Flytec Connect1 :: 720euro

Connect 1You are a paraglider or hang glider pilot who is used to flying away from your home site, ready to set new personal bests. You want to see airspaces along the way and strive to thermal as efficiently as possible. You’re ready for the next step in your competition flying and need the instrument that goes along with you.

That makes you the pilot for whom we developed the Connect 1.

Get connected
The Connect 1 is the first-ever smart vario. Just like a smart phone, it comes with a touch screen, a multitude of sensors, and a range of connectivity options. Thanks to these connectivity options, you can very easily exchange data with your Connect 1 – even without a computer.

Main functions
The following is the full functionality which Flytec aim to have implemented in 2016:

  • WiFi and Bluetooth wireless connections allow for upload and download of files directly from the vario
  • Smart software updates inform the pilot when a software update is available. Only connect the instrument to the Internet periodically
  • Graphic airspace display provides navigation around airspaces on cross-country flights
  • Multiple thermaling tools, including graphic thermal assistant, help pilots find the strongest lift in a thermal and stay there
  • Map with main features including roads, rivers, towns
  • Easy connection to computers (Mac, PC, Android, Linux, etc.) without any drivers
  • Connectivity to third party smart devices such as tablets, smart phones, Google Glass, etc.
  • Optional features: FLARM collision warning, pitot tube, and Flylink for connection to additional Flytec sensors

For more details, see the technical data below and the online user manual.

The vario that becomes more powerful each month
We release a new software update with additional features about every four weeks. Currently we’re working with full force on navigation: Waypoints and cross-country routes are implemented, next up are optimized competition routes. In parallel, we’re implementing the Bluetooth connection to mobile devices, Pitot and Flarm. Maps, altitude above ground, and many more advanced features will follow afterwards.

Technical data|
Hardware Housing

Robust, shockproof ABS housing, dark grey with green or red sides

  • Dimensions: 142 x 88 x 23 mm
  • Weight: 305 g

Display

  • High contrast LCD, optimized for good readability in direct sunlight
  • Resolution 240 x 320 pixel, 16 levels of grey

Operation

  • On/Off button
  • Keyboard with three clearly detectable, glove-friendly keys
  • Situative double function (short / long)
  • Resistive touch screen, can be operated with pen, finger or glove

Electronics

  • Dual processor system: ARM Coretex M0+ for realtime sensor calculations, ARM 9 für screen output and user interaction
  • WiFi, Bluetooth Low Energy, FlyLink, GPS
  • Memory: 4 GB on Micro SD card (included)

Connections

  • Slot for Micro SD card
  • Micro USB (charging battery, data exchange with PC)
  • 3.5 mm jack (external airspeed sensor, external loudspeaker)

Power supply

  • LiPo accumulator
  • Operating time: about 20 h
  • Charging time: about 5 h

Functionality
Altimeter

  • Absolute and relative barometric altitude (m / ft / FL)
  • GPS altitude (m / ft)
  • Barometric pressure (hPa / inHg)
  • Automatic setting of barometric altitude before launch
  • Maximum and minimum for flight

Variometer

  • Acoustic
  • Graphic (m/s / fpm)
  • Numeric, integrated over 1 to 60 s (m/s / fpm)
  • Predefined acoustic profiles
  • Climb tone, near-thermal tone, sink tone
  • Maximum climb and sink for flight

Speed

  • Speed over ground from GPS (km/h / mph / knots)
  • Airspeed (with optional sensor, in preparation)
  • Airspeed with built-in Pitot sensor (optional, in preparation)
  • Average, maximum for flight

Wind indicator (in preparation)

  • Wind speed (km/h / mph / knots)
  • Wind direction

Thermal assistant (in preparation)

  • Graphical support for optimal use of thermals

Navigation

  • Air spaces: Import of OpenAir files, Warning (in preparation), automatic update (in preparation)
  • Obstacles (in preparation)
  • Current position (in preparation)
  • Waypoints: Manual entry, store current position, import of waypoint files (in preparation)
  • Distance and bearing to a waypoint (in preparation)

Cross country flights (in preparation)

  • Route over multiple waypoints
  • Distance from/to launch
  • Current points in selected online contest
  • Required glide to goal
  • Automatic upload of flight track to select online contest

Race flights

  • Route with cylinders and optional goal line
  • Optimized route
  • Electronic task board: Transfer of waypoints, airspace data and task
  • Required glide to toal over optimized route
  • Automatic upload of flight track to score keeper

Analysis

  • Export flight as IGC file
  • Export flight as KML file for Google Earth
  • Flight log (in preparation)
  • Flight replay (in preparation)

WiFi

  • Automatic software updates
  • Transmission of analysis data in the case of software problems
  • Updates of airspace and obstacle data (in preparation)
  • Electronic taskboard (in preparation)
  • Automatic upload of flight track (in preparation)

Bluetooth Low Energy (in preparation)

  • Data transfer to external displays: Tablet, smart phone, smart watch, smart glasses

FlyLink (optional, in preparation)

  • Data transfer from external sensors

Flarm (optional, in preparation) 

  • Collision avoidance
  • Live tracking
  • Swarm flying

USB

  • Charge battery
  • Data exchange through PC

Manuals

Latest Connect 1 manual here.

Software

Latest Connect 1 software updates and info here.

Mounting Options

The Connect 1 is supplied with a stick-on Velcro strip for attaching to a paragliding flight deck.

It has a screw thread in the back for Flytec hang gliding brackets.