I’m actually surprised about the popularity of frequencies on a web page; what are they used for?
Probably many of us here are scanner folks – especially if we’re not pilots. Two things really interest a non-pilot:
– To identify a plane you see overhead
– To know where a plane is that you’ve just heard with ATC or the tower, and to know where it’s going and where it’s coming from.
I was out on my patio a few minutes ago and a big 747 thundered slowly by overhead at perhaps 4000 ft. I gave it about 5 minutes and came by the computer to see that it had to be SQC7979 KDFW/EBBR. One wants to jump up and holler “YES!!” [not that I did that, but …]
Btw, who is SQC (Owner Unknown)?
Anyway, the desire for frequency info is to be able to listen to any aspect of radio communication involving flights. Personally, I love to catch “company” frequencies – to hear dispatch, maintenance, even ramp. After that comes the Airinc frequencies to FBOs. And when you hear the radio traffic, don’t you want to find out where the flight is coming in from or going out to? That info is what makes me love FlightAware.com.
Give me a scanner, flight info, and a zoomable map and I’m in heaven … until I hear the Fire Department with a 4-alarm fire a mile down the road.