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FlightAware Pro Stick (The blue one)

New owner of a FlightAware Pro Stick dongle (the blue one). I’m trying to figure out how to use it now, ha. I have a Windows 10 PC, and an outdoor ADS-B antenna set up. Just unsure what software I need to download to get this thing to work?

Thanks for any help!


After some tinkering I’ve downloaded this thing called “dump1090” and I’m getting a list of aircraft showing up. So I guess it’s doing something and picking up a few. How do I see them on a map display?

If the dump1090 version you are using has an option for an integrated webserver, use that.
Then in a webbrowser you should be able to navigate to http://localhost:8080 if you use port 8080 for the integrated webserver.

Most people here use a Raspberry Pi to receive and feed the data.
A map is also accessible via the local network, it looks like the picture below.

Almost forgot, you might want to checkout VRS, you should be able to connect it to the dump1090 you are using. (http://www.virtualradarserver.co.uk/)

I personally don’t like it much though.

I’d recommend tar1090 which i have developed on the basis of the dump1090-fa interface, but it’s only for dump1090-fa or readsb, which both run on the Raspberry Pi (or any debian/Ubuntu really).

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Seems you have downloaded this one:


If you unzip it, inside you will find a file dump1090.bat
Open it with notepad, and you will see this:

dump1090.exe --interactive --net --net-ro-size 500 --net-ro-rate 5 --net-buffer 5 --net-beast --mlat

If you run dump1090 using file dump1090.bat, you can see map at

If you are running dump1090.exe from Windows Command prompt, then to enable map, add argument --net, i.e. command should be like this:
dump1090.exe --net
Then go to:

Okay so I have dump1090 dialog box working, but when I type that http:// in, I’m getting just a blank screen with no map.

I’m seeing raspberry pi 3’s on Amazon, and I think I might pick one up. What would be the benefit using one of these with my FlightAware dongle? I imagine I can supply a feed if I use one of those, right?

(1) Use command as follows:

dump1090.exe --net --net-http-port 8080

then check map in browser at:

(2) Do you see this page?


If yes see this post:

Yes! That’s it!

I just ordered a Raspberry Pi 3 kit (with microSD, enclosure, and power adapter) from Amazon. I’m going to try plugging my dongle into the raspberry (sounds kinky) and trying to make all of that work. Are there any good and detailed step by step guides on how to set all of that up and make it work right?

Also, I’m leaning more towards building an indoor antenna (I know it won’t work as well), is there a widely accepted decent performing DIY antenna that I can make? I’m pretty handy with a soldering iron and making antennas. :slight_smile:

QUICK SPIDER - No Soldering, No Connector

Three Easy DIY Antennas for Beginners

  1. Download Piaware sd card image version 3.7.2 on your Desktop/Laptop:

  2. Download and install Etcher on your Windows computer. This software is required to burn the Raspbian image to microSD card:

  3. Follow this guide. It was written for piaware sd card image ver 3.5, but is applicable to piaware sd card image ver 3.7.2 too:

If you are new and this is your first Pi this is the easiest as it is step by step with no decisions.

Just made the “quick spider” antenna using a few things I have laying around. Man, this thing ROCKS. Picking up flights well over 150 miles away.

This is getting addicting! I’m excited to get my Raspberry Pi and get it set up to feed!

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