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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.

Click on an aircraft in the "Traffic" view to show it on the map - or open the "Map" view directly. Clicking on the text-box after selecting an aircraft on the map will provide additional details.

Do not use any battery-saving modes if you need the app to run in the background!

You can save all data received to a local file or send it to other systems via UDP. The app can also receive data from external systems in dump1090/dump978 (AVR) format on UDP port 47909.

HARDWARE

You need two things:

  1. RTL SDR based USB dongle
  2. OTG cable or adapter

Simply use one of the following bundles, depending on the USB port you are using:

Example dongles:

Example OTG adapters/cables:

List of supported and recommended tuners:

  • Rafael Micro R820T
  • Rafael Micro R820T2

Not recommended or not supported: 

  • Elonics E4000 (will almost never work)
  • Fitipower FC0013 (very low performance)
  • Fitipower FC0012

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.

 
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 everywhere?
    • Yes, Avare ADSB works globally.
      The free Avare app provides FAA aviation materials for the United States, plus non-current TPC and ONC charts for Canada and most of the world.
  • 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

  • Warn if other aircraft is too close
  • Option(s) to configure which aircraft to display on map
  • Option(s) to configure which aircraft to display in Traffic view (search/sorting)
  • Customizable audio alert if specific aircraft is showing up or getting within a certain range
  • Set ICAO and use ADSB-received altitude for ownship message
  • Replay debug data
  • Show number of UAT towers in use
  • Show UAT tower location
  • PPM tuning
  • Color code based on aircraft height
  • Allow to adjust aircraft icon sizes


AUTHOR

HIZ LLC, Michael Hammer
Copyright (C) 2014-2019, 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.