Application structure

The data visible from the application is organized into 5 main categories:

  • Aircraft: List of aircraft used by SAFIRE, they are classified by number of flights. The time range of use, the number of campaigns and instruments on board the aircraft are also available.
  • Campaign: List of SAFIRE measurement campaigns in chronological order. Projects, aircraft used, scientific fields, etc. are listed.
  • Flights: List of SAFIRE flights in chronological order with the associated campaign and the aircraft used. The flight path and its report are downloadable.
  • Datasets: List of datasets generated during SAFIRE flights. The download of these datasets is for people connected (see page 1st connection).
  • Search: The main tab to quickly access the data.

Tab Search

  • Zone 1: contains research fields.
  • Zone 2: list the results of the search above. An autofocus is active by default to permanently display the results in Zone 3.
  • Zone 3: represents with a different color the flight paths of each dataset from the search results list.

So we get the following reading:

To download a dataset, check the box:

A button appears to download selected dataets, the red cross allows you to empty the selection:

Central table

The other 4 tabs show a table. The Aircraft tab is quite simple to start:

It is possible to:

  • sort by column (by default date)
  • search a plane by name (field Name search)

By clicking on an item in the table, its information is displayed:

  • Navigation buttons: allows you to move quickly from one tab to another (see all campaigns carried out by a specific aircraft for example).
  • Details button(s) (if available):
    • Aircraft: the brown button displays the aircraft’s instruments
    • Campaigns: the purple button displays the flight paths of the campaign on a map
    • Flights:
      • the yellow button displays the flight sequence
      • the purple button displays the flight path and its points of interest on a map
      • the white button displays the flight report
  • Information list: the detailed information of the selected object, if the list of information is too long, it is organized in tabs for more readability

Advanced search

The Campaigns, Flights and Datasets tabs have advanced research:

If at least an advanced filter is active, simple search is inaccessible.

It is possible to fill one or more fields to refine the search.

The drop-down lists have a self-complete, as on a search engine. Just type the beginning of the word, the relevant results appear below.

Advanced search carries out an “AND” check between the completed fields. For example, entering “ATR42” in Platforms and “2017” in Year will display the campaigns carried out by the ATR42 aircraft and carried out in 2017.

However, for multiple-choice drop-down lists, here Area and Scientific domains, use the OR operator. So, by checking the “Western Europe” area and the “Northern Africa” area, the campaigns of Western Europe or North Africa are displayed.

Some special cases:

  • Campaigns -> Year : by filling the field with a year, the research is also done on the years contained in the temporal beaches. For example, looking for “2012” will also send back the ITAAC-TC2 campaign that has a temporal coverage from 2010 to 2014 because 2010 < 2012 < 2014
  • Flights -> Flight number : it is possible to search for several flights by separating them from a comma, for example: “as190009,as190010”.

“Test” flights were removed from the database, as well as instrument campaigns (LNG, OSIRIS, …)


For Flights and Datasets categories, it is possible to download metadata and data respectively.

The first way to do this will be to check the boxes on the left of the screen, then click the button that appears. To empty the selection, just click the red button.

The second option is to complete the advanced search fields and download all the results:

Some datasets come from AERIS and are currently unavailable for download directly:

To see them, it is necessary to go to the AERIS catalogue. To do this, click on the dataset and then on the LINKS&DATA tab, the links are inside.

To display only downloadable datasets, open the advanced search and select “ Available” in the “Download is…” field.