Can I use ProStick without PiAware?


Can I use ProStick on a Raspberry Pi without PiAware? I am using Pro Stick Plus. I do not want to send statistics to FlightAware. I am using this on a company project and will not be allowed to transmit data out of our network. In fact, the project will eventually be run on a system not connected to the internet.

In reading Pro Stick Plus instruction for using it with a Pi, they all refer to installing PiAware, which I do not want to do.

Also, as I understand it, PiAware always want to transmit data to FlightAware. Is that correct?

Are there instructions for using ProStickPlus without sending data back to FlightAware?

Thank you.


yes - the difference is just builtin filter/amplifier
simply just install dump1090-muability


No such instructions are available, but it is simple.

If you have written Piaware image to your microSD Card:

Piaware data feeder is integral if you write to your microSD card the Piaware image downloaded from

In this case every time you boot your Pi, the Piaware data feeder starts and tries to feed Flightaware. You have then to stop it manually after every reboot by following command:

sudo systemctl stop piaware

Cleaner Method - Dont write Piaware image to your microSD card. Write Raspbian image:

It is simple

  1. Download Raspbian image from and write it to your microSD card

  2. Install either
    a. dump1090-mutability
    b. dump1090-fa

And that is all.

(a) How to Install dump1090-mutability

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install -y git build-essential debhelper rtl-sdr librtlsdr-dev libusb-1.0-0-dev pkg-config fakeroot curl cron lighttpd

cd ~/
sudo mkdir build-dump
cd install-dump
sudo git clone

cd ~/build-dump/dump1090
sudo dpkg-buildpackage -b

cd ~/build-dump
sudo dpkg -i dump1090-mutability_1.15~dev_*.deb

sudo lighty-enable-mod dump1090
sudo systemctl force-reload lighttpd


sudo dpkg-reconfigure dump1090-mutability

Accept all default values by pressing Enter key.
Only following to be entered when asked for:

  1. Latitude
  2. Longitude

(b) How to install dump1090-fa

sudo dpkg -i piaware-repository_3.5.3_all.deb

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install dump1090-fa

sudo reboot



sudo nano /etc/default/dump1090-fa

Above command will open following file.
Enter your latitude and longitude as shown in bold below. Replace xx.xxxx and yy.yyyy by your actual latitude and longitude.


Dump1090 is the decoder. This software will connect to the prostick or prostick plus and the decode the data stream. It doesn’t upload the decoded data anywhere.

The dump1090 is open source software.
Here are the repo links:
FlightAware dump1090

Mutability dump1090

The PiAware software is the support hardware that handles setup, automatic restarts and updates, connecting to FlightAware and feedback data. It doesn’t need to be installed or you can just remove the piaware software.