Oudie-Tips

Oudie-Tips
Naviter Oudie Tips
Paul Remde
www.cumulus-soaring.com
[email protected]
July 17, 2014
The Naviter Oudie is a great soaring tool. It combines great PNA hardware with the popular and
powerful SeeYou Mobile soaring flight software. The marriage of the hardware and software is
more than just installing the software on a PNA. There are many ways in which the unit is
customized for use by soaring pilots – making it the perfect solution for both new and
experienced soaring pilots.
This document includes some tips to help you get the most out of your Oudie. I have tried to
make it as complete as possible. Please consider it to be in addition to the SeeYou Mobile
Manual and the SeeYou Mobile Tips document. Links to both of those documents are available
below.
I suppose that all the tips found here can be a bit intimidating. Please keep in mind that this will
all become clear over time – as you gain more experience with SeeYou Mobile and the Oudie.
There is a “Quick Start” section below to get you up and running quickly.
Documents and Help Resources
This and related documents are available here:
http://www.cumulus-soaring.com/seeyou.htm#Downloads
Oudie Manuals
 Oudie 2
A full Oudie 2 Manual and a small Oudie 2 Getting Started Manual are available on the
Naviter web site (www.naviter.com) on the Oudie 2 page. To access the Oudie 2 page,
go the Products menu and select Oudie 2. Below is a direct link to that page. The links
to the manuals are on the right side of the page.
http://www.naviter.com/products/oudie-2/
 Oudie 3
A full Oudie 3 Manual and a small Oudie 3 Getting Started Manual are available on the
Naviter web site (www.Oudie3.com) on the Oudie 3 page. To access the Oudie 3 page,
go the Products menu and select Oudie 3. Below is a direct link to that page. The links
to the manuals are on the right side of the page.
http://www.oudie3.com/products/oudie-3/
 Oudie IGC
The Oudie 2 manual is the best option for now. An Oudie IGC should be available soon
at www.naviter.com.
SeeYou Mobile Tips
For more tips on using SeeYou Mobile, see the SeeYou Mobile Tips document available using
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the link below.
http://www.cumulus-soaring.com/seeyou/SeeYou-Mobile-Tips.pdf
SeeYou Tips and Manuals
SeeYou for the PC is powerful software for your PC which is used to view flight logs in 2D and
3D, editing waypoints and tasks, and exporting waypoint and airspace data using the Mobile
Wizard for use in SeeYou Mobile on a PDA or PNA.
SeeYou Tips: http://www.cumulus-soaring.com/seeyou/SeeYou-Tips.pdf
SeeYou Training Videos: http://www.cumulus-soaring.com/training.htm#Training-SeeYou
SeeYou Training Videos Script: http://www.cumulus-soaring.com/seeyou/SeeYou-TrainingVideo-Script.pdf
SeeYou Manual: http://www.naviter.com
The Oudie’s Power Button
The Oudie’s power button is located on the left side of the unit, near the bottom. Since the unit
can be used in several orientations, let me clarify which side is the left side. The Naviter logo is
on the right side (front) of the unit and the power indicator light is on the bottom front of the unit.
In addition, the miniUSB connector is on the bottom of the unit and so is the microSD card slot.
To turn the Oudie On:
 Press and hold the power button on the left side of the unit until the screen lights up.
Running SeeYou Mobile
Depending on the setting of the “Autorun” feature, the SeeYou software may run automatically
at startup. More information on the Autorun feature is found below. If SeeYou Mobile does not
start automatically, press the SeeYou Mobile icon and SeeYou Mobile will run.
If “Profiles” have been setup on the unit (a profile is a file containing user settings - more on
Profiles below) select the desired profile and then press the “Select” button. If you do not make
a selection it will select the highlighted profile and start after about 10 seconds.
Turning Off the Oudie
It is important to exit SeeYou Mobile when done flying because it is when you exit that
your settings changes are saved and the flight log is saved.
 Exit SeeYou Mobile by pressing Menu > Next > Exit
 Press “Yes” to confirm exiting and saving your settings.
 When back to the screen where you see the SeeYou Mobile and ConnectMe icons,
Press and hold the power button on the left side of the Oudie until the “Do you want to
power off?” window appears.
 To power down for a short time (a few minutes or hours), select the “Sleep” button. To
power off for an extended period of time (days or weeks) press the “Power Off” button.
Pre-installed Maps, Airports and Airspace
The Oudie is delivered with SeeYou Mobile and vector maps (topographical data, ground
elevation data, cities, rivers, lakes, roads, etc.) preinstalled. Airport and Airspace files for much
of the world are also pre-installed. Below is a list of the included files.
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Africa
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Alps
Australia
BeNeLux
The Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland
France
Germany
Hungary
New Zealand
Scandinavia
Spain
UK
USA (divided into files for "USA West", "USA Central" and "USA East"
Selecting Airport and Airspace Files
To select the desired airport and airspace files in SeeYou Mobile:
 In SeeYou Mobile: Go to Menu > Settings > Next > Next > Files.
 Click on the “…” buttons on the right side of the screen and select the desired waypoint
or airspace file from the list. You can select only 1 airspace file at a time, but checkboxes
are used to select waypoint files – so multiple waypoint files can be selected at a time – if
necessary.
Waiting for the GPS to Lock Onto Satellites
The first time you power up the Oudie in your area it will take a few minutes for it to lock onto
satellites. If possible, take the unit outside and wait until the GPS NavBox indicates that the
GPS has a 3D lock on satellites. The Oudie may not show maps or other information until it has
acquired a good lock on satellites.
Navigating to an Airport
To start navigating to an airport, press the “Direct To” button
which is found on the bottom
of the screen. It will pull up a list of all the waypoints in current waypoint file. You can sort the
list alphabetically by waypoint name, or by distance from your current location, or by arrival
altitude, or Required L/D or waypoint type, or waypoint “Code”. To sort by distance click on the
column header in the “Dis” column. Clicking the column header multiple times toggles between
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sorting in ascending or descending order. You can also move the column headers to the left or
right of other columns by simply touching them and dragging them to a new location. Note that
there is a slider near the bottom of the screen which can be used to access columns that are
outside the viewable area. I usually move the “Arrival” column to the left of the Distance column
so I can see it without scrolling. The Arrival column is useful (in my opinion) because on a
windy day, you may be able to arrive higher at a downwind or crosswind airport than you could
arrive at an airport that is closer, but upwind. The airports that are highlighted in green are
within gliding distance.
To start navigating to a waypoint:
at the bottom of the screen.
 Press the “Direct To” button
 Select the desired waypoint with your finger so it is highlighted in blue
 Click the “Goto” button at the bottom of the screen.
Using the “Filter” Screen
To quickly find any waypoint in the database, press the “Filter” button at the bottom right corner
of the Go to screen. The “Filter” screen is very powerful because it allows you to very quickly
access any airport in the database. When the Filter window appears, just use the keyboard to
start entering the name of the desired airport. After a few key presses, it will show a short list of
airports that start with the characters you entered. Touch the desired waypoint and hit the
“Goto” button at the bottom of the screen.
To start navigating to a waypoint using the Filter screen:
at the bottom of the map screen.
 Press the “Direct To” button
 Press the “Filter” button at the bottom right corner of the screen.
 Start typing the name of the desired waypoint using the keyboard. After a few characters
are entered, a short list of waypoints that match the entered characters will be displayed.
 Select the desired waypoint by touching it.
 Press the Goto button at the bottom left corner of the screen.
Map Overview
Below is an overview of the data displayed on the map screen in SeeYou Mobile. Note that the
data displayed on the screen is highly customizable, so you can make the screen look exactly
as you desire.
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The 4 Main Flying Screens
There are 4 main flying screens in SeeYou Mobile. To rotate through the screens, press the
Next Screen button
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 Map 1
 Map 2
 Info (Status, Position, Altitude, Sunrise & Sunset times)
 Statistics (Thermal history, Statistics for Task, Flight and last 60 minutes)
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Selecting a Source for Flight Data
The Oudie can receive flight data from any of 5 sources. To select the desired input source, go
to: Menu > Settings > Next > Next > Input screen.
Flight Data Input Options
 Serial
Serial input is GPS and flight data from the unit’s internal GPS or an external GPS or
flight computer or flight recorder. Select the “Serial” radio button near the top, left corner
of the screen to select serial input.
Next use the “Port Settings…” button to select the desired serial input communications
port.
o COM 1, 4800 baud (Internal GPS – use when not connected to any other GPS
source)
o COM 4 (RS-232 serial cable connected to GPS or soaring flight computer or flight
recorder
Oudie 3 Note: The Oudie 3’s aviation grade GPS and vario are available on
comm 4 at 115,200 baud.
o COM 5 (BlueTooth GPS)
o KBT5 (K6 BT BlueTooth module)
 Simulator
Click on the glider and drag in the direction you want it to fly. Great for flying a task in
advance while on the ground. Click the “…” button to select the airport to start from and
use the “Keyb” (keyboard) button to enter an altitude that is well above the airport
elevation. The Simulator is a great way to learn how to use SeeYou Mobile.
 File
The “File” input is used to select and replay a flight log file. Just copy a flight log from a
recent flight in your area into the Oudie memory or onto a microSD card and then select
the file in this screen. Replaying a flight log file is the best way to learn how to use
SeeYou Mobile because you can relive a previous flight while seeing the Nav Boxes
update as you fly.
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USB Connection to PC
The Oudie can be connected to a PC using a standard USB cable. It looks like a USB Flash
Drive to the PC. To connect:
 Quit SeeYou Mobile
 Connect it to your PC using the supplied USB cable
 Click on the icon that looks like a USB Flash Drive – The Oudie will now act like a USB
Flash Drive or remote hard drive to your computer. You can access the files on the
Oudie using the Windows Explorer (My Computer) program.
Software Upgrades
There have been some minor software fixes and upgrades completed after the Oudies started
shipping. I highly recommend upgrading your Oudie every now and then. You can download
the upgrade from the Naviter web site. The best way to upgrade your Oudie is to install the
Oudie Updater on your PC. It can automatically install the latest files onto your Oudie when you
connect the Oudie to your PC.
The Oudie Updater is available here:
http://www.naviter.com/products/oudie-updater/
Note: After the Oudie Updater loads new airspace data you need to select the new airspace
data file in the Oudie by going to Menu > Settings > Files.
Profiles
Profiles can be created in SeeYou Mobile for storing your favorite SeeYou Mobile settings.
They can be used to store different setups for different soaring sites, or different gliders at a
given soaring site, etc. All your current settings (including waypoint and airspace file selection
and glider selection, etc.) can be saved to a profile. You can then select the desired profile
when SeeYou Mobile starts. However, if you have multiple profiles, when you edit the settings
in one profile, those changes won’t be reflected in the other profiles – unless you make the
same changes in all your profiles. Therefore I have found that using only 1 profile works best for
me. It is easy to change the glider type and soaring site files when necessary. I only
recommend using multiple profiles when multiple pilots are using the same Oudie. Then each
pilot can have their own unique settings stored in their own profile.
Charge the Oudie’s Battery
The great news is that the Oudie stores all programs, maps, airport data, airspace data (all
information) in non-volatile memory – so you won’t lose anything if you let the battery in the
Oudie run down. However, I still recommend keeping your Oudie charged at all times. There
are several reasons. First, it is nice to be able to “play with” the Oudie with it not connected to a
charger. Also, the Oudie can demand a large amount of current when charging its battery. The
Cambridge 302 and Goddard PS-5a can provide plenty of power to run the Oudie itself – when
the battery is full or nearly fully charged. But if the Oudie’s battery is more than half empty, the
Oudie will draw more current than any current soaring instrument can provide. Therefore, either
keep it on a charger at all times, or charge it for a while before connecting it to your glider’s
power system.
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Mobile Wizard
It is also easy to generate airport and airspace files for your area and transfer them directly to
the Oudie’s internal memory using the Mobile Wizard in SeeYou on the PC. The Mobile Wizard
is shown in my SeeYou Training video number 46 here:
http://www.cumulus-soaring.com/training.htm#Training-SeeYou
Getting current airport and airspace data into SeeYou is explained in the SeeYou Tips
document at: http://www.cumulus-soaring.com/seeyou/SeeYou-Tips.pdf
Before transferring the waypoint and airspace files to the Oudie:
 Quit SeeYou Mobile on the Oudie.
 Connect the Oudie to the PC using the supplied USB cable.
 Click on the icon that looks like a USB Flash Drive – The Oudie will now act like a USB
Flash Drive or remote hard drive to your computer.
Using the Mobile Wizard
 To run the Mobile Wizard, in SeeYou for the PC go to the File menu and select “Mobile
Wizard”.
 Since the Oudie already has vector maps for the world pre-installed, you don’t need to
transfer “Terrain”, “Terrain Elevations” or “Roads, Rails, Rivers, Lakes and Towns” data
to the Oudie. You only need to send “Waypoints and Tasks” and “Airspace” – as shown
in the screen capture from the Mobile Wizard below.
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Press the “Next” button.
Enter the “Files basename”. That is the name that will be used as the root of the
airspace and waypoint files generated by the Mobile Wizard. I recommend entering the
name of the home airport of the soaring site.
Select the “Copy to My Computer” radio button. It may seem strange that you don’t
select the “Copy to Mobile Device” radio button, but in this case the Oudie looks like an
external hard drive on your PC.
Press the “Browse” button and select the directory on the Oudie into which you want to
store the new waypoint and airspace files. The Oudie will probably be called the “TFAT”
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directory. I recommend storing the files in the “Airfields and Airspace” directory.
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Press the “Next” button.
You will see a map window. I recommend dragging the edges of the map window to
make it fill your entire computer screen. That allows you to see more detail.
You can pan the map to the left or right or up or down by placing your mouse near the
edge of the map and clicking. Note that when doing this in SeeYou your cursor turns to
an arrow when near the edge of the map, but it does not turn to an arrow in the Mobile
Wizard map window. You need to know that clicking near the edge of the map window
allows panning the map.
You can zoom in or out using the magnifying glass tools in the top-right corner of the
window.
Select the region you want to export by clicking and dragging a rectangular area on the
map. After you finish selecting the region you can re-size it by clicking and dragging on
any of the small white boxes along the edges and corners of the selection box.
Note: You can select a very large area – 1/3 the USA is OK and common. It is OK to
select an area containing thousands of waypoints. Large areas make long downwinddash and ridge and wave flights possible. You may be concerned that it will be tough to
find a particular airport from a list of thousands, but the “Filter” button in SeeYou Mobile
makes it easy to zero in on any waypoint in a few button presses.
Press the “Next” button
Press the “Finished” button
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Oudie Serial Cable
Wiring details for the Oudie serial cable are included near the front of the Oudie manual. I have
added details for configuring the RJ45 to DB-9 adapters for use with several soaring flight
computers on my Naviter web page at http://www.cumulus-soaring.com/seeyou.htm (near the
bottom of the page).
Declaring a task to your GPS flight recorder
To declare a task to your external GPS flight recorder, go to the Menu > Task screen and hit the
“Upload” button.
In the Oudie IGC the task entered into the Task screen is declared automatically at takeoff.
Displaying Arrival Altitude under the waypoint name on the map
By default SeeYou Mobile displays required glide ratio next to landable waypoints. Some pilots
prefer to see the “Arrival Altitude” on the map next to landable waypoints. To enable that, go to
Menu > Settings > “Setup Wpts” and change the “Label two” setting for several different
waypoint types. For example, I have “Label two” set to “Arrival Alt” for the following waypoint
types:
 Grass Airfield
 Oudlanding
 Glider site
 Solid airfield
The “Label two” setting is set to “None” for all other types because I don’t want to know my
arrival altitude over a city or turnpoint in the middle of nowhere.
You need to do these waypoint settings independently for Map 1 and Map 2.
NavBoxes
Can be dragged to any location on the screen – as can the glider, final glide graphic, map
orientation icon, scale icon, wind speed and direction icon, etc.
Set altimeter before takeoff
To ensure that your final glide altitudes are correct, always verify that the Oudie’s altimeter is set
correctly before takeoff. Go to Menu > Mc & Alt and set the altimeter to airport elevation.
Changing the map font sizes
I find the default font sizes to be too small for my eyes. For the Oudie, I recommend changing
the font sizes to the sizes listed below. To change the fonts for each map (map 1 and map 2
must be set independently), go to Menu > Settings > Next > Next > Fonts.
 Waypoint Font: 11, bold
 Map Symbols Font: 12
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Using a microSD card with the Oudie
A microSD memory card can be used to transfer flight logs from your Oudie to your computer. It
can also be used to load waypoint and airspace file into the Oudie. The Oudie doesn’t offer a
file management program, so you can’t copy the files from the memory card to the Oudie’s
internal memory; you just use the files on the memory card. I don’t recommend using a
microSD memory card because if it is removed the Oudie won’t be able to find the selected
waypoint and airspace files that were stored on the memory card. Instead of using the microSD
memory card, simply connect the Oudie to your computer and copy the files into the Oudie
internal memory. It has plenty of memory. That way the files will always be available whether
or not the memory card is installed.
To have the Oudie save flight logs generated in flight by SeeYou Mobile to the microSD memory
card, go to Menu > Settings > Files and set the “Flight Folder” to a directory on the “SDMMC”
drive. However, I find microSD memory cards to be so small that they are easy to lose. I
therefore prefer to have the Oudie store flight logs it generates to the default internal
“\ResidentFlash\Flights” directory. I copy the flight logs to my PC by connecting the Oudie to my
PC and using Windows Explorer (My Computer) on the PC to copy the files to the PC.
Using ConnectMe to download flight logs from an external flight recorder to the microSD
memory card
To have flight logs downloaded from an external flight recorder downloaded to the memory card:
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Run ConnectMe
Select the Device Type, comm port 4 and the baud rate for your logger.
Wait until the devices serial number appears in the “Connected to” box.
Hit the “Next >” button.
Use the “…” button to select the “SDMMC” memory card. Customers often miss this
option.
 Continue with the download process.
I prefer to download flight logs to the Oudie internal memory and then connect the Oudie to the
PC and copy the flight logs to the PC.
Enabling and Disabling the Autorun feature
By default, the Oudie automatically runs SeeYou Mobile at power-up. I prefer to have my Oudie
not run SeeYou Mobile at power-up – so I can select from the SeeYou Mobile and ConnectMe
and settings screens. To edit the Autorun settings, exit SeeYou Mobile so you see the large
SeeYou Mobile and ConnectMe icons. Then go to the settings screens by pressing the >>
button at the top right corner of the screen. Then hit the “Autorun” button and uncheck the
“Automatically run Navigation” checkbox to disable the Autorun feature. Then hit the save icon
(it looks like a floppy disk) at the top of the screen to save the setting change. If you want
to exit the screen without saving your changes – hit the button in the top-right corner of the
screen that looks like a ring with a line at the top.
It is also possible to edit the path to the program that will be Autorun. That would be handy if
you want to have the Oudie run some program other than SeeYou Mobile at power-up.
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Creating a polar for your glider
SeeYou Mobile has dozens of glider polars pre-installed. However, polars are not available for
every glider type. To create a polar for your glider:
 In SeeYou on the PC, go to the Tools > Polars screen and enter 3 airspeeds and sink
rates for your glider. Note: You can enter the units with each number you enter. SeeYou
will display 3 coefficients that represent the polar for your glider.
 Enter the 3 coefficients into SeeYou Mobile on the PDA or Oudie in the Menu > Settings
> Polars screen.
 Recent versions of SeeYou Mobile allow you to enter 3 speed and 3 sink rates and the 3
polar coefficients will be calculated right in SeeYou Mobile – very handy.
“Map File Not Found”
Naviter has changed the location in which is stores the “.cit” vector maps (which also contain
ground elevation data). On some Oudies the .cit files are saved in the root (top level) directory.
In other Oudies the files are stored in the Maps directory. If the profile (settings) file has the
wrong file path, then SeeYou Mobile gives an error at startup indicating that it can’t find a
particular .cit map file. It is pretty easy to fix. Connect the Oudie to your PC using a USB to
miniUSB cable. Then edit the profile file using Notepad. The profiles are normally stored in the
“Settings” folder on the Oudie. Line 40 (about) in the file should look something like this:
<FILETERRAIN>\ResidentFlash\Maps\NorthWestAmerica.cit</FILETERRAIN>
That points to the map file. You probably need to make it point to the Maps directory (as above)
and edit the filename. Make sure you save the profile file when done editing it.
Oudie 3 and Oudie IGC Comm Port Settings
The Oudie 3 and Oudie IGC each have 2 GPS units and a variometer built-in. The standard
(just OK) GPS is available on comm port 1 at 4800 baud. The good (aviation grade) GPS is
available on comm 4 at 115,200 baud. The vario data also comes through comm 4 at 115,200
baud. The comm port and baud rate can be set in either the Menu > Settings > Input > Port
Settings screen or the Menu > Settings > Hardware > Port Settings screen. The device type
should also be set to “ParaOudie” in the Menu > Settings > Hardware screen.
Oudie 3 and Oudie IGC Variometer Display
The Oudie 3 and Oudie IGC have a built-in variometer. It can be displayed on either or both
map screens. Be sure the comm port and baud rate and device type settings are setup as
described in the paragraph immediately above this one. Then go to Menu > Symbols and from
the “Symbol” drop down list near the top of the screen, select “vario”. Then check the “Visible”
check box.
Adjusting the Oudie 3 and Oudie IGC Vario Volume
In SeeYou Mobile, go to the Menu > Mc & Alt. screen. The volume parameter is near the
middle of the screen on the left. Touch the volume box and use the + / - buttons at the bottom
of the window to adjust the volume.
Muting the Oudie 3 and Oudie IGC Vario – and other Vario Settings
If you want to completely shut-off the sound from the Oudie 3 or Oudie IGC variometer without
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disabling other Oudie 3 or Oudie IGC sound (such as airspace and FLARM alerts), go to Menu
> Settings > Vario and check the “Mute” checkbox. If the “Vario” screen is not accessible
(greyed-out), go to Menu > Settings > Hardware and select “ParaOudie” from the Device dropdown list. A few other vario settings are also available on the Vario settings screen.
Changing the Screen Orientation
I prefer to have my Oudie 2 setup with the mini-USB power/data connector on top rather than on
the bottom – so it can’t be bumped and damaged by my leg in flight. That is not the default
orientation. To change to that orientation, go to Menu > Settings > User interface and change
the “Screen orientation” from 270 to 90. After you make the change, be sure to follow the
directions.
Setting the UTC Offset
The UTC time offset is set in the Menu > Settings > Units screen – toward the bottom on the left.
Please let me know if you have any other tips or setup procedure items that I should add to this
document.
Good Soaring,
Paul Remde
Cumulus Soaring, Inc.
www.cumulus-soaring.com
[email protected]
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