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Show HN: Corporate Private Jet Tracker (quiverquant.com)
30 points by greatwave1 24 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 9 comments

In April 2019, a jet owned by Occidental Petroleum Corp. touched down in Omaha. Two days later, Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway made a $10 billion investment in the company.

Hedge funds have been using corporate flight data to predict M&A activity and investments for years (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-07-02/hedge-fun...), but existing data providers are too expensive for most non-professional investors.

I built this free dashboard using publicly-available data from the FAA and the Open-Sky Network.

I've worked closely with executive protection and corporate security. Despite the occasional screw up it is a "known thing" that hedge funds have been tracking tails for years and rent jets for sensitive meetings. Hedges have also caught on to swapping planes during a refueling stop (Colorado and Nashville were common for this).

Companies with multi-plane fleets usually have at least one "anonymously" registered via Aircraft Guaranty or Wells Fargo Trustee Services.

(Feel free to email me if you'd like to talk more about this offline).

Do corporations use their Netjets/Flexjet subscriptions for sensitive flights?

nice! it would be great if flight groups could be colored differently, its a little difficult to figure what youre looking at since you have to deselect all the others


I'll look into changing the colors, but you should be able to isolate one group by double-clicking on it.

I have been working on something really similar. I built a flight tracker that covers private equity, hedge funds, venture capital and the Russell 3000.

My tracker also includes planes that are registered to Wells Fargo Trustee Services etc.

I was actually about to publish it.

Email me if you want to discuss this more. We could probably work together on this.

Slightly off topic, but a few years back there was a group that gained access to PRNewswire’s servers and was able to read announcements of earnings, mergers, etc earlier than the public. PRNewswire had a scheduled announcement function that allowed precomposed announcements to be made public at a specified future time. The group used this information to make stock and option trades and was pursued by the government for both the hacking and insider trading. Today, the obvious target for this type of attack would be xoom.

Why Xoom? Isn’t it a PayPal money remittance service, or did you mean Zoom?

I think I read that they only made around 100 mil.

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