ECARYS ES-15 airframe used by SAGEM in its successful bid to the French Army
PARIS — The French Army and the procurement office have selected the Sagem Patroller for the tactical unmanned aerial vehicle over the Thales Watchkeeper
A contract for 14 units, comprising 10 operational aircraft and four for training, is worth some €300 million (US $324 million), with 10 years of maintenance.
Patroller, based on the German Stemme ES-15 civilian aircraft, flew from Toulouse, southwest France, in October and November 2014, showing its compliance with European air safety rules.
The Sagem UAV could be armed with laser-targeted rockets and anti-tank MMP medium-range missiles, website La Tribune reported.
In the evaluation, the Army liked the Patroller’s high quality visual capability, transmission and capability for a pilot to optional fly in the aircraft rather than operating as unmanned, Le Monde reported. The UAV can carry a one ton payload and fly for 14 hours, compared to the required eight hours, at a range of 150 km.
LxNavigation’s LX EOS has been acclaimed as the ‘Best Variometer Ever”
When your old Cambridge, Zander, etc finally gives in, the EOS is an affordable solution.
All in one 57mm instrument
Vario, speed-to-fly and final glide
Audio system and voice alerts
Electronic or probe TE
Integrated secure flight recorder
Integrated 2 hour battery backup
BlueTooth or RJ11 connection to Oudie or PDA
RJ11 connection to Flarm
Flarm “radar” and thermal assist pages
SD card for data transfer
Bright colour screen
Stepper motor vario needle
Multi-sensor system for vario
Inputs for gear, flap, etc warnings
An exciting product has been released for all Cambridge 302 vario owners, LX ZEUS CAI 302.
Any version of Zeus can be connected to the CAI 302. So instead of the LX vario, the CAI 302 is connected. The vario is recognised automatically through a special cable, with MC, Ballast, Volume and Altitude setting transferred to the 302 from Zeus.
LX Navigation announces 2 new solutions for upgrading to 80mm colour flight computers.
For the many hundreds of LX5000 owners, there is now the LX 5000 Retro, a LX7007C-based unit in a shallow case, utilising 7007 firmware, low current electronics, the existing LX5000 wiring harness and the same LCD vario.
LX 7000 owners can now upgrade to the new LX ZEUS 2.8 which fits into a standard 80mm instrument hole, but with all the features and power of the larger ZEUS flight computers.
See LX NAVIGATION pages for more information on these options.
AIRSPACE FILE FOR GLIDING
A South African gliding airspace file in .cub format is now available for download from the gliding section of this website.
Increased support for LX Navigation in SA
This year, LX Navigation will have been producing gliding avionics for over 30 years. During this time the company has become the world leader in the supply of variometers, flight computers and Flarm systems. Many other manufacturers have come and gone during this time, but LX Navigation has continuously provided support and upgrades to their products through the years, and have developed a wide range of advanced equipment for today’s glider pilot.
Four years ago, a few personnel left the company to produce a new range of flight computers originally developed for LX Navigation. They began trading under the shortened version of the original name, LX NAV. This was a very unfortunate and confusing situation, and for some years PJ Aviation found itself dealing with both companies. We have decided to end this arrangement and concentrate solely on LX Navigation products in future, for which we are well equipped to provide airspace, software and hardware support, right down to surface mount PCB repairs (glider pilots are notorious for reverse polarity connections).
As of 27th May 2013, all enquiries for product and support for LX NAV products will be referred back to that company.
LX Navigation extends ZEUS range
LX Navigation has extended its range of 5.5inch advanced colour navigation flight computers to include smaller versions for those panels which space is limited.
The new LX ZEUS 4.3 has a panel outline of only 133 x 83mm, yet looses none of the features of its bigger brother. Lx Navigation’s philosophy of employing an external IGC GPS source to minimise the hassles associated with periodic flight recorder calibration of other brands, has been retained. ZEUS is the first flight computer where two GPS sources may be used for redundancy.
For those who have no spare panel space, there is now the new LX ZEUS Mobile which can be off- panel mounted like a PDA. Even the vario readout is overlaid on the display.
Winter Flight Instruments back in SA
Winter Flight Instruments, made in Germany, are found in almost every glider in the world. The brand is renown for reliability and accuracy. Each instrument is supplied with an EASA Form 1 and they are one of the few manufacturers of custom scaled, certified 57mm instruments, including sensitive altimeters.
As of 27th May, 2013 Winter Instruments are now available again through PJ Aviation cc.
Lx Navigation announces a new range of colour displays
In keeping with recent trends, Lx Navigation, the world’s most prolific manufacturer of sailplane flight computers, variometers and Flarm, has introduced a new range of flight computers with full colour TFT displays at affordable prices.
The products include the top of the range Lx9090 Zeus with 5,5 inch screen, LxMiniMap Pro with 4,3 inch screen and Lx MicroMap with 3,5 inch screen. All employ the LxNavigation 57mm colour vario.
Where battery power is limited, Lx Navigation have also extended their famous Lx7007 range of flight computers to include colour variants using super miserly AMOLED colour displays as used in the latest mobile phones today. Upgrades are offered for all the LCD versions of Lx7007.
New range of flight recorders
New generation flight recorders have been released by 3 different manufacturers, featuring built-in rechargeable lithium batteries, and very compact dimensions.
About the size of a match box, LxNavigation’s new Colibri II incorporates a sunlight readable display with variometer, ground speed, altitude and wind readout and thermal centering assistance. The GPS antenna is built in and is extremely sensitive. The IGC required pressure sensor and engine noise sensor is included. A micro SD card is used for flight down load and firmware update and the mini-USB socket is used for charging the battery from a PC and for NMEA data stream to other devices.
LxNAV’s Nano very compact flight recorder is IGC approved and features an integrated 66-channel GPS receiver with built-in antenna and battery allowing up to 12 hours of stand-alone operation. Bluetooth is used for easy data exchange with a PDA. A 2GB SD card is used for flight data storage.
Latest on the market is flyWith CE’s FR300 low cost, GPS-only flight recorder, also with a built in rechargeable battery and configured like USB memory stick. Provided with custom down load software and logbook, it can display a track log directly onto Google Earth, or in more detail in programs such as SeeYou.