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Acars Logs...very Interesting!

Mon Dec 16, 2002 8:17 am

I just discovered Terry Wade's UK ACARS logs of airline flights, the aircraft that operated them, etc. It makes for interesting perusing for me, because I enjoyed seeing the daily runs of some favorite BA aircraft I've flown on in the 777s G-VIIG, G-VIIU, G-YMMC and others.

I was wondering whether such logs exist for flights passing through New England? Can anyone tell me if there is a web site that does for New England airspace what Terry Wade has done for UK airspace?

For those interested in his site, here's the URL:


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RE: Acars Logs...very Interesting!

Mon Dec 16, 2002 8:32 am

I could give you mine... but it would be like 1000 lines long. Here's a screenshot from Nov. 22.

That's about 60 of the 700 or 800 flights that I can pick up in a given day here in Metro NY.
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RE: Acars Logs...very Interesting!

Mon Dec 16, 2002 8:53 am

Can you help me out on a few questions:

1.) What is the program you are using and where can I get it?
2.) Where does your information come from?
3.) Is it free?

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RE: Acars Logs...very Interesting!

Mon Dec 16, 2002 9:40 am

The Info comes direct from the aircraft via an ACARS frequency. ACARS is like email for airplanes, most older planes do not have it. You tune into one of the ACARS frequencies with your scanner. (The most popular here in NYC is 131.125 MHz). You then connect your scanner to the computer. The transmissions are just series of beeps so you can mute them. Then, with AirNav ACARS decoder, you get messages like this:

ACARS mode: 2 Aircraft reg: .N57111
Message label: H1 Block id: 6
Msg. no: D11AFlight id: CO0064
Message content:-#DFBTKON57111KEWRLPPT1611013541 189 1650 120
272028023000000641CLMBA 340 031317031305 945 929 898 889 924
910723716140481356816331617 1208 1197 91 82 95
9215416209503606008705409014941693000LO LO 0001100
-------------------------------------[15/11/2002 20:38]

As you can see, this continental flight 64, routing KEWR-LPPT, and a bunch of other info in the numbers. Some transmissions give position data, like this:

ACARS mode: 2 Aircraft reg: .N403UP
Message label: H1 Block id: 5 Msg. no: D13A
Flight id: UP0081
Message content:-#DFBUP0081#DFBA3M4160425JFK SDF
-------------------------------------[15/11/2002 23:26]

AirNav Suite 4, a different program, reads the position data and places it on a map.

The programs are not cheap. They are $49.95 for the decoder and $69.95 for Suite 4. More info available @ The programs are available from
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RE: Acars Logs...very Interesting!

Mon Dec 16, 2002 9:46 am

I can hook my scanner up to my computer and get ACARS. Now, I havent used it in a couple years, I paid that amount for it from AirNav. Can I upgrade to the new version for free or do I have to pay?
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RE: Acars Logs...very Interesting!

Wed Dec 18, 2002 6:42 am

Bizjets, could you email me your ACARS log for 12-17-02?
Thanx Smile
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