Flytec Connect 1 - Software

Automatic updates

To get the latest software version for the Connect 1, simply connect your vario to the Internet:

  1. From the main screen: "Config" - "Wi-Fi" - "Enable Wi-Fi" - Select your network and enter its password if required
  2. If a newer software version is available, the information icon (i) appears in the status bar at the top of the screen
  3. Click on the status bar to open the information screen and see information about the latest version: "A firmware update is available for your Connect 1"
  4. Click on the message to open the installation screen, where the update can be started.

Current state as of November 4, 2016: Buzzard 16.0.9

New functions are highlighted in yellow. See also the complete release notes.

Improvements

  • More accurate XC distance calculation
  • Virtual keyboard for entering numerical values (e.g. cylinder sizes in race routes)
  • With Buzzard 15 it could happen that one field on the flight pages was occupied by two indicators. To resolve this, tap again on the field, and choose the indicator you want displayed.

General

  • User interface in English, German, French and Russian (manual)
  • Six pages inside flight app: thermal flight, thermal XL, wind XL, XC, general map, route map (manual)
  • Choice of the flight pages that are displayed in the flight app (Prep - Flight pages)
  • Free choice of displayed indicators on flight pages (tap on existing indicator, "Select indicator" - gives list of all indicators that fit into this field)
  • Display time of the day, including selection of time zone, and automatic adjustment for daylight saving time (manual)
  • Screen lock with the "back" and "+" keys (manual)
  • Transmission of software errors, to help our developers (manual)
  • Airtime as data field
  • Automatic shutdown when battery reaches 0%, to protect the battery from deep discharge
  • Set standard units, which are relevant for all indicators ("Config" - "Standard units")

Altimeter

  • Absolute barometric altitude, in either m / ft / FL
  • Relative barometric altimeter (e.g. height above take-off or landing zone) (manual)
  • Altitude adjustment either automatically by GPS, or manually by setting altitude or pressure (hPa or inHg) (manual)
  • Displays maximum / minimum

Vario

  • Three sensitivity profiles (manual)
  • Graphic
  • Numeric, either raw or integrated over 3, 10, 30 or 60 seconds
  • Acoustic, with climb, near-thermal and sink tone (thresholds can be set individually) (manual)
  • Adjustable vario sound base frequency (manual)
  • Five volume levels: 0% / 25% / 50% / 75% / 100% (manual)
  • Vario sound only in flight (manual)
  • Displays maximum / minimum

Speed measurement

  • Speed over ground (GPS speed), either in km/h, mph or kn

Glide ratio measurement

  • Glide ratio as data field

Wind measurement

  • Wind speed and wind direction as data fields

GPS

  • GPS status information

Navigation

  • Airspaces: import OpenAirspace files from the "airspace" directory, representation in map view (manual)
  • Waypoints: Manual entry / store current GPS position (manual)
  • Waypoint import: Use multiple waypoint files at the same time (manual)
  • Goto to waypoint, with indication of distance and bearing to selected waypoint, graphic indication on map (manual)
  • Routes
    • XC and race route; named routes; comfortable route editor (manual)
    • Indicator for next turnpoint, when selected, advance or retract within route with + and – buttons
    • Indicator for required glide to next turnpoint or to goal (along optimized route for race routes)
    • Indicator for distance to next turnpoint or goal (along optimized route for race routes)
    • XC route: Automatic switch to next route turnpoint, switching distance can be set per route (excpetion: the last turnpoint stays active).
    • Race route: Adjustable cylinder radius; exit or enter for each waypoint; begin and end of speed section; multiple start gates; goal shapes cylinder, line and half circle; start time. Navigation along shortest route ("optimized route"). Automatic advance if start after start time, and for each cylinder after correct crossing.
    • Indicator for race times: Time to launch, time to start, time since start, time to deadline
  • Indicator for currently flown distance over three turnpoints
  • Flight heading as data field
  • North indicator in map view

Flight analysis

  • Automatic launch and landing detection (bird symbol in status bar)
  • Record the flight as IGC file, including C records when starting flight with active route
  • Flight recording as Google Earth file (KMZ)

Connection: WiFi (manual)

  • Automatic firmware updates (manual)
  • Supported safety mechanisms: WEP, WPA2

Connection: USB

  • Connect 1 appears as a USB drive, IGC files can be copied directly to your computer (manual)
  • Allow USB drive to be read-only, to protect it from malware (manual)

What's happening now

With this release, the Connect 1 withdraws from the Flytec family. More information here.