I was looking at the map for KOAK this morning and as usual, looked up some of the en-route traffic in the Bay Area airspace. I noticed one track in the area of Watsonville, and the info block showed what appears to be “N8AZ” or “N8A Z” (the spacing is odd). I looked it up and the result was “FlightAware couldn’t find N8AZ yet” (and the same for N8A). (Both reg’s are valid, and are for a Lancair 360 and a Cessna 185, respectively, both registered in the Eastern U.S.)
Then I noticed that the track never moved, even when the map updated. Was this a bug or something stranger? This was around 1045 PST today.
I have seen a number of cases where there is a track and info block on the map, but FlightAware can’t find it. Sometimes it’s an airline flight, but more often it’s a tail number.