Instrument Reviews

Skytraxx instruments now available from Flybubble

Skytraxx produce well designed and fully-supported flight instruments to a high standard. They are also pioneering live data-sharing services (FANET) and they already have a working solution for FLARM (a way for paraglider pilots to automatically appear on the instrument displays of glider pilots and general aircraft).

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Syride SYS’EVOLUTION review

The instrument has three main functions: it's a vario/altimeter; a moving map display/navigational tool; and complete flight computer for competitions. The Syride SYS'Evolution, with a large e-ink display, offers a clear screen with excellent sunlight readability. If you looked at this instrument more than 3 months ago then you'll need to look again as there have been big changes, including a world first: a combined 3D airspace and terrain map. Steve Uzochukwu reports.

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Volirium P1 Smart Vario

Volirium say: ‘Pilots should enjoy their flights and not have to worry about technology.’ Enter the new Volirium P1 Smart Vario. It's a flight computer with in-depth navigation functions which offers a moving map presentation and route planning in Race and XC modes. Its ability to handle numerous Waypoint formats is nice too.

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Volirium P1 vario review – first impressions (Phil Clark)

The P1 aims to cover the usual all-in-one functionality we've come to expect from alti-vario-GPS devices in that they tell you where you are, how fast your position is changing, in which direction you're travelling, and - hopefully - help you make better decisions on where to go next! So, how does the P1 do? Phil Clark gives his first impressions.

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Syride SYS’NAV V3 Review (Dickon Walker)

The SYS’Nav V3 is a mid-range flight instrument aimed at competition and cross country pilots, sitting in the Syride range under the full graphical display SYS’Evolution, and above the SYS’GPS. I’m coming to review the SYS’Nav having used the SYS’GPS instrument for the last couple of years and finding it to be excellent at what it does.

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Flytec Element Alto review

Flytec have created the Element Alto for leisure paraglider and hang glider pilots who want a simple, robust and reliable vario with essential functionality only. On the outside it is based on the proven Flytec design with an extremely tough housing, high-contrast monochrome LCD screen and tactile, glove-friendly buttons. On the inside it features simplified internal electronics by Naviter combined with signature Flytec-quality vario and tone.

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Flight Instruments For Mapping

In this article I will evaluate a range of instruments in the search for a useful, reliable and simple mapping display. I have flown extensively with all these instruments to identify the practical issues they raise. 

Getting the right instrument is about understanding what your information needs are, and matching a device with your typical flying environment and aspirations.

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Syride SYS’NAV Instrument Review (by Greg Hamerton)

I first noticed the SYS’Nav after Andrew Craig’s review in Skywings Magazine. It’s easy to overlook this diminutive instrument because of its size and remarkably low price.

The more I used it, the more impressed I became. It leads the mid-range-instrument field, and threatens some of the high-end instruments too, offering a powerful navigation solution based on minimalism and simplicity.

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Syride SYS’NAV review | Skywings Magazine

Andrew Craig tries the SYS’GPS’ more powerful big brother

Syride SYS'Nav reviewAfter their SYS’Alti vario and SYS’GPS altimeter-vario-GPS, Syride have come up with an even more capable box of tricks, while keeping the box the same size as the other two.

The SYS’Nav does everything the SYS’GPS does (see May Skywings for my review of the latter).

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