ADS-B receiver with gr-air-modes and Google Earth

In this example, we propose to demodulate ADS-B transponders thanks to a module available at Its installation can be performed thanks to PyBombs which should be already installed if you followed our installation guide. In a first step, go into your PyBombs directory and issue the following instruction:

sudo ./pybombs install gr-air-modes
sudo ldconfig

In a second step, Google Earth can be installed on GNU/Linux Debian like systems by
sudo apt-get install googleearth-package
dpkg -i google_earth_XXX.deb
apt-get -f install

You can start decoding live signals from airplanes with the following instruction:

modes_rx -A RX2 -K aircrafts.kml

The output file aircraft.kml can be interpreted by Google Earth (Add > Network File).