Saturday will mark a week since I’ve had my PiAware, and I am simply GEEKING out that I can see what aircraft are near my location. Some tracking include a 787 at FL400, a Canadair Global Express, various Airbuses and Boeings, and a handful of GA flights as well. Pretty awesome! I keep my ADS-B stats page open quite frequently at work so I can see what flights are being tracked as well as when the last update to FlightAware was.
Last night, I noticed an hour had passed since my PiAware had updated to FlightAware. I kept an eye on it. Another hour passed. 2 hours with no response from my unit. Finally, after a third hour with no contact from my unit, I received an anomaly report on my ADS-B page. For those of you who get unresponsive units, my experience has shown that a simple reboot is usually the fix, so you may find the commands below useful if you find yourself in a similar situation.
To restart PiAware:
sudo /etc/init.d/piaware restart
To reboot your Pi:
To check your output file (to see if messages are getting to FlightAware:
To have your output file continuously updated in real time:
tail -f /tmp/piaware.out
Cntrl-C will stop the update.
To shut down your Pi (cool it off, move it, etc):
sudo shutdown -h now
Then disconnect your power source.
To check on available memory:
free -o -h
To check on processor core temp: