I hope you don’t mind my question. I hope the answers are useful for others too.
I live North and slightly East of Van Nuys Airport (KVNY). I have spent a lot of time trying to reconcile what I see out my window with what I see in Flight Aware. I am not sure if part of the problem is a delay of the information and/or the flights are not shown. When I am at the computer, I look out a window facing West. I can’t see any flights high in the sky that are also nearby.
I think I am too close to the Van Nuys traffic to see it out my window, it probably is nearly above me so I won’t see it indoors. I seldom, and I think never, see traffic headed South. I see that traffic arriving for LAX travels south to approximately Pepperdine (East Malibu) then turns East to approximately downtown Los Angeles then makes a U-turn for LAX. Either the Pepperdine area is too far West for me to see or the traffic is too far high for me to see, probably it is too far. I sure don’t see anywhere near as much traffic as what arrives for LAX, so it can’t be LAX.
I see that FligthAware has an option for location-only flights. I did not know about it and it was off. I turned it on so that might help.
Does FligthAware not show private aircraft? I think that most, probably all, aircraft I see are not small aircraft such as single-engine but I realize there are larger aircraft that are also private. However the aircraft I see do seem to be flying the same route.
Perhaps the aircraft I see are headed for other airports, such as San Diego or perhaps Ontario, but it is difficult for me to reconcile that traffic with what I see also…
If no one can help then the only other options is that either I just don’t figure out what the aircraft are (I will survive) or I get some kind of receiver to receive flight information directly myself. I don’t need to know, I really don’t, but I am curious.