Build your own ADS-B receiver
To get started, you will need to order a few parts that are available all over the world, but vendors and availability may vary by country.
Your receiver will run Flightradar24's Pi24 client to track flights within 200-400 miles and will automatically share data with Flightradar24. You can track flights directly off your Pi24 device or via Flightradar24.com
Free Flightradar24 Business Plan subscription (a USD 499.99/year value) for all data sharers.
What to get
- Download and unzip the file.
- Download Win32DiskImager or Etcher (instructions given below are for Win32DiskImager only but the same applies for both).
- Install Win32DiskImager. It might require Administrative privileges, if so, right click on it, and select 'Run as Administrator'.
- Open Win32DiskImager and browse to the folder where you unzipped the downloaded Pi24 image and select the image.
- After selecting the image, select the drive letter of the SD card under 'Device'. Be careful to select the correct drive, otherwise you can end up writing the image to another partition.
- Click write and wait for it to complete. It can take a few minutes, depending on your system speed.
- When this completes, click Ok and then Exit. Then eject and remove your SD card. Continue to "Setting up your Pi24" further down on this page.
- Insert the SD card into the slot at the bottom of your Raspberry Pi.
- Plug in your ADS-B dongle with the antenna cable.
- Next, plug in all the other cables (Ethernet, Power) into your Pi24.
- You should see a solid red LED, a blinking green one and as well as green and yellow Ethernet LEDs.
- On your computer, or LAN connected smartphone/tablet, click on the following link and our system will automatically detect your Pi24 and ask you to register it.
That is all you have to do, once your receiver is active you will receive an email from us with instructions on how you can access your free Flightradar24 Business subscription
- Please note the default credentials for SSH access to Raspberry Pi
- You can load the Raspberry Pi configuration menu by typing 'raspi-config'. Here you are able to set up your Rpi according to your needs.
- Our image is based on Raspbian Jessie Lite.