|AirportMonitor Help Subjects|
Here is what's new
Aircraft identification in AirportMonitor
Specific Flight Information
Zoom and PAN (AirportMonitor 2.0 Gold version only)
General Aviation identification
“Replay” Mode Speed
Understanding Airline and Aircraft codes
A Word about Radar
Frequently Asked Questions
Here’s what’s new! Back to Top
Online help page – frequently asked questions and topics are now conveniently located right on the application
AirportMonitor shows the flight tracks of aircraft arriving and departing to and from your airport, and from other airports throughout the region. It also shows aircraft transiting through our airspace.
· Green aircraft icons represent departures from your airport
· Blue aircraft icons represent arrivals to your airport
· Black aircraft icons represent aircraft operating to or from another airport in the region, general aviation aircraft, or aircraft that are transiting through the region at high altitudes
· Red indicates that you have selected a specific aircraft by clicking on it with your computer mouse
· Yellow aircraft icons represent aircraft operating to or from nearby airports
AirportMonitor gives you the following information about certain flights:
Important Notes: Back to Top
|Zoom and PAN (AirportMonitor 2.0 Gold
version only) Back to Top
Just to the right of the map you will notice 5 buttons with corresponding zoom settings ranging from 5 miles to 80 miles. In order to change the preset zoom level, just click the button corresponding to the zoom level you desire.
Then using the compass (shown on your left) click the direction you desire. The middle button will bring you back to starting center point. The panning function works for the 5 mile and 10 mile (2 pans in any direction) and the 20 mile (1 pan in any direction). There is no panning for the 40 and 80 mile maps.
Remember: First select the zoom level, then pan.
General Aviation Identification Back to Top
“General Aviation” (GA) is a term that covers both small, private planes as well as corporate jets. One way these are divided is into “VFR” (“Visual Flight Rules,” generally the smaller, private propeller aircraft) and “IFR” (“Instrument Flight Rules,” generally the larger private or corporate jets).
If a GA aircraft is flying “VFR,” it will often be identified by the software as “General Aviation” with altitude; and it will not contain aircraft type, origin or destination (this limited information on some GA aircraft is due to the nature of the data transmitted by their transponders).
If a GA aircraft is flying “IFR”, AirportMonitor will usually have all of the same information fields available as for scheduled airline flights.
Helicopters are usually represented by black helicopter icons, although they may also show as a black airplane icon instead.
|“Current” Mode Back to Top|
The default view for
AirportMonitor is “Current,” which is the actual flight activity around your
airport, with a 10-minute delay for security.
When you click on a flight in “current” mode, it will display SOME of that flight’s identification (limited in current mode for security):
· Aircraft type
|“Pause” Mode Back to Top|
When you click on “Pause”, it will pause the display for viewing. You can click on any plane icon while in pause, and it will display the available flight information. Clicking “Restart” will pick up the flight tracking where you left off (to get back to the current time, hit “Current”). Pause and Resume work in both Current and Replay modes.
AirportMonitor makes all flights available in “replay mode” and makes them available up to three months for past flight activity to be played back at any time. This makes it easy to review flight activity at your leisure.
Flight numbers become active for a given flight one hour after it has first appeared on AirportMonitor. When you click on a plane in replay mode, “Airline/Flight number” and “Origin and Destination” airports are added to the other information available in current mode (“aircraft type” and “altitude”).
To operate the replay, use the pull-down menus at the top of the page and enter the corresponding date and time you wish (using the 24-hour clock system), and then press the Start Replay button. To end the replay and return to the 10-minute delay mode press the “Current” button.
In Replay Mode you have the option to choose the speed of the aircraft on your screen. This is useful for "fast-forwarding" to a flight or track of interest without waiting for it to appear in real-time. First choose the date and time of replay; then select the playback speed you desire; then click on "replay". You can also adjust the speed of playback after you are already in replay mode.
You also have the option to "Pause" in Replay Mode – it works exactly the same way as it does in “Current” mode. (see above)
“Understanding Airline and Aircraft codes Back to Top
The information contained in some of the data fields is encoded to conform to standard FAA contractions (or shorthand). If you wish to decode the information in the Flight ID, Aircraft Type, and Origin and Destination fields please click on the following links:
To decode the AIRCRAFT TYPE click on the following link, which will take you to the FAA’s website: http://www.faa.gov/ATPUBS/CNT/5-2.HTM. Then click on the letter corresponding to the first letter of the aircraft designator code and scroll through the list until you find the aircraft you are looking for.
To decode the AIRLINE in the FLIGHT ID field click on the following link, which will take you to the FAA’s website: http://www.faa.gov/ATPUBS/CNT/3-3.htm. Use “Section 3 by 3-Letter Identifier,” click on the letter corresponding to the first letter of the airline code and scroll through the list until you find the airline you are looking for.
To decode the ORIGIN and DESTINATION field(s) for foreign airports click on the following link, which will take you to the following website that will allow you to decode this field: http://www.wajb.freeserve.co.uk/codes.htm. Use the appropriate pulldown menu (3 or 4 letter codes) in the airport codes section and scroll down to the code you are looking for.
Aircraft tracking radar, and the software that supports it, while highly reliable, is also complex. Sometimes circumstances can interfere with the signal, causing temporary distortions. For example, you will probably notice that an aircraft flying directly over YOUR AIRPORT may temporarily disappear from the screen and then reappear away from the airport. This is due to the aircraft passing directly over the radar antenna and the temporary loss of signal. You may also notice aircraft icons sometimes “dropping off” and/or suddenly doing unusual things. This is especially true in the area immediately around YOUR AIRPORT, but could also occur away from the airport as well. These “ghost” aircraft are due to radar reflections from the high-rise buildings around the airport, and possibly from terrain and meteorological conditions farther away from YOUR AIRPORT.
“System Requirements/Information Back to Top
· A reasonable amount of memory is necessary. A minimum 64 MB of RAM is recommended.
· AirportMonitor may take some time to load and begin playing, depending on the speed of your communication link and computer processor. The performance of AirportMonitor will be adversely affected by slow or intermittent Internet connections.
· AirportMonitor is a resource intensive application that is best run without any other applications open at the same time.
· The optimal screen resolution for viewing this site is 1024 x 768
“Frequently Asked Questions Back to Top
My browser shows only the top banner and a large gray box. Why?
My browser shows AirportMonitor and does not show airplanes. Why?
There are some browsers and software that prevent pop-ups, which affects the part of the AirportMonitor software that shows the planes. In order to view AirportMonitor you must disable your pop-up screening software (you will not see any pop-ups while you are viewing AirportMonitor). Once you are finished viewing you can enable your pop-up software again.
If I click on a plane it doesn't turn red. Why?
The "Hot Spot" of each plane is small compared to the size of the plane. You must be over the center of the plane to highlight it. Try clicking on different spots on the plane until it activates.
I don't see the entire screen. Can I adjust the size to fit my monitor?
The AirportMonitor application is designed to be optimized at a screen resolution of 1024x768. First make sure you are in that resolution by going to [control panel] in your Windows Start Menu.
If you are using Internet Explorer you can also adjust the way AirportMonitor is displaying by hitting the F11 key (located directly above the backspace key) – that will chage the view to full screen. Hit the F11 key again to return to normal view.
I don't see Flight ID, Origin, and Destination for the flight I selected. Did I do something wrong?
While in "CURRENT Mode" I don't see Flight ID, Origin, and Destination for the flight I selected. Why?
Under “current” mode, security reasons, the Flight ID, Origin and Destination are not displayed. This information becomes available in "REPLAY Mode," one hour later. Also if you have selected a flight that is designated as "General Aviation" under the "Aircraft Type" then this aircraft is flying under "Visual Flight Rules" and is not required by the FAA to make this information available.
Are there any other AirportMonitor™ sites available?
There are several operational sites currently available. You can visit our website at www.passur.com to find the airports that are currently subscribed to AirportMonitor™ and have made it available to the public. Go to the “Links to AirportMonitor Sites” page at http://www.passur.com/sites.htm
When I access my AirportMonitor™ it runs slowly. What can I do?
AirportMonitor is data intensive and is best-viewed using broadband or high speed internet access. If you are using a dial-up modem, the site will be slow to load. AirportMonitor is best run without too many other applications open at the same time.