Flight Radar

We used to glance longingly after the airplanes from the airport in the past. Where do the planes come from and where do they go? It was an unanswered question back then. Everytime a plane had launched into the air we wished to sit in it and chased the flight path until the plane vanished in the sky. Though they were unseen by the human eye, the flight radar monitored planes on the screen. Height, number and destination are essential for a smooth and flawless air traffic in the sky.

The flight radar was a well-guarded secret for a long time. Only air traffic controllers knew, where exactly a plane was located. Thanks to the internet, nobody has to capture the job an air traffic controller to track the location of a plane. That can be done comfortably in the internet – worldwide all planes can be tracked live by the flight radar per mouse click. There are two basic possible procedures. You either choose a specific flight to track or you watch all arriving and departing planes of a specific airport.

Why is it interesting to track a plane?

Previously there was some sort of uncertainty between the departure and arrival when a member of the family, a friend or a co-worker traveled by plane. Nobody knew, where the plane with the said person was located at the moment. Was it close to the destination, has it already passed the border of the country or was it over the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. There is no other option than to assume the location of the plane and its occupants. The flight radar gives you information in real time. You only need the flight number. On the basis of the number you are able to search directly for a flight. You need to paste the flight number into the search field and click on start. In the next moment you already have the location of the flight monitored on a virtual map. It’s that easy.

There is not always a known occupant on the plane. Flying has fascinated humans since the beginning. Sometimes it is just a hobby like photographing planes. The flight radar offers a great instrumentality. Whoever wants to photograph a specific plane, you can get access to important information about the flight plan. You can always track your flight and with a bit of luck you can take a photo near the airport of the start or landing of the plane.

Flight movement around an airport

Modern air traffic is very dense. Huge airports like London Heathrow, Frankfurt International, Paris CDG or New York JFK have a high appearance of flights. Passenger and cargo planes start in intervals of only seconds. For outsiders this may look like an intransparent jungle. The flight radar helps you to better understand all these proceedings. Indeed it is not a substitute of visiting the airport at first-hand, but the view of an air traffic controller of flights around the airport is only be given by the flight radar.

Through the flight radar you can perceive the proceedings around an airport from the view of an air traffic controller. It offers you different chances, depending on how you use the zoom-feature. If you zoom closer in the map, individual flights are easier to track. The flight radar shows you, if a plane departs or arrives. You also see where the location of a flight is. Is it located over a city, a town or over fields and acre. If you zoom out details get blurred. In exchange you get a better overview of the airport and its surroundings. A total view of the UK, its neighbor countries or whole Europe is also possible with the flight radar.

Flight Radar is free and easy to use

If you wish to track a specific flight, for instance from London Heathrow to Paris, then you could proceed like this: You zoom in closely to London Heathrow, just to solely watch one plane. After it has started, zoom out again a little. Then you will see, what flight path the plane is going to take and simultaneously the surroundings of the airport. You can zoom out further, when the plane has reached its flying height and speed and lean back a little to occasional views. You can zoom back in in Paris to better see the details of the landing.

You need a PC, a notebook, a tablet or a smartphone if you want to watch planes with the flight radar. The devices must be connected to the internet. There are special mobile apps for smartphones and tablets that you just have to download. The usage is easy, uncomplicated and free. Wherever and to any time of the day you see a plane in the sky, with flight radar you can check and determine fast, what flight number the plane has, where it goes and to which
airline it belongs.

Flight Radar – What a fascinating discovery!

The flight radar has a long and interesting time of discovery. The history goes back to the year 1886. At that time Heinrich Hertz could find electromagnetic waves for the first time. That a reflexion of a radio wave with metal parts was possible. The first localization attempts were started in 1904 by Christian Hülsmeyer. After that radar technology was forgotten about until World War II. In 1935 the physicists Sir Robert Alexander Watson-Watt was able to achieve the first official localization of an airplane. That was the birth of the flight radar.

He is considered as discoverer of the flight radar in some literature. Anyhow, Watt made it possible to localize a bomber of the type Handley Page H.P.50 with the help of the flight radar. He kept developing the radar system, what other countries also did in the 1930s. In Great Britain scientists were first able to track airplanes within the range of 13 kilometers in February of 1935. The German airfare flew a intercept mission against British bombers with the help of the flight radar on 18. December of 1939. They were able to take down 12 of 22 bombers in this mission by tracking them. By January of 1943 Britains had a mobile radar system in their airplanes. In defense, on the German and the British side, ‘windows’ (metal plates) were used as a radar countermeasure.

Flight Radar since 1945 in Germany

Research and development was freezed with the end of the war. The deployment was prohibited by the allied forces until 1950 in Germany. Especially in the USA studies about semiconductors and micro processors were made, among them the Synthetic Aperture Radar, by experimenting after 1950. The flight radar was since then standardized as equipment on board of civil planes. The first groundbreaking civil application came with the Air Traffic Control (ATC) for air surveillance.

Flight Radar in the presence

The flight radar still has a few responsibilities in the presence. Systems are applied in most different areas. The radar often conduces to security and early detection. There are also several applications for planes, among them the surveillance radar for monitoring flights – stationary as airport surveillance radar (ASR) or mobile in planes (AWACS). Furthermore radar system are used to track targets by the air defence, in London for instance. Another area of use is the onboard radar. Weather fronts are detected with the so-called radar noses and other planes as well as rockets are displayed on the radar monitor for early warning.