FlightFeeder

Enhance FlightAware Tracking in your Area!

FlightFeeder is a network ADS-B receiver. It receives ADS-B data directly from airplane transponders via a small antenna. FlightFeeder then makes the real-time data available on the local network to users and also sends it to FlightAware over the Internet. FlightFeeder only requires an external antenna (included), Internet connection over Ethernet, and power (via a USB cable into a wall adapter).

FlightFeeder is compatible with virtually all existing ADS-B software packages like PlanePlotter and BaseStation. Users can connect to their FlightFeeder over their LAN to receive all data. Users can also choose to view flight data on the FlightAware.com web site.

FlightFeeder is roughly the size of a can of soda and uses less power than a night light. There are no moving parts or temperature restrictions.

FlightFeeder Features

  • No Configuration Required
    • FlightFeeder is self-configuring
    • FlightFeeder is remotely managed and upgraded automatically by FlightAware as new software is released
  • FlightAware Integration
    • Real-time ADS-B data feeding to FlightAware.com
    • Real-time Mode S Multilateration (MLAT) participation with nearby FlightAware receivers
    • Automatic FlightAware Software Upgrades
  • Easy Web Interface
  • ADS-B/Mode-S Data Output for Optional Application Integration and Data Feeds
    • TCP port 30002 for raw/unparsed messages in AVR format
    • TCP port 30003 for parsed messages in BaseStation format
    • TCP port 30005 for raw/unparsed messages in Beast binary format
    • TCP port 30105 for multilateration results (only) in Beast binary format (for FlightFeeders, the device must be running 7.x or newer software)
    • TCP port 30106 for multilateration results (only) in extended BaseStation format (for FlightFeeders, the device must be running 7.x or newer software)
  • HDMI TV/Display Interface
    • View Network Configuration and Real-Time Statistics
    • View Device Status

FlightFeeder Site Requirements

  • Internet
    • Reliable and always-on (24/7) Internet connection (broadband not required)
    • Available uplink bandwidth of <10Kbps for ADS-B or <50Kbps for ADS-B+MLAT
    • Standard RJ45 Ethernet connection (hardware version 7 or hardware version 8)
    • WiFi (hardware version 8 only, or hardware version 7 with user-provided USB WiFi adapter)
    • Standard router/modem with DHCP auto-configure network setup
    • NAT compatible
  • Power
    • Reliable electrical power (battery back-up preferred but not required)
    • Standard residential/office 108-240V (usage: 1A @ 5V)
    • Minimum 200 joules surge protector, 800 joules if the area has known power issues
  • ADS-B Antenna Site
    • Antenna should have a clear line of sight to the sky with no obstructions
    • Antenna must be located within 15m / 50ft from FlightFeeder (shorter is preferable)
  • FlightFeeder Site
    • Must be located within 15m / 50ft from the antenna
    • Must be located within 100m / 330ft from the Internet connection
    • Must be installed indoors (hangar or garage is acceptable)
    • Must be installed in a dry environment and not be subject to rain or moisture

FlightFeeder Kit Contents

  • FlightFeeder (hardware version 7 or hardware version 8)
  • External Antenna (1 ft./300 mm antenna, total size 2 ft./600 mm with mounting bracket and antenna cable)
  • Antenna cable, low-loss with SMA connectors (length choice of 5m, 10m or 15m)
  • Ethernet (length of 10 ft./3 m)
  • USB power cable (with local plug or adapter)
  • 1090 MHz bandpass filter (provided with version 8 hardware only)

FlightFeeder Specifications

  • Weight: 225g / 0.5lbs
  • Dimensions: 115mm x 77mm x 64mm / 4.5" x 3" x 2.5"
  • Antenna Port: SMA male (requires SMA N-female antenna cable)
  • Power: 1A via microUSB
  • Range: Over 250nm depending on installation quality
  • Performance: Over 1,500 Mode S frames per second
  • Computer: Does not require a computer

Obtaining a FlightFeeder

FlightFeeder Links

FlightAware FlightFeeder v6
FlightAware FlightFeeder v6