Update Software 7.0 EASA certified

After two years of intensive development, we are proud to introduce the new Antares software V 7.0.

This new software offers unique functionalities that yield numerous advantages for the customer.

The main features are:

  • Increased flight safety
  • The interval of the comprehensive physical inspection is raised to 3 years / 750 flight hours.
  • Repair- and refurbishing measures must in many cases no longer be performed by the manufacturer, but can be performed by a service-partner in your vicinity. This removes complex customs procedures and reduces effort and expenditure.

Increased flight safety

During flight, software V7.0 permanently monitors all limit switches, the hydraulic system and all electric components of the propulsive system. Simultaneously, the software performs a logic simulation of the physical system. This allows for very quick fault recognition.  Faults are reported to the pilot as they occur. In many cases, functionalities can be maintained despite faults occurring, or the system can be transferred to a safe state.
These kinds of systems substantially unload the pilot,  and are also used in civil aviation with great success.

Expanded logging

A new faults log store all reported warning messages. This log is available to the pilot when the aircraft is on the ground.
The total amount of logged data has also been substantially expanded.
In addition to the expanded flight data recording, the data logged during charging has also been significantly expanded.

The inspection interval for the comprehensive physical inspection has been increased.

With the implementation of software V7.0, the interval of the comprehensive physical inspection (formerly annual inspection) is increased to 3 years or 750 flight hours. The permanent monitoring of the propulsive system together with the proven high reliability of the airframe made it possible for us to raise this interval. This saves time and money. The inspection can be performed by pilot/owner.
If the aircraft is operated in a controlled environment of an EASA Continued Airworthiness Management Organization (CAMO), then the aircraft must only be presented to the CAMO every 3 years. In the two other years, the ARC paperwork will arrive by mail.
If an aircraft is operated in a controlled environment, then the operator of the aircraft must submit certain operational data at pre-arranged intervals. Software V7.0 automatically generates reports containing the required information (Flight times, Motor run time, warning messages etc. for the reporting period) as a PDF file. This file can be downloaded to USB stick and forwarded electronically to the CAMO.
Due to the low level of maintenance effort and the long maintenance intervals of the Antares, we advise to submit these reports at 12 month intervals.

Maintenance measures performed by service partners

The permanent system monitoring in combination with the substantially expanded data logging significantly simplifies any fault searches.
In the case of a problem occurring, the log data can be copied down from the main computer to a USB stick, and then be sent to us by e-mail.
A large spectrum of fault types can be identified using this expanded logging, which means that the aircraft must not be brought to us for fault identification.
In many cases, the repair can be performed by a service-partner. The service partner receives intensive support from us. Using this approach, long trips with the aircraft on tow , as well as laborious customs procedures can be avoided.

In the case of a complex repair, a partner company can connect a software V7.0 equipped Antares to a secure data transfer module that allows us to remotely connect to the aircraft over the internet, and access the propulsive system of the Antares. This allows us to provide more in-depth support and, if required, adjust configuration entries after hardware replacement.

Additional functionalities: Resumed charging after loss of power

If a running charge process is interrupted due to a loss of grid power, then the process will now re-start if grid power is re-applied within 24 hours. With older software revisions, loss of grid power would result in complete termination of a running charge process, meaning that the pilot would have to detect the terminated process and restart it manually.

Other issues

  • The quality of the voice audio has been improved, and the content has been expanded.
  • Software V7.0 runs on an upgraded and optimized Linux kernel.
  • Software V7.0 also encompasses all modifications seen in software 6.10

Software 7.0 offers a range of new and sensible functionalities that flying safer and more comfortable.