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    Weʼve raised £700 to make gliders more visible to powered aircraft by rolling out OGN-R ground stations.

    Cambridge, United Kingdom
    Funded on Friday, 1st June 2018

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    We're raising funds so that we can upgrade the existing glider tracking network so that it broadcasts glider positions to aircraft carrying the PilotAware system. So far, the costs have been carried by those hosting receivers - this is a chance for all pilots who benefit to make a contribution and so enable a complete rollout.

    PilotAware is like Flarm, but works for other aircraft. Unfortunately, it and Flarm don't see each other.

    However, the OGN and PilotAware teams have got together to (at least in part) fix this situation. By upgrading an OGN receiver to 'OGN-R', each receiver picks up the positions of gliders, and as well as feeding them into the tracking network, it rebroadcasts those positions to PilotAware-carrying aircraft in the vicinity. There are about 2000 Flarm equipped aircraft in the UK, and we expect about 3000 PilotAware equipped aircraft by the end of this year.

    At a cost of £110-£230 per receiver, this is the most cost effective thing we can do to make gliders more visible to powered aircraft.

    The money will be used for the rollout and maintenance of the OGN-R network. It will all be used for capital costs (ie not for anyone's time).

    If you are a cross country glider pilot who uses Flarm, this will benefit you. As it will if you're a GA pilot who flies in the same airspace as gliders. Please consider making a contribution of what you can afford up to sponsoring a complete new receiver at £230.



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      • Richard Griffiths

        Richard Griffiths

        Mar 1, 2018

        Great initiative.


      • Tony C

        Tony C

        Feb 27, 2018

        Great initiative! Both technically and as a way to share the "insurance premium".


      • AJR


        Feb 22, 2018

        Hi Paul, While this may not be a full solution I think every little helps so good luck


      • Ian Jalowiecki

        Ian Jalowiecki

        Feb 20, 2018

        Great idea. I hope it has the success it deserves.


      • Anonymous


        Feb 20, 2018

        Thanks Paul


      • Kevin Dennington

        Kevin Dennington

        Feb 20, 2018

        Anything that helps me spot those pesky gliders is good


      • Anonymous


        Feb 20, 2018

        Keep up the good work!


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      Paul Ruskin

      Paul Ruskin

      Cambridge, United Kingdom

      Paul Ruskin is a glider and power pilot who flies at Cambridge GC . He was Chairman there between 2011 and 2016. He was involved in the rollout of the OGN glider tracking network. He has a background in wireless communications, though is now retired to allow him to glide.

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