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 Post subject: Portable ADS-B and AHRS for $250
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Seattle Avionics is offering a portable ADS-B, GPS, AHRS unit with battery for $250. They're calling it Merlin. It's based on the Stratux box. Their price is about what you'd pay for the kit so I ordered one. I'm also a FlyQ EFB user so it should work seamlessly.

http://www.seattleavionics.com/merlin.aspx


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 Post subject: Re: Portable ADS-B and AHRS for $250
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Looks to be similar box with more different such as battery or antenna.

https://store.openflightsolutions.com/c ... tbox-ads-b

I see the Merlin box includes AHARS, but the Flightbox has that option too but at a higher cost.

Cheers, James


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Seattle Avionics is offering a portable ADS-B, GPS, AHRS unit with battery for $250. They're calling it Merlin. It's based on the Stratux box. Their price is about what you'd pay for the kit so I ordered one. I'm also a FlyQ EFB user so it should work seamlessly.

http://www.seattleavionics.com/merlin.aspx

Looks like a price breakthrough for AHRS. Please put up a PIREP once you've used it. Is it compatible with other software like FltPlan GO?


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From the website it appears to only work with FlyQ EFB. Bummer...


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Actually, it appears to be a perfectly ordinary Pi based stratux with a decal on it ...

from the website :
"Works with Almost Everything
Merlin works with most popular iPad and Android apps such as FlyQ EFB and ForeFlight. It does not work with Garmin apps or devices.
* ForeFlight AHRS support requires an experimental software build from Stratux."

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I hope so. I'm also a fltplango user. I hope to try it out this weekend.

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Seattle Avionics is offering a portable ADS-B, GPS, AHRS unit with battery for $250. They're calling it Merlin. It's based on the Stratux box. Their price is about what you'd pay for the kit so I ordered one. I'm also a FlyQ EFB user so it should work seamlessly.

http://www.seattleavionics.com/merlin.aspx

Looks like a price breakthrough for AHRS. Please put up a PIREP once you've used it. Is it compatible with other software like FltPlan GO?


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Actually, it appears to be a perfectly ordinary Pi based stratux with a decal on it ...


I built one from parts a few weeks ago, with a GPS and AHRS included, in the same case pictured. Parts cost me $146.64. Assembly was pretty easy. Hardest part was finding each part online and ordering (all parts were from Stratux Store on Amazon.com)

It links with my ipad by WiFI. The attitude indicator is, as of now, kind of jumpy on Foreflight, but very solid on a web page on my Ipad that links to the Stratux. (The jumpiness is Foreflight's problem, because the company refuses to release the protocol for linking to AHRS sources it does not sell.)

I flew from Utah to Indiana and back last week with it. The radar was invaluable in dodging thunderstorms on the way back.


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Actually, it appears to be a perfectly ordinary Pi based stratux with a decal on it ...


I built one from parts a few weeks ago, with a GPS and AHRS included, in the same case pictured. Parts cost me $146.64. Assembly was pretty easy. Hardest part was finding each part online and ordering (all parts were from Stratux Store on Amazon.com)

It links with my ipad by WiFI. The attitude indicator is, as of now, kind of jumpy on Foreflight, but very solid on a web page on my Ipad that links to the Stratux. (The jumpiness is Foreflight's problem, because the company refuses to release the protocol for linking to AHRS sources it does not sell.)

I flew from Utah to Indiana and back last week with it. The radar was invaluable in dodging thunderstorms on the way back.


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Did you use the 9050 IMU with the Bosch Pressure sensor? I've tried a few and haven't been happy with them. Looking for one which someone has tested in a plane successfully. All the ones I've messed with suffer from the slow moment of inertia change measurements being swamped by vibration. I know newer units usually use a 9DOF backend and then have a microprocessor running a Kalman filter to clean things up - so im curious what you've got. Is it stable while straight and level for a number of minutes?

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Actually, it appears to be a perfectly ordinary Pi based stratux with a decal on it ...


I built one from parts a few weeks ago, with a GPS and AHRS included, in the same case pictured. Parts cost me $146.64. Assembly was pretty easy. Hardest part was finding each part online and ordering (all parts were from Stratux Store on Amazon.com)

It links with my ipad by WiFI. The attitude indicator is, as of now, kind of jumpy on Foreflight, but very solid on a web page on my Ipad that links to the Stratux. (The jumpiness is Foreflight's problem, because the company refuses to release the protocol for linking to AHRS sources it does not sell.)

I flew from Utah to Indiana and back last week with it. The radar was invaluable in dodging thunderstorms on the way back.


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 Post subject: Re: Portable ADS-B and AHRS for $250
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Username Protected wrote:
Seattle Avionics is offering a portable ADS-B, GPS, AHRS unit with battery for $250. They're calling it Merlin. It's based on the Stratux box. Their price is about what you'd pay for the kit so I ordered one. I'm also a FlyQ EFB user so it should work seamlessly.

http://www.seattleavionics.com/merlin.aspx


Great job Seattle Avionics. At this price, SA makes reasonable profit but us, pilots, get a unit where assembling oneself is not worth the hassle (unless you enjoy this kind of thing).


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 Post subject: Re: Portable ADS-B and AHRS for $250
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The Merlin portable works as advertised with FlyQ EFB. I finally had a change to try it out on a short flight on Friday. You do need to select the "Merlin" wifi from settings on the iPad first, oops :oops:

It also works with FltPlanGo. I just selected STRATUX as the external device and it linked up instantly.

For $250 complete with an external battery, it's a pretty nice setup.


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Jeff,
Here's a photo of the FltplanGo software running on the iPad mini. No problems at all.


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Seattle Avionics is offering a portable ADS-B, GPS, AHRS unit with battery for $250. They're calling it Merlin. It's based on the Stratux box. Their price is about what you'd pay for the kit so I ordered one. I'm also a FlyQ EFB user so it should work seamlessly.

http://www.seattleavionics.com/merlin.aspx

Looks like a price breakthrough for AHRS. Please put up a PIREP once you've used it. Is it compatible with other software like FltPlan GO?


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Hi Dave, is attitude supported by the Fltplan app? I would love an inflight video of the same. As I walk around the different shows and move/roll around the units, the jerky movement is a turnoff.

Thanks, James

If this guy works, I foresee a sharp price drop across the board for the non-Foreflight/Garmin units.


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 Post subject: Re: Portable ADS-B and AHRS for $250
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Here we go, $199 dual-bands, and AHRS, less internal battery.
https://www.iflygps.com/STORE/Product/stratux

Cheers, James

Comes out to $209 vs $264 out the door, if the battery is important to you.


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James,
On my windows desktop, FltplanGo has a utility page that shows an AI and it works with the Merlin. On the iPad mini, FltplanGo works fine but I can't find a utility page that shows the AI. Am I missing something in the IOS version of FltPlanGo?
Dave

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Hi Dave, is attitude supported by the Fltplan app? I would love an inflight video of the same. As I walk around the different shows and move/roll around the units, the jerky movement is a turnoff.

Thanks, James

If this guy works, I foresee a sharp price drop across the board for the non-Foreflight/Garmin units.


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