Element Track:Software updates

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Identifying the current software version

Flytec will periodically issue firmware updates for the Element to improve its functionality and offer new features. It is important to upgrade to the latest firmware version. The current version of your software is indicated, when starting up your Element. If the vario is switched on, you can check your version as follows:

Press and hold MENU then use the arrow keys to navigate to factory settings. Press OK.
Use the arrows and choose serial number. Press OK.
What you see displayed is the first line of the firmware version, below is the serial number of your Elements (S/N) as well as an internal identifier.

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Note: Your Element consumes battery power when in USB mode. Do not leave it connected to your computer for an extended period of time or you will drain your battery.

Note: be sure you have fresh batteries before installing new firmware! If your Element runs out of battery power while it is updating its firmware, it may not work properly.

Installing a firmware update

When you connect your Element to a computer it will appear as an external hard drive. On this drive you find the programme "Element Update". Open the programme and it will establish a connection with our server to search for new software. The programme takes you automatically through the update process. A green tick appears for all completed steps. If there is no update available for your Element, the screen will show a green bar as depicted below.

  • Update app on Element drive
  • Element Update programme

Installing a firmware update before software version 1.3.10

Learn how to transfer data via USB cable between the Element and a computer. When you connect it to your computer it will appear as an external hard drive. Download the new firmware from the Element Track website, then connect your Element, and drag-and drop the UPG file into the folder named update.

Switch off your Element.
Connect the Element to your computer with the USB cable.
Open the drive labelled ELEMENT on your computer.
Open the folder named update.
Drag-and-drop the UPG file from your desktop into the folder update.
Click Eject or Disconnect Safely before disconnecting your Element.
Switch on your Element.
Confirm Update? by pressing OK.

Note: Always choose "Eject" on a Mac or "Disconnect Safely" on a PC before disconnecting your Element.

Your Element will read the new firmware and automatically update itself. Note that this could take a few minutes. The firmware file remains in the update folder after the update, but its ending changes from .upg to _pg. If you change the ending back to .upg, your Element will offer to install it again the next time you switch it on. If multiple files with the ending .upg exist in the update folder, the Element will automatically choose only the newest one.

Error messages

When updating the software of your Element, you may get one of five error messages.

  • Error 1: There is no update file. Go through the procedure above and try again.
  • Error 2: The update file is corrupt. Go through the procedure above and try again.
  • Error 3: There is more than one vaild update file. Check the contents of your update folder and ensure there is only one file ending in .upg
  • Error 4: An error occurred in the Element’s sub-processor. Try again and if it keeps failing, contact Flytec.
  • Error 5: An error occurred in the Element’s main processor. Try again and if it keeps failing, contact Flytec.