Frequently Asked Questions
Order questions

Most products we have in stock, but depending on the order timing it may happen that we need a few days to prepare your order, especially when ordering multiple systems in a group or aeroclub order.

If we are not yet familiar with the canopy shape of your specific glider, we may require some information to design a suitable CanopyFlasher. We’ll contact you in that case.

We accept bank transfer or PayPal. Bank transfer is of course free, however for PayPal we need to charge a 4% payment fee.

We generally ship throughout Europe with DPD. Shipping times within Europe are generally between 2 and 4 days. If you wish to use a different shipping company, please contact us for a quote.

If you are not happy about your order, please contact us ASAP so we can make it right.

If you wish to return your order, you must announce this by email within 30 days after delivery. We’ll then send you the details for the return address (may differ from the business registration address). Return shipping costs are the responsibility of the customer, unless we have made a mistake.

If you have a European registered business with a valid VAT-number, we can sell at a 0% VAT rate. Please contact us by email to place your order, as our website currently does not support this yet.

General questions

Let’s explain the pros and cons:

Red:

+ Better visibility of a white glider against a grey/white background. This is the most dangerous situation. Red clearly stands out.

+ Red means danger.

– Slightly less brightness than white LEDs.

White:

+ Slightly better brightness compared to red LEDs.

+ Better visibility against a brown/green background.

– Reduced visibility of a white glider against a grey/white background (in clouds, haziness, snowy terrain, etc).

Conclusion:

We recommend RED. This gives the best result in the most dangerous situations, where it would be very difficult to be seen otherwise.

The heart of the CanopyFlasher is the array of 6 extremely bright CREE LEDs emitting approximately 3000-3400 (red/white) Lumens, with powerful, oval lenses; 2 beams orientated vertically, and 4 beams orientated horizontally. This makes the Flasher well visible at distances of even up to 3km, ±20 degrees above and below- and up to ±40 degrees left and right of the nose.

No, we use special black 3M double sided adhesive foam tape (1mm thick) to block reflecting light, and to securely mount the CanopyFlasher.
Care must be taken not to mount the CanopyFlasher beyond the approximately 10mm wide painted edge of certain canopies (like Schempp-Hirth), to ensure all the light goes outside.

AeroFlash CanopyFlasher has been tested for suitability for the following gliders:

Schempp Hirth:

Standard Cirrus, Discus CS, Discus 2B/C, Ventus 2B/C, Ventus 3 Sport, Duo Discus, Arcus, Janus, Nimbus 4, Nimbus 4D.

Alexander Schleicher:

ASG29, ASW28, ASW 27, ASW 24, ASK21, ASK23.

LS Rolladen-Schneider:

LS1F, LS3, LS4, LS6, LS7, LS8.

DG Flugzeugbau:

DG500, DG1000.

Jonkers Sailplanes:

Coming soon.

LAK:

LAK 17, LAK 19

SZD:

SZD 55

If your glider is not listed, please contact us. Most likely we have a suitable model available, however we’ll need to measure similar canopies to confirm accuracy. This may take a few days, up to a few weeks. You could also help us: we need to know the roundness of the front 5-10cm of the canopy. This can be measured by cutting a piece of paper in the right shape and scan it for us.

Nexus questions

Auto/ON switch – in flight

ON-mode vs AUTO-mode logic – in flight

In ON-mode, both the CanopyFlasher and FuselageFlasher are always flashing in a 2-flash per 1,5 second sequence. If a Flarm traffic nears within 3km, or a Flarm warning occurs, the system automatically adapts to a flashing timing more rapidly and more aggressively.

In AUTO-mode, Nexus calculates when to activate automatically. This is a power saving mode. If traffic behind you causes a Flarm warning, it may not be useful to activate the forward CanopyFlasher. FuselageFlasher is always active when traffic nears to within 3km or when a Flarm warning occurs, regardless of the traffic direction. Depending on the vertical- and horizontal distance and the warning level the flashing increases in intensity:

Nexus logic ON-

mode

ON/AUTO – Traffic <3km ON/AUTO – Level 1 warning ON/AUTO – Level 2 warning ON/AUTO – Level 3 warning
Flash timing 2 flashes / 

1,5 sec

2 flashes /

1 sec

2 flashes /

1 sec

3 flashes /

1 sec

4 flashes /

1 sec

CanopyFlasher “AUTO” logic – in flight

If traffic is received in the forward 90 degree horizontal and +/- 30 degree vertical sector of the aircraft, and within 3km distance the CanopyFlasher will already activate in a 2-flash per second sequence.

When an actual traffic warning (low, medium or high, as triggered by Flarm) is activated due to a target in the forward 90 degree sector of the aircraft, the CanopyFlasher will start flashing more rapidly: 2 to 4 times per second, depending on the warning level (see above).

FuselageFlasher “AUTO” logic – in flight

If traffic is received anywhere within 360 degrees around the aircraft, and within 3km distance, the FuselageFlasher will activate in a 2-flash per second sequence.

When an actual traffic warning (low, medium or high, as triggered by Flarm) is activated, the FuselageFlasher will start flashing more rapidly: 2 to 4 times per second, depending on the warning level (see above).

Example:

(CF = CanopyFlasher, FF = Fuselage Flasher)

Glider A is flying in forward sector 4 (starts at <3km):
Both CF and FF activate – 2 flashes per second.
(Flarm traffic advisory – usually no audio warning)

Glider B is flying in sector 3:
Only FF flashes – 2 flashes per second.
(low level Flarm warning)

Glider C is flying in forward sector 2:
Both CF and FF flash –  3 flashes per second.
(medium level Flarm warning)

Glider D is flying in sector 1:
Only FF flashes – 4 flashes per second
(high level Flarm warning)

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aeroflash-logic-side

Example:

Glider A is flying in the CanopyFlasher Sector (90º x +/- 30º): both CF and FF are active.

Glider B and C cannot see the CanopyFlasher: only the FuselageFlasher is active.

Glider D is more than 3km away: CanopyFlasher and FuselageFlasher are not yet activated.

Glider E is flying within 3km and within the 30 degree CF-sector, but more than 300m higher: CanopyFlasher is not yet activated, however the FuselageFlasher is already active.

Please always manually select ON-mode when visibility is degraded or potentially dangerous situations may exist. Examples of these are, but are not limited to: flying close to cloud base, running under cloud streets, flying along mountain ridges, white snowy mountainous areas, lot’s of VFR traffic, competitions, circuit and landing, low standing sun, close to sunset, etc. The extremely bright red LEDs really stand out well in greyed out conditions. Never fully rely on “AUTO-mode”: your Flarm reception may be poor, or someone else’s Flarm signal may be weak! It may also protect you from General Aviation traffic without Flarm!

Auto/ON switch – on ground

In AUTO-mode the CanopyFlasher and FuselageFlasher will not activate on ground. They both will start flashing when the Flarm detects that the flight has started, and if conflicting traffic is received. This logic will continue until shortly after coming to a full stop upon landing.

ON-mode, before take-off

In ON-mode with Flarm connected, when on the ground before take-off, the CanopyFlasher and FuselageFlasher will only flash for a short period of 30 seconds and is then waiting in Standby-mode: ready for takeoff. This is a protection to avoid an accidental overheating of the FuselageFlasher without sufficient air cooling. This allows ample time to test the system and show it off to your friends. 

Now when you take-off, flashing will start immediately once the Flarm detects that the aircraft is in flight.

ON-mode, after landing

After landing in ON-mode with Flarm connected, the Nexus system will automatically turn off the flashing logic approximately 30 seconds after the flight has ended.

Yes and no, Nexus is more than just Flarm input. It is the brain of the CanopyFlasher (and FuselageFlasher). We design the CanopyFlasher so compact that it’s impossible to add flashing logic internally. This logic comes from Nexus. The same applies to the power supply for the LEDs: it’s built-into Nexus.

Our AeroFlash system price is all-inclusive: no hidden costs for additional features.

We did however develop a stand-alone Fusion LITE: a super compact box with handles fixed flashing logic and power supply of a FuselageFlasher. Fusion LITE is not available for the CanopyFlasher though, because CanopyFlasher needs more “brains” for the (important!) canopy overheat protection and status LEDs.

Bluetooth

A Bluetooth module is installed as standard. This makes the system also very versatile for aeroclubs, as the pilot can wirelessly connect an Oudie or other PNA to receive Flarm data, and enhance situational awareness of surrounding traffic. Data is synchronized both ways, meaning the user is able to upload a flight declaration to the Flarm or flight computer, as well as updating ballast, McCready settings, etc, if supported.
Bluetooth may also be used to change some settings of Nexus using an app on your smartphone, like the brightness of the status-LEDs: Some users may find the standard setting too bright because of reflections, or often landing after sunset (like in Africa or when mountain wave flying).

Mini-USB

In case we develop more features in the future, or enhance the flashing logic, there is no need to send the Nexus back to us for service and updates: you can update the Nexus yourself using the Mini-USB port and a configuration / update tool on your PC.

Plug-and-fly

Nexus is connected to your Flarm via one of our 3 RJ12 IGC-ports. Some standard RJ12-RJ12 and RJ12-RJ45 1:1 cables are included in the delivery. This makes the system plug-and-fly. There is no need for any other Y-splitters, because you have 2 more ports to connect a Flarm Display and/or Oudie/PNA device.

Automatic baud-rate detection

Nexus is smart: It automatically detects your Flarm’s baud rate. Supported baud rates are 9600, 19200 and 38400bps (those are the most used; 4800 is too slow unfortunately, and 115200 too fast). Please make sure that your Flarm is set to any of those supported baud rates, and Nexus will do the rest.

Yes and no: Nexus 12V input is not forwarded to the RJ12 ports. You can however connect a 12V power input to the RJ12 ports, which feeds through to all connected devices on the RJ12 ports.

Your Flarm should be powered separately, through it’s own circuit breaker and switch (optional).

Fusion questions

Yes, Fusion can be connected to Nexus with an extension data cable. This data cable is available in lengths up to 4 meters. This enables you to mount Fusion close to the FuselageFlasher, to reduce losses due to long power cables.

Fusion LITE is designed to be a cost effective, easy “turn-on-and-forget” solution to offer simple strobe-flashing and power supply for a FuselageFlasher, without having to connect it to Nexus or Flarm. It flashes continuously at a 2-flash per 1,5 second timing until switched off.

Fusion LITE is fully stand-alone. Mount it anywhere you like.

Fusion DUO is a bigger version of the standard Fusion, which is able to supply power and control to two FuselageFlashers for a lower price. It makes it simpler and more (cost) effective to install two FuselageFlashers, one on the top- and one on the bottom of the fuselage.

Fusion DUO must be connected to Nexus, and does not come in a stand-alone LITE version.

A second Fusion and FuselageFlasher can be installed later at anytime however, without needing to upgrade to Fusion DUO: Fusions can simply be linked (“daisy-chained”) together through the 4-pin Molex data connector.

Installation questions

Yes, the installation of an AeroFlash system is completely legal in EASA gliders:

The installation of an AeroFLASH system must comply with EASA regulations as per Standard Change CS-SC036a “INSTALLATION OF VISUAL AWARENESS LIGHTS”: click here for the link to the EASA document. Our installation manual complies with this.

Nexus and CanopyFlasher

A Nexus and CanopyFlasher system can generally be installed in about 60-120 minutes. This is mostly dependant on the type of canopy. Vertically-opening canopies are generally the easiest and these installations can actually be done in less than an hour. Side-opening canopies (specifically their CanopyConnector-location and mounting) need some more attention and require a bit more time. A detailed user and installation manual is available from our downloads section.

FuselageFlasher and Fusion

A FuselageFlasher and Fusion installation requires another hour or so. FuselageFlasher can simply be mounted with the supplied 3M super strong adhesive foam tape, and some silicone sealant to make it fully water-proof. Only one 5mm hole is required for the three power cables.

Plug-and-fly

Everything is plug-and-fly, and some basic RJ12 and RJ45 cables to connect it to your Flarm are included. There is no soldering required, apart from any connections to the power supply of the glider. Some simple tools are required, as well as some basic items like cable ties.

Plug-and-fly

Nexus is connected to your Flarm via one of our 3 RJ12 IGC-ports. Some standard RJ12-RJ12 and RJ12-RJ45 1:1 cables are included in the delivery. This makes the system plug-and-fly. There is no need for any other Y-splitters, because you have 2 more ports to connect a Flarm Display and/or Oudie/PNA device.

Automatic baud-rate detection

Nexus is smart: It automatically detects your Flarm’s baud rate. Supported baud rates are 9600, 19200 and 38400bps (those are the most used; 4800 is too slow unfortunately, and 115200 too fast). Please make sure that your Flarm is set to any of those supported baud rates, and Nexus will do the rest.

Yes and no: Nexus 12V input is not forwarded to the RJ12 ports. You can however connect a 12V power input to the RJ12 ports, which feeds through to all connected devices on the RJ12 ports.

Your Flarm should be powered separately, through it’s own circuit breaker and switch (optional).

For the Standard Cirrus we recommend to choose a “vertical-opening” cable harness. The Cirrus has an instrument panel cover which is attached to the canopy frame. For that reason the easiest and most effective installation in a Cirrus is similar to canopies that open vertically.

For the DG500 and DG1000 we advise to choose a “vertical-opening” cable harness. These gliders have no suitable place where the CanopyContacts/Connector can be mounted in a way that they cannot accidentally be dislodged while getting into and out of the glider. For that reason we advise to place the vertical-opening cable harness with its connectors behind the instrument panel, but away from the rudder pedals.

If you have a great mounting idea, please let us know and we’d love to work together with you to develop something special.