FBOWeb Flight Tracking Revisited

Flight tracker Flying in Google Earth screenshotThe guys at fboweb.com, who brought the amazing near real-time flight tracking in Google Earth of planes flying into Los Angeles (LAX ) airport, have added several other major US airports you can watch. You see all the planes currently in the air inbound to the airport, and they show a short GPS-like track of their recent 3D path in the air. The tracking updates once every 10 seconds, so if you zoom into the aerial photo of the airport, and tilt your view, you can actually watch the approach and landing (or takeoff) of the aircraft.
The list of new airports includes: Boston (BOS ), Chicago (ORD ), Atlanta (ATL ), and New York (JFK ). I highly recommend you turn off one airport’s network link in the Places folder before you turn on the other (otherwise there is too much information). You can view the fboweb.com web site for these Google Earth files here. Also, make sure you tilt your view so you can see the 3D view of the plane tracks.

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. Nice, JFK is a busy place.
    I want one for UK. that’d be great.

  2. Enjoyed reading your site..fabulous stuff, although my old computer on dial-up (49.2 Kbps currently…wow better put my seatbelt on) can’t get any of this stuff.
    Thought you flight folks might be interested in this German site that does airport approaches.
    For whatever it’s worth.
    Now somebody get me onto high speed, puhleaze.

  3. Nice, JFK is a busy place.
    I want one for china. that’d be great.
    thank you!

  4. Has anyone looked into creating an addon that would read the FAA ETMS data feed, this would show all airplanes in the air in Canada and the United States, updating approximately every 5 seconds.
    I suppose it would take up to much bandwith, and it maybe tough to get access to the data feed. I believe this is the same feed that websites like “http://www.flytecomm.com/cgi-bin/trackflight” utilize.
    More info on ETMS data here:

  5. I now have a Google Earth feed for Air Traffic in and around Sydney (Australia): http://www.ozradar.com/aviation_ge.asp
    Updates every 10 seconds.

  6. And here’s another one: Worldwide network of ADS-B receivers, displays air traffic in Google Maps as well as Google Earth:
    – Balt

  7. FAA ETMS data feed…
    Would be great for X-Plane or MS Flightsim. The developers of X-Plane said if they had it they could put it into the flight sim like they do real weather ( parsing METAR data )

  8. Roger Holmes says:

    In Sydney, Australia we have a website called Webtrac. This website is time delayed for a few minutes but shows departures and arrivals for YSSY airport.

  9. Laurence says:

    3 d is very cool! At my office we get http://www.skylounge.com for free to track flights which are sent to my mobile. Many times I add arrival notification too. It’s really geared toward business travelers. The nice thing is that you can copy in your assistant or travel agent. If you’re in the air and will miss the connecting flight they can re-book everything for you. The downside is that you can’t lookup your flight number online. You need to copy it from you confirmation

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