The new portable, externally mounted WingBug Air Data, Attitude and Heading Reference System (ADAHRS) from Straight & Level Technologies provides independent flight data for pretty much whichever aircraft it can be clipped to—as long as the aircraft in question doesn’t exceed 200 MPH. The device, CEO and inventor Alex Rolinski explained to AVweb, sends the data to an iPad via internal Wi-Fi, displaying it on the WingBug mobile app. To see learn more about it, see this video.
The product has been under development for about four years. In addition to providing airspeed and attitude information, WingBug will document flight data for later review, including making use of its built-in GPS to plot the aircraft’s flight path. WingBug will display airspeed up to 260 MPH—it can show knots as well—and altitudes up to 25,000 feet. It’s also shock and water resistant. Price for the unit is $950. Going forward, the company is looking at adding angle of attack and side-slip indicators and ADS-B In to the device.
The WingBug team will also be heading to Oshkosh Air Venture this year to compete for the 2018 EAA Founder’s Innovation Prize. The EAA Innovation Prize is awarded every year at Oshkosh Air Venture for the best loss of control solution. The winner receives $25,000, second place gets $10,000, and third $5,000.