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FlightAware Partners with Esri on Flight Tracking and Status Data Mapping

August 17, 2015  - By 0 Comments


Esri and FlightAware have partnered to combine the power of a flight tracking and status company with the ArcGIS mapping platform. The partnership features the ability to view and analyze large amounts of accurate, live-aviation data in one powerful spatial system.

FlightAware aggregates live flight tracking data from more than 50 government air traffic control authorities, satellite data link partners such as Garmin and ARINCDirect, and FlightAware’s own in-house ADS-B receiver network, consisting of more than 3,400 receivers in more than 100 countries.

“Esri has the tools and expertise to visualize data in a proven GIS environment,” FlightAware business development manager Max Tribolet said. “FlightAware data is the perfect addition. We’re the largest flight tracking company in the world, based on how many disparate data feeds we have coming into our system. So it’s pretty powerful when you pull our data into GIS.”

“This is a really good way to provide an additional option to our existing and potential customers, who might not have an easy way to consume larger volumes of flight tracking data,” Tribolet said. “A stand-alone app like Esri’s ArcGIS is adept at handling large quantities of data and is able to visualize it. This relationship with Esri allows FlightAware to focus on what we do best: constantly adding and aggregating quality flight tracking data and providing it to the industry.”

Airports and agencies have started exploring opportunities to use FlightAware data in GIS to improve proactive noise monitoring and airspace design as well as monitoring airspace congestion in real time. FlightAware visualizes live and historic data — such as altitude, longitude, latitude, ground speed, and estimated and actual schedule times—in 2D, 3D, and even 4D maps.

“The ability to fuse FlightAware data within the ArcGIS platform unlocks a host of new and innovative capabilities with regard to visualization, analysis and collaboration,” Esri aviation business development lead Stephen Willer said. “That results in a higher level of operational intelligence. We’re excited to bring this to our users across the globe. Real-time information access like this is essential not only today but also to our future air traffic systems.”

Tracy Cozzens

About the Author:

Senior Editor Tracy Cozzens joined GPS World magazine in 2006. She also is editor of GPS World’s newsletters and the sister website Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.

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