When you are traveling by air, then you go to the airport and you look at the flight information screens that are present all over the airport. When you are departing then you first check the check in desk for your airline or flight. This flight information is displayed on what they call Flight Information Display System or FIDS. This is a technical aviation term for flight info on screens in the airports and maybe this type of communication is probably the earliest adaptor of data driven presentations.
You can use your own airport database, but when you are not working at an airport, then you have to look elsewhere for flight information. Maybe you run a hotel nearby an airport and you want to display flight information for your guests. Or a car rental service. A good source for flight information from airports worldwide is DigiChief. This is a web service where you can buy a subscription for your data of interest.
With your subscription, you can retrieve flight information in XML format that you can see in your internet browser like so. Here we see a sample of the arrivals of Dallas (DFW) airport.
- Flight number
- Scheduled time
- Estimated time
- Check in desk