ADS-B + Raspberry Pi + RTL-SDR = FUN!

By | February 18, 2017

I’ve had this raspberry pi 2 laying around. After doing some research on a few different data modes I came across 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 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:

Raspberry Pi 2 (this can also be done with a Raspberry Pi 3)

TP-LINK wireless USB adapter 

8GB Micro SD card (for the Pi any size will do(8GB+). I only buy mine from MicroCenter)

RTL-SDR (I have the v2 this is the newer and better v3 link)

USB Power adapter

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