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Plane Finder works by picking up ADS-B plane feeds used by commercial and private planes to transmit their name, position, callsign, status and lots more.
ADS-B (Automatic Dependant Surveillance Broadcast System) is a technology used for aircraft surveillance. Currently, air traffic control relies on the use of ground based radar systems. ADS-B will change this to a satellite based tracking system eradicating known issues and unreliability’s with standard radar tracking.
ADS-B greatly enhances the safety of air travel by providing not only air traffic control with real time, consistent and visible position updates but also other aircraft equipped with ADS-B. This will enable aircraft to effectively ‘see’ each other during flight. Currently being rolled out worldwide, ADS-B is part of the Next Generation Air Transportation System also called “NextGen”.