Since I was a little boy I have had a fascination with airplanes. I am an active RC airplane modeler and I have a radio scanner that I use to listen to air traffic control conversations. Imagine my surprise when I came across a very interesting article in the December 2014 issue of LINUX Magazine titled, “Plane Spotting.”
Written by Charly Kuhnast, the one-page article describes how to use a USB DVB-T device to capture airplane traffic and plot it on a Google map. What a cool idea. Ol’ Sopwith decided to purchase a DVB-T and see if it would work on the Raspberry Pi.
A few Google searches and I determined the use of the DVB-T device is quite popular among Linux users. And, of course, somebody has already figured out how to get the plane spotter app working on a Pi. The most helpful article to me was written by David Taylor titled, “ADS-B dump1090.”
This Raspberry Pi “How-To” provides detailed instructions on how to get the plane spotter application up and running on a Pi.
If you are in a hurry to get going, use David’s article to determine how to install the required software and configure the system. If you are a new Raspberry Pi user and prefer clear instructions on how to get things working – this article is for you.
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.