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The Aircraft Collision Avoidance System FLARM, Patented by ONERA, Has Become Mandatory for Gliders
ONERA has patented the principle of a low-cost device that significantly secures recreational aviation. The company Flarm Technology GmbH has developed the technology under license from Onera. With GPS data and a radio transceiver, FLARM locates other aircraft, gliders or drones equipped with Flarm flying nearby and offers the pilot a situational awareness that makes it possible to avoid midair collisions or collisions when landing. This system was made mandatory in France for gliders by an FFVV (French Gliding Federation) decision in March 2013.
Validate FLARM-files on OLC
The issues experienced in the last days are now understood and have been fixed; the validation now works as intended. Non-IGC approved units can be used also in previous versions for OLC flight recording. For IGC-approved units, use version 5.09 or higher as it includes a new stronger digital signature requested and approved by IGC on 28 Feb 2013. If however you continue to experience validation issues with IGC-approved units, have a look at the IGC file and check the last 2 lines: in case they don’t both begin with the letter G, your file is not complete as your third-party product used to download the file does not wait until the stronger signature is calculated. In this case, please use the free FlarmTool for downloading, and inform the third-party product manufacturer of this problem.
Scoping improvements to ‘See and Avoid’ for General Aviation initiated
EASA has mandated the Dutch NLR Air Transport Safety Institute NLR-ATSI, a consultancy and research organisation that develops and applies world-class knowledge and expertise to improve air transport safety, with an EUR 30k pre-study called SISA (EASA.E2.2011.C02). SISA stands for “Scoping improvements to ‘See and Avoid’ for General Aviation”. On June 22, 2012, a workshop was held to gather the views of the GA community during an open discussion. Attached minutes give a good industry insight into this topic, namely on the role of Flarm and its way to a pragmatic success.
FLARM mandatory in France
Based on a recent mid-air collision where one glider was not equipped with FLARM, the French Gliding Federation (F.F.V.V.) has made the decision to make FLARM (or any compatible equipment) mandatory from the season 2013 everywhere in France (not only in the Alps, and not only in competition).
Validation of Flarm-IGC flight data
We are analysing reasonable technical solutions to ensure FlarmIGC, FlarmIGCENL, ECW100F, LX-MiniBoxFlarmIGC and LX-RedBoxFlarmIGC can continue to reliably validate IGC-flight data. We will offer this update for free for those units which were sold initially with or have been recently upgraded to IGC-functionality, as long as they are within warranty. The update will not be for free for older units. For the update, the user will need to enter both the serial and the IGC number.
News from AERO 2012 at Friedrichshafen / Germany
PowerFLARM PORTABLE was awarded at AERO 2012 the widely noticed FliegerMagazin Award 2012 as the most innovative novelty. Winning the award will further push the spread of PowerFLARM within the powered aircraft market, something highly in the interest of FLARM-equipped aircraft.
These days, we will pass the number of 20’000 installed FLARM-compliant systems in the world!
During AERO, we have also added new products to the PowerFLARM product family:
- PowerFLARM CORE: the solution for fixed installation, including cutting-edge dual amplified Flarm radios for enhanced range, better coverage, ADSB-IN and PCAS; works with any Flarm-compliant display or PDA system.
- PowerFLARM CORE pure: the solution for fixed installation, including cutting-edge dual amplified Flarm radios for enhanced range and better coverage, without ADSB-IN / PCAS. An ideal choice for aircraft and glider with a lot of radio-shielding carbon or metal, also as a substitution for 1st generation FLARM systems; works with Flarm-compliant displays or PDA system.
- PowerFLARM PORTABLE pure: a portable PowerFLARM with the well-proven internal Butterfly-display without ADSB-IN / PCAS, at an affordable price.
All PowerFLARM-Products with s/w version 2 or higher support the GARMIN TIS-Interface.
All PowerFLARM-Products supply the GPS-data to enable your aircraft’s own Mode S transponder’s ADSB OUT functionality (such as BECKER, GARRECHT and TRIG).
More information at Butterfly Avionics or Üli's Segelflugbedarf.
End of support for old F4 and F5 units; obstacle data at cost
Maintaining software and spare parts for old first-generation Flarm units sold in 2004 (F4) and 2005 (F5) has become an increasingly demanding task. By end of 2012, we won’t offer any more support for old F4 units and by mid-2013, we won’t offer any more support for old F5 units. Upgrading F5 units to IGC-functionality is no longer possible. The next major firmware upgrade due in early 2015 will ensure basic functionality for F4 and F5 units (aircraft and obstacle collision warning).
For the past 8 years and despite significant internal efforts and cost, we have provided obstacle data for free. We will start charging a reasonable fee for obstacle data updates soon; for this, the user will need to enter the serial number.
Gerhard Wesp joining FLARM development team
FLARM Technology GmbH is proud to announce Gerhard Wesp joining the FLARM development team as Development Manager Avionics.
Gerhard is an experienced glider and motor pilot and flight instructor. He studied mathematics and computer sciences at Salzburg University. After his PhD in 2000, he was developing professional flight training devices at ELITE Simulation Solutions. In 2005, he joined Google’s European engineering team where he was responsible for the Google Earth Flight Simulator. In his new role at FLARM, Gerhard will lead the new development activities.
Comments on glider mid-air in Finland, June 12, 2011
Two gliders collided during the Finnish Gliding Championships. One pilot was killed, the other was able to rescue himself with a parachute. Before the collision, the planes were flying almost the same route and were occasionally very close to each other, with three other aircraft in close vicinity. The collision happened when the lower flying plane increased altitude and reduced speed, finally hitting the bottom of the higher flying plane.
Both planes had two GPS devices, and their recordings were used in the accident investigation. Both planes were also equipped with an LX Navigation Colibri system with embedded Flarm-functionality for collision avoidance. According to the surviving pilot, his system did not alert before the collision, which may have been due to an insufficient installation or other limitations as described in its manuals. The accident was caused by pilots’ insufficient situational awareness leading to the situation, where the planes got above each other and their flight paths intersected in the vertical direction. When the planes got above each other in a position where the pilots could not see each other, and their flight paths intersected in the vertical direction.
We have received the flight recordings from a LX Navigation Colibri and a Zander/SDI GP941 unit by the Finnish Accident Investigation Board, but neither from the Flarm-core nor from any other aircraft in the vicinity. According to the Board, one Flarm-core was destroyed, another was reused so data was overwritten, and thus we were unable to read out radio reception history, range parameters or device configuration.
A simulation with two original Flarm units in standard configuration fed with the tracks provided from the crashed aircraft showed that starting 3 minutes prior to the mid-air until the crash, a continuous green traffic indication was shown by both units. It was interrupted by blinking beeping red collision warnings at 81 to 70 seconds before the mid-air (aircraft were closer than 100m), and again at 15 seconds before until the mid-air. This analysis was provided to the Board.
Assuming the pilot statement of not having seen a warning is correct, the following things could have happened in one or both of the aircraft: the antenna installation or transceiver performance – a crucial element of any good system with sufficient range – was insufficient, the pilot turned down the volume or suppressed the alarms with a double-click, other aircraft nearby caused the warning algorithms to assume other aircraft to be more dangerous, an intentional competition mode setting for reduced nuisance alerts in high-density traffic (requiring faster action) or temporary limited GPS accuracy influenced position forecasting. In addition, any team-flying like situation is a very complex task to algorithmically asses the danger while not causing too many nuisance alarms, as the system does not know if a close situation is intentional or not. Two things are important: Regularly check your installation and range with the free online tools provided (available for Flarm-systems, to be available for LX- and LXNAV-systems once the manufacturers implement the required PFLAL-component). Use the system as a situational awareness support for you, not as a replacement for your own duties to diligently scan the airspace around you.
Version 4 only works till end of Feb 2011. You now need to upgrade to version 5, available under Support/Updates.
March 28, 2009
New Flarm-PC Software
The new and free Flarm-PC Software has an improved structure and allows also to write the configuration file for the use of SD cards.
March 23, 2009
Flight recording re-enabled for first-generation devices
The free Flarm-firmware upgrade v4.06 re-enables the flight recording capability of the first generation devices, of which around 400 units were sold in the year 2004 mainly to Swiss customers. Note that this functionality was not available when the devices were sold, and the additional functionality is provided as a free functional upgrade to these launching customers.
December 08, 2010
FOCA/CASO feedback on Safety Recommendations from Swiss Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) relating to Flarm
The attached reports summarize the current implementation level for these safety recommendations. The safety recommendations were made by AAIB, the feedback from the Swiss Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) resp. its supervising Department of Transport (UVEK)'s Civil Aviation safety Officer (CASO):
The report concludes as following: "The rapid distribution of such systems only a few months after their introduction was not accomplished through regulatory measures, but rather on a voluntary basis and as a result of the wish on the part of the involved players to contribute towards the reduction of collision risk. The FOCA recommends that glider tow planes and helicopters that operate in lower airspace should also use collision warning systems."
Christian Dobler joins the FLARM development team
FLARM Technology GmbH proudly announces Christian as Embedded Systems Engineer, responsible for hardware development.
Christian studied electrical engineering at ETH Zurich where he successfully contributed to the pixhawk project. He completed the full FVS/Sphair-training as a motor pilot, and is a passionate ice hockey player in his free time.
January 06, 2009
Upload Flight Logs with a Mobile Phone
As a result of the fuitful cooperation between FLARM and OLC the flights recorded by FLARM systems can no be easily uploaded to the global OLC-server, just after landing.
You only need a mobile phone with an internet browser, supporting data upload and a microSD/miniSD/SD card slot:
- insert the microSD-card into FLARM, switch it on, wait for download to be completed
- insert microSD-card into mobile phone (use adapter if needed)
- upload flight to olc-pda.org
August 28 2008
Bavarian Ministry of the Interior purchases eight EC135 Helicopters with FLARM
"... The EC135’s police-specific equipment includes a FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared) camera, a high-resolution digital day and night vision camera,SatCOM, GPS, a digital map device, Tetra digital radio, the FLARM® collision warning system, a tactical direction finder,a digital flight management system and a GSM telephone .." [Eurocopter]
July 24 2008
New company SAFEmine founded
Due to increasing demand on FLARM's unique technological foundation, a new company SAFEmine AG was founded today. SAFEmine will develop, market and license traffic awareness and collision avoidance technology for vehicles, especially in the open-pit mining industry. SAFEmine is independent of FLARM Technology GmbH
May 12 2008Quoting Paul Remde:
FLARM and ADS-B Meeting at SSA Albuquerque
I have long been a fan of the FLARM collision avoidance product and would love to see it or something similar take hold in the USA. To try and get the ball rolling I proposed a “FLARM / ADS-B in the USA – a Meeting of Minds” meeting that was held on Wednesday. The idea blossomed beyond my wildest dreams! The event turned into a real meeting of minds which included brief talks by industry leaders from around the world. I would estimate that there were about 200 glider pilots in attendance.
At the meeting Bernald Smith gave an introduction to ADS-B and the NPRM (Notice of Proposed Rulemaking).
Robert Strain of MITRE gave an extremely interesting talk about a low cost ADS-B transmitter that his company has designed. As opposed to the $9000 ADS-B products on the market at this time, their prototype had a parts cost of less than $200. They are working on an ADS-B transceiver that should be ready in August of 2008. They are a government contractor that developed the product and would never produce it but would license the technology to other companies (at a very reasonable price). One of the biggest goals of this meeting was to introduce their company and projects to avionics manufacturers in hopes that a low cost product could be made available for use in gliders in the near future.
Urs Rothacher of FLARM gave a very interesting talk on the extremely successful FLARM product. Over 9000 units are in use around the world.
Andrej Kolar of SeeYou talked about SeeYou Mobile’s support for FLARM and emphasized that it is very important that pilots not spend too much time staring at displays in the cockpit.
Bill Hall of Sandia Aerospace talked about their ADS-B products for general aviation.
Jason Clemens of Zaon talked about their very successful MRX and XRX products.
There were several informal meetings held by the key players after the first meeting on Wednesday and I am really looking forward to seeing some new products as a result in the next few years. There are some real hurdles. So far, the F.A.A. is indicating that the GPS engines and the units themselves would need to pass rigorous tests and be “certified” – which would be very expensive for the manufacturers. We are hoping that we can avoid that for VFR use. Certainly it would make sense to keep the cost low so that more airplane owners would be willing to adopt the units.
My dream is that in 1 to 2 years from now many glider pilots will be voluntarily using low cost ADS-B receiver units. They will show nearby traffic where you are and they will allow you to see nearby traffic - not only traffic that has an ADS-B transmitter. If you are near a radar controlled airport with ADS-B transmitting you would also see all traffic that has a transponder because the ADS-B system will broadcast all traffic information to ADS-B receivers - cool! Then we can start promoting the benefits to general aviation and ultra-light pilots through AOPA magazine and Sport Aviation (EAA) magazine, etc. so that eventually small planes will start using the technology voluntarily. To be honest - I sincerely hope that the FAA mandates it in 10 years so I can see ALL traffic. I imagine I'm in the minority on that wish. I hate mandates, but I love improved safety and it will only work for us if everyone embraces it.
April 25 2008
FLARM signs license agreement with ONERA
Thanks to this agreement, the technology which has been developed and brought to international market success by Flarm, can further advance and spread into new fields. Since its introduction in 2004, over 11’000 Flarm and compatible devices have been installed in aircraft worldwide.
This cooperation in research and development complements flights tests performed by ONERA, covers the provision of scientific support on leading-edge collision avoidance technology, and will impact the next generation of Flarm’s product improvements.
Aware of ONERA’s contributions to flight safety, Flarm contacted ONERA already in 2004, leading eventually to a formal agreement. The patent family invented by ONERA and licensed to Flarm covers not only collision avoidance, but also additional aspects of aircraft data communication, traffic information display, navigation and ‘SOS’ distress signals.
The license granted to Flarm, covering key markets such as France, Germany, UK, Italy, Belgium, Holland, Sweden and North America, opens Flarm the possibility to sub-license its core design, as this is an essential requirement for all compatible designs and its continued broad market acceptance.
ONERA is the leading aerospace and defence research & technology organization in France. Created in 1946, it is a state-owned entity reporting to the French Ministry of Defense. Onera has 2,000 employees, deploying their multidisciplinary expertise and an array of test facilities unrivalled in Europe for both public agencies and industry. A proven source of innovation, expertise and long-term vision, Onera has contributed to many of today’s aerospace and defence benchmarks, including Ariane 5, Airbus, Eurocopter helicopters and the Rafale combat aircraft.
Apr 11, 2008
Support for task declaration in Naviter products (SeeYou, SeeYou Mobile, ConnectMe)
Direct download of flight records (no need for FlarmTool) and efficient upload to OLC is also integrated.
SeeYou is the first programm to support the downloading oftasks to the new IGC approved FLARM devices.The feature is available in the latest versions of SeeYou, SeeYou Mobile and ConnectMe (free) - available from Naviter
Apr 02, 2008
Flytec and FLARM announce cooperation
Flytec and FLARM jointly develop a collision warning device for hang-gliders, integrated in existing products from Flytec. Equipped hang-gliders can be localized and avoided by the over 11'000 already with FLARM-compatible units equipped aircraft and helicopters worldwide.
The Swiss Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association SHPA and the Swiss Air-Rescue REGA both actively support the development of this technology for hang-gliders.
Flytec is the global market leader for hang-gliders instruments, based in Switzerland. Their devices cover all market segments for the top competition to the recreational pilot.
Mar 28, 2008
BIOFLY and FLARM start partnership
Today BIOFLY and FLARM announce a partnership covering R&D, product product integration and local distribution. Biofly is an Italian company designing and selling integrated avionics. Its products are used worldwide in different aircraft categories and includes navigation systems, flight recorders, engine control units and ground-stations for traffic display. Biofly maintains tight links to universities for R&D and to guarantee systems with a high content of technological innovation.
BIOFLY is integrating FLARM traffic data into its synthetic vision products available for both aircraft- and ground-based usage. With this, traffic data from ADS-B and FLARM can be combined.
BIOFLY also acts as new Italian distributor for FLARM products, covering new products as well as the support and upgrade of the many products in use in Italy. In this role, BIOFLY sells the original FLARM traffic and collision warning system including the IGC-approved flight recorders and obstacle data also covering Italy.
Mar 20, 2008
IGC refers looking into long-term air-to-air standard to FAI
At the annual IGC meeting in Rome on March 1 2008, the Italian proposal was approved by IGC and – as recommended by Flarm – referred the matter to the provisional FAI Commission on Airspace and Navigation Systems (CANS) (see the official meeting minutes). At the meeting, the consulted IGC experts have recommended to look forward to integrate with ATC systems and existing ADS-B technology operating in protected aviation frequencies rather than get involved into a commercial debate. They stated that getting involved in such a debate – different to flight recorders – is years too late also because the market is established. It was understood that if at all, a proper governing process would need to be established before another new standard for air-to-air radio communication could ever be presented.
On its first March 19 meeting, the tight agenda for CANS did not allow covering the above topic; the next meeting is scheduled for end of 2008. FLARM continues to support efforts to define a safe and efficient governing framework for the spread of its technology.
Mar 10, 2008
IGC has approved Flarm as IGC flight recorder
After an extensive period of analysis and testing, Flarm today was issued IGC's approval as flight recorder for flights up to and including diamond level, including the optional ENL sensor for motor gliders. Flarm is the first Swiss manufacturer offering IGC flight recorders. In addition to new devices, more than 8'000 existing Flarm units shipped since 2005 can now be upgraded to IGC level at frictional cost. With this, the number of IGC approved flight recorders might double in short time. Additional reading: IGC Approval Document, Order new Units, Upgrade of old units.
Feb 21, 2008
Flarm proposes alternative to IGC Plenary
The Italian Gliding Federation has proposed to IGC to initiate the development of an open und not-changing radio communication protocol. Flarm has addressed a series of issues and proposes an alternative strategy. For details, read this document.
Feb 12, 2008
Allianz-Suisse lowers insurance fees for Flarm-equipped aircraft
The insurance company Allianz-Suisse has communicated to lower insurance fees by 5% for new contracts with Flarm-equipped aircraft. Please refer to this document.
Feb 05 2008The meeting will be held from 4 to 5:30 PM on Wednesday, February 13th in the Picuris, Sandia, and Santa Ana rooms in the lower level of the Albuquerque Convention Center, just before the SSA Annual Convention.
FLARM / ADS-B in the USA - A Meeting of Minds
Jan 15, 2008
No agreement reached between FLARM and
After three weeks of intense discussions between FLARM Technology and , no joint position acceptable for both parties for a future collaboration and operational compatibility could be agreed. Therefore talks have been stopped and both parties will pursue their own strategy.
The negotiations were conducted under confidentiality thus no details will be disseminated. The negotiations covered general as well as technical, regulatory, intellectual property and commercial aspects. While many positions converged, no common position could be established in any of these aspects.
The way Flarm negotiates with other companies - also those competing with our own products - needs to ensure safe interoperability for the benefit of all pilots, must be applicable to 3rd party companies as well, should not result in a disadvantage to current and long-time partners and manufacturers, and must base on mutual trust as well as economic principles.
Dec 21 2007
FLARM and involved in compatibility discussions
FLARM Technology and , both active in glider avionics, have entered a period of negotiations on operational compatibility. In the course of these negotiations, which are expected to last for few weeks, technical, IP and commercial aspects will be discussed and possible ways of collaboration evaluated. To conduct the talks in good spirit, the parties have agreed not to further comment on statements made in the past weeks on their respective systems. Some disputed issues will be discussed intensely and we will inform of the results when available. There will be no further communication while negotiations are under way.
Nov 18 2007Flarm will present its glider-specific implementation of the ADS-B concept. The event details will be published soon.
Flarm presents at SSA Convention in Albuquerque Convention Center in mid-Feb 2008.
Nov 11 2007
High performance antenna available
This antenna has been developed for increased range and superior protection against electro static discharge (ESD).
Oct 30 2007
Flarm research paper on Enhancing the efficacy of warning systems by computer simulation published
Warning systems are often complex networks of measurement devices, communication lines, decision makers, and measures to be taken. While the single units are reasonably designed, the overall performance of the whole system is often hard to estimate.
Computer simulation is a means of assessing such situations. The warning system is subjected to a large number of (potentially dangerous) scenarios in order to discover and eliminate weaknesses and flaws. Moreover, potential countermeasures can be simulated to find the most effective actions to be taken when warnings are raised.
This concept is applied to the Flarm collision avoidance system used in aircraft across the world. It is shown that the system breakdown is far beyond common volume of traffic. Moreover, improvements are suggested to further increase safety, subject for the Flarm radio communication protocol (RF) improvements in 2008. Future changes can be tested in the simulation prior to release.
While the concept is demonstrated to work for Flarm, it is generally applicable to other warning systems and danger situations.
Sept 21 2007
PocketFMS to support FLARM
PocketFMS is a Flight Management System and Moving Map software package for Windows PC's and Microsoft-based Pocket PC's.
The next PocketFMS release will support the use of FLARM. Other FLARM equipped traffic will be shown on the Moving Map along with its relative altitude and FLARM can be used as source of GPS data.
May 13 2007
New Installation Quick-Checklist available
The Support > Manual section now contains a Quick-Checklist, intended to support your FLARM installation and commissioning activities. In any case, also consult the Installation and Operating Manuals. We recommended filling out this Checklist and to store it together with the official aircraft files.
May 5 2007
New Forum Software
The new Flarm Forum is at: http://www.flarm.com/forum
Old discussions were transferred. Enjoy.
April 20 2007
Flarm wins the FAI "Prince Alvaro de Orleans-Borbon Fund" award
April 12 2007
Impact of electrical discharge on receive range
High electrical discharge through the Flarm radio-antenna on the receiver can cause a reduced range for receiving signals in devices manufactured before mid 2006. Some devices have experienced this degradation, but most devices are unaffected. The discharge seems to be dependent on installation (e.g. does the antenna touch the canopy), on the canopy drapery material and the dryness of the airfield.Unaffected are the transmission of own radio signals (i.e. the transmission range), the GPS function as well as the obstacle warning function.The symptom for the problem is when the own device (in the nearest-mode) indicated other aircraft much later than these other aircraft get the indication about the own aircraft; the obstacle warning is unchanged. A software release early May will include an additional functionality to indicate the number of nearby aircraft on the ground, as received with different levels of sensitivity. With this, the user can reliably detect if the symptom is prevalent.If so, describe the detailed problem to us so that a solution (e.g. a repair) can be found and further instruction can be given. Please do not ship devices without prior instructions.
December 20 2006
EASA declares FLARM as standard equipment for gliders and motorgliders
EASA has published the two AMC regarding Standard Parts in sailplanes and powered sailplanes. They clarify that equipment usually used in gliders only, is considered asstandard parts: electrical variometers, bank/slip indicators ball type, total energy probes, capacity bottles (for variometers), final glide calculators, navigation computers,data logger / barograph /turnpoint camera, bug-wipers and anti-collisionsystems (FLARM).
- Jannes Neumann (European Gliding Union) explains the AMC's
- AMC Part 21
- AMC Part M
October 31 2006
UK representative for Flarm
We are delighted to announce that LX avionics Ltd, run by John Delafield, has agreed to represent Flarm Technology in the United Kingdom. LX avionics Ltd already handles a range of products from Filser GmbH and LX navigation d.o.o. and the addition of Flarm Technology will further extend the service offered to customers.
John was a British National Gliding Champion a number of times during the 1960s and 70s and is currently a pilot in the Royal Air Force Voluntary Reserve flying G115Es. When asked how long he has been flying solo the answer is "more than 51 years" ! Flarm Technology welcomes his immense experience.
February 26, 2006
Software and Obstacle Update available
The updated version of the FLARM firmware v3.00 is available and must be installed prior to using the device. Else FLARM does not work after March 1, 2006. In addition, all the manuals are available in English as well as German. A new obstacle database is available as well, but it is recommended only when you fly in the European Alps. Enjoy!.
January 10, 2006
Simulation mandate for radio protocol
FLARM Technology has mandated xirrus GmbH to develop a computer-based simulation environment for the radio communication protocol to better analyse the performance and limitations of the radio protocol released in the coming March. The new environment will leverage the previous analytical and nummerical work done by Flarm since 2003, which were the basis for the four versions of the protocol so far. The new environment will facilitate the design of an even more powerful version 6 of the protocol which will become effective in March 2008.
Vigilant – another system
FLARM is based on a concept of disseminating GPS-derived position data with a digital radio broadcast. This concept is as old as GPS itself and has often been discussed in detail and was further developed in several occasions. There exist many practical systems based on the same concept, e.g. ADS-B for optimized air traffic control or Vigilant, designed and developed by Jean-Marc Baggio. Vigilant is a car-based alert system patented in 1996 allowing all road users to warn others and to be warned. Vigilant prevents massive freeway pileup to happen and has caught the car-industry's attention. In 2001, Mr. Baggio extended his concept for air and sea safety under the name Proximetre. FLARM Technology acknowledges Mr Baggio's work and achievements, while Mr Baggio has agreed to support FLARM's further expansion into the French market, also by explicitly waiving potential intellectual property rights that may be used by FLARM Technology in aviation.
ACAS / TCAS
A very good explanation the the functionality and design and limitations of ACAS/TCAS can be found in the Accident Report on the airliner collision near Ueberlingen / Lake Constance (PDF 3.5 MB).
Swiss Pool of Aviation Insurences supports Flarm
We have been able to sign a support agreement of a substantial amount with the pool of swiss aircraft insurances on April 7, 2004. The pool's members are most of the aircraft insurances operating on the swiss market (see the list, PDF 8 kB). On one hand, the pool supports the FLARM technology association financially in its activities to introduce and spread the use of FLARM devices. On the other hand, it subsidizes the buyers of FLARM devices. The calculation and payback are done retrospectively via FLARM Technology.
Tests & Evaluations
Texas Gliding Association, 11/2010
Scottish Gliding Union, 12/2007
Cape Town/South Africa, 09/2006
St. Auban / France, 09/2005
Wiener Neustadt/OE, 06/2005
DG Flugzeugbau/DE, 06/2005
St. Crépin/FR, 09/2004
Bad Ragaz/CH, 04/2004