Big news from Naviter:”We announce the Oudie 4 and Oudie 4 Basic!”
The Oudie 4 Basic is a response to many pilot requests who really like the Oudie but would be happy to live without its high-end features. It was developed with the recreational pilot in mind who flies in complicated airspace, is learning to thermal or just needs a no-setup device to fly with. Absent are the competition-related navboxes, task options, Profiles and FAI Triangle features for example. That makes the software more intuitive and easy but still packs the most important features that you expect from a Vario & GPS & Colour moving map combo.
The Oudie 4 Basic will grow with you. If you become a high-end XC or competition pilot later in your career a software upgrade is available which gives you all the features of an Oudie 4.
What’s new in both versions:
1. New vario. Now assisted by inertial sensors (gyros, accelerometers and magnetometers) the Oudie 4’s vario is even better. Contrary to our initial expectations the inertial vario – when done right – is a real benefit and does provide additional information to pilot through its instantaneous response without being nervous or too sensitive.
2. New wind. The new sensors (and clever use of the Kalman filters, if you like) allowed us to improve calculated wind speed and direction considerably. In the best case scenario Oudie 4 will give a useful wind estimate already after a single 180 degree turn on the ridge. It also works at wind speeds higher than your airspeed. Additional turns make the prediction better of course.
3. New charge. It’s now possible to charge the Oudie 4 with a regular mini USB cable and a battery pack – something that’s not possible with the Oudie 3/3+. For this the USB port was moved, which means the holes in the Oudie Jacket (soft mount) have also moved. Otherwise the body and the screen remain the same as with the Oudie 3+.
Upgrade to Oudie 4 FAQs
Answers to frequently asked questions regarding upgrading Naviter Oudie 3, Oudie 3+ and Oudie 4 Basic to Oudie 4.
Upgrade Oudie 3 or Oudie 3+ to Oudie 4 (hardware upgrade)
Is it possible to upgrade my Oudie 3 or Oudie 3+ to Oudie 4?
Yes, it is! Flybubble can arrange the whole process for you. Read on for more details…
What are improvements from Oudie 3+ to Oudie 4?
1. New inertial sensors: gyro, accelerometer and magnetometer.
2. New improved vario. Now assisted by the new inertial sensors, the Oudie 4’s vario is even better.
3. New improved wind. The new sensors (and clever use of the Kalman filters, if you like) allowed Naviter to improve calculated wind speed and direction considerably.
4. New improved battery (same as Oudie 4). Improved battery chemistry for better performance and low temperature endurance.
5. New improved charge. It’s now possible to charge the Oudie 4 with a regular mini USB cable and a battery pack – something that’s not possible with the Oudie 3/3+. For this the USB port was moved, which means the holes in the Oudie Jacket (soft mount) have also moved. Otherwise the body and screen remain the same as for the Oudie 3+.
What are improvements from Oudie 3 to Oudie 4?
All the same improvements as for upgrading from Oudie 3+ to Oudie 4 (see above) plus:
5. New improved screen. Same amazing brightness, significantly improved visibility when viewed from an angle.
6. New improved housing with charging light.
Is this a hardware or software upgrade?
Upgrading Oudie 3 or 3+ to Oudie 4 is a hardware upgrade, which means your Oudie will need to be sent to Naviter in Slovenia for the upgrade to be done. Flybubble can arrange the whole process for you. Read on for more details…
Do I have to upgrade my Oudie 3 or Oudie 3+ to Oudie 4?
No, the upgrade is entirely optional. The Oudie 3 and Oudie 3+ are still the same brilliant flight instruments they have always been. The Oudie 4 is even better!
Do I have to pay for the upgrade to Oudie 4?
If you bought your Oudie 3 or Oudie 3+ new, or paid for an Oudie 3+ face-lift, before 1st October 2015, or you bought your Oudie 3 or Oudie 3+ second hand, then yes, you will have to pay for the upgrade (see below).
Naviter have kept the upgrade cost to a minimum, to make it as affordable as possible for pilots, whilst keeping it viable that so they can continue to provide a high level of support.
If you bought your Oudie 3+ brand new from an official Naviter dealer after 1st October 2015 then you may be entitled to the upgrade for free excluding shipping costs.
How much will it cost to upgrade my Oudie 3 or Oudie 3+ to Oudie 4?
The costs for upgrading the Oudie 3 or Oudie 3+ to Oudie 4 are different. See costs here.
Will I have to post my Oudie 3 or 3+ to Naviter for the upgrade?
No. Oudie 3 and Oudie 3+ owners should post their unit to Flybubble (see below).
What about shipping and shipping costs?
For reasons of transparency and flexibility, shipping costs are not included in the upgrade cost.
You will have to post your Oudie to Flybubble (see below). We will then forward it on to Naviter in Slovenia for the upgrade to be carried out.
You will also have to pay towards the shipping costs from Flybubble to Naviter in Slovenia. Flybubble subsidise this shipping cost. To keep shipping costs down, and ensure operational efficiency, Flybubble will send units for upgrade to Naviter in batches. Once the upgrades have been completed, Naviter will return upgraded units in batches to Flybubble.
Since some pilots prefer to collect their upgraded Oudie from us, the upgrade cost does not include return shipping to you. If you’d like your upgraded Oudie to be shipped back to you, we can of course arrange this too. The shipping cost for an unboxed (but well packaged and protected!) Oudie from us to a UK mainland address is £9.
If you need your Oudie returned to you urgently then Naviter charge 30 euros to ship from Slovenia to the UK. Let us know if you require this special service when you place your upgrade order, and we will inform Naviter. They will then contact you to collect payment before returning your Oudie.
How long will the upgrade take i.e. how long will I be without my beloved Oudie?
Anticipating a high demand, Naviter estimate that pilots should allow for a 2-3 week turnaround. However this may vary depending on how busy they are at the time.
To avoid the possibility of being without your beloved Oudie when you might want to use it, and so everyone doesn’t want them upgraded all at once, Naviter recommend that pilots should wait until they know they won’t be flying for a few weeks to allow for unforeseeable delays. Of course Naviter will do their utmost to turn your instrument around as quickly as possible.
I’ve got a deadline e.g. holiday or competition. Should I wait?
If you’ve got a deadline, for example a holiday or competition, then make sure you check with us (Flybubble) before sending us your Oudie 3 or 3+ for upgrading to Oudie 4. It might be best to wait until you don’t have an urgent deadline within a few weeks.
I’d like to upgrade through Flybubble. How I do that?
You can order the upgrade through our website here.
I want to back up my personal data on my Oudie before sending. How do I do that?
Follow the instructions here.
What address should I send my Oudie 3/3+ to?
Our Package Deliveries address, as listed on our contact page.
Send your Oudie in it’s protective case, ensuring it’s adequately packaged and include the following info:
1) Oudie owner’s name
2) the address you want it returned to; and
3) your email address.
Upgrade Oudie 4 Basic to Oudie 4 (software upgrade)
Upgrading the Oudie 4 Basic software to Oudie 4 unlocks the full software functionality of the Oudie 4: competitions, FAI triangle assistant, and more.
Since this is purely a software upgrade, which requires entering unique upgrade key in to your Oudie 4 Basic, there is no need to send your Oudie 4 Basic anywhere for this to be done. Find out more here.
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