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Departure times2

What does filed_departuretime actually mean?

The API documentation doesn’t make much sense to me. There is no description next to this field. In fact half of the fields have no description…

filed_departuretime always seems off by 10 minutes? Event FlightAware website show 10 minute difference? How can I get the real departure time? The one that most people use.

Looking at this documentation for —> FlightXML2:FlightExStruct

filed_departuretime is an industry established term that is sometimes written as just “fdt”. It represents the runway (aka: wheels up) time listed on the flightplan that has been filed with air traffic control.

You are likely looking for the gate departure time (aka: block out), which is what airlines frequently publish on schedules to passengers. You can use the AirlineFlightSchedules function to look up that published schedule information.

Alternatively, if you are using FlightXML3 beta then you can use the FlightInfoStatus function with the argument include_ex_data = true and look at the different “blockout” fields in the returned FlightInfoStatusStruct structure.

Thank you for quick response. It would be nice if this was included in the flight aware api docs. If it is I wasn’t able to find it anywhere.

Also, how can we start using FlightXML3 ?
Also, is there going to be FlightJSON3 ?

You can add a new FlightXML 3 key by going to the key enrollment page.

FlightXML 2 and 3 can both be accessed in either SOAP (XML) or JSON, despite its name. There is nothing called “FlightJSON” at this time.