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 Post subject: Why Always The USA?
PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 1:58 am 
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Whenever I use FlightAware in 'Random Flight' mode - something I do a lot of the time - I invariably end up with a US flight. Is there any particular reason for this? I also accept that (on a country by country basis) most flying takes place over the US. However, there is an awful lot of flying going on over Europe, the Middle East and the Far East - as well as lesser amounts over Australia, Africa & South America. Surely, statistically, 'Random Flight' should throw up a non-US flight at least on a 1:2 or 1:3 ratio? Any thoughts on this one, please?


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 Post subject: Re: Why Always The USA?
PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 3:09 pm 
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The random flight page intentionally limits results to just US and Canadian airports because that is where our data quality is best.

If you want to include international flights in the mix, then use https://flightaware.com/live/flight/random?intl=1


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 Post subject: Re: Why Always The USA?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 2017 1:25 am 
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bovineone wrote:
The random flight page intentionally limits results to just US and Canadian airports because that is where our data quality is best.

If you want to include international flights in the mix, then use https://flightaware.com/live/flight/random?intl=1



Thanks for the reply. I tried the link, but it took me to yet another internal US flight & the page and headers appeared to be no different to those I been seeing these last few weeks. Can you help further, please?

Incidentally, I have absolutely nothing against US aviation - it's just that, living in Europe, I like a bit more variety in my flight info.


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 Post subject: Re: Why Always The USA?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 2017 1:40 am 
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The link doesn't guarantee that you will get an international flight--just that you may get one. You will need to retry it several times to see the effect.


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 Post subject: Re: Why Always The USA?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 2017 11:50 am 
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ldauer wrote:
bovineone wrote:
The random flight page intentionally limits results to just US and Canadian airports because that is where our data quality is best.

If you want to include international flights in the mix, then use https://flightaware.com/live/flight/random?intl=1



Thanks for the reply. I tried the link, but it took me to yet another internal US flight & the page and headers appeared to be no different to those I been seeing these last few weeks. Can you help further, please?

Incidentally, I have absolutely nothing against US aviation - it's just that, living in Europe, I like a bit more variety in my flight info.


I got a flight in china first click.


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 Post subject: Re: Why Always The USA?
PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 2:17 pm 
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I ran it X10 last night 3 US, 7 Eu 0 elsewhere.
Luck of the draw :wink:


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