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Firehose Documentation Center

Purpose

Firehose is a FlightAware API for receiving streaming flight positions (e.g., RADAR, ADS-B, Mode S multilateration (MLAT), datalink, etc) as well as flight status data (e.g., flight plans, departure/arrival messages, flight updates) and surface movement positions. This page defines a protocol for establishing a connection and receiving data from the Firehose interface.

If you have questions please check our frequently asked questions to see if your topic has already been answered there before contacting your account representative for support. 

Subscription Layers

Your subscription may consist of any combination of the following data layers:

  1. FlightAware Terrestrrial ADS-B: Worldwide
  2. MLAT: Worldwide
  3. RADAR: USA, Canada, New Zealand, *Australia, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua
  4. Transoceanic/ACARS/Estimated: Worldwide
  5. Aireon℠ Space-Based ADS-B: Worldwide
  6. FLIFO (Flight Status): Worldwide
  7. Predicted ETAs: Worldwide
  8. Block Events: Worldwide
  9. Extended Flight Info: Worldwide
  10. Surface Movement: Most major USA airports (ASDE-X and ADS-B), Worldwide (ADS-B only)
  11. Weather and Extended FMS information: Worldwide (Mode-S and ADS-B only)

Please ask a FlightAware representative if you would like access to additional data layers. Firehose is billed at a monthly rate for unlimited use, dependent on what data layers you choose to access and the scope of how you repurpose/redistribute the data within your application. Discounts are available for long-term commitment, up-front payment, and/or public attribution to FlightAware.

Firehose can also be used in conjunction with FlightAware Global for added satellite uplinks and EUROCONTROL data. Other aircraft operator's data can be integrated as well: read about Improving Tracking of Your Flights on FlightAware.

*Australia RADAR and ADS-B is only available for internal consumption (e.g., not for redistribution to third parties beyond yourself).

Data Coverage

For more information on FlightAware's position data coverage, please see FlightAware's coverage map.

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