TAS: True Air Speed
"The tool for accuracy."
- Air-speed measurement from 5 to 180 km/h (1 km/h resolution)
- Temperature Measurement from -20 to +70 ºC (0.1 ºC resolution)
- Maximum communication distance: 5 m
Air speed measurement
Using airspeed, the Flymaster instruments can provide useful information for flight performance and safety, more accurately calculating wind speed and direction, and benefiting from additional features, such as Stall-alert, Speed-to-Fly, Netto Vario, etc.
The TAS probe uses a Pitot tube for determining airspeed. Consequently, it does not suffer from problems related to impeller type sensors, which rapidly loose accuracy due to dust and damage. Flymaster TAS probe connects to the Flymaster instruments using the built in wireless interface. These factors combined create a flexible robust solution.
For paragliding the TAS is delivered with self-orienting replaceable wind vane tail.
Hang gliding version
The hang gliding version comes with a mounting accessory to attach the TAS probe securely to the hang glider frame - as shown below, for example.
|Pitot Tube Resolution||0.01 Pa|
|Temperature Sensor Resolution||0.01 ºC|
|Battery||1 x AAA cell (not included)|
|Autonomy||> 60 hours|
|Size||155 L x 92 W x 24 T mm (Length x Width x Thick)|
|RF Interface||With FCC or ETSI conformance for unlicensed use. Allows the wireless connection to any flymaster instrument up to 10m distance|
The Flytmaster TAS is available in two packages, one for paragliding, one for hang gliding.
TAS paragliding package:
- TAS probe
- TAS wind vane tail
- TAS case
TAS hang gliding package:
- TAS probe
- TAS hang gliding bracket
- TAS case
Download Flymaster TAS Probe user manual from Flymaster's website.
Flybubble note: When Flymaster released the TAS (then named "TASProbe" or "TAS Probe") they advertised they were working on a "Thermal sniffer" feature which would be "available soon" however this has not yet materialised About this they wrote: "Thermal sniffer (to follow). Get the help you always dreamed to find thermals with the built in thermal sniffer (available soon). The TASProbe also includes a fast (low thermic inertia) and high resolution temperature sensor, capable of detecting tiny variations in airflow temperature. By wirelessly getting the temperature data from the TASProbe, the Flymaster flight instrument can display and register the temperature during flight. By doing so, the Flymaster flight instrument can identify patterns which later can be used to evaluate the thermal potential of the area or spot thermal proximity. Combining temperature data with information from the renowned high accuracy Flymaster varios and GPS’s, the combined system can potentially detect nearby thermals, creating an unbeatable thermal hunting solution."
|Shipping Details||1-3 workdays|
|Model Status||Current model|
Flymaster TAS Reviews
It doesn't come with any lines or suggestions for how to attach, so I used two lines from the centre of some para cord and attached both pieces separately so if one breaks I don't lose the probe. I suspend it from the zips on the back of my harness (close to the back of my head) this way when stood on the hill the probe is clear of the ground and in the air it dangles low enough to be in clean air.
When you compare to wired probes the price is good as you have wireless capability plus the extra bonus of a temp probe. Would I buy this again? Probably yes. I guess it will come into its element once an update for stall alarms etc has been added.
PS. I originally purchased a Flytec Universal Camera Bracket ( http://bit.ly/31HqxY6 ) for an easy mount of my GoPro, which works superbly, but best of all it doubles up as a fixed mount for the Flymaster TAS Probe. This has the advantage of giving a more accurate speed, as it's not swinging back and forth, plus there's nothing to interrupt the signal as there is direct line of sight between the probe and the instrument.