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by Helno
Tue Jul 07, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: ADS-B Weather in Canada
Replies: 0
Views: 674

ADS-B Weather in Canada

Anyone who has flown in the US lately has likely had the benefit of inflight weather data provided by a national ADS-B ground station network. Transport and Nav Canada have chosen not to build a similar network due to precieved cost. Well some enterprising individuals have taken upon themselves to d...
by Helno
Tue Jul 07, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Aviation Software & Devices
Topic: Crowdsourced ADS-B like weather network
Replies: 17
Views: 5055

Re: Crowdsourced ADS-B like weather network

I thought flightaware would send you an ads-b setup, as long as you hooked it up They only send people receivers in areas that have poor coverage which is pretty rare these days. In other news Canada is getting ADS-B ground stations. uatwx.ca The plan is to form a not for profit to manage the netwo...
by Helno
Wed Jun 10, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Aviation Software & Devices
Topic: Crowdsourced ADS-B like weather network
Replies: 17
Views: 5055

Re: Crowdsourced ADS-B like weather network

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOev1vT5Y3o

Just a little demo of some basic functionality.

Decodes nav canada radar into nexrad format. Also does metars/tafs.
by Helno
Sun May 17, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: Aviation Software & Devices
Topic: Crowdsourced ADS-B like weather network
Replies: 17
Views: 5055

Re: Crowdsourced ADS-B like weather network

Hi Helno, I tried accessing the Google groups link but don't have access to it. How do I request access? I would not worry about it for now. There are some other parties involved now and we are going in a different (better) direction. It is still in the early testing stages but it appears that a li...
by Helno
Fri Mar 13, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: Aviation Software & Devices
Topic: Crowdsourced ADS-B like weather network
Replies: 17
Views: 5055

Re: Crowdsourced ADS-B like weather network

The image that I've made is one that you can write to an SD card just like Stratux and have everything set to go pretty quickly. The image is based on Stratux v1.5b2 and has the "txwx" v0.1 software on top (http://github.com/stratux/txwx). When in TX mode, it will pull METARs and TAFs from ADDS bas...
by Helno
Thu Feb 27, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Aviation Software & Devices
Topic: Crowdsourced ADS-B like weather network
Replies: 17
Views: 5055

Re: Crowdsourced ADS-B like weather network

Sorry for the super late reply. To host a site you would need two devices. One to transmit and one to receive. Both use mostly the same hardware but the TX doesn't need any of the extra hardware such as the GPS, or 1090 radio. What the transmitter does need is some power to have any useful range, a ...
by Helno
Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Private Pilot and Ultralight Time
Replies: 5
Views: 661

Re: Private Pilot and Ultralight Time

I just logged it as PIC time. In order to fly it you need a license that allows for it and I was using my existing PPL to meet that.

The type of aircraft is written in my log books and the hours can easily be determined if there is any question about it.
by Helno
Mon Jan 06, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Carbon Monoxide
Replies: 16
Views: 2104

Re: Carbon Monoxide

I use a sensorcon.

If you do a bit of searching they usually have a discount code for pilots buying them.
by Helno
Mon Nov 18, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: Aviation Software & Devices
Topic: Crowdsourced ADS-B like weather network
Replies: 17
Views: 5055

Re: Crowdsourced ADS-B like weather network

A bit of progress on this this weekend.

There will likely be a test site setup at the Stratford airport.

Some people there have even gotten permission to broadcast UAT on 978 MHz so when this goes live anyone with ADS-B IN should be able to pick it up at very close range.
by Helno
Tue Nov 12, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Older Bose headset needs repair
Replies: 3
Views: 1155

Re: Older Bose headset needs repair

I had a Bose X refurbished at Brant Aero about a year ago.

They told me that they still have parts but once they are gone that is it.
by Helno
Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: ADS-B
Replies: 26
Views: 2538

Re: ADS-B

I wonder if by the time it's mandated in Canada, someone might make some kind of ADS-B repeater for a top antenna installation that would just retransmit the signal from the bottom antenna... might make an upgrade path a lot more feasible for people who already have a bottom-mounted ADS-B transpond...
by Helno
Mon Nov 04, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: ADS-B
Replies: 26
Views: 2538

Re: ADS-B

I have a GTX-335. I guess if I really have to I can upgrade to a 335d but it will be a real kick in the teeth. I installed it before all this talk of diversity.

What I really wonder is what will happen to all the US aircraft coming north.
by Helno
Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: ADS-B
Replies: 26
Views: 2538

Re: ADS-B

Larger aircraft like that would already have diversity transponders for TCAS.

I wonder what suite of avionics they have otherwise? Might be pretty limited as far as IFR nav goes and that might be a bigger issue than ADS-B compliance.
by Helno
Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE IN GORE BAY, ONTARIO
Replies: 6
Views: 816

Re: AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE IN GORE BAY, ONTARIO

I fly through there on route from Oshkosh.

Would be nice to have someone there if something went wrong but the lack thereof does not stop me from using the airport.
by Helno
Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: Aviation Software & Devices
Topic: Crowdsourced ADS-B like weather network
Replies: 17
Views: 5055

Re: Crowdsourced ADS-B like weather network

It is mostly on hold for now. I still have my test site running but I haven't been logging the flights for a while. There were some issues with the 1 watt radios and the main developer does not have much time to work on them. The google group is private so I can approve you later this evening. If yo...
by Helno
Wed Oct 02, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Environmental impact of aviation
Replies: 90
Views: 4183

Re: Environmental impact of aviation

The only non-greenhouse-gas-emitting energy source with the energy density necessary to replace fossil fuels is nuclear. Ironically the biggest enemy of Nuclear power is the cost of getting started. Ontario has a lot of Nuclear power and as a result was able to shutdown coal fired generation. We ha...
by Helno
Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Environmental impact of aviation
Replies: 90
Views: 4183

Re: Environmental impact of aviation

Biofuels are carbon neutral even though they involve combustion because the growing feedstock consumes CO2. Burning wood is an inefficient way to produce heat but it is carbon neutral with properly managed forests. It is only considered a waste because there are cheaper fuels available. That will no...
by Helno
Tue Oct 01, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Environmental impact of aviation
Replies: 90
Views: 4183

Re: Environmental impact of aviation

For airlines, electric is a very long way off for powering large aircraft Airliners are much easier to switch over to carbon neutral fuels since gas turbines can run on just about any hydrocarbon in liquid or gaseous form. No reason long haul flights could not be run on whatever biofuel ends up bei...
by Helno
Tue Oct 01, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Android aviation apps
Replies: 1
Views: 474

Re: Android aviation apps

There are a few.

Most likely it was FLTplan GO as they are free and have Canadian charts.

For live weather you will need cellular service or if you are close the US border you can get ADS-B weather with a receiver like a Stratux.
by Helno
Mon Sep 30, 2019 5:02 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: EAA Oshkosh 2020 Tips?
Replies: 12
Views: 946

Re: EAA Oshkosh 2020 Tips?

Friends of mine from YKF area have cleared US Customs at Port Huron MI and Drummond Island MI. Drummond Island might be a bit out of the way but apparently it was excellent service. Drummond Island was a great place to clear customs. But this year we were told not to go there for customs. It is sti...

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