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Announcing PiAware 3! (Latest version: 3.7.1)


No after the first line :stuck_out_tongue:
Search for the first line and add the second line after (first line is already in the file.)

Edit: I’ve made the post a little clearer


How do I save the split between map and the list?
It keeps “hiding” the RSSI - either I have to scroll or enlarge slightly the vertical split.


In file style.css find the following:


Directly below change the width so it reads:

    width: 550px;                                                                                                                      

Not sure which is the appropriate width you may have to try a larger value :slight_smile:

Change Width of Table in SkyView

That works perfectly on my 1920x1080 monitor!


Hi wiedehopf,

After adding //showColumn(infoTable, “#rssi”, !mapIsVisible);
The RSSI is shown right after the Age column, everytime I have to move the map divider slider to suit the width of the table. Any solution to fix it? It will back to its default divider after every refresh or newly open the skyview map, thanks for the sharing info.

Best regards,
Sai Hou


Scroll up 2 posts above yours :slight_smile:


Hi wiedehopf,

Its my mistake, overlook the page. Which is shown above my post. Thanks again for the info.

Best regards,
Sai Hou


Is there anyway of upgrading a PiAware (SD Card) 3.5.3 installation to 3.6.3 via ssh, without having to physically access the RPi (to swap or update via the SD card?

I have tried a few commands but nothing!


You should be able to to tell it to upgrade from the FA stats page (https://flightaware.com/adsb/stats/user/bidgee -> paddle wheel).
Then the drop down menu will offer a choice of upgrades.


Done that but didn’t work.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

That should do it.


That didn’t work at first, reason was I kept getting
pi@piaware:~$ sudo apt-get update
E: The method driver /usr/lib/apt/methods/https could not be found.
N: Is the package apt-transport-https installed?

This required to use the wget to get apt-transport-https, which has fixed the whole update issue but now running into this (below)

[2018-12-23 10:07 AEDT] run-apt-get(22749): Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
[2018-12-23 10:07 AEDT] run-apt-get(22749): requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
[2018-12-23 10:07 AEDT] run-apt-get(22749): distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
[2018-12-23 10:07 AEDT] run-apt-get(22749): or been moved out of Incoming.
[2018-12-23 10:07 AEDT] run-apt-get(22749): The following information may help to resolve the situation:
[2018-12-23 10:07 AEDT] run-apt-get(22749): The following packages have unmet dependencies:
[2018-12-23 10:07 AEDT] run-apt-get(22749): piaware : Depends: libreadline7 (>= 7.0~beta) but it is not installable
[2018-12-23 10:07 AEDT] run-apt-get(22749): Depends: libssl1.1 (>= 1.1.0) but it is not installable
[2018-12-23 10:07 AEDT] run-apt-get(22749): E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.
[2018-12-23 10:07 AEDT] child process 22749 exited with status EXIT 1
[2018-12-23 10:07 AEDT] aborting upgrade...
[2018-12-23 10:07 AEDT] update request complete

Seems like the newer piaware depends on newer libraries which are not available in the old debian version.
There is a problem with doing dist-upgrade because of the boot partition being too small.

Best bet is to do flash it to the sd-card. (This shouldn’t be necessary in the future)


Generally the “Is the package apt-transport-https installed?” thing means that the normally HTTP download for package metadata is getting redirected to a HTTPS URL, which is unusual. It either means you’re getting sent to a misconfigured mirror site, or (more common) your network requires some sort of authentication and the download attempt is getting redirected to a captive portal login of some sort.

Seeing the full upgrade logs, not just the end of them, would be helpful.


Sadly the RPi or the SD card just failed. Not able to test this until tomorrow (Boxing Day/Dec 26th).

I do know that looking at the mirror list, they were all http, since https kept getting stuck in loops.


Checking running processes on my piaware, I found lxpanel, Xorg, and lightdm. I remember this being a command-line-only install. So did one of the updates get messed up and install all the GUI stuff? I did it one time in the past by doing a dist-upgrade I think, but I’ve let it auto-update itself since I fixed it and learned my lesson. It runs noticably slower with the GUI elements and I do not use them.

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Yes, I think it is based on the stretch light version of raspian.

I had a quick look with top, those processes are not running on my RPi. It has the current version of piaware, but I reinstalled when it changed from Jessie to Stretch. However I did a apt-get upgrade only recently.

How did you fix it when you did a dist-upgrade, and how do you notice your Pi is slower?


I notice when viewing the local webpage it is slower to load and update. I also see a lower position count and increased memory usage in top.

When it happened the first time I just reimaged the SD card and started over, I’d like to avoid that this time around.


An SD card image of PiAware is now available for pre-release testing! See the release notes at the top of this thread for more information.

There’s a few important things we should highlight about this release. This is a pre-release version of PiAware. That means it may have bugs, errors or other eccentricities. As such we encourage you NOT to overwrite existing PiAware installations. Use this software at your own risk.

So what’s new with this version? It now supports tracking aircraft that use 978 UAT. In the USA, aircraft that operate below 18,000 feet can choose to use an ADS-B solution that runs on 978 MHz called a Universal Access Transceiver or UAT. The FAA created this option to relieve congestion on the 1090 MHz band. Both solutions perform the same basic function, and both meet the January 1, 2020 ADS-B requirement in the USA.

Please pay particular attention to the “In the USA” part. Aircraft outside of the United States do not use UAT, so if you’re not in the US you will not see 978 traffic.

Please note, you should not expect to see aircraft at the same distance you do when using 1090 MHz and the numbers you do see will likely be dramatically lower. You are also more likely to see smaller aircraft as the UAT solution is typically cheaper and thus more inviting to General Aviation.

The new version will allow you to do everything you could with the 1090 MHz version and adds the similar capabilities in 978 MHz. There have been no changes to 1090 MHz functionality.

When you first boot the image it will look and act like a normal 1090 MHz PiAware. In order to activate the 978 MHz features please run the following from the command line:

piaware-config receiver-type none

piaware-config uat-receiver-type sdr

sudo reboot

Skyview for 978 runs separately from the 1090 Skyview. You can see it at http://piaware.local/skyview978/ or http://piaware.local:8978/ where piaware.local is the LAN address of your Raspberry Pi. Changes to the links to make that work like it does for the 1090 are coming.

If you’d like to feed your 978 data to software like VRS, use port 30978.

You can connect two SDRs and if they’re configured correctly you can run both 1090 and 978 on the same Pi. This is currently not officially supported and is at your own risk.

And one final time we’d like reiterate please DO NOT overwrite existing PiAware installations with this pre-release software!

You can download the image here: http://piaware.flightcdn.com/piaware-sd-card-

Thank you and we can’t wait to hear your feedback!!

Version 3.7.0 of dump1090-fa & Piaware
Piaware SD card image 3.7.1 Quickstart Guide
Announcing the new 978 MHz antenna!
Version 3.7.0 of dump1090-fa & Piaware

Any guess as to when we will be able to see both 1090 and 978 on a single Skyview screen? Days? Weeks? Months? Eons?