Skyracer Avionics & Engineering started as a hobby project and turned into a company. It all began with a need of an interconnector between FLARM, Butterfly display, S10 and a transponder. None of the current splitters on the market filled the requirements, so the problem-solving and inventing began.
Connecting avionics together can easily turn into a complicated feat, unless you got a structured hardware and a easy to follow manual.
In the manual you will find instructions of how to assemble and configure the splitter. Please find the manual here.
The idea behind the Butterfly feeder was brewed a few years during several close encounters with light sports aircrafts. Since most of them isn´t equipped with FLARM, the idea of presenting ADS-B traffic in the Butterfly display started to grow. After finding a miniature ADS-B receiver from Aerobits, a PCB-hat for a Raspberry Pi was created and soon the prototype was tested in the air.
This is one of the first prototypes where the Butterfly feeder is mounted on a Raspberry Pi zero.
The latest iteration of the Butterfly feeder is built around a PyBoard microprocessor. The Raspberry Pi is indeed a very competent piece of hardware which is not needed in the Butterfly feeder case. Switching to a more stream lined microprocessor is making life a lot easier.
Setting up a Raspberry Pi is a complex duty and a never ending source of ... challenges. The PyBoard´s required level of knowledge is a fraction compared to a Raspberry Pi.
The alpha prototype of the PyBoard iteration of the Butterfly feeder catching Finnair flight FIN38U on it´s way to Brussels.
Skyracer Avionics & Engineering was founded in early 2021 by Mikael Engström. Learning electronics in high school the DIY, creating and inventing has always been in progress and being introduced to internet of things in the mid 00-ies, the possibilities is only limited by the time available for inventing.
This website is under construction and will be updated along the way.