LXNAV Nano 3 GPS Flight Recorder with variometer and color navigation display

LXNAV Nano3 Overview 
Overview Video, by Paul Remde


LXNAV Nano3 Overview
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The Nano 3 is a fantastic little GPS flight recorder with full IGC approval for all badge, record and contest flights.  It is extremely small and includes a built-in GPS engine, built-in GPS antenna, built-in battery, and logger.  It is also extremely easy to use. It also features a built-in variometer (not Total Energy compensated) and a navigation display which shows waypoints, airspace, tasks, etc. It also displays FLARM, ADS-B and PCAS (Mode C/S transponder) traffic. Note that the Nano3 does not display terrain maps and does not have a built-in elevation database - so it doesn't know your AGL altitude.

The Nano 3 flight recorder is the smallest flight recorder designed according to the highest level IGC specification with QVGA screen. It features an integrated 56-channel GPS receiver with built-in antenna. Allows up to 28000 hours of logger memory and the built-in battery is good for 13 to 25 hours of stand-alone operation (depending on whether the screen is setup to turn-off when not in use). Bluetooth is used for easy data exchange with a PDA. Five LEDs display the operational status, when LCD is off. A 4Gb solid state memory. Flights are stored directly in IGC format and are downloadable in a few seconds through USB connection. The battery is charged when the flight recorder is connected to a computer or wall charger via MiniB USB connector. Nano 3 uses 2048 bit digital signature, which is even higher than requested by new GFAC specification.

Why Get a Nano3 rather than a Nano?
I highly recommend the Nano3 over the Nano because you can enter a task using the Nano3 user-interface - just before take-off. To enter a task declaration into a Nano, you need to use a PC or PNA like an Oudie. It is not convenient to power-up and use a PC at the gliderport. Soaring weather is very changeable, so it is important to be able to update the task at the gliderport. Also, the Nano3 has a built-in variometer, the Nano doesn't. Also, you can view flight statistics imediately after landing with the Nano3 screen. Also, the Nano3 displays airspace - to help keep your flight legal and safe. The extra ~$140 is money well spent. Yes, the display on the Nano3 is very small (not ideal as a main navigation display) but it is a very nice backup which you can use to get home if your main navigation system fails.

Color Display

  • Sunlight readable LCD
  • 2'' (5.08cm) screen size (1.6 x 1.2")(30.5 x 41 mm)
  • 262144 Colors
  • QVGA 320*240 RGB pixels (retina)

Main features

  • Integrated flight recorder according to high-level IGC specification
  • 2048-bit digital signature
  • Built in high resolution variometer
  • Final glide calculations
  • Glider polar database and polar editing
  • Wind calculation
  • MacCready, Ballast and Bugs settings
  • QNH setting
  • Safety altitude setting
  • NavBox customization
  • Display of airspace (CUB compatible)
  • Display of tasks
  • Task and waypoint navigation (CUP compatible)
  • FLARM, ADS-B, PCAS (Mode C/S transponders) traffic display
  • Built in hardware for inertial platform
  • App. 28000 hours of logger memory (at 1sec recording interval). That is more than three and half year of non stop logging at 1 sec interval.
  • 13 hours of operation on internal battery with LCD on
  • 25 hours of battery life with power management (LCD turned-off when not in use)
  • Flights stored in IGC format are downloadable through USB in a second
  • Integrated Bluetooth device (SPP)
  • Easy handling (Turn on and go)
  • Simple signalling LED's
  • Engine noise level detector
  • Simple manipulation
  • Automatic power down after landing (can be set by user)
  • Start logging at power on (for paragliders or pedestrians)
  • Toggle Bluetooth on and off pushing the rocker
  • Adjustable vario volume
  • NanoConfig program for creating declaration and system settings (for PC and Android)

Hardware

  • ARM M4 core processor 
  • 4 Gbytes of solid state memory
  • Push and lever button
  • 4 navigation buttons
  • 56-channel GPS receiver
  • Plug and play USB interface (mass storage device) 
  • USB Compatible with all operating systems (MS Win, Linux, Mac OS)
  • Engine noise level sensor
  • High resolution variometer same technology as on V9/V80 vario
  • Built in vario piezzo speaker
  • High resolution pressure altitude sensor measures up to 16000m
  • Inertial platform 3 axis accelerometer and 3 axis gyroscope.
  • Integrated LiIon battery  and smart power management, gives you up to 10 hours of independent power supply
  • Easy battery charger via USB port on your notebook, PC or wall charger
  • Robust  ABS plastic housing

Input and output

  • USB interface (mass storage device)
  • serial RS232 interface for PDA connection
  • Bluetooth interface for wireless connection with PNA or Smart phone

Size and weight

  • Outline dimension 65 x 42 x 22 mm (2.6 x 1.7 x 0.9 inches)
  • Weight: ~76g

Included

  • Nano 3 GPS flight recorder with audio variometer and color navigation display
  • Wall Charger (100 to 240 AC and 50/60 Hz) with 4 different wall plug prong types for use just about anywhere in the world
  • USB to mini-USB Cable (for connecting the Nano to a PC or Mac or Socket Mobile Power Pack, and for connecting the Nano to the NanoPower cable)
  • Barograph calibration certificate
  • The manual is not in the box but may be downloaded here: Manual
  • NanoPower cable - Power/data cable for connection to 12V power and a PDA or PNA.  A female USB "A" connector is provided to allow the use of a standard USB to mini-USB cable to connect to the Nano.  A female RJ45 connector is provided for connection to PDA or PNA.  Red and black wires are used for connection to 12V power (Red wire to +12VDC and black wire to common). 

Cable Options

  • LXNAV-CC-NP-Oudie, for connecting the NanoPower adapter to Naviter Oudie or Oudie 2 or Oudie IGC. The NanoPower adapter powers the Oudie with 12V.
  • LXNAV-CC-NP-Kobo, for connecting the NanoPower adapter to a Kobo e-reader display. The NanoPower provides power to the Kobo.
  • LXNAV-CC-NP-IPAQ310, for connecting the NanoPower adapter to HP iPAQ 310 or 314 Travel Companion
  • LXNAV-CC-NP-38, for connecting the NanoPower adapter to iPAQ h2200, h3800, h3900, h5500, hx4700, hx2000, etc.
  • LXNAV-CC-NP-LX, to 6-conductor RJ12 connector, for connecting a NanoPower Adpater to an S7, S8, S80, S10 or S100 (RX/TX are crossed)
  • LXNAV-S7-GPS-Nano, for connecting the Nano directly to an LXNAV S7, S8, S80, S10 or S100.
  • LXNAV-NanoPower-PF-MiniUSB, for connecting the Nano3 to a PowerFLARM's 8-pin RJ45 port - so the Nano3 can display FLARM, ADS-B and transponder traffic.
  • RJ-Coupler-RJ45-Rj45-Panel and Cumulus-Cable-RJ45-RJ45-0p5 to move the PDA connector out to a panel-mounted RJ45 connector. This is a perfect option for soaring clubs - allowing club members to easily connect their own PDA cables.
  • Cable-Nano-Oudie-SMPP-1 - for connecting the Nano or Nano 3 to a 5V Battery Pack and Oudie
  • Cable-Nano-SMPP-DB9f-1 - for connecting the Nano or Nano 3 to a 5V Battery Pack and PDA cable
  • Cumulus-NP-PFlarm-0p3, for connecting the NanoPower adapter to a FLARM or PowerFLARM's 8-pin RJ45 port, The NanoPower adapter is included with the Nano3. The NanoPower adapter must be powered with 12V.
Options
Nano3 Mount - A simple plastic mount for the Nano3. RAM-A-FV-Std - Mounting Arm for FlarmView, FlarmView2, Nano, and Nano3

RAM-A-FV-L - Mounting Arm, long, for FlarmView, FlarmView2, Nano, and Nano3
  




Airport and Airspace Files


Airport and Airspace files for the USA are available here:
http://www.cumulus-soaring.com/store/index.php?route=product/category&path=25_667

Soaring Site Waypoint Databases are available here:
http://soaringweb.org/TP/HomePage.html

Creating Your Own Waypoint and Airspace Files
You can create your own waypoint and airspace files using the SeeYou Mobile Wizard in Naviter SeeYou for PC software. A great training video showing how to do that is available here:
http://www.cumulus-soaring.com/store/index.php?route=product/category&path=18_175_446_449- Video #46

Setup Software
The Nano Configurator setup software is extremely easy to use.  It is used to enter the pilot and glider details and to enter a task declaration.  Click on the images below to view full-size screen captures of the setup software. 

The first screen capture (above) is of the Windows Explorer view that opens upon connecting the Nano to the PC.  Use this screen to copy and paste flight logs from the Nano to your PC.  Double-clicking on the "NanoConfig.exe" program launches the simple setup program shown in the other 2 screens below.  
 
Clicking on the "Load Waypoints" button allows you to open any SeeYou ".cup" waypoint file.  You can then easily build a task using the waypoints in the file.

Nano3 Manual

LXNAV Nano or Nano3 with Naviter Oudie2 - Powered by 12V Glider Power System
Low Cost IGC Approved System for Badge and Record Seekers and Contest Pilots
This is a great system for installation in a sailplane.  The Nano provides GPS data to the Oudie2.  The SeeYou Mobile software on the Oudie2 can send an official task declaration to the Nano or Nano3.  The NanoPower adapter is powered with 12V from the glider's power system.  It powers both the Nano or Nano3 and Oudie2 with 5V.  The new sunlight readable version of the Oudie is easy to read even in bright sunlight.  The system can be taken with you for use in club and rental gliders. 

Example System -  LXNAV Nano and Naviter Oudie





LXNAV Nano 3
GPS Flight Recorder
LXNAV-NanoPower Adapter 
and Cable-USB-miniUSB
Connect to glider's 12V power system 
and it powers the Nano or Nano3 and Oudie with 5V.
Both items are ncluded in box with Nano or Nano3.
LXNAV CC-NP-Oudie
Cable for connecting Oudie to NanoPower cable
Naviter
Oudie & Oudie2
with 
SeeYou Mobile
Oudie-Mount-RAM-SCM
RAM Suction Cup Mount with Oudie cradle

LXNAV Nano, $450 or LXNAV Nano 3, $570
LXNAV-NanoPower Adapter and Cable-USB-miniUSB - Connect to glider's 12V power system and it powers the Nano or Nano3 and Oudie with 5V, Included in box with Nano or Nano3
LXNAV CC-NP-Oudie - Cable for connecting Oudie to NanoPower cable, $30
Oudie & Oudie2, includes SeeYou Mobile license which is tied to the Oudie, $625
Oudie-Mount-RAM-SCM - RAM Suction Cup Mount with Oudie cradle, $58

Total Price with Nano: $1163
Total Price with Nano3: $1283

Optional
If you want to mount this PNA more permanently, I recommend the Oudie-Mount-RAM-Arm-Std or a Oudie-Mount-GNeck-Panel or Oudie-Mount-GNeck-RA.
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LXNAV-Nano3

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