The easiest way to use the ARINC 429 or
ARINC 717 functionality of your LX429-5 board is with CoPilot, Ballard's Windows-based software. CoPilot is an intuitive, interactive program that simplifies the
testing and simulation of ARINC 429/717 systems. In CoPilot, you can quickly build transmit schedules and enter and display data in meaningful engineering units. The Sequential Monitor captures,
records, filters, displays, and exports 429 traffic. Equipment ID and label definitions are built into the CoPilot 429 database. For ARINC 717, CoPilot allows you to view, analyze, simulate and record
bus activity from an aircraft Digital Flight Data Acquisition Unit or Digital Data Recorder output databus. CoPilot features include virtual instruments, hardware and software playback modes, and scripting.
CoPilot also supports MIL-STD-1553, ARINC 708, ARINC 664/AFDX® protocols and limited serial communications. You can add CoPilot at anytime. However, you will receive a discount when you purchase CoPilot
bundled with the hardware.
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Alternatively, users can develop their own applications using the included BTIDriver API. With only a few function calls, a program can operate the Lx429-5 and process messages to and from the avionics
databuses. Functions include routines for transmitting, receiving, scheduling, recording, time-tagging, and data manipulation.
Driver software is included for Windows®, Linux®, VxWorks®, INTEGRITY®, LabVIEW, and LabVIEW-RT. Contact Ballard for availability of drivers for other operating systems.
The translation DLL (included) makes it easy to convert applications previously written for other Ballard products to run on this family of products.