Stratus is live, with something fun to play with

The work on the latest release 'stratus' is finished!
Besides a minor theme update, several code and speed improvements and an overhauled geodata backend architecture the new release contains two main features: live-tracking and OGC compliant web services that expose openAIP tracking data to the public. In the first run, the main goal is to deliver raw tracking data that can either be consumed on http://maps.openaip.net or programmatically via our WFS and used in mobile application like iGlide, iPilot and freeFlight. Based on this data, openAIP already recognizes areas with a high density of aircrafts and marks them as potentially dangerous areas on the map based on aircraft count, distance within all targets and the height band where they occur. This is especially useful when flying in mountain areas to avoid big gaggles of paragliders and hang gliders that occur in certain areas around mountain peaks. If internet connectivity is sufficient and data can be retrieved from the WFS inflight, once flight route can be adjusted to avoid such areas. This and other following security services will remain free and accessible for everybody for all time.
Additionally we are beta-testing calculation of average climb values for openAIP hotspots and wave/ridge soaring areas based on live-tracking data. This data, merged with a huge amount of past flight data can than be viewed on openAIP and also be streamed to mobile devices. These services will require a small subscription fee and an active openAIP account.

openAIP live tracking will be available in one of the coming iGlide, iPilot and freeFlight releases. Other third-party vendors can use the openAIP API for free. Please contact webmaster@openaip.net for more information. We will also provide a documentation on the tracking API shortly.

Best wishes and magnificent flights!

the openAIP team

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