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Aeronear: an ambient device showing nearby aircraft

Here in Lisbon it's common to see aircraft because the main airport is in the city rather than being on the outskirts. And for a long time I used FlightRadar24 to answer the question "where did that aircraft come from or where is it going to?" But I really like ambient devices such as my Totoro that gives the weather forecast or bus that shows when the next bus arrives . So, it was time to use a few things I had lying around and make a desktop ambient aircraft monitor that looks like this: This uses a  Raspberry Pi Model 3 ,  PiTFT 3.5" touch screen  (which is kind of wasted because I don't use the touch functionality), a  24 LED NeoPixel ring ,  28BYJ-48 stepper motor , and the ULN2003 driver, and a small model aircraft. It's all contained in an acrylic pot that I got from Muji. The screen shows flight information and model aircraft and LED show the current direction the aircraft is flying (the track) and where to look for the aircraft. The first time the