Feature Request: Display information on the receiver that is tracking the flight

#1
Can you add to the overview information when clicking on an aircraft which receiver(s) are contributing the data. I would like to be able to see where my stations are making a difference to the coverage.

Thanks
Chris.
 

Lee Armstrong

Administrator
Staff member
#3
Hi both,

I don't think we would do this as we'd get more complaints for implementing it! It has been talked about a lot here in the past.

The main reason is that for a single aircraft (for example) you might never be the person we would list despite tracking it locally on your client. We receive a lot of data from a lot of sharers so we might discard data from some at times as it might be older. For example as it has taken longer to transmit than others to our servers. There are lots of other reasons I could list here and even my own setup here in the UK would rarely be listed as the tracking station for an aircraft.

Other websites do this and we see them getting a ton of complaints, mainly for the above reason where someone isn't listed as the tracker despite tracking it themselves.

We provide a ton of tools at http://planefinder.net/sharing which I hope are of some use, we also are planning some cool stuff on the client side in the coming weeks too!

Our client has a local web display so you can see what you are contributing into the network. Any data we receive makes a difference to the coverage!

Hope this helps?

Lee
 
#4
What about if you are logged in highlight ones contributed by you? Or have an option in account settings for allowing that data to be public and be opt in only?

I do use the local web interface. It beats the competitors. Keep up the good work. I love stats, more is more!
 
#5
Hi everyone.
I'm a feeder for Planefinder, and I like that.
If on the site, the information on which station is powering the aircraft, I think this is a motivation for more people sharing data for Planefinder.
 

Lee Armstrong

Administrator
Staff member
#6
Hi everyone.
I'm a feeder for Planefinder, and I like that.
If on the site, the information on which station is powering the aircraft, I think this is a motivation for more people sharing data for Planefinder.
Hello Claudemar,

This is something we have not done on purpose I'm afraid mainly due to the amount of data coming in and updating an aircraft. For example: you may update the altitude values for an aircraft and then 0.5 seconds someone else updates it with the location values. Who do we show? In some areas over 200 receivers see the same aircraft.

Other flight tracking websites have this feature and their forums have people complaining they are not being attributed to the data as it is changing so frequently!

We felt the best way forward was to not show this.

Rest assured all data is use and there are some complex algorithms in place to sanity check every data packet reaching our systems. RTL dongle data for example needs extra checking and so we have a system in place for that and other stations data is used to sanity check all of this in near real time.

I hope that answers your question and gives a little insight into our reasoning!

Lee
 
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