Aircraft Flight Path and Weather Tracking

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overview and Video

Sean B. introduces his FlightAware / Raspberry Pi project which he uses to track aircraft in the skies overhead, night or day. In addition to tracking flight paths, the FlightAware / PiAware also shows regional weather systems.


you will need

Major components

  • Raspberry Pi

  • Monitor (Sean’s 64” monitor makes this project stunning to watch, but is not “required.” Sorry.)

  • FlightAware Pro Stick Plus FA

  • FlightAware ADS-B Dual 978 MHz + 1090 MHz Band-Pass SMA Filter (optional)

Other components

  • Antenna

  • Low-Loss Coax Extension Cable (50 Ohm) for 3G/4G/LTE/Ham/ADS-B/GPS/RF Radio to Antenna or Surge Arrester Use (Not for TV or WiFi) (SMA Male to N Male connectors)

  • USB cable, power cable

WorkBench 1007 Project Development Kit

  • 1007 Base

  • One 2x3 Click with Raspberry Pi 2/3 Slide

  • Two 1x3 or 2x3 Clicks to mount the FlightAware and Cable components

  • Optional: 1007 Cover

Sean’s Advice

1. A larger antenna will give you the widest view of the sky. Get the largest, best antenna you can afford and mount it outside if possible.

2. The FightAware filter helps reduce RF noise if your location is close to radio or cell towers.

3. When you choose your coax cable, do your homework on which cable is required, and be sure the connectors are correct. Standard TV and WiFi cables are not appropriate.