PlanePlotter is a lightweight Windows application specialized in detecting aircraft positions and decoding them on a chart.
It is able to generate a radar view mode with aircraft placed near you that are transmitting messages including ACARS, ADS-B and HFDL. Plus, it receives and displays a list with messages from live transmissions, as well as archives digital data into a log.
The layout is clean and gives you the possibility to work with different view modes, such as aircraft list, aircraft data window, chart, ACARS messages, raw audio ACARS signal, outline seen from the selected aircraft, radar interrogator pule rates as they are received from aircraft, or sky seen from your home location.
Additionally, you may zoom in or out of the map and start or stop the process of decoding ACARS and Mode-S messages.
Importing and exporting options
You may import charts from BMP, JPG or PNG file format, insert a manual position report, save the selected aircraft details to a report file, and export the current configuration to a restore point so you can easily retrieve it in future projects.
Support for rich-featured suite of configuration settings
PlanePlotter gives you the possibility to set up the audio decoder, alter the colors for the text and background, save the current alert zone to a file, change the soundcard for ACARS decoding, select the orientation of the chart, and define a GPX file to overlay on the chart.
What’s more, you can download a map of the current area, create an outline map of the current area, load satellite images, adjust the transparency of a chart or Google Maps map, as well as choose the saving directories for log, chart and database files, record data to AVI file format, and add a calibration point.
Last but not least, you can review several entries in today’s alert log, ACARS or Mode-S messages, as well as past entries.
An overall reliable signal decoder for aircraft positions
All in all, PlanePlotter comes with a handy pack of features for helping you receive and decode live digital position reports from aircraft, and is suitable especially for power users.