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!

From Mode S code to tail number
No tail number! After installing your first receiver and connecting it to main flight tracking sites – such as FlightRadar24 and FlightAware – once you start playing with the dump1090 feed by yourself, one of the most frustrating part is that you only get a 6 digit hex code – the Mode S code of […]

COMAC got its first C919 order from China Eastern Airlines
First firm order for the C919 COMAC got its first command for C919 from China Eastern Airlines back in March this year. The 5 aircraft will be based in Shanghai and fly to most popular Chinese destinations (Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Wuhan). Target is to deliver those units this year to start operation within 2021. I […]

JZRO, first airfield on another planet!
On April 19 2021, Ingenuity Helicopter flew for the first time on Mars, with flight number IGY-1 and call sign INGENUITY from Wright Brothers Airfield (JZRO) on Jezero Crater, the first official ICAO airfield on another planet! To celebrate the event, JZRO has been added to my airports database, and thanks to that have […]

How to run a Raspberry Pi 4 on SSD – James A. Chambers
I recently started to migrate my trackers from running an SD card to a SSD drive to improve reliability and increase disk space – I am storing all the aircraft and positions into a local database – and this article has been my bible for that. Definitely a great read to run a Raspberry Pi […]

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


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 A321 271NXSL ✈ flying in range of #HongKong receiver at 11650ft at 386.0mph heading NE with tail VT-IUB #I...
#Boeing 737NG 8AR/W ✈ flying in range of #HongKong receiver at 41000ft at 499.1mph heading NE with tail 3701 #RepublicOfChinaAir...
New #Aircraft ✈️ #Boeing 777-223 flying in range of #Briancon🏔️ receiver #France with tail N757AN #AmericanAirlinesInc-FortWorth...
#AgustaWestland AW139 ✈ flying in range of #HongKong receiver at 625ft with tail B-MHK #SkyShuttleHelicopters 78172e #China #ADS...
New #Aircraft ✈️ #Boeing 767 33AER flying in range of #Briancon🏔️ receiver #France with tail P4-MES #RomanAbramovich 48434f #ADS...

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