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Waiter Flight Data Recorder Forum - I appologize for removing the Waiters Flight Data Recorder Forum! It was constantly being attacked by SPAMMERS and required constant maintenance to remove the occational SPAMMER who was able to get through.

Contact me via the e-mail if you have any questions or comments regarding the Flight Data Recorder.

Waiter


CURRENT VERSION - 3.3.16        19 OCT 2008


Flight Data Recorder 1     Flight Data Recorder 2     Flight Data Recorder 3     Flight Data Recorder 4

MAJOR, MAJOR Changes, You'll love it :-)

You can download the Latest Version and look at the manual here.

    
Scroll to the bottom of thispage to look at version information.

If you experience any problems, send me an e-mail.

How do you take data and fly an airplane? Waiters Flight Data Recorder!!!

EFIS Record MAIN PageIn the old days while flight testing LongEZ's, I'd use a kneepad and a pencil. Now, I use a laptop computer secured in the back seat. I don't miss any airspeeds, altitudes, oil temperatures, headings, etc, etc, etc. I have all this data, plus much, much more, in a nice Tab Delimited file, that I can load into any spreadsheet (Microsoft Excel) or text editor program.

COMPUTER REQUIREMENTS:

Waiters Flight Data Recorder will run on any Windows compatible computer. Its been tested on WinME, Win2K, WinXP, and Windows Vista..

HIGH CPU SPEED

Because of the high speed of the serial data coming from the Dynon EFIS and Dynon EMS units (115,000bps), I recommend a computer with a CPU speed of at least 800Mhz. This will be required if you plan on datalogging both of the Dynon units in the "Real Time" mode, at the same time. (The slow speeds of the serial data stream from a GPS or a Grand Rapids EMS will have negligible influence on CPU Speed requirements.)

LOW CPU SPEED

The software and drivers have been optimized so that an older, slower laptop, can still record all three instruments. This is possible by setting the screen refresh rates slightly slower to allow full speed serial port capturing.

LongEZ Heater 42 In my testing, I used a Pentium III, 900 Mhz Dell GX150, I could record all three items (Dynon EFIS, Dynon EMS, and GPS) at real time intervals, with a screen refresh set at 250 milliseconds for the EFIS data screen (lower right) and 70 millisecond refresh rate for the EFIS screen Upper left).

The photo shows the three Flight Instrument screens and the Dynon EFIS data screen all displayed on a single monitor. The purpose of this was to place the highest load possible on the CPU (need to refresh all four screens). This test was on a Dell GX150, Pentium III, running at 900 Mhz. With these screens displayed, and receiving data from all three units, and capturing all three serial ports to a file. I was seeing a CPU loading of around 55%. Very, Very good.

FEATURES:

FLIGHT DISPLAY INSTRUMENTS AVIATION STYLE FLIGHT DISPLAY INSTRUMENTS

Four new screens present the Pilot with information in a manner that their accoustomed to seeing; real live aviation instruments that display data real time.

SERIAL PORT CAPTURE SERIAL PORT CAPTURE

Serial port data from the EFIS, EMS and GPS can now be captured and stored, real time, without operator intervention. New files are created once per hour. Older files are automatically deleted as the cache size is reached (Cache size is user selectable). This is a flight data recorder that is always on and always captures the latest several hours of flight data.

FILE CONVERSION FILE CONVERSION

Saved Capture files can be converted to a standard Tab delimited text file that can be read by any text editor, or loaded into Microsoft Excel. Captured Files generated from Waiters Flight Data Recorder, a Data Logger, or from a Dynon EMS can be converted.

REAL TIME CONVERSION REAL TIME CONVERSION

Real time conversion can receive serial data from three inputs, a Dynon EFIS, Dynon EMS or Grand Rapids EMS, and a standard GPS receiver. Then places this data in a single tab delimited file that can be read by any text editor, or loaded into Microsoft Excel for analysis.

The advantage of REAL TIME CONVERSION, all three serial data inputs are correlated against each other, real time. i.e. Each record in the file contains the current data readings for the EFIS, the EMS and the GPS.

FILE PLAYBACK FILE PLAYBACK

Saved Capture files can be played back and viewed on both the data screens AND on the aviation flight instrument screens. The operator can select any playback speed, i.e. one frame at a time, all the way up to near real time. (The speed at which the data was recorded)

DATALOG

Data is recorded in a tab delimited text file. This file can be viewed or analyzed by any word processor or spreadsheet program (Excel). The User can select what equipment to display and record. Waiter's Recorder will display and record any combination of the compatible equipment.

SAMPLE TIME

Data Log samples can be recorded at user selectable times, from real time (64 times per second) to once every 30 seconds. A sample rate of 1 per second should fill most users datalogging requirements. NOTE: In order to use the "Real Time" or "1/4 Second" sample rates, a Dynon EFIS must be installed and selected, Otherwise the "1 Second" sample rate is the fastest it will run.

DISPLAY UPDATE TIME

The EMS and GPS screens are automatically updated at the serial data rate, 1/4 second for the EMS and 1 per second for the GPS. However, the EFIS update times can be selected independently, from real time (65 times per second) to once per second. The rates defaut to 1/4 second for the data screen and 70 milliseconds (15 times per second) for the Aviation Instrument screen. The slower update rates are almost imperceivable to the Pilot, but significantly improve the performance, particularly if the computer has a slower CPU speed.

EQUIPMENT

Waiters Flight Data Recorder will record data from any combination of the following equipment:

GPS - Even if you don't have an EFIS or EMS, GPS will record altitude, speed, heading, location, time, plus satellite tracking data. Set your GPS to output NMEA-0183 OR Garmin Proprietary NMEA sentence data.

Dynon EFIS D10, D10A, D100 and the FlightDEK-D180 - Pitch, Roll, Yaw, Heading, Altitude, Turn rate, G force (vert and horiz), Angle of Attack, etc. Record the data output stream at intervals YOU select, as fast as 64 per second, or as slow as once every 30 seconds.

Dynon EMS-D10, EMS-D120 and the FlightDEK-D180 - EGT/CHT, Oil Temp/Pres, Volts/Amps, RPM, Manifold Pressure, Fuel Flow/Pres/Qty, Temperatures, etc

GRAND RAPIDS 2000/4000/6000 - Altitude, Airspeed, Rate of Climb, Heading, EGT/CHT, Oil Temp/Pres, Volts, RPM, Fuel Flow/Pres/Qty, Temperatures Carb/Coolant/OAT/Unit, etc.

SCREEN SHOTS:

EFIS Record MAIN Page This is the main screen. It displays all EFIS and GPS data that is received. Its also shows the setup parameters, like what serial ports are used, were the data is being stored, and the recording and display time intervals.



Flight Data Recorder 1     Aviation Flight Instrument that resembles the Dynon EFIS display. Parameters can be customized for individual needs.



Flight Data Recorder 2     Aviation Flight Instrument that resembles the Dynon EMS display. Parameters can be customized for individual needs.



Flight Data Recorder 3     Aviation Flight Instrument that resembles the Dynon EMS display, but is taylored to the Grand Rapids. Parameters can be customized for individual needs.



Flight Data Recorder 4

Aviation Flight Instrument provides speed, heading, altitude, location, satelites used, etc.



EFIS Record ENGINE Page If you have a Dynon EMS10, and have it selected to record, then the data will be continuously updated on this screen, along with being recorded.



EFIS Record GRAND RAPIDS Page If you have a Grand Rapids 2000 / 4000 / 6000, and have it selected to record, then the data will be continuously updated on this screen, along with being recorded.



EFIS Record SETUP Page This is the serial port setup screen. A similiar screen is used for the EFIS, EMS and GPS Serial port settings are configured, Serial port capture is set, and File playback mode is selected from this screen.



EFIS Record SETUP Page This screen allow the pilot to customize the Dynon EFIS display for their particular aircraft, i.e. red lines, warnings, etc. NOTE - The settings on this screen are also applied to the GPS Aviation screen and the Grand Rapids Aviation screen.



EFIS Record SETUP Page This screen allow the pilot to customize the Dynon EMS display for their particular aircraft, i.e. red lines, warnings, number of cylinders, etc.



EFIS Record SETUP Page This is the Mode C setup screen. Corrections can be entered for altitudes up to 40,000 ft. Although the code is written, I still need to do the interface and testing with the hardware device.



Garmin Serial Data Display Page This screen shows the common Garmin Serial Data sentenance data. An indicator light indicates if the sentence is being received and parsed correctly



NMEA-0183 Serial Data Display Page This screen shows the common NMEA-0183 Serial Data sentenance data. An indicator light indicates if the sentence is being received and parsed correctly.

A nice feature for the SV sentenace is a graphical display that shows the relative position and signal strength of each of the satellites being received.



EFIS Record SETUP Page This screen allow the pilot to review / delete or purge old data and capture files from the computer. Keep in mind, the computer will automatically delete older files when the maximum cache size has been reached (Cache size is configured on the RECORDER OPTIONS tab.



EFIS Record SETUP Page This screen allow the pilot to customize how Waiters Flight Data Recorder will start. i.e. I want the EFIS display to show when the computers boots up, so I select EFIS on this screen.

ALSO - select the units that data will be displayed in.

NOTE - UNITS does NOT apply to the Grand Rapids - The Grand rapids serial data is already converted to the units that are selected in the Grand rapids unit, it impossible to know what these units are based solly on the serial stream.



EFIS Record SETUP Page This screen allow the pilot to setup the method on how the Recorder will start and stop. It also is used to set up the maximum cache size (disk space) that will be set aside to store Recorder and Capture files.

NOTE - Serial Port Capture is different from Recorder - Remember, Serial Port capture writes raw serial port data to the disk, Recorder parses the data and places it in a tab delimited text file on the hard drive.



EFIS Record SETUP Page When a file is played back, the operator can select individual records, or run the playback at variable speeds. Data that is played back is displayed on the data screen and also the Aviation flight instruments.



EFIS Record COM Page This is the raw serial input page. You can display the raw data for the EFIS, GPS, or the EMS monitor.



EFIS Record COM ENGINE GR Page This is the real time HEX display for the Grand Rapids data.



RAW FILE DATA DISPLAY Page This is the display for looking at the raw file data. Parsed data will display on the MAIN screen or the Dynon EMS screen, and the correspomding Aviation Flight Instrument screens



You are welcome to download and use this program. There is no charge. If you plan on using it in a commercial venture, contact me.

    

PDF manual, Download and review the manual.

Actual Data File. A 1/2 hour flight in Tony Kirk's Award winning RV6. Tony records a Dynon EFIS D10, a Grand Rapids 4000, and a GPS during this short flight.

DOWNLOAD the ZIP file. the ZIP file contains the Setup program, and the PDF manual.

DOWNLOAD DIFFICULTIES ???

There have been several reports of problems downloading files from this site. It doesn't happen all the time, but seems to be more prevalient with those going through a firewall and having somewhat intermittent connectivity (timing issues?)

Goto DOWNLOAD PROBLEMS. I think one of these two recommendations will get you the file your trying to download.

If you have any questions, observations, bugs, whatever, contact me.

Note the above is not a hyperlink, I've learned long ago not to post my e-mail address in a form that is easily read by the crawlers.

IN THE WINGS

Currently working on / Planning the following additions to Waiters Flight Data Recorder.

MODE C

The code is already in the program, I just need to work out the hardware details. It will most likely use a USB interface similiar to the LabJack U3 interface.

AUTO PILOT

This will connect to a NavAids servo for roll and a Strong Pitch servo for pitch (altitude.) This will require an EFIS and can use heading information from the EFIS or the GPS. This will most likely use the same USB interface similiar to the LabJack U3 interface.

MICROSOFT Flight Simulator

I would love to save data in a format that could be read by FS. You could then playback your flight in FS. Would that be cool or what! Can anybody help with the FS format?

SHADIN and GARMIN Serial Format

GARMIN SERIAL FORMAT Added into Version 3.3.10.

The main reason for rewriting the serial port code was to allow for easy addition of new features. I'll be adding these two formats in the future.

ARINC 429 Serial Format

This is a little more difficult, but doable. I just don't want to spent the several hundred dollars to purchase a copy of the ARINC-429 format from the ARINC organization. Does anybody have information on this format???


VERSION INFORMATION



Waiter Flight Data Recorder Forum - I appologize for removing the Waiters Flight Data Recorder Forum! It was constantly being attacked by SPAMMERS and required constant maintenance to remove the occational SPAMMER who was able to get through.

Contact me via the e-mail if you have any questions or comments regarding the Flight Data Recorder.

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