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FlightView Features & Functions

FlightView is the simple yet powerful new EFIS from Falken Avionics, makers of FlightBox ADS-B. FlightView provides a full suite of flight and engine instruments, navigation tools, and advanced situational awareness functions. Built from a combination of off-the-shelf hardware and custom software, FlightView makes VFR flight safer, easier, and more affordable than ever.

Flight Instruments

  • Altimeter
  • Airspeed Indicator
  • Attitude Indicator
  • Slip / Skid Ball
  • Heading Indicator (HSI)
  • Ground Track
  • Course Pointer
  • Course Deviation Indicator
  • Outside Air Temperature
  • True Airspeed
  • Density Altitude
  • Ground Speed
  • GPS Altitude
  • Local and Zulu Time
  • Flight Duration

Engine Instruments

  • RPM
  • Manifold Pressur
  • Oil Pressure
  • Oil Temperature
  • Cylinder Head Temperature (CHT)
  • Exhaust Gas Temperature (EGT)
  • Voltage
  • Amperage
  • Fuel Level (Left / Right)
  • Fuel Pressure
  • Fuel Flow
  • Fuel Totalizer

VFR Navigation

  • Moving Map
  • Nearest Airport Navigation
  • Direct-To Navigation
  • Flight Plan Navigation
  • Database of US Airports, Navigation Aids, Waypoints
  • NMEA output to popular autopilots
  • ETA / ETE estimator
  • Automated waypoint / destination briefing

Situational Awareness Features

  • Air Traffic (ADS-B)
  • Traffic Alert
  • NEXRAD Weather Radar (ADS-B)
  • Terrain Profile View
  • Terrain Alert / Warning
  • Airspace Map Display
  • Current / Upcoming Airspace
  • Runway Assistant
  • Fuel Tank Switch Reminder
  • Engine Anomaly Alert
  • Runway Incursion Alert
  • Descent Rate Alert
  • Airspeed Decay Alert
  • Altitude Alert
  • Unusual Attitude Alert

VHF Communications

  • Nearest airport frequency
  • Flight-plan airport frequencies
  • Recent frequencies
  • One-touch for active airport

Modular

Unlike the standard EFIS, FlightView is modular. The display is a custom application that runs on a standard Apple iPad. Flight, engine, and situational data come from a network of remote components: a core fight data computer (FlightBox Pro EXP), an air data computer (FlightBox ADC), and an engine monitoring system (FlightBox EMS). The system also includes interfaces to a growing list of third party equipment, including communications radios, transponders, and autopilots. Hardware Modules Modularity allows you to select only the components you need. Even better, it allows you to add multiple displays for the cost of an iPad ($250 – $1100 depending on the model). The components are lightweight, easy to install, and connect using simple modular plugs: no complicated wiring harnesses required. The FlightView app converts any modern iPad into a state-of-the-art touch screen primary flight display (PFD) and moving map navigator (MFD). The PFD provides a comprehensive view of flight dynamics (attitude, airspeed, altitude, coordination) using a modern tapes-and-pointers layout. The MFD includes full VFR navigation capabilities plus terrain awareness, airspace, traffic, and ADS-B weather.

 

Easy To Install

Traditional avionics require complex wiring. FlightView is simple. Connections between the FlightBox and the peripheral devices use USB connectors and modular (phone-style) jacks to reduce installation time and avoid the pain of solder or crimp pin assembly.

Cost Effective

The core FlightView system retails for $2000 ($1000 for the FlightBox Pro EXP, $500 for the air data computer, and $500 for the engine monitor). Add an iPad (or two, or three) and you have a complete set of instrumentation for less than half the cost of any other touch-screen EFIS on the market.

Status: Seeking Early Adopters

Open Flight Solutions is currently seeking beta testers (early adopters) to participate in our early access program. Beta testers receive a significant discount in return for helping us file off any rough edges. For information about the beta program or to order a beta kit, please see our web store.

System Architecture


System Components

FlightView App

The FlightView app converts an iPad into a world-class flight display. The app is compatible with all current iPad models, from the Mini to the 12.9″ Pro. The app includes a Primary Flight Display (PFD) with a full set of flight instruments, a detailed moving map for VFR navigation and situational awareness, an engine status display, and easily accessible secondary screens for COM radio, transponder, autopilot, and flight planning.

The app supports a number of layouts: full-screen PFD, full-screen MFD, and split screen. The engine data bar can be toggled on and off. Each iPad can be assigned a primary function (PFD or MFD) and a primary side (left or right). In split-screen mode the app protects the primary content on the primary side, ensuring that the user always has a clear view of the most important information.

Building the FlightView display as an iPad app makes updates simple. App updates come from the Apple App Store automatically. Any updates to other components (e.g. FlightBox Pro firmware) are downloaded from Falken’s servers and can be applied at the click of a button.

 

FlightBox Pro EXP

The core of the system, FlightBox Pro (FBP) relays data between the other system components. It creates the Wifi access point to which the displays connect. Peripheral devices interface through standard USB ports. It includes dual-band ADS-B receivers, the inertial measurement unit (IMU) for the AHRS system, and a cabin pressure altimeter. A powerful multi-core processor allows the FBP to drive up to three FlightView displays and up to three additional Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) applications.

Installation of the FBP is quick and easy: simply connect it to ship’s power, plug in USB peripherals (directly or using a standard USB hub), and attach ADS-B antennas. No pin crimping or harness assembly required. Most homebuilders can install the system in just a few hours.

 

FlightBox ADC

FlightBox ADC connects to the pitot and static lines, providing data used to calculate airspeed, altitude, outside air temperature, density altitude, and true airspeed. The ADC weighs less than 5 ounces (140 grams) and is powered by the FlightLink USB connection. The pitot and static connections are standard 1/8″ NPT female and can easily be adapted to any commonly-used PEX tubing size.

 

 

 

 

FlightBox EMS

FlightBox EMS uses standard engine probes to monitor more than 30 different engine data items. It includes interfaces for engine speed (RPM), manifold pressure, oil pressure and temperature, fuel pressure, fuel flow, and fuel level (2 tanks), voltage, amperage, and 16 thermocouple amplifiers for EGT, CHT, TIT. Two auxiliary analog inputs are available for user-selected functions including header tank level, gearbox temperature, liquid coolant temperature, flap setting, and trim setting.

Rather than requiring a complicated wiring harness, all sensor connections are made using industrial spring clip connectors. This makes installation and maintenance much quicker and easier. Simply push the wire (optionally with a tip ferule) into the appropriate port. To release, press the button to release the spring clip and pull.

 

FlightBar

A tactile control add-on, FlightBar adds two knobs and six physical button to the FlightView experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FlightDock

Our innovative iPad mount with active cooling,

FlightView Core Bundle

The core FlightView hardware bundle is $2000.00. The core hardware bundle includes:

  • Flight Data Computer (FlightBox Pro EXP)
    • AHRS
    • GPS
    • ADS-B In
    • Cabin Altitude
    • Wireless AP
    • Integrations for COM, transponder, autopilot, ELT, etc.
  • Air Data Computer
    • Airspeed
    • Altitude
    • OAT
    • Magnetometer ***
  • Engine Monitoring System

A complete single-display FlightView system typically costs between $2800 and $3500 depending on which iPad model and accessories are included. Additional displays can be added for the price of the additional iPads. See our price comparison tool for details.

Pricing Tool

System Configurations

FlightView supports up to three iPad displays. iPads range in price from $250 to $1400 depending on model and options. iPads are sold separately by Apple and Apple resellers. In the table below, price represents the cost of a core hardware kit and one or two iPads.

Displays iPad Price
Single Display iPad 9.7″ $2250 **
Single Display iPad Mini 5 $2399
Single Display iPad Air 10.5″ $2499
Single Display iPad Pro 11″ $2799
Single Display iPad Pro 12.9″ $2999
Dual Display iPad 9.7″ $2500 **
Dual Display iPad Mini 5 $2798
Dual Display iPad Air 10.5″ $2998
Dual Display iPad Pro 11″ $3598
Dual Display iPad Pro 12.9″ $3998

Core Components

FlightBox Pro EXP $1000
Air Data Computer $500
Engine Monitor System $500

Accessories

FlightBar $200
FlightDock iPad Mount $200

Integrations

FlightLink COM1 or COM2 interface cable $50
FlightLink Basic (NMEA) Autopilot interface cable $50
FlightLink TruTrak Autopilot interface cable $100
FlightLink Trig Transponder interface cable $100

EMS Probes and Senders

Probes for the engine monitor are sold by Aircraft Spruce. To order, use the part numbers listed below.

Part Description Spruce PN Spruce Price ***
EGT Probe, Hose Clamp 0.7″ – 1.25″ 10-01171 $36
EGT Probe, Hose Clamp 1.0″ – 2.25″ 10-01169 $36
EGT Probe, Hose Clamp 1.0″ – 1.75″ 10-05079 $36
CHT Probe, Bayonet Mount 3/8-24 UNF 10-01170 $38
CHT Probe, Ring Terminal, 12mm 10-01845 $25
Manifold Pressure Sensor, 0 – 60 InHg 10-01171 $65
Oil Pressure Sensor, 0 – 150 psi 10-04823 $86.75
Oil Temperature Sensor, 100 – 240F 10-01173 $20.00
Fuel Pressure, Carbureted, 0 – 15 psi 10-04820 $85.00
Fuel Pressure, Fuel Injected, 0 – 50 psi 10-04825 $85.00
Amperage Shunt, 0 – 60 amps 10-01178 $15.70
Fuel Flow Transducer, 0 – 70 gph 10-01196 $194.00

* Compass functionality is currently under development. ** Based on current “street” price for this model as seen on Amazon.com *** Prices from Aircraft Spruce as of 7/1/19. Subject to change.

FlightBox Pro EXP
  • Voltage: 12v – 36v DC
  • Amperage: 0.75 amps
  • Weight: 11.3 oz
  • Dimensions: 6″ x 4″ x 1.5″
FlightBox ADC
  • Voltage: 5v – 36v DC
  • Amperage: 0.1 amps
  • Weight: 4 oz
  • Dimensions: 3.75″ x 2.75″ x 1.5″
FlightBox Pro EMS
  • Voltage: 5v – 36v DC
  • Amperage: 0.25 amps
  • Weight: 10.1 oz
  • Dimensions: 6.5″ x 5″ x 1.25″
FlightView Docs
FlightDock / FlightBar Docs
Developer & Integrator Docs

Developers who are interested in integrating hardware or software with FlightView should check out the FlightView Integration Guide

Training Videos

Please also see our FlightView Training playlist on YouTube.

Please see our comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions document for answers to many common questions.
Please see our FlightView playlist on YouTube.