Optional Steps for Advanced Setup

Diese Seite beinhaltet optionale Instruktionen für erweitere PiAware Funktionen. Klicken Sie hier für Instruktionen um ein neues PiAware zu bauen.

1Optionale PiAware Setup Schritte

Das Passwort ändern

Da Ihr PiAware Gerät mit dem Internet verbunden ist, auch wenn es hinter einem Router mit Firewall verbunden sein sollte, ist es dennoch eine gute Idee, das Passwort vom voreingestellten Passwort (flightaware) in ein persönliches zu ändern..

  • Melden Sie sich an Ihrem Gerät mit Benutzername "pi" und Passwort "flightaware" an.
  • Geben Sie "passwd" ein und folgen Sie den Instruktionen zur Änderung des Passwortes für Ihren Account.

Enable SSH access

  • For security reasons, SSH access is disabled by default on new PiAware SD card installs, starting with version 3.3. To enable SSH, create an empty file on the /boot partition of the SD card with the filename of "ssh" only (no file extension). When this file is present, SSH will be automatically enabled.

Edit the configuration file using Command Line

The fully pre-configured FlightAware PiAware 3 SD card includes a default configuration which can either be edited directly or alternatively saved to a USB flash drive or other USB storage. If the USB storage device is connected to the Raspberry Pi when the Raspberry Pi is booted then the USB device’s configuration file will be used. The SD card image Zip file also includes a sample configuration file (piaware-config.txt). If the Raspberry Pi is subsequently rebooted without the USB flash drive or other storage, PiAware will revert to the config file on the SD card. Setting the configuration via USB storage device is only supported on the PiAware 3 SD card image install.

  • Use the "piaware-config" utility to view and change settings. Run "piaware-config <setting> <value>" to make changes. Run "piaware-config" to show the current configuration settings.
  • Edit /boot/piaware-config.txt to make configuration changes, using an editor of your choice (e.g. "sudo nano /boot/piaware-config.txt").
  • For package-based installs, use piaware-config or edit /etc/piaware.conf.

If it is not convenient to remove the SD card and command line access is not possible. an external USB flash drive containing a piaware-config.txt file can be attached to the Pi. Settings in that file override any settings on the SD card. The flash drive should be attached before powering on the Pi and should remain connected while the Pi is running.

To ensure that all configuration changes take effect, please restart/reboot the Raspberry Pi after making changes.

Dateisystem für große SD Karten erweitern

    Sollten Sie eine größere SD Karte haben, können Sie den nutzbaren Speicher auf Ihrem Gerät erweitern durch:
    sudo raspi-config
    Anschließend wählen Sie "Expand file system" im Menü. Wenn fertig, verlassen Sie das Menü und geben folgendes ein:
    sudo reboot
    Das Gerät wird nun neu starten um den Prozeß zu komplettieren.

Verbinden Sie PiAware mittels Kommandozeile

    Sie können den Status von PiAware nach dem einloggen durch dieses Kommando prüfen:
    sudo piaware-status
    You can restart PiAware by typing:
    sudo systemctl restart piaware

For details on all available configuration options, please see our Advanced Configuration documentation.


FlightAware recommends the following for setting up an antenna.


  • A 1090MHz Antenna is necessary, for shopping locations specific to your country see the PiAware Installation in the PiAware Shopping List section under Optional.
  • To connect the antenna to your receiver, we recommend using low-loss coaxial cable. Ideally the cable attenuation (signal loss) should be below 6dB. Cable runs with more than 6 dB loss will result in less aircraft messages received and you will not achieve your maximum reception. Try to keep the coaxial cable length as short as possible and preferably less than 15 meters (50 feet).
    • For runs of less than 50 feet (15 meters) use at least LMR-240 or equivalent
    • For runs of more than 50 feet (15 meters) use at least LMR-400 or equivalent
    • Most external antennas have an N-Type female connector. If this is the type of antenna purchased please keep in mind the coaxial cable will require an N-Type male connector for the antenna. Corrosion caused by moisture in the connector when mounted outdoors can be prevented by wrapping the connector with self-fusing tape, hand moldable plastic or self-amalgamating tape (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-amalgamating_tape.)
    • The FlightAware Pro Stick and Pro Stick Plus (other DVB-T SDR receivers may have different connectors) have a SMA female connector therefore a SMA male connector will be needed to connect to the FlightAware stick. A cable built with an SMA male connector or an adapter will be needed, for other DVB-T SDR receivers please verify by reading the specifications.

    For more information on cables see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coaxial_cable

    Antenna location

  • The aircraft signal (1090MHz) is sent from a vertical antenna and the best way to receive the signal is to also have your antenna installed vertically.
  • For optimum reception, the antenna should be installed where it has an unobstructed view of the sky. Buildings, tall trees and high ground can block some of the signal.
  • The longer the antenna cable run, the more signal you will lose.
  • Locating your receiver close to the antenna can minimize the cable length but bear in mind that your Raspberry Pi may need to be physically accessed for upgrades or resolving failures.

    Antenna Mounting Suggestions


      When mounting outdoors ensure that the antenna is securely fixed to avoid being dislodged by high wind or other influences. There are many different ways to install the antenna vertically, here are some ways others have mounted their antenna outdoors:

    • Drill a hole in the wall and seal around the cable with flexible sealant.
    • Using a tripod
    • Chimney mount
    • Clamp
    • Wire or metal straps holding a 90° shelving brace to a pipe, metal or wooden extension added then antenna attached
    • Zip tied the mounting plate; example to a trellis, a pole, etc.
    • Straps holding a PVC pipe to an object, such as a chimney
    • Base made out of PVC pipe, mounting attached to piping with U-bolts
    • 2x4 piece of lumber connected to house
    • J pole antenna mount


      Outdoor antenna installations are ideal but not always possible. If you’re installing the antenna indoors, you should attempt to place it in a window or attic area (as close to the sky as possible with minimal obstructions). Various techniques can be used to mount an antenna vertically for an indoor installation:

    • Hung by string
    • Taped to wall (scotch, duct, packing, etc.)
    • TV tripod with foot mast
    • Suction cups
    • Microphone stand
    Different ways to run the cable from the antenna to the receiver

    Low loss cable, especially for long cable runs, can be up to 15mm in diameter and inflexible. Bear this in mind when planning its route, especially entering a building.

  • Drill a hole in the ceiling/roof/attic/loft and seal around with flexible sealant.
  • Drill a hole in a wooden window sill
  • Run through a wall or roof vent
  • Run through a pipe that leads to the roof (If you drill a hole into the pipe be careful of sharp edges)
  • Through a partially open window, using foam/cloth/etc to create insulation
  • Not recommended: Flat coax cable
    • Flat coax cables typically use an F-type connector and are designed to function with a satellite signal and are not optimized for usage with the 1090MHz frequency. Adapters would need to be purchased to connect with the N-type and SMA type connector.

For images of other setups checkout this discussion post that inspired the above list.
Some users even explain how they avoid Home Owner Associations often found in the USA.

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