FlightAware and helicopters

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QDP2012

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Does FlightAware track helicopters?

Even though it seems to track only planes, I thought I would ask here to make sure.

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Does FlightAware track helicopters?

Even though it seems to track only planes, I thought I would ask here to make sure.

Thanks,
Yes, but only if they've filed a flight plan. Same is true for fixed wing a/c.

Here is one of the University of Michigan's Survival Flight helicopters and one of Grand Rapids Spectrum Health Aero Med helicopters for example:
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Is there a flight tracking service that tracks helicopters which have not filed a flight plan? ...like medical helicopters, etc.

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Is there a flight tracking service that tracks helicopters which have not filed a flight plan? ...like medical helicopters, etc.

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Flightradar24.com tracks pretty much any aircraft with a supported transponder regardless of flight plan. That's what I use.
 

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webtrak.bksv.com for my area (Sacramento, CA) tracks in my opinion a whole lot more than any of the other flight radars online. It's intended use is for noise complaints.
 
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I use virtual radar and most helicopters do not transmit location data via ADS-B. I've often wondered why it is not required for aeromedical flights to do so at least.
 

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...I've often wondered why it is not required for aeromedical flights to do so at least.
Apparently, helicopters that fly "Line Patrol" duty along power-lines don't file flight plans either, which seems like a security-risk.

I saw N828HA flying in Albemarle, but the link to FlightAware seems to show the last flight plan filed was in 2013.
 
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