Google Earth KML file differs from Flight Tracker


#1

Hi Guys,

I just noticed that for most flights from europe to the US, the google earth file (KML)
is plotting the routestring, however the path on the map (e.g. flightaware.com/live/flight/KLM641)
is the actual trackstring. For flights in the US both match. Is there a reason for that?

Thanks, Thorsten


#2

This appears to be a bug. We may be able to get this fixed next week some time.


#3

Thanks for the reply.

Starting to use the API, I just notice something similar.
When I query “GetLastTrack” of e.g. flight ident SWR16 (Zurich to JFK)
and plot the latitude / longitude on a map, I get this zig zag line over
the atlantic, however looking at the flight on your map here: flightaware.com/live/flight/SWR16
seems to be smooth. Are you correcting this somehow?

Best, Thorsten


#4

Yes, that’s actually a variation of the same issue. We’re working on a fix to both of them.


#5

Great. Thank you, much appreciated.