By Pursley Design, LLC
For Sales and Support:
1 Pilots Place
Malabar, Florida 32950
NOT APPROVED BY THE FAA.
FOR EXPERIMENTAL CATEGORY AIRCRAFT ONLY.
FlareAssist IS AN ADVISORY SYSTEM ONLY. THE PILOT SHOULD NOT UTILIZE FlareAssist TO PROVIDE PRIMARY ALTITUDE INDICATION FOR CONTROL OF THE AIRCRAFT DURING FLARE AND LANDING, BUT SHOULD CONTINUE TO UTILIZE NORMAL OPERATING PROCEDURES FOR WATER OR RUNWAY LANDINGS UTILIZING ALL AVAILABLE VISUAL AND INSTRUMENT INDICATIONS.
For Searey models by Progressive Aerodyne:
The FlareAssist FA-SA1 system is supplied with an angled composite plate and a stainless steel bracket for mounting to the right side wing strut where it attaches to the fuselage of Searey models. Insure that there is at least 1 thread exposed past the nut when the bracket is installed and nuts are tightened. The bracket may need to be bent to align the lower face (radome) of the FlareAssist with the ground/water surface when the aircraft is in a level attitude.
For other aircraft:
FlareAssist is supplied with an alternate composite mounting plate that will mate with RAM hardware. Additionally, the installer may choose to fabricate a specific mount for their aircraft. Insure that the lower face (radome) of the FlareAssist is approximately parallel with the ground/water surface when the aircraft is in a level attitude.
For Searey models, pass the metal connector end of the system cable between the turtle deck and the right side canopy, then connect this metal connector to the FlareAssist unit. Inside the aircraft, attach the DC power cable between the system cable-end box and a DC receptacle (cig plug). There are two ways in which to connect the audio into the aircraft:
Connect the provided mini audio cable between the system cable-end box and an MP3 jack on the aircraft panel. Be advised with this method, any incoming transmission will mute the FlareAssist audio.
The preferred method is to hardwire the audio into a Unswitched Audio Input. If your intercom does not have this capability, you will need to use the connection method listed above. In order to hardwire the audio into the system, you will need to cut the Mini Plug Cable. Inside are 3 wires: A red wire, a white wire, and a bare wire called a ‘Shield’. The Red and White wires may be connected together, and will be connected to the UnSwitched Audio connection. The Shield will need to be connected to a ground connection.
Insure that the FlareAssist system cables are secured by zip tie, cable clamps, or other means to keep them from interfering with any aircraft control cables, electrical, or mechanical components.
This is the distance from the lower face (radome) of the FlareAssist to the level where the hull first touches the water on landing.
The calibration is pre-set for mounting on the Searey. This pre-set calibration is 25”.
For other aircraft, the calibration distance can be set as appropriate for the installation as follows:
Choose a mounting location where the FlareAssist is never submerged.
Measure the distance (“calibrate distance”) from the lower face (radome) of the FlareAssist to the level where the hull or floats will first touch the water on landing.
Hold the FlareAssist the “calibrate distance” above a solid or wet surface, such as asphalt, concrete, metal, dirt, or water. Press and hold the push button switch located on the FlareAssist while applying power to the system. Continue to hold the switch until the LED on the FlareAssist blinks in multicolors. After blinking multicolors for 10 secs, the LED will become steady indicating calibration was successful. If the LED blinks Red, then re-do the calibration steps.
Testing the Installation
After power is applied, the system will:
a) Flash the LED 2-3 times in GREEN
b) Speak “FlareAssist Radar Version 3.0” through the headset circuit
c) LED will light in amber indicating that the distance to the ground or water is less than 1’ foot
We recommend that you include the FlareAssist system in your pre-flight checklist.
After the initial spoken version message, the system will remain quiet during taxi and take-off until above 15 feet AGL
It is OK to turn FlareAssist on and off during flight. This does not affect calibration or accuracy. The power-on message will be spoken through the headset circuit each time power is turned ON. Please wait 15 seconds after powering FlareAssist OFF before powering ON again.
Initial Take-Off: The system will be silent during your first ascent after power ON until above 15’.
Subsequent Take-Offs: If the system is left ON after landing, you may hear spoken altitude announcements during your next take-off.
During Flight - The system should be silent during flight at altitudes above 30 feet. There may be an occasional announcement above 30 feet due to anomalous radar reflections.
Landing and Flight Under 30ft
The system will speak altitude announcements during descent, level flight, landing, and touch-and-go flying at or below 30 feet AGL. Announcements may be made at 30, 20, 15, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1.
If the rate of descent or ascent is rapid, some announcements may be missed.
IMPORTANT: Less Altitude for Gear-Down Landings
Since the external sensor is fixed to the airframe, its height above ground is different for gear-down landings and for water landings. For example, when the gear is down in the Searey, you will be about 1/2 foot CLOSER to wheel touchdown than the spoken altitudes indicate.
LED Light Indications
1 Red Flash per second
Not Calibrated, will not function
2 Red Flashes, then repeated
No signal of any kind from the sensor for > 3s
3 Red Flashes, then repeated
At Altitude or no Target
No altitude signal from the sensor for > 10s
“Touched Down” - Sensor indicates that the aircraft is very near the surface
Green (Pulsing or Steady)
If the LED does not light when FlareAssist is turned ON
Check the power connections
If NO spoken power-on message (“FlareAssist Radar Version 3.0”) is heard through the headset.
Check headset connections and intercom volume settings.
If the system repeatedly speaks a cycle of increasing altitudes (“2”, “3”, “4” etc…) when on the ground or water
Turn the system OFF, do not use it, and contact Support.
Note: If the FlareAssist housing is opened, this Limited Warranty is voided.
Manufacturer warrants the FlareAssist system (Product) to be free from defects in material and workmanship under normal use and service for a period of six (6) months after the date of installation or
twelve (12) months after date of purchase, whichever occurs first. Buyer's exclusive remedy, and Product Distributor and Manufacturer's sole obligation under this limited warranty is limited to repairing or replacing, whichever the Product Distributor or Manufacturer may elect, at Product Distributor or Manufacturer’s sole discretion.
Buyer shall initiate, or cause to be initiated, any claim under this Limited warranty by requesting a Return Authorization Number from the Product Distributor. With this number, the Buyer may return the affected Product, prepaid, to Product Distributor, Malabar, Florida. Following inspection and repair or replacement as appropriate, Product Distributor shall redeliver affected Product. The foregoing Warranty is exclusive and in lieu of all other warranties, whether express or implied, including, without limitation, warranties of merchantability and fitness for a purpose. Product Distributor and Manufacturer shall be relieved of all liability under this Limited Warranty if the Product is misused, or not installed and serviced with the written instructions of the Product Distributor and/or Manufacturer; and the FAA or such other civil aviation authority as may have regulatory authority over use of the Product, or the Product shall have been modified or repaired by Buyer or by someone other than Product Distributor or Manufacturer.