July 2009 Issue
AirNav RadarBox: Cool Gadget, High Price
Wanna spy on the ADS-B data stream and have access to all sorts of info on commercial flights? Now you can have a display better than many controllers.
If you find the idea of looking over a controllerís shoulder to watch traffic fills you with glee, weíve got the product for you. RadarBox is a two-part system. You get a receiver that picks up 1090ES and Mode S transmissions from aircraft and sends it to your computer via USB, where it feeds the RadarBox software. Data for the planes your box sees is also sent back to the RadarBox servers, and thatís where things get interesting. The server collects data from RadarBox users worldwide and makes this data available to you. RadarBox has over 2000 users worldwide, so that can average over 900 flights visible around the globe. Of course, you can limit the number viewed by proximity to you, airline, flight status and more. In fact, the number of options for viewing the data on top-down maps and tables of information is almost daunting.
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