Plane colors


New Member
Hi everyone. I'm new to plane finder and was wondering what the different colored planes meant ? What does each color stand for ?? Thank you

Hi Tim,
Kindly engage your sense of humour.............
Dark blue means they are over deep water
Light blue means they are over shallow water
Green means they are over grass
White means they are over snow or concrete
Purple means they are purplexed
Dark brown means they are in deep you know what

There's a genuine explanation of BOTH colours at the bottom of the page (not this page)
Meanwhile have fun

Mark Daniels

Staff member
Hi Tim,

We also color the "contrail" of the aircraft with the dark purple colour indication low altitude/ground moving to red for high flying planes.

I hope that you enjoy what we do.

All the best,


Mark Daniels

If you are still on default colors than red planes have ADS-B, (don't ask) which is part of the next gen control system. The orange planes have the older mode C/S transponders. We will all be ADS-B in 2020. You can change the color of the planes but only the ADS-B planes. Orange planes are on a flight plan and positions are not as accurate.

Tony C.