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 five US airports.

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 aircraft on their first five visits in the last 30 days.

What about special liveries?

JetTip has a database with roughly a thousand 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 DFW, DTW, MSP, PHX, and SEA. If this proves to be a successful business model, you can bet we'll be expanding to other markets. Please fill out the interest form if you’d like to be notified when we launch in your market.

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!