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Blast from the past: FlightAware’s Terrestrial ADS-B Network

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This blog was posted back in 2021. Since then, we've added many new receivers and have seen increased interest in FlightAware's ADS-B Network. With this in mind we updated some aspects and wanted to reshare the content. In addition, we have new posts in the works that go deeper into the technical aspects of ADS-B engineering at FlightAware, so stay tuned! - Eric T. How It Started In the early 2000s, there was an emergence of a new aircraft surveillance technology known as Automatic… (flightaware.engineering) More...

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sparkie624
sparkie624 10
I have really enjoyed the ADSB network.. Having a Feeder has been really fun and watching planes in my area in Real time, but a 5 minute delay (or what ever it is). Been doing this for about 8 years now!
wbnethery3
Bryan Nethery 7
I have been hosting a FlightFeeder for four years... it is fun to see who's passing by without the lag and blocked tracking.
sparkie624
sparkie624 4
I have been thinking about setting up a separate feeder at my airport where I keep my plane to better see local traffic there... Sounds like a fun thing to do, but I am not sure it is financially worth it to do it.
elnino54
elnino54 4
I have been running a feeder for years with a 10 year old Raspberry Pi, $10 TV tuner and a $5 AliExpress antenna. You don't need to invest much at all.
sparkie624
sparkie624 4
I know... Pretty cheap to do... that is why I am thinking about doing it... I have a 2nd receiver already as well as an Antenna. basically all I need is an Pi computer and some cable.. Also so claps to mount the stuff! The expensive part is an internet connection... Going to do some research to see if I can find a WIFI connection for it to connect to... that would really make it easy!
6686L
rather than doing that...may I suggest...both for your safety, and other aviators in your area, that you bring your own aircraft up to ADS-B capability?
sparkie624
sparkie624 2
I do not understand what you are saying in regards to my plane.. However, My A/C is about as high of avionics package as you can install... Full Garmin GTNxi Series with ADSB IN & OUT! In addition, I also have a Sentry Unit for my Tablet if that were to fail. The Install that I was referring to was to put up another ADSB Feeder to Flight Aware at my local airport that I am based at!

6686L
my mistake...i got the impression you were notf amiliar with and/or did not have ADS-B in your aircrft, just your ground-based activities.
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
I have to have ADSB-Out due to being based in very heavy Class-C Airspace. To get my plane Ferried to me, I had to have a remote mechanic install an ADSB-Out tail beacon just to Ferry the A/C home! I have since sold my ADSB Out Beacon!

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