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Plane Finder ADS-B Client changelog

Here's a historical look at the changes made to the Plane Finder ADS-B client over time.


  • Redesigned receiver setup flow
  • Consolidated 2D and 3D map views
  • Consolidated map and data views
  • Improved 2D map experience
    • The ability to show all aircraft tracks simultaneously
    • The ability to change map tile appearance
    • The ability to render dynamically updating polar diagram and adjustable range rings
  • Improved 3D map experience
    • Now includes 3D terrain
    • The ability to change map tile appearance
    • The ability to render adjustable range rings
  • Improved data view
    • MLAT and positionless traffic now more clearly labelled
    • Altitude arrow indicator to show vert rate of aircraft
  • Improved aircraft detail view
    • Fully redesigned, with a new layout
    • Now includes gallery of up to 6 aircraft photos
  • New map settings
    • Settings remembered across multiple visits
    • Choose units for speed, altitude, distance, temperature and pressure
    • Ability to customise range rings
    • Ability to limit aircraft trail lengths
    • Ability to filter aircraft by altitude
    • Ability to choose up to 4 lines of text for aircraft labels
    • Ability to render GeoJSON on the 2D map view
    • Ability to restore defaults
  • Bug fixes
    • Fixed issue where log view would sometimes not load
    • Various issues impacting markers on the map view


  • All new 3D view so you can see the aircraft in glorius 3D on a globe
  • Added OSM view as default 2D map
  • Added new polar diagram to the 2D map
  • Added new range rings to the 2D map
  • Added dashed elements to the flightpaths to show breaks in coverage
  • Added NTP within the client so it's no longer needed locally


  • Improvements to ADS-B decoding
  • New GPS view for Plane Finder Radar receivers


  • Brand new map view including aircraft labels, photographs and additional metadata lookup
  • Added colour-coded flightpaths to represent altitude
  • Added the ability to mouse over flightpaths to view their speed and altitude at that any given point in time
  • Improved Data View layout. Added the option to filter by additional fields
  • Added the ability to set a Google Maps API key for users wishing to share their client webpages publicly (this is optional and not necessary when accessing the client locally)
  • Rewritten HTTP parser to handle browser communication more reliably
  • Various other bug fixes and improvements


  • Minor fixes to ModeS extended attributes


  • New 3D view to help you improve your reception


  • Fixes for crashing on Windows
  • Map now centers on receiver location when no planes are tracked


  • Support for Plane Finder Radar unit
  • Better checking of data packets from RTL devices
  • Better error handling with not so great internet connections
  • Display different aircraft icons depending on aircraft category
  • Decoding of extra data from the ADS-B packets
  • Dropped support for 30003 data formats


  • Now correctly displays MLAT traffic fed from Dump1090


  • MLAT now compatible with Radarcape units
  • Resolves an issue with an upcoming FlightAware Dump1090 release
  • Various other bug fixes and improvements

Beta 3

  • Fixed an issue with 30003 input format
  • Fixed an issue where client would consume all system resources
  • Ability to update core code remotely
  • Added an echo port on 30054
  • Various other bug fixes and improvements

Beta 2

  • Futher work to improve CPU and memory usage
  • The setup process will now pre-populate existing settings when reconfiguring the client
  • Improved client termination and clean-up
  • Made the web log viewer more resilient to errors
  • Added periodic logging of successful uploads
  • Improved timestamp handling
  • Various other bug fixes and improvements

Beta 1

  • Brand new web-based setup for easy configuration
  • Searchable and sortable tabular data view
  • Auto-updating log viewer
  • Live statistics and traffic visualisations
  • Vastly improved CPU and memory usage
  • Improved the accuracy of data collection