Uncover the mysteries of live air traffic in one beautiful and easy to use app. Is it a bird? Is it a plane?! If it’s the latter, Plane Finder can tell you exactly which plane it is.
Plane Finder is incredibly easy to use and utterly fascinating. It enables you to see live air traffic patterns with real-time tracking of almost any plane you’re interested in, and in addition to the aircraft’s location you can see its current altitude, its speed and where it’s heading.
Get live information on flights - super handy when travelling. You can even be alerted when a particular flight is heading your way, which is useful if you’re trying to catch sight of rare birds such as the Airbus A380.
Switch to incredible 3D flight tracking anytime from any aircraft, airport or location on the map seamlessly to view air traffic as never before.
There’s a superb augmented-reality option that enables you to point your camera at the sky and see details of the aircraft that’s overhead, and with full support for iOS’s Dark Mode it’s just as handy for night flights as it is for daytime ones.
It’s all great fun, but it’s also very practical: in addition to flight tracking there’s extensive airport information, which supplements live arrival and departures with live weather reports for hundreds of airports.
Enjoy Plane Finder’s leading edge design as featured in Apple’s “The Power of Dark Mode” and “See it in Dark Mode” Collections 2019.
Apple’s App of The Day – Jan 2020 and Top ranking since 2009. Plane Finder is also featured in Gizmodo, CNN, GMA, BBC, Sunday Times, Mail on Sunday, CNET, Wired, GQ Magazine to name a few.
Trusted by friends and families of travellers, enthusiasts, pilots, cabin crew and aviation professionals alike. Choose Plane Finder for:
• Live Global Flight Tracking
Quickly find and track flights live on a map and explore live status information
• Switch to 3D Tracking Anytime
Flip instantly to 3D from any aircraft, airport or location on the map
• Live AR Mode
Point your camera at a plane in the sky to instantly reveal live flight and aircraft information
• Live Airport Information
View real time airport arrival and departure boards plus terminal, gate, baggage and weather information
• Comprehensive Technical Data
Dig deeper into technical aircraft and flight data
• Unlimited Custom Alerts
Never miss a flight, create as many custom notifications as you like and stay informed
• Unlimited Global Playback
Replay interesting flights and watch fascinating air traffic patterns back to 2011
• Unlimited Filters
Simplify your view with powerful filters
• Custom Aircraft Labels
Choose the position, color and content of aircraft labels inc. logo with text label
• Leading Edge Dark Mode
Adopt dark mode, a bold interface perfect for low light
• Curated Map Styles
Switch seamlessly between simple, detailed, hybrid and satellite maps
Help and Support
Plane Finder is regularly updated with innovative new features. Please email email@example.com with any questions or queries, we are happy to help.
How does Plane Finder work?
Plane Finder receives real time ADS-B and MLAT signals sent by aircraft to transmit their positional data to land based receivers. This technology is faster than traditional radar and is used for air traffic control and navigation. You can check our worldwide flight tracking coverage for free at www.planefinder.net
The use of the information presented using Plane Finder is strictly limited to pursuing enthusiast activities (i.e. for entertainment purposes), which specifically exclude any activities that might endanger yourself or the lives of others. Under no circumstances will the developer of this application be held responsible for incidents resulting from the use of the data or its interpretation or its use contrary to this agreement.
November 2023 - Ready. Set. Action: Identify aircraft overhead faster than ever with new AR Mode Action Button Support.
Shortcut Support: We've added multiple Plane Finder Shortcuts to give you more ways to explore the skies.
"Siri, What's Overhead in Plane Finder?" New Siri Shortcuts let you control Plane Finder with your voice.
Widgets: Add the Plane Finder widget to your Homescreen to quickly access Search and more!
Thank you for supporting Plane Finder, we regularly release updates to bring you the best live tracking experience and are already working on the next set of features!
This builds upon our recent updates that include:
November 2023 - Flight Playback Improvements: Replay any flight with greater control using our updated interface. Swipe up on any flight playback to reveal a new speed, altitude and squawk graph. Increase the quality of your flight playback videos with new full screen mode.
September 2023 - Airport Disruptions Update: New Explore tab - Discover which airports are currently experiencing the most delays and cancellations.
July 2023 - The Markers Update: Will you stick with classic yellow or jump to new white aircraft markers?
March 2023 - The Filters Update: Mix and match new filter types like military, aircraft families, squawk ranges and registration. Choose traditional filtering or NEW highlight option
February 2023 - The Enhanced Playback Update: Rewinding the skies just got better with Airline logos, 3D liveries and Focus Mode compatibility
July 2022 - The AR Update: Enjoy lightning fast load times, improved accuracy and a modern gesture based interface.
June 2022 - New Aircraft Markers: 20+ new markers including F16, Spitfire and C17.
March 2022 - The Map Focus Update: 6 map toggles including Military and Cargo to quickly highlight aircraft you're interested in
February 2022 - The Explore Update: Trending Flights, Recent Squawks and Notable Events at a glance
November 2021 - The Airport Update: Airport Performance data, Airport Weather trends and Daylight Times
August 2021 - The 3D Aircraft Liveries Update: Detailed aircraft liveries: Over 100 popular aircraft liveries recreated to enhance your 3D experience
June 2021 - The Search Update: Find More, with Less: Get more relevant results, simply type into the search box and we’ll find them
April 2021 – The Calendar Timeline Update: Easily navigate our extensive collection of historic and future flights
March 2021 - The Single Flight Playback Update: Play, Pause and Rewind any past flight including 3D
December 2020 - The Quick Filters & iPad UI Update: Simplify your view with Ground Traffic, Marker Type and Airport filters
October 2020 - The Aircraft Labels Update: Choose the position, colour and content of aircraft labels with powerful new label settings
August 2020 - The 3D Update: Flip instantly to 3D from any aircraft, airport or location on the map
May 2020 - The Watch Update: Add the power of Plane Finder to your wrist with our free Apple Watch App
April 2020 - The Weather Update: Experience the impact of weather on air traffic and airports worldwide
Ratings and Reviews
Where is that plane going? The answer in your hand.
Have you ever looked up to see an airplane and wondered where it came from and where it's going? I do it all the time and just did it while writing this review. Fortunately, because of my Plane Finder app I didn't have to wonder for long. The answers, along with alot of other detailed information, were at my fingertips.
As a retired airline pilot you could say I'm somewhat of an aviation enthusiast. I'm not going to repeat all the features that are listed in the description of Plane Finder. What I will say is each and every one of these features works brilliantly. This is simply a fantastic app.
As a side note, one thing that often makes or breaks an app is the customer support. In addition to the quality of the app, the customer support is superb. No matter your question or comment you will receive a timely response.
I have read some comments regarding having to pay a subscription for the app. I questioned it myself at first but then thought about it. Here I was with an electronic device that costs several hundreds of dollars questioning the value of an app that I enjoy immensely for only a few pennies a day. Is that whacked or what? Bottom line-forget about it. The price is well worth it and then some. You can't go wrong.
My Very Favorite App
As a child and later enlisting in the U.S. Air Force, I’ve always had a fascination for airplanes. Though I’m not a pilot myself, I’ve often just driven to the airport to watch the planes take off and land and wondered where the planes are coming from and where they’re headed. In recent years I bought a home with a rooftop deck and a panoramic view. I now see 4 airports from my vantage point and see countless craft in the skies every day. A few months ago I discovered “Plane Finder” and knowing what the planes (and helicopters) are, their livery, origin, destination, speed and altitude, has been fascinating, informative and truly enjoyable. About 3 months ago I decided to eliminate the ads and became a subscriber (along with my partner). I am SO glad I did! I am now able to see where any given craft has been previously, how many passengers it can hold, and much more. I’m learning more about the speed, altitude, and navigation styles each has. It has become a wonderful and fascinating pass time. Thanks, Plane Finder!
Developer Response ,
Thank you so much for your review, sounds like you have a great spot there we are jealous! Happy we can help in a small way with your love of aviation.
Misleading/Pro account unmanageable
It worked. But only once. When I returned to the app, clicked the icon, I was taken back to the beginning of the purchasing process. The app then freezes. I waited 30 minutes with a frozen screen before I completely exited the app and tried again. The third, fourth and even a fifth attempt to use the app again went just as the second attempt - frozen screen, no way to access the app or my account. A few moments ago I cancelled my subscription through a series of random, frustratingly pushed option buttons and icons. Now I don’t trust I won’t be charged for attempting to buy the Pro version and then cancelling my subscription after being subscribed for only an hour of the two week free trial period because the entire purchasing process seems fatally flawed. Trying to use this app has been extremely frustrating and definitely disappointing.
Developer Response ,
Hi please could you email us via the app by tapping MoreMore->Contact Support or via firstname.lastname@example.org we can then help you check that all of your settings are how you would like them to be. I'm not sure what happened for you during the trial process but we would like the opportunity to help you.
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- 163.9 MB
- Requires iOS 15.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 15.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 15.0 or later.
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- In-App Purchases
- Plane Finder Premium - Monthly $3.49
- Plane Finder Premium - Annual $19.99
- Legacy Users $19.99