For aircraft where a behind the panel installation is not possible, the PowerFLARM Portable is available for flexible fitting. This device incorporates a display as well as a control knob and can easily be placed e.g. on the glare shield.
PowerFLARM Portable is available in two different versions. The E-version works in Europe, Africa, and New Zealand. The A-version works in North- and South America, Australia, and Israel. The hardware has built-in hardware frequency filters to the frequencies applicable in these regions. ADS-R, TIS-B, FIS-B and UAT are currently not supported.
While many aircraft are already FLARM-equipped, there are still some that are not. With the transponder and ADS-B 1090ES receiver, you are protected from many of those aircraft as well.
The additional receiver listens for intruders transmitting Mode-S and ADS-B messages on 1090 MHz and includes those aircraft in the smart trajectory prediction and collision warning algorithms.
Since aircraft without FLARM cannot see you, it is all the more important that you can see them early to keep a safe distance.
FLARM warns when fl ying towards or near known obstacles, be it powerlines, cable cars or large antennas. Database licenses with tens of thousands of obstacles can be purchased online.
Exclusively in PowerFLARM, lateral buff ers are used for line objects like power lines, so fl ying parallel yields better warning behavior. The forecasted trajectories are more dynamic — no
warnings will be issued when circling in proximity unless very close. Smart displays receive an obstacle ID so they can suppress repetitive warnings where required, e.g. for helicopter air-work.