Map Help

The following info will help you navigate our new map interface based on the tar1090.

Search Box:

tar1090 has a universal search box that will find ICAO number, registration number, and aircraft type.


Click on the plus (+) sign to the right of the word filters to to expand the filters box, this allows you to filter by such things as altitude range, callsign, squawk, type, or type description.


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.

Military/Interesting (U2)

Tracks on for all Aircraft

Label ExtensiOns

Map Brightness


Isolate Selected Aircraft

Follow Plane (Map Moves)

Home/Reset Map


TracK Labels

Persistence Mode = Leaves planes on screen after signal lost.

Follow Random Plane

Top Left = Icons Size

+/- Lower Right = zoom in and out, you may also use your scroll wheel

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.

Gear Icon:

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

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.

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 like so:

If you want to clear the location you can use the following Parameter:

Range Rings can be turned on and off in the Map Layers Icon, there is no way to adjust the ranges displayed.

*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.

URL Settings:

There are a number of setting for tar1090 then can be changed by entering parameters into the URL:

Example:<Parameter1>&< Parameter2>&< Parameter3>

  • icao=A1B2C3 – Centers, Selects, and Isolates the selected plane
  • icaoFilter=hex1,hex2,hex3 – Displays only the listed planes
  • hideSidebar – hides sidebar
  • hideButtons – hides all buttons
  • tempTrails=<##> – Shows temporary trails for ## seconds of history
  • largeMode=<1-4> – Cycles Icons size
  • sidebarWidth=### – Size of Sidebar in pixels
  • mil – Military/Interesting
  • kiosk – Hides Ad, hides buttons, and sets planes to Size 2
  • zoom=<1-20> – Sets map zoom level.
  • lat=<XX.XXX>&lon=<XX.XXX> – Centers map at location.