Monday, January 28, 2013

FlightStats® Alerts API transitions from Beta to Production

The FlightStats® Flex Alerts API has transitioned from Beta to production status. Production status means three things to those who have been using the Alerts API Beta:

  1. The API is considered stable for development. No compatibility-breaking changes will be introduced from this point forward. Customers can expect to see some new developer tools emerge over the next week or so that will allow developers to test their rules by having test messages sent to an end point of the developer's choosing. 
  2. FlightStats is offering the Alerts API for free during the month of February.
  3. Requests against the Alerts API will incur fees starting on March 1, 2013, according to your pricing plan with FlightStats. Standard pricing (Commercial and Limited Plans) will be as follows:

Number of rules (per month):1–50,00050,001–500,000>500,001
Price per request ($USD):$0.10 each$0.06 each$0.03 each

 An alternative pricing method based upon the number of messages sent is available in certain cases. There is also a special package price available to airlines. Contact FlightStats sales for a quote.

Read about the FlightStats Flex Alerts API  to learn more details about the API or visit the FlightStats developer center.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

FlightStats at Conferences Around the World...

Let's meet! FlightStats representatives will be actively participating in several upcoming events in the coming weeks. If you have a project that you would like to discuss or get help with please contact the FlightStats team. 


Contact Derrek Wright - derrek(at)

Contact Nelly Liu - nliu(at)


Contact David White - davidw(at)

Contact David White - davidw(at)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Canvas of Light Tapestry woven with fiber optic threads uses FlightStats Data from the worlds nine busiest airports

50 Different Minds

50 Different Minds Fiber Optic Tapestry using FlightStats Data
This innovative work of art called 50 Different Minds was a successful Kickstarter project.  The tapestry is made from hand woven fiber optics. There has never been anything like it. It fuses traditional arts, digital electronics, interactivity, and data scraping with contemporary art. It is a new media canvas, woven from information, using fiber optic thread to carry information and data from the internet in the form of light.

The tapestry is connected to the internet and gets data in real time. 50 Different Minds runs two computer programs that listen to Twitter tweets and follows flight arrivals and departures at the nine busiest airports in the world. The brightness and colors are modulated by flight activity with data supplied via FlightStats Flex APIs. Specific search terms are associated with patterns and color frequencies. When queried, information is parsed and assigned a pattern, which triggers a display of changing pattern/color. The animated effect looks like illuminated silk.

If you happen to be headed to San Francisco, stop by the Catherine Clark Gallery and have a look.
(Address:150 Minna Street, San Francisco, CA)

Otherwise you can check out the video created by the artists describing the project.