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App Update: v0.4r22 – Bug Fix and Engine Logging

TL;DR – version v0.4r22 of the FlightView app is now available in TestFlight. It fixes a bug with the RPM counter and adds an engine data logging feature.

Quick Fix

Well, that was quick. Last night I received a bug report that changing the “Ignition Events Per Rotation” value (i.e. the number of pulses the EMS receives for every full turn of the engine) failed to update the configuration on the FlightBox Pro. Turns out that one letter in one parameter name was capitalized, so the code on the FlightBox that receives the update silently ignored that value. Computers… so picky. Anyway, an easy fix and, it gives me the opportunity to roll out another much-requested feature.

Engine Logging

v0.4r22 adds engine data logging. The logs capture a 1 Hz (once-per-second) history of the engine values as reported by the EMS. Note that the current version assumes that the inputs on the EMS are […]

By |2021-05-04T14:27:16+00:00May 4, 2021|Blog Post|Comments Off on App Update: v0.4r22 – Bug Fix and Engine Logging

App Update: v0.4r21

I am pushing out v0.4r21 to TestFlight with a set of fixes to issues uncovered in the past week. This version requires the same FlightBox firmware as the release last week (v2.3r1-7121b8ce98), so if you’ve already updated your FlightBox Pro EXP all you need is the new version of the app. (If you’ve not updated to v2.3r1-7121b8ce98 the app will prompt you to do so – see last week’s blog post for details on the update process.)

One of the issues uncovered last week was an application crash. It occurred when the app received an ADS-B METAR update that was malformed and could not be parsed by the app’s METAR decoder. The two users who discovered this issue had the unfortunate experience of having the app crash every time that METAR arrived (about once every minute). Fortunately the next refresh from the METAR site was properly formatted and the crash stopped […]

By |2021-05-03T13:32:00+00:00May 2, 2021|Blog Post|Comments Off on App Update: v0.4r21

App and Firmware Update: Custom Sensors, Better Terrain, Bug Fixes

So after several months of coding and testing I’m pleased to announce the release of version 2.3r1 of the FlightView firmware and version 0.4r20 of the FlightView app. This update is both relatively minor (no really flashy new features) and very important. You can install or update the app now from TestFlight, and the app will handle the firmware update process for the FlightBox.

In addition to this blog post, I’ve also put together a short YouTube video that walks through the installation and the Setup Assistant.

Before we get to the good stuff, a few housekeeping notes:

New Docs Available

After several months of neglect, I’ve updated the documentation (live version here and downloadable PDF here), which now weighs in at 151 pages. It’s still a work in progress, but it is much more complete and should make the installation, configuration, and operation much […]

By |2021-04-23T16:20:06+00:00April 20, 2021|Blog Post|Comments Off on App and Firmware Update: Custom Sensors, Better Terrain, Bug Fixes

Oh, THAT Global Parts Shortage

Using off-the-shelf components is usually a great thing: we get to take advantage of the massive economies of scale created by the mobile device industry. Unfortunately, we also compete with the mobile sector for those parts when there’s a surge in demand. Covid has driven a massive boom in the tablet market, and many tablets use the same inertial and barometric sensors that we include in FlightBox and FlightView systems. Since our volume is tiny compared with Apple, Samsung, etc., we end up on the short end when there’s a shortage.

Throughout the past year we’ve been living under the threat of supply chain and manufacturing delays, originally due to shutdowns at the component factories, and later due to the spike in demand. Throughout 2020 we were lucky. That luck ran out at the beginning of this year. In early January I put in an order for enough parts to build […]

By |2021-03-09T18:00:05+00:00March 9, 2021|Blog Post|Comments Off on Oh, THAT Global Parts Shortage

Move to Texas, they said…

Apologies to anyone waiting on an order. The winter storm currently gripping the United States has crippled the electrical grid here in Texas. We’re currently operating with power about half the time and the temperature in the hangar / office / shop is hovering at 29° F as of this morning.

Rumor has it that the normal weather and stable electricity may not return until some time next week. As such, I’m declaring a snow day (or snow week). I’ll do my best to keep up with email, but build and ship operations are offline until things thaw. Thanks for your patience!

By |2021-02-17T15:11:20+00:00February 17, 2021|Blog Post|Comments Off on Move to Texas, they said…

Status Report: Engine Monitor Update

Since launching the FlightView system the majority of the enhancement requests I’ve received are related to the engine monitor. A partial list of these requests includes:

  • support for ___ sensor / sender / probe / pickup
  • support for liquid cooled engines
  • support for engines with speed reduction gearboxes
  • support for turbine engines
  • support for twin engine aircraft
  • support for engines with integrated ECUs (Rotax, ULPower)
  • a larger EMS display – half screen, full, screen, both
  • user-defined layout of the larger display options
  • a vertical EMS bar display
  • a flap position indicator
  • an elevator trim position indicator
  • an aileron trim position indicator
  • a landing gear status indicator
  • a propeller RPM gauge
  • a rotor RPM gauge
  • inputs and gauges for additional fuel tanks (auxiliary, tip, header, etc.)
  • engine data logging
  • support for Savvy Analytics
  • on-screen master caution indicator
  • output for a master caution indicator
  • EGT peak detection
  • percentage of rated power calculation
  • user-defined gauges
  • inputs and indicators for door / canopy / baggage door state
  • FWF temperature and / or fire detection
  • carbon monoxide detection

All of these are […]

By |2021-02-16T16:34:12+00:00February 12, 2021|Blog Post|Comments Off on Status Report: Engine Monitor Update

New Name, Same Guy, Same Stuff

Back in January of 2016 I launched Open Flight Solutions with a Kickstarter to fund the development of FlightBox, a kit for building a Stratux-based ADS-B receiver. At that point I was living in the Kansas City area, and I incorporated in Missouri. Since that time I’ve moved twice – first to California and later to Texas. I’ve also expanded the focus from a single kit product to a growing line of full featured avionics components. Throughout that journey I kept the original Missouri LLC (which was actually Ex Astris, LLC – with Open Flight as a DBA).

When I moved to Texas this past spring, I found out that it is much easier and less expensive to have a Texas-registered company, rather than an out-of-state registration. In an effort to simplify my life and save on administrative costs, I registered “Falken Avionics, LLC” as […]

By |2020-12-11T22:12:14+00:00November 25, 2020|Blog Post|Comments Off on New Name, Same Guy, Same Stuff

FlightView Update – 11/23/20

I’m pleased to announce the release of v0.4 release 11 of the app and v2.2r0 of the firmware – a significant milestone on the way to 1.0. This update includes a large number fixes and a number of new features. However, it is very important to note the following:

THIS VERSION OF THE APP WILL NOT WORK WITH ANY FLIGHT BOX PRO EXP WITH FIRMWARE PRIOR TO v2.2r0.

That means everyone who has a FlightView system out there – installed or not – will need to do the update. The process is pretty easy and I have detailed instructions. Jump down to the section cleverly entitled Updating To v2.2r0 for details.

Changes And Enhancements

Obstacles

The system now includes a database of 500,000 […]

By |2020-12-12T15:18:18+00:00November 23, 2020|Blog Post|Comments Off on FlightView Update – 11/23/20

Firmware Hot-Fix 2.1r1 for FlightView

I’ve put together a “hot-fix” update that includes a number of fixes and a few small features. As a hot-fix, this update will need to be installed manually (rather than from the FlightView app). As none of the fixes are critical, feel free to skip this unless you need one of the two new features. These include:

  • Trig transponder configuration – required only if you have a Trig TT21 or TT22 transponder connected to your FlightView system.
  • Gear deploy reminder – posts an audio and display alert reminding the pilot to verify gear deployment.

You can download the hot-fix here. You will need to install it manually. The process is fairly simple:

  1. Power on your FlightView system (or at least your FlightBox Pro EXP).
  2. Connect to your FlightBox’s Wifi network (starts with “FlightBox-“) from your computer*.
  3. Open your web browser and direct it to 192.168.10.1 – the IP address for […]
By |2020-12-11T23:28:41+00:00September 15, 2020|Blog Post|Comments Off on Firmware Hot-Fix 2.1r1 for FlightView
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