Oudie keeps you flying – for longer and further… Two Models, One Platform
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Oudie 5 – Co-Pilot with Buddies
Oudie 5 brings more fun to you and your Buddies. With integrated Fanet+ & Flarm it allows you to share the sky with your friends and enjoy the safety of being seen by others. Inherits all features from competition pilot’s first choice vario – Oudie 4.
The Complete Package
Every good pilot knows the value of having the right flight plan, the right navigation instrument and the insights gained from reviewing a flight.
Running the highly regarded SeeYou software, developed for the gliding and free flight community over nearly 20 years, the Oudie 5 is the complete package offering:
- Pre-flight planning
- In-flight navigation
- Post-flight analysis
Oudie keeps you flying – for longer and further…
- Oudie 5 - Co-Pilot with Buddies
- Oudie 5 brings more fun to you and your Buddies. With integrated Fanet+ & Flarm it allows you to share the sky with your friends and enjoy the safety of being seen by others. Inherits all features from competition pilot's first choice vario - Oudie 4.
- Exceptionally accurate Vario (Gyro assisted) for the quickest climb rate
- See Buddies in real-time with Fanet+
- Be seen by Gliders and Cessnas with Flarm
- With preloaded worldwide maps and airspace is easy to use and works right out of the box
- Colour screen which remains easy to read even in bright sunlight
- Helps you find lift with the thermal assistant
- Features to help you win competitions
- One picture tells a thousand words, instant situational awareness at a glance…
The Oudie Difference
- As many experienced pilots will testify, buying a cheap flight instrument actually costs many flying hours over the long run.
- The sooner you start flying with an instrument that truly assists you in making the right decisions, the better and longer your flights will become.
- Teaching piloting excellence – Let Oudie be your expert co-pilot
- Saves time – on and off the hill
- Works when you need it – Long autonomy, robust and best in class reliability
- Exceptional customer support – we move mountains to keep you flying!
- All of which combines to enable better, more skilful piloting, higher performance and the greatest chance of achieving your flight plan, however ambitious a goal you set for yourself.
Two Models, One Platform
Oudie 5 XC
A cut down version of the full featured Oudie 5 Pro, to create an instrument that grows with you.
The Basic model takes away competition functionality and options that might overwhelm the less experienced pilot. With a simple software update available to unlock all the features as you progress, your learning curve will be as short as possible.
Built on the same hardware and SeeYou software platform as the Oudie 5 Pro, the stripped down Oudie 5 XC is aimed at the competent XC pilot and the ambitious beginner who knows where they want to get to.
Oudie 5 Pro
All the features of the SeeYou software, including competition functionality and advanced configuration options.
Oudie 5 Pro – Purpose built hardware perfect for free flyers, running highly developed, highly featured planning, navigation and analysis software
With every purchase you also receive excellent customer support from a large, dedicated and passionate team of pilots.
The choice of experienced, ambitious XC and competition pilots. Why choose anything less?
Sunlight readable LCD with Touch panel
- Oudie 5 has a bright LCD which is a significant improvement over the standard colour LCDs available in similar devices elsewhere. The screen has an anti-glare coating and is nicely sunlight readable even in direct sunlight. The touch panel can be operated with gloves, no problem.
- I have been so impressed with everything to do with Naviter: The Oudie is head and shoulders the best instrument for XC and comps, the after sales support is faultless and they are the nicest people to deal with… perfect! Anyone serious about flying paragliders should have one of these.
- GUY ANDERSON, TOP UK XC PILOT, BRITISH PARAGLIDING TEAM & PWC PILOT
I was paying attention to your position on my Oudie 5. And I saw you got a 4m/s climb, I just went full speed on you!
MARCELLA UCHOA TO CHARLES CAZAUX AT THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, BOTH FLYING OUDIE 5 WITH FANET+
- Whether I use it for competitions or for XC-flights, the Oudie is a really good instrument. Light weight, easy to handle and with a long-lasting battery. Software and device are of very high quality and that’s the reason why I recommend Oudie to friends!
- MICHAEL SIGEL, SWISS LEAGUE PILOT AND TOP COMPETITION PILOT
- Thanks to my new Oudie I optimized my flights better than ever, being able to see the radius of the cylinder at all times, with ease of use. It was my first competition with Oudie. It is a great instrument, perfect for competition with large radiuses and arrivals at goal with very little height, I’m very happy.
- FRANCISCO JAVIER REINA AFTER THE PWC SUPERFINAL
- I absolutely love my Oudie, it has transformed my flying experience.
- RICHARD OSBORNE, FUN-LOVING UK XC ADDICT (AND SELF-CONFESSED TECHNOPHOBE!)
- Oudie is the device I was looking for. A very nice Variometer and a complete GPS with all the information I need to make top performance in Competition and Cross Country.
- CHARLES CAZAUX, WORLD CHAMPION
The Choice of Champions
- In just 3 full seasons, Oudie has taken the world of free flight instruments by storm; of 120 or so PWC pilots 80 or 90 now use Oudie.
- Chrigel Maurer, Honorin Hamard, Seiko Fukuoka, Klaudia Bulgakow, Stephan Gruber, Felix Rodriguez, Pal Takats, Hernan Pitocco, Charles Cazaux, Rafael Saladini, Torsten Siegel, Luca Donini, Jurij Vidic, Yoshiki Kuremoto, Russel Ogden, Nick Greece…
- …the list goes on. They have all won championships or completed amazing adventures whilst relying on Oudie for their navigation.
- When will you join them?
- Gyro-assisted vario
- Sunlight readable colour LCD
- Fanet+ to see other free-flight pilots around
- Flarm to be seen by glider pilots and general aviation
- Gloves friendly touchscreen
- Lightweight, perfect size
- Thermal assistant
- Wind assistant
- Ready to fly – no setup
- 12-hour autonomy (battery life)
- XC Tasks created on moving map terrain with touch
- Internet connection through Oudie Live for flight uploading
- XC and FAI Triangles
- 3D Airspace assistant with free updates
- Immediate flight uploads and goal declaration
- Responsive touch screen is easy to use even in thick gloves
- Easy and free software updates
- joins the dots in your flying experience. It keeps your logbook, allows you to plan your flights and improve your flying skills through detailed analytics of your flights. And when you want to fly light-weight, simply use the SeeYou Navigator app for Android and iOS. SeeYou is the hub of Naviter products that helps you plan, fly and learn.
- Naviter introduced the latest version of their Oudie GPS/vario at the Coupe Icare in September last year. It’s available in two versions, XC and Pro. They look the same at first glance, but switch them on and the Pro offers extra competition functions. Marcus King reports.
- Pilots who already have an Oudie 4 can send their instrument to Naviter for an upgrade to the Oudie 5. It’s a shame that Naviter haven’t been able to add a WiFi module, as this would open the possibility of upgrading the instrument online, and direct uploads to online leagues etc. Currently live-tracking can only be done via the Oudie Live app running on an Android mobile connected via Bluetooth, although FANET+ does add live-tracking possibilities.
What is FLARM?
- The FLARM system (FLight alARM) is all about making us electronically-visible to other aircraft for the purpose of collision avoidance. It has a working range of about 20km and is particularly useful if you fly in an area with a lot of sailplane traffic, such as in the Alps.
- All sailplanes have it in Switzerland, Germany and France, and the Flarm (we’re done with all the capital letters from here on) website claims that more than 50% of general aviation air traffic, including planes and helicopters, have it in Europe (including the UK). More than 20,000 drones also use Flarm, according to flarm.com.
- Flarm then does away with the need for expensive and power-hungry transponders, allows us to be seen by our fellow pilots, and goes some way to future-proofing ourselves against the rise of the drones.
WHAT IS FANET?
- FANET (Flying Ad-hoc NETwork) meanwhile is an open-source network designed to pass data between instruments over a low-power radio connection. The way the system is designed each instrument acts as a relay, so information can be passed much further by bouncing through intermediate instruments.
- As well as positional data the system can be used to send messages between instruments, eg status updates. By adding ground stations into the network they can act as gateways to the internet, so you can receive up-to-date weather information, or send your position to live-tracking servers without the need for a mobile phone or satellite internet connection.
- Pilots with Fanet+ transmit their information over the Flarm network (blue lines), which is received by the Flarm-equipped sailplanes and light aircraft. The paraglider pilots can also send and receive information to each other (black lines); the Fanet-equipped sailplane; and the ground station, which can also act as a relay to the internet. Even though pilot C is out of range of A, information can be sent automatically between the two by using pilot B as a relay.
WHAT IS FANET+?
- The Fanet+ module used in the Oudie was developed by Skytraxx and combines Flarm and Fanet in the one module. This module only transmits on Flarm and cannot receive using the Flarm protocol, relying instead on Fanet for receiving information.
- Fanet+ allows instruments equipped with the module to communicate with each other and the ground stations, regardless of the manufacturer, as well as transmit their position to general aviation.
What Does This Mean on the OUDIE 5?
- So how does this relate to what you see on the Oudie screen? Looking at the map you will see other Fanet-equipped free-flight pilots plotted on the map. It should be noted that aircraft that only have Flarm will not show up on the map.
- Height and vertical speed is displayed next to each aircraft. You can select the range the radar shows targets in and also whether a track is displayed and for how long.
- As well as general traffic you can set up ‘flight buddies’ by adding their Flarm ID and name to a list. You can then decide to only show your buddies on the display, which is useful if you are flying with friends and don’t want other targets cluttering your display.
- At the time of writing the Oudie 5 doesn’t allow you to send messages to a buddy, although Naviter told me they have an update arriving soon that will allow sending pre-defined messages.
- You can however, choose to Go-To a buddy; the system will navigate to them as long as they stay in range. This makes it easy to see where your group of flying friends are at any time.
POSSIBLE IMPACT IN COMPETITIONS
- What all this means for competition flying is yet to be seen. Knowing what other pilots are doing up to 20km downtrack could clearly be advantageous and impact on route choice and other decision making.
- In sailplane competitions, where Flarm has been mandatory for years on the grounds of collision avoidance, it has caused some issues. “Leeching” is letting the other gliders go ahead and find the lift, while watching what they are doing using Flarm. We of course use lead-out points, which is designed to stop exactly this sort of pimping.
- However, expect this technology to have an impact, especially in big competitions like the FAI World Championships where pilots compete for team medals as well as individual.
- It’s not just the hardware that has improved, the software has also been updated. Naviter have been working hard on the whole ecosystem that surrounds the Oudie.
- The SeeYou Cloud is an important part of the platform (see XC205). You can add your Oudie to your SeeYou account allowing you to send data to and from the instrument automatically via the Naviter Updater, available for both PCs and Macs.
- You can create tasks and upload them easily. You can also automatically download all flights so you can review them in SeeYou, including 3D playback.
- Your SeeYou licence also allows you to upload the more detailed SeeYou maps to the Oudie. These give a lot more detail to the on screen maps and it’s suprising how much easier this makes navigation.
- SeeYou can also be connected to TopMeteo or SkySight to integrate weather information into the app. Both are additional costs as they are subscription services costing about €80 a year.
- I have used both and found the SkySight app to be more immediately useful, it also allows more information to be displayed on the instrument itself. As well as displaying weather data in the SeeYou dashboard and planner you will of course have access to the weather provider’s web interface and all the information that can provide.
- With both services you can display forecast wind speed for the current time and location. SkySight allows you to also overlay cross-country speed, convergence and wind information.
- Once set up you just need to remember to attach the unit to your computer running the updater the night before going flying and the data is automatically updated.
SHOULD YOU GET THE PRO OR THE XC MODEL?
- The Oudie 5 has a more powerful main computer than the Oudie 4, so it could be worth upgrading for that alone. The XC model gives you all of the functionality we have talked about above. Where it differs from the Pro is the competition tasks.
- Because while you can add waypoints and set a basic task in the XC version – useful for setting a route and goal for cross-country flying – the more complex aspects of competition flying such as speed section information are missing.
- The Pro also adds FAI triangle information, allowing you to optimise your triangles in flight. There is also more customisation of the menus available, increased number of competition-related nav boxes (data fields) and more detailed in-flight statistics.
- Whichever version you choose you will have a fully-featured instrument that will give you lots of information to help optimise your flying. To get the best out of either of them you will need to think about using the complete system, including SeeYou Cloud and weather integration.
- If you want to fly comps or are chasing distance points in the online leagues, then the Pro is the obvious choice. If not you can buy the XC knowing that you have an upgrade path as your needs increase.
- Processor ARM 11, 500 MHz
- RAM 128MB
- Built-in Flash 8GB
- Loudspeaker Yes
- Buttons On/Off, Reset
- Battery 9600mAh
- Battery autonomy >12h
- Time to fully charge max. 6h
- Size 135 x 86 x 25 mm
- Weight 345g
- Vario Yes, high sensitivity, assisted by inertial sensors (gyros, accelerometers and magnetometers)
- Pressure altitude Yes, high precision
- Flight recorder Yes
- Flight storage Practically unlimited
- Operating temperature -15°C to +50°C
- Display 5″ TFT LCD
- Resolution 480×272
- Aspect ratio 16:9
- Portrait Yes
- Landscape Yes
- Touchscreen Yes, optimal for gloves
- Built-in GPS Yes, aviation grade
- USB USB 2.0
- Mass Storage Yes
- Active Sync Yes
- External Flash Micro SDHC
- Headphone 3.5mm jack
- Wired Serial Yes
- Bluetooth Yes
- Languages 17
- Moving map Yes
- Preinstalled maps World-wide
- Airspace data Yes, preinstalled
- Software Updates Free
- 3D Airspace warning Yes
- Final glide calculator Yes
- Max. Altitude warning Yes
- Thermal assistant Yes
- OLC optimization Yes
- FAI Triangle optimization Yes
- Profiles Unlimited
- Navboxes 66+
- Flight statistics Yes
- Task statistics Yes
- 60′ statistics Yes
- Race to Goal Yes, automatic navigation
- Task route optimization Yes, automatic
- Assigned Area Tasks Yes
- Wind calculator Yes
- Units Metric/Imperial
- File Replay Yes