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!

Tony Webster – Is a war on live flight tracking coming?

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 … Continue reading "2to3, Python 2 to Python 3 made easy!"

A DC-3 landing in Hong Kong
Another interesting catch by my ADS-B trackers in Hong Kong has been a Douglas DC-3 with tail number N41CQ on December 4th, 2019. This rare aircraft made a special trip from Hong Kong to Beijing via Guangzhou and Shanghai, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the CNAC (China National Aviation Corporation) initial flight. DC-3 details … Continue reading "A DC-3 landing in Hong Kong"

12 free tools for website optimization
After developing my ADS-B trackers and the central database of aircraft, I wanted to share the results to the world. What’s best than having my own website for this? Over the years, I discovered these 12 tools to test and optimise my website. There are few directions which are important for website optimization: make sure … Continue reading "12 free tools for website optimization"

US NAVY using ADS-B code hopping
Darren Koch (GFDL 1.2 or GFDL 1.2), via Wikimedia Commons Recently, I started to detect many P8 Poseidon aircraft above South China Sea, like if a dozen of different P8 were flying in the area each day. The only explanation I see is that they are doing ADS-B code hopping, switching to a new TACTICAL … Continue reading "US NAVY using ADS-B code hopping"

3 tips to optimize PHP code
How I divided my server errors by 40 with PHP code optimization I have been running several Raspberry Pi based trackers for a while, and I wanted to create a common database of detected aircraft and their positions. I looked for online database solution and how I could connect my Pi to them directly in … Continue reading "3 tips to optimize PHP code"

SigFox for Raspberry Pi
The hardware First you need to find a Sigfox hat for your Raspberry Pi. Just Google “Sigfox for Raspberry Pi” and you will find the latest solution available. I am using a RPISIGFOX, made my SNOC. Pretty easy to setup and use. Just plug it in, change the serial port parameters, and it is ready … Continue reading "SigFox for Raspberry Pi"

Breitling Jet Team
Breitling Jet Team, operated by Apache Aviation is based in Dijon, a city in France few hundreds kilometres south east of Paris. My mobile tracker picked most of the team when I spent few weeks in Chalon our Saone early this year. Breitling Jet Team is flying on Aero L39C Albatros, with tails ES-YLX, ES-YLN, … Continue reading "Breitling Jet Team"

US military planes in South China Sea
There are a lot of US military activity in the area between Taiwan, Hong Kong and the South China Sea. Transports, SIGINT, reconnaissance, protection of US carriers in the area… mainly conducted by the US Air Force and the US Navy. Here is a list of planes seen in past few months (click on the … Continue reading "US military planes in South China Sea"

SAM727 flying over Guangzhou with Secretary Pompeo
Today (2020-10-30), the Boeing C-32A with tail 99-0003 was spotted by my trackers over Guangzhou with the CallSign SAM727. A quick search shows a departure from Hanoi, and a current position over Japan. Probably used by Secretary Pompeo who was visiting Hanoi yesterday.


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).
#Airbus Helicopters EC145 T2 ✈ flying over #HongKong at 1075ft at 64.9mph heading SE with tail D-HADC #AdacLuftrettungGmbh 3DD2F...
#Sikorsky S-92A ✈ flying over #HongKong at 300ft at 140.9mph heading SE with tail B-7362 #ZhuhaiHelicopterCompany a28bb2 #China ...
#Eurocopter EC225 LP Super Puma 2 ✈ flying in range of #HongKong at 825ft at 113.1mph heading E with tail B-706G #CHC153000 #CIT...
#AgustaWestland AW139 🛫 ascending over #HongKong at 1550ft at 91.1mph heading E with tail B-70Q0 #CITICOffshoreHelicopterCo 7818...
#Sikorsky S-92A 🛫 ascending in range of #HongKong at 550ft at 89.2mph heading E with tail B-7308 #CITICOffshoreHelicopter 780dff...

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