Welcome to 360Radar.co.uk

We've tried to answer the most commonly asked questions on this page. If you've got a question that isn't covered, please get in touch.

How much does it cost ?

360Radar.co.uk is in the final stages of beta testing so there is currently no charge for using it. If you are a contributor of data then will be no charge to access the Live flights for as long as you continue to upload data.

For those of your not able to contribute data then you'll need a username and password. Please contact us for a trial account. When we come out of our beta testing phase we will remove the trial accounts and non-contributors will need to pay a modest subscription charge which will cover the cost of running the servers.

Will it work on my iPhone / Android phone / Mac computer / Windows PC ?

Yes. It works in all modern web browsers on any device including (but not limited to) iPhones, Android Phones, Mac Computers, Windows PC and Smart TVs. The only issue that we are aware of is that some iPhone users have problems logging in using the Safari web browser but we understand that Google Chrome running on iOS works perefectly.

How does 360Radar.co.uk work ?

We rely upon a network of fantastic contributors who receive data from aircraft around them and then upload this to our server. We then divide this into aircraft that are broadcasting their locations and those that aren\t. For those that are we simply deduplicate the data and push it the Live Flights page. But for those that aren't we need to do some clever maths to work out their location. This process is called Mult-lateration or MLAT and allows us to work out the aircraft location as long as it is seen by three or more receivers at the same time.

How can I contribute data ?

If you already have an ADSB receiver then you'll just to install some software that talks to it and uploads data to our servers. We can accept data from virtually all ADSB receivers including Kinetic SBS, ModeS Beast and Raspberry Pi-based system. The only ones that aren't compatible are the AirNav range as they don't provide the correct output.

If you don't have an ADSB receiver then you can get started with an inexpensive RTL dongle. You can either plug this into your PC or use a Raspberry Pi mini-computer. The Raspberry Pi is a much better option as it's small (barely bigger than a pack of cards), uses very little power and can be tucked away in the attic. Throw in a decent aerial and you should be able to pick up aircraft within a 100+ mile range depending on your surrounding terrain.

Setting up the Raspberry Pi is a lot trickier but we can log in remotely and do everything required to set it up for you. If you'd like us to do this, please get in touch.

Do you send MLAT data back to each contributor ?

No and for very good reason. Whilst the idea of returning MLAT data is sound in principle there are two problems with doing so. The first is the risk of contaminating other aircraft tracking networks with MLAT positions by mistake. During the very early stages our testing 360Radar.co.uk we accidentally sent MLAT positions into another network which caused them some problems so we know how annoying this is. The second problem is that we can't control what happens to that data. In an extreme case we had an issue where one contributor took the MLAT data which was intended for their own personal use and then packaged it up and fed it into an app that they sold thus undermining the very source of the data.