[Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - flight route

Volker Schmidt voschix at gmail.com
Sun Nov 27 09:21:17 UTC 2016

This is a complex issue.
Lets start from the end user's point of view:
Flight number XXxxx is sold by airline XX and goes from airport ABC to
airport XYZ, possibly with scheduled intermediate stops at airport DEF (and
possibly more).
That flight is operated by the same airline or by another airline YY as
flight number YYyyy.
The actual flight route is not fixed, but is defined before departure by
the flight's captain.
The flight route has to follow established flight corridors or tracks,
which in turn are not fixed (for example the North Atlantic Tracks [1]).
So what can we map as geographic data in OSM? The airports and that's it.
The "The way making up the route" is not mappable, because it is variable
from instance to instance of the flight.

The only way out I can see, is to accept as "the way making up the route"
fictitious tracks connecting the airports on the shortest route.

(I know that we map already shipping routes, which have, in principle,
similar problems.)

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Atlantic_Tracks)

On 26 November 2016 at 22:57, François Lacombe <fl.infosreseaux at gmail.com>

> Hi Michael,
> Read your proposal and have some comments/questions
> Regarding travel duration, I think this information is irrelevant in the
> route relation, which is only a route.
> The duration depends on what's walking the route (Paris/NYC with A380 =
> approx 7h and Paris/NYC with Concorde used to be lasting 3h)
> From/to should be derived from relation members (role=start/stop). But it
> may be desirable to have these data for display or labelling.
> What if several operators use the route ? Will we have to create as many
> routes as operators ?
> I use to believe flight routes aren't fixed paths but a bunch of paths
> which may vary depending on weather, air pressure, etc...
> Is this really mapable in OSM ?
> You may give a few details more in the Route tracking chapter
> All the best
> François
> *François Lacombe*
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> 2016-11-22 15:41 GMT+01:00 Michael Tsang <miklcct at gmail.com>:
>> Dear all,
>> I have proposed an extension to the public transport schema to include
>> flights.
>> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/flight_route
>> Basically the flight route is mapped just like ferry routes in my
>> proposal.
>> Michael
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