Yes, Same hardware for MLAT.
MLAT option has to be turned on (default is on) for MLAT information to be sent to FlightAware. The extra data sent to FlightAware is used to computer MLAT and the MLAT results are returned and displayed on your local Skyview map.
MLAT will usually increase the data requirements from about 400MB/month (ADSB only) to over a 800MB/month (ADSB + MLAT). Some people have limited internet usage and will turn off MLAT to not go over their limit.
MLAT isn’t decoded in the message sent by the plane but computed from the timing information from different sites. Every site in a local area with MLAT turned on will send the extra timing information to FlightAware to be used to compute a MLAT position. If you hasn’t set it’s location on your FlightAware my-ADSB stats page it can not be used for MLAT.
- set MLAT on (defaults to on)
- set location on your FlightAware my-ADSB page
- be in an area with 4 or more receivers with MLAT on
- wait for a mode-S plane to pass by