NATS, AOPA, Trig and f.u.n.k.e. Avionics are conducting
demonstration flights with a variety of electronic conspicuity devices and we
would like to invite LAA, BMAA and BGA members to participate in these trials
by providing crews and aircraft for these activities.
Participation in the flight demonstrations requires no
special experience other than good airmanship and a conscientious approach to
flight preparation. More information for the demonstrations flights will be
provided in late February or early March but the high level summary is:
We require at least two aircraft per demonstration
session but sometimes we can match crews from other flying associations if we
are given at least three days’ notice of the availability.
•We would prefer two qualified pilots per aircraft where
possible but one pilot with an observer with airmanship experience that is
equivalent to a moderately experienced pilot would be sufficient.
•All aircraft would need to commence the demonstration
flights from the same airfield. Participants
plan their own flight profiles from the departure airfield to another airfield
such that the flight paths cross regularly with safe vertical separation. The EVA coordinators will provide guidance
for route selection.
•Pilots and observers have actions to perform during the
flights, which will be briefed in detail prior to the flights.
•Participants land, swap roles, and return to their
original airfield. Participants will be debriefed by the project coordinator(s)
and will be required to complete post flight questionnaires.
Participants will use one of the following conspicuity
LPAT, which is a portable Low Power ADS-B Transceiver
A Mode-S transponders with “Extended Squitter”
capability and a GPS source
The project team can only provide the LPAT prototypes and
one PowerFLARM unit, so we would be grateful to participants who can provide
their own equipment.
The Project EVA team are interested to hear from anyone
who is genuinely interested in demonstrating the benefit that electronic
conspicuity provides to visual acquisition.
Prospective volunteers should fill in one of the attachments Word Excel
(preferable the spreadsheet) and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be patient with us while we process
your enquiries, experience from the Mode-S GPS trial leads us to expect a lot
of interest in this activity.
We are sorry that we cannot process applicants who do not
have access to an email facility. The
organisation of demonstration flights is dependent upon weather and postal
communication is not viable.