Pi Aware Flight Tracker
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ADB-S Flight Tracker

 

Automatic dependent surveillance – broadcast (ADS–B) is a cooperative surveillance technology in which an aircraft determines its position via satellite navigation and periodically broadcasts it, enabling it to be tracked

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Raspberry-Pi-B-Plus-modelSo I have a thing for Raspberry Pies.  They’re just pretty awesome micro computers.

If you don’t know what they are yet well basically the little thing you see a picture of next to this text is it.  It is a computer.  You can, if you so desired hook up a keyboard, mouse, and a monitor and use it like you would a desktop.  It runs many different flavors of linux including Debian.

So now that I’ve kind of gone over what a Raspberry Pi (Pi for short) is what did I do with this one.

 

The quick and simple…

Most of you probably know FlightAware.com.  The website allows you to track flights and see flight historical values.  Site like this have a lot of data they compile from a lot of different places and one of those places is everyday people who track ADS-B broadcasts.  With the advance of cheap micro-computers and cheap antennas everyday people can now start tracking flights in their area.  FlightAware has made a release of Raspian available with all the FlightAware software built in.  All you need to do is download it, flash it to an SD card, hook an antenna to the Pi, plug in an ethernet cord and you’re done.  Within minutes you can start tracking your data live by hitting your Pi by IP address on port 8080.  In my case I’m making my pi available via the internet and also showing my results here.

Post below if you have any questions.

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