FlightBox

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FlightBox

FlightBox works with most EFB applications including Aerovie (pictured).
Weather Traffic WAAS GPS Attitude Altitude

If you’re a pilot, chances are good that you’ve heard about ADS-B. You probably know that an ADS-B receiver can make flying safer and more efficient by providing real-time weather, traffic, TFRs, and other flight data to your Apple or Android tablet. You probably also know that most of the ADS-B receivers on the market are quite expensive. FlightBox is different.

Value Leader FlightBox is built from off-the-shelf hardware and open software, making it much less expensive than proprietary ADS-B receivers. It provides all the safety-enhancing features of systems costing much more.

FlightBox ADS-B

The base model FlightBox ADS-B system offers in-flight weather, traffic, and GPS information to your favorite EFB application. You can select an internal or remote-mount GPS receiver.

FlightBox Plus

FlightBox Plus adds attitude (AHRS) and barometric altitude sensors which drive attitude, PFD and synthetic vision features in many EFB applications.

How It Works
FlightBox receives ADS-B and GPS, attitude, and altitude information from a set of receivers and sensors. It forwards that information over a wireless link to EFB applications running on tablets or smartphones.

Key Features
  • Subscription-Free In-Flight Weather
  • ADS-B Traffic
  • WAAS GPS
  • Attitude (AHRS) *
  • Barometric Altimeter *
  • Works with most aviation apps
  • Expandable / upgradeable

ADS-B Weather Features
  • NEXRAD radar (regional and CONUS)
  • METARs
  • TAFs
  • Winds / Temps Aloft
  • AIRMETs
  • SIGMETs
  • PIREPs

Additional FIS-B Products
  • TFRs
  • NOTAMs
  • SUA (Special Use Airspace) activity

Traffic System Features
  • Receives direct ADS-B and uplink ADS-R / TIS-B targets
  • Receives on both UAT and 1090-ES bands (with dual-band option)

Traffic Target Information
  • Location (latitude / longitude / altitude)
  • Heading
  • Ground speed
  • Vertical speed
  • Identity (ICAO, Registration)

GPS Features
  • Own-Ship location (latitude / longitude / altitude)
  • Ground speed
  • Ground track
  • Vertical speed
  • Vertical and horizontal accuracy

Attitude (AHRS) Features *
  • Pitch
  • Roll
  • G-force
  • Slip / skid

Altimeter Features *
  • Pressure altitude
  • MSL altitude (requires offset by application)
  • Vertical speed
 
Requirements
To use FlightBox, you will need a tablet or smartphone and an Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) application that can display ADS-B traffic and weather information. Please see the "Apps" tab for a list of EFB applications and the FlightBox features they support.

We highly recommend using a recent-generation tablet or smartphone. Many older devices do not have the processing power to support all the features available in today's EFB applications.

* This feature is included in the FlightBox Plus model.
The following EFB applications have been tested with FlightBox:
icon EFB ADS-B Traffic
& Weather
GPS AHRS
Aerovie
Avare
AvNav √  √   
AvPlan EFB √  √   
Droid EFB
FltPlan Go √  √   
FlyQ EFB
ForeFlight* √  √   
iFly GPS
Naviator
Oz Runways
SkyDemon
True Flight √  √   
WingX Pro
Xavion √  √   
If you have a favorite EFB or navigation app that’s not listed, let us know. FlightBox is not currently compatible with Garmin Pilot or Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck / FliteDeck Pro.

Open Flight Solutions is not affiliated with or endorsed by this application vendor. Interoperability has been independently confirmed by third party users of the software.
ADS-B Receiver Frequencies
  • 978 MHz - UAT
  • 1090 MHz - 1090-ES
Power Supply
  • USB (5v @ 2 amperes)
  • Micro USB power input
  • 3' USB power cable
User Interface for Configuration
  • Built-in web status / configuration app
  • iOS and Android configuration apps
Expansion Capabilities
  • 2 USB 2.0 slots
  • 40-pin expansion header
Enclosure
  • 5.25" x 2.5" x 1.25" (with standard top)
  • 5.25" x 2.5" x 1.7" (with expanded AHRS top)
  • Made from Boltaron aviation-grade plastic
Weight
  • 0.5 pounds (base model)
  • 0.7 pounds (with optional AHRS)
Antenna Interface
  • SMA female
Cooling
  • 40mm x 40mm x 10mm 5v DC fan
Connectivity Standards
  • Wifi (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n) - 2.4 GHz
  • RS-232 Serial (optional)
  • 10 / 100 mbps Ethernet (special order)
Data Exchange Standards
  • GDL-90 UDP and/or Serial
  • JSON over WebSocket
  • HTTP / REST configuration API
FlightBox systems include:
  • Dual-Band FlightBox ADS-B Receiver
  • ADS-B Antennas
  • 3' (1 meter) USB power cable
  • Quick-start user guide
  • 1 year warranty
  • 90 day unconditional return
AHRS + Altimeter

FlightBox Plus adds attitude (pitch / roll), slip/skid, a g-meter, and barometric (pressure) altitude to your system. The AHRS option drives the attitude and synthetic vision features in many EFB applications.

Remote ADS-B Antenna Mount

Locate your FlightBox someplace cool and out of the way with our remote antenna mount kit. It features five foot extension cables and a suction cup mount.

Glare Shield Friction Mount

Keep your FlightBox stable on the glare shield with our friction mount. Built from the same aircraft-grade plastic as the FlightBox, this mount can handle the heat.

Q) What is the difference between the "single-band" and the "dual-band" receivers?

A) In the United States (and southern Canada to some degree) there are two ADS-B systems in use: the 1090-ES system and the UAT system. If you are in the US, we highly recommend the dual-band system as it provides weather and a more traffic data. Outside of the US and southern Canada we recommend the single-band system with the 1090-ES receiver.

Q) Does the FlightBox system include a GPS?

A) GPS is available as an option for all FlightBox systems. You can add GPS to your FlightBox in two ways. Either add the AHRS / GPS / Baro Altitude option or add the Remote USB GPS option. (Do not add both.)

Q) My tablet has a GPS. Do I need to add one to my FlightBox?

A) Not unless your tablet's GPS reception / accuracy is poor (many of the early generation tablets had very poor GPS reception). Adding the GPS to FlightBox can also help increase battery life of your tablet.

Note that if you opt to add the AHRS features, you will need to locate the FlightBox so that the onboard GPS is able to get a signal as the AHRS system uses data from the GPS.

Q) Where should I mount the FlightBox in my aircraft?

A) Many pilots mount the FlightBox on the glare shield either using velcro or our Friction Mount. Others prefer to mount it out of the sun and use our Remote ADS-B Antenna Mount (and optionally our Remote USB GPS or Powered GPS Antenna) to place the antennas where they receive adequate signal.

Q) Does FlightBox have a built-in battery?

A) No. Internal batteries have significant drawbacks. FlightBox is available with an external battery or with a cigarette lighter adapter.

Q) How do I power FlightBox?

A) FlightBox uses USB power. Most users prefer to connect FlightBox to their aircraft's accessory power connector (aka cigarette lighter port) using a USB adapter. The other option is a USB battery pack. Open Flight Solutions offers both options. If you purchase a power source from another supplier, be certain it provides at least 2 amps per USB port.

Q) Can FlightBox be permanently installed in a certified aircraft?

A) No. FlightBox is considered a portable electronic device (PED) by the FAA and is not approved for permanent installation. Our FlightBox Pro system is FAA approved and can be permanently installed. Please see the FlightBox Pro page for details.

For a complete set of FAQs, please see the Support FAQ page.