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DESCRIPTION

The leading ADSB Receiver for Android!!

This app enables your device to receive live ADSB data (978 MHz UAT and 1090 MHz ES). All you need is a supported USB dongle and an OTG cable, both available from various sources on the internet for less than $20.-.

Available in the Android store as a free version (which requires the app to be restarted once a certain amount of frames have been received) and as an unlimited "Pro" version. No subscription required!

Use this app to provide live ADSB data to Avare! All data received (traffic and weather) will be made available automatically, once Avare has been detected. (Make sure to enable "Use ADSB Weather" in Avare.)

 

Download Avare to receive Nexrad weather and standard METAR, TAF, PIREP, WINDS, etc. reports! If you cannot find Avare in the Play Store: download it manually.

USAGE

Attach a supported USB dongle to your Android device by using an OnTheGo (OTG) cable. Make sure your device supports OTG! Start the app and allow access to the dongle. You should see packages flowing in quickly, depending on your location.

HARDWARE

List of supported tuners:

  • Rafael Micro R820T (recommended)
  • Rafael Micro R820T2 (recommended)
  • Elonics E4000
  • Fitipower FC0013 (low performance - not recommended)

FC0013 is supported, but often has limits close to 1090 MHz, which can reduce the performance to receive ADSB data.

Example dongles:

Example OTG adapter/cable:

CATEGORIES

Please note: ADSB equipment is not yet mandatory in all countries. It will be for many aircraft in the United States by 2020 and in Europe by 2017. Until then, you might only see some of the categories listed below.

 
Category Icon Category Icon
Light Light Small Small
Large Large High Vortex High Vortex
Heavy Heavy High Performance High Performance
Rotorcraft Rotorcraft Glider Glider
Lighter Than Air Lighter Than Air Skydiver Skydiver
Ultralight Ultralight Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
Spacecraft Spacecraft    

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

  • Does this app require an active internet connection?
    • No, all ADSB data is received over the air. It is in fact recommended to disable all network communications (enable flight mode) to save battery power. However, if you are using the internal Map, you will require an active internet connection.
  • Does this app work globally?
    • Yes. The free Avare GPS app currently supports USA and Canada for flying. It also provides non-current ONC charts for Western Europe (Iceland, UK, France, Sweden, Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, ...), South Asia (India not complete) and New Zealand. (more to be added)
  • Is it required to "root" the Android device for this app?
    • No.
  • I see data coming in on the "Data" screen, but the map is still empty?
    • Just wait a bit longer. Various single frames need to be received, in order to display the data on the map.
  • Does this app work from the "ground"?
    • Yes. You will receive 1090 MHz ES (Traffic) very easy but 978 MHz UAT (Traffic / Weather) reception can be limited.
  • Will this app keep receiving data while the device is in sleep mode?
    • This depends on the device and the related Android configuration. Some devices will continue (e.g. Samsung Galaxy S3), some not (e.g. Asus TF300T).


ADDITIONAL FEATURE REQUESTS

  • Show additional details about aircraft
  • Allow data to be sent to the local network
  • Warn if other aircraft is too close
  • Option(s) to configure which aircraft to display on map
  • Show ES squawk codes
  • Set ICAO and use ADSB-received altitude for ownship message
  • Option to extend timeout
  • Replay debug data
  • Show planes on ground for ES (already implemented for UAT)
  • Show number of UAT towers in use
  • Show UAT tower location
  • PPM tuning
  • Exit confirmation "are you sure"


AUTHOR

HIZ LLC, Michael Hammer
Copyright (C) 2014-2017, all rights reserved


CREDITS

rtl-sdr:

ADSB decoding:

Avare:


GENERAL LICENSE STATEMENT

The rtl-sdr and dump978 related work is licensed under GPL. METAR report decoding is covered under LGPL. All other parts are licensed under FreeBSD. Please refer to the links and the header of each source file for details.

THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS AND CONTRIBUTORS "AS IS" AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER OR CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.


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