Cygnus Connects Real-World Aviation Apps with Flight Simulation
You want your flight simulator experience to be as realistic as possible. Yet, without the ability to use your iPad for real-time tracking information, you´re forced to use more imagination than you´d like...until now.
Cygnus Home Direct and Cygnus Pro Wireless connect your favorite flight sim to your favorite aviation app running on your iPad or iPhone. Each sends the location of your simulated aircraft to your iPad, fooling your iPad into believing it is at the same place as your simulated aircraft. This allows you to use any application on your iPad just as you would on an actual flight. It´s a perfect way to learn how to get the most out of your applications and to immerse yourself into your simulated flight.
Cygnus Home Direct
Directly connect a single mobile device
Cygnus Pro Wireless
Wirelessly connect 5 mobile devices
A More Accurate and Immersive Experience
You start your virtual flight sim aircraft on a route from Los Angeles to Phoenix. As you run through your pre-takeoff checklist on the tarmac, you reach for your Cygnus-connected iPad and launch your moving-map application. Immediately, your virtual craft appears on the LAX plate.
Since real-time weather is enabled in your flight sim, the thunderstorm you see to the north out of your cockpit also appears on the weather app on your Cygnus-connected iPad. You adjust your route accordingly. Inbound to PHX, you look down at your iPad again and refer to the approach plate already tracking your flight on screen.
It´s a perfect way to learn how to get the most out of your applications and to immerse yourself into your simulated flight.
Learn to Get the Most Out of Your iPad Applications Safely While on the Ground
If you´ve taken a KING course, you know our emphasis on safety and risk management, including regularly scanning the skies visually. This makes real flight a poor classroom for mastering a new aviation app on your iPad. Today´s iPad aviation apps are incredibly rich and deep in functionality, but much of that functionality has only been available to experience and learn in the air—until now. That´s why we love the Redbird Cygnus. It provides the authentic experience of using an aviation app in flight, without the danger of the distraction.
Want to learn how the terrain features on your aviation app work? Point your sim at a mountain and see what is shown by your application. Pre-flying your next cross-country on your sim? Use your Cygnus-connected iPad to learn how to use its great features.
Just like with those fancy new avionics, the place to learn any new technology is safely on the ground, and with Cygnus, you can learn by using your iPad app just as you will in the airplane.
Choose the Cygnus Right For You—Both are Compatible with Your Simulator
Both the Cygnus Home Direct and the Cygnus Pro Wireless are compatible with all Redbird Flight Simulators and also with other Windows computers running one of the following...
- Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000 through Flight Simulator X
- X-Plane 9 and 10 for Windows
- Lockheed Martin Prepar3D
- Microsoft ESP
Cygnus Pro Wireless
Wirelessly connect 5 mobile devices to your flight simulator
How it Works
Cygnus software installs on your computer and automatically connects to any running flight simulation. It then sends the simulator´s position through a special cable that connects your computer to the Bad Elf GPS Pro.
The Bad Elf GPS Pro unit disregards the GPS satellites when the special USB cable is connected and instead believes the simulator airplane´s position. You can then wirelessly connect up to 5 iPads or iPhones to the Bad Elf GPS Pro and it will pass the simulator airplane´s position to each one.
As soon as you disconnect the special cable, the Bad Elf GPS Pro will resume sending the actual GPS position.
Includes Bad Elf GPS Pro
The Bad Elf GPS Pro that you receive with your Cygnus Pro Wireless system is also a fully functional GPS that you can also use in your airplane, boat, car, or on the trail.
The Bad Elf GPS Pro features a large LCD screen that displays your location, speed, heading, altitude, and GPS lock status at a glance. It also has a long battery life of up to 16 hours and allows you to connect up to 5 devices simultaneously via Bluetooth.
Cygnus Home Direct
Directly connects a single mobile device
How it Works
Cygnus software installs on your computer and automatically connects to any running flight simulation. It then sends the simulator´s position through a special cable that connects your computer directly to your mobile device.
When the special USB cable is connected to your mobile device, your mobile device uses the simulator airplane´s position as its current position.
As soon as you disconnect the special cable, your mobile device will resume its own location detection.
Works with Both Wi-Fi and 3G/4G Devices
Your mobile device does not need native GPS to use Cygnus Home Direct. In fact a Wi-Fi only iPad will act as a fully functional GPS unit when the Cygnus cable is attached. However, to add full GPS support, even when disconnected from your computer, we recommend you purchase the Cygnus Wireless Pro, which includes the Bad Elf GPS Pro unit.