The ULTIMATE Search …
for searching active and historic flight tracks:
FROM date/time TO date/time
*FROM latitute TO latitude
*FROM longitude TO longitude
FROM lat/lon TO lat/lon
(for describing diagonally opposite corners of a box)
This morning I heard the loud jets of a commercial flight, most likely from KDFW, at a few thousand feet above cloud cover. I had no visual sighting.
I’m probably about three minutes flight time from DFW so I had to wait a short while before I could look up departures between 1010 and 1017. That narrowed it down to about 9 flights. Then I started checking lat/lons in the track log. It comes down to two flights, one to the south of me at 8000 ft and one north of me at 11000 ft.
On the flight map, neither flight would have been labelled because of aircraft density in the area.
A time/lat/lon search would have quickly shown me the two flights and maybe added if the flight came out of KDAL or was a (vertically) closer overflight at a higher altitude than I estimated.
Searching flight track logs for a single lat/lon is hit-or-miss. The moment a plane is directly overhead may be 30 seconds after the last track lat/lon entry and 30 seconds before the next one. I can’t expect FA to do the positional interpolations between data points to make a one-point search work. How close does the interpolation have to come to my one point to constitute a search ‘hit’? I’ll play with my window lat/lon dimensions and find a box size that works best for me.
The “ultimate” search … food for thought. Anyone care to comment?