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CobraCar11

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I watched a video about this that was on YouTube. I had been watching Dan Johnson videos about new avionics coming out, & I noticed this video on the side in those other suggested videos for you to watch.

It looks like he has tried it out on a tiger moth and a high max.

Is this thing a great unit to have an aircraft? Or does it do things that are already done by other avionics that most people have anyway?

Have you guys heard of this? Is it any good? Or is it "a solution that's looking for a problem?"

I am curious about this. There are so many open source projects out there. Also, with Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and other computers on a board, I wonder if we are going to see these new electronics hooking up to GPS units and other sensors, and replacing some or many avionics for the ultralight or LSA markets. I believe most run on a version of Linux, so it could be EXTREMELY stable.

I saw a short thread om this in 2012, but nothing seemed to happen. It looked like a " We`here - need your feedback" company launch thread. Vigilant seemed to check it out well. One major concern is that it was windows based back then, and it's reliability is an issue.

I remember when my cousins were in college studying IT. When they were learning about servers, the Linux professors were teasing the windows-based professors on how often they had to restart and reboot their Windows servers, where the Linux servers kid run for a very long time without even needing to restart it seemed.

Any new updates & news on this?

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lHo3BQrPMq0
 

CobraCar11

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Could some Belite avionics and an ipad with the right sensors/hardware plugged in do all this package can do? Some of the Belite avionics weigh next to nothing, and can run a panel for 8 hours on one 9 volt battery. (Per the Dan Johnson video review I saw.)
 

fredoyster

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No one has made this into a whole ecosystem yet. There is no "sensor box," you're supposed to integrate all these things yourself. Lots of people fiddling around with it but none yet stable enough to call it a primary flight display, because integration. Dynon, MGL, GRT have done it but they want to be paid. There is some hope that Avilution/xfs will do it, Mark Spencer has a good track record with a similarly complex project (Asterisk phone systems.) If he has enough reason to do it for airplanes that could work.
There are some good open source apps that solve part of the problem - Stratux with an AHRS sensor works pretty well for flight data, on a RPi for <$250 plus a tablet. But no one wants to touch the engine monitoring part of the system as a standalone sensor box besides MGL, and their RDAC seems to be quite good enough if you wanted to build around it.
 
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