No, this is not a joke, but really the first update in a quite long while 🙂
The list of supported airports has grown that large recently, that navigating through them while trying to find the one you need was beyond any reasonable limits of convenience. Old UI was looking decent with smaller number of airports, but no longer now.
That’s why we finally added global integrated search page (which is now also a main landing page) which works as SpotterLead’s personal “Google” 🙂
By default, you will see list of up to 15 airports closest to you (based on your IP address) within the range of 1000 km and list of up to 24 flights recently found on SpotterLead by other users.
Everything you need to search for specific flight and/or airport is to start typing into the input field either flight number, or airport name, code, city or country name. Starting with at least 3 characters entered, you will start seeing search results live:
Last weeks were not rich on new features. I mostly concentrated on improving and maintaining existing ones.
Flight tracking is operational for all live airports (apart from London Stansted). Live and non-live flight tracking added for more airports resulting into 826 supported airports (214 of which are live).
Site performance is significantly improved by improving memory and CPU usage, reorganizing data storage and refactoring of old code. Now flight search and schedules pages are much more fast and stable in terms of loading time. Less waiting is always good.
Due to improved data storage, duration of flight data storage will also be increased. Currently SpotterLead tracks times and status for around 3 millions flights.
What are the most popular flight destinations for your airport? Where do people usually arrive to your city from and how often?
Now we can say!
We are introducing new statistics page for airports called “Most Popular Destinations“. This page is available for every airport having flight schedules (static or live: doesn’t matter) supported (which is more than 500 airports currently!) and at least one departure flight performed during the last week.
This page shows:
Approximate average total number of flights daily (both departures and arrivals).
Total number of flight destinations during the last week.
Interactive map including recognized* destinations (powered by Google Maps).
And finally, the list of the most popular destinations grouped by number of daily flights!
This page is located at Statistics subsection of every supported airport page as displayed on a screenshot below:
*Recognized destination – is an airport which was unmistakably identified by our system. This can be a result of airport codes coming from a data provider of this or that flight (e.g. in case if an airport site publishes airport codes directly on its departures & arrivals page). Alternatively, airport of departure/arrival may be identified by our flight record joining algorithm as a useful side-effect. This algorithm is being used for quite a while in our system for a sole purpose of merging data records concerning one and the same flight (but retrieved from different airport data sources) into one combined flight leg item having both departure and arrival data. Such flight legs are used on our Flight Search page actively. Now, this data is also used to recognize destinations for flights having no destination IATA or ICAO code provided directly by airport data source.
I had not that much time to work on SpotterLead these days, so there were only few updates during last month, but one of those was, of course, flights schedules support for more airports. This time it was decided to test our system with more data load and in addition to adding airports individually, we instantly added flight schedules support for medium and major airports for three whole countries: Germany, United Kingdom and Russia.
The full list includes as much as 207 new flight schedules!
Today we have some really great news for our users in Germany: we are introducing German translation for SpotterLead. If you’re using German version of internet-browser, you may expect that language will be changed automatically for you. However, you’re always able to desired language in a small drop-down with country flags located at the very top of any page.
We would like to thank a lot our new project contributor FRA Aviation for providing us this nice translation to German and we are looking forward to future collaboration! FRA Aviation has remarkable plane-spotter accounts at Twitter, YouTube and Flickr. Take a moment to have a look!
Our “great again” series of posts is finalized by a few updates we made to our service.
As many of our users know, we have a PDF version for every planespotter timetable. However, now, in addition to this you can watch timetables as light HTML web page, which is clear, lightweight and also easily printable.
To switch to a light version, you need to open a standard planespotting timetable of any supported airport and click following icon:
Web Application for Mobile
We optimized our site to support progressive web app manifests. What it means that if you have a mobile device with Chrome or Opera browser installed (Firefox should support it soon too), then you can use mobile version of SpotterLead like if it was a separate application on you phone!
Just open our site and press “Add to Home Screen” and you will see our web application icon on you home screen, which you will be able to browse like if it was a real native application!
Hello everyone! Last time we covered our new feature “Flight Schedules” which allows not only to expand airport coverage dramatically by providing non-updated flight timetable, but to expose flight data for future 3+ days also. Read more about it here.
But this makes no sense if you cannot switch timetables to show flights arriving/departing any other time than for 24 following hours only.
That is how it worked until recently…
Now, however, we are introducing historical flight view. This small feature will give you an ability to choose any date and time in past or in future and see which flights were arriving/departing at this time.
Allowed time range to choose is limited by the latest and earliest flights stored in our database for this or that airport. Normally we store flight data for 180 days and now, with a Flight Schedule implemented, provide 3 days lookup in future.
To load planespotter timetable with flights starting from custom date & time, you need to just click the button with the current date & time located near flight search input field and choose date & time you want from a date-time picker which will appear immediately. After that you just need to click a button “Load flights for the selected time” and you will see all the arriving/departing flights starting from the date-time you have chosen + 24 hours. As simple as that.
This feature was requested by our users multiple times and we finally happy to introduce it as now it gives more extensive access to all the flight data we store. This feature is mobile-friendly.
Hope you will like it and stay tuned for more updates!