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PiAware

PiAware landing

Do you want to build your own ADS-B flight tracking receiver?

Key Features

  • SkyAware web-based map interface displays real-time nearby flights from receiver.
  • Be part of the world's largest and fastest growing ADS-B network.
  • Users can connect to their PiAware over their LAN to receive all data.
  • Track even more aircraft in real-time by contributing to multilateration (MLAT) calculations.
  • Built easily from widely-available low-cost hardware.
  • Uses free, open source software.

What is FlightAware?

FlightAware is a digital aviation company and operates the world's largest flight tracking and data platform. With global connectivity to every segment of aviation, FlightAware provides over 10,000 aircraft operators and service providers as well as over 12,000,000 passengers with global flight tracking solutions, predictive technology, analytics, and decision-making tools.

What is PiAware?

ADS-B receivers are electronic devices that listen for radio signals from ADS-B aircraft transponders and decodes them to determine aircraft positions. FlightAware has created an open source software solution called PiAware to make aircraft data accessible to everyone. PiAware uses low-power hardware like a Raspberry Pi, a Pro Stick (an inexpensive USB adapter), and an antenna to receive signals from aircraft. Together, the software and hardware decipher and display the 1090MHz ADS-B data in SkyAware, FlightAware’s web-based map interface that allows users to view aircraft positions on a local network. The receiver also sends the data to FlightAware to provide free flight-tracking on flightaware.com.

Why Should I build a PiAware?

  • Easiest way to setup an ADS-B receiver.
  • Receive a complimentary FlightAware Enterprise Account which includes:
    • 8 months of historical flight data.
    • Unlimited flight alerts.
    • Registration/tail numbers for airline/callsign flights.
    • Air traffic control callsigns.
    • Full screen maps without ads.
  • Access SkyAware, a web-based map showing all aircraft currently being tracked by your ADS-B receiver.
  • View multilateration (MLAT) results in SkyAware to track even more aircraft.
  • Browse detailed statistics about the performance of your site.
  • See which flights your site helped track in the tracklogs on flightaware.com.
  • Receive the ADS-B Network News monthly email with tips and tricks to get the most out of your ADS-B receiver.
SkyAware interface

Build a PiAware Receiver

Easy-to-follow instructions are available that detail the process of purchasing, assembling, and setting up of a PiAware ADS-B receiver. It takes about 2 hours to set up a receiver and track flights in real-time (hardware costs around USD100/EUR80).

Install PiAware Software

If you already have a Raspberry Pi, it takes less than 5 minutes to install the PiAware software on it and start sharing live ADS-B with FlightAware.

Raspberry Pi is a trademark of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

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