July 10, 2023

PilotAware Rosetta FX

Introducing PilotAware Rosetta FX

Supercharge your current Flarm experience and Maximize your Situational Awareness.

Available from end September 2023                                                                    

Qualifies for the UK DfT/CAA £250 discount.

Small lightweight and packed with additional benefits for all Flarm users

Unlock new possibilities and achieve unparalleled interoperability with the amazing Rosetta FX.

By connecting this cutting-edge device to your existing Flarm unit, you'll gain access to a host of advanced functionalities both inside and outside the cockpit. Discover the following remarkable benefits available to you, including:

Benefit 1.    Seamless Flarm Integration:

By adding PilotAware Rosetta FX to your Flarm installation, you will harness the power of the existing collision prediction algorithm for close-up thermalling flight, whilst also including greater interoperability with other Electronic Conspicuity systems so you can also see them as well. There will be full interoperability with the PilotAware infrastructure.

Existing Flarm Installation

Flarm Installation enhanced with Rosetta FX showing connection to existing EFBs and displays

The other systems that you will interact with or detect include;

ADSB (detect)

Sky Echo (detect)

PilotAware (full interoperability)

Mode-S (detect)

Weather RADAR (receive)

Enhanced Traffic Data (receive)


Benefit 2.    PilotAware Rosetta FX and Flarm Interoperability:

When connected together there will be direct interoperability between you and other Flarm and PilotAware-equipped aircraft, providing a great step forward towards full interoperability between all systems which is the ultimate goal of PilotAware.

In addition, an integrated ADSB receiver in Rosetta FX will directly detect signals from ADSB transponders (DF17) and lower-power ADSB (DF18) transceivers such as Sky Echo.

This traditional method of detecting aircraft is Direct Detection

The simple addition of PilotAware Rosetta FX to a Flarm device will provide.

 Whilst this provides a level of interoperability, Direct Detection has the following weaknesses:

•       There is a single point of failure.

•       Signals can suffer from airframe and occupant obscuration and blocking.

•       There is only a single data path

•       There is no redundancy provision

•       There is low integrity.

However, these weaknesses can now be improved by the integration of PilotAware Rosetta FX with your Flarm device which gives access to the full PilotAware infrastructure, including ATOM GRID, SkyGRID and iGRID to provide solutions. How this is done is shown below.

Benefit 3.   ATOM GRID Ground station Rebroadcast.

To provide greater interoperability with other systems, achieve greater integrity, reduce airframe and occupant obscuration and increase redundancy provision, over 370 PilotAware ATOM ground stations have been installed in the UK and Europe. This increases by an average of 2 new station installations a week.

This network of stations detects traffic locally that is transmitting Flarm, Fanet+, OGN trackers, PilotAware, ADSB, CAP1391and Mode-S signals. The traffic data is received and rebroadcast at the speed of light to any PilotAware-equipped aircraft in the area. This now includes aircraft fitted with the Rosetta FX - Flarm combination.

The detection range of individual ATOM stations is between 30-100kms and the transmission range is between 30-50kms. Both detection and transmission are dependent on radio line-of-sight. In addition, as will be seen this range is increased using SkyGRID(TM) and iGRID.

All time stamped data is also transmitted to the PilotAware servers using a low latency encrypted software-defined network for onward transmission to other ATOM stations and archived for SAR, air accident and airprox information.


300+ ATOM stations in the UK more in Europe and growing weekly

With a PilotAware Rosetta FX installed, the user will enjoy unrestricted access to the extensive PilotAware ATOM GRID ground infrastructure, bolstering data reception capabilities which include:

(i)    Extended Flarm Signal Reception:

This will show gliders flying well beyond the immediate natural Flarm reception area, enhancing strategic situational awareness and identifying areas of lift and sink on a planned route.

(ii)  Mode-S Signal Reception:

Mode-S transmitting aircraft will be detected and displayed as a target with a bearing. This is particularly useful, considering the abundance of Mode-S transponder installations in the UK GA Fleet (12.000+ installations). The ATOM network does this using multilateration from 1300+ sites across the UK including sites from 360 RADAR Ltd.

The following diagram shows The ATOM GRID ground network rebroadcasting traffic data from Flarm Fanet+ and Mode-S from aircraft interrogated by Secondary Surveillance Broadcast responses.

PilotAware ATOM ground stations provide a second rebroadcast path.

Benefit 4.   PilotAware SkyGRID(TM)  Airbourne Data Relay.

PilotAware SkyGRID(TM) technology adds additional functionality to enhance and extend the range and capacity of the ATOM GRID Network. SkyGrid(TM) technology effectively makes every PilotAware-equipped aircraft, including those using Rosetta FX, into an ATOM station in the sky.

PilotAware SkyGRID(TM) ;

•       provides a second data path through the air-to-air and air-to-ground relay, leading to greater system redundancy and integrity.

•       maintains a continuous link to PilotAware-equipped aircraft positions even when they are not connected to an ATOM GRID station due signal blocking.

•       relays data to aircraft, not connected to a ground station, informing them of everything that they are missing by being temporarily isolated.

•       relays the position of low-flying aircraft to ATC for situational awareness and display on a Flight Information Display as per the amendment to CAP 670 2022.

PilotAware Sky GRID™ provides an additional air to air and air to ground data link.

Benefit 5.   Connectivity to PilotAware iGRID:

PilotAware iGRID Establishes a 3rd data path to and from the PilotAware servers. This higher bandwidth link provides enhanced Flight Information Services, including METARS, Weather RADAR, and enhanced data of all EC-transmitting aircraft within a 60-kilometre radius of your current position. This feature requires a simple connection to your smartphone's WiFi hotspot through Rosetta FX.

PilotAware iGRID provides the 4th data link to PilotAware airborne systems

Linking all of these technologies together provides significant amounts of real-time data over multiple data links to the PilotAware servers. The ability to provide future innovative services is limited only by the imagination, your requirements and good ideas, the bandwidth permissible and the innovation available from PilotAware.

Combining all technologies together

The following diagram shows all the technologies; Direct Detection, ATOM GRID, Sky GRID and iGRID, used by PilotAware all working together to provide the most comprehensive situational awareness picture available to General Aviation Pilots. Now!

Latest time stamped data arrives at the airborne PilotAware device from multiple sources increasing integrity.

By adding PilotAware Rosetta to your existing Flarm and using your existing equipment you too can join the network and take advantage of the benefits using a smart tablet, without requiring new screens and communications devices.

Benefit 6. Rosetta FX provides WiFi Connectivity to Smart Tablets and 3rd Party Devices:

Seamlessly connect your PilotAware Rosetta Fx to smart tablets and other third-party devices using WiFi. Enjoy a convenient viewing experience of all traffic and flight information services on your preferred platform, including popular Electronic Flight Bag apps such as Sky Demon, EasyVFR, Foreflight, and more. In addition, if available from your chosen Flight Bag, receive integrated voice alerts regarding local airspace, traffic and topographical features.

PilotAware Rosetta FX connects to multiple WiFi devices simultaneously.

Benefit 7.    Rosetta FX provides RS232 Wired Connectivity to 3rd Party Devices:

Establish a permanent connection to Glass Cockpits such as Dynon, Naviter and other compatible systems, ensuring comprehensive traffic awareness data is seamlessly integrated into your existing setup. Please check the installation manual of your Glass cockpit to see if it has an RS232 input that will accept NMEA messages.

Rosetta Fx will integrate all traffic received whether it be from your existing Flarm device, the Rosetta Fx or the PilotAware infrastructure for a complete situational awareness view.

PilotAware Rosetta will connect to your Glass Cockpit using NMEA messages and RS232 connectivity. Check with your individual unit for input configuration.

Benefit 8.    Rosetta FX provides Access to the Complete PilotAware Infrastructure:

By connecting your existing Flarm unit to the PilotAware Rosetta Fx, you gain full access to the existing robust PilotAware infrastructure, empowering you with exceptional capabilities, including:

•       Test and resolve your airframe blocking with PilotAware VECTOR.

Benefit from the advantages available from the complete PilotAware infrastructure such as PilotAware VECTOR.

•       Flight Playback of your flight and everyone who flew close to you for Airprox and SAR Analysis.

•       Enjoy extensive flight tracking across the UK and Europe.

4 aircraft tracked across Norway from just 1 aircraft with iGRID picking up the rest.

•       Automated PilotAware software upgrades using iOS

•       Automated PilotAware software upgrades using Android

•       Convenient internet access via your smartphone's hotspot using iGRID

With all your flights recorded and stored for 45 days on our servers, you can use the information to determine the efficiency and safety of your flight at your leisure.

Benefit 9.    EASA ADS-L Protocol Specification Enabled:

PilotAware FX is ready to be remotely updated for use with the EASA SRD860 frequency band as permitted pursuant to AMC1 SERA 6005C Point (a)(3). This will provide a common protocol for use in European U-Space-defined airspace.

In cooperation with other manufacturers including Flarm, SkyTraxx and the Open Glider Network, PilotAware has assisted EASA in the development of the ADS-L protocol and looks forward to helping the integration of GA aircraft with unmanned aircraft in Europe without unnecessary temporary or permanent airspace restrictions.

The SRD860 protocol is expected to be implemented by EASA in 2024. Rosetta FX will be ready.

PilotAware Rosetta FX available end September 2023.

PilotAware Team

July 2023