PSAjet17
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Flight Trackers...how Much Of A Delay

Sat Sep 24, 2005 3:00 am

I know a number of you utilize one of the many flight tracking systems that are available. How much of delay is there from "true" time?
 
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RE: Flight Trackers...how Much Of A Delay

Sat Sep 24, 2005 3:40 am

Quoting PSAjet17 (Thread starter):
I know a number of you utilize one of the many flight tracking systems that are available. How much of delay is there from "true" time?

I use one called Flight Explorer here in Europe. In my work it has a 30sec window, which is more or less bang-on accurate, however the home PC based equivilent has a 15 minute time delay.

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RE: Flight Trackers...how Much Of A Delay

Sat Sep 24, 2005 5:03 am

At one time, there was a 5 minute delay on the data if you were not an airline. Is there still a 5 minute delay?
 
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RE: Flight Trackers...how Much Of A Delay

Sat Sep 24, 2005 5:11 am

The last I heard, the FAA has a 15 minute delay on radar data. I would expect that the sites out there that provide "realtime" information are extrapolating the 15 minute old data to the present.

[Edited 2005-09-23 22:11:59]
 
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RE: Flight Trackers...how Much Of A Delay

Sat Sep 24, 2005 5:19 am

Quoting SirOmega (Reply 3):
extrapolating

Wow, that's a big one!
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RE: Flight Trackers...how Much Of A Delay

Sat Sep 24, 2005 5:21 am

I find the delay on my program to be about 6 minutes. It's kind of silly. Within minutes I learned that if an aircraft is at Point A on the Flight Explorer map, then it's really passing Point B (just outside my front door).

The delay is very useless.

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RE: Flight Trackers...how Much Of A Delay

Sat Sep 24, 2005 5:24 am

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 5):
The delay is very useless.

I agree, but you can understand why it's there. Any tool that can be used to "disguise" information about an a/c's location should be used, although I also concede that if you are any way involved/interested in aviation you wouldn't have much difficulty working out an approxiomate following position.
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RE: Flight Trackers...how Much Of A Delay

Sat Sep 24, 2005 6:06 am

Which are the best free flight trackers on the net?
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RE: Flight Trackers...how Much Of A Delay

Sat Sep 24, 2005 6:15 am

I use www.flyecomm.com , I was not aware of a delay as it seems to be pretty accurate when I see planes coming in for landing. Does anyone know?
 
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RE: Flight Trackers...how Much Of A Delay

Sat Sep 24, 2005 7:18 am

Quoting Kaniksu (Reply 8):
I use www.flyecomm.com ,

That link won't get you very far. How about www.flytecomm.com .
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RE: Flight Trackers...how Much Of A Delay

Sat Sep 24, 2005 8:44 am

Unless you are 'approved', i.e. an airline, or can prove a requirement for dispatch reasons, the delay for the FAA data is a minimum of 5 minutes.

Quoting BDKLEZ (Reply 6):
although I also concede that if you are any way involved/interested in aviation you wouldn't have much difficulty working out an approxiomate following position.

With or without a flight tracker. You can sit with a scanner and get real-time data.

Quoting BDKLEZ (Reply 6):
Any tool that can be used to "disguise" information about an a/c's location should be used,

After 9/11 let's be very thankful that we have this data at all, especially since it originates from the FAA. If a private/corporate aircraft wants to show as 'blocked', they can do this to hide their registration/callsign. Also certain airlines and callsigns are excluded from the flight tracking data (military and some others).


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