Q: What do I need to use Planesight Cloud? Just a Planesight receiver (discounted for Planesight Cloud subscribers), and a valid Planesight Cloud subscription. Currently free of charge. Q: What is the range of coverage of Planesight Cloud? Planesight Cloud tracks aircrafts within coverage range of your Planesight ADS-B receiver. This is usually a radius of 100 – 250km from your receiver, and varies depending on height at which your antenna is stationed and geography around. Q: What data of interest to pro-users does the Planesight ADS-B receiver stream to Planesight Cloud? Embedded position data from aircraft GPS, as well as additional data reported by the aircraft – altitude, velocity data, weather data, etc. All embedded in ADS-B / Mode-S broadcasts. ADS-B broadcasts include position, altitude, velocity (ground / air speeds), heading data. Mode-S broadcasts include a wide range of more specific details including callsign, velocity data, weather data, turn data. In addition, each message is associated with RF-data (RSSI and noise level) and accurate timestamps for multilateration. Q: What can a pro-user do with Planesight Cloud? Planesight Cloud apps give pro-users a flight tracker to view aircraft in their zone of coverage, obtain information about each aircraft / airport, and also work with the raw data — visualize it, and obtain different metrics on it using our analytics dashboard. Planesight Cloud apps are hosted in the cloud, and users can access their data from anywhere via an internet connection, ensuring you no longer need to be at your receiver’s location to use it. Historical flight tracker replays and analytics processing of historical data allow you to work with past data and not be confined to real-time usage. Q: What kind of aircraft are tracked by the flight tracker? At this point in time, Planesight Cloud tracks all aircraft that broadcast their position via ADS-B, i.e. all aircraft equipped with an ADS-B transponder. Q: How real-time is the live data in the flight tracker and analytics dashboard? Planesight Cloud data is streamed through a robust and quick messaging medium from your Planesight ADS-B receiver to the cloud where Planesight Cloud is operating. At the cloud, our high-speed streaming pipeline and lightweight computational services parse and handoff the data to stream to your browser. While the overall delay / latency depends on the latency of the internet connection from receiver to the cloud, and from the cloud to your browser, we anticipate a less than 1 second delay for most users with broadband connections. This delay is relative to the moment the message reaches your receiver (usually less than a millisecond after the aircraft broadcasts the message, which travels at velocities near speed of light – approximately 299,792 km/second) Q: Where is my data stored, and what are the limits? Planesight Cloud user data is stored in the cloud, in two archival areas – first: recent data that can be accessed via the analytics dashboard and flight tracker service, and second: a larger amount of archival data that can be downloaded in AVRMLAT format for you to use in other applications on your personal computing device. The storage limits are defined in GB (gigabytes) and depend on the kind of subscription you purchase. Currently it is free of charge for users buying a Planesight receiver.
Q: What do I need to use Planesight Local? Just a Planesight receiver and the free Planesight Local software – this can be downloaded here (link to GitHub) Q: What is the range of coverage of Planesight Local? Planesight Local tracks aircrafts within coverage range of your Planesight ADS-B receiver. This is usually a radius of 100 – 250km from your receiver, and varies depending on height at which your antenna is stationed and geography around. Q: What data of interest to pro-users does the Planesight ADS-B receiver stream to Planesight Local? Embedded position data from aircraft GPS, as well as additional data reported by the aircraft – altitude, velocity data, weather data, etc. All embedded in ADS-B / Mode-S broadcasts. ADS-B broadcasts include position, altitude, velocity (ground / air speeds), heading data. Mode-S broadcasts include a wide range of more specific details including callsign, velocity data, weather data, turn data. In addition, each message is associated with RF-data (RSSI and noise level) and accurate timestamps for multilateration. Q: What can a pro-user do with Planesight Local? A pro-user can connect the data stream from Planesight Local to their (third party) applications like Virtual Radar Server, Kinetic BaseStation, etc – running on their desktop, laptop, or server. This allows you to visualize and analyze the data streamed from aircraft, in the comfort of your own applications of choice. While we cannot help you with third party applications, we can ensure that Planesight Local sends the right data stream (AVRMLAT format) to your apps. Q: How do I forward data from Planesight Local to my applications? We suggest the use of ModeSMixer, a freeware third party application. Quoting from the readme, ‘The program has ability to receive data across the network from one or more sources, .. The received data in the program will be combined into a single stream that can be converted into required formats and then rebroadcast as the feed to multiple TCP or UDP ports.’ This application allows you to receive the stream of data from Planesight Local, then redirect it, or mix it with other streams, or split it into different streams – to forward to your applications. Please see the great guide by SonicGoose here.
Q: What do I get when buying the receiver? Apart from the receiver as such, you get an ADS-B antenna (including 10m cable and a pole clamp) and a GPS/GLONASS antenna (including 5m cable). The only thing you need not included is a standard smartphone USB charger (minimum of 1500mA output) to power the receiver. Most people have several of those chargers at home. Q: Where do I place the ADS-B antenna? Place it as high as possible (using the pole clamp) and ideally with a 360-degree unobstructed view. Note that the receiver supports Power over Ethernet (PoE) enabling you to place the receiver closer to a good antenna location without being dependent on a power outlet. See other Q&A for more information on PoE. Q: Why does the GNSS-antenna support both GPS and GLONASS? The more GNSS systems supported, the easier it is to get a “lock”, i.e. locking and obtaining data from four or more satellites. The accuracy of timestamping of messages can be improved as well by selecting the highest satellites in the sky (ideally right above the receiver). Q: Where do I place the GPS/GLONASS antenna? The GPS/GLONNAS may be placed indoor by the window. If you don’t get a lock, i.e. the GPS-led is not lit, after 10-15 minutes, then try another window. If you have tried all windows without getting any lock, then try placing it outdoor. Q: When do I need to use the built-in support of Power over Ethernet (PoE)? Say you have a great location for you ADS-B antenna but the closest power outlet is more than 10 meters away from the antenna location (but less than 100 meters). In such a scenario, you could use a PoE-injector to power the receiver over an (up to 100 meters long) Ethernet-cable. Q: I have purchased a receiver, what do I do? If you bought the receiver without a subscription, then you need to download Planesight Local and follow the User Guide how the set things up. If you have bought Planesight Cloud, then follow its User Guide how the set things up.
Q: I have questions on Planesight Solar, what do I do? For any questions on Planesight Solar, please contact Skysense directly.
Q: What is BCON1? BCON1 is the world’s smallest, lightest and most energy efficient ADS-B OUT device for drones and small aircraft. Q: Why do I need BCON1? To answer this question you must understand why ADS-B is used. There are plenty of sources in the Internet about ADS-B, just search for “ADS-B” or “ADS-B OUT”. Q: Can I use BCON1 in my country? The regulations vary between countires. You need to contact your civilian aviation authority and apply for permission. Q: Can BCON1 be used with a manned aircraft, e.g. light-sport aircraft? Yes, technically speaking there are no differences actually.
DEPLOYMENT & INSTALLATION
Q: What equipment do I need apart from the drone itself? Two things. Firstly, the drone must be equipped with a GPS source that can be connected to BCON1. Secondly, a power source is also needed. Q: How do I install BCON1 on my drone? Click here to download the User guide. Q: How do I install BCON1 on my aircraft? Click here to download the User guide.