Technical Improvements and Better Performance

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.
  • Improved stability of flight subscriptions (Telegram bot). Currently we have 43 active subscriptions and more than 100 non-active. Not that much, but not a few also ūüôā

 

Launching Telegram Bot

Flight status

If you’re using Telegram messenger, you may try¬†our bot to access certain SpotterLead features right from your messenger!

Add a user named spotter_bot into your contacts and start a chat. After that, you will be free to enjoy the advantages of some of the features:

  • Get info about an airport and its location.
  • Get METAR for an airport and its location.
  • Get nearest arrivals and departures to/from¬†an airport.
  • Flight status.
  • Flight status subscription (updates on flight status and times will be sent automatically to you).

Get info about an airport (including location)

Type /about X, where X РIATA or ICAO code of the airport, and press Send.

Get info about an airport
Get info about an airport

Get METAR for an airport

Type /metar X, where X РIATA or ICAO code of the airport, and press Send.

Get METAR for an airport
Get METAR for an airport

Get nearest arrivals/departures to/from an airport

Type /departures X, where X РIATA or ICAO code of the airport, to get departures and press Send.
Type /arrivals X, where X РIATA or ICAO code of the airport, to get arrivals and press Send.

Both of these commands return a list of flights starting from -30 minutes till +1 hour from the current moment.

Get nearest arrivals/departures to/from an airport
Get nearest arrivals/departures to/from an airport

Flight status

Type X, where X Рflight number, and press Send.

Response will contain flight information about the nearest flight with the number specified (if tracked).

Flight status
Flight status

Flight status notifications

If you would like to receive automatic updates on flight status (whenever our system detects it). You can type:
/subscribe X,¬†where¬†X –¬† is the flight number

To unsubscribe, type:
/unsubscribe X,¬†where¬†X –¬†¬†is the flight number.

To unsubscribe from all flights, type:
/unsubscribe all

To see a list of all the flights you are subscribed to, type:
/subscriptions

Limitations:

  1. Only flights tracked live may be a subject of subscription. Flights containing scheduled information only may not be followed.
  2. Not more than 3 subscriptions is possible at one time.
  3. Updates may be delivered with a delay.

Please keep in mind that all the information provided by Telegram bot is retrieved from open sources. We do not own this data, neither we guarantee its correctness and consistency!