Airspace Live - Pure ADS-B Flight Tracker
The site was founded by airline pilot, Andre Brandao in early 2007. Under his leadership, RadarBox
grew significantly primarily due to investments of over half a million U.S. dollars towards a
feature rich website, apps and new hardware innovation.
Today, the site has over 30,000 daily users in over 150 countries. The parent company of RadarBox
is AirNav Systems LLC (established in 2001).
Flight Tracking – On the Ground
Automatic Dependent Surveillance- Broadcast (ADS-B) tracking is a modern flight tracking system
wherein the electronic equipment onboard an aircraft automatically broadcasts the aircraft’s
location other flight related data to ground receivers via radio waves.
The data transmitted to ground receivers can then be used by other aircraft and air traffic control
to show the aircraft’s position and altitude on display screens without the need for radar.
The system involves an aircraft with ADS-B determining its position using GPS. A transmitter (also
called Transponder) then broadcasts that position at rapid periodic intervals, along with aircraft
identity, altitude, speed and other data. Dedicated ADS-B grounds stations (or ADS-B Receivers)
receive the broadcasts and relay the information to RadarBox’s servers which then process and
display this data at www.RadarBox.com. Most of these ground stations consist of receivers that
RadarBox sends volunteers, free of charge.
ADS-B is based on the line of sight principle, so coverage area primarily depends on the antenna –
how it is placed, where it is placed, and obstructions like buildings, mountains etc. around the
antenna. The average range of a typical feeder’s antenna is 100-200 km.
Tracking flights over the ocean is a challenging task as receivers cannot be placed in the ocean.
Fortunately, RadarBox has a network of feeders living in coastal regions and on islands such as
the Azores, Iceland, Fiji etc. This helps us track flights at least 100-200 nm off a coast. Our new
satellite tracking solution, scheduled to be released in 2018, will solve this problem.
All aircraft equipped with an ADS-B out Transponder are tracked. Military and selectively blocked
aircraft are also tracked but are not displayed to the public.
Flight Tracking – From Space
Space based ADS-B one of the newest innovations in the industry, as it allows tracking of aircraft
over extremely tough terrain, wide expanses of water bodies, and in places where ground-based ADS-B
systems simply cannot get through.
AirNav Systems’ Space based ADS-B network uses data from receivers that are placed on nano-satellite
constellations in space to carry out tracking, thereby enabling non-stop global air traffic
surveillance regardless of terrain, location or infrastructure. Tracking is unaffected by weather or
other natural phenomenon. Aircraft are not required to have any special equipment on board their
aircraft or fleet other than an ADS-B out transponder.
By complimenting the existing ground based ADS-B network, space based ADS-B will be able to provide a
more complete picture to the users on the ground. Moreover, aircraft are not required to have any
special equipment on board their aircraft or fleet other than an ADS-B out transponder.
RadarBox has coverage only in areas where a feeder volunteer has installed one of our ADS-B
receivers or shares data with their raspberry pi. However, with new feeders added every day, our
network is growing fast. To become a feeder, visit - www.radarbox24.com/addcoverage
Currently over 80% of European & US airspace is covered by ground stations. Asia, Africa and
Australia have seen significant growth during 2016-2018, with more feeder volunteers signing up and
feeding ADS-B data to RadarBox. Our target is to have over 80% of Asia, Africa and Australia
covered by ground receivers by the end of 2019.
- 1. ADS-B: ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast) contains flight information
on all flights being received by all AirNav RadarBox units being used all over the world,
where users have opted to share their received data.
- 2. ASDI: ASDI (Aircraft Situation Display to Industry) data comes from the FAA radar
systems and contains information on virtually all flights in the USA (including Alaska, Hawaii,
and Puerto Rico) and Canada.
- 3. Oceanic: Data from major trans-oceanic routes / position reports. Atlantic and Pacific
Oceans included. Other regions could also be displayed.
- 4. MLAT: Data from Multilateration calculations. Multilateration or MLAT is a navigation
technique based on the measurement of the difference in distance to three stations at known
locations by broadcast signals at known times.
- 5. CPDLC: Position reports coming from CPDLC - Controller–Pilot Data Link Communications
-, a method by which air traffic controllers can communicate with pilots over a datalink system.
The signals are relayed by satellites.
- 6. HFDL: Position reports coming from HFDL – High Frequency Data Link –, a method by
which air traffic controllers can communicate with pilots over a datalink system. Aircraft and
ground stations make use of high-frequency radio waves in order to communicate.
- 7. ESTI: Accurate Estimated flight position based on several criteria for when coverage
for a specific aircraft is lost. The criteria is extremely strict and based on flight parameters
and historical flight data.
- 8. Merged: Contains data from all our available feeds organized and prioritized by
relevance and accuracy.
At RadarBox, we know quite well from past experience that “one size doesn’t fit all”! Which is why
we’ve tailored our subscription accounts to best suit the needs of the different users who visit
Below, you’ll find a list of Subscription Accounts that we offer with a description of the type of
user it caters to. Further details can be found at - www.radarbox24.com/subscribe
||Basic flight information, limited features, time–outs and ads.
||Tailor made for aviation enthusiasts and plane spotters. Get access to our
premium mobile apps, filters and no time-outs.
||Ideal for pilots, ATC controllers & dispatchers. Weather layers, SkyVector, ATC
Boundaries & NavAids make this plan the professional's choice.
||Meant for businesses such as airports and airlines. Experience our exclusive
fleet tracker, access to RAW & historic flight data and much more.
||Feeders who feed data to RB24, get a complimentary business subscription for as long as
they feed data to the company.
RadarBox business accounts have been designed keeping in mind the requirements of FBO’s, aircraft
owners and aviation related businesses such as airlines and airports. Benefits include access to a
year of historical flight data, a fleet tracker, where owners & operators can track their fleet,
airport view that can assist FBO’s with inbound / outbound flight management and access to RAW
flight data. Business accounts also include the features of all other lower tier accounts.
Business users can additionally opt to hide their aircraft or fleet on our sites and apps, while
making their aircraft moments exclusively viewable to their account.
RadarBox offers a number of exclusive features to users who subscribe to the Spotter, Pilot and
Business accounts. Features for each account vary based on the account a user chooses, but the
follow 8 features are included by default for every paid account irrespective of the account the
- 1. No time-outs
- 2. Ad free experience
- 3. Full Flight Card view
- 4. Premium App access
- 5. View Historical Flight data
- 6. Access to 5 different map types
- 7. Store Discounts
- 8. Priority Customer Support
Subscription Accounts range from $2.45/month - $39.95/month, depending on the account a user chooses,
and can be purchased by following these 4 easy steps:
- i. Visit www.radarbox24.com/subscribe
- ii. Click on the “TRY NOW” option under the Account you wish to purchase.
- iii. Fill in the details requested on the account & payment page.
- iv. That’s it! Now log in to your account on the RadarBox.com website.
- v. We have a no questions asked refund policy during the 7 day trial period, if you are not
happy with your subscription.
Using the Website
How do I track flights?
- • To track a flight, users simply need to visit www.radarbox24.com
- • Then either search for a particular flight using the search option, or click on any aircraft
displayed on the map to obtain its flight details.
- • Users can view the route and heading of the aircraft on the map, while the flight card provides
the aircrafts flight data, such as altitude, speed etc.
- • The Customization Bar on the right side of the screen allows for users to choose the map they
like, filter flights and listen to live ATC Radio.
How does the filter option work?
- • The filter option can be found on the Customization Bar on the right side of the screen.
- • Using the filter option, users can filter by flight altitude, speed, data source and status.
- • Filters are applied by dragging or clicking the toggle button under the respective filter.
- • Once a filter is applied, the corresponding result will be displayed on the screen.
- • For example, if a user wants to only see flights that are flying above 30,000 feet, the user just
needs to drag the altitude button to 30,000 feet and the user will only see flights that are above
How can I search for a flight?
- • The search option (magnifying glass) can be found on the right side of the screen, next to the
- • All the user has to do is type in the name of the airline, flight number or airport / airport code
for the site to display the desired search result.
What is Fleet Tracker & Airport View?
- 1. Fleet Tracker allows airlines and aircraft fleet owners keep track of their aircraft fleet
via a dedicated tracking page. This feature is only available to users who sign up for a business
- 2. Airport View is a dedicated page that displays outbound, inbound and aircraft on the
ground for a single airport. This feature was primarily designed for airports, controllers & FBO’s.
What does the Flight Card display?
- • Flight Number, Registration & Logo – The aircraft’s flight number, registration number
airline logo is displayed.
- • Origin & Destination – The flight’s origin and destination airport is displayed.
- • Altitude, Latitude & Longitude – The altitude (feet), latitude & longitude is shown.
- • Ground and Vertical Speed – The ground speed is the horizontal speed of an aircraft
relative to the ground. The ground speed is indicated in knots. The vertical speed is also known as
the rate of climb and descent. It indicates the speed, in feet/minute, at which the aircraft is
climbing or descending.
- • Mode-S and Squawk - The squawk code is a 4 digit unique identifying code for ATC.
- • Data Source & Station - The data source displays the current source of the flight’s data,
whether it be ADS-B, Satellite, ASDI, MLAT etc. The Station shows the current feeder unit or station
that the data is being received from.
- • Route and Cockpit View - The route view singles out the selected aircraft on the map and
displays it’s current & planned route. The cockpit view gives the user a 3D simulated view similar
to what the pilot would see from the cockpit.
Why Feed Data to RadarBox?
When you choose to feed to RadarBox, you are not just increasing coverage in your geographic area, you
are also helping us “lighten up black spots in the sky”. The process is a breeze and we take care
of all shipping & customs costs. By sharing data you help:
- • Increase local & global coverage.
- • Help make skies around the world safer.
- • Be a part of a large ADS-B feeder community.
- • Help millions of people track family & friends when they fly.
To those who already share data with us, we want to thank you for helping make our skies safer. To those
mulling the idea, we urge you to join us. Your choice to share real-time data benefits millions across
the globe of people who use our service to track flights every day.
Become a Feeder
Firstly, congratulations on your decision to feed data to one of the largest flight tracking companies in
the world. And welcome to the global community of ADS-B feeders.
There are 3 ways you can feed ADS-B data to RadarBox.
- 1. Apply for and feed data via our X-Range ADS-B receiver.
- 2. Build your own receiver using a Raspberry Pi (running dump 1090).
- 3. Feed data via your computer using a software application called PlanePlotter.
Before we send you a receiver, you’ll need to make sure that you can fulfil the following
- a. Feeders should have satisfactory reception conditions with a 360 degree view of the sky.
- b. Feeders must be able to start feeding / sharing within 1 week from the date of delivery.
- c. Feeders / Sharers must be able to keep the receiver online 24/7.
- d. If the feeder can no longer host our equipment, RadarBox will arrange to ship the receiver back
to the company.
Listed below are some of the benefits you receive when you feed data to RadarBox.
It’s our way of saying thanks!
- • FREE Business Account on RadarBox.com.
- • Free Premium apps on iOS & Android.
- • Access to New Beta Features.
- • Up to 25% off on our store products.
- • 24x7 Priority customer support.
The Application Process
These processes are explained in brief below.
1. Apply for and feed data via our X-Range ADS-B receiver.
- • To apply for an X-Range receiver, fill out our application form found here -
- • After a quick review of your application, your receiver will be shipped out to you.
2. Build your own receiver ADS-B receiver using a Raspberry Pi.
- • To build your own receiver, simply follow the instructions found on these 2 links –
3. Feed data via your computer using PlanePlotter.
- • If you wish to feed data via plane plotter, you’ll need a generic USB DVB Dongle or an AirNav
FlightStick, which can be purchased here on Amazon or Ebay.
- • Purchasing the setup will set you back about $10 - $15, but bear in mind that once you start
feeding to RadarBox, you’ll be given a complimentary subscription of our Business account that
retails for $39.95/ month.
Once you have your setup all connected and ready. Follow the steps below to start sharing.
- i. Open the PlanePlotter application.
- ii. Click on Options, and click on Sharing, then click Setup.
- iii. Tick the Enable sharing to RadarBox box.
- iv. Change the Cycle Time to 20 seconds.
- v. Then click OK.
- vi. Click Options, then Sharing, then Enable (if it's not checked already).
- vii. Next click the green button on the upper left corner of the PlanePlotter application to
start feeding data.
- viii. Once you do that, send us an email with a screenshot and we’ll email your business account
details after verifying that your data is being received.
- ix. Email – [email protected]