Greetings from the (soggy) Sun 'n Fun airshow in Lakeland, FL!
Introducing the Bad Elf Wombat
Today we're thrilled to announce that Jeppesen and Bad Elf have teamed up to simplify the way pilots update their avionics databases every 14-28 days. Gone are the days of removing memory cards from the aircraft and updating them with a PC or Mac at home. We've heard it all... those cards can be expensive and are easy to lose, damage, or forget.
Now you can update your avionics databases wirelessly using only your iPad or iPhone, anywhere in the world, without leaving the cockpit. No expensive hardware to install, and it works with both new and legacy avionics.
How It Works
The first part of the solution is Jeppesen's new JDM Mobile app for iOS, which is available in the App Store. You'll use JDM Mobile to download the database updates to your iPhone or iPad every 14 to 28 days. You can do this at home over Wi-Fi or from inside the cockpit over cellular.
Once you're at the aircraft and ready to update your avionics, you then connect your iPhone or iPad wirelessly to the Bad Elf Wombat. Insert your SD card, USB stick, or NavData card into the Wombat, and the JDM Mobile app will transfer the databases over. It's that simple.
Compatible with Your Avionics
Today, JDM Mobile is compatible with the most popular general aviation avionics from Garmin and Avidyne, including those installed in all generations of aircraft from Cirrus, Cessna, Daher/TBM, Piper, and Diamond.
Support for additional avionics from Aspen, Dynon, Advanced Flight Systems, Genesys Aerosystems, Grand Rapids Technologies, and MGL Avionics is coming to the JDM Mobile app this summer.
Collect and Analyze Your Flight and Engine Logs
And that's not all -- if you've got newer avionics that use USB or SD cards, your avionics are likely recording valuable flight and engine logs during every flight. You can use the Wombat to transfer these logs onto your iPhone or iPad without leaving the cockpit. You can then upload your logs directly to SavvyAnalysis or CirrusReports, or open them with apps such as CloudAhoy for analysis and debrief.
Powering Business Aviation
If you operate turbine aircraft, the Bad Elf Wombat Turbine Edition adds support for avionics from Rockwell Collins and Honeywell. The Wombat has already been deployed in over 400 biz jets worldwide and is a powerful tool for updating avionics databases in remote locations where internet connectivity can be hard to find.
We're proud to announce that our new Bad Elf GPS Pro+ (BE-GPS-2300) is now in stock and shipping from our online store and fine resellers world wide!
Like the original Bad Elf GPS Pro launched back in 2012, the Bad Elf GPS Pro+ provides high-performance GPS for pilots, boaters, GIS/surveyors, and outdoor enthusiasts. It also adds a number of new features:
Latest generation GPS+GLONASS chip set provides faster lock times and greater sensitivity in aircraft, ground vehicle, and urban canyon environments.
Internal barometer provides higher precision altitude and ambient pressure information. The pressure altitude can be calibrated using known elevation, local altimeter setting, or sea level pressure. This calibration can be done via the LCD screen on the GPS Pro+ or via our iOS utility app.
Trip logs can be transferred to any PC or Mac via USB Drive mode -- just like a USB stick or thumb drive.
Streaming NMEA GPS data is available via USB to desktop, laptop, and tablet computers
Log up to 200 hours of trip location data to the internal memory (twice as much as GPS Pro)
Integration with Foolography's Unleashed geotagging accessory for Nikon cameras
You can learn more about the Bad Elf GPS Pro+ here.
Five years ago this month, we introduced the first Apple-approved plug-in external GPS receiver to the market. That product was the Bad Elf GPS for 30-pin Dock Connector, which grew out of a humble skunkworks project. Since then, we have learned and grown more than we ever expected. We owe that success to our customers, many of whom have been enthusiastic supporters since those early days.
As our way of saying thank you, we are offering a customer appreciation upgrade program for the month of September. For folks looking to upgrade to a new Bad Elf GPS unit with more features, we’re offering up to $100 cash back when you trade in your old device.
Obtaining high quality geographic information systems (GIS) data depends on effective field data collection. Poor field collection wastes labor resources and ultimately undermines the value of your GIS database.
GPS receiver capabilities range from survey grade (centimeter level accuracy) to consumer grade (~5-meter level accuracy). Of course, this demands a cost-benefit tradeoff ranging from free to prohibitively expensive for most educational institutions. Between these two extremes lies mapping grade GPS, which delivers 1 meter accuracy.
When students learn the concepts of designing a GIS, they must consider more than the storage, manipulation, and analysis of spatial data. Effective and reliable collection of field data enables successful development of a complete GIS strategy. Traditionally, only survey grade equipment could deliver sufficient capabilities to support these aims and the equipment to do so incurred significant expensive
With the advent of smartphones with integrated GPS receivers, the idea of a free GPS receiver seemed the ideal answer for education. Nearly all students own their own smartphone and so they came to class already equipped! However, Location services truly became a ubiquitous technology, but the reliability was too far from acceptable to meet the goals of teaching spatial field data collection best practices effectively. Sometimes the smartphones supply very good results, while other times the accuracy deviates hundreds of meters. This lack of reliability limits the smartphone as a viable tool for many situations.
We really need a tool that provides satisfactory accuracy at an affordable price, so instructors can focus on delivering their students real, hand-on field data collection training that reinforces best practices and proper technique.
A mapping grade GPS provides sufficient accuracy at an affordable price. Instructors can focus on delivering their students real-world field data collection training; reinforcing best practices and technique. As a category, mapping grade GPS receivers deliver affordable accuracy without the inconsistency and variability of a smartphone GPS experience.
Exposure to hands-on GPS data collection in the post-secondary environment enables experience based learning of essential field data collection skills for any GIS program. The same techniques and skills, when brought to classrooms of K-12 students, can enrich studies in other disciplines.
Bad Elf, an Esri business partner, designs and manufacturers mapping grade GPS receivers. We have collaborated with Esri for the past year to ensure that Bad Elf GPS receivers work well with Esri Collector and Survey123. Taken together, these tools allow instructors to focus on training and technique during their class and field time with students, without breaking the budget. Look at the Geoporter program or the San Andreas High Technology Academy as excellent examples of this approach; solving real-world local problems with Bad Elf GPS receivers.
Bad Elf, LLC proudly supports students and educators of all ages in our K through Anything program. Any student or educator can sign up to the Bad Elf Educational Discount Program and receive discounted pricing on select Bad Elf products for the classroom.
If you have any questions or comments, I am always happy to help or collaborate. You can contact Larry Fox at email@example.com.
Next week the Bad Elf team will be exhibiting at two events, 1,500 miles apart: EAA AirVenture 2015 in Oshkosh, WI, and ESRI User Conference 2015 in San Diego, CA.
We're looking forward to spending time with our aviation and GIS/survey customers. If you'll be at either of these events, please stop by to say hello! We'll post some photos and updates from both shows next week to social media, so be sure to follow along via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. As always, use the hashtag #badelfeverywhere to follow our adventures and so we can follow along with yours!
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
EAA AirVenture is the largest aviation event in the world, with over a half million attendees over the course of the week. This is our 4th year exhibiting at the show, and 7th year attending. You can find us in Hangar B, booth B-2123.
Fun fact: although the USAF Thunderbirds aren't scheduled to perform at AirVenture this year, they will be in Milwaukee on July 25 & 26. The flight from MKE to KOSH is just a few minutes when you're flying F-16's. Just sayin'.
Esri User Conference
The ESRI User Conference is the largest GIS event in the world, with over 13K attendees. You can find us in Booth 1612, just across the aisle from Trimble. We'll be showing off some exciting updates to our utility app and Bad Elf GNSS Surveyor (1-meter accuracy) receiver that you won't want to miss. We'll post a blog update next week with all the details.
If you stop by, please make sure to ask about our show specials on the Bad Elf GNSS Surveyor.