Digifly's CIVL Rules Compliance REMINDER(s)

As many of you may already know, the CIVL recently published its official and finalized document on the model that will be used for distance calculation during FAI Cat. 1 (World & Continental Championships): the FAI SPHERE.
This is not necessarily the rule for Cat.2s, where organizers may decide not to use the FAI Sphere and continue to use the WGS84 model instead.

In case any of you are wondering if this affects the coordinates in any way, don't worry, it doesn't. The coordinates remain the same and it is simply the model used to calculate the distance that differs.

Digifly is committed to being fully compliant with CIVL rules and regulations and to enable all of our customers to be compliant as well; this is one of the reasons why our firmware (fw) upgrades are completely free.
In order to be ready for the peak of the competition season, our team decided to implement this feature a while ago. The REMINDER in this case, is to make sure that you are well aware of the fact that our 502m firmware (fw) version, officially released some months ago already comes with this important feature!
On the Digifly AIR's MAIN SETUP you will be able to choose between FAI Sphere and WGS84.
Moreover, the next parameter down, will allow you to set the tolerance, another feature that was implemented with fw 502m!
This is how it looks on AirTools and directly the instrument's MENU page:

And while we are at it, here is another set of REMINDERs for you to keep in mind:
- when you update your firmware, you will not lose your settings
- all our firmware updates and their changelogs are free  and downloadable from our website (Links & Downloads page)
- AirUpdater (also free) is the program you need to use in order to upgrade your firmware
- it is a very simple process
- THIS is the link to our tutorial on the Digifly USA YouTube Channel on how to perform the upgrade

The truth is that many of you have been already set for this change for a while and probably didn't even know it!


Welcome Manfred Ruhmer!

Extra! Extra!

Last weekend, Digifly USA and Digifly Europe met during the last day of the 31st edition of the Valerio Albrizio Trophy that takes place every year in Laveno (Italy)!

Among the many nice things that day, one of the highlights of our meeting was getting together with Manfred Ruhmer and handing him his brand new Digifly AIR BT with Pitot System!!!

We are extremely happy and proud of having Manfred on board:

Welcome Manfred!

Picture by Digifly USA


Updated Owner's Manual

The English version of our Owner's Manual for our current firmware version (502m) has been released!
If you'd like to download the PDF file, go to our "Links & Downloads" page and click on the Owner's Manual link!

Let us know if you have any questions!


fw 502m

We have officially released our 502m firmware version featuring a new optimized distance to goal calculator with constantly updated information! 
It is all available to download from our "Links & Downloads" page.

This firmware is a simplified and improved version of the previous one; for detailed information, take a look at the Changelog.

The Owner's Manual will be updated soon as well.

In our downloads page you will also find our latest AirTools and AirPages versions, both for Mac and PC!

At Digifly, we are constantly working to provide the best possible options for our customers!


Firmware 501a

The new firmware that complies with the recent CIVL regulations change regarding the rules for tracklog registration is now available! These changes took place last February during the CIVL Plenary meeting in Austria.

With this new firmware, the Digifly will continue to be compliant with CIVL regulations, just as it has always been!

Go to the "Links & Downloads" page to download the 501a version.

Let us know if you have any questions!


Greetings from Japan!

Here is our friend Hiroshi Onuma sending his "Digifly USA Greetings" to all of us from Japan!

Thanks Hiroshi!


PORTUGUESE - Owner's Manual

For the past weeks Digifly USA has been working with Brazilian HG pilot Fabian Nahoum on the Portuguese version of our Owner's Manual!

This version goes together with the already existing English, Spanish and Italian versions on our Link & Downloads page!
It is very important for us to be able to provide the necessary tools to help our customers as much as possible  :-)

This is a note from our Translator, which we thought would be nice to share also as a way of thanking [obrigada Fabiano!]  him for the excellent and important work he has done:

"I've been flying hang gliders for 15 years and, I decided to compete ever since, a daunting prospect!, I thought my engineering background prompted me to get as technical as possible to try and have some traction over the very experienced pilots I was competing against.

Fortunately, I entered the comp scene about the same time that the Varios upgraded to GPS Integrated, so I was able to improve on my lack of experience by studying the somewhat complex manuals and using the plethora of information that was previously unavailable.

Then I was surprised to see much better pilots than myself come to me seeking instruction on the integrated Varios which they knew nothing about, and so began my history of being an instrument reference when it came to programming, updating, consulting integrated varios during comps and even the Scoring Committees would sometimes seek my help about technical issues.

From then, and after many years using 2 different instruments, I was beginning to feel that integrated Varios deserved a full upgrade, especially on the interface design and also some hardware items since technical problems were frequent and the price of service not cheap.

When I started studying the Digifly interface capabilities, I knew I had found the right instrument! The fact that it is fully customizable allied to the full automation in terms of page switching, something I wouldn´t have thought about previously, showed clearly that this instrument was on a class of its own!

Just like I did with the previous instruments, I dedicated a lot of time to studying the Digifly manual, something most pilots overlook, but that gives me an edge that can´t be really measured. So I quickly volunteered to translate the original Italian manual into Portuguese, something that would automatically guarantee many hours of studying.

I´m very excited that the innovation doesn´t stop and that the Digifly team is constantly improving on something that´s already state-of-the-art so I guess I´m going to have to continue studying frequently and hoping it will make me eventually a better pilot!!"
Fabiano Nahoum