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The tracking map on has a universal search box that will find ICAO number, registration number, and aircraft type.

Airplanes.Live ADS-B MLAT map filters


Click on Filters in the right sidebar to switch to the filtering tab. This allows you to filter by details such as altitude range, callsign, squawk, type, or type description.

  • . is a placeholder for an arbitrary character
  • Multiple patterns can be combined using |
  • Don't add any spaces, filtering won't work.
Examples for filtering type description:
  • Helicopters: H..
  • Landplanes with 2 jet engines: L2J
  • Landplanes with any number of piston engines: L.P
  • Helicopters any number of turbine engines : H.T
  • All turboprop powered things, including turbine helicopters: ..T
  • Everything with 4 engines: .4.
  • Everything with 2 3 and 4 engines: .2.|.3.|.4.
Examples for filtering by ICAO type code:
  • B737 family: B73.
  • A320 family: A32.
  • B737-900 and B737 Max 9: B739|B39M
  • 737 family including max: B73.|B3.M
  • B737 / A320 families: B73.|B3.M|A32.|A2.N
  • Exclude a certain type: ^(?!A320)
  • Exclude multiple patterns: ^(?!(A32.|B73.))
Lookup page for ICAO type codes:

Airplanes.Live ADS-B MLAT map buttons


There are a number of buttons each containing a letter to turn on and off specific features, all of these buttons can be clicked with a mouse or just press the letter on your keyboard. +/- Lower Right = zoom in and out, you may also use your scroll wheel

  • U - Military/Interesting
  • T - Tracks on for all aircraft
  • O - Label extensions
  • B - Map brightness
  • M - Muliselect
  • I - Isolate selected aircraft
  • F - Follow plane (map moves)
  • H - Home/Reset map
  • L - Labels
  • K - Track labels
  • P - Persistence mode (leave planes on screen after signal lost)
  • R - Follow random plane
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Map Layers Icon

Choose from a wide range of Maps, Charts, and overlays such as weather to display aircraft on. This is also where you turn on your location dot and range rings.

Airplanes.Live ADS-B MLAT gear icon

Gear Icon

A number of Display options can be set here including Units of measure displayed.

Airplanes.Live ADS-B MLAT map filters

Aircraft List

You may click select an aircraft on the list just as you would click on it on the map Note: The list is limited to about 100 aircraft so you may not see a plane you are looking at if you are zoomed out, click on it zoom in until there are less planes on the map and it will be listed.

Airplane Colors

Planes are colored in a gradient of orange to purple then red that give a visual representation of the aircraft’s altitude. Gray aircraft are on the ground and their ADS-B transponder is transmitting in ground mode.

Estimated Last Leg

Shift + L toggle estimated last leg vs full trace.

Hide Buttons

If you would like to temporarily hide all the navigation buttons for a cleaner interface you may do so temporarily by hitting Shift + S key.

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Location & Range Rings

The map will attempt to detect your location automatically as long as you allow your browser to do provide the info, if you want a more precise locations, or a different location then where you currently are you can set it with a URL parameter. This position is only present for this visit, so bookmark that URL and use it. Range Rings can be turned on and off in the Map Layers Icon, there is no way to adjust the ranges displayed.

KSAN Range Rings

Mobile Version Notes

The mobile version of the tar1090 has some layout changes to make it usable on smaller screens, also you will find it helpful to use the increase Icon size button to make it easier to work with. The Mobile version also has a cap of displaying only 100 planes, this may present situations where you are zoomed out and only see lower flying aircraft because it loads from low to high. Zoom into an area for all aircraft to be seen.

How to use URL Parameters

There are a number of setting for that can be changed by URL parameters.

Common URL Parameters

Render Customization Parameters


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KSAN Heatmap

Maximum number of dots to draw is the number after heatmap. Be patient with your browser. Using heatManualRedraw is encouraged to make it easier to move around. Scroll to desired geographic area, then add the heatmap parameters to the URL. On powerful PCs, you can draw as many as 2 million dots. Optional arguments that can be added to the URL:

  • duration in hours that shall be displayed: &heatDuration=48 (default: 24)
  • set the end of the duration 48 hours into the past: &heatEnd=48 (default:0)
  • radius of the dots: &heatRadius=2
  • opacity of the dots: &heatAlpha=2
  • only redraw the dots when pressing R on the keyboard: &heatManualRedraw

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