You can listen to a live Air Traffic Control stream from numerous airports for free on several websites, including LiveATC. The website offers streams with several options for listening, and this tutorial is based on LiveATC's interface as of 2014.
- Navigate to the website
Go to www.liveatc.net using your preferred Web browser. You can browse live feeds, view updates, download mobile applications that stream live audio and browse the list of available streams. Look for the blue horizontal rectangle on the left side of the Web page, and click on "browse feeds."
- Choose a stream
Scroll down through the available streams, and locate an airport, landing strip or helicopter landing pad of your choice. Click on the links to get information about each airport, pad or strip.
- Pick the format
Each location choice gives the option of streaming audio via Winamp, iTunes, RealPlayer or Windows Media Player. You need to have the software you choose installed on your computer to play the stream. Click on the icon that corresponds to your preferred media player. If you do not have any of the software choices, you can also click the small green "listen" box, which brings up a window that streams via Flash Player. If Flash is not installed on your computer, it cannot play.