FlightBox ADS-B Now Available Fully Assembled

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FlightBox ADS-B Now Available Fully Assembled

Low Cost Safety-Enhancing Technology Now Available To Everyone

When we launched on Kickstarter back in February we declared the beginning of a Kit Avionics Revolution. Since then we’ve sold over 1200 FlightBox kits to pilots all over the world. In so doing we’ve learned a lot about ADS-B and about the aviation market. The Kit Avionics Revolution has been a huge success for us, but one of the more important things we’ve discovered is the range of technical aptitudes and interests in the flying community. While many pilots relish the opportunity to get hands-on with their systems, others prefer something a bit more finished.

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In order to serve those who just want to buy and fly, we’re pleased to announce the availability of the FlightBox FB1X – a fully assembled and tested dual-band ADS-B receiver with all the features of the original FlightBox kit. The assembled version includes high-gain antennas, a 12v/24v USB power adapter, and a one year warranty. It is compatible with all of our add-on products: the remote GPS, remote antenna kit, friction mount, battery, etc.

We’ve know that we were missing out on a segment of the market for some time. I’m very proud to say that we took our time and did this right. The FB1X is fully FCC certified. It has been tested over the course of more than 30 flight hours and under a wide range of conditions. It ships with version 1.0r1 of the Stratux software (updates for existing FlightBox systems will be release shortly).

The list price for the assembled FlightBox dual band receiver is $325. To celebrate the launch of our first turnkey product we are offering a $25 discount through the end of October. Our goal is to be the value leader in ADS-B, and at $300, I think we’re hitting the mark.

If you have any pilot friends who have shied away from FlightBox due to the “DIY” nature of the kit, please let them know that we’re now ready for them. They can order the FlightBox FB1X from our web store today.

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William GoldenPosted on  2:18 pm - Aug 27, 2016

So I have to ask. Why would anyone consider paying $85.00 to buy an assembled unit, if assembly takes “roughly 5 minutes”?

    ssokolPosted on  5:10 pm - Aug 27, 2016

    Hi Bill,

    Small correction: the dual-band kit with high gain antennas and the power adapter would run $265. During the introductory special, the delta is $35 for the assembled unit. After the special ends it’s only $60.

    As for the “why” – there are several reasons that it might make sense:

    Priorities: I can do the oil change on my 4-Runner in about 30 minutes, but I really don’t like having to fetch all the tools, crawl under the car, drain, fill, then recycle the old oil. You could say it’s because I’m lazy, but it’s more a matter of not really enjoying the process. I would rather spend my time doing other things. (Like changing the oil on my Tiger.)

    Warranty: We offer a full year warranty with the factory built units, where we only offer a 90 day warranty on the kits. (Kit builders get a full year of technical support, but the parts are only covered for 90 days.)

    Application: We’ve had strong interest from flight schools, flying clubs, pilot shops, and commercial operators. They love what FlightBox can do, but they’re not going to take on the task of assembling the systems. They want to buy them ready-to-run. For them, the extra money is well worth it.

    Testing: We run a multi-step test on each unit before it leaves the factory. We also test the parts used in the kits, but the whole is, as they say, more than the sum of its parts. Giving it a thorough shake-down and burn-in gives an additional layer of reliability.

    I’m sure there are others, but those are the most common.

    Thanks,

    Steve

ChrisPosted on  9:26 pm - Sep 1, 2016

Can you tell me if your product will work with the new Foreflight 8.0? I do not use the pro version.

Bruce ByerPosted on  4:35 am - Sep 20, 2016

I live in Western Canada – Edmonton Alberta, (CYEG), which is located about four hundred miles north of the Montana border.

I noted the comment regarding dual band and southern Canada. I assumed that meant what we sometimes call Eastern Canada, (Ontario and Quebec). In other words, I presume the second band will not work here in Alberta or the Western provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba and that all the air data we could access would be with the single band unit?

    ssokolPosted on  1:56 pm - Sep 20, 2016

    You’re most likely correct, though if you fly in the the US or Eastern CA at all I still recommend the dual-band. You can use Google Earth to see how far you are from a tower. Search for “ADS-B tower list KML” and add the KML overlay. That will show you exactly where the closest tower is. In Edmonton, I think you’re out of luck unless you’re flying a U2. The closest tower is ~338 miles away in northern Idaho.

Bruce ByerPosted on  7:26 pm - Oct 6, 2016

Thanks for the reply. This reminds me of when I had a Loran receiver in my Musketeer. The nearest transmitter was somewhere in the Northern States, hence reception was not the best, at least for a Musketeer. I guess U2’s and the like have all the fun.

Marty SPosted on  10:05 pm - Oct 11, 2016

Can you tell me if it’s compatible with WSI?
Thanks

    ssokolPosted on  10:19 pm - Oct 13, 2016

    I haven’t tested with WSI Pilotbrief yet. It claims to work with the Dual XGPS-170, which uses the same generic GDL-90 format we support, so I would guess it either works or can be made to work very easily. I’ll try to do some testing over the next few days and give you a solid yea/nay as soon as possible.

Ron HuntPosted on  1:27 am - Dec 11, 2016

Will your unit dis play info on a garmin 796?

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