Flightradar24 uses real-time transponder data to track more than 160,000 commercial flights per day. Their 3D visualizations use satellite imagery and terrain on a Cesium globe to give 360 degree views of aircraft in flight with information on speed, heading, destination, and arrival time.

Select an aircraft on the Flightradar24 map and click the 3D button under the thumbnail to see a bird’s eye view of the flight.

Launched by two Swedish aeronautics enthusiasts in 2006, Flightradar24’s network of more than 8,000 volunteers collects GPS and other aircraft navigation data broadcasted via automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) or multilateration (MLAT) transponders. Read more about how the network works. Flightradar24 has nearly 100 percent coverage of the United States and Europe and is growing its global footprint.

Interested in expanding Flightradar24’s coverage by hosting a receiver? Apply on their site. Want to learn more about asset tracking or 3D implementations of Mapbox? Email me irwin@mapbox.com.