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I need help tracking my cousin while he is flying without flight plan

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Hey, How do you track my cousin while he is flying with out flight plan? Please write back.

Thanks, Justin Jackson

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  1. James MacGregor CFI on Apr 27, 2011

     I can be a little off sometimes, if the line just stops dont go into a panic lol when they loose radar coverage on you or your cancel flight following you wont be able to see the flight anymore.

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  2. Kent Shook on Apr 28, 2011

    If he’s not on an IFR flight plan and not receiving VFR traffic advisories, you won’t see him on FlightAware or any of the other flight tracking sites, because even the FAA doesn’t know where he is…

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  3. Matej Dostal on Apr 28, 2011

    Give your cousin a GPS tracker, or something like this http://international.findmespot.com/

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  4. Justin Ray Jackson on Apr 30, 2011

    so do you know any website for VFR traffic advisory?

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  5. Kent Shook on Apr 30, 2011

    If he’s receiving VFR traffic advisories, you *may* be able to see him on FlightAware – You’ll need to know the tail number of the plane he’s flying, and either punch that into the “Tail #” field on FlightAware or go to http://www.flightaware.com/live/flight/N12345 and replace the N12345 with the tail number of the plane he’s flying.
    However, this is kind of hit-or-miss – Sometimes, controllers don’t enter the flight’s information into the main FAA computers, in which case he may not show up on FlightAware. For reliable tracking, the Spot messenger suggestion is a good one. Otherwise, FlightAware is about as good as it gets.

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