FAQs

What is a WINGMATE?

WINGMATE is best described as a black box for light aircraft. Flight data for each flight is recorded on an SD card.

What does WINGMATE record?

The standard WINGMATE records GPS position, accelerations and turn rates from in-built sensors. If used with a Dynon EFIS, then all the EFIS data will be recorded as well.

Can I look at the data and what use is it to me?

Each WINGMATE comes with a data viewer and a Google Earth export feature.

The Google Earth view tells you where the plane has been and shows a summary report of the landing which lets you know whether it was soft or hard and what the landing speed was.

The WINGMATE data viewer presents a flight report containing a list of typical flight quality indicators, such as take off performance and landing quality.

The data viewer also shows you all the sensor traces so you can analyse the data yourself. Accelerometer, gyro sensor and GPS data are always available. If an EFIS is connected, then airspeed, angle of attack, heading and altitude from pressure are also available.

Who would benefit from having WINGMATE?

Everyone of course! But here are a few examples:

Pilots in general

It is always good to keep track of your own performance. Perhaps you are drifting a little bit and getting into the habit of borderline landings but you don’t even realise this until your next BFR. By analysing your own flight performance, you can be one step ahead and be more confident.

Flight Instructors

Once students go solo, they really are on their own and have to judge the flight performance themselves. Judging the quality of take offs and landings are left open to interpretation by the student. Flying schools who invest in WINGMATE can offer their students the advantage of having an instructor review the flight data with the student. They can make sure, for example, that touch-down speeds were within limits and qualify how smooth the landings were. This is a huge advantage that will quickly identify any weaknesses in a student’s skill set and allow them to work on correcting them quickly.

Rental companies

Airplane rental companies will realise qualitative results from installing WINGMATE modules in their fleet. It’s important for rental companies to know where a plane has been and how it was treated while out on lease. Unfortunately asking the pilot is often not good enough, but now owners of rental fleets can see for themselves from real data just how good the landings have been and whether damage could have been done to the undercarriage from a rather harsh landing.

Aerobatics

The accelerometers are a great indication of how brave a pilot was or perhaps how much they scared their passenger during a routine. Fantastic as a reference after the flight, the WINGMATE also enables pilots to analyse their own performance.

Is it difficult to install WINGMATE in my airplane?

Not at all! All your WINGMATE needs is a 12 Volt power point. Most planes will already have this, and if yours doesn’t, it is a quick and easy job for your maintenance engineer.

What is a WINGMATE?
WINGMATE is best described as a black box for light aircraft. Flight data for each flight is recorded on an SD card.

What does WINGMATE record?
The standard WINGMATE records GPS position, accelerations and turn rates from in-built sensors. If used with a Dynon EFIS, then all the EFIS data will be recorded as well.

Can I look at the data and what use is it to me?
Each WINGMATE comes with a data viewer and a Google Earth export feature.

The Google Earth view tells you where the plane has been and shows a summary report of the landing which lets you know whether it was soft or hard and what the landing speed was.

The WINGMATE data viewer presents a flight report containing a list of typical flight quality indicators, such as take off performance and landing quality.

The data viewer also shows you all the sensor traces so you can analyse the data yourself. Accelerometer, gyro sensor and GPS data are always available. If an EFIS is connected, then airspeed, angle of attack, heading and altitude from pressure are also available.

Who would benefit from having WINGMATE?
Everyone of course! But here are a few examples:

Pilots in general
It is always good to keep track of your own performance. Perhaps you are drifting a little bit and getting into the habit of borderline landings but you don’t even realise this until your next BFR. By analysing your own flight performance, you can be one step ahead and be more confident.

Flight Instructors
Once students go solo, they really are on their own and have to judge the flight performance themselves. Judging the quality of take offs and landings are left open to interpretation by the student. Flying schools who invest in WINGMATE can offer their students the advantage of having an instructor review the flight data with the student. They can make sure, for example, that touch-down speeds were within limits and qualify how smooth the landings were. This is a huge advantage that will quickly identify any weaknesses in a student’s skill set and allow them to work on correcting them quickly.

Rental companies
Airplane rental companies will realise qualitative results from installing WINGMATE modules in their fleet. It’s important for rental companies to know where a plane has been and how it was treated while out on lease. Unfortunately asking the pilot is often not good enough, but now owners of rental fleets can see for themselves from real data just how good the landings have been and whether damage could have been done to the undercarriage from a rather harsh landing.

Aerobatics
The accelerometers are a great indication of how brave a pilot was or perhaps how much they scared their passenger during a routine. Fantastic as a reference after the flight, the WINGMATE also enables pilots to analyse their own performance.

Is it difficult to install WINGMATE in my airplane?
Not at all! All your WINGMATE needs is a 12 Volt power point. Most planes will already have this, and if yours doesn’t, it is a quick and easy job for your maintenance engineer.

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