Features

Last updated 13 days ago

Brief list of features

Live Flight Data Channels

LiveTraffic can read from the following sources, called channels:

LiveTraffic can even read several channels at the same time. Warnings apply, see Basic Settings.

Please support the people providing the data LiveTraffic builds upon!

In case you are unhappy with the coverage in your area...both providers will be extremely happy if you support them with ADS-B receivers. It really isn't all that difficult and would help the entire community:

Typically, one receiver can feed into several networks at the same time.

Display of Aircraft

Well, yea...that's what it's all about:

  • Aircraft 3D model as per installed CSL libraries. LiveTraffic uses the very same library (xplanemp) as XSquawkBox and X-IvAp do. Expect pretty similar behaviour.

  • Aircraft labels (the yellow text), content configurable, can also be switched off

  • Basic flight modelling: LiveTraffic tries to mimic those aircraft movements, which are not transported by the flight data:

    • Rotate, Pitch, Flare

    • Turns, Roll (Roll yet simple, better curve modelling to come)

    • Acceleration, Deceleration

    • Gear and Flap movement

    • Lights (Beacon, Navigation, Landing, Taxi)

  • Landing Simulation in case no more flight data available during approach, so that the aircrafts continue their descend down to the ground, roll out, stop, and only then vanish.

  • Hide any aircraft, thereby even impersonate an existing aircraft and taking over its position in the queues.

  • External camera view: Hop on any plane's tail and watch it manoeuvring.

Aircraft and Flight Information Display

LiveTraffic can show aircraft information and updated dynamic flight data (like position, speed, altitude and so on) about the aircrafts as shown in X-Plane (which supposingly is very close to reality minus buffering period, but LiveTraffic certainly needs to interpolate between available data points).

A/C Info Window

  • Shows aircraft info for one or more aircrafts right inside X-Plane.

  • Aircrafts selectable by transponder code, registration, call sign, flight number, and index within LiveTraffic, or

  • Auto-selecting the closest aircraft in viewing direction.

  • Multiple a/c info windows can be opened in parallel.

  • Options for camera view and hiding planes.

Data Refs

LiveTraffic makes good use of X-Plane's data ref feature. Historically, this was just meant to ease my development life as I could use the DataRefEditor plugin to change the configuration and read aircrafts' status. Thus, it became the backbone of the configuration object in LiveTraffic and remains available to the outside world.

TCAS and Maps

TCAS has good chances to work. Some TCAS and map implementations require AI aircrafts to be set up, see installation.

Here's a list of collected feedback...mostly positive actually 🙂.