Cumulus soaring, inc.- power flarm

This is a great resource. It allows you to upload a flight log that was recorded with any FLARM unit. The tool creates a top-view range analysis plot showing the maximum distance to FLARM targets in all directions. The flight log contains data location of other FLARM units received during the flight. Flights to be analyzed must have at least a duration of 30 minutes and contact with 5+ other FLARM equipped aircraft during the flight. Only FLARM traffic data is analyzed. ADS-B and Mode C/S transponder traffic is not analyzed.

Starting immediately, all warranty and non-warranty repairs of PowerFLARM Core products for the Americas will be handled by Cumulus Soaring, Inc.

Significant investments in test equipment, tools, and spare parts have been made by Cumulus Soaring, Inc. in order to support PowerFLARM Core users. Please contact me (contact information at the bottom of this page) if your PowerFLARM core needs testing, repair, or electronic security seal reset, or logger altimeter calibration. I am very happy to be able to support the soaring community in this way.

• Radio range is key for early traffic warnings and depends on a good installation of radio antennas and cables. Radio signals require unobstructed line of sight; thus avoid conducting materials (metal, carbon) in any direction you want FLARM to be effective. Nearby antennas, conducting material, or cables may cause interference and/or reduce effectiveness. Keep your antennas at least 30 cm away from any other antenna, and without direct contact to your canopy. Do not use splitters for FLARM radio antennas.

If the IGC enable is not set, flight logs from the unit can be used for the Online Contest (OLC), but not for badges. If the IGC Enable is set, then the flight logs can be used for both OLC and IGC badge flights. Below are some notes on how to determine whether the IGC enable has been set in a particular PowerFLARM. Also, U.S. National Soaring contests require that the PowerFLARM has the IGC Enable set.

• LXNAV FlarmView ($230) or LXNAV FlarmView57 ($290) or LXNAV FlarmView2 ($350) or AIR Avionics – ATD-57 ($475) or LXNAV Nano3 ($570) or LXNAV Nano4 ($690)- The FlarmView and FlarmView57 display FLARM, ADS-B and Mode C/S transponder traffic. The FlarmView2, adds waypoints, airspace, tasks and navigation. The Nano3 and Nano4 are fully IGC approved GPS flight recorders with waypoints, airspace, tasks, and navigation

• Cable-PFLARM-Pwr-DB9m-RJ45-0p3 Cable for connecting both 12V power and a remote device to the PowerFLARM Core’s DB-9 port. An RJ-Coupler-RJ45-RJ45 is usually required and not included. This cable works great for connection to an SN10 which had previously been connected to a Volkslogger’s RJ45 port. It can also be used to connect a remote FLARM display.

All PowerFLARM Portable units and PowerFLARM Core units (hardware version 1.1 or greater) are supplied with audio output circuitry. The audio output is used to send beep tones to an aviation headset. The beep tones are intended to alert you to traffic and get you to look at your FLARM display. The audio output functionality is normally only needed in motorgliders when the pilot is using a headset. It is not normally needed in sailplanes because the traffic warning sounds are generated by the PowerFLARM Portable unit or remote FLARM display and most sailplane pilots don’t wear headsets. The audio output functionality is not enabled by default. It can be enabled at any time by purchasing this enable license.

Most FLARM-equipped sailplanes have a single FLARM antenna mounted up front and high – so they can see forward, up, and to the sides. However, sailplanes with carbon fiber fuselages block the FLARM signals – so it is not possible to receive FLARM signals from aircraft below and behind. Connecting a 2nd "receive only" FLARM antenna to the FLARM B port will greatly enhance safety if the antenna is mounted on the bottom of the glider behind the landing gear. This antenna is perfect for installation in that way.

The antenna housing is constructed of anacrylonitrile-styrene-acrylic (ASA) shell. The white color allows maximum performance without losses due to color pigments or unseen dirt. The antenna is supplied with cellular neoprene mounting pad and hardware. The antenna is designed to operate at speeds up to 350 mph and altitudes up to 50,000 feet.

This antenna has a FLARM logo on it which is oriented such that the antenna looks great when mounted on the top of the aircraft. Mounting it on top of the fuselage just behind the canopy is probably ideal. Or it could be mounted inside the cockpit on top of the instrument panel cover. It looks much nicer than the standard dipole antenna. The version above without a FLARM logo looks good mounted either on the top or bottom of the aircraft.

The antenna housing is constructed of anacrylonitrile-styrene-acrylic (ASA) shell. The white color allows maximum performance without losses due to color pigments or unseen dirt. The antenna is supplied with cellular neoprene mounting pad and hardware. The antenna is designed to operate at speeds up to 350 mph and altitudes up to 50,000 feet.

The PowerFLARM Y-Adapter, RJ45 is an RJ45 "splitter". It makes it possible to connect 2 FLARM displays or a single FLARM display and 12V power leads to a single RJ45 port on a FLARM unit. To avoid data collision issues, one of the 2 ports allows data in both directions between the FLARM and display and the other port only sends data from the FLARM to the 2nd display – It does not allow data to be sent from the 2nd display to the FLARM. One display can both send and receive data from the FLARM and the other display can only receive data from the FLARM. 12V and 3.3V power connections are passed through to both ports.

Two ports pass both transmit (TX) and receive (RX) lines. The other 2 ports pass transmit (TX) only. One of the RX/TX ports should be connected to the cable that goes to the FLARM device. The other RX/TX cable goes to a FLARM remote display and can be used to edit parameters (ranges, etc.) in the FLARM unit. The "TX Only" ports send data to additional FLARM displays, but don’t allow those devices to send data to the FLARM unit. That avoids the possibility of having two devices try to send data to the FLARM at the same time.

Two ports pass both transmit (TX) and receive (RX) lines. The other 2 ports pass transmit (TX) only. One of the RX/TX ports should be connected to the cable that goes to the FLARM device. The other RX/TX cable goes to a FLARM remote display and can be used to edit parameters (ranges, etc.) in the FLARM unit. The "TX Only" ports send data to additional FLARM displays, but don’t allow those devices to send data to the FLARM unit. That avoids the possibility of having two devices try to send data to the FLARM at the same time.

USB extension cable with male USB connector and panel-mountable rectangular USB female connector. Used to make the USB port on a soaring instrument accessible on the instrument panel. Works great with PowerFLARM Core units. Not compatible with PowerFLARM Portable units. The cap can be screwed-on to protect the port. A nut of about 20 mm diameter is used to secure the panel-mounted end into the 20 mm hole in the panel.