11.28.10

New Instrument Tested

We have sucessfully tested one of the candidate flight instruments in wave lift conditions. The new instrument is called a Craggy Ultimate because it provides the ultimate large-screen soaring display for the pilots. It is capable of running any windows CE software and the test Ultimate has a copy of SeeYou installed.

This is really useful for soaring because it shows the glider’s track on the map along with dots indicating what lift was found at each position. It is also able to calculate the wind speed and direction even when the wind speed is more than the glider’s airspeed and you’re actually moving backwards over the ground.Here is is, installed in one of the team members’ private gliders.

It is such a bright screen, it actually doesn’t show up in photographs very well – we actually have to turn the brightness down to avoid overstressing the camera.

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