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Technical Support / Re: Random traffic?
« on: June 29, 2022, 08:17:59 am »
The only thing I would change is the vertical and horizontal range of positional contacts from 'All' to a figure beyond which you are not that interested in the traffic. e.g +- 2000 feet to match your bearing less targets, and less than 10Km range.
You also need to undestand what the rings are telling you and decise if you want that info displayed.


Technical Support / Re: PAW Crash after takeoff
« on: June 05, 2022, 10:11:28 pm »

Hi Ian! Would you please be able to comment what are the options/solutions that I should try to fix the waiting GPS problem? Somebody else previously suggested it “could be hardware”, but that’s not giving a very good direction

I don't have an immediate solution, but looking at the photo of you installation I can see potential issues that may be unrelated. Your two dipoles are too close to each other and both are too close to the GPS. They are both close to the GPS, which is looking for very weak signals and may swamp it with RF. The GPS also has limited view of the sky and needs to be as far forward as possible. I would also remove the magnet as that could upset your compass if it is in the usual PA28 location. There is no perfect place to install the dipoles, but I would suggest trying one on the other side of the screen and both a bit further(100mm to 120mm) from the 'A' pillar.

Technical Support / Re: PAW Crash after takeoff
« on: June 05, 2022, 09:55:20 pm »
Hi Ian,

I'm a bit disappointed that in the 3 years I've owned the Rosetta, and only done 40 hours flying in that time, that I've had to replace the USB lead already (and I am extremely careful with the use and storage of the same), and now looking at another lead and possibly an ADSB dongle too.  How much will that cost?  I don't want this to come across as over-critical, and the innovation of the product is excellent, but I'm disappointed with the execution of the hardware.  Is it just me?

Hi Dave. I have had my most reliable results with a Juicebitz 0.5m 20AWG cable. In my opinion 1m is too long. UGREEN is another supplier that I have good experiance with, but they do not specify the wire size and slightly more expensive. I have found JuiceBits cables don't last for ever and consider them as disposable. They deteriorate on calander time not usage or handling. Cannot comment of UGREEN yet as too new.

I cannot really comment on the quality of the parts. They are low cost Chinese imports and will vary in quality.

Technical Support / Re: PAW Crash after takeoff
« on: June 05, 2022, 06:22:19 pm »
Thanks Dave.  Throttling needs to be resolved first. The USB leads don't last for ever in my experiance. I would try another high quality one first, as short as you can. I have also seen the ADSB dongle draw excessive power due to failure(but still report traffic). They do get warm, but if hot may be worth swapping that out.


Technical Support / Re: PAW Crash after takeoff
« on: June 04, 2022, 05:12:30 am »
Come on give us a clue.

Which version of Pilot aware are you running?

General Discussion / Re: New software I-Grid
« on: May 09, 2022, 09:52:43 pm »
Hi Dave. Are you powering your Aircrew through the PAW? I would not reccomend that as the Pi is very sensitive to power upsets and the Aircrew could tip it over the edge.

I connect my Aircrew to the PAW using WiFi and each is fed power from a dedicated battery pack


Technical Support / Re: Connecting to device
« on: April 30, 2022, 08:55:53 pm »
Try and open up the home page in the browser

Technical Support / Re: Sportcruiser external antenna installation.
« on: April 29, 2022, 08:47:35 am »
I suspect there will be a PilotAware stand at Popham(though not listed) and Keith will go by road as he will have stock. Look out for the stand.

General Discussion / Re: PilotAware and iLevil AP communication issue
« on: April 21, 2022, 10:34:13 pm »
Great result, Thanks for writing it up for others who may follow you.

Assuming you have input the licence key.

You will need to configure the appropriate USB port for the Trig.

General Discussion / Re: TruTrak autopilot query
« on: March 23, 2022, 07:14:08 am »
Yes you may

General Discussion / Re: TruTrak autopilot query
« on: March 22, 2022, 08:05:43 am »
You will need one data wire and one of the following:
Each unit must be wired to the aircraft ground
There must also be a second wire between each units ground.

It is usual to avoid earth loops (applying both the above). I suspect one unit will be grounded (AVMAP) and the other (BK Cruze) will get its ground from the grounded unit, hence two wires. If each unit is earthed, take the earth wire all the way to the common earth busbar, and not lash it under the nearest bolt on the airframe (IIRC the CTSW is GRP so you wont be able to use the airframe as a return wire anyway)

Some installation guides omit earth and power feeds to make the diagram clearer, but there is usually a comment somewhere. Without the full set of wiring diagrams ans manuals it is difficult to advise further.

Technical Support / Re: Weak P3i transmission?
« on: March 22, 2022, 07:47:10 am »
I'm wondering if the P3i connector has parted from the PCB? This is a weak area and prone to damage by a knock.

Good news.

Better start an Italian forum :-)

Is it possible to buy that case on it's own? Mine is an upgraded classic, and only has four fittings for the suckers close to the 3/8" camera mount. Not ideal


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