Originally Posted by timflight1
Anyone know if the Apple Tile would work to help recover lost aircraft?
For $20, it might be a low cost solution but I haven't reviewed the tech specs to see if it would work.
"Tile casts a signal across a 100-foot radius
, making short work of any haystacks you lose your needles in. And since every phone with Tile helps find your stuff, your search range is potentially limitless."
It looks like 100ft. If lost models are concern, the cheap route is to use one of the audible sirens that activate when the transmitter is not received. I recently read a story of a sailplane pilot that had a fly away from high altitude. The receiver was telemetry capable with a received signal strength value shown on the transmitter. He found his model miles away in the PA mountains. I want to say it was a Hitec setup, but I'd think some of the other manufacturers have this feature too (besides a hacked HobbyKing transmitter).
For those people that haven't seen the free flight NATS in Muncie, they use animal tracker transmitters on free flight models and use a directional antenna to locate.
Sidenote: Fly-aways are a regular thing in that event with models raining across the country side. It's funny to see old people on mini bikes riding across the fields with a big antenna in their hand tracking down their model. They seem to value their free flight models regardless if they cost pennies or thousands, but those guys are of a zen/wizard class that is not understood by outsiders.