Foxtrotcharlie - A journey to ADS-B tracking with Raspberry Pi

Foxtrotcharlie - A journey to ADS-B tracking with Raspberry Pi

ADS-B Live

Latest Mode-S and ADS-B aircraft picked up from my location in Hong Kong and other sites. Trackers in Hong Kong, Briancon and mobile tracker over the world when I am travelling: United States (New York, San Francisco, San Diego, Kansas City, Seattle, Miami), Spain (Barcelona), France (Paris, Chalon sur Saone, Rennes, Lyon, Briancon), Germany (Berlin), Luxembourg, Japan (Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto), China (Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Beijing, Wuhan, Shanghai)... Shows ModeS code, tail number, type of aircraft, registered owner and when my trackers detected them first and last.

Radar and maps

Trajectory of aircraft as seen by my trackers - All aircraft do not have positions as they are not reporting it and MLAT position may not be available.
Worldwide airports (15.000 airports around the world, including Air Force bases and Naval stations - and also Santa Claus own air base!)
All the routes in my database (150.000 routes from 32.500 airlines worldwide)

New aircraft

New aircraft detected by my trackers. Aircraft that are seen for the first time by one of my tracker. I also have many unknown ModeS hex codes for which I don't find any data in available databases.

Special aircraft

Military and other special aircraft detected by my trackers. Quite a lot of "freedom of the sky" activity by USAF and US Navy in the area between Hong Kong, Taiwan and South China Sea. Also, a lot of military transport aircraft and helicopters over Briancon.


Search my database of aircraft. You can search aircraft by Tail Number, Operator (owner, airline, military branch), ModeS code (ICAO hex code), Type of aircraft (manufacturer, type).
Access my database of aircraft, airports and routes through API. More than 33.000 available ModeS hex codes with associated registration (tail number), 15.000 airports with latitude/longitude and 150.000 routes.
Some interesting aircraft: Air Force One / Lockheed EP-3E Aries 2 Orion / Boeing RC-135 / Hawker Beechcraft B350


Statistics from my trackers. Number of aircraft per country, per manufacturer (Boeing, Airbus, Dassault, Bombardier, COMAC,...), daily stats and evolution over time.


My ADS-B tracker project and interesting links.
Build your own ADS-B tracker.

Blog - FoxtrotCharlie

A Journey to #ADSB Tracking with Raspberry Pi, SigFox, Python, MySQL, PHP, dump1090 and solar power. I try to publish on a weekly basis, let me know what topic would be interesting for you!

A Guide to Presidential Planes – Airport Spotting
Some of the various presidential planes that are used to transport heads of state or members of government from various countries around the world. See them on FoxtrotCharlie: Brazil – United Kingdom – France (F-UJCS and F-UJCT) – USA (82-8000 and 92-9000) – Russia — Read on

SkyAware Anywhere
SkyAware Anywhere, a great new tool from FlightAware for those with multiple receivers

‘Why Don’t They Just Land?’: Why the Best Diversion Airport May Not Be the Closest
We take a closer look at what happens when a flight diverts and why sometimes the aircraft don’t just land at the nearest airport. What’s the best strategy to find a diversion airport? — Read on

Troll Air Station
Great article on what it takes to operate an Airfield in Antarctica. Check Troll Air Station / AT27 on foxtrotcharlie.

Build a 3D flight tracker
An interesting tutorial. Adding this to my to-do-list!

A comprehensive list of plane tracking websites (1/2)
100+ ways to track commercial, private and military aircraft around the world. Commercial trackers, community aggregators, Virtual Radar Servers and other websites.

COVID-19 impact on aviation industry
COVID-19 impact on aviation industry

Flightradar24: new receivers activated in December 2020

Tony Webster – Is a war on live flight tracking coming?
Tony Webster is analysing the risk that hex code anonymised is bringing to live flight tracking.

2to3, Python 2 to Python 3 made easy!
Do I need to upgrade from Python 2 to Python 3? I started to develop my ADS-B tracker software in Python 2 and I delayed the upgrade to Python 3 for a long time. I was thinking it would be pretty difficult! Now that PIP is soon to drop support of Python 2.7, I finally […]


Tweets by FoxCharlie - my twitter bot with some manual retweets. Tweeting for new aircraft and when interesting aircraft are detected (military, helicopters, rare manufacturers, exotic countries).
New #Aircraft ✈️ #Airbus ACJ319 115X flying in range of #Briancon🏔️ receiver #France with tail P4-LTI #LizaTransportInternationa...
New #Aircraft ✈️ #Gulfstream Aerospace Giv flying in range of #Briancon🏔️ receiver #France with tail SU-BGM #EgyptianAirForce 01...
New #Aircraft ✈️ #Embraer Phenom 300 E flying in range of #Briancon🏔️ receiver #France with tail D-CKVI #DasPrivateJetsGmbh 3cdc...
#AgustaWestland AW139 ✈ flying in range of #HongKong receiver at 550ft with tail B-MHI #EastAsiaAirlines 78172d #China #ADSB 📡 #...
#Tactical Code - Various P8 Aircraft ✈ flying in range of #HongKong receiver at 28500ft with tail TACTICAL #USNavy ae67da #Unite...

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