Airport Noise Mitigation
SDIA WebTrak Flight-Tracking and Noise Information
Welcome to San Diego International Airport (SDIA) Internet Flight Tracking System
using Brüel & Kjær’s WebTrak. WebTrak is a system that allows you to watch the movement
of flights and air traffic patterns within the greater San Diego area. This flight
tracking system includes specific information about flights from San Diego International
(SAN), Montgomery Field (MYF), Brown Field (SDM), NAS North Island (NZY), and MCAS
Miramar (NKX) airports, as well as information on air traffic transiting through
the San Diego area. Information shown includes the aircraft’s type, altitude, origin/destination
airports, and flight identification.
- Green aircraft icons represent departures from SDIA
- Red aircraft icons represent arrivals to SDIA
- Yellow aircraft icons represent aircraft operations to/from MYF and SDM
- Blue aircraft icons represent military aircraft operations from NKX and NZY
- Black aircraft icons represent aircraft operating to/from any other
airports in the region, or that are transiting through the area and are not identified
as flying to/from an airport
Currently the data can only be reviewed in Replay Mode. The data will typically
be made available for the previous day. Live Mode will be forthcoming in the near
Flight and aircraft radar data originate from the Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) ASR-9 Radar system located on the MCAS Miramar property. SDIA’s Airport Noise
Mitigation Department owns and operates a Passive Surveillance Radar (PASSUR) system
that collects both the flight track and flight identification from the FAA’s ASR-9
Radar. That data is then downloaded and processed in the Department’s Airport Noise
and Operations Monitoring System (ANOMS), whereupon it is uploaded for WebTrak usage.
If you are a first time user of this system, please take a few minutes to read the
“Start Here,” “Legend,” and “Help” tabs in the upper left corner of the WebTrak
site. These should assist you in understanding the full capabilities of WebTrak
and how to use it.
Aircraft icons are not to scale and will change in size at different zoom levels.
Airline and aircraft type information is encoded in 3 or 4 characters. For the FAA
Aircraft Registry, and the list of airlines, aircraft type, and airport origin/destination
abbreviations, click here.
Noise Complaint Information
WebTrak can be used for filing a noise complaint. Under the “Investigate” tab located
in the upper left corner of WebTrak, you will see the “Show Complaint Form“ button.
You will be required to fill in some mandatory information and then an email will
be submitted to the Airport Noise Mitigation Department to review and respond back,
Noise Readings on WebTrak
Noise readings shown on WebTrak at the numerous noise monitors in the vicinity of
the airport are represented by the A-weighted sound pressure level reading. A-weighted
decibels, abbreviated dBA, are an expression of the relative loudness of sounds
in air as perceived by the human ear. These noise levels represent the actual sound
level at that location at that moment in time, and may be the result of an aircraft
flying over or near the noise monitor. These noise levels may also be attributed
to community-based noise, such as vehicle traffic, lawnmowers, etc., or just the
ambient noise at that location.
WebTrak is best viewed using a high-speed broadband Internet connection. A dial-up
connection may also be used but loading the application and data will be much slower
resulting in longer waiting periods, and it will not be possible to use high levels
of acceleration when replaying flights.
WebTrak requires that Flash 9, or higher, be installed on your computer. Flash should
automatically update to the correct version. If you have difficulties with Flash
then you should refer to the Adobe product page for Flash 9. Your computer should
meet the following minimum specifications:
- Windows 98 or later, or Mac OS/X
- 128MB of RAM (256MB recommended)
- 500MHZ processor (1GHz recommended)
Internet Explorer 6+ or Firefox 2+ are recommended for Windows users, and Safari
on the Mac. Other browsers may work but they have not been tested.
Reliability of Radar Information
The intended use of this Web site is to display the general location and flow of
air traffic in the greater San Diego area. WebTrak information is not intended for
navigational purposes or airline schedule information. While ANOMS processes a large
quantity of radar data with a very high level of accuracy, in a small number of
cases, flight plan and noise data may not be correlated correctly. You may also
notice aircraft icons sometimes "dropping off" and/or suddenly doing unusual things.
This is especially true in the area immediately around SDIA, but could also occur
away from the airport as well. These "ghost" aircraft are due to radar and aircraft
transponder reflections from the ground and high rise buildings around the airport,
and possibly from terrain and meteorological conditions farther away from SDIA.
This web page and the flight tracking information is a public resource of general
information. The use of this site is for illustrative purposes only. The San Diego
County Regional Airport Authority makes no warranty, representation of guarantee
as to the content, sequence, accuracy, timeliness or completeness of any of the
database information provided herein. The user of this site should not rely on the
data provided herein for any reason. The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority
explicitly disclaims any warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular
purpose. The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority shall assume no liability
- Any errors, omissions, or inaccuracies in the information provided regardless of
how caused; or
- Any decision made or action taken or not taken by the user of this site in reliance
upon any information or data furnished hereunder