What is this?

JetTip is a curated flight notification service for aviation enthusiasts; our exclusive automatic AvGeek alerts are available by text or email, and our filterable arrival/departure boards make spotting a breeze. Fully configurable in less than two minutes, our service tracks flights of interesting and unusual aircraft at major US and Canadian airports.

Is this an app?

JetTip is a website or "web app" - it can be used on any computer, phone, or tablet with the internet. Alerts are sent by text or email.

Can I get alerts for multiple airports?

Yes, subscribers get unlimited text/email alerts from up to five airports, and you can easily change and manage them when traveling. The arrival/departure boards are available to all users for all airports at all times.

Can I setup alerts for specific aircraft?

No; you can configure timing for when you get high or low priority alerts by text or email (or opt out of them entirely), but the idea here is for us to keep track of the interesting stuff for you.

What about glitches?

We hate them as much as you do! As with any data provided by humans, information coming from our data providers is subject to error - we do our best to filter out the repetitive issues and prevent the one-off's, but, a few will get through from time to time. If there's an issue we need to know about, please send us an email and we'll work to get it corrected.

What about diversions?

If it's an unusual aircraft for your airport (an airline + type that doesn't usually visit, for instance), we'll alert you, and we generally do a better job than the other apps.

How does it work?

JetTip tracks flights coming and going to an airport and compares them to past data to see if they might be interesting to an aviation enthusiast. The airline, aircraft type, livery (how the aircraft is painted), and other factors are considered for each flight – for example, a Delta 737 at MSP (a large Delta hub) isn’t noteworthy, but, a chartered KaiserAir 737 (which visit infrequently) would be.

When an interesting flight is found, an alert is sent via text or email to JetTip subscribers. High priority alerts are issued for aircraft on their first and second visits in a 30 day window; low priority alerts are issued for the next three.

What about special liveries?

JetTip has a database with thousands of interesting aircraft, including special and commemorative liveries, large private jets, war birds, tankers, testbeds, and so on. Chances are, if an aircraft is publicly trackable, and is on its way to your airport, JetTip will let you know about it.

The same rules that govern high and low priority alerts also apply to special liveries – for example, Alaska Airlines has a large fleet of special livery aircraft, and virtually all of them operate out of Seattle on a daily basis. These aircraft will show up on the SEA flight board, but they won’t trigger alerts after their first round of visits.

If there's a new interesting aircraft you’d like JetTip to track, please let us know on Twitter, Facebook, or email.

What's a flight board?

JetTip's unique flight boards list flights with AvGeek cred, and have several powerful filters that allow you to quickly get a handle on the day's interesting traffic. Want a list of all upcoming departures of heavy aircraft? How about arrivals from international carriers? No problem.

What about my airport?

JetTip currently tracks flights at most major US and Canadian airports. If you'd like coverage at your airport, contact us on Twitter, Facebook, or email. More international coverage is coming, but it'll take some time to make sure we're following all applicable laws and regulations.

Who took the photo of that A340 on the homepage?

The photo was captured by Chris Lundberg, who you really ought to be following on Instagram, Flickr, and JetPhotos.

How about some actual "About" content?

JetTip is operated by Nick Benson, a freelance web developer from the Twin Cities. Over the course of the past year, what started as a side project to build an MSP AvGeek twitterbot snowballed into the system described above.

Kudos to the small squadron of beta testers for their invaluable feedback and putting up with all of the texts and emails as bugs got worked out. Tip of the hat to Sarah Lynn Design for her incredible design work. Last but not least, thanks to my wife Emily for picking up overtime to keep the lights on while I worked on this – you’re the best!