For info regarding battery autonomy while flying, check this FAQ.
AIR³’s lithium ion batteries are expected to provide 300 to 500 full cycles.
Once you receive your brand new AIR³, it is recommended that you perform 3 full discharge / recharge cycles to set the battery capacity to its maximum.
Lithium batteries today do not have “charge memory” issues like Nicad batteries did in the past. So, this means that you don’t need to fully discharge it before charging it. However, we recommend that you perform a full charge / discharge cycle once every 50 charges to bypass digital memory and recalibrate the power gauge.
Avoid completely discharging lithium-ion batteries.
If a lithium-ion battery is discharged below 2.5 volts per cell, a safety circuit built into the battery opens and the battery appears to be dead.
The unit will only turn on if the battery is fully charged.
For prolonged storage it is therefore very important not to leave the device discharged. Make sure it is charged to more than 50% of its capacity. You can also consider fully charging it before putting it away if you are unsure.
You can be seen on OGN by using XC guide, running in the background. You can also configure XC Guide and XCTrack to see others (Flarm, Flymaster, Livetrack24, XC Globe,…). Watch the Video tuto to learn how to see others on XCTrack map via XC Guide in the videos tuto page.
To know how to configure your Air³ to be seen on OGN, read the procedure below or watch the tuto video to learn how to configure your AIR³ to be seen on OGN via XC Guide in the videos tuto page.
In XC guide, tap on the information blue button and scroll the XC guide status windows down to Open Glider Network
Tap on “New ID” and write down the Device ID and Competition ID provided.
Login with your OGN account. Add a new device and fill in the info that you wrote down. Select OGN as device type, select paraglider as aircraft type.
Once done, verify with XC guide that everything is working as expected (third button in the XC guide status window.
Go to Settings/Livetracking/Open Glider Network (OGN) and set your OGN options.
A large number of pilots think the only way to have a good readability is to increase the nits (~ brightness). Oudie 3+ has been built with increased nits (900 nits). This video is showing that the most important factor is the angle of the screen with the look (perpendicular) and not the nits/brightness).
In the “Readability matters” page, you can also see a comparison between AIR³ 7.1 and AIR³ 7.2 (1000 nits). Tilting the screen is the most efficient way to increase readability.
You can either create a route manually in Menu/Navigation/Competition task, adding one by one the different turnpoints you want to follow, or create a route easily on a webpage (on a map) and then transfer it to AIR³/XCTrack through QR code.
Watch the tuto video related to that topic in the Videos tuto page. The video shows both methods.
XCTrack Pro is delivered preconfigured with different profiles (see AIR³ Manager).
However, you may want to change the interface according to your preferences. You can remove widgets, add widgets, resize widgets, change widget configuration. Read more details in the customize page of the XCTrack Pro Manual and the XCTrack Pro Widgets Manual.
Watch also this short video:
AIR³ is equipped with a performing GPS. However, you may experience some problems to get a good GPS signal in certain cases. Here are a few hints to discover why you would have faced such issue.
- The first thing to check is that you have activated the localisation. Swipe down from top to bottom to get the main icons. Check the the localisation icon is activated
- Second thing to check is your time zone. The system will try to find satellites based on the time zone. Go to settings/system/date and time and check the time zone set.
- The first time the unit tries to know where it is, it can take more time. This is called “Cold start”. Cold start is strongly reduced if you are connected to the network with a SIM card. If you have no SIM, this is not a problem, but note that it can take more time to locate the first time.
- GPS antenna should not be covered. Check that nothing is altering the signal received by the GPS antenna. Here is an example of a metal sticker that reduces the GPS signal received by the antenna.
- If you still face difficulties, open GPS fox. Turn the pages up to the page that shows satellites and the signal strength. Hold the unit at the end of your arm, at 1.5 m high. Wait for a couple of minuts and observe.
AIR³ is provided with a version of XCTrack Pro with Livetracking features. To use this feature, you need to have an active internet connection (Ideally through a SIM card, but also through Wifi (data sharing through your mobile phone or Bluetooth).
So, the very first thing to check is that you have an internet connection. Go to Menu/Preferences/Pïlot and click on “Login to Xcontest”. Your status should be “Logged in to Xcontest”. Alternatively, you can also test to send a message through Whatsapp, open the browser to try to reach www.fly-air3.com.
Note that if you have just installed a new SIM card, you may need to configure an APN (Access Point Name). Go to Android Settings/Network & internet/Mobile network/Access Point Names and click on the plus sign to add the APN. You should get details about how to configure the APN from your mobile network provider.
By default, Livetracking is not enabled. So, make sure to enable it in Menu/Preferences.
As of XCTrack 0.9.4.5, a new Livetracking protocol is available. Livetracking pilots with Livetracking V2 can be seen on this page:
New Livetracking is completely separated from the old one – it’s on a different server, pilots in old one don’t see pilots in new one and viceversa.
Not successful? Troubleshooting…
In order to identify what may going wrong if you are not successful, check the different info that can be obtained thanks to the Status line widget in the System section of XCTrack Pro widgets manual.
You may face other issues:
1/ No Livetracking menu in Preferences.
2/ Livetracking is working (I can view pilots and send messages through livetracking), but I’m not displayed in Live page of Xcontest.
1/ No Livetracking menu in Preferences.
The Livetracking feature is currently available in the Beta branch of XCTrack. XCTrack Pro for AIR³ is belonging to the Beta branch. This means that if you have installed an update of XCTrack that is not coming from the Beta branch, you will get a version without Livetracking. There is 2 ways to solve this:
- Visit the Software upgrade instructions page and install XCTrack directly from that page.
- If you want to get XCTrack upgrade through Play Store, you will need to be registered to the Beta program (not only on Xcontest website (Once logged in, click here) but also on Play Store by joining the beta.
2/ Livetracking is working (I can view pilots and send messages through livetracking), but I’m not displayed in Live page of Xcontest.
In order to appear on the Live webpage of XContest, you need to be registered to the Beta program. Once logged in, click here.
XCTrack contains a “Weak lift indication” feature. If you fall down in calm air by 0.9 – 1m/s but, while flying, you are only falling down by 0.2 m/s, this means you are flying in air mass going up… This is indicated by the double beep vario sound. you can disable it by turning off the “Weak lift Indication volume” in Menu/Preferences/Sound/Acoustic Vario.
Watch this short video regarding the weak lift vario sound
The Livetracking of XCTrack is a great feature to see, be seen and communicate with others. However, only pilots that are using XCTrack will be displayed on the map unless you use one of the following methods.
Flarm devices and others (OGN – Flymaster – Livetrack24 – XC Globe – Fanet,…) can be seen on the map of XCTrack Pro during the flight. Depending on the method you are using, you can either see only Flarm devices (when using a Bluetooth connected Flarm device), or Flarm and many other livetracking pilots (via XC Guide).
For both cases, don’t forget to activate the “Display nearby pilots” in the map configuration of XC map widget in the Xcontest widgets page or the task map widget in the competition widgets page.
1. Via XC Guide and an internet connection
The first method via XC Guide requires an internet connection. This can be obtained either through your SIM card (recommended) or by sharing your phone’s internet (hotspot) through WIFI or Bluetooth. Without the need of a Flarm device, this method allows you to get all aircrafts around you on XCTrack map, thanks to XC Guide providing these info (all registered aircrafts on OGN (Flarm, Flymaster, …) as well as the other aircrafts according to XC Guide configuration.
Install XC Guide and configure it accordingly. You can import a setting file to directly get the settings right as you can see in our video tuto (check the tool folder in the latest versions page).
In XCTrack, go to Menu/Preferences/Connection & sensors and click on “external sensor”. Select TCP client. Set Network port 10110 (should be the default). Name the Network Host “localhost” (should be the default).
You can set what you want to display (filters) on the map by changing the settings in XC Guide. Note that XC Guide has to run in the background to let XCtrack get the info to display.
OGN will display the following livetracking pilots:
- Aircrafts using a Flarm
- Flymaster livetracking
- All aircrafts using an OGN tracker
- Garmin Inreach
In addition, you can configure XC Guide to also display the following livetracking pilots:
- Flymaster groups
- XC Globe
- SPOT & Garmin inReach
2. Using a Flarm device (only Flarm aircrafts can be seen)
This second method is quite obvious. XCTrack is connected to a Flarm device. Go to XCTrack Menu/Preferences/Connection & sensors and configure your Bluetooth device. The Flarm device can either send the position of the pilot through its radio transmission, as well as receive other Flarm device locations that are shared with XCTrack through the Bluetooth connection. Only Flarm devices can be displayed on the map (in addition to the Xcontest Livetracking pilots).
So, if you want to see most aircrafts with livetracking or radio transmitting systems, the first method through XC Guide is the most powerful system and you will see these aircrafts directly on your map while flying.
We pre-install many maps and elevation files to make AIR³ ready to fly.
It’s easy to free up memory. Just go to /XCTrack/Map/RoadMap and delete the maps you do not need. You will quickly get a lot of free space ! Watch the video on maps and elevation files to quickly get acquainted with these topics.
Alternatively, you can also get a 128 Gb SD-card with pre-installed maps of the world .
If you are not satisfied with the volume of the vario, you have most probably made one of these 2 errors: velcro on the speaker or the volume is not set properly.
If you place the velcro as you can see in the following picture, you will definitely get the sound muted by the velcro:
Set the volume to maximum (100%)
You can set the volume of the vario in Menu/Preferences/ →Sound →Acoustic Vario. The percentage corresponds to the percentage of the system volume as indicated in the instructions. This means that if you set the volume on 50% and the system volume is 50% of the maximum, you will get 25% of volume. Set the volume of the Acoustic vario to 100% to get the highest level of sound if you are not satisfied with the volume. In order to make sure that the system volume is maximum, please make sure to enable “set volume to maximum” in Menu/Preferences/ →Android integration.
Yes, AIR³ is also a flight computer that computes all the info required to optimize your flight during competition. With a version of XCTrack > 0.6, AIR³ generates an IGC file that corresponds to the FAI standards and therefore belongs to the instrument accepted for FAI category 1 competitions.
You can also find more information about competition in the competition section of the Menu/Navigation page of XCTrack Pro Manual, as well as in the details regarding Competition widgets in the Competition subsection of the XCTrack Pro widgets Manual.
After the start, the green light tells you that you can “GO”
Before the start, you can check the speed required to reach the start line and the remaining time before the start
The automatic zoom will let you check at any time your position towards turnpoints, zooming in when you are approaching the turnpoint, zooming out when necessary.
At any time, keep an eye on the remaining distance to the goal, the glide ratio required to the goal and the glide ratio to the next turnpoint.
Once approaching the goal, keep an eye on the altitude over goal to optimize your score.
Yes. AIR³ is preconfigured with a customized and improved version of XCTrack Pro. It includes a perpetual license of XCTrack Pro. AIR³ is also preconfigured with all the Maps and all the Terrain files of the main countries where it is shipped. You can add easily more maps and more Terrain should you need other regions. Read more in Menu/Preferences/Map details in the XCTrack Pro Manual.
Alternatively, you can also get a 128 Gb SD-card with pre-installed maps of the world.
Yes, who can do more can do less. With the KISS configuration (Keep Interface So Simple), AIR³ is just providing the most needed features once a pilot start requiring his first vario. Through his evolution, the pilot will benefit from the other powerfull features by just using the “Easy” config file or the “Expert” configuration provided with AIR³.
Yes. AIR³ is using a performing barometer sensor from Te connectivity to determine the altitude and the altitude changes. It can detect an altitude change of less than 10 cm per second.
Watch and listen to these 2 short videos that compare AIR³ 7.2 vario with Oudie and Flymaster varios. You can hear that AIR³ detects the lift nearly instantly, half a second earlier than the Flymaster and Oudie.
In the video with Flymaster, AIR³ vario is set on Classic mode with straight tone while Flymaster is set with Dynamic frequency.
In the video with Oudie, the video starts with devices individually, so you can recognize the sound.
No, it is not required.
However, the readability in direct sunlight is improved if you point your eyes perpendicularly on the screen. Therefore, we advise using the base or any other way to tilt the screen. With AIR³ 7.2, tilting the screen will give you the opportunity to decrease the brightness without loss of readability and therefore increase much the autonomy.
You may have an alternative solution to tilt the screen (tilted cockpit).
The objective of the ABS Base is to have the screen right in front of your eyes. Depending on your fligth position, you may need the screen more tilted (43°) or less tilted (33°). If your position is quite horizontal or if you are quite far away from the cockpit, 43° is probably best for you. If you have a more uprigth position or pretty close to the cockpit, 33° is more recommanded.
Alternatively, you can use the Metal Base that allows you to tilt the screen at any angle (but it is more heavy)
There is no way this can be garanteed. But AIR³ provides solutions to reach that goal. Look at this video regarding AIRSPACE management and read more details about Airspace in Menu/Preferences/Airspaces
Airspaces information are usually provided to the instrument through an Openair file. The AIRSPACE is continuously evolving through updates of the AIP (Aeronautical Information Publication). This means that Openair files should be regularly updated based on these updates.
In an Openair file, there are prohibited zones 7 days a week, H24, but there are also a certain number of temporary prohibited zones that are announced by Notam (notification to air man). Unfortunatelly, a Notam regarding the same zone can be written differently depending on the person that is producing it. This means that a robot that has the objective to decode notam may not be always 100% correct.
There are different ways to let XCTrack use an Openair file. Read more details in Menu/Preferences/Airspaces.
Openair files should ideally be produced based on a daily analysis of the Notam in order to humanly determine which airspaces are activated or not.
A group of pilots focusing on a given region should organise themselves to validate Openair files corresponding to their region and publish them on a Google Drive folder. Sharing that folder with the pilots that are interested, AIR³ manager can automatically download the latest Openair file published.
Air³ Manager will copy the airspace files in OpenAir format to ‘’XCTrack/Airspaces’’ directory as “Most_recent_OA.txt” and make a second copy in the directory. By choosing that individual airspace file”Most_recent_OA.txt” once for all, Air³ will automatically use the latest Openair file published on that shared folder without any difficuty.
XCTrack can use airspaces from http://airspace.xcontest.org automatically.
Choose countries in Menu/Preferences/Airspaces and to to the Web tab. Tap ‘’Refresh’’ .
Airspace activations are automatically checked upon XCTrack (re)start
Airspaces are computed automatically through a robot.
Here are most of the new or improved features, compared with AIR³ 7.1:
- Vario, new pressure sensor: Te connectivity (Vs. Bosch)
- Android 8.1 (Vs. Android 5.1)
- Screen max brightness: 1000 nits (Vs. 400 nits)
- Deca core 2.4 Ghz (Vs. Quad core 1.3 Ghz)
- Ram/Rom: 4 Gb/64 Gb (Vs. 2Gb/16 Gb)
- Battery: 10.000 mAh (Vs. 7.000 mAh)
- Emergency quick button
- Easier to use physical button
The ABS Base is made of ABS. ABS is a quite strong material. However, in case of accident, it is quite easy to fix it up. ABS reacts with the Acetone. Just put some Acetone with a paintbrush on the broken parts and the two parts will quickly fix to each other once the Acetone will be evaporated. The ABS Base weight is 160 gr.
The AIR³ Manager is a small App developped to manage the basic features of AIR³ besides XCTrack. Look at the AIR³ Manager page.
Click on the “Openair2Air³” button to manually download the latest version of the Openair file provided on a shared Google Drive folder. Watch this video for details. Click on the “XCTrack” button to manually launch XCTrack.Click on the menu to access the settings or check the list of Openair files located on a shared Google Drive folder.
Set if you want XCTrack to be launched on boot of AIR³. Decide to automatically download the latest Openair file provided on a shared Google Drive on boot of AIR³. Determine if you want to download Openair files with or without danger zones according to the way Openair files are named. Check this video for details.
Check this FAQ to know more about battery life and maintenance.
AIR³ 7.2 has a battery of 10.000 mAh. This gives AIR³ a pretty large autonomy. So, how many hours does it mean?
Well, the autonomy can be influenced by many parameters. For example, using a black theme increases by 30% the autonomy. Not everybody likes it but it uses much less energy.
Full brightness is actually not necessary. Our recommendation is to start with a brightness that is between 60% and 70%, not 100%. Make sure that the automatic action to set full brightness on takeoff is disabled.
With 60%-70%, you should have a good readability and have a long autonomy. (9-11 hours).
Using full brightness all the time is not necessary and will use a lot of energy while it is not needed.
If you know you are going to fly for a very long flight, here are actually 3 “tips” you should have in mind:
- There are brightness buttons + and – easily accessible. If you know you are going to fly a long flight, we recommend decreasing brightness when not needed. It is very easy to increase or decrease brightness.
- Doing a short clic on the power button is turning off the screen (all other features such as tracking, livetracking, accoustic audio remains active). With the screen off, the autonomy can be calculated in days… So, if you are going for a very long flight and have already used an important part of the battery, whenever you have the chance, you can turn off the screen this way and increase by hours the autonomy. A new short clic on the power button will turn on again the screen.
- When you reach 5% battery, XCTrack is going to turn off the screen. You will still get the vario and the tracking but you won’t be able to see anymore the information on the screen as it is turned off. So, this degraded mode gives the opportunity to finish very long flight still with the tracking and the accoustic vario… This mode can work for a couple of additional hours.
Thanks to a tilted cockpit or thanks to the Base, half the brightness is certainly enough to maintain good readability.
Is there many pilots using only their phone or tablet as the ONLY flight instrument? Probably not, here are a couple of reasons that differentiate AIR³ from such solution.
– A large majority of phones or tablets do not have a pressure sensor. Now, having a pressure sensor does not guarantee a good vario. The quality of the sensor is also imporant, as well as the way the system and the software are using the data coming from the sensor.
– AIR³ is a rugged tablet IP67. This means it is robust, shock proved, water resistant. As long you are very cautious, doing very soft landing and take off, etc, it may not be an advantage but if not, it is one for sure. The counterpart of this is that it is more heavy (strong material, rubber, protection, etc.) than usual instrument.
– AIR³ has a 7″ display, which allows to have very large widgets easily readable, very large Map on screen, etc. This is certainly an advantage, compared with a phone. Most tablets have a 8 or 10″ display. We beleive it is too large and unnecessary. 7″ is the ideal size.
– As explained on the base page, readability is key for a flight instrument. Increasing the brightness is solving only partially the readability of most devices and increase the energy consumption. A special base has been designed for the AIR³ form factor to put AIR³ right in front of your eyes for increased readability. The pilot will be much more satisfied with the readability of AIR³ compared with a phone or tablet. Check also our “readability matters” page.
– AIR³ is the only device sold with a perpetual licence of XCTrack Pro. This gives the opportunity to use certain widgets that are not available in the free version of XCTrack. The set of Pro features will increase in the future and will of course be available for AIR³ users that have a Pro version of XCTrack.
– AIR3 Manager is an additional app preinstalled on AIR³ that manages some basic features, including the way to choose XCTrack profile and theme (both applications are communicating with each other so that the user do not need to know all the different settings to change into XCTrack to change profile or theme). AIR³ Manager also offers a way to automatically download the latest openair file validated by the local group of pilots that are concerned by Airspace compliance. See this video that details the way AIR³ is managing AIRPACE.
– AIR³ is sold “Ready to fly”, preconfigured with 4 different profiles and 3 different themes. XCTrack is a very powerfull application but it is sometimes too complex for some users to take advantage of it. With AIR³, no need to learn all the different advanced features of XCTrack to take the best out of it.
– The autonomy of AIR³ 7.2 is large with 10.000 mAh…It gives the opportunity to keep your phone battery,… and keep having the chance to use your phone once landed.
– AIR³ speaker and microphone gives you the opportunity to call or receive calls, keeping your hands on the breaks. (except to hang on or to execute the preconfigured call widget). Few tablets have the opportunity to use it as a phone. Being able to receive calls and make calls can be very usefull in many situations
– AIR³ is sold through distribution. This mean that you should have the opportunity to test it before buying it if you are not yet convinced. Not sure which local distributor is selling the AIR³? Contact us. If there is no local dealers yet, take advantage of our “satisfied or refunded” commitment.
What is the difference between AIR³ and a tablet with the same look one can find on internet/Alibaba?
AIR³ is an Android phone & tablet that has been designed to be a flight instrument.
AIR³ is not an “off the shelves” product similar to the products that one can see on internet/Alibaba. We have written specifications based on all the tests we have made and our long experience. AIR³ is produced through a large tablet manufacturer based on these specifications.
We have not developped our own case. We use the same “case” as many other tablet manufacturers… so you can find different variants of this tablet from different manufacturers but the inside is different depending on the market that the manufacturer want to address. This case is actually very good and strong, so it was a non sense to develop a new one. Sometimes people ask us: what are the exact differences with such tablet one can find on internet… well, it is difficult to answer as long as we produce AIR³ based on our specifications and we do not know the exact specifications of the other tablets.
Most of similar tablets have no pressure sensor. AIR³ is equipped with a very powerful and accurate pressure sensor. A flight instrument should contain a good built in barometer.
Some other tablets have a pressure sensor. However, its is not because a tablet has a barometer sensor that it will work properly. We have tested many different barometer sensors. Some of them are definitely not good for our target or provide data that are not usable for our sport. Once you have selected the right barometer sensor, this is still not enough, you also have to tune it the right way and make sure it works great with XCTrack. We have made a lot of tests, so did the XCTrack team with AIR³, in order to make sure that XCTrack worked very well with the specificities of AIR³ modules.
Custom firmware and additional app
AIR³ is much more than just a tablet + XCTrack Pro. Besides all the customisations that have been done, we have developed a special firmware and a special additional app (AIR³ Manager) to manage other features.
We have also developed different bases to tilt the screen. Having the screen perpendicular to the look increases the readability. Read more about readability. Watch the video that shows how important it is to tilt the screen to optimize the readability.
AIR³ includes a perpetual license of XCTrack Pro.
The XCTrack team has been involved very early in the AIR³ project. They have tested it so that the App has been optimized to take advantage of the way the modules are working. XCTrack has been customised to match the AIR³ specificities and is a Pro version.
AIR³ is provided with a perpetual licence of XCTrack Pro. The licence is linked to the device, not the pilot.
The perpetual licence is generated by a long file name (called Bootstrap file) located in XCTrack/Bootstrap, ending by .xcbs.
That perpetual licence file is based on the IMEI number of the device and is linked to the product name registered in the system. In other words, the licence can only work with the specific AIR³ for which the Bootstrap file has been produced.
Here are a few comments related to the Pro licence mechanism, in case you experience difficulties with XCTrack PRO.
- The device name and product name should be AIR3
- The xcbs file (Bootstrap file) has to be located in XCTrack/Bootstrap (it is case sensitive)
- The xcbs file is directly related to the IMEI number for which it has been produced, make sure to use the right xcbs file
- Check the date and time of the device. Wrong date and/or time may drive to Pro activation failure.
If you have checked all previous items and still fail to get the Pro features within XCTrack, uninstall and reinstall XCTrack, or contact us.