There are many Livetracking solutions available. XContest Live is probably the most advanced with the largest number of pilots using it.
However, only pilots that are using XCTrack will be displayed on the map unless you use one of the hereunder described methods.
Internet and/or radio module
In order to be seen or see others on the map, you can either use an internet connection, or use an equipment that sends and receives these data through an integrated radio module. This is the case with Flarm and Fanet devices.
FLARM’s main goal is to avoid collisions between aircrafts. FLARM stands for Flight Alarm.
FANET’s main goal is to provide Livetracking features without the need of internet network. FANET stands for Flying Ad-hoc Network.
Livetracking through internet, Flarm, Fanet, ….each solution has its pros and cons. AIR³ 7.3+ has all the Pros of each solution.
To be seen …
First of all, to understand the ins and outs of each solution, we need to differentiate the “see others” from the “to be seen”. In both cases, the time occuring between 2 sets of data informing about the position of each aircraft around should also be taken into account to differentiate the solutions available.
As long as Flarm’s main goal is to avoid collisions , a lot of devices such as AIR³ 7.3+ are able to transmit Flarm data (Flarm Tx).
AIR³ 7.3+ is able to communicate its position to others both through internet and through an integrated radio module (this means even without internet available), both to FLARM and FANET devices.
Through internet, it will be seen by others depending on the configuration: Xcontest Livetracking, OGN, Livetrack24, SportstrackLive,…
The easiest way to be seen by many Livetracking platform is to run XC Guide and configure it accordingly. See more details in the XC Guide specificities for AIR³ page.
See others …
Flarm devices and others (OGN – Flymaster – Livetrack24 – XC Globe – Fanet,…) can be seen on the map of XCTrack Pro during the flight with any AIR³ (not only 7.3+) via XC Guide and an internet connection.
AIR³ 7.3+ is also able to see FANET and Flarm (V2) aircrafts from its integrated radio module.
Note that you will only see other aircrafts if you have activated the “Display nearby pilots” in the map configuration of XC map widget in the Xcontest widgets page or the task map widget in the competition widgets page.
To be able to see others via XC Guide requires an internet connection. This can be obtained either through your SIM card (mostly recommended because it doesn’t require any concern before take off) or by sharing your phone’s internet (hotspot) through WIFI or Bluetooth. Without the need of a Flarm receiving device, this method allows you to get all aircrafts around you on XCTrack map.
You can set what you want to display (filters) on the map by changing the settings in XC Guide. Note that XC Guide has to run in the background to let XCtrack get the info to display.
OGN will display the following livetracking pilots:
- Aircrafts using a Flarm
- Flymaster livetracking (to be confirmed)
- All aircrafts using an OGN tracker
- Garmin Inreach
In addition, you can configure XC Guide to also display the following livetracking pilots:
- Flymaster groups
- XC Globe
- SPOT & Garmin inReach
You can also set XC Guide to display Commercial aircrafts around you through Opensky ADS B. Check more details how to configure the Opensky ADS B feature of XC Guide in the XC Guide specificities for AIR³ page.