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!

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.


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 ✈️ #Dassault Falcon 900DX flying in range of #Briancon🏔️ receiver #France with tail M-GSIR #SublimeHoldingsLtd 43e...
#Boeing 737NG 8AR/W ✈ flying in range of #HongKong receiver at 41000ft with tail 3701 #RepublicOfChinaAirForce 899160 #Taiwan #A...
#Sikorsky S-92A 🛬 descending in range of #HongKong receiver at 450ft at 144.6mph heading NW with tail B-7362 #ZhuhaiHelicopterCo...
#Eurocopter EC225 LP Super Puma 2 🛫 ascending over #Shenzhen, #China at 1475ft at 139.6mph heading W with tail B-70K1 #CHC95B #G...
#AgustaWestland AW139 ✈ flying in range of #HongKong receiver at 1450ft with tail B-70Q0 #CITICOffshoreHelicopterCo 781843 #Chin...

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