How Do You Determine the Flight Path of an Airplane?


Quick Answer

To find a flight path for a particular flight, visit a flight tracking website such as FlightRadar24.com or FlightAware.com. Both sites are free to use and offer real-time flight tracking.

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To track a flight on FlightRadar24.com, enter the flight information into the search tool on the site. For example, entering US1935 into the search box pulls up flight information for US Airways flight 1935. For each search, the site lists the aircraft’s aircraft and registration numbers, current altitude, speed, tracking degrees, and latitude and longitude.

Clicking on the link icon under the flight details on a tracked flight allows a user to map the flight and see the flight path. The website also offers visitors a Follow Aircraft option and a Cockpit View option that requires a Google Earth download.

In addition, the site offers a real-time map showing the aircraft’s path and its scheduled and actual departure times and scheduled arrival times in the destination city. Click on the aircraft on the map to view the flight information for the aircraft. Under the flight information for each flight, the website displays a meter with the amount of time spent in the air and the remaining time for the flight. For completed flights, the site lists the arrival time of the aircraft at the destination airport.

FlightAware.com offers a similar service. Visitors must input the airline and flight number or the origin and destination cities to see flight-tracking information.

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