Archive for : September, 2017

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Post-Hurricane Maria Flightradar24 Coverage

Hurricane Maria, the second catastrophic hurricane to move through the Caribbean in less than a month, continues to move northwest past the Dominican Republic, we wanted to provide an update on Flightradar24 coverage in the area.

Flightradar24 receiver status in areas impacted by Hurricane Maria

In the wake of Maria, nearly all of our receivers from Martinique to the Dominican Republic’s east coast are inactive. From St. John’s to Puerto Rico, we currently have no active receivers. Puerto Rico is without electricity and some estimates judge it may take months for power to be restored to the island.

Other receivers are still down due to damage from Hurricane Irma. We’ve been in contact with receiver hosts across the Caribbean to offer assistance if and when they are able to resume hosting a receiver.

As a result of these offline receivers, low-level MLAT coverage in the area is currently unavailable as is ground-level ADS-B coverage. ADS-B and MLAT coverage is variable at other altitudes, depending on the the aircraft’s transponder and proximity to the receiver.

As all those affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria begin to recover and rebuild, please keep them in your thoughts.

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AvTalk Episode 14: Jason, Go Make Your Bed

On this episode of AvTalk, we discuss the massive aviation impacts of Hurricane Irma. From Caribbean devastation to a total lack of flights in the air over Florida for more than a day, we take an in-depth look at what’s happened and how the recovery effort has begun. And Jason’s 15-minutes of television fame comes from an unexpected source. (more…)

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New Flightradar24 Features—Airport Information Panels, New Weather Layers, and Better Email Alerts

We’ve recently added even more great new features to Flightradar24.com and our mobile apps. On the web, we’ve made finding airport information and tracking flights by airport even easier. On the web and in our mobile apps, we’ve added new weather layers that make visualizing flight patterns simple. And if you receive flight alerts via email, you now have the option to receive them in freshly designed HTML for even more convenient flight following. (more…)

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Flightradar24 Coverage in the Wake of Hurricane Irma

As Hurricane Irma moves through the Caribbean Sea, impacting the Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico, we watched flights in the area, including NOAA Hurricane Hunters NOAA42 and NOAA49 and Delta Air Lines’ rescue flight from Puerto Rico, with great interest. But none of the flights on our site are visible without the constant stream of data from volunteers who host our ADS-B receivers or have built their own and share data with our network. (more…)

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Delta Goes Big, Then Goes Home

In the face of a category 5 hurricane, Delta Air Lines meteorologists, dispatchers, pilots, cabin crew, and ground crew accomplished an incredible feat on Wednesday. As Hurricane Irma bore down San Juan, Puerto Rico, Delta sent one last flight to help evacuate a few hundred people from San Juan just before the airport closed.
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Air New Zealand’s Heartfelt Koru Care Flight

On 3 September, Air New Zealand took 50 children with critical medical conditions such as cancer and heart disease, and their caregivers, on the flight of a lifetime over New Zealand. The nearly three hour flight took the aircraft and its passengers on a 440 km long and 483 km wide heart-shaped journey across New Zealand.
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New Flightradar24 ADS-B Receivers Activated in August 2017

In August we activated over 100 new receivers as we continue to expand our coverage area around the world. In August those new receivers helped us track a record 5.36 million flights and a one-day record of 190,003 flights on 24 August. (more…)

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AvTalk Episode 13: Hurricanes and DSLRs

In episode 13, we look at the effects of Hurricane Harvey on aviation and see how airlines are helping with relief efforts. GE Aviation retires the oldest active 747. Southwest Airlines takes delivery of its first 737 MAX and American Airlines isn’t too far behind. We get surprised by the possible new home for the first production A380s. And we again welcome Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren to the podcast to hear about another 747 retirement and how we can improve our avgeek photography. (more…)