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SkyEcho - Portable ADS-B In/Out Solution - Linked to SD


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Has anyone had any experience with SkyEcho that they can share.

Has SD been involved with any trials

https://www.uavionix.com/products/skyecho/

https://www.flyer.co.uk/uavionix-skyecho-portable-ads-b/‌‌‌‌‌‌
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StudentPilot - 3/1/2018 10:25:02 AM
Has anyone had any experience with SkyEcho that they can share.

Has SD been involved with any trials

https://www.uavionix.com/products/skyecho/

https://www.flyer.co.uk/uavionix-skyecho-portable-ads-b/

Hello StudentPilot,

I suggest you take a look on this thread.

Seems that it works great. However mode C/S detection is not currently supported in SkyDemon.

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I had the Sky Echo 2 in use the first time at the 1st May for 3 flights.
At the first flight (1:15h) it worked great, perfect GPS position accuracy and showed me ADS-B traffic.
On the second flight (0:30h) the GPS connection of the SkyEcho 2 couldn't be established, so I flew with the iPad's GPS and without any traffic information.
On the third flight home (1:20h) again, the GPS connection of the SkyEcho2 was not working, so I began the flight with the iPad's GPS and tried to restart the SkyEcho2 several times inflight. after 30min the SkyEcho2 GPS connection began to work and so I switched in SD to fly with the SkyEcho, which then worked great on the GPS side and also on the traffic side.

I already wrote the uAvionix support regarding the GPS failures, but I am still waiting for an answer. 
This day with the SkyEcho 2 was very disappointing for me, but WHEN it worked, it worked great! Even the Callsign is shown in SD.

In the moments, in which the SkyEcho2 GPS was not working, the GPS connection of the iPad was fine the whole time!

Edited 5/7/2019 8:34:15 AM by Daniel Sinn
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Daniel Sinn - 5/7/2019 8:33:15 AM
I had the Sky Echo 2 in use the first time at the 1st May for 3 flights.
At the first flight (1:15h) it worked great, perfect GPS position accuracy and showed me ADS-B traffic.
On the second flight (0:30h) the GPS connection of the SkyEcho 2 couldn't be established, so I flew with the iPad's GPS and without any traffic information.
On the third flight home (1:20h) again, the GPS connection of the SkyEcho2 was not working, so I began the flight with the iPad's GPS and tried to restart the SkyEcho2 several times inflight. after 30min the SkyEcho2 GPS connection began to work and so I switched in SD to fly with the SkyEcho, which then worked great on the GPS side and also on the traffic side.

I already wrote the uAvionix support regarding the GPS failures, but I am still waiting for an answer. 
This day with the SkyEcho 2 was very disappointing for me, but WHEN it worked, it worked great! Even the Callsign is shown in SD.

In the moments, in which the SkyEcho2 GPS was not working, the GPS connection of the iPad was fine the whole time!

I have purchased the Sky Echo 2 in the last few weeks. It seems pretty robust so far however I am very disappointed that whereas it picks up ADS-B and displays that within SD the Sky Echo 2 unit is also able to receive Mode C/S but SD does not do anything with the latter. There is significantly more none ADS-B out there and I hoped for more information on SD. I understand the limited information from Mode C/S transponders but wish for some form of warning, however incomplete it maybe. We all know that seeing another aircraft is challenging even when you know where it should be! Sky Echo 2 is of very limited value if used with SD. A pity, as I love SD!!


Edited 5/22/2019 10:41:05 AM by cibble10
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cibble10 - 5/22/2019 9:26:05 AM
Daniel Sinn - 5/7/2019 8:33:15 AM
I had the Sky Echo 2 in use the first time at the 1st May for 3 flights.
At the first flight (1:15h) it worked great, perfect GPS position accuracy and showed me ADS-B traffic.
On the second flight (0:30h) the GPS connection of the SkyEcho 2 couldn't be established, so I flew with the iPad's GPS and without any traffic information.
On the third flight home (1:20h) again, the GPS connection of the SkyEcho2 was not working, so I began the flight with the iPad's GPS and tried to restart the SkyEcho2 several times inflight. after 30min the SkyEcho2 GPS connection began to work and so I switched in SD to fly with the SkyEcho, which then worked great on the GPS side and also on the traffic side.

I already wrote the uAvionix support regarding the GPS failures, but I am still waiting for an answer. 
This day with the SkyEcho 2 was very disappointing for me, but WHEN it worked, it worked great! Even the Callsign is shown in SD.

In the moments, in which the SkyEcho2 GPS was not working, the GPS connection of the iPad was fine the whole time!

I have purchased the Sky Echo 2 in the last few weeks. It seems pretty robust so far however I am very disappointed that whereas it picks up ADS-B and displays that within SD the Sky Echo 2 unit is also able to receive Mode C/S but SD does not do anything with the latter. There is significantly more none ADS-B out there and I hoped for more information on SD. I understand the limited information from Mode C/S transponders but wish for some form of warning, however incomplete it maybe. We all know that seeing another aircraft is challenging even when you know where it should be! Sky Echo 2 is of very limited value if used with SD. A pity, as I love SD!!


I understand from the instruction manual that the feature you require is available but you have to select this in SkyDemon.
See bearingless targets page 86.

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Cibble10,
The problem is that SE doesn't provide meaningful information from bearingless targets, unlike the output from PilotAware and FLARM.

This is a recent post from Tim (on another forum) regarding SE and bearingless targets:

"Bearingless targets are a feature provided by Flarm and PilotAware. Those devices pass us the aircraft id, altitude, vertical speed, estimated range (guesswork but based on signal strength; the user can learn to interpret the ring size changes over time) and even callsign.

SkyEcho doesn’t have anything like that. Its only offering is to send us the altitude of a mode C/S return as it comes in. No vertical speed, no range (estimated or otherwise), or even an aircraft id. I declined that offering."
Tony


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