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Type Private
Founded 2005, Houston, Texas[1]
Headquarters Houston, Texas
Key people Daniel Baker, CEO[2]
Karl Lehenbauer, CTO[2]
David McNett, CIO[2]
Industry Aviation
Website flightaware.com
Greenway Plaza has the headquarters of FlightAware

FlightAware is an aviation software and data services company. Based in Houston, Texas, it is best known for the flightaware.com web site, the first to offer free flight tracking of both private and commercial aircraft in the United States. FlightAware also provides online flight planning as well as aviation news and photos.

FlightAware primarily provides services and data to aircraft and airport operators as well as other aviation organizations to assist in their operations.[3]

The company has its head office on the 11th floor of Eight Greenway Plaza in Houston, Texas and another office on the 22nd floor of 500 Fifth Avenue in New York, NY.[4]


Web site


The FlightAware.com web site provides free flight tracking of private and commercial flights as well as airport activity, flight and airport maps with weather, aviation statistics, flight planning and instrument flight rules procedures for airports in the United States.[3][5][6] In addition, the site includes pilot services such as aviation news, photos, and an aviation discussion forum.

According to the company it serves over 100 million flight tracking pages to over two million users a month as of August 2009.[7][8]

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Example of a FlightAware flight tracking page

Live Flight Tracking

FlightAware has real-time information for most instrument flight rules flights in the United States, Canada, and parts of Europe. The web site allows users to search, organize, and view the information in many different ways. This information is particularly useful to airport operators and aircraft operators such as small airlines, charter companies, and pilots.[citation needed]

Users can enter an airport (by airport code or name) and see:

  • A list of all aircraft inbound, outbound, or scheduled to be inbound/outbound
  • A map of the area with radar weather overlay
  • A graph of operations at that airport
  • Links to airport information

Users can also search by airline flight number or the aircraft's registration if it is a non-commercial flight, or select a flight from an airport's status page. Information provided includes:

  • Proposed departure and arrival times
  • Actual departure and arrival times
  • Proposed and actual altitude
  • Proposed and actual airspeed
  • Four month history of that flight or aircraft
  • Time elapsed and time remaining
  • Filed Route

A link is also provided that lists, minute by minute, the latitude and longitude, ground speed, and altitude at that moment.[citation needed]

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Example of a chart available for download


Users are given the chance to register with the site for free, which adds features and functionality as well as the ability to participate in community features such as photos. FlightAware reports 400,000 registered users.[8]

Pilot Resources

The web site also includes many aviation and pilot resources such as a page for every airport with location, runway information, airport utilization, and other information published by the FAA. FlightAware allows users to contribute additions and changes to a list of airport businesses (such as airport fuel facilities, flight schools, restaurants, etc).[citation needed]

Users can also download airport diagrams and IFR procedures called "approach plates" or "charts."

Media attention

FlightAware is regarded by the media as an authority on aviation and breaking news stories; the company has been referenced, featured, or mentioned in the New York Times, Bloomberg, USA Today, CNN, Fox News Channel, Associated Press, Houston Chronicle, San Diego Union-Tribune, Tampa Tribune, ESPN The Magazine, Washington Post, Boston Globe, as well as many local newspapers and television news affiliates.[9][10]


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