Tail numbers not resolving correctly


#1

Hi,

When attempting to do a lookup on a specific tail number using your API I get different results from using your web interface. For example:

stdClass Object
(
[InFlightInfoResult] => stdClass Object
(
[faFlightID] =>
[ident] => N319AA
[prefix] =>
[type] =>
[suffix] =>
[origin] =>
[destination] =>
[timeout] =>
[timestamp] => 0
[departureTime] => 0
[firstPositionTime] => 0
[arrivalTime] => 0
[longitude] => 0
[latitude] => 0
[lowLongitude] => 0
[lowLatitude] => 0
[highLongitude] => 0
[highLatitude] => 0
[groundspeed] => 0
[altitude] => 0
[heading] => 0
[altitudeStatus] =>
[updateType] =>
[altitudeChange] =>
[waypoints] =>
)

)

Using the tail number of the aircraft (N319AA) I get no results returned where as if I use your actual web interface I get “N319AA / AAL20” which is the correct flight number. Looking up the flight number directly gives the correct data but I want to look up based on tail number and not flight number.

stdClass Object
(
[InFlightInfoResult] => stdClass Object
(
[faFlightID] => AAL20-1348205176-airline-0150
[ident] => AAL20
[prefix] => H
[type] => B762
[suffix] => Q
[origin] => KSFO
[destination] => KJFK
[timeout] => ok
[timestamp] => 1348451799
[departureTime] => 1348439880
[firstPositionTime] => 1348439940
[arrivalTime] => 0
[longitude] => -89.51611328120000621311191935092210769653
[latitude] => 42.55666732790000139630137709900736808777
[lowLongitude] => -122.3333358760000066922657424584031105042
[lowLatitude] => 37.6500015259000022638247173745185136795
[highLongitude] => -89.51611328120000621311191935092210769653
[highLatitude] => 42.61694335939999689344404032453894615173
[groundspeed] => 469
[altitude] => 390
[heading] => 92
[altitudeStatus] => C
[updateType] => TZ
[altitudeChange] =>
[waypoints] =>

–snip–


#2

Searching by tail number when the flight is operating as an ident is not currently supported via FlightXML. (Yes, there are implementation differences between the website and FlightXML.)


#3

Has searching by Tail Number been enabled via FlightXML2 yet? Any ETA on matching the website functionality?

If not, is there a way to query what “ident” to use for a specific tail number so I can eventually return that complete dataset? I don’t think GetFlightID will work for me because it requires a departure time. Using a Search query also doesn’t work since it only returns airborne aircraft.

I’m trying to track just a specific airplane.

Thanks!


#4

This functionality is expected to be available in FlightInfo and FlightInfoEx after March 29 00:00 UTC. Thanks


#5

Great Thanks! I’ll let you know if I run into any problems.

Thanks,
Ben