CanopyFlasher – canopy mounted, forward-facing flasher
Six extremely bright red CREE™ LEDs built into an elegant, low profile Space Grey (Nextel like) enclosure, mounted in the front of the canopy. CanopyFlasher is made from a high strength, UV resistant ABS based polymer. Out of sight for you, but not for others:
The heart of the CanopyFlasher is the array of 6 extremely bright CREE LED’s emitting approximately 4000-4500 lumens, with powerful, oval lenses; two beams orientated vertically, and 4 beams orientated horizontally. This makes the Flasher well visible at distances of even up to 3500m, ±30 degrees above and below- and up to ±45 degrees left and right of the nose.
The CanopyFlasher system incorporated many safety features, like heat sinks, a temperature sensor to prevent overheat conditions and two status LED’s for indication of the operating modes: AUTO or ON.
CanopyFlasher is suitable for almost every glider, with canopies opening vertically and sideways.
The AeroFlash system comes together with Nexus:
Nexus – connection box – the brain of AeroFLASH
Nexus has three IGC-standard RJ12 ports for plug-and-fly connection of a Flarm, an additional display and a wired PDA/PNA port. No need for any additional splitters. When Nexus receives Flarm data, in AUTO-mode it acts as a power-saving mode and constantly calculates if, when and how to flash; of course traffic behind you cannot see the forward CanopyFlasher. Nexus is also able to operate as a manually activated device: (always) ON-mode, with added logic to trigger more intensive flashing modes upon receiving Flarm traffic. You can easily change this AUTO/ON-mode with a switch on the instrument panel. Nexus can also be extended with an extra external FuselageFlasher.
A Bluetooth module is also 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. Bluetooth may also be used to change some settings of Nexus using an app on your smartphone.
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.
Red or white LEDs? Your choice…
Let’s explain the pros and cons:
+ 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.
+ 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).
We recommend RED. This gives the best result in the most dangerous situations, where it would be very difficult to be seen otherwise.
Scope of delivery. Cable set shown is a generic “vertical opening canopy” style cable set.
CanopyFlasher designed for your specific glider. Cable set shown is a generic “vertical opening canopy” style cable set.
OFF/AUTO/ON -mode switch with label
Scope of Delivery
1x Nexus device.
1x CanopyFlasher with 3M double sided adhesive foam tape pre-applied and cable set.
1x Complete cable set for CanopyFlasher***, prepared for Fusion, with OFF/Auto/ON switch (100cm standard, other lengths available on request).
1x RJ12 – RJ12 1:1 cable 50cm – for connection Nexus-Flarm.
1x RJ12 – RJ45 1:1 cable 50cm – for connection Nexus-Flarm.
1x Mini-USB to USB-A cable 150cm, for firmware updates.
1x 15cm 3M Dual Lock adhesive tape for mounting of Nexus.
1x Vinyl template for aligning the CanopyFlasher during installation.
1x OFF/Auto/ON switch marking/label.
*** The cable set version depends on the canopy opening direction, more info below;
Canopy opening directions – different cable harnesses
Vertical opening – universal
Vertically opening canopies need an easy to attach, but most importantly, easy to DETACH connector. When jettisoning the canopy in case of an emergency, our connectors are designed to easily separate.
The AeroFLASH installation consists of commonly seen male and female DB9 (D SUB 9) type connectors for the data cables (status LEDs and temperature sensor), and for the power supply of the CanopyFlasher. It is sturdy, easy to attach, separate (locking screws removed), and highly suited for the currents.
The Flasher cable length is 60cm, suitable for every installation. On the side of Nexus is another 60cm of cable.
CanopyFlasher with DB9 connector.
Easy connect, solderless screw-terminal system.
PanelContact for Grob gliders.
CanopyConnector for Grob gliders, to be mounted on the canopy frame.
Side opening – universal
Each glider type requires a specially designed connector solution. This is unique to every different glider type. A brief installation instruction manual together with installation example pictures will be delivered together with these orders.
On the side are a few examples suitable for Grob G102 Club/Standard Astir and G103 Twin Astir gliders.
If your glider is not yet supported, please contact us to develop a solution together.
Side opening – Schempp-Hirth type
For Schempp-Hirth panels we designed a special 7-pin spring loaded connector to be mounted on the glareshield/instrument panel cover and the canopy edge, which requires absolutely no force to separate. The connectors have two alignment pins, to avoid mis-alignments causing short circuits. There is no need to solder any wiring, however you will need to install the connector in a suitable location and drill some holes in the instrument panel cover. We include a mounting position and drilling template to make this a little easier. Also included are a few mounting support plates with various angles for optimal installation in your specific glider. Schempp-Hirth glider owners may also choose a panel mounted DB9 connector option if they have a lot of play in the instrument panel cover, as this should be fairly sturdy. Please refer to the installation manual for more details, or contact us.
Schempp-Hirth 7-pin CanopyConnector and PanelContact.
PanelContact connects to the Nexus cable set. Easy and safe to remove the instrument panel cover for maintenance.