As the FAA has received hundreds of thousands of aircraft system reports worldwide, FlightAware.com volunteers have met the increase in reporting by processing and classifying the hundreds of thousands of reports. The software allows users to compare reports from different aircraft types, aircraft models, operating conditions, nav aid modes, flight levels, and data signals.
Compared to FAA primary airborne data, the SkyView system uses data from other sources to determine aircraft position, altitude, and which radio or radar resources the aircraft is using. To do this, it contacts an aircraft tracker located at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ocean and Atmospheric Services Broadcast Center, located east of the U.S. Naval Observatory. The SkyView system uses this data source to give position and altitude information for all aircraft tracked. These data are cached for up to 10 hours, and are available to all aircraft on the SkyView system for that time period. When an aircraft departs the airspace used by Ocean and Atmospheric Services Broadcast Center and moves into the alternate airspace, the SkyView system automatically switches to the alternate data source.
During 2003 Dynon avionics began a four-year program to improve the SkyView system to make it more user friendly. It continued to use the tracks received from the NOAA Broadcast Center, however it also made specific changes to reflect the many changes in navigation aids available.
In 2003, after tremendous success with the Mac version, the Windows version began development. It was released in late 2003, and is also available at the Dynon web site . SkyView is now available for Mac, Windows, Linux and PalmOS.
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