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Month: November 2016

Flight Schedules: +42 airports

Hello and good weekend to everyone!

Here is a list of 42 airports which were supplied with Flight Schedules for planespotters during last two weeks:

  1. Auckland (NZAA / AKL) | Spotting Guide
  2. Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (VTBS / BKK) | Spotting Guide
  3. Beauvais/Tillé Paris Beauvais Tillé (LFOB / BVA)
  4. Belgrade Nikola Tesla (LYBE / BEG)
  5. Bratislava M. R. Štefánik (LZIB / BTS) | Spotting Guide
  6. Bremen (EDDW / BRE) | Spotting Guide
  7. Brussels South Charleroi (EBCI / CRL) | Spotting Guide
  8. Burgas (LBBG / BOJ)
  9. Dallas-Fort Worth Dallas Fort Worth (KDFW / DFW) | Spotting Guide
  10. Denver (KDEN / DEN) | Spotting Guide
  11. Dresden (EDDC / DRS) | Spotting Guide
  12. Edinburgh (EGPH / EDI) | Spotting Guide
  13. Frankfurt-Hahn (EDFH / HHN) | Spotting Guide
  14. Gibraltar (LXGB / GIB)
  15. Glasgow (EGPF / GLA) | Spotting Guide
  16. Guangzhou Baiyun (ZGGG / CAN) | Spotting Guide
  17. Guatemala City La Aurora (MGGT / GUA)
  18. Johannesburg OR Tambo (FAOR / JNB) | Spotting Guide
  19. Kuala Lumpur (WMKK / KUL) | Spotting Guide
  20. Las Vegas McCarran (KLAS / LAS) | Spotting Guide
  21. London City (EGLC / LCY) | Spotting Guide
  22. London Luton (EGGW / LTN) | Spotting Guide
  23. Miami (KMIA / MIA) | Spotting Guide
  24. Milan Linate (LIML / LIN)
  25. New York La Guardia (KLGA / LGA)
  26. Newark Liberty (KEWR / EWR) | Spotting Guide
  27. Nha Trang Cam Ranh (VVCR / CXR)
  28. Nice-Côte d’Azur (LFMN / NCE)
  29. Phuket (VTSP / HKT) | Spotting Guide
  30. Punta Cana (MDPC / PUJ)
  31. Santa Barbara Municipal (KSBA / SBA)
  32. Seattle Tacoma (KSEA / SEA) | Spotting Guide
  33. Seoul Incheon (RKSI / ICN) | Spotting Guide
  34. Shanghai Pudong (ZSPD / PVG)
  35. Stockholm / Nyköping Skavsta (ESKN / NYO)
  36. Sydney Kingsford Smith (YSSY / SYD) | Spotting Guide
  37. Vancouver (CYVR / YVR) | Spotting Guide
  38. Varna (LBWN / VAR)
  39. Vasco da Gama Dabolim (VOGO / GOI)
  40. Warsaw Modlin (EPMO / WMI)
  41. Weeze Niederrhein (EDLV / NRN) | Spotting Guide
  42. Zagreb (LDZA / ZAG)

Flights Schedules provide information about scheduled aircraft movements in this or that airport for the following 4 days.

Read more about it here: https://blog.spotterlead.net/?p=1201

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Make SpotterLead Great Again: Light Version and Web Application for Mobile

Our “great again” series of posts is finalized by a few updates we made to our service.

Light View

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.

HTML version
HTML version

To switch to a light version, you need to open a standard planespotting timetable of any supported airport and click following icon:

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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!

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Make SpotterLead Great Again! Update #2 of 3: Historical Flight View

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.

Choosing a custom date and time on planespotter timetable page
Choosing a custom date and time on planespotter timetable page

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!

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Make SpotterLead Great Again! Major Updates #1 of 3: Flight Schedules

Yaay! We are extremely proud to announce release of 3 major updates to our planespotter timetables which will make it even more useful. We are going to publish announcements gradually during following few days not to spam you a lot 🙂

Today we are going to give you an overview of the most anticipated update of our system since quite a long while.

Flight Schedules

Before now we always aggregated flight data from various sources like airport sites providing live updates for flights. However, delivering flights for each airport is time-consuming (why?) and available time range is often limited to 24 hours ahead, so we were always looking for a way to provide better awareness of aircraft movements in more airports at lesser costs without going into usage of expensive APIs (which would certainly make us to make our service commercial).

Flight schedules as any other timetable gives you a more overall look on flights but without providing live updates.

By utilizing free-of-charge Yandex Timetable API we managed to introduce a sub-system that allows to retrieve schedules for any airport without spending enormous amounts of time on creating and maintaining individual per-airport data polling algorithms. We just add a record about airport into a database and that’s it: flights are picked up automatically and become visible on a designated planespotter-timetable page as well as they did for airports with live updates!

Pros

  • Adding new airport is extremely fast, henceforth allowing increasing airport coverage dramatically.
  • Ability to provide much longer flight data lookup in future (currently it’s 3 days, but soon we are going to gradually increase this limitation).
  • Flights from schedules may be gracefully integrated with flights which are updated live, so all the airports having live updates now have automatic support of timetables. You also can see schedule flights on the same planespotter timetable page as previously for your airport – you don’t have to look for them separately!
  • As a consequence of previous two advantages: flight search page now able to display information about flight combining data from live and non-live sources with a lookup of up to 3 days ahead.

Cons

  • Data might be not as precise as for airports with live updates and also may be obsolete as Yandex gets this data from its partners which are not always punctual on updates, so schedules might be used to estimate aircraft movements approximately, but not more than that.
  • There are no live flight updates for flights retrieved from schedules: schedules are not updated according to actual flight status. Exception is only for airports which also have live updates (Flights Live) implemented. In this case, scheduled flights would be automatically updated with a live status as soon as this information appears on airport site.
  • We still have to respect usage of the Yandex Timetable API as well as we should respect current performance limit of the servers, so we cannot instantly add all of the airports of the world, but we are going to gradually increase the number of airports and simultaneously optimize operationability of our system.

Airports with Flight Schedules

All the 200 of live airports we had before are now equipped with flight schedule support.

Moreover, for testing purposes we also added 36 more airports, which are listed below:

  1. Los Angeles (KLAX / LAX)
  2. San Francisco (KSFO / SFO)
  3. Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta (KATL / ATL)
  4. Chicago Chicago O’Hare (KORD / ORD)
  5. New York John F Kennedy (KJFK / JFK)
  6. Reykjavík Keflavik (BIKF / KEF)
  7. Düsseldorf (EDDL / DUS)
  8. Hannover (EDDV / HAJ)
  9. Tallinn Lennart Meri Tallinn (EETN / TLL)
  10. Maastricht Aachen (EHBK / MST)
  11. Groningen Eelde (EHGG / GRQ)
  12. Dublin (EIDW / DUB)
  13. Riga (EVRA / RIX)
  14. Vilnius (EYVI / VNO)
  15. Paris Charles de Gaulle (LFPG / CDG)
  16. Paris Paris-Orly (LFPO / ORY)
  17. Hurghada (HEGN / HRG)
  18. Tokyo (RJTT / HND)
  19. Athens Eleftherios Venizelos (LGAV / ATH)
  20. Kerkyra Island Ioannis Kapodistrias (LGKR / CFU)
  21. Milan Malpensa (LIMC / MXP)
  22. Rome Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino (LIRF / FCO)
  23. Istanbul Atatürk (LTBA / IST)
  24. Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (LTFJ / SAW)
  25. Tokyo Narita (RJAA / NRT)
  26. Moscow Zhukovsky (UUBW / ZIA)
  27. Kaliningrad Khrabrovo (UMKK / KGD)
  28. Arkhangelsk Talagi (ULAA / ARH)
  29. Barnaul (UNBB / BAX)
  30. Yakutsk (UEEE / YKS)
  31. Anadyr Ugolny (UHMA / DYR)
  32. Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Yelizovo (UHPP / PKC)
  33. Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (UHSS / UUS)
  34. Abakan (UNAA / ABA)
  35. Omsk Central (UNOO / OMS)
  36. Norilsk Alykel (UOOO / NSK)

Please keep in mind that these airports have schedules only supported. Live flights updates are not available for these!

You can find you planespotting timetable in its previous location by choosing your country on the main page of SpotterLead: https://spotterlead.net.

How do I know now which timetables / flights live and which are just scheduled?

That’s a good question. For distinguishing those we use a special icon: feed, which means that whatever content you are looking at, it has live updates. And if there is no such icon: it’s a static (scheduled) data.

Although we tried to make usage of this indication as clear as possible, it might confuse you if you got used to the old look of our service. Here we would like to give some explanation of how it works on actual examples:

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“Live” indication on the main page
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“Live” indication on the country spotting page
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“Live” indication on the airports per country page
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“Live” indication on the flight search page
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“Live” indication on the planespotting timetable page
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“Live” indication on the planespotting timetable page

 Conclusion

That’s roughly it. We hove you will enjoy this new feature as soon we are going to add much more airports. Stay tuned and tomorrow we will tell about another major update we introduced to these planespotting timetables (the most attentive users might already noticed it on our screenshots).

See you tomorrow 🙂

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