Version 3.0 Beta
The FlightXML API is an innovative web service that allows
customers to design their own applications that leverage the extensive
aviation data offered by FlightAware. Applications can access and
respond to information about current, upcoming, and recently completed flights.
Queries for in-flight aircraft return a set of matching
aircraft based on a combination of parameters, like location, flight
or tail number, origin and/or destination airport, aircraft type,
and/or a low-to-high range of altitude and/or ground speed, plus others.
For each matching aircraft, data returned includes the flight or tail
number, the aircraft type, origin and destination, time the last position
was received, and the longitude, latitude, groundspeed, and altitude of
that position. Matching flight tracks can also be requested.
For airports, FlightXML queries can return a list of scheduled
flights, flights that have departed, flights that are enroute to the
airport, and flights that have arrived at the airport.
What's new in Version 3.0 Beta
Version 3.0 is a major update to the previous functionality offered by FlightXML 2.0 and focuses on these major areas of improvement:
- Making it easier for applications developers to obtain all of the data elements about a flight with fewer requests
- Exposing more data fields that were not previously available
- Improving usability by exposting values in alternate formats, such as timestamps in local time and alternate coding formats
- Simplifying pricing and make it easier to estimate your monthly costs by using a subscription model with predictable pricing
Version 3.0 is currently available for "Beta" testing by
customers interested in getting a sneak peek at our upcoming API
release and helping us by providing early feedback. During the beta
period, only a portion of our planned functionality will be available
for access. In particular, pushed notifications and geospatial (birdseye)
queries are not currently available during the initial beta testing
period but are expected to be offered closer to the official production
Additionally, since some aspects of the Version 3.0 API are not
yet finalized, some aspects of the
service should be expected to change between now and the official
production launch. This may require modifications to any applications
designed against the beta version of the API.
Legacy users of FlightXML 1.0 and FlightXML 2.0 will continue to
be able to access those versions of the API without any changes to
their applications. Each version uses a different
endpoint URL which ensures that versions of the APIs are accessed independently.
Possible uses of FlightXML include:
- Integrating FlightXML radar data with your existing flight operations software
- Using FlightXML in mobile apps for flight status or notifications
- Compiling flight activity logs and records in your own database
- Creating a customized alerting system based on the current status of your fleet
- Streamlining flight planning by showing common routes as cleared by air traffic control between two airports
- Adding real flight data to your simulations
- Showing flight tracks in Google Earth
- Creating visualizations of traffic patterns
- Adding live flight information to your company's website