AIR Glide Sensor Unit
The heart of every AIR Glide installation, the sensor unit contains all sensors and an IGC certified flight recorder. It computes vario, airspeed, instantaneous wind, air mass movement, GPS-Position, magnetic heading and attitude.
Our AIR Glide sensor unit is a sophisticated sensor platform, that integrates 14 different sensors and a fully IGC certified flight recorder in a compact device. With a combination of these sensors, the relative air-mass movement and airflow around the aircraft is measured in real time. Independent of his flight direction the pilot sees real time air-mass and wind data updated every second.
The unit contains 3D accelerometers, 3D rate gyros, 3D compass sensors, and a highly accurate GPS receiver. This makes the Sensor Unit a full-scale inertial measurement unit. These sensors, combined with 4 pressure sensors for cockpit, TE, static and dynamic pressure, generate a vast amount of data that is processed in advanced sensor fusion algorithms to compute the aircrafts current attitude, speed, position, and to determine current wind and vertical airmass movement.
Small and versatile
Even though its packed with technology, the sensor unit is very small. This makes installation within its requirements (straight, level and without too much magnetic interference) easier to accomplish. The data interface and power supply works with a single cable with robust industrial technology cables and connectors. Cable lengths of over 10m are possible. Flights from the integrated IGC Logger can be downloaded from any connected display unit.
Live Wind - a new dimension in wind calculation
The permanent computation of wind direction and strength (we call this "live wind") helps pilots interpret their surroundings in a new way. You can see how wind becomes weaker or still in the center of lift and how air flows into and out of a thermal. Local wind systems in mountainous regions can be easily discovered.
The vertical airmass information (VAM) offers a view, independent of gusts, on the current vertical airflow, and is desinged to be easier to interpret and less prone to wrong indications than average netto variometer signals.
AIR Glide Sensor unit and conventional variometer in comparison
Average Variometer works principally by using
- changes in pressure between static pressure, absolute pressure and TE-pressure.
- sometimes acceleration is also used
Butterfly Variometer works principally by using
- changes in pressure between static pressure, absolute pressure and TE-pressure
- Inertial measurement unit computing 3D-position in real-time comparing 14 different sensors
- Sophisticated data integrity sensing.
- Dimensions: 84 x 77 x 26 mm
- 3D Acceleration, 3D rate gyro, 3D compass
- GPS (60 Channels)
- dynamic pressure, cabin pressure, static pressure, TEK-pressure
- temperature probe
- Supply via CANaerospace Bus
- approx. 60mA at 12V
- RS232 NMEA via RJ45 (for IGC calibration/readout)