Created on 03-07-201809:26 PM - edited 08-17-201908:35 AM
Ingest All The Things Series: Flight Data Via Radio
I am using the FlightAware Pro Stick Plus ADS-B USB Receiver with Built-in Filter on a Mac, I should hook this up to one of my raspberry pis and add a longer antenna outside. You need a good antenna, a good location and nothing blocking your signal. It also depends on what air traffic is nearby.
For a proof of concept it's pretty cool to see air data going through a cheap USB stick into a computer stored in a file and loaded into Apache NiFi to send on for data processing.
There is a web server you can run to see the planes on a map which is pretty cool, but I want to just ingest the data for processing.
If you wish to watch the data flash by in a command-line interface, you can run with interactive flag and watch all the updates.
We are dumping the data as it streams as raw text into a file. A snippet of it tailed in Apache NiFi is shown below: