So, I’ve written a database backend system using PHP that grabs the FA JSON data and inserts it into a series of database tables, including one where I track “fun statistics”, such as highest altitude, fastest flight, and farthest-away tracked flight. It then emails me updates on the flights and also if any of the statistics set “new records”.
Today I got bombarded with a ton of emails because UAL 1002 broke all my distance records and set new ones today when it crossed Iowa. However, when I go to the FA flight page and play back the flight…well, go and look for yourself:
The flight path is very weird. And over Iowa and into Nebraska, it goes into “Estimated” mode, even though my antenna clearly picked it up in transit.
Anyone have a good take on what in the heck went on with that?