OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 4268 times:
Quoting JayDub (Reply 4): Likely because, in one way or another, whatever dispatch/scheduling/res software WN uses, automatically feeds the Flight Information Displays.
Whenever we (or any other airline) files an IFR flight plan with ATC, that info is what gets into the ASD system. (This is why you also see the route of flight). The airline's scheduling and/or rez systems are not involved with what one sees on ASD. The on-airport FIDS/monitor dispalys are another matter. I'd bet you that SWA8751 is not showing up on the arrival/departure monitors inside the terminal at PHX....
JayDub From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 4253 times:
OPNL...the OP is referring to the "boards" or FIDs at PHX Sky Harbor.
(I'm aware of the beauty of how the ASD gets its info.)
It happens...I don't know what software WN uses, but those who use information feeds from SABRE products like FTPlot/FTWeb and the such to feed FIDs have been known to show anything that originates out of certain airport.
If there's a test flight with an origination out of the PHX and coming right back to PHX, it will likely show up on on both the departure and arrival boards...just with no gate information. It's an IT function to keep those from showing...it's just not worth the hassle.
Interestingly enough, we maybe have just unintentionally uncovered a fatal flaw in the PHX flight information system. WN lists scheduled departure time as 0700 local, however PHX says it is scheduled for 0709 local.
I appears they get the info from the FAA...which doesn't list gate departure time, but actual wheels up time. Could be bad for any average pax that doesn't understand the difference.
Litz From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2061 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3856 times:
Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 3): ASD-based flight trackers don't show flights based on their being passenger-carrying or not--they just show flights, period.
There have been instances of flights listed at Hartsfield, leaving from "Gate DN" ... they were Delta test flights leaving from Delta North (the old MX hangar), that somehow didn't get editted out of the public screens ...
Hartsfield also has the infamous Gate XLD ... ie: cancelled ...
Chris133 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 303 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3624 times:
The flight showing on the FIDS board is not a glitch or flaw of any kind. We have the ablity to show any flight on the internal (or employee only) screens or show the flight on both the internal and Public screens. All it takes is one check mark in a box on a computer to change that.