Phantom flights on map


#1

Tonight, 11/17, I went to the crq activity page and saw that there were no flights scheduled to arrive. However, when I clicked on the local map, there were 2 blue lines and after three refreshes by your program, these 2 flights showed up on the map. Each refresh showed a change in elevation, speed and distance.
A search of N964SP indicated that the flight landed a week ago and the flight path showed a flight loop from the north and not from Palm Springs.
The other flight was N8181Q from Santa Monica. A flight which was listed in the arrivals as having arrived at 1400 but a flight track log showed that it was still on the way as well as the blue flight line on the local map.
Is this a small glitch in the program that needs to be addressed?—Buddy
cbbudman@aol.com


#2

If a flight is flying VFR with flight following, we will sometimes receive position reports and if we do we plot them on the map. However we haven’t received any other info (destination, route of flight, time, etc), so we can’t create a new entry on the flight page for it.

Those two Cessnas you spotted were probably enjoying the nice weather in socal and flying VFR.


#3

You said—
Those two Cessnas you spotted were probably enjoying the nice weather in socal and flying VFR.

Even if that was the case, it still doesn’t explain why the local map was displaying two planes enroute to crq, that the arrivals list show had already landed, one week and ten hours ago respectively.


#4

The map was showing the VFR flight that the aircraft were on at the moment. The arrivals board shows the planes last IFR flight (which ended hours or days before). The VFR flight doesn’t have a flight plan associated with it, so it doesn’t get an entry on the boards.