Who Knows Where Almost Every Flight Is Right Now?

09/24/2015

Scott Mccartney, The Wall Street Journal
Published 8/26/2015

It’s 11 o’clock. Does your airline know where your flight is? Maybe not, but a couple of aviation geeks who crowdsourced a global tracking network do.

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in March 2014 left the traveling public dismayed that airlines don’t constantly track airplanes. In that vacuum, Flightradar24, based here, has become the go-to source of information on tracking planes. The operation relies on volunteers world-wide with 7,500 receivers installed on roofs, towers, islands and ships.

Who Knows Where Almost Every Flight Is Right Now?