Near Real-time Flight Tracking in Google Earth

Flight tracker Flying in Google Earth screenshotA couple of days ago someone at the Google Earth Community posted a new dynamic data network link for tracking of all inbound flights into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The data updates currently about every 15 seconds. Once you download the flight tracker , you will see the airplane icons and tracks showing the last few position updates of the airlines flight. If you click on the airplane icon you get its altitude and airspeed.
What is really neat is zooming in on LAX and watching airplanes slow down, descend and land at the airport. And don’t forget, you can tilt your views in Google Earth and see the planes do their descent in 3D.
This network link was developed by some guys at which provides services to pilots for doing flight planning, flight logs, provides airport information, and flight tracking. They also provide services so pilots can do their job and get data with a PDA. Here’s the thread of posts where the dynamic data link was posted.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Two worthwile items

    Google Earth Blog links to, which does live flight tracking in Google Earth (for a fee, but with a free demo for LAX). Spatially Adjusted and others link to screenshots of ESRI’s upcoming ArcGIS explorer, and boy does it…

  2. And now some 3D planes flying according to fboweb data. The url will get a *.kmz file in which 5 networklinks. One has to turn those links on before they’ll work. Each Networklink has a height value which maximizes the max altitude of the planes to get in 3D action. You are free to change this value but be aware that the size of the files can be very large.

  3. Mix this with live online radio traffic and it gets even better..

  4. very good information.

  5. Carl Bluske says:
    use someone else. Can’t find much less track US 3420 on friday April 24, 2009

  6. I wish you didn’t need pro for every single thing.

  7. Great Google Earth helps in real time flight tracking…Time tracking is indeed required in various aspects being mechanic time tracking or human work time tracking.
    Replicon’s Time Tracking tool is one such awesome software with easy API and effective reporting system.

  8. Beth Walton says:

    Google Earth is amazing, but spamming your time tracking is not. We use Pacific Timesheet software and it’s reporting is even better.

  9. Flight tracking is an innovation later to be develop to be much more accurate what i love about this things is that it really regulates flight passes to be successfully safe and that’s really convenient if you ask me.

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