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Happy New Year!

I saw this on the email and it’s very intriguing. I wonder what price bracket it’ll be in, whether the cheaper, more affordable range we currently have or a bit closer towards the Airspy Mini. If the latter then I’d be very interested to see how it compares to the Airspy Mini in terms of performance and strong signal handling.


Do you mean a full FligthAware client version for the PC, or a PC utility to make re-imaging an SD card easier?

How I wished you could say more about them.

That said…could FlightAware possibly make setting up the AirSpy and SDRPlay SDRs easier? They are not as affordable as the RTL-SDR sticks, but very popular in the ‘SDR world’, and a natural step up for those ‘committed’ to ADS-B tracking.

Thanks and HNY to all.

Some of the airspy software is not open source, AFAIK, which makes this harder.

I’d like to get soapysdr support into dump1090-fa at some point, which would help with the “I have $shinynewsdr but dump1090 doesn’t know how to talk to it” problem.

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When 3.8.0v is released, would you please start a new thread instead of it getting “buried” in the middle of an existing thread, like the other releases have been? Thank you…




That would be indeed a good idea, is there any reason to use the existing thread?


Please start a new thread.



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thanks for sharing!

Thanks for all the replies. Here’s some answers:

  • There will be a new thread for the v3.8.0 release.
  • We’re looking to land somewhere between the Airspy and Pro Stick price-wise with a much higher sampling rate than we currently offer
  • The desktop image will be based on Raspbian. We do not plan on releasing a PC client.

Is it possible to go back a few days to track planes I have seen ?

As a flight aware contributor for 10 years, I am very interested in what the PC version will actually do. Is it to run on a PC similar to Piaware? Or will it simply be used to set up Piaware?

I have just recently been deleted as a contributor because I use PlanePlotter. The reason I did not choose to go with piaware is twofold, one is the expense, and the other is due to my

disability I am unable to type all the stuff that we would need to be typed. Do you know of anyone who will build a Rpi without the Pro stick and filter? Since I already have those

I could save some money that way.I also have a very nice 10 DB gain antenna outside.

When you can furnish more details on what this PC version will do please let me know.

Thanks for your time.

Sorry @dan722 we are not going to release a PC version of PiAware. We are working on a desktop version that will run on a Raspberry Pi 4. My apologies for any confusion.

Do you know of anyone who will build a Rpi without the Pro stick and filter?

Have you looked into what is required to write the piaware sd-card?
I would imagine it shouldn’t be harder than writing the post you just wrote.

You would need to edit the piaware-config.txt in case you want to connect the Pi via WiFi.
It’s not terribly much to type.

For a network cable connection, there isn’t any configuration required, you connect the hardware and put in the sd-card you wrote with Etcher.
That’s all.

If you are having issues, we have quite a few nice people here who would gladly assist.
Just open a thread or if you’re more comfortable with that feel free to message me.

Do you have a Raspberry Pi already?

None of my messages are typed by me. They are created by using a speech recognition program and talking into a microphone connected to my PC.

I do not currently have, nor have I ever had Rpi
Speech recognition program will only function with Microsoft products.

Yeah, you should only need to type something in the Editor on your computer.

Sadly all the prepackaged things are overpriced and include antenna and receiver.
I’m no really familiar with remote desktop solutions as i’m on Linux, but this could be a solution as well if you encounter a problem.

Maybe someone from the US here on the forum can send you just the sd-card with piaware written to it, even the WiFi password/name already entered?

I would be glad to help you with writing the SD card. If you want to go the Pi route, you can PM me and I’ll send you the card. The only thing I would need is the WiFi credentials.