PlanePlotter - Features
The animated screen grab from PlanePlotter (left) was kindly provided by John Locker.
PlanePlotter shows a table display of messages received and decoded from live aircraft transmissions.
PlanePlotter archives all the digital data that it receives and decodes to a log file.
PlanePlotter plots aircraft positions, altitudes and times decoded from the message traffic that it receives. These include embedded position reports, AMDAR reports and ADS reports contained in ACARS messages, ADS-B position reports received by the Kinetic SBS1(tm) or AirNav System RadarBox(tm) Mode-S receivers, and position reports on HF using Charles Brain's PC-HFDL software. The plot can be superimposed on a suitable aeronatical chart that you have prepared, or PlanePlotter can download satellite imagery and plot the aircraft symbols on that. Where altitude information is available (eg Mode-S messages), you can select the data by altitude band to distinguish low level and high level traffic.
Google Earth server
If you are receiving Mode-S ADS-B position reports, PlanePlotter can interface to Google Earth to display aircraft positions over the Google Earth base map. It can even give you a dynamic real-time view from the flight deck of an aircraft that you designate.
PlanePlotter can determine and display the direction of any transmission using a simple passive antenna switch. This allows aircraft to be located even if they are not equipped with ACARS or Mode-S/ADS-B.
PlanePlotter can decode ACARS messages, display the message content and plot any positions on a chart.
PlanePlotter can process and display ADS-B position reports captured by the Kinetic SBS1(tm), the AirNav Systems RadarBox(tm) and the RxControl Mode-S receivers.
PlanePlotter can also work in conjunction with Charles Brain's PC-HFDL software (http://www.chbrain.dircon.co.uk/pchfdl.html) by automatically extracting position reports from the log file and plotting them in real time on the same chart display. PlanePlotter adds value by calculating course and heading from successive reports from the same aircraft and plotting the predicted position between reports (right).
PlanePlotter can drive a passive antenna switch and display the direction (QDM) of any aircraft voice transmission.
PlanePlotter can display waypoints, tracks or routes over the current chart using data from a user-defined GPX format file.
PlanePlotter can generate visible and audible alerts on detection of a specified registration, flight number or ADS identifier, on detection of any new aircraft, or on detection of an aircraft whose position is inside a user-defined Alert zone polygon.
Memory-Map Navigator support
PlanePlotter can direct the Memory-Map Navigator program (www.memory-map.com) to display dynamic aircraft position symbols over its proprietary maps using data from either ACARS or Mode-S ADS-B (in conjunction with the SBS1 receiver).
You can access the position and other data for each aircraft known to PlanePlotter using a simple VB script or other OLE/COM capable program. You can use the same interface to update data held by PlanePlotter and to control the user interface.
You can access ACARS, HFDL and Mode-S messages received by PlanePlotter using DDE. This facility makes PlanePlotter an ideal front end for other ACARS software.
PlanePlotter can send its message data to another remote instance of PlanePlotter using UDP/IP datagrams. You can send ACARS messages, HFDL messages, Mode-S (ADS-B) messages and Direction finding measurements so that another computer displays the same data as your computer.
PlanePlotter can send audio to another remote instance of PlanePlotter using UDP/IP datagrams. This means that a remote user can hear the ATC instructions that you are hearing on your local air band receiver.
PlanePlotter can send its message data to a shared server so that messages that you have received locally (ACARS, HFDL or ADS-B), can be seen by other PlanePlotter users in different areas. In this way, each user enjoys the reception coverage of all the cooperating users together. Consult the software licence for the special terms and conditions applicable to this feature.
HF selcal decoding
PlanePlotter can decode HF selcal tones that can be used to identify an aircraft communicating on the HF air bands. No position reports are carried by HF selcal but it provides yet another means of monitoring aircraft that PlanePlotter can perform.
PlanePlotter can generate a text file containing user-defined data fields for aircraft received during the session.
PlanePlotter can generate an AVI movie file showing a speeded up version of the display window. You can review aircraft movements, including those received by sharing, at a later date by playing the AVI file in, for example, Windows Media Player.
Graphical file output
PlanePlotter can generate a JPG graphic file of the current window at regular intervals. You can use the same file repeatedly (to upload it to a web page, for example) or a succession of sequential file names for later processing. It can also generate a time-lapse AVO movie file of any of the display screens.
Localizing aircraft without positions
PlanePlotter can even give you an idea of where aircraft are that are not radiating positions. By combining the information from all the sharers who are receiving the aircraft, Planeplotter can shade in the area on the chart in which the unknown is located.
Automatic registration from 24-bit hex code
Although Mode-S ADS-B messages do not include the aircraft registration letters, PlanePlotter can can determine the registration letters algorithmically, from the 24-bit hex address, for most aircraft registered in France, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, Romania, Yugoslavia, Russia, South Africa, Australia, Canada and United States.
Multilateration of aircraft without ADS-B
Some aircraft transmit Mode-S messages without transmitting the ADS-B formats that include position. Provided that there are sufficient suitable users receiving such an aircraft, PlanePlotter can can determine the position using the arrival time of the Mode-S transmissions at each user. In the diagram at right, the blue lines are hyperbolic curves based on each pair of participating users. The intersection of the hyperbolae indicates the position of the selected aircraft. See below for more details on using this feature. Note that the special licence conditions applicable to the Internet sharing feature, also apply to Multilateration.
You can configure PlanePlotter to send details of aircraft that trigger your specified alerts, to a mobile phone number as a text message. This feature requires you to specify your mobile phone number and to buy message credits for the texts that you want to receive using this link.
You can configure PlanePlotter to run any batch file or application whenever an Alert occurs. For example, you can make it send an email to a chosen address whenever a user-defined alert occurs.
My Sky View
PlanePlotter is able to display a perspective view of the sky, as seen from your home location. It allows you to make positive identification of aircraft contrails during the day and of aircraft strobe lights at night. The daytime view shows the position of the Sun and Moon and the nighttime view shows the Moon, bright stars and planets for reference purposes.
Manual Position Reports
You can insert position reports that you have heard (eg reports from oceanic crossings picked up on HF) and PlanePlotter will plot the aircaft on the chart and, if the format includes the next waypoint, will calculate its ongoing track between the waypoints.
Requirements to run PlanePlotter
* Pentium level PC running 2k/XP/Vista with compatible sound card
* For ACARS : VHF receiver tuned to an appropriate ACARS channel in AM mode and Aircraft within VHF range that are transmitting the messages
For ADS-B :
Kinetic SBS1(tm) Mode-S receiver and BaseStation software (www.kinetic-avionics.co.uk).
AirNav Systems RadarBox(tm) receiver system.
PlaneGadget Radar (www.radargadgets.com).
Aurora Mode-S receiver (coming soon http://www.auroraeurotech.com).
RxControl Mode-S receiver system (kit built).
Versions of PlanePlotter up to 2.6 work with the Spider version of BaseStation; subsequent versions work with the Snoopy BaseStation. Versions of PlanePlotter from 3.8 work with the RadarBox(tm). Versions of PlanePlotter from 188.8.131.52 work with the RxControl receiver. Versions of PlanePlotter from 184.108.40.206 work with the PlaneGadget Radar receiver.
* For real-time flight deck views : Google Earth software
* For direction finding : DF antenna switch
* For HFDL plotting : PC-HFDL software (http://www.chbrain.dircon.co.uk/pchfdl.html) and an HF SSB receiver
* For HF selcal decoding : HF receiver with USB mode and fine tuning steps
* To share local ATC calls : VHF receiver with AM mode tuned to your local ATC frequencies
* Some of the advanced features in PlanePlotter are relatively complex and may involve unfamiliar concepts. There is an implicit requirement that PlanePlotter users have some familiarity with routine Windows operations, file manipulation etc., that they understand something about firewalls, routers and networks, that they are able to find their own latitude and longitude, and that they are prepared to spend time diligently studying the Help file to understand how to get the best out of these advanced features.
ADS-B Software. You might like to include dump1090 – here for the Raspberry Pi to feed Plane Plotter. Please add Mac OS X compatibility to Dump1090, it compiles as directed with a simple Make command. Driver on windows 7 os for my 1090mhz ads-b dongle and windows security will not let me install this driver.
On the remote client site, open a browser window, and type ExternalEdgeInterfaceIP/sslvpn-plus/, where ExternalEdgeInterfaceIP is the IP address of the Edge external interface where you enabled the SSL VPN-Plus service. Configure ssl vpn for mac.