Behind the Scenes: Operational Flight Map
Weather plays a big role in the Airbus Test Flight Activity. To make it easier to track operational Flight Data, I have created an Interactive Map that can overlay multiple parameters, such as Weather as well as Today’s and Yesterday’s Test Flight Activity. Additionally, LIVE Airbus & Beluga Flights are shown, thanks to the Opensky Network.
This is not a feature used by Airbus itself, but rather developed to visualize meteorological data along with flight data from the project.
On all of the Airport Pages, undereanth the simple map you’ll see a new link called “View Flight Operations Map”. This will launch the new Interactive Map, where you can overlay any of the Weather Layers, such as Current Radar, SIGMETs and nearby Current Weather conditions.
These current conditions are based on METAR observations and are indicated on the map as their respective Flight Category: VFR (Green), MVFR (Blue), IFR (Red) and LIFR (Magenta). This will make it much easier to determine which area is currently receiving good weather conditions and which area is receiving bad weather conditions. You can also click on any of the Airport markers to get more details of the current conditions, including Wind Direction and Speed, Temperature and Cloud Type & Base.
Additionally, a new “dark mode” map type will be available. Each Weather Layer updates automatically every 10 minutes, so you can just leave the page , on a big screen for example, for always be up-to-date.
Besides Weather Layers, by default it will show the LIVE positions of Airbus Test Flights, Airbus Beluga Flights, Airbus Charter Flights and Delivery Flights. You can also overlay any imported Test Flights, either by MSN number or any Date.
This is the first in many features that help analyze Airbus Test Flight Activity. More testing with this Interactive Map is required over the next few weeks before it will be live for everybody 🙂