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OpenSky is available as a tracking data source to everyone and immediately
As of Nov-2023 OpenSky Network is unreliable or at time completely down and has not yet indicated when it will be back online in a reliable fashion. That means there currently is no out-of-the-box option available that would cover essential parts of world-wide air traffic. See this forum post for background and updates. Another free option is ADS-B Exchange's Basic plan, but it requires you to set up an account and obtain an API key, see here. And see the full list of channels for even more options.
Settings > Input Channels > Open Sky Network (no user)
However, since July 2022 it is advisable to register a user account with OpenSky Network. then enter those credentials here in LiveTraffic and click [Save and Try]. Without a user account you are only allowed a very limited number of requests per day, with an account you are allowed a lot more (details). Your credentials work well when you see a much higher number of "requests left today" displayed some time (refresh period) after saving new credentials:
Settings > Input Channels > Open Sky Network
The fields in detail:
You control the number of requests LiveTraffic sends per minute via the Advanced Setting Live Data Refresh. The default of one request per 20s is totally sufficient for fluent aircraft display and means that you use just 3 requests per minute and the 1,000 requests limit lasts for 5.5 hours.
To further save on your request budget, you can separately define a higher refresh period in the Advanced Settings > Aircraft Selection while you are flying your user aircraft higher than a configurable height above ground (default: 60s when flying higher than 10,000ft).
LiveTraffic displays the remaining requests per day in OpenSky's connection status, see screenshots above for examples. Please note that OpenSky might run in a different timezone than you are in, so the end of an OpenSky day might not be your local midnight.
LiveTraffic displays a warning once the number of remaining requests reach 50 and once again when it reaches 10.
In case you run out of requests OpenSky sends an information when budget is available again. LiveTraffic displays this as local time in the Connection Status:
OpenSKy: Retry information
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