uAvionix, PocketFMS introduce proximity alerts

April 09, 2019
By UAV Canada Staff
The companies uAvionix and PocketFMS, at the Friedrichshafen Aero show in Germany, introduced FLARM reception and transponder proximity alerts when SkyEcho 2 and EasyVFR 4 are used together.

uAvionix is the designer and manufacturer of the SkyEcho 2 Electronic Conspicuity (EC) device, while PocketFMS is the producer of the EasyVFR European Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) app.


EasyVFR 4, currently in beta and planned for commercial release the second quarter of 2019, will integrate with SkyEcho 2’s native capabilities to receive ADS-B, FLARM, and, for the first time, alert pilots if an aircraft is nearby with only a Mode C or S transponder.

“The integration of SkyEcho 2 and EasyVFR represents the most comprehensive Electronic Conspicuity solution available,” said Christian Ramsey, president uAvionix. “EasyVFR 4 promises to be an outstanding solution for an incredible value. uAvionix [is] proud to work with the great team at PocketFMS.”

The Basic, Standard and Frequent Flyer licenses, explains uAvionix all will allow users to purchase a FLARM subscription for FLARM target depiction on the EasyVFR SmartMap. Three new areas of EC functionality are being introduced, including:

• FLARM Proximity Alerts require no FLARM license or extra cost to the user. These notifications alert the pilot of a nearby FLARM aircraft, but provide no bearing, altitude or distance. FLARM proximity alerts are available in all levels of EasyVFR 4.

• Full FLARM Reception will depict the FLARM on the EasyVFR 4 SmartMap traffic display.  FLARM reception is available in the Basic, Standard and Frequent Flyer subscription levels at an additional yearly subscription.

• Transponder Proximity Alerts provide a bearingless alert for multiple nearby aircraft equipped with a Mode C or S transponder.  The intruding aircraft relative altitudes are displayed.  Transponder proximity alerts are available at no additional cost in EasyVFR 4.

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