To track a flight using FlightAware, users search for a specific flight by either airline and flight number, or origin and destination locations. Once the desired flight is selected from the search results, all flight information such as speed, time in air and exact location is displayed.
FlightAware also offers a live tracking feature that shows a map of all flights presently in the air. Users can click on individual images of airplanes to view comprehensive information about that specific flight.
Other methods of browsing options on FlightAware's website include searching by flight operator, airport and aircraft type. Another feature allows interested users to view current information about a randomly generated flight or airport. These features are found under the Life Flight Tracking section.
FlightAware offers a mobile device application for tracking flights on the go. There are applications for various mobile platforms including iPhone, iPad, Windows 8, Windows Phone and Android.
Frequent users can register for free to become a FlightAware member. Benefits of membership include text or email alerts, the ability to contribute on public FlightAware discussions, historical flight data and auto-refresh features. Professional users have the option to select a premium membership for a fee. This entitles professionals to various additional benefits such as mobile support, premium maps and a higher number of flight alerts.