Omega Tau Podcast Interview with FLARM Developer

Thanks to Markus Völter, originator and host of the Omega Tau podcast, for sharing this link to his recent interview with Gerhard Wesp, Development Manager for Avionics at Flarm Technology GmbH. Here's an excerpt from Markus' introduction to this interview and to the Omega Tau podcast series in general.

In this episode we talk with Gerhard Wesp, Development Manager Avionics at Flarm Technology GmbH about FLARM, a collision avoidance system for gliders and general aviation. We talk about the history of the FLARM system as well as about newer developments such as the PowerFlarm. Mostly, however, we talk about how FLARM works and how PowerFlarm integrates with Transponders and ADS-B systems.

Omega Tau is a podcast covering interesting topics in science and engineering. In interviews we talk to interesting people either in person or on the phone. For features we visit some interesting location or facility, and record what on-site experts explain to us. We then edit this into a coherent story. The podcast is non-commercial. Currently, there is no sponsoring or advertisement on the shows. All episodes are published under the Creative Commons Non-Derivative License 3.0.

Omega Tau should be fun – for us and for you. While we strive to provide technically accurate content, listening to the shows while running, biking, bathing or in the fitness club. Each episode is between 45 and 120 minutes long to make sure there’s enough time to cover a topic in a comprehensive and fair manner. Depending on the topic, episodes are either in English or German language.

The technically inclined among you may want to explore some of the other 142 podcasts archived on Omega Tau's website. Podcasts have covered topics such as self-driving cars, the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, Space Shuttle Systems and Operations, violin physics, Wolfram Alpha, and Mathematica.

Soaring Café readers should be especially interested in Markus' 2012 interview with Dick Butler about the design, development, and construction of Concordia. Dick flew this 28-meter wonder to 7th place in a field of 26 open class competitors at the 2012 World Gliding Championships in Uvalde, Texas. He plans to fly it again this year in the World Gliding Championships in Leszno, Poland.