Fanet, Flarm and Livetracking

The Livetracking of XCTrack is a great feature to see, be seen and communicate with others. XCTrack runs on Xcontest LIVE platform.

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 and requires an expensive licence to receive Flarm data from others through an integrated radio system and compute these data to detect a possible collision, a lot of devices such as AIR³ 7.3+ are able to transmit Flarm data (Flarm Tx) but not receive Flarm data through the integrated module. This is also called “Passive Flarm”.

Why isn’t it a problem to only transmit Flarm through that module? When there is a large speed difference between 2 aircrafts that may crash, it is the fast aircraft that should be warned “quickly” about a possible collision and take action to avoid it. The slow aircraft can’t anyway do much to avoid the collision if the fast aircraft hasn’t seen the slow one. Therefore, it is important that the fast aircraft knows the position of each other aircraft around, both slow and fast ones, but there is no need that the slow aircraft sees all the others around in a very short delay for collision avoidance.

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.

If you want to be seen on OGN network, visit the FAQ related to that topic.

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 aircrafts from its integrated radio module, but would only see FLARM aircrafts through internet, as explained here below. Usually, the refresh rate to get aircrafts position around you through an internet connection is 30 seconds.

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.

Watch a video tuto that shows how to configure XC Guide and XCTrack in the videos tuto page.

Watch also the quick video tuto that shows how to import XC Guide settings file into AIR³ 7.3

Install XC Guide and configure it accordingly. You can import a setting file to directly get the settings right as you can see in our video tuto (check the tool folder in the latest versions page).

In XCTrack, go to Menu/Preferences/Connection & sensors and click on “external sensor”. Select TCP client. Set Network port 10110 (should be the default). Name the Network Host “localhost” (should be the default).

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
  • Spot
  • Fanet
  • PilotAware
  • Spidertracks

In addition, you can configure XC Guide to also display the following livetracking pilots:

  • Livetrack24
  • Skylines
  • Flymaster groups
  • Airwhere
  • 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.

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