XC Tracer II - 3 Different Models to Choose From All Proven and Reliable Flight Instruments for Paraglider Pilots.
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What are the advantages of an XC Tracer variometer?
- Zero-Lag Accuracy
- Favoured by top competition pilots, the XC Tracer’s zero-lag accuracy means you find the core much quicker. The Mini II GPS features the most highly sensitive internal accelerometer yet seen in the market. Precise mapping information is transmitted to XCTrack meaning if you lose the core, you’ll find it faster.
Best in Class GPS
- GPS receives GPS and Glosnass and Galileo, giving enhanced positioning over conventional GPS instruments.
- The Mini 2 GPS maintains its charge for 20 hours in zero light conditions.
- Perfect for competitions through to vol-bivouac, the Mini 2 GPS weighs just 34 grams. And XC Tracer II FLARM is also a leight weight vario with only 70g.
IGC and KML Logging
- Suitable for all competition and XC League flying, XC Tracer outputs both IGC and KML files.
- Optional thermal sniffing feature for enhanced search.
- Tones, sensitivity, thermal sniffing and other features are all easily customizable – or just download your favourite pilot’s settings.
- Links via Bluetooth and USB to XCTrack, FlySkyHy and other leading flight computer apps.
- Manufactured within Switzerland, the home of precision instrumentation.
XC Tracer II Flarm
Flarm is a solar-variometer with integrated FLARM for paraglider and hangglider pilot and has all the features of XC Tracer Mini II GPS / XC Tracer II
XC Tracer II FLARM is a solar-variometer with integrated FLARM for paraglider and hangglider pilots. XC Tracer II FLARM transmits once or twice per second the position of the aircraft as well as a forecast of its trajectory for the next twenty seconds.
The other surrounding FLARM devices can draw conclusions about a possible risk of collision. Should a collision be possible, the corresponding FLARM device warns the pilot in the glider or helicopter.
XC Tracer II FLARM itself does not warn about possible collisions with other aircraft. XC Tracer II FLARM does receive FLARM signals from paragliders and hang gliders, and sends the data to a cell phone, tablet or e-reader. Depending on the app you use you will then know where your buddies are currently flying. In flight tests prototypes have received signals from FLARM devices up to 29km away.
In addition to this you can also optionally use the obstacle collision warning system from FLARM.
This feature will upgrade the FLARM system to also warn about imminent obstacle collisions. Currently available from FLARM is the widely used obstacle database for the Alps region. It includes around 44.000 obstacles in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, and France. The obstacle database engine and collision algorithms make it possible to handle complex obstacle types. This includes segmented and split power lines and cableways, including types which cross mountain tops.
- Please take note that XC Tracer II FLARM is made for paraglider and hang glider pilots flying in Europe, there is no FCC certification planned.
The XC Tracer II FLARM has all the features of XC Tracer Mini II GPS / XC Tracer II
- The vario has the time-lagfree indication of lift/sink rate that makes it much easier to find and core thermals than when using a conventional variometer.
- You can use XC Tracer II FLARM also as an IGC and KML logger, both files are logged in parallel, and the IGC files are accepted by FAI for paragliding competitions.
- There is a lithium polymer battery built in, when fully charged the battery has enough energy to power XC Tracer II FLARM for more than 25h hours without sunshine (Active FLARM, receiving data from traffic around you).
- The battery will get charged with power from the high efficiency solar cells during the flight, but you can charge the battery also over the Micro USB cable that is shipped with XC Tracer II FLARM.
- There is also a Bluetooth Low Energy BLE 4.02 module built in. You can configure the BLE strings that you want to send to your phone, tablet or e-reader using a simple configuration file.
- The variometer indicate the climb / sink rate with beeping tones. And the good thing is that you can modify the tone settings as you wish, please check the tone simulator here.
- FLARM beacon / does transmit FLARM signals (included in sales price)
- FLARM receiver / receive FLARM signals from paragliders and hang gliders (included in sales price)
- FLARM obstacle database (optional)
- Instant indication of climb/sink rate – no time lag
- presice wind estimation
- Data transmission to cell phone/tablet/e-reader using BLE 4.2 and/or USB
- IGC and KML logger
- Many compatible Apps for Android/iOS
- Scratch resistant solar panel
- User configurable acoustics/tone setting with tone simulator at www.xctracer.com
- Minimum 25-hours runtime without recharging
- Firmware update by drag-and drop
- Size 57.5 x 57.5 x 18.0 mm and 33.5 mm for the antenna
- Weight 70g
- Swiss made
XC Tracer Mini II GPS
XC Tracer Mini II GPS is the successor of XC Tracer II, a proven and reliable flight instrument for paraglider pilots. Many pilots use XC Tracer II for competitions and for long XC flights. The time-lag free indication of the climb/sink rate using beeping tones makes it much easier to find and core thermals then when using a conventional variometer.
XC Tracer Mini II GPS is the successor of XC Tracer II
- a proven and reliable flight instrument for paraglider pilots. Many pilots use XC Tracer II for competitions and for long XC flights. The time-lag free indication of the climb/sink rate using beeping tones makes it much easier to find and core thermals then when using a conventional variometer.
- You can use XC Tracer Mini II GPS also as an IGC and KML logger, both files are logged in parallel, and the IGC files are accepted by FAI for paragliding competitions. There is a lithium polymer battery built in, when fully charged the battery has enough energy to power XC Tracer Mini II GPS for more than 20h hours without sunshine. The battery will get charged with power from the high efficiency solar cells during the flight, but you can charge the battery also over the Micro USB cable that is shipped with XC Tracer Mini II GPS. There is also a Bluetooth Low Energy BLE 4.0 module built in. You can configure the BLE strings that you want to send to your phone, tablet or e-reader using a simple configuration file. And of course does the variometer indicate the climb / sink rate with beeping tones. And the good thing is that you can modify the tone settings as you wish, please check the tone simulator here.
- The ratio of energy delivered from the solar panel and the power consumption of the variometer is even better compared XC Tracer II. It is very likely that you can fly all season without ever having to recharge the battery of your XC Tracer Mini II GPS.
- Size: 44.5 x 44.5 x 16.5 mm
- Weight 34g
- Scratch resistant solar panel with 22.5% efficiency
- 20h+ battery autonomy without sunshine
- GPS Modul with concurrent reception of signals from GPS, Glosnass und Galileo satellites.
- BLE Modul, iOS and Android compatible
- 1 led for status indication
- LiPo battery with low discharge protection circuit
- LiPo charger integrated
- ARM Cortex-M4F processor
- Easy firmware update over USB / drag & drop
- SanDisk Ultra microSDHC 8 GB
- 2 Micro USB cables
- Swiss Made
XC Tracer Mini II
XC Tracer Mini II has a built-in solar cell that delivers 3x more energy than is needed for running the device (when oriented perpendicular to the sun).
XC Tracer Mini II is an acoustic variometer powered by a solar cell
- The lag-free indication of lift / sink makes it much easier to find and core thermals than when using a conventional variometer.
- Compared to the legendary XC Tracer the variometer the sensor data fusion algorithm got vastly improved.
- XC Tracer Mini II has a built-in solar cell that delivers 3x more energy than is needed for running the device (when oriented perpendicular to the sun).
- The surplus energy is stored in a lithium polymer battery.
- The variometer will run for 20 hours with a fully charged battery without any sun.
- Time-lag free indication of climb / sink rate
- Extremely easy operation
- Firmware update by Drag & Drop
- User configurable acoustics / tone setting with tone simulator
- State of the arte electronics including a 9-DOF IMU and mems pressure sensor
- Solar cell with 22.5% efficiency
- Runtime with fully charged battery and without sunshine 8-12h, depending on volume setting
- Size: 44.5 x 44.5 x 16.5 mm
- Weight 30g
What is the advantage of XC Tracer compared to a conventional variometer?
- XC Tracer has no deceleration and, in contrast to a conventional variometer, indicates the rise / fall without time delay. What you feel and what XC Tracer displays is a perfect match. It is much easier to fly with XC Tracer in the thermal than with a conventional variometer, especially in weak conditions. You can read this yourself in the various forums, many pilots report "low safe" and are convinced that this would not have been possible without XC Tracer. Or pilots with XC Tracer are still flying in weak conditions, during which the mates had to land with a conventional variometer. Many competition pilots use XC Tracer, including some of the best pilots in the world.
What is Flarm?
- FLARM is the traffic awareness and collision avoidance technology for General Aviation, light aircraft, and UAVs. With FLARM installed, you are alerted of both traffic and imminent collisions with other aircraft, so you can take action before it is too late.
- Over 35.000 manned aircraft and many UAVs are already equipped with FLARM and the number is rapidly increasing. FLARM systems are available from several manufacturers for powered airplanes, helicopters, gliders, and UAVs.
Traffic and Collision Warning
- FLARM works by calculating and broadcasting its own future flight path to nearby aircraft. At the same time, it receives the future flight path from surrounding aircraft. An intelligent motion prediction algorithm calculates a collision risk for each aircraft based on an integrated risk model. When a collision is imminent, the pilots are alerted with the relative position of the intruder, enabling them to avoid a collision.
UAS Electronic Identification
- UAV must be remotely identifiable, in combination with a UAS registry database.
- The benefits include added security, higher safety standards, increased accountability, and easier access to airspace.
- The principle of electronic identification (eID) is that a cooperative UAS regularly broadcasts a unique identifier and the current position through a radio frequency digital message. This enables authorized parties to detect, identify, locate and track UAS anywhere at any time, also in the absence of network connectivity or other infrastructure.
Does XC Tracer store IGC files?
- Yes, XC Tracer records IGC log files at 1Hz, with a valid G-record. Both Baro altitude (QNH 1013.25) and GPS altitude are logged in the IGC file. But if you want to log a KML file with 5Hz you can do that too.
Does XC Tracer support many apps?
- Yes, you can choose which data should be sent via BLE. You can set this in the config file, you can choose between XCTRACER, LK8EX1, LXWP0, FlyNet, and BlueFly. Please select only one string, and select only the string which is compatible with your app. Please do not do BLE pairing in iOS or Android, but in the app!
- FlyskyHy (iOS): BLE string XCTRACER, forwardGPSSentences = no
- Skylogger (iOS): BLE string XCTRACER, forwardGPSSentences = no
- Thermgeek (iOS): BLE string XCTRACER, forwardGPSSentences = no
- XCSoar (Android, Kobo): BLE string LXWP0, forwardGPSSentences = yes, choose LXNAV as driver in XCSoar
- TopHat (Android, Kobo): BLE string LXWP0, forwardGPSSentences = yes
- The Variometer (iOS): LXWP0 or XCTRC or LK8EX1, forwardGPSSentences = no
- FlyMe (Android): BLE string LXWP0, forwardGPSSentences = yes or BLE string XCTRACER, forwardGPSSentences = no
- Androflight (Android): BLE string XCTRACER, forwardGPSSentences = no
- XCTrack (Android): BLE string XCTRACER, forwardGPSSentences = no
- FreeFlight & FreeFlight Pro (iOS): BLE string LXWP0, forwardGPSSentences = yes
Is the battery charged by the solar cell when the Vario is off?
Can I update the firmware?
- Yes, this is easy. Instructions can be found in the manual. Just download the latest firmware and save it to the SD card of XC Tracer via drag & drop. Then turn off XC Tracer by pressing the red button. The new firmware will be installed and XC Tracer will be turned off.
What is the PIN of the BLE module?
- 000000 for XC Tracer. XC Tracer II BLE does not require a PIN.
Is there a guide for XCSoar on a Kobo?
- Thomas Ruf has programmed a special version of XCSoar for Kobo and XC Tracer, you can find infos here www.windeckfalken.de/xcsoar-en. Under Tools there is the possibility to pair the HM10 / HM11 BLE modules with XC Tracer. Condition is that the BLE module correctly installed in the Kobo and the connections are soldered correctly. Here's a picture of how a HM-10 is built into the Kobo Mini , and here's a picture of how a HM-11 is built into a Kobo Glo . Please check the different forums, there you will find a lot of information how to modify a kobo.
- To pair the Kobo and the XC Tracer you need to turn on both devices, then click on "Tools" on the Kobo "Bluetooth_HM10-Initialize" and then wait. If it does not work the first time try it again, then the pairing works for sure. It is important that the BLE module of the Kobo and the XC Tracer is not connected to any other BLE module during the pairing process, in which case the BLE module ignores the AT commands and the pairing can not work.
- Alternatively, you can pair with a Teensy microcontroller. Please check the downloads, there is an Arduino script with a quick guide how to pair a BLE module with XC Tracer.