I downloaded google-earth and they have a deal with fboweb where they are starting to integrate the flight tracker into the earth map, so far showing arrivals into only 3 major airports. I was looking at flights into ORD from western Europe and the funny thing is that they are showing up on google-earth long before flightaware (or even FBOweb!) has them. For example, Cargolux 778 started from ELLX heading to KORD, when I came online the plane was shown off the coast of Belgium heading over the North Sea, and the icon has moved in what seems to be real-time to where it is over the UK near Northumberland at 30,000. But that flight isn’t even on flightaware! when I type in CLX778 I see yesterdays flight!
Usually flight trackers aren’t able to “see” a flight till it is off the coast of the UK in the atlantic and even then the tracking doesnt become real-time till its over north america. So why is google-earth able to show a flight all the way over in Europe? And its not just CLX778, all of the American and United flights from France, UK, and Germany are shown long before they even get to the Atlantic!