The Aircraft Radar skill is no longer available.
ADS-B Exchange, who previously enthusiastically supported this project, have removed the API this skill used to fetch live aircraft traffic, and they have not replied to multiple attempts to contact them.
It’s possible the skill will come back one day, if and when I have time to migrate it to another data source API. The OpenSky Network is the most likely alternative. Achieving feature parity with the ADS-B Exchange version of the skill would, however, likely require integrating with some other data source for airline and flight information, adding to the research and time required to migrate to a new data source.
“Alexa, ask Aircraft Radar what’s nearby.”
You can ask it “Alexa, ask Aircraft Radar …”:
Click “Enable Skill” on the Aircraft Radar skill page, or ask Alexa to “enable the Aircraft Radar skill”.
This skill requires your Echo to have an address assigned to it, and you’ll need to give Aircraft Radar permission in the Alexa app to access your address. (Here’s a screenshot showing that configuration in the Alexa app.)
You can ask Aircraft Radar for airplanes that are “nearby,” “around,” or similar words. It looks for aircraft within 40km of you. Aircraft Radar will tell you about the nearest aircraft that match your search. If there are more than a few, it’ll tell you about the first 3 or 4 and then ask you if you want to hear the rest.
You can also ask for just the nearest aircraft — for example, “Alexa, ask Aircraft Radar, what’s the nearest airplane” — instead of asking what’s nearby. This will return only one result, and it’ll include more details (like the plane’s registration number, and the destination airport and a photo, if Aircraft Radar can find those.)
Finally, you can search for jets, helicopters, or military aircraft. So, instead of asking “what aircraft are nearby,” you might ask “Alexa, ask Aircraft Radar what jets are around” or “what helicopters are overhead.”
Data from ADS-B Exchange makes this skill possible.
Please consider donating to ADS-B Exchange if you enjoy Aircraft Radar.
Be aware that not all airplanes transmit ADS-B data just yet, and not all geographical areas have a volunteer receiving
ADS-B radio transmissions from nearby aircraft. Consider running your own receiver and
feeding the results to
ADS-B Exchange if you want to help improve this skill in your geographical area.
In addition to the time required for maintenance and improvements to this software, I pay for a
small DigitalOcean server, which provides a critical caching layer for
the Aircraft Radar skill.
I also send a monthly payment to ADS-B Exchange.
Please donate whatever you’d like toward these costs:
Aircraft Radar and its supporting services are open-source:
Pull requests and bug reports are welcome.
(Unfortunately, I may not be able to reply to every email I receive.)