The FlightBox Utility app for iOS allows users to easily check the status of their FlightBox and install firmware updates if available. The free app was built to work with most modern iOS devices including iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
To install the app, open the AppStore app on your device and search for “FlightBox Utility”. Tap the “Install” button. The app will be installed on your device. To launch it, simply tap the icon.
Each time you launch the app it will immediately check to see if it has the latest firmware update available. If not, it will download it to your device. The files are generally around 8 MB. If your device does not have a cellular connection, be sure to open the app while connected to your wifi Internet connection – this allows it to download the update.
To update the firmware on your FlightBox:
If the navigation icons at the bottom of the page are grayed out you are most likely not connected to the FlightBox.
If the Firmware Update option is grayed out, you may not have the firmware downloaded to your mobile device. Make sure your device is connected to the Internet and restart (kill and re-launch) the app. It should download the update. Then repeat the above steps.
At the bottom of the app you will see three options:
To navigate, simply tap the icon for the option you prefer.
To check the status of your FlightBox, power it up and connect your iOS device to the wifi network then launch the app.
The app checks to make sure that you are connected to a network named either “FlightBox-…” or “stratux”. If you are not, it will show a red indicator next to “Wifi Network”. If you are, it will show a green indicator.
The app attempts to establish a data connection with your FlightBox. If it cannot, the “Data Connection” indicator will appear red. If if can, the indicator will appear green.
If you have a green “Wifi Network” indicator but a red “Data Connection” indicator, the FlightBox is not running the ADS-B receiver software. Try rebooting the system by unplugging it and plugging it back in again.
If your system has an enabled 1090-ES radio module, the app will show the number of messages it has received. If the receiver has not received any 1090-ES messages, the indicator will be gray. If it has received 1090-ES messages, it will be green. The numbers to the right of the colon indicate 1) the number of 1090-ES messages received in the last minute; and 2) the maximum number of 1090-ES messages received since power-up.
If your system has an enabled 978 MHz radio module, the app will show the number of messages it has received. If the receiver has not received any UAT messages, the indicator will be gray. If it has received UAT messages, it will be green. The numbers to the right of the colon indicate 1) the number of UAT messages received in the last minute; and 2) the maximum number of 1090-ES messages received since power-up.
Note that you will generally NOT receive UAT data on the ground unless you happen to be very near a UAT ground tower or an aircraft with an active UAT transmitter.
Indicates the status of the GPS receiver on your FlightBox. If your system does not have a GPS receiver the indicator will remain gray. If you have a GPS but do not currently have a lock, the indicator will be gray. If you have a 3D lock the indicator will turn green. If you have a WAAS lock, the indicator will appear as a green “target” as seen above.
Not currently used. Will show the status of the AHRS when installed / available.
Shows the currently installed firmware version. If an update is available, the indicator will appear yellow. If the firmware is up-to-date, the indicator will appear green.
Shows the current temperature of the central processing unit on the FlightBox. If the temperature exceeds the maximum safe value the indicator will appear red. The current temperature is displayed in both centigrade and fahrenheit.
Shows the duration of time the system has been operating.
The report screen displays a detailed report of the system’s configuration and status. It provides suggestions for any configuration or operational issues it encounters.
The report consists of a series of sections, each of which covers a feature or component of the FlightBox system.
This is helpful for diagnosing and correcting issues on your own or for working with Open Flight Solutions technical support. OFS Support may ask for a copy of the report or may ask you to provide information from it.
Use the iOS “Select All”, “Copy” and “Paste” features to email a copy of the report to technical support. (An upcoming enhancement will include a one-touch email option.)
The settings screen largely replaces the settings tab of the web interface. You can use it to enable / disable various features of your system or to set values.
Generally you will not need to change the values found on this screen. Please do not change the values unless you are familiar with their function. You could accidentally disable a feature.
978 MHz Switch – enables / disables the 978 MHz (UAT) receiver on your FlightBox.
1090 MHz Switch – enables / disables the 1090-ES receiver on your FlightBox
GPS Switch – enables / disables the GPS receiver on your FlightBox (if installed).
AHRS Switch – not currently used. Will enable / disable the AHRS
Custom Settings – Opens another configuration screen that allows you to set the ICAO code for your aircraft, the PPM value for the 978 MHz radio module, and the watch list for weather data.
Traffic Source Markings – Debugging tool. Adds an “e” to the beginning of all traffic targets received via 1090-ES, and a “u” to the beginning of all UAT traffic.
Verbose Logging – Not Recommended. Debugging tool. Increases the detail level in log files.
Replay Logging – Not Recommended. Debugging tool. Records a detailed log of ADS-B and GPS data.
Update Firmware – Only enabled if a firmware update is available. Tap to install the update. (See above for details.)
Reboot System – Force a reboot of the system.
Shutdown System – Perform a software shutdown of the system. (Not required.)