About RadarBox24.com

Airspace Live - Pure ADS-B Flight Tracker

Introduction

RadarBox is a flight tracking company that displays aircraft & flight information in real-time on a map. Flight data such as latitude - longitude positions, origins and destinations, flight numbers, aircraft types, altitudes, headings and speeds Based in Tampa, Florida, with an R&D center in Lisbon, Portugal, RadarBox’s other business operations include providing related data to aviation service providers worldwide.

Along with Flight tracking, the website also displays arrival & departure information and historical flight data. Data is aggregated from 8 different sources such as satellite, ASDI, MLAT and ADS-B. A large network of volunteer feeders in all parts of the world, feed ADS-B data using ground receivers provided by RadarBox. As of April, 2018, the company has over 3,000 feeders who actively feed data to the site.

Our Story

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.

Coverage Map

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.

Data Sources

  • 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.

Accounts

Subscription Accounts

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 our site.

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

Account Name Monthly Fee Description
Basic Free Basic flight information, limited features, time–outs and ads.
Spotter $2.45 Tailor made for aviation enthusiasts and plane spotters. Get access to our premium mobile apps, filters and no time-outs.
Pilot $7.95 Ideal for pilots, ATC controllers & dispatchers. Weather layers, SkyVector, ATC Boundaries & NavAids make this plan the professional's choice.
Business $39.95 Meant for businesses such as airports and airlines. Experience our exclusive fleet tracker, access to RAW & historic flight data and much more.
Feeder FREE Feeders who feed data to RB24, get a complimentary business subscription for as long as they feed data to the company.

Business Accounts

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, the 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.

Why Subscribe?

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 user chooses.

Signing Up

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:

Using the Website

How do I track flights?

How does the filter option work?

How can I search for a flight?

What is Fleet Tracker & Airport View?

What does the Flight Card display?

Feeding Data

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:

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.

Before we send you a receiver, you’ll need to make sure that you can fulfil the following requirements.

Benefits

Listed below are some of the benefits you receive when you feed data to RadarBox.

It’s our way of saying thanks!

The Application Process

These processes are explained in brief below.

1. Apply for and feed data via our X-Range ADS-B receiver.

2. Build your own receiver ADS-B receiver using a Raspberry Pi.

3. Feed data via your computer using PlanePlotter.

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]

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