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SDIA WebTrak Flight-Tracking and Noise Information

Welcome to San Diego International Airport (SDIA) Internet Flight Tracking System using Brüel & Kjær’s WebTrak. WebTrak is a system that allows you to watch the movement of flights and air traffic patterns within the greater San Diego area. This flight tracking system 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.

  • Green aircraft icons represent departures from SDIA
  • Red aircraft icons represent arrivals to SDIA
  • Yellow aircraft icons represent aircraft operations to/from MYF and SDM
  • Blue aircraft icons represent military aircraft operations from NKX and NZY
  • Black aircraft icons represent aircraft operating to/from any other airports in the region, or that are transiting through the area and are not identified as flying to/from an airport

Currently the data can only be reviewed in Replay Mode. The data will typically be made available for the previous day. Live Mode will be forthcoming in the near future.

Flight and aircraft radar data originate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ASR-9 Radar system located on the MCAS Miramar property. SDIA’s Airport Noise Mitigation Department owns and operates a Passive Surveillance Radar (PASSUR) system that collects both the flight track and flight identification from the FAA’s ASR-9 Radar. That data is then downloaded and processed in the Department’s Airport Noise and Operations Monitoring System (ANOMS), whereupon it is uploaded for WebTrak usage.

If you are a first time user of this system, please take a few minutes to read the “Start Here,” “Legend,” and “Help” tabs in the upper left corner of the WebTrak site. These should assist you in understanding the full capabilities of WebTrak and how to use it.

Flight Information

Aircraft icons are not to scale and will change in size at different zoom levels. Airline and aircraft type information is encoded in 3 or 4 characters. For the FAA Aircraft Registry, and the list of airlines, aircraft type, and airport origin/destination abbreviations, click here.

Noise Complaint Information

WebTrak can be used for filing a noise complaint. Under the “Investigate” tab located in the upper left corner of WebTrak, you will see the “Show Complaint Form“ button. You will be required to fill in some mandatory information and then an email will be submitted to the Airport Noise Mitigation Department to review and respond back, as necessary.

Noise Readings on WebTrak

Noise readings shown on WebTrak at the numerous noise monitors in the vicinity of the airport are represented by the A-weighted sound pressure level reading. A-weighted decibels, abbreviated dBA, are an expression of the relative loudness of sounds in air as perceived by the human ear. These noise levels represent the actual sound level at that location at that moment in time, and may be the result of an aircraft flying over or near the noise monitor. These noise levels may also be attributed to community-based noise, such as vehicle traffic, lawnmowers, etc., or just the ambient noise at that location.

Computer Requirements

WebTrak is best viewed using a high-speed broadband Internet connection. A dial-up connection may also be used but loading the application and data will be much slower resulting in longer waiting periods, and it will not be possible to use high levels of acceleration when replaying flights.

WebTrak requires that Flash 9, or higher, be installed on your computer. Flash should automatically update to the correct version. If you have difficulties with Flash then you should refer to the Adobe product page for Flash 9. Your computer should meet the following minimum specifications:

  • Windows 98 or later, or Mac OS/X
  • 128MB of RAM (256MB recommended)
  • 500MHZ processor (1GHz recommended)

Internet Explorer 6+ or Firefox 2+ are recommended for Windows users, and Safari on the Mac. Other browsers may work but they have not been tested.

Reliability of Radar Information

The intended use of this Web site is to display the general location and flow of air traffic in the greater San Diego area. WebTrak information is not intended for navigational purposes or airline schedule information. While ANOMS processes a large quantity of radar data with a very high level of accuracy, in a small number of cases, flight plan and noise data may not be correlated correctly. You may also notice aircraft icons sometimes "dropping off" and/or suddenly doing unusual things. This is especially true in the area immediately around SDIA, but could also occur away from the airport as well. These "ghost" aircraft are due to radar and aircraft transponder reflections from the ground and high rise buildings around the airport, and possibly from terrain and meteorological conditions farther away from SDIA.

Liability Statement

This web page and the flight tracking information is a public resource of general information. The use of this site is for illustrative purposes only. The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority makes no warranty, representation of guarantee as to the content, sequence, accuracy, timeliness or completeness of any of the database information provided herein. The user of this site should not rely on the data provided herein for any reason. The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority explicitly disclaims any warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority shall assume no liability for:

  1. Any errors, omissions, or inaccuracies in the information provided regardless of how caused; or
  2. Any decision made or action taken or not taken by the user of this site in reliance upon any information or data furnished hereunder

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