Is hosting a FlightAware Flightfeeder Legal in India?

Hello guys.

I wanted to know if hosting an ADS-B feeder from Flightaware legal in India? If yes, can you provide a link to an official document stating that it is legal?

I need to show this data to someone who says it’s illegal. Please help prove it.

Or let me know if you guys personally know something related to this!

Help is appreciated.


The laws (and/or regulations) work the other way around, they tell you what’s not permitted (illegal). What’s not expressly denied is automatically… legal.

Example: Do you have a law that tells you that is “legal” to breath?

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Did you google it ?
Did you check your country’s National Gazette for relevant laws?
Generally speaking for certain frequencies (tx+rx) an rt license is needed and also certain frequencies
not allowed to listen to such as police radio and so on.

@inshaal please e-mail if you need assistance with FlightFeeder delivery.

Most people do not know what ADS-B is. So if you tell them that you are decoding signals being sent by an aircraft they will get paranoid and say it is illegal. As far as I know, there is no law which explicitly states that you cannot have an ADS-B receiver in India. But I also know that one cannot own a receiver of any kind except for maybe broadcast radio and TV without a license in India. So it is kind of a gray area.

If you have to show this to someone maybe get an SWL (very easy, no examination) or ham radio license (takes a year and need to give an exam) from WPC (Wireless Planning Coordination, Ministry of Communications). Then you can say you were tuning your receiver and you heard these ADS-B signals and you decoded them. Also, helps if you explain the person what ADS-B signals are and how they work.

So, is it illegal? Maybe. But does anyone care? Nope.

AFAIK you need to be licensed for emitters, not for receivers.

Well I am also new to this I got this link while google Kolkata: Rooftop sensors for flight tracking app | Kolkata News - Times of India

The UK requires licences for TVs. They are receivers.
They also don’t like people to listen to aircraft audio radio transmissions. The US has a band on receiving cellphone transmissions, however, many countries don’t. They simply went to encrypted digital signals. Some countries don’t like you to listen to Emergency services. Others just went encrypted to don’t care.

In most Australian states there is a $1200 fine for possessing a radar detector. That is also just a receiver.

@SoNic67 that is how laws work in the US. It is not the same for all countries. In some countries the legal system works in reverse. It is illegal unless lawfully allowed.

There is ‘life’ outside North America and Western Europe, and it can be very different than what one is used to.

The most ‘innocent’ device in one country, can be a big ‘problem’ in another. Always check local laws, but not only that, local customs as well.

@Dxista You reminded of a poor Australian lady that went on a holiday to Europe about 25 years ago. They had just banned paracetamol without a prescription. Even a 12 year old could buy it over the counter in Aus. I can’t recall if it was even limited to pharmacies only. They found it in her luggage at the airport and she spent a month in jail.

Over the counter drugs are a prime example, as the case you described.

Here in Canada people are reminded to throw any marijuana leftover in the garbage before boarding a plane. Marijuana, up to a certain amount, is legal here, but not in most other jurisdictions.

Just to keep the subject somewhat related, did you see the guy from a UN agency that was arrested with an RTL-SDR stick?

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In liberal democracy: “Innocent unless proved guilty”.

In dictatorship & dictatorial democracy: “Guilty unless proved innocent”.

For my friends, everything. For my enemies, the criminal code.:sweat_smile:

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That seems unlikely - paracetamol is widely available over the counter in europe even today. I can’t think of anywhere it’s prescription only. Maybe there’s some details missing somewhere.

It may have been codeine. I think the country was Greece.

Yeah that seems more likely. Greece has some funny rules about things - plane spotters need to be careful going there.

Just for amusement’s sake, these were tucked inside my Great-Grandfather’s Royal Navy wireless telegraphists manual:

and the aforementioned licence, or the receipt for it anyway:

Here’s what the actual licence looked like:

The manuals are quite interesting - they are from when spark gap transmitters were common, and there are still references to “the aether” as a medium for radio propagation.


Now wouldn’t that be fun using one of those in modern times :wink:

But sir i was just looking at the pretty sparks!

I went through a ‘phase’ when I acquired some old, read late 19 early 20th century, books.

The ones on ‘Wireless’ felt like religious tomes. The awe, faith,and belief were palpable.

I also had a chuckle reading some of the ‘authoritative’ phenomena explanations.

We have the ‘equivalents’, switching power supplies, light dimmers, mini-spiral light bulbs, etc.:disappointed: