[balloon-makers] Statoscope

Curtis Pack cpackdo at citynet.net
Wed Mar 6 21:04:15 CST 2002


Mr.Piccard,
Do you prefer the Custer or Richard type?
(Thanks to Greg Winker I am up to date on my statoscope knowledge - at least
thru the year 1917)
Fly safe (I'll just use the Avocet),
Curtis

----- Original Message -----
From: "Don Piccard" <DonPiccard at usfamily.net>
To: <balloon-makers at mail.deering.org>
Sent: Wednesday, March 06, 2002 11:18 PM
Subject: Re: [balloon-makers] Flytec


> Make your own Statoscope.
>
> Don Piccard, (Email: DonPiccard at USA.net)
> 1445 East River Parkway
> Minneapolis, MN 55414-3625
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>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Roland Escher" <rescher at rescher.com>
> To: <balloon-makers at mail.deering.org>
> Sent: March 06, 2002 7:32 PM
> Subject: Re: [balloon-makers] Flytec
>
>
> > Greg,
> >
> > Being a Swiss citizen, I have always been a big fan of Flytec
> > instruments. There is also a second Swiss vario maker named Aircotec.
> > Aircotec spun off from Flytec when one of the co-founders wanted to
> > incorporate more functions while the other wanted to keep the simple
> > and efficient design of the Flytec series. However, I don't think
> > Aircotec instruments are available in the US.
> >
> > As far as Flytec instruments are concerned, I went for a 3040 Balloon
> > Pilot while I was still making decent money in New York. (Now that
> > I'm a student again I can't afford anything :-P ). I haven't had a
> > chance to install it in my Cloudhopper. But it's an excellent and
> > very sensitive instrument. It reacts when I crouch down or stand on a
> > chair. It is very easy to use, even with gloves. There are redundant
> > batteries. The analog vario display (round on the 3040, vertical bars
> > on the 40xx series) is very easy to read and beats any digital
> > display. The programmable audio feedback function is very useful when
> > you are landing and can't look at your instrument but still want the
> > benefit of vario information.
> >
> > As for which model to choose, even the simplest model is an excellent
> > choice. From what I can tell, the only advantage of more expensive
> > models are a PC interface, GPS integration and sophisticated
> > barograph functions. Unless you plan record flights, the 4005 should
> > be just fine and certainly offers the best value. The 4030's glide
> > ratio function would presumably be useless for a balloon.
> >
> > Give Steve Kroop at Flytec USA a call. (Tel: 800-662-2449, tel:
> > 352-332-8675, fax: 352-332-8676, e-mail: usaflytec at aol.com.) Flytec
> > USA definitely sells its instruments directly and he may be willing
> > to cut you a deal.
> >
> > Buoyant regards,
> > Roland
> >
> > >I've been looking at the Flytec hang gliding instruments as a possible
> > >package for hot air ballooning.   http://www.flytec.com/   Does anyone
> have
> > >experience using these units?
> > >
> > >Since we've figured out how to make a $40 remote temp gauge, there's no
> > >reason to spend the big dollars on a 3040 Balloon Pilot , although it
is
> > >very sweet.  I'm looking at the 4020XL as the unit that fits my needs.
> Does
> > >anyone know where you can buy these at a discount to the suggested
retail
> > >price?  I've done a few quick searches on the web and come up empty.
> > >
> > >Good Floating!
> > >
> > >Greg Winker
> > >
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> > --
> > Roland Escher
> > www.rescher.com
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>
>
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