AirNav Systems RadarBox
AirNav RadarBox is a Windows PC software and hardware package which allows appropriately equipped aircraft to be seen on a simulated radar screen. A small receiver connects to the PC via USB and aircraft are detected using the small supplied antenna. By decoding ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast) transmissions from aircraft, those aircraft are displayed on a computer in a similar display to that used by Air Traffic Control. Flight number, aircraft type, altitude, heading, speed are visible and updated every second. The RadarBox system can be used at any location, either as a stand-alone system, or connected to the Internet which allows additional functions. An internal map database provides 3D multi-window maps with worldwide coverage and geographic points which include airports, runways, VOR, NDB, Fixes, cities, roads, airways and elevation data.
When the PC running the RadarBox software is connected to the Internet, the RadarBox Network function is available. This allows viewing of data received by other RadarBox users all over the world. Network data is delayed by 5 minutes by default, but real-time Network data is also available.
RadarBox24.com is a website showing AirNav RadarBox and other receivers data in real-time from all over the world. AirNav Systems has released iOS and Android mobile apps.
Screen Display - User Interface
The screen consists of two major sections, the "radar" map and the tabbed information area. The map can be scrolled and zoomed using the mouse to view any area on the Earth's surface. Aircraft symbols and associated data blocks show flight information which includes aircraft type, registration and altitude. The information area allows viewing of aircraft lists for both live and network aircraft and gives access to other functions which include Alerting and Fleetwatch displays.
RadarBox is also optionally available with a 3D and 2D map display based on Google Earth mapping.
- Catalano, John. "RadarBox by AirNav Systems Review: Decoding the New ADS-B Aircraft Communications System" (PDF). Monitoring Times (October 2007).
- Carter, Marlon (26 September 2010). "AirNav RadarBox Pro". AVSIM Online.
- "Released - AirNav RadarBox 3D". FlightSim.com. 25 February 2010.