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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

Alive And Well In Austin

Just a quick note to let everyone know that the move is complete and we are now located at Breakaway Airpark in Cedar Park, a suburb of Austin Texas. Our new address is:

Falken Avionics
2901 Kenai Drive
Cedar Park, TX 78613

Production has resumed on the FlightBox and FlightView lines. We’re currently running about 10 days on a FlightView Core Kit or FlightBox Pro. FlightBox portables are expected to be back in stock the week of June 15. Apologies for the delay. It seems that there has been a bit of a run on Raspberry Pi computers as a result of the pandemic.

By |2020-06-12T17:16:49+00:00June 12, 2020|Blog Post|Comments Off on Alive And Well In Austin

Falken Avionics Moving To Austin, Texas

So if you’ve been following this blog for the past several years you might recall that we moved from Liberty, Missouri (a suburb of Kansas City) to Cupertino, California in 2018. That move was the result of a fantastic career opportunity for my wife Amy. Well, two years later she has been offered a promotion with a relocation to Austin. There are few things worse than moving, but in this case I’m looking forward to it. The Bay Area is beautiful, and the weather is fantastic, and it’s so absurdly expensive that growing a small “bootstrap” (i.e. self-funded) business is a significant challenge. The move to Texas will reduce costs (like my $630 / month T-hangar) and make it much easier to grow.

The down-side to the move is that it will disrupt things for a couple of weeks while everything is in transit. Orders for FlightView systems, FlightBox Pro systems and […]

By |2020-05-04T18:06:31+00:00May 4, 2020|Blog Post|1 Comment

FlightView Simulator Now Available

We’re getting close to a 1.0 release of the FlightView app. I just pushed the latest beta version to Apple’s TestFlight. It should be approved and available to all beta testers in the next 24 – 48 hours. I’ve had several users ask for a way to see FlightView in action without actually having to install all the hardware. Understandable. Fortunately, using off-the-shelf gear makes that pretty easy.

You can now download an image file that works with any Raspberry Pi 3B or 3B+. Unzip the file and write it to a micro SD card, pop it into the Pi and power it up.

The demo flies a continuous circuit around California through heavy air traffic (300 random simulated targets), through a rain storm, and over some challenging terrain. The emulator sends a constant stream of data for all the key […]

By |2020-02-21T01:33:37+00:00February 21, 2020|Blog Post|2 Comments
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