We’re announcing some changes to the FlightFeeder Android application that currently allows you to decode and feed Mode S/ADS-B data from an Android device using an USB SDR dongle. After September 15, 2016, FlightAware will no longer be maintaining or supporting this software. We will however be releasing the code to the community as open source.
FlightFeeder Android was an attempt to extend our reach to areas where there are existing Android devices but access to Raspberry Pis may be cost prohibitive or not be readily available. While we have had some success with this initiative, its impact is very small relative to the great success of the PiAware-based receiver network – we currently have nearly 6,700 PiAwares online but less than 50 FlightFeeder for Androids. As a result, we are discontinuing FlightFeeder Android and focusing our efforts on the PiAware software stack.
To further support the community, we will be releasing the FlightFeeder Android codebase as an open source project on GitHub. This will enable anyone that is interested in Android-based Mode S/ADS-B receivers to continue that project and fully leverage FlightAware’s previous work in this area.
What does this mean if you are currently using FlightFeeder Android? After September 15, the app will no longer be able to feed data to FlightAware. It may still work for receiving and displaying local data but it will be no longer supported by FlightAware.
If this impacts your ability to receive and feed data to the network, we recommend and encourage you to build your own PiAware using a Raspberry Pi. PiAware devices running the latest PiAware 3 software are the best and most up to date way to receive and feed data to the FlightAware ADS-B network, including receiving multilateration (MLAT) results back from the network. For users in areas where FlightAware has little or no existing coverage, you may be eligible to receive a FlightFeeder from FlightAware; if you are interested in this option and have not already applied for a FlightFeeder, then you may do so using our FlightFeeder request form.
Thank you for your support of FlightAware flight tracking services.
UPDATE / September 15, 2016:
As previously announced, today FlightAware released the code as an open source project on github. The app is now known as “ADS-B Flight Scanner” and the source code may be obtained from github. More information about the product and its history may be found on the github page.