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Amsterdam Area Real-Time Aircraft Stats from Mode-S Transponders

Amsterdam Area Real-Time Aircraft Stats from Mode-S Transponders

Live updated every minute from my Mode-S receiver.
The data comes from a Software Defined Radio receiver with an antenna under my roof in Amsterdam. The receiver is connected to a Raspberry Pi which funnels the data via Virtual Radar server on a second Raspberry Pi to my NAS with several Docker containers: Node-Red splits the JSON feed, adds formatting and then inserts it into an Influxdb which then of course gets picked up by Grafana.

ADS-B retrofit manadate for Europe postponed to 2023

ADS-B retrofit manadate for Europe postponed to 2023

Not enough aircraft will be equipped at the original deadline In an interesting but not unexpected move last week (april 22, 2020) the European Commission and EASA published an amendment to Implementing Regulation EU No 1207/2011 that effectively delays the mandatory...

So you are a pilot?

So you are a pilot?

Well it's not exactly brain surgery, is it. But do check out this short clip. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THNPmhBl-8I

To reject a takeoff after V1 or not?

To reject a takeoff after V1 or not?

Dusting off the FAA takeoff safety training aid I teach Aircraft Performance for commercial pilots (ATPL) and the question that ALWAYS comes when we talk about V1 is: What if  something happens after V1 and the runway is long enough to stop on? The simple answer...

The Cloud

The Cloud

There is no cloud, it's just someone else's computer This catchphrase is becoming more popular lately. Why? Because it's not just about storing your data in Dropbox, or handing over all your images to Google for the convenience of it.Need I still remind you of this...

Quick highlights

Bluetooth devices in Amsterdam 1059 with the Covid contact tracer installed

Updates every minute.

In the sky around Amsterdam in the past 12 hours

Schiphol Runway 22
threshold base landing

The Art of Flying

 “There is an art to flying, or rather a knack. Its knack lies in learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss. Clearly, it is this second part, the missing, that provides the difficulties.”

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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