You asked us for the magic box... We delivered! The iLevil series was designed from the ground up to be able to integrate multiple platforms into a small and powerful system including ADS-B receiver, AHRS and WAAS GPS receiver.
Update (April 4th): iLevil SW is available now! iLevil AW starts shipping in June.
How it works...
Technology Sneak Peak:
AHRS (Attitude and Heading Reference System)
We are proud to be pioneers at developing the first and only iPad-compatible AD-AHRS that revolutionized the way we fly, the AHRS-G mini. The internal AHRS on the iLevil is an improvement from the G-mini. It features higher rate of turns, which facilitates Acrobatic-type maneuvers and higher refresh rates. Our AHRS are GPS independent and the internal gyros and accelerometer undergoes extensive calibration procedures to make sure you can rely on them even on extreme conditions. Unlike the internal gyros on your tablet or similar AHRS systems, the iLevil provides excellent stability in the air as well as in the ground (your car). There is no need to "calibrate" during flight each time the horizon starts drifting, it simply won't drift. It will always know where level is, even if you turn it on during flight and the airplane is up-side-down.
ADS-B receiver & GPS
Thanks to the FAA efforts to enhance flight safety, monitoring the weather and other airplanes around you is now possible without any subscription. All iLevil devices have a built-in GPS and 978 MHz ADS-B receiver that will capture the following data:
1. Flight Information Services–Broadcast (FIS-B): Is the ground-to-air broadcast of meteoro-logical and aeronautical information. FIS-B allows the pilot to passively collect and display real-time weather and other operational data such as METAR, TAF, NOTAMs etc.
2. Traffic Information Services-Broadcast (TIS-B): Is the broadcast of traffic information to ADS-B-equipped aircraft from ADS-B ground based transceivers. For an aircraft to receive TIS-B services, the following conditions must exist:
• Your aircraft (or an aircraft within range) must be equipped with an ADS-B OUT and be able to receive the UAT data on (978 MHz).
• The aircraft must fly within the coverage volume of a compatible ground station that is configured for TIS-B uplinks.
• The target aircraft must be within the coverage of, and detected by, at least one of the ATC radars serving the ground station in use.
3. Air-To-Air Traffic: Is the traffic broadcasted by other ADS-B Out equipped aircraft on 978 MHz. (aircraft that normally fly below 18,000 feet)
You can find more information about ADS-B technology here...
External Hardware Mixer
One of the most exciting features of the iLevil is its flexibility to integrate any external hardware with a serial output. This feature opens the door to any external hardware (independent of brand, type, manufacturer) to be able to get its data across the network to any mobile device, solving the problem of conflicting WiFi devices in the air.
How can pilots benefit from this?
How can manufacturers and developers benefit from this?
It is common to find yourself replacing your favorite gadget because the internal battery has no more juice. Based on our experience with the G-mini and Li-Po batteries, we decided to go the extra mile and offer the option to replace your own battery. This way, no matter how old your device is, it has the potential to perform as if it was brand new. We also wanted to stay away from Li-Polymer batteries which are known to swell and be potentially hazardous when treated poorly.
As a result, the iLevil features a cylindrical 2600 mAh Li-Ion rechargeable/replaceable battery. The integrated hard shell eliminates swelling and the quick-disconnect JST-XHP connector facilitates the replacement process. You can continue using your favorite gadget for years and have piece of mind with a more stable battery inside.
Like the AHRS-G mini, the iLevil offers WiFi capabilities which makes it compatible with WiFi enabled devices. You can connect multiple devices (and Apps) to the same iLevil simultaneously, making it ideal for tandem-aircraft or sharing screen with your co-pilot.