December 2018 archive
I recently started participating in FlightAware's distributed aircraft tracking. I've installed a miniature computer (Raspberry Pi) with a USB radio receiver and an antenna on a rock in my back yard about 200 feet from my house. The hardware is inexpensive and doesn't take much power to operate. FlightAware provides the software; setup is easy.
Why participate? The benefit to the aviation community is better tracking of flights. The benefit to me is entertaining information. Two days ago, I tracked a U-2 wandering over my neighborhood ago at 60,000' that I otherwise wouldn't have known about. Yes, I have a geeky fascination with aviation.
Stats on my receiver's tracking here.
Details on my installation here.
Screenshot from this morning saved for posterity.
Red underlining mine.
The WaPo has since fixed the typo.
Yes, I am easily amused.
Happy solstice, everyone.
Jupiter as photographed by Juno, October 29, 2018