not only in your local area, but in all of America and sometimes even in Europe. All of which are now allowed to the open public.

Flight Tracking has now surpassed what we would have expected of it. You can now view any plane no matter where it is in the world through a completely 3D environment totally free to install and use on your system.

For those interested in tracking aircraft beyond the sky you can now track the Space Station, Space Shuttle and orbiting satellites in real time thanks to NASA.

Air traffic control (ATC) is responsible for providing crucial information to pilots around busy airports. They communicate with pilots on designated radio frequencies to keep airport operations running smoothly and safely.

While every airport varies, terminal controllers usually handle traffic in a 30 to 50 nautical mile (56 to 93 km) radius from the airport.

Using the Internet you can also listen in live to aircraft radio chat between planes and the control tower, and plane to plane traffic.

Hear what happens behind the scenes at some of the world's busiest airports. Listen to live transmissions between air traffic controllers in the airport tower and pilots landing and departing from the airport.

Call signs in aviation are derived from several different policies, depending on the type of flight operation being conducted, and depending on whether the caller is an aircraft or a ground facility. In most countries, unscheduled general aviation flights identify themselves using the call sign corresponding to the aircraft's registration number (also called N-number in the U.S., or tail number).

See bottom of article for aircraft radio and tracking links.

Flight Tracking System Similar to Google Maps:

One software that is now recognized as an authority runs on a website, the software is called Skyline Globe and is a successful merge of satellite images, and helps you to follow in with air and land traffic surveillance at many locations. The renderer is improved and somewhat better then the also popular Google Earth, and is more derived to traffic surveillance. It slightly resembles google maps only with more precision in details and a lot of exciting new options. Like viewing live surveillance cameras from around the world, with a wide choice of traffic surveillance at road intersections in big cities. You can see the weather and traffic situations at almost any location anytime. Helping to plan your transportation methods to get to where you want to go while knowing what the best options could be.

Skyline Globe has many functions and all of them are of a great use. One of those functions is being able to track a flight from it's departure all the way to it's arrival at the corresponding destination. Not only do you get information on the speed it is going and the altitude it is at, but you also get a 3D image of exactly where it is positioned in the world.

Another function is being able to view traffic cameras at certain places in the US, therefore being able to visually analyze traffic density of where you may be headed. If ever you want to find your way from and to specific addresses Skyline Globe also acts as an online GPS with great accuracy and visual aid.

With options that go as far as seeing population density all around the us from the age group you wish to view. For example if you want to know the population of people over the age of 65 in a certain area you can do so, and the same for 13 - 21, making it a revolutionary information tool. Also in the live feed is the ability to view all currency values worldwide from the US dollar to euro with constantly updated exchange rates. Basically turning your computer into your personal world grid, and it is totally free!

Track any flight arriving or departing the United States or Canada

Flight details include departure time, aircraft type, current altitude, and ground speed. Get current updates on flight arrival and delay times, and remaining time en route for departed flights.

The new Chicago O'Hare International Airport website at ( provides comprehensive real time flight information on arrivals, departures and delays, terminals and maps, parking, transportation, directions, food and shopping, hotels, etc.

A number of Web sites have online police radio scanners across the United States and other countries around the world allowing you to listen in to live cop action in your town, city, or area.

Listen in live to control tower to plane, and plane to plane live aircraft radio traffic ( at most major airports around the world.

Down-loadable Aircraft flight trackers that you can run direct from windows and not through an Internet browser -

The interactive Airline Flight Schedule search tool can provide you with up-to-date arrival times and departure times for all major airports and airlines. Find out if a flight is on time.

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