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Realtime position data

Hi there,

I am considering to build an AR plane spotter app as a non-commercial side project. For that, I would need to be able to search for flights based on position in realtime. How realtime is FlightAware’s position data?

Cheers, Björn

If using an endpoint like SearchBirdseyeInflight to poll positions results will typically be about 30 seconds behind realtime once delivered as a response. Positions are delivered with an epoch timestamp field that can be compared to local system time.