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Plane Finder app for iPhone and iPad


4.6 ( 2576 ratings )
Travel Navigation
Developer: pinkfroot limited
4.99 USD
Current version: 9.4.1, last update: 1 month ago
First release : 03 Nov 2009
App size: 50.19 Mb

Plane Finder tracks planes in real time around the world. Watch live moving planes on a worldwide map or use the camera AR view to ID planes above you. You can even play back past flights – all the way back to 2011.

The Plane Finder app launched in 2009 and was the first live flight tracking app - today there are millions of happy users all over the world. Plane Finder has been top rated and top ranking since 2009 and covers most of the world, tracking 12,000+ planes simultaneously.

Search by flight number, place name, airport, airline and aircraft or browse the map. (You can choose Apple or Google maps too!).

Simply tap a plane to see detailed flight and aircraft information including photographs or tap an airport to see live arrivals and departures boards.

Use Augmented Reality (AR) view to identify planes overhead using your device camera.

23 different plane markers are included and airline logos are displayed next to planes for easy identification.

Custom alerts are unlimited and free to use, so you can take a break from watching the air traffic and let the app notify you when a plane is in the air or nearby.

Powerful and unlimited custom filters are also free to use. You can create, save and name as many filters as you need for quick access to the planes you are interested in.

Add and browse bookmarks to saved locations around the globe to quickly navigate to areas or airports of interest. Handoff is supported too!

If you prefer a list view of planes to the map view, use the sortable List View. You can also rearrange the table columns for ease of use.

Watch your previous flights - all the way back to April 2011! Use playback to replay holiday flights, diversions, major incidents etc. You can also easily see the effects of storms, ATC strikes, volcanic ash clouds and more. Or just relax and use playback to view the flow of air traffic through the day.

FAA US and NATS UK aviation charts are available as an in app purchase as a visual alternative to standard maps.

Plane Finder has been featured by Gizmodo, CNN, GMA, BBC, Sunday Times, Mail on Sunday, CNET, Wired, GQ Magazine and many more. We have millions of happy users and Plane Finder is regularly updated with innovative new features. Our support team always listen to and reply to feedback.

At a glance our worldwide coverage includes -

• Europe 95% - realtime
• North America – 100% via slightly US delayed data – Nationwide realtime ADS-B network in place and capturing 95% of ADS-B equipped aircraft
• Rest of World – Excellent coverage in Australia, New Zealand, Central America, Brazil, Japan, Taiwan, Dubai, India, Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea, Maldives, Mauritius, Singapore, Hong Kong and many more countries

Important Note:
Plane Finder works by picking up real time ADS-B and MLAT signals used by aircraft to transmit positional data to land based receivers. This technology is faster than traditional radar and is used for air traffic control and navigation. ADS-B is not used by all airlines or aircraft, however this is changing and the number of aircraft tracked by ADS-B is increasing all of the time. Traditional radar type data in real time is also included for North America.

Disclaimer: The use of the information presented using Plane Finder is strictly limited to pursuing enthusiast activities (i.e. for entertainment purposes), which specifically exclude any activities that might endanger yourself or the lives of others.
Under no circumstances will the developer of this application be held responsible for incidents resulting from the use of the data or its interpretation or its use contrary to this agreement.

Pros and cons of Plane Finder app for iPhone and iPad

Plane Finder app good for

Great app,plane watching will never be the same,all the info is great and easy to understand,makes watching planes fly over the house even more interesting
Love seeing where the plane im am currently seeing is going and where its been in the past.
Excellent app, extremely accurate. Great if you like to travel or just as hobby seeing flight path, air traffic, air craft specifications and understanding aviation.
I have downloaded a couple similar app but Plane Finder is the only one that actualy works.
Always wondered what I was looking at and where they were off to. Occasionally, some Regional flights are being mis-identified as a national carrier. Aside from that, enjoy the app very much.
This app solves a state of wonder Ive had since I was a small child. However, there are glitches in the route, and the flight path goes wonky. Very minor, but they are a major part of why the app exists. Oh, and Africa and South America apparently dont have any plane traffic at all.

Some bad moments

The lay out of the map does a poor job of explaining why flights are routed through the North over Yukon Territory and Alaska. These planes look as if they are taking a wide detour but in reality they are traveling a straight line to Asia. Please fix by offering a different view of the earth, or use real maps.
Would like to think this app would be accurate as it cost $4.99 but cant really trust the data when it shows planes that should be nowhere near Toroto flying overhead. Also my hometown of Timmins ON has countless jet streams over head but non show on this app. Most flight are Europe or Asiabound as well. Stick to the free app!
東北、北海道地区サーチしない。高い割には、いまいち。flight radarの方がまし。
Its not worth the money if you want to use it in Asian (Japanese) airspace. However, Ill give it one star because the aircraft icon represents the aircraft type; not like FR24.
İt always gives errors about finding aircrafts. And also we cant see aproaching and departing traffics around ataturk airports. İ dont interest another locations.
İt is almost useless.Waste of money.Needs lot of improvement.

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