I’ve had this raspberry pi 2 laying around. After doing some research on a few different data modes I came across flightaware.com and their ADS-B project. Well I like radio and I like planes so I put one together. I have a spare RTL-SDR to add to my unused Raspberry Pi.
Setup up the Pi with Raspbian and I enabled SSH so I can manage the Pi remotely for I left the crummy paperclip antenna the RTL-SDR same with.
Setup the internet connection. For me I have a WIFI usb adapter attached.
Plug in the RTL-SDR.
Install PiAware and dump1090.
sudo dpkg -i piaware-repository_3.3.0_all.deb
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install piaware
sudo piaware-config allow-auto-updates yes
sudo apt-get install dump1090-fa
Then sudo reboot and you are DONE!! Yup four commands! Pretty simple. Here are the full directions on flightaware.com. On that page they will provide a link to attach the PiAware client to your flightaware account. After you are all set with this your account will be upgraded to a free Enterprise Account (USD89.95/mo value). This is a cool bonus!
The things I purchased for this project:
– RTL-SDR (I have the v2 this is the newer and better v3 link)