Why would I need a FlareAssist™ Radar unit?
If you are a seaplane pilot, then you already know judging your height above glassy water is very difficult. A standard approach to glassy water involves setting up a descent rate of between 100 and 200 fpm, and maintaining this profile until touchdown. The last few seconds can seem like an eternity, and can eat up a lot of landing area. However with the FlareAssist™, you will know exactly how high you are above the surface.
What is the cost?
The FlareAssist™ Radar unit is reasonably priced at $2495.00 Compared to other types of instrumentation, we consider this a bargain.
What types of surfaces can the FlareAssist™ be used with?
The FlareAssist™ has been extensively over water, land, and marshy areas and has accumulated hundreds of hours in testing.
Can the FlareAssist™ be used for flying over snow?
Yes, however there is a caveat with snow. Accuracy over snow depends on how well packed the snow is. It there is a light dusting over hard packed snow, the radar wave will penetrate the lightly packed snow, and reflect off of the hard packed snow giving an inaccurate reading.
What does the FlareAssist™ weigh?
Less then 1 lb.
What are the power requirements?
The FlareAssist™ connects to a 12 volt power source, and uses then 400 milliamps.
How is the FlareAssist™ connected?
The FlareAssist™ consists of 4 parts:
- The FlareAssist™ unit, mounted externally on the airframe
- A cable which connects to the FlareAssist™ unit, which supplies power to the external module, and also carries the signal into the cockpit. This cable must penetrate the airframe. The opposite end of the cable has a splitter box, which connects:
A 12 volt power plug, which may be plugged into a 12 volt auxiliary power outlet, or the cable may be cut and hard wired with a switch into the airframe's electrical system.
An audio cable, of which one end plugs into the splitter cable, while the other end either plugs into a 2.5 music import on your intercom, OR (the preferred method) cut the cable and wire into a UnSwitched Audio connection.
Is there a wireless unit available?
Not currently, however a bluetooth unit has been tested with favorable results. There are a couple of drawbacks to a wireless unit:
- Requires a external battery, which the user must remember to keep charged.
- Bluetooth can only be paired to one device at a time. These days, many pilots are using Bluetooth accessories in the cockpit. However with Bluetooth, only one device may be paired at a time.
Is the FlareAssist™ Radar offered in a TSO'd configuration?
No, the FlareAssist™ Radar is not TSO'd, and therefore can be used with ultralight and experimental aircraft. It may be possible to install the FlareAssist™ Radar with a FAA Form 337.
Can the FlareAssist™ be installed on a SLSA?
This is a bit of a grey area, as you must be able to get the cable connecting the FlareAssist™ Radar unit inside the aircraft. In the case of the Searey, the cable is small enough where it may be passed through the aft section of the canopy without any alteration of the airframe. We are working on a bracket that allows the FlareAssist™ unit to be clamped to a wing strut, therefore this is no alteration to the airframe.
To install the FlareAssist™ Radar on your SLSA, we suggest contacting the manufacturer of your aircraft and have them contact us.
Can I take a demo flight, and see the FlareAssist™ in action?
If your in our area, your welcome to stop by. If we have an aircraft available, we'll be glad to give you the FlareAssist™ experience!
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