Here’s a collection of great aviation websites that are useful for aviation professionals, enthusiasts, and the flying public as well. From intriguing images to up-to-date aviation news, aircraft tracking to useful information, I repeadedly use these sites. These website are listed here in no particular order.
Airliners.net is one of the biggest and most visited aviation sites on the internet. The community of users includes airline crew members, airline management, airplane fans, air travelers, aviation photographers, aircraft enthusiasts and avid airline fans. Airliners.net strives to be the international center of aviation online and continues to grow the site to include better features and more content via its online photo gallery, forums, aviation articles, aircraft data and aviation industry news. It has a great repository of high quality images which can suck you in after your first visit. As a semi-professional photographer, this site also serves as an inspiration to me. Here is my public profile and a few of my favourite images.
FlightAware.com is primarily geared for the live tracking of aircraft, however, as an air traffic controller I find it as a very convenient way of identifying aircraft types that may be unfamiliar. Here you can also track an aircraft’s flight history, the status of flights, view weather information, maps and approach charts, among other things.
PlaneTalkingLive.com offers up to date news on aviation, travel, motoring and lifestyle, views and features including military, airlines and aircraft updates.
The UK Civil Aviation Authority website is a great resource for aviation material. As a trainer, I frequently utilize their publications for material to include in my lectures. Their publications on Human Factors and Safety are of particular relevance during Air Traffic Control training.
The Civil Aviation Authority is the UK’s specialist aviation regulator, and through its skills and expertise it is recognised as a world leader in its field.
Thirth Thousand Feet
Thirty Thousand Feet is an aviation directory with thousands of links to web pages, aviation news, FAQs, newsgroups, and other sources of commercial, military, and general aviation information.
Flight Global is an international aviation news and jobs website. It covers air transportation, airlines, defence, safety, UAVs, helicopter, environment, business and general aviation, space, training, and aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul news. The is a very informative site and incorporates sections on videos, images, blog, forum, and even an online store.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s website is my source for US aviation news, speeches and fact-sheets. Here you can subscribe to receive email updates on new aviation postings when they become available.
The International Civil Aviation Organization is the world’s authority on aviation, so it follows that their website will always be a great resource. There is a large repository of documents available here for FREE downloading, as well as an online store for those not-so-free documents. Of particular importance to air traffic controllers, would be the aircraft type designators which can be found here through a searchable database. There are many other useful manuals, journals, statistics and directories available here.
EUROCONTROL, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation, has as its primary objective to develop a seamless, pan-European air traffic management (ATM) system that fully copes with the growth in air traffic, while maintaining a high level of safety, reducing costs and respecting the environment. EUROCONTROL has 38 Member States.
The International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA) is the worldwide organisation representing more than fifty thousand air traffic controllers in 137 countries. The website has a forum which is a meeting place for air traffic controllers to discuss matters of mutual interest to them.
What are your favorite aviation websites? PLEASE share!