FlightAware Tracker Map

Does anyone know how flight aware creates the tracker maps that are placed on their website? For example, if I am interested in looking at all the flights going to Miami (KMIA) I can zoom and look at the map of departures, arrivals and nearby flights to KMIA. I am curious to know how these plane icons are plot on the world map/where & how that data is being fed into the graphic.


I’ve not used the web as an interface, but FlightXML is an API that you can chain queries together, locate flight information and add annotations/tracks to a native map view or map box - I’ve used IOS and mapbox successfully. You need to understand asynchronous calls in swift/objC but it works very well.