Originally invented in 2004, FLARM is still today the only prevalent alternative to the expensive TCAS system used in airliners. The system and technology itself is described under the Technology section.
The original or Classic FLARM that was developed over a decade ago has seen some major change in the last years. The Classic FLARM has today been replaced by the PowerFLARM line of products. PowerFLARM is faster, has an increased range and many new safety features.
In addition to PowerFLARM devices manufactured by FLARM Technology, there are many devices available from licensed manufacturers. A wealth of FLARM compatible displays and other devices are also available on the market. Altogether, there are over 50 different FLARM compatible products available.
PowerFLARM is the improved FLARM technology based on the well-proven Classic FLARM. PowerFLARM devices feature stronger transmitters, higher sensitivity receivers, optional antenna diversity, better interference protection, a faster processor with more memory, and EASA approval. Various PowerFLARM devices also include an ADS-B and transponder receiver to detect aircraft not yet equipped with FLARM.
In addition to the award-winning collision avoidance functionality of FLARM, the system can also be easily extended with other valuable features. Especially acclaimed is our unique obstacle collision warning system, which upgrades the FLARM system to warn also about imminent obstacle collisions.
In addition to the PowerFLARM devices sold by FLARM Technology, there are many different displays and accessories available on the market. FLARM devices from other vendors are sold under license from us and are fully compatible with all other FLARM devices.
PowerFLARM is a technology platform open to developers, avionics manufacturers, and system integrators. Small and lightweight modules are available, which can be easily integrated into other hardware. The modules can also be used to develop stand-alone FLARM devices.