Drones are not the intended users of ADS-B, that is a tool generally reserved for manned aircraft. However, as DJI points out, there is great value in having an ADS-B receiver nearby when you fly your drone. The ability to track local air traffic on a map could be priceless for your flight safety, moreover, it could be the tool that convinces the FAA to approve a waiver you may be seeking for commercial operations.

Out of pure coincidence, our friend and co-worker, Gary Sims, over at Gary Explains has an interest in airplanes. He also has an affinity for building projects using a Raspberry Pi and related hardware. This time out he attached an ADS-B antenna and created his very own receiver. Gary’s goal may be to watch air traffic around his home, but if you’re capable enough to follow along, I’m sure you can think of a portable solution.

Do you need more information on how to make this tool? Let’s make some noise: Add you comments below, or head over to the Gary Explains YouTube channel or Twitter to let him know we’d like more drone content. I know he owns a DJI Spark and takes great photos in his area of the world, maybe you can convince him to come write some dedicated content for Drone Rush.

See also: You can track local air traffic within Airmap when you’ve logged your current flight!

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