Professional Edition Frequently Asked Questions
What is Flight Explorer?
Flight Explorer is a PC based, real-time, graphical aircraft
situation display (ASD). Flight Explorer uses your PC and a standard Internet
connection (dial-up or dedicated) to display real-time aircraft and weather
information from our data center.
What type of data is supplied?
Flight Explorer provides the most accurate and reliable stream of air traffic
data available in the industry. The data is based upon radar, satellite and other tracking
information supplied by the FAA and other sources. Once Flight Explorer
receives this data, it is processed and sent to the Flight Explorer client
software via the Internet.
For subscribers to Honeywell GDC, Blue Sky Network, Sky Connect, Wingspeed or
ACARS, additional flight tracking data outside our normal coverage area is sent
to authorized users only.
What areas of the world does Flight Explorer provide flight
Flight Explorer has data feeds that provide you with a real-time picture of
IFR aircraft over the US (including Alaska and Hawaii), Canada, United Kingdom
(for approved customers only), New Zealand and sections of the Atlantic and
Flight Explorer has also partnered with Honeywell GDC, Blue Sky Network, Sky
Connect, Latitude Technologies and Wingspeed to track their aircraft anywhere in the world. Flight Explorer can also
display ACARS data.
How real-time is it?
Flight Explorer Professional users receive individual aircraft
updates every minute. The Flight Explorer client software that you run from your PC
receives updates from our servers every 10 seconds. This means that you receive
fresh air traffic data every 10 seconds.
What are the minimum system requirements to run Flight
There are no true "minimum" requirements to run
Flight Explorer other than a PC or PC-emulated platform running Windows NT,
2000, XP or higher. The following minimal system specs are simply a
recommendation to ensure optimal performance:
- At least a Pentium 1 GHz computer with 256MB RAM is recommended.
- A screen resolution of at least 1280 X 1024 is recommended for best display
- Windows XP is recommended but Flight Explorer will run on any Windows 98 or later system.
- Internet access (either dedicated or dial-up), or other dedicated
- Microsoft Dial-up Networking installed and operational (if dialing into the
May I use my existing on-site Meteorlogix or WSI weather
feed with Flight Explorer?
Yes. To set this up, please contact Flight Explorer technical
Does Flight Explorer work with Microsoft Windows 2000
We have a number of customers who are currently using Flight
Explorer with Microsoft Windows 2000 Terminal Server edition and the Citrix
MetaFrame add-on to bring the power of Flight Explorer to their MAC and Unix
based desktops. Feedback from our customers indicates that this solution works
VERY well, and everyone has been extremely pleased with the performance. No
incompatibilities have been reported.
Does Flight Explorer run on a Mac?
Flight Explorer will run on a Mac if an emulator program is
installed. For more information, go to
and search for “emulator”.
Will Flight Explorer work behind a firewall?
With the IP addresses and Port numbers provided in the Flight Explorer built in help system or by Flight
Explorer technical support, Flight Explorer may be set up to run behind a firewall.
Why do some aircraft appear with a BLOCKED tail number?
A BLOCKED tail number is an aircraft where the owner/operator has requested
to have their tail number removed from display on flight tracking tools via the
NBAA’s BARR (Blocked Aircraft Registration Request) program. To have your
tail number BLOCKED, go to
Can Flight Explorer views specific to my user id be saved
to a server so I may use them at any computer on the network?
With the new command line parameter introduced in 4.1, users may
now pull up their User Defined Views and User ID at any computer on the network. For
additional assistance, please contact customer support.
If I install Windows XP Service Pack 2 will Flight Explorer Professional run properly?
Flight Explorer 5.0 has been thoroughly tested on Windows XP platforms with Service Pack 2 and no compatibility issues have been found. Windows XP Service Pack 2 may also be installed on a machine on which Flight Explorer already exists without posing any problems.