FlightAware Firehose℠ Flight Data Feed

World’s most comprehensive global flight tracking and ADS-B flight status data feed

An enterprise-grade, real-time data feed of global aircraft ADS-B positions and flight status.

Firehose Data Feed

  • The world’s most comprehensive global flight tracking and ADS-B flight status data feed including over oceans, polar regions, deserts and other remote areas
  • Surface and airborne data seamlessly merged for comprehensive flight tracking within a single data stream
  • Created for enterprise integrations
  • Surface movement data available at thousands of airports
  • Robust developer documentation, implementation examples, and first-class support
  • Open-source Firestarter SDK to quickly and easily start using Firehose
  • High availability SLA options
  • Customizable data solutions that best fit your needs including predictive data from FlightAware Foresight
  • Additional space-based positional ADS-B data also available

Enhance and optimize aircraft, airport, or airspace operations with FlightAware's in-depth, real-time ADS-B data feed.

FlightAware's Firehose ADS-B data feed is a TCP-based, SSL streaming data feed of flight positions and flight statuses processed by FlightAware. Every Firehose connection includes airborne or surface position data from FlightAware's terrestrial network of ADS-B receivers. Positions from Aireon's space-based ADS-B network, datalink/ACARS providers and RADAR may be included as additional data layers. FLIFO data, Predicted ETAs, Block Events, Extended Flight Info, and weather/extended Mode S/FMS data are also available.

  • Airborne positions
  • Surface positions
  • Flight status, flight plans, and schedules
  • Airborne weather
  • Autopilot settings
  • Historical aviation ADS-B data (with replay capability)
  • FlightAware Foresight predictive data

FlightAware’s Firehose ADS-B data feed is powered by HyperFeed®, a machine learning and rules engine that uses thousands of proprietary models and algorithms to compile, evaluate and aggregate over 10,000 aircraft positions per second. HyperFeed fuses data from radar, terrestrial ADS-B, Mode S multilateration (MLAT), datalink and Aireon space-based ADS-B to deliver the highest quality, truly global and complete flight tracking data.

Be on the Same Page with Aviation Leaders

The FlightAware Flight ID is a unique identifier that stays constant throughout the entire flight. HyperFeed does all the work of associating all relevant flight data with this id, across all of our data sources, whether it is reported using a flight’s registration, callsign, or transponder hex identifier. The FlightAware FlightID simplifies and enables commerce with the giants of the aviation industry.

Example Use Cases


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