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April 25, 2019

FAQs

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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.

Categories: How to, Specifications

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.

Install XC guide on AIR³.

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.

Create an account on OGN

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.

AIR³ has 2 cameras: front and back. Check AIR³ specifications for more details. So, you can take pictures or videos with Air³.

However, note that the cameras are “usual market standard”. The back camera includes a high-sensitivity sensor that allows to take good pictures when the light is weak. The drawback of this high-sensitivity sensor is a “saturated” picture if you take the picture in light intense scenes or with a flash, if you are too close from the objects you are taking.
The are some workarounds: use the front camera, use the back camera with HDR mode.

Category: Specifications

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.

Categories: Base, Specifications

A lot of AIR³ pilots are Apple minded. Before going AIR³, they are wondering if they will be able to use AIR³ and if AIR³ is compatible with their Apple computer.

AIR³ is based on Android, but you do not need to be familiar with Android to use AIR³. Unlike other flight instruments, AIR³ is based on current smartphone / tablet technologies. But to use it for flights, you don’t need to know all the ins and outs of Android. Once you get it, you turn it on and off you go flying.

There are many features that you can take advantage of, but you don’t need to activate them to use them.

AIR³ is compatible with any Apple computer just like an Android smartphone. That being said, it doesn’t really tell you if it’s compatible with your Apple computer.

Well, maybe it’s important to remind you that these days, compatibility between devices isn’t that important anymore. Why? Because more and more we use apps with Android device than trying to connect devices to each other.

For example, with a traditional flight instrument, if you need to load waypoints, if you want to share a task or route, if you want to upload your track to a competition website, etc., you will need, most of the time, connecting your instrument to your computer and then transferring these files to or from your device.With AIR³, most of these actions can be done directly by being connected to internet.

  • To get a waypoint file, just go on the competition website with the browser, get the file on the web and save it in the right folder.
  • To share a task, share it by whatsapp, by email, by Messenger or just share it through a QR code.
  • To get your track, if you have set to automatically upload your track after landing, you can directly get your track on your Xcontest account either in IGC or KML format. If you have not automatically uploaded, just upload it in your cloud flights so that you can easily get it from any computer.
Categories: How to, Specifications

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:

Category: How to

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.
Categories: How to, Specifications

By definition, an option is not necessary. However, options are available in case you want to take advantage of specific features. You can find all options here: http://shop.fly-air3.com/shop/category/air3-19.

Check the accessories page to know more about each option.

Categories: Base, Specifications

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).

You can of course see other pilots using XCtrack livetracking on the map, but you can also see other pilots using other livetracking technologies, directly on the map. For more info, read this FAQ.

You will be seen on the XContest Live page of course… but you can also be seen on Open Glider Network. For more info, read this FAQ.

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.

See more details about Livetracking settings here.

Livetracking V2

As of XCTrack 0.9.4.5, a new Livetracking protocol is available. Livetracking pilots with Livetracking V2 can be seen on this page:

https://www.xcontest.org/api.s/widget/live-map/2/

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:

  1. Visit the Software upgrade instructions page and install XCTrack directly from that page.
  2. 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.

Category: How to

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.

Read more details about settings in Menu/Preferences/Sound/Acoustic vario

Watch this short video regarding the weak lift vario sound

Category: How to

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.

Watch a video tuto that shows how to configure XC Guide and XCTrack in the videos tuto page.

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
  • Spot
  • Fanet
  • PilotAware
  • Spidertracks

In addition, you can configure XC Guide to also display the following livetracking pilots:

  • Livetrack24
  • Skylines
  • Flymaster groups
  • Airwhere
  • XC Globe
  • SPOT & Garmin inReach

If you want to be seen on OGN network, visit the FAQ related to that topic.

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).

Conclusion

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.

Read more in Menu/Preferences/Map details about RoadMaps and terrain in the XCTrack Pro Manual.

Alternatively, you can also get a 128 Gb SD-card with pre-installed maps of the world .

Category: How to

If you have lost your AIR³ or if it has been stolen, you can maybe find it back depending on what you have done when you received it and if you have inserted a SIM card or not.

As an Android tablet, you can set a Google account. Make sure to enable location history.
By logging in your Google account, you have two easy way to find your device (if the device is connected to internet):

  • https://www.google.com/android/find allows you to quickly find where your device is, play a sound or secure your device (Lock device and sign out of your Google Account. You can also display a message or phone number on the lock screen).
  • https://www.google.be/maps . Go to the burger menu while connected with your account and click on “Your timeline”. You can see the latest place saved with the device.

As an Android device, there are also many other ways to find your device. You can install an app such as “Wheres My Droid” that can be used for that purpose.

If you have inserted a SIM card, you can also just simply send a text message or call your device. There are many ways to find it back.

Categories: How to, Specifications

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.

Velcro

In the first steps page and instructions of the Quick user manual, we give instructions how to set the Velcro if you are not using a Base.

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.

Read more details about settings in Menu/Preferences/Sound/Acoustic vario

Category: How to

Yes. AIR³ is an Android tab/phone. Any Android app compatible with the android version of AIR³ will be compatible with AIR³


Category: Specifications

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.

See XCTrack in the list of instruments of the FAI instruments list here.

Watch the Competition video tutorial

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
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 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. 
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 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.

Check the intefaces Here

Category: Specifications

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.

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Check the intefaces Here

Category: Specifications

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.

Read more about readability.

You may have an alternative solution to tilt the screen (tilted cockpit).

Check the Base page

Category: Base

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)

Check the Base page

Categories: Base, Specifications

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.

Check the video for more details

Custom/AIR³ Manager:

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.

Read more details in the Openair2AIR3 page.

 Web:

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. 

Categories: Airspaces, How to

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
Category: Specifications

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.

AIR³ Base Vario GPS android tab

The Metal Base (Paramotor, Metal or Smart Multibase) are made of Aluminium alloy. This is a very strong material but slightly more heavy than the ABS Base. The Metal Base weight is 340 gr.

Metal Base 72 nude
Category: Base

The AIR³ Manager is a small App developped to manage the basic features of AIR³  besides XCTrack. Look at the AIR³ Manager page.

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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.

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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.

Category: Specifications

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.

Another factor that can influence battery life depends on how the battery has been initialized. As explained in this FAQ regarding battery maintenance, the battery capacity is optimal when performing 3 full charge and discharge cycles for the first time.

Pilots who have used a smartphone have been used to setting the brightness to maximum. Otherwise, they fail to read the information correctly. This is the case because the screen brightness is weak.

Full brightness is actually not necessary with AIR³. Our recommendation is to start with a brightness of 50%, not 100%. Make sure that the automatic action to set full brightness on takeoff is disabled. This will already give you a very good readability, better than other electronic devices with full brightness. In case of need during the flight (angle of the sun obscuring the screen), you have the possibility to temporarily increase the brightness with the brightness widget.

With 50%, you should have a good readability and have a long autonomy. (9-10 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. You can adjust energy consumption by increasing or decreasing brightness according to your need and the duration of your flight.
  • 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 5-10% 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 flights still with the tracking and the accoustic vario… This mode can work for a couple of additional hours.
  • If you want to use the maximum brightness all the time, you are going to make a very long flight and you don’t want to be bothered by a potential energy shortage, you should use our AIR³ Power Base that includes the AIR³ Solar Power bank.

Thanks to a tilted cockpit or thanks to the Base, half the brightness is certainly enough to maintain good readability. Check our Readability matters page

Check the specifications page

Category: Specifications

If you have reached this page, it means you are headed in the right direction. But you are not there yet. XCTrack is the most efficient and ergonomic flight software. Now using XCTrack is one thing, the hardware that XCTrack runs on is also essential to have a good flight instrument.

Are there many pilots who only use their phone or tablet as the ONLY flight instrument? Probably not, here are some reasons (not sorted by importance) that differentiate AIR³ from such a solution.

  • Readability is a key characteristic of a flight instrument. AIR³ has a very bright screen with up to 1000 nits. This gives the possibility of reading information even in the worst cases.
  • 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 important, 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 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

Check our partners’ page to locate your nearest reseller.

Category: Specifications

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.

Case

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.

Barometer

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.

AIR³ base

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.

XCTrack for AIR³

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.

Check this other FAQ to know more about all the differences with a mobile phone or a tablet with XCTrack.

Category: Specifications

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.

Categories: How to, Specifications

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