What is Skynavigator?
Well, basically it is a GPS telemetry system
connected to a handheld PC device running the Skynavigator
software. The GPS system and software have been developed about
5 years back in Switzerland and they are now using it
successfully to fly large scale glider triangle race events,
called GPS Eurocup all over Europe.
learn more about GPS triangle racing with scale gliders, read
our article here.
software actually scales down the full size glider contest,
where they race around a predefined triangle course. Waypoints
are stored in a GPS software and pilots can accurately run the
triangle and all flight data will also be stored to be evaluated
at the end of the contest for the results.
Now the complete system for scale glider pilots
is composed of the GPS telemetry system, which includes a GPS
receiver module and a data transmitter in the glider. A ground
data receiver that transmits the GPS data strings to the
Skynavigator software in a handheld PC.
The graphic display on the handheld PC will show
up to 60 different flight parameters, it will show the race
course and the glider in real time motion racing around the
The Skynavigator software can be
run on handheld devices like PALM, Pocket PC (PDA), or any
intelligent phone (Smartphone) that can run Windows Mobile and has a graphic
display capability and is connected to a GPS telemetry system to
fly the course.
With the software you
can create a triangle race course with up to 500m (1650 ft)
far waypoints and a start altitude up to 500m (1650 ft) of ground.
It will show a variety of parameters like various real time
speed mode, altitude, vario-meter, distance from course, time,
etc.. Also the course can be set as two waypoint course and be
used to evaluate flight performance of your airplane. All data
are stored and can be replayed and also shown on Google Earth.
New web site for the GPS triangle racing: