I have several FlightAware alerts for friends with aircraft and been hosting piaware for few years. Saturday I received an email alert that one of my friends was near our home airport, so I looked him up on FA and sure enough he was in the pattern. I live 4mi from the airport with clear view of the sky so ADS-B visibility has always been great.
As I was tinkering with my piaware config I thought I’d compare what I was receiving from FA website and piaware, nothing showed on piaware (ADS-B cloaking on but there he was on FA. I could see the other aircraft in the pattern on piaware and FA.
There’s one thing unique about my friend’s aircraft (N961M) that may be contributing, under flight details on FA, it says: This flight is restricted from public view.
Unless I login to FA I can only see very old flights, login and I can see his current flights. I’ve asked him if he’s done anything to restrict the access and he indicates he has not.
What is this restricted from public view all about for a general aviation aircraft? And how did it get that way? I could understand military/government wanting this but why GA, and the owner did nothing? I’ve read in the forums other examples of restricted aircraft but nothing regarding GA.
Could/would this restricted view have anything to do with not having piaware visibility of his aircraft position? I know it wouldn’t affect receiving ADS-B reports but perhaps piaware knows to filter them out of view based on being restricted??
Any suggestions for the dispirit view between PA and FA… I could understand ADS-B reception but I can see other aircraft that were not public restricted. I was mucking about in the db JSON files, customizing some of the aircraft data, perhaps a malformed JSON file could cause this behavior? I’ve thought to try reverting back to original JSON db files to see if that makes a difference but I’d have to wait until my friend is flying to confirm.