About The Tracker

A personal project of mine for tracking aircraft flying around the New Orleans region. This is accomplished by receiving the aircraft’s Mode-S and ADS-B broadcasts.

Every aircraft is equipped with a transponder that broadcasts a unique HEX code. It can also can be programmed to broadcast a callsign (Ident), squawk code and altitude. This type of broadcast is called Mode-S. ADS-B, or Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast, is the next-gen version of Mode-S. With ADS-B, an aircraft can broadcast its’ exact latitude and longitude along with its other Mode-S data.

Track Coverage

Coverage range is about 200NM around New Orleans.


Coverage Stats @ FlightAware


Tracker Setup

Hardware

Tracker PC: Raspberry Pi 3 Model B
Receiver: FlightAware Pro Stick Plus
Antenna: FlightAware 1090MHz ADS-B Antenna w/FlightAware 1090MHz Band-pass Filter
Power: TP-Link Gigabit Ethernet PoE Splitter Adapter to power Pi via POE connection.
Virtual Radar PC: Intel i3 NUC w/Window 10

Software

FlightAware PiAware
Virtual Radar


Acknowledgements

Much of the inspiration for creating the Flight Log came from Rob Jone’s website, http://sonicgoose.com/ Many of the scripts to used to pull in flight data came from Rob’s site.

Another tracker site, http://flights.hillhome.org, built upon Rob’s original tools but expanded it more, creating the method for pulling in the VRS GPS tracks from flights.  He also has a nice tutorial online at https://github.com/ProHill/VRS-Charts will all the scripts.

All of the aircraft images in the flight log were created by Scott at https://www.norebbo.com.  He creates some fantastically, awesome drawings of aircraft and shares them all.  Go check him out!!

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