But, What is Airframes?

Airframes is an aerospace data aggregation service that has been in development for some time now, intended to augment the data that ADS (Automatic Dependent Surveillance) aggregators collect and present.

So while Airframes is not brand new, this post serves to reconnect with the community and lay down some intentions, goals, and elaborate on some work in progress.

What differentiates Airframes from other aggregation services is that it focused on ACARS (Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System), which is predominantly for various aircraft systems and services to report and communicate statuses instead of ADS: primarily for communicating basic aircraft location data.

Today, existing services are aggregating variations of ADS:

  • ADS-B
  • UAT
  • ADS-C

These aerospace communications standards are in use by every major airline and military organization to transmit real-time location information of their fleets from the air. It is a requirement by law in most countries (with some exceptions), and thus it is prevalent.

The following variations of ACARS are being actively developed & aggregated by Airframes:

  • VDL
  • HFDL
  • AERO
  • AOI

These communication mediums deliver enhanced details, above and beyond aircraft positions, such as:

  • aircraft key events (OOOI, etc)
  • route changes
  • emergency communications
  • pilot to pilot text messages
  • pilot to headquarters text messages
  • and yes, even locations

Aggregating, processing, and otherwise making available this information will be a fruitful endeavor for feeders and consumers. It will help further color and detail what is happening during flights from start to finish. If you are feeding ADS-B/UAT to one or more services already, consider adding another receiver and feeding Airframes today.

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