Flight Track Response

The Flight Track element is returned in responses for the following request types:

Flight Tracks
Element Cardinality Description
<flightTrack> 0..n Holder element for all status fields related to a flight
<flightId>264915620</flightId> 1..1 The unique identifier for the flight (String).
<carrier> ... </carrier> 0..1 Details for the operating carrier of the flight (if using the extended options to include inlined references, otherwise the airline details will be present in the appendix). Airline Fields
<carrierFsCode>AA</carrierFsCode> 0..1 The FlightStats unique code for the operating carrier to use as a reference for finding the entry in the appendix (unless the extended option to include inlined references is used).
<flightNumber>100</flightNumber> 1..1 The flight identification number and any additional characters (String).
<tailNumber>917F</tailNumber> 0..1 The tail number of the equipment for the flight.
<callsign>QXE543</callsign> 0..1 The callsign of the flight (String).
<departureAirport> ... </departureAirport> 0..1 Details for the departure airport (if using the extended options to include inlined references, otherwise the airport details will be present in the appendix). Airport Fields
<departureAirportFsCode>JFK</departureAirportFsCode> 0..1 The FlightStats unique code for the departure airport to use as a reference for finding the entry in the appendix (unless the extended option to include inlined references is used).
<arrivalAirport> ... </arrivalAirport> 0..1 Details for the arrival airport (if using the extended options to include inlined references, otherwise the airport details will be present in the appendix). Airport Fields
<arrivalAirportFsCode>LHR</arrivalAirportFsCode> 0..1 The FlightStats unique code for the arrival airport to use as a reference for finding the entry in the appendix (unless the extended option to include inlined references is used).
<departureDate> ... </departureDate> 1..1 The scheduled departure date of the flight in local and UTC time.
<equipment>777</equipment> 0..1 The equipment type operated for the flight if known. This may be an IATA code, ICAO code, or other representation.
<delayMinutes>15</delayMinutes> 0..1 A simple measure of relative flight delay in minutes for visualization purposes. The value given depends on available data and is selected with the following precedence order: arrival gate delay, arrival runway delay, departure runway delay, departure gate delay. More comprehensive flight data is available via the FlightStatus calls.
<bearing>133.39037483310972</bearing> 1..1 The bearing of the plane in decimal degrees from magnetic north (Double).
<heading>133.39037483310972</heading> 0..1 The current heading of the plane in decimal degrees from magnetic north (Double). This is only available if there is more than one position in the track.
<positions> 1..1 The recent track of positions reported for the flight.
<position> 1..n A recent position reported for the flight.
<lon>-122.27999877929688</lon> 1..1 The reported longitude of the position in decimal degrees (Double).
<lat>47.66999816894531</lat> 1..1 The reported latitude of the position in decimal degrees (Double).
<speedMph>237</speedMph> 0..1 The reported speed of the aircraft at the time of the reading in whole miles per hour (Integer).
<altitudeFt>4000</altitudeFt> 0..1 The reported altitude of the aircraft in whole feet above ground (Integer).
<source>ADS-B</source> 1..1 The source of this position report (String).
<date>2012-06-05T22:10:00.000Z</date> 1..1 The UTC date and time in ISO-8601 format (yyyy-MM-dd'T'HH:mm:ss.SSSZ).
<course>15</course> 0..1 NEW The direction of travel in degrees relative to geographic north, clockwise (Integer). The range for this data field is -179 to 180.
<vrateMps>6</vrateMps> 0..1 NEW The velocity of ascent or descent (if negative) in meters per second (Integer).
<phase>cruising</phase> 0..1 NEW Description used to indicate the most likely activity of the plane at a given time. Phases include: taxiing, takeoff, landed, landing, climbing, descending, level, cruising, approach, ground, departure.
Not all positions will include a phase.
<lastObserved>2012-06-05T22:08:00.000Z</lastObserved> 0..1 NEW The UTC timestamp of when FlightStats last received an observed position in ISO-8601 format (yyyy-MM-dd'T'HH:mm:ss.SSSZ).
In cases where no observed positions are provided for a flight, this field will not be present. The 'date' field in each of the positions blocks identifies the time when the plane is believed to be at that specific location -- either observed or calculated. FlightStats continues to calculate the position even when no additional observed data is provided. In such cases, there will be a difference between date and lastObserved, a gap that increases as the flight continues.
<stationID>KDEN</stationID> 0..1 NEW The station identifier used by the FAA for ASDI data. Examples: KZLA, KZAB, KZDV.
The ASDI stream consists of a collection of observations from different regional and national tracking systems. Each of these has a separate stationId. A single aircraft may be observed by multiple stations at once, each of which may report a slightly different position due to the inherent inaccuracy of radar. Because of this, trackers showing ASDI streams should either show all signals separately, maintain an affinity between a callsign and single stationId as long as possible, or integrate the different signals.
</position>
</positions>
<waypoints> 0..1 The list of waypoints from the flight plan if requested and available.
<waypoint> o..n A waypoint from the flight plan.
<lon>-73.76667022705078</lon> 1..1 The longitude of the waypoint.
<lat>40.63333511352539</lat> 1..1 The latitude of the waypoint.
</waypoint>
</waypoints>
<legacyRoute>KJFK. /.RAFIN..VODOR..NATV..4500N /05000W..4700N /04000W..4800N /03000W..5000N /02000W..SOMAX..ATSUR..EGLL</legacyRoute> 0..1 The legacy route from the flight plan if requested and available (String). NOTE: spaces/line breaks added to example data for readability.
<irregularOperations> 0..1 NEW The list of all irregular operations that have occurred for this flight.
<irregularOperation> 0..n NEW An irregular operation that occurred for this flight.
<type>CANCELLATION</type> 1..1 NEW The type of the irregular operation.
Value Description
CANCELLATION Flight has been cancelled for any reason.
CONTINUATION_OF Identifies a linked flight that this flight is a continuation of. Typically a continuation occurs when a flight is diverted to an alternate destination airport in order to get passengers to their scheduled destination.
CONTINUED_BY Identifies a linked flight which will be a continuation of this one. Typically a continuation occurs when a flight is diverted to an alternate destination airport in order to get passengers to their scheduled destination.
DIVERSION Flight is directed to land at a different airport than its scheduled destination.
FLOWN_OVER A fly-over occurs when a plane flying a route comprised of multiple stops skips one or more of the scheduled stops for some reason. The FLOWN_OVER type indicates that the flight in question is not expected to occur because the plane flying the route will not stop at the departure airport specified.
FLYOVER A fly-over occurs when a plane flying a route comprised of multiple stops skips one or more of the scheduled stops for some reason. The FLY_OVER type indicates that the flight in question will not stop at one of the scheduled destinations.
MISCELLANEOUS An irregular operation that does not qualify as one of the other identified types listed here.
REINSTATEMENT A flight was cancelled for a period of time and subsequently reinstated to operational status.
REPLACED_BY Any flight that is cancelled or does not operate for some reason may be replaced by another flight. Provides linking information for the flight that has replaced this one.
REPLACEMENT_FOR Identifies this as a flight that replaced some other flight. Provides linking information for the flight that was replaced by this one.
RETURN_TO_GATE Flight backed away from the gate and started to taxi, does not take off, and returns to gate.
RETURN_FROM_AIRBORNE Flight has taken off and is required to return to its original departure airport.
<newArrivalAirportFsCode>JFK </newArrivalAirportFsCode> 0..1 NEW FlightStats airport code for the new arrival airport.
<relatedFlightId>12341235</relatedFlightId> 0..1 NEW The unique FlightStats identifier for a flight that is linked to the current flight due to an operational need such as a replacement for a canceled flight.
<dateUtc>2012-06-05T22:10:00.000Z</dateUtc> 0..1 NEW The UTC date and time in ISO-8601 format when this irregular operation information was made available to FlightStats. yyyy-MM-dd'T'HH:mm:ss.SSSZ
<message>Diverted due to airport congestion.</message> 0..1 NEW A message providing a description of this irregular operation as provided by the airline or other data source.
</irregularOperation>
</irregularOperations>
</flightTrack>
Airline
Element Cardinality Description
<fs>AA<fs> 1..1 The FlightStats code for the carrier, globally unique across time (String).
<iata>AA<iata> 0..1 The IATA code for the carrier (String).
<icao>AAL<icao> 0..1 The ICAO code for the carrier (String).
<name>American Airlines<name> 1..1 The name of the carrier (String).
<phoneNumber>1-800-433-7300</phoneNumber> 0..1 The primary customer service phone number for the carrier (String).
<active>true</active> 1..1 Boolean value indicating if the airline is currently active (Boolean).
<category>A</category> 0..1 NEW The category of operation of the airline:
Value Description Passenger Cargo
A Scheduled Passenger Carrier Y N
B Non-Scheduled Passenger Carrier Y N
C Scheduled Cargo Carrier N Y
D Non-scheduled Cargo Carrier N Y
I Scheduled Passenger/Cargo Carrier Y Y
J Non-scheduled Passenger/Cargo Carrier Y Y
K Railway Service Y Y
Fields marked as NEW will only be returned if the extended option "includeNewFields" is used. See the Flex API Version Policy page for details.
Airport
Element Cardinality Description
<fs>PDX</fs> 1..1 The FlightStats code for the airport, globally unique across time (String).
<iata>PDX</iata> 0..1 The IATA code for the airport (String).
<icao>KPDX</icao> 0..1 The ICAO code for the airport (String).
<faa>PDX</faa> 0..1 The FAA code for the airport (String).
<name>Portland International Airport</name> 0..1 The name of the airport (String).
<street1>7000 Northeast, Airport Way</street1> 0..1 The street address of the airport, part 1 (String).
<street2></street2> 0..1 Street address of the airport, part 2 (String).
<city>Portland</city> 1..1 The city with which the airport is associated (String).
<cityCode>PDX</cityCode> 0..1 The city code with which the airport is associated (String).
<district>Chaoyang</district> 0..1 NEW The district of the city in which the airport is located (String).
<stateCode>OR</stateCode> 0..1 The State in which the airport is located (String).
<postalCode>97216</postalCode> 0..1 The postal code in which the airport resides (String).
<countryCode>US</countryCode> 1..1 The code for the country in which the airport is located (String).
<countryName>United States</countryName> 1..1 The name of the country in which the Airport is located (String).
<regionName>North America</regionName> 1..1 The name of the region in which the Airport is located (String).
<timeZoneRegionName>America/Los_Angeles</timeZoneRegionName> 1..1 The name of the Time Zone region in which the Airport is located (String).
<weatherZone>ORZ006</weatherZone> 0..1 The NOAA weather zone (US only) in which the Airport is located (String).
<localTime>2012-08-09T11:02:59.571</localTime> 1..1 The local time at the Airport when the request was made in ISO-8601 format. yyyy-MM-dd'T'HH:mm:ss.SSS.
<utcOffsetHours>-7.0</utcOffsetHours> 1..1 The current UTC offset at the Airport when the request was made (Double).
<latitude>40.642335</latitude> 1..1 The latitude of the airport in decimal degrees (Double).
<longitude>-73.78817</longitude> 1..1 The longitude of the airport in decimal degrees (Double).
<elevationFeet>30</elevationFeet> 1..1 The elevation above sea level of the airport in feet (Integer).
<classification>1</classification> 1..1 The FlightStats classification of the airport, 1(max) to 5(min). (Integer).
<active>true</active> 1..1 Boolean value indicating if the airport is currently operational (Boolean).
<delayIndexUrl>https://api.flightstats.com/flex/delayindex/rest/v1/json/airports/PDX?codeType=fs</delayIndexUrl> 1..1 URL for the DelayIndex service with current delay information computed for the Airport (String).
<weatherUrl>https://api.flightstats.com/flex/weather/rest/v1/json/all/PDX?codeType=fs</weatherUrl> 1..1 URL for the Weather service with current weather data for the Airport (String).
Fields marked as NEW will only be returned if the extended option "includeNewFields" is used. See the Flex API Version Policy page for details.
Example XML Output
The following example is a partial response and uses inline references for simplicity.
See Full Sample Responses for a complete response.
<flightTrack> <flightId>271143235</flightId> <carrier> <fs>AA</fs> <iata>AA</iata> <icao>AAL</icao> <name>American Airlines</name> <phoneNumber>1-800-433-7300</phoneNumber> <active>true</active> </carrier> <flightNumber>100</flightNumber> <tailNumber>N774AN</tailNumber> <callsign>AAL100</callsign> <departureAirport> <fs>JFK</fs> <iata>JFK</iata> <icao>KJFK</icao> <faa>JFK</faa> <name>John F. Kennedy International Airport</name> <street1>JFK Airport</street1> <street2/> <city>New York</city> <cityCode>NYC</cityCode> <stateCode>NY</stateCode> <postalCode>11430</postalCode> <countryCode>US</countryCode> <countryName>United States</countryName> <regionName>North America</regionName> <timeZoneRegionName>America/New_York</timeZoneRegionName> <weatherZone>NYZ076</weatherZone> <localTime>2012-08-09T15:37:52.040</localTime> <utcOffsetHours>-4.0</utcOffsetHours> <latitude>40.642335</latitude> <longitude>-73.78817</longitude> <elevationFeet>13</elevationFeet> <classification>1</classification> <active>true</active> </departureAirport> <arrivalAirport> <fs>LHR</fs> <iata>LHR</iata> <icao>EGLL</icao> <name>Heathrow Airport</name> <city>London</city> <cityCode>LON</cityCode> <stateCode>EN</stateCode> <countryCode>GB</countryCode> <countryName>United Kingdom</countryName> <regionName>Europe</regionName> <timeZoneRegionName>Europe/London</timeZoneRegionName> <localTime>2012-08-09T20:37:52.041</localTime> <utcOffsetHours>1.0</utcOffsetHours> <latitude>51.469603</latitude> <longitude>-0.453566</longitude> <elevationFeet>80</elevationFeet> <classification>1</classification> <active>true</active> </arrivalAirport> <departureDate> <dateLocal>2012-08-08T18:10:00.000</dateLocal> <dateUtc>2012-08-08T22:10:00.000Z</dateUtc> </departureDate> <equipment>777</equipment> <delayMinutes>1</delayMinutes> <bearing>119.04182593265193</bearing> <heading>89.9998044218202</heading> <positions> <position> <lon>-0.4657000005245209</lon> <lat>51.47380065917969</lat> <speedMph>154</speedMph> <altitudeFt>360</altitudeFt> <source> ADS-B</source> <date>2012-08-09T05:13:13.000Z</date> </position> <position> <lon>-0.46619999408721924</lon> <lat>51.47380065917969</lat> <speedMph>154</speedMph> <altitudeFt>360</altitudeFt> <source> ADS-B</source> <date>2012-08-09T05:12:52.000Z</date> </position> <position> <lon>-0.46650001406669617</lon> <lat>51.47380065917969</lat> <speedMph>154</speedMph> <altitudeFt>360</altitudeFt> <source> ADS-B</source> <date>2012-08-09T05:12:33.000Z</date> </position> <position> <lon>-0.4668999910354614</lon> <lat>51.47380065917969</lat> <speedMph>154</speedMph> <altitudeFt>360</altitudeFt> <source> ADS-B</source> <date>2012-08-09T05:12:23.000Z</date> </position> </positions> <waypoints> <waypoint> <lon>-73.76667022705078</lon> <lat>40.63333511352539</lat> </waypoint> <waypoint> <lon>-71.73332977294922</lon> <lat>40.75</lat> </waypoint> <waypoint> <lon>-50.0</lon> <lat>45.0</lat> </waypoint> <waypoint> <lon>-4.066666603088379</lon> <lat>51.45000076293945</lat> </waypoint> <waypoint> <lon>-1.0499999523162842</lon> <lat>51.46666717529297</lat> </waypoint> <waypoint> <lon>-0.44999998807907104</lon> <lat>51.46666717529297</lat> </waypoint> </waypoints> <legacyRoute> KJFK./.RAFIN..VODOR..NATV..4500N/05000W..4700N/04000W..4800N/03000W..5000N/02000W..SOMAX..ATSUR..EGLL </legacyRoute> </flightTrack>
Example JSON Output (whitespace added for clarity)
The following example is a partial response and uses inline references for simplicity.
See Full Sample Responses for a complete response.
{ flightTrack: { flightId: 271143235, carrier: { fs: "AA", iata: "AA", icao: "AAL", name: "American Airlines", phoneNumber: "1-800-433-7300", active: true }, flightNumber: "100", tailNumber: "N774AN", callsign: "AAL100", departureAirport: { fs: "JFK", iata: "JFK", icao: "KJFK", faa: "JFK", name: "John F. Kennedy International Airport", street1: "JFK Airport", street2: "", city: "New York", cityCode: "NYC", stateCode: "NY", postalCode: "11430", countryCode: "US", countryName: "United States", regionName: "North America", timeZoneRegionName: "America/New_York", weatherZone: "NYZ076", localTime: "2012-08-09T14:58:44.106", utcOffsetHours: -4, latitude: 40.642335, longitude: -73.78817, elevationFeet: 13, classification: 1, active: true }, arrivalAirport: { fs: "LHR", iata: "LHR", icao: "EGLL", name: "Heathrow Airport", city: "London", cityCode: "LON", stateCode: "EN", countryCode: "GB", countryName: "United Kingdom", regionName: "Europe", timeZoneRegionName: "Europe/London", localTime: "2012-08-09T19:58:44.108", utcOffsetHours: 1, latitude: 51.469603, longitude: -0.453566, elevationFeet: 80, classification: 1, active: true }, departureDate: { dateLocal: "2012-08-08T18:10:00.000", dateUtc: "2012-08-08T22:10:00.000Z" }, equipment: "777", delayMinutes: 1, bearing: 119.04182593265193, heading: 89.9998044218202, positions: [ { lon: -0.4657000005245209, lat: 51.47380065917969, speedMph: 154, altitudeFt: 360, source: "ADS-B", date: "2012-08-09T05:13:13.000Z" }, { lon: -0.46619999408721924, lat: 51.47380065917969, speedMph: 154, altitudeFt: 360, source: "ADS-B", date: "2012-08-09T05:12:52.000Z" }, { lon: -0.46650001406669617, lat: 51.47380065917969, speedMph: 154, altitudeFt: 360, source: "ADS-B", date: "2012-08-09T05:12:33.000Z" }, { lon: -0.4668999910354614, lat: 51.47380065917969, speedMph: 154, altitudeFt: 360, source: "ADS-B", date: "2012-08-09T05:12:23.000Z" } ] waypoints: [ { lon: -73.76667022705078, lat: 40.63333511352539 }, { lon: -50.0, lat: 45.0 }, { lon: -1.1166666746139526, lat: 51.46666717529297 }, { lon: -0.44999998807907104, lat: 51.46666717529297 } ], legacyRoute: "KJFK./.RAFIN..VODOR..NATV..4500N/05000W..4700N/04000W..4800N/03000W..5000N/02000W..SOMAX..ATSUR..EGLL" }}
Full Sample Responses