Using X-Plane to Visualize INS Data

Using X-Plane to Visualize INS Data

Getting data to the finish line is always tricky. Acquisition is one part of that equation, but the part that more often puts me in front of a laptop with my headphones on and a weird look on my face is the reduction. It's very engaging to find ways to look at data that are intuitive and useful, and I work pretty hard to build a "toolbox" of scripts that get data into a usable format in time to brief the next sortie. Usually this takes the form of the plots that show up elsewhere on this site, but the introduction of the INS as a data acquisition tool meant that I had a ton of data and needed a better way to look at it.

Testing the BoxDAQ

Testing the BoxDAQ

The BoxDAQ project has been a whirlwind of excitement so far. It started in December of 2016, when I bought a VectorNav VN-200 Rugged INS to use for improving the accuracy of our air data calibration maneuvers. I was really impressed with the data, but it wasn't long before Wasabi called me up and said they had an Extra 300L with an empty front seat that was going to be spending some time upside down in the near future.