Plane transponder data from Ben’s Raspberry Pi’s. Read about it in my blog.
Click on a plane to get flight data. Trail line color; green to blue to red reflect altitude. For best results, right click on the appropriate link and select ‘Open in new tab’.
Virtual Radar – Desktop This is all the aircraft over SoCal that our system tracks.
Virtual Radar – Mobile Same as above, but built for mobile screens.
FlightAirMap A very comprehensive website that shows a lot of data and statistics. Take your time with this one and check out the layers etc on the side toolbar as well as the drop down selections along the top.
Live ACARS, VDL, HFDL and Inmarsat data for the Socal / Phoenix area;
3D Map Centered on Temecula – A very beautiful way to display the different heights and paths that aircraft take over the Southern California airspace. You need a powerful computer/graphics card to take advantage of this view/application. You may find it helpful to test your browser first. The core code is by Shogoodae and tweaked by Bram Jacobse. You can view a long thread about this application on the Fligtaware Forums.
Phoenix 3D Map centered on Phoenix
Las Vegas 3D Map centered on Las Vegas
Los Angeles 3D Map centered on Los Angeles International
San Francisco 3D Map centered on Fan Francisco International
There are a lot of pieces and parts that make up the functionality of the sites linked above.
For example, there is a small satellite dish with a modified GPS antenna mounted at the feed-horn location for the Inmarasat ACARS messages. It feeds into an RTLSDR USB dongle with a 30 foot long USB lead to an Intel NUC that runs SDRSharp and Jaero to decode the data stream. SDR# has 6 VFO plugins running to pick up 6 channels of ACARS data. This data is fed into Node-RED for filtering, decoding and displaying on the web page.
The HFDL is feed from a receiver located in Phoenix (Temecula had too high of a noise floor). Another Intel NUC is running the program sorcerer. Node-RED then streams the decoded data from Phoenix to Temecula where it is further decoded and presented on the web page.
Node-RED is a massive part of all websites as it shuffles data around and also builds the main dashboard website.
It also is how we do the word filtering on the ACARS messages and refines them for the email and dash board filtering of pilot reports, engine reports, weather reports and so on.
VDL messages are streamed via dumpvdl from the Raspberry Pi’s at the different sites and picked up by Node-RED and funneled into the main flow to be sorted and indexed.
ACARS messages are streamed by acardeco2 from the Raspberry Pi’s at the different sites and picked up by Node-RED an funneled into the main flow to be sorted and indexed.
Two MySQL databases are used, the first for the Node-RED dash board, the second for the dedicated use of the program FlightAirMap.
The end result is a very custom built website and suite of software that is very unique.