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In any Portable Station the external microphone/speaker has to develop a mechanical hard job. The ART Portable Station uses the standard Icom HM-234 you can easily get anywhere in case of failure.
The Icom FB-02AR is a BNC male end-fed coiled rubber antenna for VHF airband communications. It has been specially designed for Portable Stations so that overall length is only 20cm.
The Procom FLX 900/1090 is a TNC male end-fed 1/2 wave no ground plane rubber antenna for Transponder communications. Can operate directly connected to the Portable Station or hanging out of the basket. Overall length 17cm.
Use this 3m long coaxial extension cord to hang the transponder antenna out of the basket. This way transponder range is increased as well as no interference to the VHF radio for small signals is produced.
This waterproof rigid carry case ensures full protection against shocks, dust and water. With holes for security locks and pressure regulation valve. To use for safe transportation, shipping and storage of the Portable Station.
The padded cordura carry bag protects the ART Portable Station when in use. Three metal loops for carbine allow easy installation in the basket. Use the side pocket to keep all the accessories and documentation in a safe place.
Use this rigid cover to protect the front side of the Portable Station. This way all delicate parts are safe from shocks when not in use.
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Commercial name Balloon Avionics
Fiscal name Blue Planes, S.L.
Casa de Dalt s/n
P.O. Box 4
08440 - Cardedeu (Spain)
Phone (+34) 93.871.22.37
Tax ID B-66703141
Contact Person Josep Santacana Pérez
Blue Planes SL is a small but agile company founded in 1995 and focused in the aviation supplies market.
Our aim is to serve the pilot community listening carefully to the products and services you need.
We operate 2 trading names: Aeroplans Blaus for the commercial side of the business and Balloon Avionics for product development specialized in the balloon market.
The management team consists of the following members:
Is the founder and one of the pioneers of ultralight aviation in Spain. Pilot, instructor and writer is a reference in the sector. After spending 15 years in the direction of the company leaves it to create CATUAV in the drone market.
Is the CEO of the company. Electronic Engineer and Master in mobile telecommunications has a large experience in business management as well in the tech field.
Is a specialist in business management. Accounting and warehouse control are within her main responsibilities.
The ART-28A Portable Station is the latest version of the successful ART Portable Station series,
the most popular communication box specially designed to operate in hot air balloons.
The key concept is the modular design which allows integration in a single box of a VHF Airband Radio,
Mode-S Transponder and GPS for ADS-B transmission.
The ART-28A Portable Station can be configured to your current requirements whilst it retains the possibility to upgrade it in the future.
Many options are available. Please check the Reference Product Chart to see which is the most suitable for your application.
Our technology partners are FUNKE Avionics and TQ Avionics.
The transponder allows the height, position and call sign of your balloon to be seen clearly by ATC radar leading to increased safety for the balloon operator.
We offer 2 possibilities: Funke TRT800H-LCD and TQ Avionics KTX2-S. If you already have a transponder then you can order the wired version of the Portable Station enabling you to utilise your existing transponder.
The VHF airband radio allows voice communications with any other aircraft, airport control tower and with your ground support crew.
We offer 2 possibilities: Funke ATR833-LCD and TQ Avionics KRT2-S. If you already have the radio then you can order the wired version of the Portable Station to utilise your existing radio.
Get the optional Haicom HI-206 non TSO'd GPS which allows your transponder to transmit ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast) protocol.
Your GPS position, heading and ground speed are precisely shown in Air Traffic Screens in addition to Mode-S data.
All you expect from a professional Portable Station: Fully featured, compact and lightweight design to provide many years of reliable operation.
Let us surprise you with the power of this state-of-the-art Li-Io battery. An integrated BMC (Battery Management Circuit) takes care of every parameter. Voltage, current, temperature and cell balance always under control.
No matter where you fly because the universal battery charger accepts any AC mains network. Using CC-CV (Constant-Current / Constant-Voltage) technique ensures safe full charge in less than 7h.
For very long use the Portable Station can be externally DC powered, keeping the system always alive. The charging port is used for that purpose. A smart circuit detects if the charger or external DC is connected to operate accordingly.
Use the ART Portable Station to power external devices like GPS, tablets and smartphones using the cigarette and USB connectors. Both power outputs are linear regulated to avoid RF interferences and short circuit protected.
The side flanges and the padded cordura carry bag take care of the Portable Station when in use. The the top cover and the rigid waterproof carry case give you peace of mind when shipping.
The available energy in the battery is always shown by the accurate readings of the 3-color LED battery gauge. There is still a remaining emergency energy after last red LED is extinguished.
We are pleased to serve the balloon pilot community and sincerely appreciate your opinions.
"Ordered the 1st Portable Station as a tailor-made project in 2010. Couldn't imagine that was the seed of Balloon Avionics!"Toni Colom
Vol de Coloms
"Had the chance to fly the test unit before first serial production was launched in 2014. I was absolutely convinced that this was the way to go."Manel Rodríguez
"Designed for pilots in mind this Portable Station is amazing. Really rugged and lightweight and the battery lasts more than I could imagine!"Astrid Gerhardt
Balloon Service SG
"The design and craftsmanship of the ART-28A is best of class. The service and support by the team at Balloon Avionics is superb, highly efficient and flawless."Balthasar Wicki
Wicki Partners AG
"Outstanding customer service. Any order, repair or question is processed fast and reasonably priced. Customer is always in mind."Philippe de Cock
Step In Balloons
"Wherever we fly around the world the ART Portable Stations we have are one more of the team. Always performing as expected in any condition."Àngel Aguirre
"Radios and transponders we already had are providing more years of service installed in a new ART-28A Portable Station. Nice feature!"Chiara
Here you can find the user manual of the devices we use in the different configurations of the Portable Station.
Installed devices must be correctly configured to ensure proper operation. Here you can find the factory setup for all of them. Please check before sending units for service.
Other support documentation.
Balloon Avionics do provide full support to the ART-28A Portable Station and installed devices.
In the event of any issue please contact us.
The ART-28A Portable Station itself can be only serviced at the factory. The radio and/or transponder installed can be serviced only in the manufacturer designed repair centers.
Only pre-paid shipping goods are accepted.
Both manufactures provide high quality EASA Form 1 approved devices, that's why we have selected to install their radios and transponders in the Portable Station.
Characteristics and specifications are very similar so that we suggest to read the user manuals and check the manufacturer's websites to see which is the best for you. Any decision will be successful.
When you already have a radio or a transponder from FUNKE Avionics (ATR833-II / TRT800H) or TQ Avionics (KRT2-S / KTX2-S) you can install by yourself in the ART-28A Portable Station because all the necessary wiring is done.
Simply open the box with a Phillips screwdriver, fix the device in the front panel and plug the main harness and antenna connectors. All the job is done!
If you have a device from another manufacturer or not listed above please contact us.
Yes it is, and we encourage you to do that to enjoy all the improvements we add in any new launch. If interested, please contact and let us know which Portable Station do you have to prepare an upgrade quotation.
You will be surprised how fast and affordable it is.
Check the mic/speaker is correctly connected to the Portable Station.
Check the volume of the radio is not too low and the squelch not too high. See standard setup for your radio in the support section.
Check the COM antenna is correctly connected and in good condition.
Check the active frequency is in the upper side and the standby frequency in the lower side.
Check the COM antenna is correctly connected and in good condition.
Check the COM antenna is not too close to metal or body parts. They absorb the transmitted RF signals.
Check the recommended setup parameters related to MIC levels.
Consider VHF radio communications are only possible in the line of sight, without any obstacle interfering.
Check the transponder is not in standby mode.
Check the ATC antenna is correctly connected and in good condition. Also check coaxial extension cord if used.
Check the ATC requested code is in the upper side (active code), not in the lower side (standby code).
Press ID button in the transponder if requested by the ATC.
Consider transponder operation is only possible in the line of sight, without any obstacle interfering.
Check the HEX code and registration has been correctly setup in the transponder.
Check communication parameters between the transponder and the GPS have been correctly setup. See standard setup for your transponder and GPS in the support section.
FR24 is a very nice an useful website but not an official aviation service. Check you are in a FR24 coverage area.
Check if your transponder has correctly setup the Aircraft Type.
Not all FR24 receivers provide Aircraft Type to the website so you can appear as a plane despite everything is correctly setup in your transponder.
Check the battery has a minimum of charge. Charge at least for 10 minutes to ensure the minimum charge level to power on the Portable Station.
Cycle the main switch ON-OFF-ON to reset the internal electronic overload protection.
The battery is already fully charged.
Check the main switch is in the Charge position.
Check the charger is correctly connected to AC mains and to the Portable Station Charge input.
If the Portable Station has been submerged in an exciting skimming the water flight or has dropped from an excessive height please send us pictures of the wreckage to see if we can save any part!