GPS external module is a source of information about latitude, speed above ground and alternative source of information about altitude and course. Module was made as external to avoid interferences from other electronics. Module can be mounted far from computer outside fuselage. To protect electronics from environmental factors the PCB was resized to fit into popular Z-47U enclosure. Of course module can works without a box.
Module consist 10Hz, 66-chanel GPS receiver with internalantena based on MTK chipset. Depending mounting place: inside or outside fuselage, the LED can be mounted in SMD or THT version. Also backup capacitor can be mounted on the top or bottom side of PCB.
We have another source of Total Energy Compensation (TEK) probes on the market. It can be bought in our Pit.Lab.Shop. Both types of the probe are available:
- probe for horizontal mounting on tail.
- probe for vertical mounting on the fuselage
Probes has length 170 mm and about 11 g weight. Are sold with 2,5 m of silicone hose and plastic connectors. Bigger connector is for easy disconnection the probe after flight, the smaller is for connecting with variometer's pressure sensor nozzle.
The probe allow to compensate changes of kinetic energy made manually by the pilot pulling or pushing elevator stick. Pulling the stick, we made the glider climbing in cost of it's kinetic energy. Not compensated variometer (without a TEK probe) will indicate climbing, because glider in reality will go up, but it is not caused by thermals. Compensated variometer except static pressure will receive from TEK probe also negative dynamic pressure. The negative dynamic pressure is proportional to speed and change of it also will be "visible" by variometer. So correctly compensated variometer should not indicate changes of altitude made by elevator. The probe will work with SkyAssistant and with all other variometers.
Today Rémi send me plans for the Pitot probe and some pictures of his work.
The plan of the probe:
Some users ask about possibility to turn vario signal off. I can code it on "hard" without possibility to change, but it is'n my style. I like all to be configureable :-)
My proposition is anoter configuration window oriented on PPM. Some of that functionality exist in message window, but is "message type" oriented. Here is the same, but from other point of view: "ppm value" oriented.