Flight Tracker is a flight tracking system that allows you to watch the movement of flights and air traffic patterns within the greater San Diego area. There are other vendors that provide online flight tracking programs, however all programs receive the same FAA data feed. Flight Tracker includes specific information about flights from San Diego International (SAN), Montgomery Field (MYF), Brown Field (SDM), NAS North Island (NZY), and MCAS Miramar (NKX) airports, as well as information on air traffic transiting through the San Diego area. Information shown includes the aircraft’s type, altitude, origin/destination airports, and flight identification. This system allows residents to review specific aircraft that created a noise concern and lodge a complaint to the Airport Noise Mitigation Office directly from Flight Tracker.
Flight operations have a 15-minute delay. All data is post processed by the vendor within 24-hours to incorporate the additional data sources that ensure the track is accurately displayed and complete. This may result in a track either not appearing online or changing after 24-hours. Additional data sources described above include the terminal area radar or airport surveillance radar (ASR) data, which is used by FAA air traffic control to sequence aircraft in and out of SAN. ASR data is the most accurate flight track data for displaying tracks in the communities surrounding SAN. To provide additional accuracy there are additional FAA data sources such as surface movement event services (SMES) and ground radar data and traffic flow management system (TFMS).
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