Worldwide, aircraft tracking services are gaining popularity. Kommersant reports that Flightradar and FlightAware have been extremely popular in recent years.
This is because of Nancy Pelosi’s flight to Taiwan as the US House of Representatives speaker. It became the most talked about topic in all media. Flighradar24 was used to track her aircraft, which was called SPAR19. At its peak, it was used by 2.9 million people.
Although the service owners claimed they weren’t ready to handle such loads, this is not surprising.
“You can take part in a story in real-time. Ian Pechenik (head of communications at Flightradar24) explained that if a newspaper is the first draft, these are incomplete entries.
The services all work the same. They receive data from ADSB sensors (data about the heading, altitude, and speed of an aircraft) and use MLAT technology to estimate the time difference when they receive a signal from an aeroplane.
Flightradar also uses data from the United States Civil Aviation Administration, but additional restrictions exist. Aircraft owners may ask the FAA to classify flight data.