WebTrak is a tool that enables the community to see where aircraft fly and explore historical trends and patterns. WebTrak is provided by Bruel & Kjaer.
WebTrak uses information from air traffic control secondary surveillance radars to display aircraft movements:
- within 50 kilometres of the airport
- up to 30 000 feet above mean sea level
Aircraft noise data is also displayed, collected daily from noise monitors strategically located around communities close to the airport.
WebTrak flight search and display
The flight search and display function allows you to view aircraft flight activity over metropolitan areas. You can also:
- locate your street address and have your home appear on the map
- see noise levels of individual aircraft
- view information about aircraft type, height, origin and destination
- display an aircraft’s flight path and point of closest approach to your home
- zoom in and out down to street level.
Note that there is a 40 minute delay on display of flights.
When you enter WebTrak you will arrive on the flight search and display screen. Select Help from the menu in the top left-hand corner for instructions.
To access a Text Only version of WebTrak, go to the Accessibility tab of the Help menu or access Text Only WebTrak directly.
Some aircraft are routinely excluded from WebTrak.
WebTrak historical and trend information
WebTrak provides an overview of where aircraft typically fly, providing an understanding of operations and patterns over time.. Common flight paths are shown as ‘swathes’. You can see how often a particular flight path is used on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis, by time of day or weekday/weekend.
You can also look at data from noise monitors over these periods.
This information will help you gain a better understanding of aircraft operations and noise in your area. It will also allow you to find out whether the aircraft operation is typical or not, which suburbs are overflown more frequently than others and the seasonal variations for flight paths.
Note: not currently available for Sunshine Coast.
How do I access this information?
There are two ways to access the historical trend information:
- go to the Quick Start Guide in the top left-hand corner of the screen, and click the “Historical” link. Download or view our Guide to accessing historical trend information for further instructions, or
- after double-clicking an aircraft on the flight search and display screen, select the blue information icon in the flight information box. This will display the aircraft’s track as well as the historical information
Do aircraft normally fly here?
‘Swathes’, depicted in green, show typical flight paths when the show flight paths box is selected. You can remove swathes you are not interested in by clicking twice on the ones you want to remove. You can get these back at any time by clicking on the light grey area.
Further information can also be found by clicking on the circle or selecting the tag box.
When will I notice aircraft the most?
‘Swathes’ can be tailored to reflect weekday or weekends and day, evening or night operations.
A specific time period of a month, quarter or year can also be selected using the slider at the bottom. Scroll this left and right to select the time period you are interested in.
Information is available on how many flights and what type of aircraft use flight paths by selecting the information symbol in the swathe information box.
You can also see the percentage of flights that use the flight path selected compared to other paths.
How loud are aircraft in my area?
Noise monitors are shown when the show noise monitors box is selected.
The figure that appears in the purple circle are the number of noise events over 70dB(A) for the period selected.
You can also find out more information on aircraft noise by hovering over the graph.