Settings - Advanced

The "Advanced" section of the Settings dialog: Logging, Aircraft selection, and UI

Settings are available from X-Plane's menu: Plugin > LiveTraffic > Settings.... In the "Advanced" section you can tweak some rather internal parameters of LiveTraffic, which you should definitely understand before changing.

Logging

Settings > Advanced > Logging

Setting

Default

Description

Log.txt logging Level

Warning

Amount of information written to X-Plane's log file Log.txt: Debug is most, Fatal is least amount of information. Less than Error is not recommended.

In case you can reproduce an error or weird behaviour then please set this to Debug before your reproduce once more. Then create a support request and attach the resulting log file.

Message Area

Info

Level of messages shown in the message area in the top right corner. Fatal shows least, Info most messages.

Only selected messages appear there at all. With this setting you can further reduce the number of messages appearing. Less than Warning is not recommended, however.

Max Message List Len

250

Number of messages kept for display in the Messages List

Aircraft Selection

Settings > Advanced > Aircraft Selection

Setting

Default

Description

Max number of aircrafts

50

Maximum number of aircrafts to display.

Search distance

25

Distance in nautical miles around current viewing position which is scanned for live flight data.

Snap to Taxiways

15

Aircraft positions will be updated to the closest taxiway or runway centerline, if there is such a taxiway/runway in a maximum distance of this many meters.

The feature is completely switched off (and scenery no longer read) if set to 0. See here for more details on taxiway snapping.

Live data refresh

20

Number of seconds to wait between two queries for live flight data.

Note that data for any one aircraft does not update continuously. Querying data more often will not have much of an effect.

Buffering Period

90

Seconds to buffer before displaying aircrafts. This serves as the look-ahead buffer for LiveTraffics data cleansing and take off/landing prediction and is equivalent to the time lag between LiveTraffic's aircraft display and reality. See an FAQ for more background.

A/c outdated period

50

If there is no data for this number of seconds then the aircraft is removed from display.

This setting should be greater than the Live data refresh period, otherwise aircrafts have no chance of collecting enough data for display.

Also see a FAQ on that.

Network timeout

90

Number of seconds a network request is allowed to take before considering it failed.

Note that OpenSky is known to sometimes respond sluggishly, taking up to 60s. Hence values below 60s are not recommended if using OpenSky for tracking data.

User Interface

Settings > Advanced > User Interface

Setting

Default

Description

Transparent Settings

Off

Display this Settings window as a transparent window just like the Aircraft Information Window. Changes to this toggle require you to re-open the Settings.

Font Scaling

100%

Opacity

25%

Opacity of both the Aircraft Information Window (where this same value can be change, too) and a transparent Settings window.

100% means full black background, 0% means no background at all.

The [Reset to Defaults...] button allows you, after a confirmation prompt, to reset all Advanced Settings to their respective defaults as documented here.