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Flightaware…an amazing app, will give you a free subscription if you monitor the skies above your house. To setup a raspberry pi with this ability, perform the following

This guide assumes you have a Raspberry Pi, already setup with Raspbian. If you don’t have this, follow the guide below:

Once you are up and running with your Raspberry Pi, you will need to plug in your flightaware usb dongle which can be found on the bottom of this page

After that, run the following commands:
From your Raspberry Pi “Desktop”
Open a terminal
sudo bash
apt-get update
apt dist-upgrade

Your system will now reboot and come back up to your “Desktop”
Open a terminal
sudo bash
dpkg -i piaware-repository_3.7.1.deb
apt-get update
apt-get install piaware
piaware-config allow-auto-updates yes
apt-get install dump1090-fa

Your system will now reboot and come back up to your “Desktop”
Open a terminal
sudo bash
get the ip address of your Pi
Open the Chromium web browser on your Raspberry Pi
Navigate to
Create an account or Login and claim your piaware.
If successful you will see a message similar to the following message on the web page:
PiAware – Claim and Link a Brand New PiAware Ground Station
You claimed the following 1 receivers:

Next you will want to click on the link listed in your Success message:
Great news! Your account is associated with the following PiAware receivers and you can view your statistics here:
Now you will be in the config page of your flightaware account
So you will want to click on the Gear icon
Configure your location and the height of the antenna

And you are done!

You are now monitoring the sky overhead

Hardware I used:
Raspberry Pi 4 (4gb)

SanDisk 32GB Ultra microSDHC UHS-I Memory Card with Adapter

CanaKit 3.5A Raspberry Pi 4 Power Supply (USB-C)

CanaKit Raspberry Pi 4 Micro HDMI Cable – 6 Feet

SanDisk MobileMate USB 3.0 microSD Card Reader (Only needed if you dont have a Micro SD Reader/Writer slot in your computer)

Flightaware USB Stick

Flightaware Antenna