Track flights in real-time on a PyPortal #CircuitPython #PyPortal
The Flight Tracker collects and visualizes real-time flight data on an Adafruit PyPortal display, enabling users to track and monitor the live positions of aircraft through a dynamically updating map.
To begin, a custom map image is downloaded to the PyPortal, centered on a location coordinate defined by the user. This image serves as the background for the map display.
Then, at regular intervals of thirty seconds, the Flight Tracker sends a request to the OpenSky Network API, retrieving live aircraft data that falls within the boundaries of the map. The software is written in CircuitPython.
The received aircraft positions are plotted as icons on the map, allowing users to easily view and track their movements in real-time.
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