Introduction

PilotAware is an inexpensive portable or fixed, electronic positional awareness system that is used to help you “See” other aircraft and for you to be “Seen” by other aircraft. This can be GA aircraft, Permit aircraft, Microlights, Hangliders and  Paragliders.






PilotAware receives infomation from aircraft transmitting the following.
P3I: from PilotAware
ADS-B: from an ADS-B Out transponder
Mode-C: from a Mode C transponder
Mode-S: from a Mode S transponder
FLARM*: From a FLARM transponder *Additional FLARM mouse required

PilotAware will transmit your position to other aircraft equipped with the following.

P3I: from PilotAware
ADS-B: When PilotAware is connected to a Mode S (ES) transponder *Not Supplied
FLARM: When PilotAware is connected to a FLARM Mouse *Not Supplied

PilotAware gathers information on the position of aircraft, equipped as described above, in the vicinity of your aircraft. This is then forwarded to the pilot using both audio and visual prompts. PilotAware contains no algorithms that calculate the best, or any, action to take to avoid a collision. All action taken is the responsibility of the pilot in command  and PilotAware should therefore only be used as a secondary aid to the Primary Visual Scan.




What you need to get Started


PilotAware comes with the following.

The PilotAware processor(Raspberry Pi P2B)
The PilotAware P3I transmitter and receiver
An ADSB Reciever
A Glonass GPS
A Wi-Fi interface
A 1 metre power lead
An SD card with software pre-loaded
A quick start guide



Powering PilotAware

 
 

PilotAware is powered from a USB power source capable of supplying a minimum of 2A. This can be derived from a DC/DC converter (good quality car cigarette lighter type) or rechargeable battery pack. The ANKER range of products come highly recommended for their excellent performance and reasonable cost. Cheap alternatives should be avoided as they can be unreliable, noisy and interfere with voice transmissions. *Note the power supply is not supplied with the PilotAware Classic.





Visual Interface for PilotAware


 
 

The visual interface for PilotAware is achieved through an existing mobile device. The devices can either be iOS or Android.  PilotAware now includes a Radar Screen, this  will show you the location of aircraft in your local area without the need to use a 3rd party application. However, if you wish to connect PilotAware to Navigational software packages like SkyDemon and Air Navigation Pro then click here.

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Your mobile device is used to connect to the WiFi hotspot on the PilotAware unit and also used as the screen on which to display visual alerts. Mobile networks are not needed or used for the operation of PilotAware. Also the mobile device does not need an internal GPS as co-ordinates are taken from the PilotAware GPS. This, allows cheaper versions of iPad to be used successfully with PilotAware.





Audio Interface for PilotAware


 
 

Audio Alerts are given via a 3.5mm socket on the side of the PilotAware unit. From here the Audio Alerts can be injected into your headsets or intercom system.


Therefore for a fully operational electronic conspicuity device you will need.

A PilotAware unit.
A Power Supply.
A Wi-Fi enabled mobile device. No network required.
Navigational Software on the above device.
Audio input to your headset or intercom.


The highest level description that we can give to describe the functionality of PilotAware is that it enables your Navigation Software not only to show you where you are but also show you where other, suitably equipped, aircraft, are in relation to you. It also provides an audio output to provide Audio Alerts.