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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|Comments Off on FlightView Simulator Now Available

How Not To Install ADS-B Out

Ironically, you might think, I waited until the very last minute to get ADS-B Out installed (well, re-installed) in my RV-6A. The RV arrived back in 2017 with a Dynon system which included Dynon’s (which is actually Trig’s) Mode S transponder. Within a few weeks I swapped out the standard GPS for the 2020-complaint version (SV-GPS-2020) and was fully legal. That worked great until this past summer when I went and ripped everything out to install FlightView. Transponder integration was a long way down the FlightView feature list, so I punted and installed an old but reliable Garmin GTX-327.

Late this fall I finally got around to working on the transponder. It turns that it uses a rather complex low-level protocol called TMAP which both configures and remote controls the transponder. Fortunately, I have friends who are much smarter than I am. With a huge amount of help from Eugene (thanks, […]

By |2020-01-18T23:41:31+00:00January 18, 2020|Blog Post|Comments Off on How Not To Install ADS-B Out

Introducing Chekov: Voice Checklists for Pilots

For the past few weeks I’ve been working on an interactive checklist feature for FlightView, our iPad-based EFIS. This checklist feature lets you create lists containing items which FlightView can display and also play as an audio prompt. (Think: “Flaps to 20 degrees.”) You acknowledge the list item by either tapping a button or by saying an acknowledgement word. (Think: “Check” or “Twenty”.) I wasn’t sure how well this would work out, since in most cases speech recognition requires an Internet connection, which can be hard to come by at 10,000 feet.

Fortunately, Apple managed to surprise and delight by introducing a new feature in iOS 13. Offline speech recognition is now a standard feature available on all iOS devices equipped with an A9 or newer processor. This is a game changer: the same technology will ultimately allow us to build a comprehensive voice assistant into FlightView. (Think: “Artoo, plot a […]

By |2019-11-27T22:04:11+00:00November 27, 2019|Blog Post|Comments Off on Introducing Chekov: Voice Checklists for Pilots

Installing FlightView Beta From TestFlight

A quick post to cover the process of installing the FlightView app on your iPad. The process is as follows:

1) Install Apple’s TestFlight app on the iPad.
2) Click this link (in Safari, on your iPad) to join the FlightView beta.

Then follow the instructions in TestFlight to install the app. Once it has finished installing, start it up and follow the setup assistant to install base maps, the aviation database, and terrain.

The beta is open to the public and totally anonymous – we don’t get contact information or anything else when you join. The only things that get sent back are your feedback and debug logs.

By |2019-09-13T17:34:37+00:00September 13, 2019|Blog Post|Comments Off on Installing FlightView Beta From TestFlight

To Oshkosh With FlightView

I’ve been flying with various versions of FlightView for nearly two years now. When I moved from Kansas City to Cupertino in July of 2018 I had an alpha version running on a RAM mount next to the Dynon system that came with my RV-6A. This gave me a safe and reliable way to test, tune, and validate FlightView. If something didn’t work as expected (which happened occasionally with the early versions) I had a set of instruments to fall back on.

That was a great way to start out, but eventually you have to “eat your own dog food” as they say in the tech world. Over the course of the past year the FlightView software and hardware had matured to the point where I was ready to take off the training wheels, so early this summer I took out the original panel – the Dynon, the steam gauges, and […]

By |2019-08-01T19:13:01+00:00August 1, 2019|Blog Post|Comments Off on To Oshkosh With FlightView

FlightView Training Videos Up

In response to the blast of questions that have been coming in, I’ve created a video playlist on YouTube that covers some of the more interesting features of FlightView. The library also contains a longer-form video that walks you through the process of upgrading a FlightBox with the 2.0 beta, and installing the FlightView app beta on your iPad.

Check out the FlightView Video Library.

By |2019-07-14T19:12:38+00:00July 14, 2019|Blog Post|Comments Off on FlightView Training Videos Up

FlightView and Oshkosh

So about the blog… The past few months have been pretty busy, and unfortunately the blog has been a bit neglected. I’m going to try to remedy that starting now. (But you know how life goes.)

Introducing FlightView

You might have noticed the addition of a new product – something called FlightView. If you’re a regular follower of this blog, you might recall a post from some 16 months ago announcing a new EFIS. I think I even used the phrase “coming soon.” Oops. That said, I think you will find it worth the wait.

FlightView is an Electronic Flight Information System (EFIS). That’s a bit of a catch-all term that gets used for a wide range of products. Some are basically attitude indicators with… attitude. Others (like FlightView) could best be described as operating systems for aircraft. They either provide or are connected to every major system on the airframe: flight instruments, engine instruments, navigation, […]

By |2019-07-11T17:41:27+00:00July 11, 2019|Blog Post|Comments Off on FlightView and Oshkosh

California Here We (Finally) Come!

Moving is always painful. For the past month we’ve been operating in limbo while realtors and their clients wandered through the house / shop / office. As you may recall, we abandoned ship for a couple of weeks in May to let them look in peace. Fortunately, that worked and we now have a contract, a moving date, and a new location in Cupertino, California.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that we will be closed for another two weeks while things get packed, loaded, hauled, unloaded, and re-assembled. I have to have everything packed up by next Monday (June 25), so Friday, June 22 is the last day I will be shipping orders until we get thing re-established in the Golden State on or around July 8.

The address for the new location is:

Falken Avionics
10649 Nathanson Ave.
Cupertino, CA 95014

Effective immediately, if you have a system that needs updated or […]

By |2018-06-20T14:50:42+00:00June 20, 2018|Blog Post|Comments Off on California Here We (Finally) Come!

Moving To California

Dear Open Flight Customers,

Several months ago my wife took a job with with a large technology company in the greater Silicon Valley area. I stayed behind in Kansas City, getting the house ready to sell and allowing our daughter to complete her senior year of high school. This weekend (May 13) she graduates. The house goes on the market the next day. As soon as it sells, Falken Avionics will relocate to a new address in California.

I am excited about the opportunity this brings. The Bay Area has a vibrant general aviation community and is the undisputed technology hub for the entire planet. I expect that this move will accelerate a number of projects including the previously announced EFIS.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that selling a house with a working factory in the basement is a challenge. To help expedite the process (and to keep our realtor […]

By |2018-05-12T18:40:54+00:00May 9, 2018|Blog Post|Comments Off on Moving To California

New Release With AHRS For ForeFlight

Synthetic vision display.

TL;DR – A new FlightBox update is available that adds AHRS support for ForeFlight and GPS NMEA output over RS232.

Introducing v1.4r4

Welcome to the middle of winter. Things have been rather quiet for the past couple of months, which has allowed us to spend some time heads-down on new features and functions. First among those is AHRS support for ForeFlight*. This has been the number one request since we rolled out the original AHRS support back in March of last year.

The update is available for download from our site or for installation using the FlightBox Utility app. New systems ordered after February 14 will ship with 1.4r4 installed. The code has seen quite a bit of testing from the Stratux community, so it should be smooth sailing under most circumstances.

A few notes on the FF AHRS feature:

Web Interface – To get […]

By |2018-02-14T17:41:25+00:00February 14, 2018|Blog Post|8 Comments
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