New User - Very Basic Question


#1

So, I look up in the sky and there is a 4-engine aircraft well above 30,000 ft. making this beautiful crisp contrail.

I live near a major airport (LAX) but it was obviously overflying SoCal and heading somewhere else.

So, I go to FlightAware thinking I could zoom in on SoCal and look for any high-altitude 4-engine jets moving in that general direction.

And I’m presented with these options:

  1. don’t zoom at all.
  2. zoom in on LAX traffic, but only get arrivals & departures for LAX, not overflights.
  3. try and find the flight by selecting its aircraft-type (747 or 340, I presume).

The question is - is there a way zoom in on a specific area of the U.S. (like right over my own house) and see all traffic overhead - even if I don’t know the origin/destination or the a/c type?

Be kind … I am a n00b. I’ve been on FlightAware for exactly 22 minutes - ever.

KvnDiam


#2

Best thing to do is puruse the questions/answers link at the top right. That will answer many of your questions.

You may also wish to look through the forum postings.

Zoomable maps are in the works.


#3

On local LAX map, blue airplane icons are arr/dep. Green icons are planes overflying your specific area. You should also click on the map on the top right of the initial LAX screen. This will open up a new window an you may better find the plane you are looking for.

If there is a lot of local traffic, FA will not display all plane identifiers ( eg. ACA28 A340 / 350 560. Let the screen refresh a few times an you will see your flight as long as it is not blocked or military.

Hope this helps a little.

…and as Dami said.


#4

Indeed it does help. Thank you!


#5

Also try looking up the nearby airports. Sometimes I can find a plane 100nm from me on my map but not on the map for the airport right under the plane.


#6

Here are some sites that may be of interest to you;

LAX Live Tracking and Home Page ,

Live ATC site,

Flight Info , very complex site, click thru the links at top for more info.


#7

But, hey, congratulations.

You got Damirossed only 27 minutes in.


#8

AND - I thought you were Brad Pitt (nice pic)!!! :stuck_out_tongue: