Belite introduces capacitive fuel probe

BeLite prototype of wire assembly.

New from Belite Electronics‘ is the Capacitive Fuel Probe. It is bendable, works with water present, as well as a variety of fuels (straight or mixed).

Belite’s probe is a flexible wire assembly that will accommodate any length between 6 and 40-inches.

BeLite prototype of wire assembly.

Prototype wire assembly.

How’s it work?

“The design uses a very stable temperature compensated capacitive oscillator in conjunction with a tuned inductive filter,” explains James Wiebe. “As fuel surrounds the wire probe, the capacitance changes.  The circuit is capable of resolving very small changes in fuel height and converts this to an output voltage, which is linear to the fuel level.  The more fuel, the higher the voltage.”

Connected to a RADIANT fuel gauge.=Left tank is empty and right tank has been drawing down fuel for approximately 10 minutes.

Connected to a RADIANT fuel gauge. Left tank is empty and right tank has been drawing down fuel for approximately 10 minutes.

The controller board on the fuel probe has one switch. To calibrate, after powering up, press it quickly to set the “low” fuel point.  After filling with gas in the tank with the probe, press it longer (a few seconds) to set the “high” fuel point.

Pricing starts at $200. First shipments are projected for the second quarter of 2016. Orders received by April 30, 2016, receive a 25% discount.

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comBelite introduces capacitive fuel probe

NavWorx inks deal with Garmin

ROWLETT, Texas — NavWorx has entered a licensing agreement with Garmin enabling connectivity to the company’s GNS and GTN line of navigators.

Under the agreement, NavWorx’ ADS600-B will interface with existing certified position sources providing the required WAAS GPS to meet the FAA’s mandate for ADS-B.For aircraft owners with Garmin GNS and GTN navigators, the installation of NavWorx’ ADS600-B requires only a wiring connection to the aircraft, company officials said.

The ADS600-B is a remote mounted Universal Access Transceiver (UAT), providing 2020 compliant ADS-B Out (transmit) and ADS-B In (receive) for installation in certified aircraft.

The ADS600-B uses the navigator’s existing WAAS GPS and antenna, which means less equipment to purchase and lower installation costs, according to company officials. The ADS600-B is priced starting at $1,999.

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comNavWorx inks deal with Garmin

Guide to iPad Seminars at Sun ‘n Fun


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The 42nd Sun ‘n Fun Fly-in kicks off next week in Lakeland, FL.

The flying season’s unofficial kick-off is next week, as the gates open for the 2016 edition of the Sun ‘n Fun Fly-in at the Lakeland airport. There will be undoubtedly be new products to see and spectacular airshows to take in. But for iPad pilots there will also be some great opportunities to learn about the new iPad Pro models, latest iPad tips, apps and accessories.

The entire forum schedule is a little overwhelming, so we’ve highlighted a few of the most popular sessions below:

iPad Pilot News: 10 Things Every iPad Pilot Should Know – Join the editors of iPad Pilot News to learn a good mix of beginner and advanced tips, this fast-moving seminar covers a lot of ground. From legal considerations and iPad battery best practices to hidden features in apps (and some cool apps you may not know) there’s something for everyone here. Thursday, April 7 at 9:00 am, at the Aerospace Academy, Room 1.

iPad Pilot News: Advanced ForeFlight & Stratus Tips – Take an in-depth look at aviation’s top app with the editors of iPad Pilot News to learn all the new features introduced over the last few years, and how to use it as an in-flight weather tool when connected to the Stratus ADS-B receiver. Thursday, April 7 at 10:00 am, at the Aerospace Academy, Room 1.

ADS-B In and Out: A Pilots Guide – Between the looming 2020 FAA mandate for ADS-B Out and the variety of popular ADS-B receivers for the iPad, interest in ADS-B has never been higher. This information-packed seminar explains it all: what ADS-B really means, how it works, what the limitations are and what devices are on the market – both panel-mount and portable. If you’re flying with a Stratus, GDL 39 or Dual XGPS170 – or thinking about it – this seminar is for you. Friday, April 8 at 9:00 am, at the Aerospace Academy, Room 1.

Garmin Pilot: Using an iPad to Plan, File, & Fly – Join Garmin’s Jan Mackenzie for an information-pack presentation on how to use the Garmin Pilot app as your one-stop shop for preflight preparation, in-flight navigation and keeping up with the weather over ADS-B. Thursday, April 7 at 1:00pm, at Garmin’s Seminar Tent (just outside of Hangar D).

Cockpit Connectivity – Garmin Connext – Garmin’s Connext system is now the industry standard for wirelessly connecting your iPad to the panel-mount avionics in your airplane. Learn how the system works, equipment requirements and how both Garmin Pilot and ForeFlight app users can benefit from this system. Presented each day from April 5 – April 9 at 2:00pm, at Garmin’s Seminar Tent (just outside of Hangar D).

Foreflight 101 – Beginner Course – ForeFlight instructor Dominik Ochmanek will guide new iPad pilots through the basics of ForeFlight and how to get started with the app. Thursday, April 7 at 11:00am and Sunday, April 10 at 9:00am, at the Aerospace Academy, Room 1.

Foreflight 201 – Advanced Course – This presentation is perfect for those that are already familiar with the basics of Foreflight, but are looking to take their iPad and EFB knowledge to the next level. Tuesday, April 5 at 9:00am and Saturday, April 9 at 10:00am, at the Aerospace Academy, Room 1.

10 Things You Should Know About Flying with an iPad & ForeFlight – Bring your iPad to follow along during this technical briefing on integrating an electronic flight bag into your planning, flying, and debriefing activities. Wednesday, April 6 at 2:00pm in the AOPA Activity Tent.

Top 10 iPad Mistakes – Active flight instructor and iPad pro Gary Reeves goes through some of the traps technology can present in this thought-provoking presentation. Thursday, April 7 at 1:00pm, at the Aerospace Academy, Room 1.

iPad Take Flight – Advanced iPad Use – Charles Schneider, an active pilot and president of iPad accessory maker MyGoFlight, presents an interactive session to help you understand how the iPad should fit into your everyday cockpit procedures. Thursday, April 7 at 2:00pm, at the Aerospace Academy, Room 2.

The full list of iPad seminars is available on the Sun ‘n Fun website.

For more information, download the free Sun ‘n Fun 2016 mobile apps for iOS and Android.

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