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Latest News / New You Tube Video
« on: May 17, 2020, 05:02:22 pm »
Another New YouTube Video Uploaded

Another You Tube video has been uploaded. This describes what PilotAware Rosetta is at the highest level in a block diagram format. Most forumites will know this but it does also hint at some of the next developments now we have the support of ATOM GRID.

The previous new YouTube video described what types of Electronic Conspicuity (EC) are available in the UK and Europe and how PilotAware Classic and Rosetta units can see more aircraft than any other device available. There is a clear description of what can and can't be seen and an introduction to ATOM GRID and Mode-S 3D. The video can be seen here

This seems to follow on straight after  the latest one

Please socialise this new, new one to anyone who is unclear of what can and can't be seen by PilotAware and how the 178 ATOM GRID stations will light up their screens with aircraft when they are in range. Please Subscribe and Thumbs Up if you like the video.

Working on the ATOM GRID Video now.



General Discussion / PilotAware and ADSB-out
« on: January 26, 2020, 05:57:19 pm »
PilotAWare and ADSB-out

The subject of why PilotAware Ltd does not invest and produce an ADSB-out module for the award-winning PilotAware range has been raised again on a certain forum.

So to remind everyone why this is so, we have produced the following paper to let you all know why we and others do not do this.

Feel free to distribute this further to anyone who is similarly interested.



General Discussion / EASA General Aviation Forum
« on: June 12, 2019, 08:07:48 pm »
EASA General Aviation Forum
Hi All

I just posted the following on the EASA General Aviation Forum to let a wider audience know about our exciting new software release next week.
The EASA General Aviation Forum is worthy of being supported as it provides a genuinely international forum to share your views. In this case how we should all share our views to help to shape genuinely interoperable Electronic Conspicuity for all in Europe at low cost which is the PilotAware mission.

Perhaps you should let your views be known to help us all move forward?

Latest News / Important CAP1777 And Why We Should All Respond
« on: May 12, 2019, 04:20:39 pm »
IMPORTANT CAP1777 And Why You Should All Respond And Encourage Others To Respond As Well

CAP1777 is the latest document issued by the CAA in their process towards the goal of mandating Electronic Conspicuity at 1090Mhz in all airspace across the UK. As Southampton joins the queue to grab more Class G airspace there is more evidence that sports aviation in the UK is under an increasing threat.  Please take the time to have a look at CAP1777 and respond by the closing date of May 25th 2019. Silence will be seen as acceptance.

There are 6 questions to be answered some open some closed so please let your views be known.

The following document has been produced as a single interpretative precis. This may not be your view but is provided to help frame your response.

Perhaps your other favourite forum(s) should be informed of the imminent deadline and importance of a response.

Here is the document

Latest News / Great News For PilotAware Users on the EASA Register
« on: March 15, 2019, 12:04:31 pm »
Great News for EASA Aircraft Owners

There is good news for owners of GA aircraft on the EASA register that have a transponder, which is capable of ADS-B (extended squitter) but has not had a suitable GNSS position source.
Within the next month, EASA will be releasing an update to CS-STAN Standard Changes and Standard Repairs.  If everything goes well, the update should include CS-SC005a, which will authorise aircraft maintenance engineers to connect GNSS position sources to an ADS-B capable transponder to enable ADS-B OUT.
Three configurations will be permissible under this standard change and Configuration 3 allows certified transponder + ADS-B OUT + uncertified GNSreports SIL = 0 and SDA = 0 (for airborne traffic awareness only).
This is great news for PilotAware users who also have aircraft on the EASA Register as you will now be able to have your PilotAware connected to your ES equipped transponder with the blessing of EASA.
This ruling reflects EASA's view that there should be greater interoperability between the various EC devices that are being voluntarily installed by the GA community in Europe.
The next step will hopefully, be a relaxation in the rules for the installation of external antennas to increase the performance of PilotAware.
Dominique Roland, Head of GA at EASA has a very pragmatic and encouraging attitude towards GA and the introduction of fit for purpose Electronic Conspicuity such as FLARM and PilotAware.
Read the discussion that Dominique has opened on the EASA GA Forum.

I understand that Dominique has done this to open the debate about Electronic Conspicuity in Europe. So join the EASA GA forum and let them know what you think. Whether you want to continue to use the EC of your choice, hopefully, PilotAware, or prefer an ADSB-out mandate for all.

« on: February 03, 2019, 04:59:48 pm »

German Specific Forum / Welcome
« on: February 03, 2019, 02:30:53 pm »
This Forum has been set up to allow discussion between the growing list of PilotAware users in Germany. Please use it to communicate between your flying colleagues especially those that are not fluent in English. Normal Forum Rules apply apply courteous and polite please as you always are.

Please note that we will not be able to answer technical questions from the UK unless they are posted on the British Forum in English sorry. However, there are a growing number of champions in Germany who understand the power of PilotAware and will be able help you directly. Perhaps someone will translate this to start us all off. I think that if I use Google translate then the message will get lost.

German Specific Forum / OGN-R In GERMANY
« on: October 17, 2018, 06:59:09 pm »
OGN-R Rebroadcast Stations in Germany

In the United Kingdom PilotAware has linked-up with the Open Glider Network to upgrade existing or install new OGN-R rebroadcast stations to improve the Electronic Conspicuity between light aircraft and FLARM equipped Gliders. This is the first step in greater interoperability between all systems.

There has now been interest shown in upgrading existing or installing new systems in Germany. Only a few sites have been done so far, these being new sites at

Site                      Site Name                        Site Installer                       OGN Name
EDNX                   Oberschleissheim              Markus Stein                       PWEDNX
ETNG                   Geilenkirchen                    Thomas Hein                       PWETNG
Uehrde                 Uehrde                             Christian Meier                    PWUEHRDE

Potential Sites      Site Name                         Site Installer                       OGN Name
EDMJ                   Jesenwang                        Florian Larcher                     tba.
EDAZ                   Schoenhagen                    Christian Meier                     tba.

The good news is that to help with installation PilotAware will supply most of the electronics for free (no charge). This will mean that the club at the site will have to buy the other parts which cost about €200 when bought locally. All instructions are available but in English only! Any offers to translate into German would be very welcome.

Installation instructions are available here.

If you would like to help and would like your free Raspberry Pi, Radio Bridge and case please email to

PilotAware Team October 2018

« on: August 11, 2018, 03:24:54 pm »
Setting Up a New OGN-R Station or Upgrading an Existing OGN Station is now even Cheaper ;D

Thanks to the successful Rosetta upgrade program we have more than a few Pi2B Computers, Bridges and Cases that have been donated to the expansion the OGN-Network. These refurbished units and a P3i Antenna are being offered Free of Charge to anyone who wants to install a new OGN-R station or upgrade an existing OGN station. This can be at a UK or mainland Europe.

This will mean that the cost for installing an OGN-R will now be reduced to about £180. This will have to be funded locally but we can help you to buy the hard to get bits like the +9dB FLARM Antenna, Factory made P3i Antenna, HDF Co-Ax connectors etc. if required. I will even make up the cables and configure the software for your site if required.

Instructions on what to do and information on the OGN project are available here If you want to learn more email and we can get your FREE kit out to you.

Latest news is that we are just about to pass 80 sites installed but want more for project secret.  8)

Thanks for your support. Target 200 stations by next year.

Thanks for your Support


OGN-R PilotAware / Congratulations from EASA
« on: June 22, 2018, 09:00:42 pm »
Last week I spent a very interesting couple of days at the EASA conspicuity forum, in Cologne. There were lots of interesting folks there from Europe including CAA, NATS AOPA in the UK and their European equivalents including the German Gliding association and other interesting parties from France etc. Also manufacturers including FLARM, TRIG, AiR Avionics Garmin and PilotAware of course were represented.

The message from EASA in the end of session summary was one of interoperability between existing systems and the support of systems that have been shown to work and that are the natural choice of the communities. No one size fits all. In this respect FLARM and PilotAware were specifically mentioned.

The EASA Chair and Head of Conspicuity took the time to specifically meet with me at the end of the Forum to learn more about what we are doing with OGN-R and congratulate us on "A wonderful initiative led by the GA Power and Gliding communities in the UK".

Thats you by the way. So give your selves a pat on the back.

They are watching what we are doing and have been encouraged by the growth, the co-operation and the interoperability that we have achieved by our natural enthusiasm for EC and safety in general.

We will be meeting again at the latter part of the year and the OGN-R will be on the agenda so lets make sure we can get to 100 sites installed and prove the continuing ingenuity and support for this amazing project.

Well done everybody. We really are making history and you will be able too say. I was there, in try pioneering fashion.

Latest News / Classic to Rosetta Upgrade Kits Now Available
« on: June 19, 2018, 11:25:46 am »
Kits Now Available

Following the recent announcement, Classic to Rosetta Upgrade Kits are now available for purchase from  These upgrade kits are specifically designed for those customers who are technically competent and are able to dismantle their existing Classic units, re-assemble using the new components required and undertake A FULL MANUAL SOFTWARE upgrade. Instructions will be provided.

Individual support will not be available but support will be available through this forum.

For customers who want an upgrade but are not able to undertake it them selves a full upgrade service will be available soon from PilotAware.

Latest News / Classic to Rosetta Upgrade
« on: June 01, 2018, 07:57:14 pm »
Classic to Rosetta Upgrade

Bit of a long post this one but one a lot have been waiting for.

Building on the success of the PilotAware Classic, Rosetta is our latest product. Developed by customer demand, Rosetta has been produced as a self-contained unit with no external USB devices or cables. To achieve this, and to take advantage of new technology, a new case, new radio transceiver (Bridge), new antenna, new Raspberry Pi and low noise 1090MHz receiver have been included in the all-in-one case design. This also prepares Rosetta for a future hardware upgrade to allow UAT Weather to be received if required*.

PilotAware Rosetta and PilotAware Classic currently share all of the functionality of PilotAware. The difference is in the hardware and aesthetics.

Recognising the attractiveness of PilotAware Rosetta for “carry on” applications without external antenna cables, many users have requested that we provide a service to upgrade existing PilotAware Classic units to a PilotAware Rosetta. We are happy to provide this.

Re-Use of Your Existing Classic Radio Bridge
Each upgrade offer requires that you return your existing working Classic Bridge. These will be refurbished, retested and re-issued free of charge to upgrade OGN stations to OGN-R for the benefit of the PilotAware and FLARM/OGN communities. This is being done to increase the coverage where FLARM/OGN equipped gliders can be seen by PilotAware users and for provision of future data uplink services currently being researched, for the benefit of the whole PilotAware community.

Upgrade Options
To cater for differing customer requirements, we are offering 2 levels of Upgrade.
1.   DIY Upgrade.
2.   Complete Upgrade Service.

Upgrade 1 DIY
For IT, competent customers who want to undertake the upgrade themselves then we will send you all the hardware and instructions required to upgrade your existing PilotAware Classic to PilotAware Rosetta functionality.
In the DIY kit, we will send:
1 Rosetta Case
1 Rosetta Label
1 Tested Rosetta Bridge
1 1090 Antenna
1 PilotAware Low Power RTL SDR
1 1090 Pigtail
Upgrade instructions.
Unique MAC Label
Please note you will re-use the existing
Raspberry Pi 2B and power lead. (We will NOT be supplying a new Raspberry Pi 3)
Existing 4GB/8GB SD Card.
869Mhz antenna and GPS receiver
To get all Rosetta units up to a common standard, you will need to undertake an SD card reformat and a full manual software installation.

Upgrade 2 The Complete Upgrade Service
The complete upgrade service will require the return of your complete working and licensed PilotAware Classic unit to PilotAware Ltd where it will be bought up to Rosetta functionality. The Raspberry Pi SBC, 869Mhz Antenna, GPS receiver and power cable will be reused but all other components will be replaced. The latest software will be installed, including the latest kernel to ensure that your PilotAware Rosetta is ready for future upgrades. The unit will be tested and your individual configuration settings will also be re-installed. The unit will be tested before dispatch.
Note a new Raspberry Pi 3 is NOT included.

Book Your Place in the Program

To ensure that we manage the demand in a fair and controlled manner we will be operating a booking in procedure for each offer.

Upgrade 1 DIY
If you are fully competent in all things electrical and IT literate and want to undertake the upgrade yourself, then we will provide a self-help DIY upgrade solution. This will include basic instructions. We will publish how to book your time slot and how to send your existing bridge back to us. Once we have received the bridge and you have made the payment we will send you the parts by the next post, tracked and signed for. This will minimise any potential downtime for usage. Help & Support for the DIY upgrade will be done via the PilotAware forum, we will set up a discussion board for users to share any issues they may experience.

Upgrade 2 The Complete Upgrade Service
In order that a timely turnaround time, of 5 days from receipt can be achieved, a booking-in process will be employed to ensure that you are without your PilotAware for the minimal amount of time. If you opt for the complete service, this will involve you applying for a slot via an email to which you will receive confirmation letting you know when and where to send your complete PilotAware Classic unit along with your configuration details for the upgrade. Once it is completed we will let you know by email that it is ready. When we have received payment, we will post the upgraded Rosetta to you via the Royal Mail tracked and signed for service.

To be compliant for the upgrade the unit must be a PilotAware Classic and it must be licensed and in full working order on receipt. If necessary, you will be informed of any parts that are broken and also of the price for replacement of these broken parts to bring the unit up to Rosetta standard. This will include the Raspberry Pi SBC, Power Lead, 869Mhz Antenna, GPS receiver or SD card.

The email address to which upgrade requests are to be made will be published on the PilotAware Forum, Website and Facebook as soon as the parts are available and the process is in place to provide the service. Please do not contact us until we have the process in place.

For those customers that bought a PilotAware Classic between 1st January and 15th May 2018 additional pricing concessions will apply. Individual parts will not be available separately.
Prices including VAT and Return UK Postage are as follows.

Classics Bought between 1st Jan -15th May 2018

DIY                              £65                   
Complete Service          £95

Classics Bought before 1st Jan 2018

DIY                              £100
Complete Service          £130

We will publish the process including how to return the units or bridges to us and how to make payment, as soon as it has been established.

*UAT weather is a trial that is not under the control of PilotAware Ltd. At the time of writing there are a small number (4-5) of stations broadcasting in the South East of England. Its future commercial or geographical roadmap is not certain or published. PilotAware recognises that there is some public enthusiasm for this facility and so has developed a hardware upgrade path for Rosetta to receive these broadcasts, if required. It must be made clear that simultaneous reception of Mode C/S traffic and Weather Data cannot be achieved by the Sky Demon app at the same time, due to the limitations of the interface data protocol used. Users should be aware that, this service could be withdrawn or become a subscription service. This is outside of the control of PilotAware Ltd. Caveat emptor. The update for the beta trail weather reception, when available, will be a simple hardware update and a return to PilotAware will not be required.

Alternatively you can continue to enjoy your Pilotaware Classic. These are now available at a discount at The discounted units are not eligible for upgrade at the above prices.

PilotAware Team. :D

Technical Support / POWER .......... The Cause of Most Problems
« on: June 01, 2018, 12:33:49 pm »
Are you having problems?

We get more than enough support calls regarding low GPS pickup, WiFi drop outs, GPS drop outs and the like.

The overwhelming majority of these have been due to POOR POWER SUPPLIES.

One recently returned unit which sounded like a real basket case was working perfectly when tested at PilotAware HQ using a recommended ANKER Power supply.

On further investigation the user admitted to using an iPhone charger!!!!!!!!. PLEASE PLEASE as we mention on all the documentation use a power supply that is capable of supplying 5.2V and 2.1A.

ANKER Power Core or ANKER cigarette lighter charges are good for this and are inexpensive. They are available quickly from Amazon or other suppliers cheaper than we could supply them.

Also if you want an EASA approved unit the Charge 2 Charge 4 units are the best you can get and are available at Great work from Jeremy Curtis.

Its not all bad news. Here is a quote from an anonomous customer who was having lots of problems and then took our simple advice

I received the „Anker power core II slim“ a few days ago and used it with Rosetta and the included Anker cable for several flights – works like a charm now! Now I have 9 satellites at start up an no Wifi  or GPS – disconnects to Skydemon anymore – looks like the power core really matters.


Also make sure that you are using the latest software available from



Latest News / PilotAware Rosetta
« on: May 04, 2018, 07:32:20 pm »
Exciting News from PilotAware

In response to customer feedback and the development of new hardware and software PilotAware is pleased to announce the launch of PilotAware Rosetta. Rosetta will be available at the UK Microlight Trade Show at Popham Airfield on 5th and 6th May and also via the website shortly after. So, what’s new?

Rosetta builds on the award winning PilotAware Classic and introduces the following new features, giving a more complete package, expandability and opens the door to greater functionality and upgradability.

√ All in one case   
√ Upgraded Processor
√ Increased Storage
√ Low Noise Receiver
√ New P3i Radio Bridge
√ New Antennas
√ Updated Software
√ Upgradable to UAT Weather*

In true PilotAware fashion we will be looking after our existing PilotAware Classic customers who want to enhance their existing units to Rosetta specification through a future upgrade program.

The PilotAware product line will also be expanded to include full installation kits for most permit aircraft types, metal, composite and fabric construction.

Also, coming soon, in response to customer demand and in collaboration with AIRCREW a fantastic 80mm dashboard instrument displaying weather, Traffic, Artificial Horizon, Heading Indicator, Flight Playback and software upgradable in true PilotAware fashion. Come and have a look at the demonstrator at the UK Microlight Trade Show at Popham.

In our ever changing technological and regulatory environment PilotAware is committed to providing the best value, most complete Electronic Conspicuity equipment available making sure your trust in us rewarded.

PilotAware with you all the way

*Needs additional hardware upgrade. PilotAware has been working to support the South of England UAT Weather Trial. The solution is working correctly and has been demonstrated to work with EasyVFR and SkyDemon over a GDL90 interface. Using this facility will allow trialists to gather and feedback information. At the moment SkyDemon is unable to support bearing-less traffic (Mode C/S) and Weather data simultaneously. Solutions are obviously under investigation.

See you at Popham Stand number M8

General Discussion / Electronic conspicuity at the LAA Rally
« on: September 30, 2017, 01:16:38 pm »
At the 2017 LAA Rally at Sywell we captured the all the transmissions of visiting aircraft using (EC) Electronic Conspicuity containing GPS co-ordinates. PilotAware receivers were located on both the PilotAware and Sky Demon stands and the data verified between the two. Thanks to the guys at Sky Demon for sharing this data. PilotAware was chosen as the only available EC equipment, capable of receiving all the types of EC used in the UK. On the days of the Rally, the live information was passed to simple virtual RADAR screens on each stand to show arriving and departing aircraft in real time.

As several requests, have been received to share the data, here are the results.

Note: Aircraft using Mode C/S transponders were also recorded but as these do not have an associated bearing could not be plotted on the Virtual RADAR Screens. Great results for PilotAware!

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