FB4:USB mode

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USB connection

Your Flytec Balloon 4 works like a USB memory stick - plug it into your PC or Mac via the supplied Micro USB cable, and the drive FB4 appears on your computer.

  1. Switch your Flytec Balloon 4 off.
  2. Connect the Flytec Balloon 4 to your computer with the USB cable.
  3. Open the drive labelled FB4 on your computer.
  4. Open flight recordings, or drag & drop them to your computer.
  5. Run the FB_Actualizer to ensure your Flytec Balloon 4 runs with the most recent software.
  6. Eject/safely remove the Flytec Balloon 4, before unplugging the USB cable

FB4 drive contents

  • config (folder): Unused at this time
  • flights (folder): Here you find the Google Earth files of your flights. You can drag and drop these files onto your computer, or open them in Google Earth with a double click.
  • igc (folder): Here you find the IGC files of your flights. You can drag and drop these files onto your computer and view them in your personal flight log. On our page data evaluation you find information on what you can do with your IGC data.
  • system (folder): A log of your vario's activities is kept on your Flytec Balloon 4. Our support technicians may ask you to send your log file for trouble shooting.
  • updates (folder): This is the folder in which update files are saved, if a software update is available.
  • FB_Actualizer (program): Run this application every now and then, to ensure your Flytec Balloon runs with the most recent software.

Battery use during USB connection

Batteries are not charged and your Flytec Balloon 4 consumes battery power while it is in USB mode. Do not leave your Flytec Balloon 4 connected to your computer for an extended period of time, as this will drain your battery.

Before disconnecting

To ensure that the data stored on your Flytec Balloon 4 stays healthy, always choose "Eject" on a Mac or "Disconnect Safely" on a Windows PC before disconnecting it from the USB connection.

Re-export of flight recordings

If you accidentally delete an IGC or Google Earth file from your Flytec Balloon 4 while it is in USB mode, don't worry. The last 10 hours of flying are still stored in the Flytec Balloon's internal memory, and you can manually export it from the vario's internal flight log.