May 22, 2024

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Via Southgate: Can you host a Flight Aware receiver

The CIO of Cemair (a radio amateur) has contacted the SARL for assistance with a project. The project is looking to improve the coverage of aircraft tracking in the interior of South Africa. Around the major centres there are several enthusiasts already with devices feeding into the network.

The project is with Flight Aware, but they possibly share data across platforms. They are hoping to find hosts along the flight paths, in the areas that have little or no coverage. This would include locations like: Hopetown, Van Der Kloof, Colesburg, Sutherland, Calvinia, Beaufort West, Elliot, Queenstown, Kokstad, Phalaborwa and Hoedspruit.

Flight Aware will provide feeder equipment to those approved, so it is just the hosting of around 200 Mb of data per month and having a reasonably clear sight of the sky that will contribute to their approval. There is no remuneration offered. Once Cemair has a list of volunteers, they will engage with the Flight Aware engineers to determine the best locations to commit to.

If you are interested in providing a home for such a receiver, please contact the SARL Secretary at Read about multilateration at

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