New Aircraft Displaying on the Airport Activity Maps


#1

Has anyone else noticed the new aircraft recently displaying on the airport activity maps? They only display an N-number, altitude, & airspeed, and when you click on the aircraft there is no other info. I was just wondering if these are VFR aircraft or is flightaware trying to incorporate more ADS-B aircraft into their flight tracker? I have noticed some of these aircraft might be Southwest Airlines aircraft and possibly helicopters.

Thank you!


#2

might be Southwest Airlines aircraft and possibly helicopters.

So, Southwest Airlines has helicopters now?


#3

Yes, we’re working to incorporate more aircraft without flight plans, and will be improving the features over the coming weeks. The current behavior is sort of a side effect of that work.

You’re right that sometimes Southwest Airlines flights show up twice due to an incorrectly programmed transponder.


#4

Sounds like a great feature! I have a question, is this new feature why some Southwest Airlines flights display as departed when they are actually not yet enroute? I have noticed this with many Southwest flights over the last few weeks.