Levil Aviation's Broadcasting Outer Module (BOM) officially went on sale this week at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Florida, bringing a unique sensor suite to a wide range of certified and non-certified light aircraft.
The FAA last year approved the BOM avionics pod for installation on certified aircraft as a secondary source of flight data under the Non-Required Safety Enhancing Equipment (NORSEE) program. The unusual-looking pod attaches to the underside of a wing and broadcasts data to the cockpit wirelessly for use by iOS and Android tablet apps. The BOM’s battery is charged by a slipstream-powered generator so there are no wiring requirements. The unit automatically powers on and off by sensing the vibration of the engine.
The pod includes a WAAS GPS sensor for position, AHRS for attitude, ADS-B In traffic and weather, angle-of-attack information, a pitot tube for derived wind speed and direction and flight data logging.
Levil says it is now shipping the BOM to customers. Price with ADS-B In capability is about $2,000 and without the pod sells for about $1,600.