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Android flight instrument

Postby scotts » Thu Apr 16, 2015 7:46 pm

Anyone using an Android as a primary, or backup flight instrument? What software - XCSoar, XCTrack, FlyMe, or others? And what hardware? I'm thinking about getting an older cheap 7" tab under $200 with the free 200MB Tmobile data, perhaps paring it with a simple sub $100 vario such as LeBipBip or BlueFlyVario but have the standard concerns about battery life and being able to see the screen. Haven't seen it discussed here for a year or more and things are always changing and improving, so thought I'd see if anyone is experimenting lately. I also see the Samsung Galaxy s3 ($150 used) and $$ s5 have barometers built in, so that may be an option, but don't think I can get the free tab tmobile data with those devices...

I have a simple vario and separate gps unit, but would be nice to have one unit do both jobs and record tracks too. My gps is so basic, it doesn't even have glide. Airspace would be nice for future, but no interest in ever doing comps, and can deal with airspace separate anyway. Cant see shelling out $600-800 for a dedicated device that will sit unused most of the time. Not a huge fan of Android either, but at least it can be used for alot of different things even while not flying.

reference lots of threads on paragliding forum: http://www.paraglidingforum.com/viewforum.php?f=39
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Re: Android flight instrument

Postby scotts » Fri Apr 17, 2015 9:06 am

a very good recent discussion on the topic: http://www.paraglidingforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=69400

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Re: Android flight instrument

Postby Mike Jobin » Fri Apr 17, 2015 5:33 pm

Scott,

Some info on that here:

viewtopic.php?f=12&t=4606

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Re: Android flight instrument - $10!!!! what?!

Postby scotts » Sun May 17, 2015 5:50 pm

Been doing lots of exploring and experimenting and wanted to post up alittle of what I've learned in case anyone is interested...

$10 GPS flight recorder/computer:
picked up a $10 android 4.4.? tracfone: https://www.kroger.com/topic/tracfone-l ... timus-fuel (king soupers)- if you already have an android, you can use it instead, but for $10, i can throw this in my deck, or pocket, no worries, no fancy protective case, or anything silly.
Download FLYME app: http://xcglobe.com/flyme/
great easy app. will use your phones barometer if you have one, else just GPS. I'm using it mostly for tracklog recordings thus far: has auto start and stop recordings of your gps tracklogs in igc format and can set to email automatically or even automatically upload to Leonardo. I also have mine set to automatically email my gps cords to my wife when I land for piece of mind- kind of a cheaper but limited SPOT type feature. I ordered an S3 ($90 on Freedompop right now, includes FREE 200minutes, 300txt, and 500MB data on sprint) and am testing that out, but haven't got it to play nice with FlyMe yet for unknown reason. Another option for barometric sensor I've considered is the blueflyvario, which will talk to FlyMe over bluetooth, giving a very sensitive vario together; but I haven't tried this yet. Blueflyvario also has very inexpensive audio only vario for less than $100: http://www.blueflyvario.com/

Lastly, another perk on the $10 android mentioned above: i never activated it or anything, so I'm not using it as a cell phone. However, I downloaded an app called Talkatone (http://www.talkatone.com/) which works pretty well for FREE Calls and TXT, unlimited, over WIFI- as I said, this phone doesn't even have a service connected to it at all. Talkatone gives you a real US phone number as well so you can receive incoming calls and texts.

I've talked to a few others who have experimented with some of this stuff more than me, like Rick and Dean, but I wanted to post up as its some info that would have been very helpful, in particular, when I was starting out and there's just a huge amount of stuff to learn and read about and lots to sift through, so hopefully this is helpful to some. Also, a brand new android for $10 was a shock to me- last time I shopped- probably a year ago now- androids bottomed out at maybe $100. Still shocked what you can get for $10 now... wow...
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