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Wed, Jul 31, 2019

New FlightView EFIS Uses iPads, COTS Hardware

Reduces The Cost Of 'Going Glass' For Homebuilders

Open Flight Solutions, maker of the popular FlightBox ADS-B receiver, is pleased to announce the release of FlightView, a revolutionary new EFIS for the Experimental and Light Sport market. FlightView uses high quality off-the-shelf hardware including Apple’s iPad to significantly reduce the costs of installing safety-enhancing digital technology. The system includes a full set of flight and engine instruments, VFR navigation capabilities, and situational awareness tools plus integrations with popular autopilots, communications radios, and transponders.

Designed with homebuilders in mind, FlightView replaces complex avionics wiring with standard USB connections, drastically simplifying the installation process. Links to third party systems - autopilots, ELTs, radios, transponders, etc. - use simple, inexpensive USB-to-RS232 adapters. Installation can often be done in as little as one day.

A FlightView installation is made up of one or more iPads running the FlightView app, plus a set of light-weight remote boxes (LRUs) that provide GPS, attitude, air data, engine data, and ADS-B services. Displays communicate with the LRU network over Wifi or (optionally) wired Ethernet. Adding a second or third display is simply a matter of installing the additional iPads.

FlightView is built to make flying easy, fun, and safe. The intuitive user interface allows pilots to focus on flying the aircraft, not interacting with the technology. Fight data is presented in a clear, easy to comprehend Primary Flight Display (PFD) layout. The multifunction display (MFD) view combines navigation and situational awareness features on a clean, simple moving map interface.

Because the FlightView display is built as an app, the user interface can quickly and easily be enhanced with aircraft-specific features. Open Flight Solutions is currently working with manufacturers to create customized interfaces for kit aircraft, eVTOLs, and simulators.

The core hardware bundle (flight data computer, air data computer, and engine monitor) will normally retail for $2000. Other costs include the iPad(s) and engine probes. iPad prices range from $250 for the standard 9.7” unit to $1900 for a maxed-out 12.9” Pro model. Engine probes typically add another $600 - $900. A typical FlightView installation with a single 10” display runs roughly $3500 - less than half the cost of most comparable products.

Through the end of July builders can save 25% thanks to an AirVenture introductory special. The discount covers the core hardware bundle, the FlightDock iPad mount and FlightBar.

(Image from Open Flight Solutions YouTube video)



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