PlanePlotter mobile requires an Android device running Android 4+. Supported variants include:
Older and more basic devices may struggle to provide a smooth experience when large numbers of planes are visible. Click here for performance tips to enhance your experience.
To enable installation of PlanePlotter mobile:
The application may now be downloaded.
The application may now be accessed through your device's application menu, entitled PPm.
Upon launching PlanePlotter mobile for the first time, you will be presented with a licence agreement.
After reading and accepting the agreement, you will be prompted to purchase a Registration Number corresponding to your installation's Serial Number.
Once purchased, you will receive your Registration Number and Authentication Code via email.
On your Android device, the simpler way to complete registration is to click the hyperlink in your registration confirmation email. When prompted, select to open the link in PPm.
Alternatively, you may manually enter your Registration Number and Authentication Code into the relevant boxes and select Login.
PlanePlotter mobile should now display the Map View, centered on Heathrow Airport, London, UK.
PPm requires the following App Permissions:
PPm is sold on a per-device basis. To obtain a unique identifier for the handset, PPm requires READ_PHONE_STATE permission, which Android reports as "Permission to make phonecalls." PPm does not make or receive phonecalls, and only uses this permission to read the Android OS build serial.
To grant permissions:
If sufficient aircraft messages are received by multiple users, PlanePlotter can determine the position of aircraft that are not transmitting position reports but are transmitting Mode-S messages – these include some military and private aircraft. The position of unknown aircraft may be determined by "multilateration", or Mlat. Only Master Users (MUs) of PlanePlotter can initiate Mlat requests. This is a premium feature, but a 21-day free trial is available.
Your MU licence covers both PlanePlotter and PlanePlotter mobile, but requires enabling by COAA – see below.
Are you an existing PlanePlotter Master User (MU)? If you registered your MU and PPm licences with the same email address, you will see Mlat aircraft within 30 minutes of starting PPm.
If not, simply email COAA with your:
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