Flytec Balloon 4:Software updates

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Software updates

Identifying the current software version

Volirium will periodically issue firmware updates for the Flytec Balloon 4, to improve its functionality and offer new features. It is important to always upgrade to the latest firmware version. The current version of your software is indicated when starting up your Flytec Balloon 4, or in the Menu under Device-About, the number on the first line.

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Note: Your Flytec Balloon 4 consumes battery power when in USB mode. Do not leave it connected to your computer for an extended period of time as this will drain the vario's battery.

Note: Be sure your Flytec Balloon 4's batteries are fully charged before installing new firmware! If the vario runs out of battery power while it is updating its firmware, it may not work properly afterwards.

Installing a firmware update

Connect your Flytec Balloon 4 to a computer to have the FlytecBalloon drive come up. On this drive you find the program 'FB_Actualizer'. Run this program occasionally, or after receiving notice of a new version through our newsletter. The FB_Actualizer program will establish a connection with our server to search for new software, and guide you through the update process.

Update app on Flytec Ballloon 4 drive
Vario is already up to date
Update downloaded, restart vario to install

To complete the installation

  1. Click Eject (sometimes called disconnect safely) on your computer before disconnecting your Flytec Balloon 4 from your computer
  2. Switch on your Flytec Balloon 4 by pressing KB time.png
  3. Confirm Update? by pressing KB ok.png

Your Flytec Balloon 4 will read the new firmware and automatically update itself. During this process you will see 'FLASH' on the display, and the segments in the graphical vario will flash on and off. This process takes about 5 minutes, then the vario will turn itself off automatically.
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 Flytec Balloon 4 will offer to re-install this version the next time you turn it on.

Trouble shooting

Normally, the update process starts automatically the first time you turn on your Flytec Balloon 4 after downloading a new version. If that is not the case, and your Flytec Balloon 4 starts into normal flight mode, here is how you force it to do the update:

  1. Remove the batteries
  2. Connect your vario to the charger
  3. Now the update process will start, you will see 'FLASH' on the display. Let it run until 'END' appears on the screen.
  4. Unplug the charger, and put the batteries back into the battery compartment.

Error messages

When updating the software, 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 our technical support.
  • Error 5: An error occurred in the Element’s main processor. Try again and if it keeps failing, contact our technical support.