Plane Finder Client 3.5

Lee Armstrong

Administrator
Staff member
Today we are really pleased to announce the public test release of 3.5 for Linux armhf (Raspberry Pi).

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A lot of work has gone into making this release and we've added some great new features.

  • Web pages now look a lot more like planefinder.net and a lot less "developery", why should your local web view look rubbish!?!
  • Photos - the client now shows the latest photo we have for an aircraft.
  • Extra data - We now source some data from inside the Plane Finder systems and return them to you! This means that without having to mess around with an SQB file we will give you the aircraft type, registration, flight number and the route!
  • Map
    • Labels! Now there are some labels that reflect a few lines of information
    • Flightpath investigation, just like on https://planefinder.net you can now hover over the flightpath to get more information
    • API Key - For those that like to expose their client to the internet or a different hostname you can now create and add an API key.
If this all goes well there will be a formal release after the holidays! In the mean time you can download it manually here!

https://planefinder.net/sharing/client
 

ab cd

Senior Member
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Richard Lee

Member
Nice to know I'm getting a new more informative interface for the hardware.. Which is still running great. With the trees bare, I can see planes in Canada again.. :)
 

Nigelr

New Member
I really appreciate and like this new client version and also the update for PF Radar - a massive improvement. Many thanks to the Support team for providing this.

Nigel
 

Lee Armstrong

Administrator
Staff member
We have never supported MLAT on the Raspberry Pi I'm afraid. Only Plane Finder Radar and Radarcape.

MLAT can be done without a GPS but we decided not to do it as it can be very inaccurate.
 

ETSI 4

New Member
OK - at my old client installation MLAT planes appears at Browsermap and STATS page shows MLAT data .......
 

Lee Armstrong

Administrator
Staff member
This was a bug on the server side we have fixed.

Your installation was not generating MLAT data but was getting the results for "free".

MLAT data is available on planefinder.net or you can buy a Plane Finder Radar from our shop.
 

Lee Armstrong

Administrator
Staff member
OK - at my old client installation MLAT planes appears at Browsermap and STATS page shows MLAT data .......
Also, setting your client installation to a Radarcape as I suspect you are doing when it's not installed on a Radarcape will simply start triggering our blocking!
 

ETSI 4

New Member
Also, setting your client installation to a Radarcape as I suspect you are doing when it's not installed on a Radarcape will simply start triggering our blocking!
This is, because beast-splitter provides data in Radarcape format .......... - better to use Beast format?
 

Lee Armstrong

Administrator
Staff member
What is not needed?

We do use MLAT ourselves but found the accuracy of non GPS systems to be really bad so we don't use these at all. We had a working system and were not happy with the compromises that we had to make.

This is why we designed our own receiver with a <50ns accuracy (around 15 metres) and this way we get some great MLAT plots!
 

ETSI 4

New Member
Ok - understand the reason and Your position.
Don`t get me wrong - my words was not meant as criticism on Your system and decisions!
 
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ab cd

Senior Member
Would Planefinder use my data for MLAT calculations if I add Adafruit GPS HAT to my Pi2?

Adafruit GPS HAT on Pi2.jpg
 
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