Posted by James O’Brien on Friday, October 03, 2018 16:59:01The idea behind automated flight tracking software is that it’s not a very accurate way to determine where a flight is, and that it doesn’t accurately predict where it will be later.
But a study by the Australian National University has found that a lot of automated flight-tracking software, even if it’s accurate, can’t tell you when a flight will be.
“There are two basic types of flight tracking systems that have emerged in recent years,” said the study’s lead author, Dr Ian Haggerty.
“One is based on GPS tracking.
These systems are very accurate, and they can accurately tell you the exact location of a plane or aircraft in real time.
The other is a system based on radar, which can tell you exactly where a plane is flying, but it does not accurately predict its location when it does come to land.”
So the question then is, how do you do both?
“Haggerty said it was easy to find flight tracking data online, but there were also ways to obtain it manually.”
When you use the Internet or you use an app, the accuracy is very good, but the time lag is usually pretty long,” he said.”
For some people it can be as little as five minutes.
“So what can you do with it?
If you want to get the most out of it, you could try to find a specific flight, said Haggert.”
You could look at the time difference between when the plane landed and when it took off, for example, or the air speed, the wind direction and the altitude.
“Or you could look for specific data on a specific date, for instance, and use that to get a better estimate of where the plane is.”
The study found that some of the most reliable flight tracking apps could be found for $30-$40, but for other applications the accuracy drops significantly.
“If you’re using an app for the cheapest price, then it might be cheaper, but if you’re spending more, then the accuracy may be much less accurate,” Haggerts research said.