WebTrak

WebTrak is an innovative technology that enables you to see air traffic in the vicinity of East Midlands Airport. We are the first airport in Europe to make this facility widely available, enabling you to see the general location and flow of flights.

The data you’ll see displayed is taken from the NATS radar. However, it has been processed for public display and it is intended to show only the general location and flow of flights.

Please note:
The information shown by WebTrak should not be used or relied upon for any other purpose including navigation or schedule information.

What can I expect to see?
WebTrak enables you to see all aircraft operations in the vicinity of East Midlands Airport with the exception of aircraft above 15,000 feet (which is the limit of our radar recording) as well as some light aircraft.

WebTrak also provides detailed information about aircraft that have landed or taken off from East Midlands. This includes the aircraft track, altitude, airline and aircraft type. Flight information is updated daily and is displayed 24 hours behind real time. Flights which are not arriving or departing the airport are distinguished by a simple triangular icon.

As security is extremely important, we may on occasions, remove aircraft from the display.

Getting started

Launch WebTrak

Simply click on the graphic above to launch WebTrak. We’ve included some useful instructions below to help you.

WebTrak is best viewed using broadband. Although a dial-up connection can still be used, you’ll wait longer for the data to load.

WebTrak works with browsers and operating systems that fully support Adobe SVG viewer 3.0, including:

  • Internet Explorer 5.0 and greater
  • Netscape 6 and 7. Adobe does not officially support these platforms with Adobe SVG 3.0.
  • Opera (Windows). The plug in requires manual installation and Java must be turned off. Find out more > 
  • Firefox. Read instructions for using WebTrak with Firefox. Firefox 1.5 native SVG support will not work with WebTrak. You need to turn off native support and install the Adobe plug-in.

Other browsers may work with WebTrak, but have yet to be tested. Please use your vendor support service for instructions on how to enable SVG to work with your browser.

Get further technical help >

Questions?
If you have any questions or feedback about WebTrak, or if you wish to make a comment about aircraft operations at East Midlands Airport, please use our feedback form.

Technical Terms Explained
Aircraft Tracks – the route an aircraft took after departing or before arriving at the airport.

Altitudes – the height of an aircraft in feet measured above mean sea level.

Airline - the airline information that is displayed is encoded in 3 or 4 characters. See a list of airline abbreviations.

Aircraft type - the aircraft type that is displayed is encoded in 3 or 4 characters. See a list of aircraft type abbreviations.

Frequently Asked Questions

What information will I see?
Information on arriving or departing traffic at East Midlands Airport will include the airline and aircraft type, its altitude and track. Other aircraft operating within the airport’s airspace will also be displayed but without such detailed information.

Where do you get the data?
The data is taken from the NATS radar.

Can you provide information on aircraft that didn’t land at or depart from East Midlands?
No. WebTrak can only indicate the presence and altitude of other aircraft by a simple icon.

How up-to-date is the information?
WebTrak can’t be viewed in ‘real time’. For security, there is a 24-hour delay.

What do the airline and aircraft characters mean?
Airline and aircraft type information is encoded in 3 or 4 characters.

See a list of airline abbreviations

See a list of aircraft type abbreviations

I have a question about a specific aircraft – who do I contact?
Please use our feedback form to send us your comments.

I have noticed that webTrak shows some aircraft are operating at an altitude of 0 feet, surely this can’t be correct?
The altitudes shown by webTrak are transmitted by the aircraft. Sometimes some aircraft do not transmit altitude information, so when this happens webTrak simply displays the altitude as 0.

Why do some aircraft appear to fly so much lower than others?
It is quite normal for aircraft to operate at a range of altitudes. Aircraft vary in size and larger aircraft often appear to be operating lower than others. WebTrak will give a very good idea of how high aircraft are in any particular area. Take a look at our typical flight routings (PDF) to see where aircraft tend to concentrate and get an idea of their usual altitudes.

I have noticed that some aircraft occasionally appear or disappear on the WebTrack display. Why is this?
WebTrak shows aircraft flying below 15,000 feet. As a result, the display will first show aircraft when they descend below this altitude. This can happen anywhere on the display and so some aircraft can suddenly ‘appear’ from nowhere. This is quite normal. Where aircraft are climbing, WebTrak will no longer display their track once they climb above 15,000 feet.

How do I know if the aircraft that I have seen was on the right flight path and flying at the correct height?
The airport’s air traffic controllers are in close contact with all aircraft to and from East Midlands Airport. All aircraft comply with our procedures and instructions, as well as the requirements of the Civil Aviation Authority.

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