GIJN’s updated guide to planespotting and flight tracking


In 2019, GIJN first launched its guide to planespotting and flight tracking around the world. In the wake of the 2022 invasion of Ukraine, which led to a great migration of Russian oligarchs and their assets, as well as Elon Musk’s efforts to block bots from tracking planes in real time on Twitter, we’ve now updated the reporting guide to account for these recent developments.

Tracking airplanes is an invaluable investigative tool.

Investigative journalists have used information about airplanes to uncover corruption, follow wars, track government officials, and point out the levels of greenhouse gases emitted.

All aircraft have unique identifying numbers that can be used to track their flights and to identify their owners. Well, sometimes.

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