My ADS-B tracker project

Some years ago, I bumped into an article on Mashable about Jeremy Merrill using a Raspberry Pi ADS-B tracker to detect aircraft flying over his house and display the origin or destination of that plane (see article here and github there). As my place is just on a busy...

From Mode S code to tail number

No tail number! After installing your first receiver and connecting it to main flight tracking sites – such as FlightRadar24 and FlightAware – once you start playing with the dump1090 feed by yourself, one of the most frustrating part is that you only get a 6 digit hex code...

COMAC got its first C919 order from China Eastern Airlines

First firm order for the C919 COMAC got its first command for C919 from China Eastern Airlines back in March this year. The 5 aircraft will be based in Shanghai and fly to most popular Chinese destinations (Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Wuhan). Target is to deliver those units this year...

JZRO, first airfield on Mars!

On April 19 2021, Ingenuity Helicopter flew for the first time on Mars, with flight number IGY-1 and call sign INGENUITY from Wright Brothers Airfield (JZRO) on Jezero Crater, the first official ICAO airfield on another planet! To celebrate the event, JZRO has been added to my airports database,...

How to run a Raspberry Pi 4 on SSD – James A. Chambers

I recently started to migrate my trackers from running an SD card to a SSD drive to improve reliability and increase disk space – I am storing all the aircraft and positions into a local database – and this article has been my bible for that. Definitely a great...

A Guide to Presidential Planes – Airport Spotting

Some of the various presidential planes that are used to transport heads of state or members of government from various countries around the world. See them on FoxtrotCharlie: Brazil – United Kingdom – France (F-UJCS and F-UJCT) – USA (82-8000 and 92-9000) – Russia — Read on www.airportspotting.com/a-guide-to-presidential-planes/...