Ok, so the concept of tracking a flight REAL TIME (or as much real-time as needed) is pretty sweet. The concept of real time really does not exist in the digital world. There is always going to be some latency. It is gust important to make sure that lag is not more than we need in our application. If you ever have time, look into real-time computing, it can be pretty fun to research.
So you can
pay register for this service (using Google Earth from other websites), or you can follow the instructions and do it for FREE. Alright, to get this to work you need to follow these steps:
- Download and install Google Earth
- Go to the following website http://www.aeroseek.com/webtrax/fboweb.html
- Select your Airline and Flight Number and click GO
- Click the button
- Save the file (preferably to the desktop)
- Find the file and rename it to flightnumber.KML
- Open Google Earth and select File > Open…
OR, double click on the KML file
- Now in your Places area you can toggle between specific items to display
- Double click on the new item in the Places box, and TRACK YOUR FLIGHT
NOTE: The update interval for pinging the flight location is defaulted to 1 minute. To change this preference, right click on the item in the Places explorer and select Properties. Go to the Refresh tab and change the View-Based Refresh value.
If you still want to track a flight, but don’t care if it is 3D, then you can use www.fboweb.com. This is the same place where the data feed is coming from for our KML file that we created above.
Updated (January 23, 2008)
If you would like to use fboweb.com’s service and do not want to flood your inbox, then may I recommend you read my previous post on how to Register on Websites Using a Temporary Inbox.
Another handy tool is www.bugmenot.com.
Also fboweb.com’s KML file adds some neat enhancements like what other aircraft are active near the aircraft being tracked. It also keeps a running track of the flight. Both features can make it worth the registration. Your choice. Enjoy!