FlightAware link

Summary

The Flight Aware link provides data for flights in FBO One that are available in Flight Aware. Typical continents where data is gathered in Flight Aware are North- and South-America and Australia.

The link can be enabled or disabled per FBO location and also the interval of requests can be configured. The link will only query flights that are no more than 4 hours in the past and no more than 4 hours in the future by default.

Flight data requests for inbound flights are sent from FBO One to Flight Aware every 15 minutes by default. The following data is updated when available:

  • Origin
  • Estimated time of departure (marked with E in FBO One on the plan board when set)
  • Actual time of departure (marked with T in FBO One on the plan board when set)
  • Estimated time of arrival, based on (in the following priority):
    • Actual time of arrival
    • Estimated time of arrival

FBO One never sets the actual time of arrival. This needs to be done by a front office agent.

Flight data requests for outbound flights are normally disabled in FBO One by default. When enabled, the following data is updated when available:

  • Destination
  • Estimated time of departure
  • Estimated time of arrival
  • Actual time of arrival

Configuration

FBO One users first need to apply for an FlightXML account with FlightAware. We will then enter their account information (Key and Username) in FBO One.
As a indication, for a station such as Sydney, we see that the charges by FlightAware for the use of the FlightXML interface are about USD 30 per month.

The username and API key can be inserted at Administration -> Application -> Settings, using the settings:

  • EncryptedFlightAwareAPIKey
  • EncryptedFlightAwareAPIUsername


The settings are encrypted in the database.

There are two request robots, which can be found in Administration -> Application -> Robots:

  • FlightAwareEnrouteRequestGenerator (used to request data for Inbound flights. Default interval: 15 minutes)
    • this will check in FlightAware for flights where destination is FBO handling airport, so it can update ETD from origin and ETA at the FBO
  • FlightAwareScheduledRequestGenerator (used to request data for Outbound flights. Default disabled)
    • this will check for flights where  origin is the FBO handling airport, so it can update the ETD from FBO and ETA at the destination airport
    • this is disabled by default because the outbound ETA would not be accurate at the departure moment. 

There is one response importer robot, called:

  • FlightAwareResponseImporter (used to import data that was requested by the other two robots. Default interval: 1 minute)


The Flight Aware link can be enabled or disabled per FBO location. This can be done in Administration -> Station -> FBO Location and then checking or unchecking "Is Flight Aware link enabled".


The normal threshold for requested flights is 4:00 hours. This means that flights no more than 4 hours in the past and 4 hours in the future will be requested.

This setting can be adjusted in Administration -> Application -> Settings -> FlightAwareRequestThreshold



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    AirFramesLink — Provides a direct link on the aircraft registration's page for the aircraft details using the Flightaware database. 
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    EncryptedFlightAwareAPIKey — Used internally by FBO One Support only, and should not be changed.
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    EncryptedFlightAwareAPIUsername — Used internally by FBO One Support only, and should not be changed.
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    FlightAware link — The Flight Aware link provides data for flights in FBO One that are available in Flight Aware. Typical continents where data is gathered in Flight Aware are North- and South-America and Australia.
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    FlightAwareRequestQueueName — Used internally by FBO One Support only, and should not be changed.
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    FlightAwareRequestThreshold — Determines how many hours ahead (from the current time) FlightAware updates are to be requested.
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    FlightAwareResponseQueueName — Used internally by FBO One Support only, and should not be changed.