AirWhere - Aviation Detection System
***** We are in the process of finishing off a flarm beacon board, compatibility with the esp32, a built in vario, sounds for the kobo, ogn beacon and lots of upgrades so the site is somewhat dated - we will update all the site as soon as we get time after coding ! Please visit the facebook group for more up to date information while the site is being rewritten.
AirWhere has been designed to offer a lightweight, flexible and cheap approach to pilot awareness.
We have used small inexpensive components, coupled with WiFi to be used whilst paragliding where size and weight are at a priority
This website gives you the opportunity to build one of these small units and to give you the ability to view each in the air
Currently we use LK8000 and XCsoar to connect to the unit, more flight software compatibility coming soon.
We are still in the beta phase of this project so all feedback is welcomed!
Please join our facebook group to ask questions and get more info on the project here
How does it work
You fly with a tiny box in your pocket and XCSoar or LK8000 running on a smartphone, Kobo or Tablet.
This is the AirWhere Unit and it contains a microprocessor and a radio transmitter/receiver.
The Kobo (or other) is linked by WiFi or directly wired to the AirWhere box . It sends your GPS position to the box and this is sent on
via the Radio Link to other AirWhere boxes and/or a ground station. This information is then processed by AirWhere
and this displays on your Kobo or Android System.
AirWhere can also be attached to the web and not only your position uploaded, but all other pilots that your AirWhere picks up to the web
The AirWhere unit itself pulls around 100mA so when powered with a normal external battery pack of 5-6000 maH, batteries will last many hours.
The project has moved in a new direction now, the initial concept of just the air to air tracking. We now have moved to a new chip ( its still only £5 to buy ) but we now have an accelerometer based vario, sounds, barometric pressure, temperature for an extra £10. Therefore we have a full setup for around £50 to build. This can be coupled with a smart phone running LK8000, XCSoar, FlyskyHy or similar to give you a complete setup. We hope this will help bring a complete flight instrument to everyone. Hopefully soon we will have these to purchase aswell for around £100, or a kit for self building.
Thanks to Linar Yusupov (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the initial concept and for help getting his idea working, Mike Endacott and Peter Crayfourd for their help in testing and making this idea come to life :)
Please note at the moment we are still developing the system to there could be some website changes and changes in the code, so please send us an email to let us know your making one so we can keep you up to date with any changes
We already are compatible with two manufacturers who are bringing out a commercial version of their own AirWhere - We will be compatible with this so we can all see each other. If you are a manufacturer who would like to get involved and produce their own verison we have a software libary you can install on your unit and then add the £8 RF LORA chip and then you will be seen by everyone and part of the system - this is free and very easy to get involved.
The following schematic shows how the system works
Then when you have it running you will see each other on your flight software as below
Hope you have fun with the project.