essential component for your GPS system
Today’s modern avionics integrate many functions with
your GPS, but standard installations leave many
important features untapped. The TAS 1000 Multi-Function
Data Source was specifically designed to supply all the
information needed to fill in the missing pieces of your
GPS or MFD display in real-time.
In addition to it’s role as an important partner in your
GPS system, the TAS 1000 MFDS is a versatile
multi-function instrument. Configured by the pilot to
meet exact needs, TAS 1000 is simple and user-friendly.
I just love
Everyone underestimates the importance of having an
instantaneous display of wind speed and direction until
they see it in action. Once pilots have experienced
flying with the WindicatorTM, they won’t fly without it!
function fuel computer
The simple dedicated fuel computer is now obsolete. The
TAS 1000 MFDS offers extensive fuel management
information, and is user configured using a rotary
switch for fuel setting. TAS makes it easier and faster
to initialize, than other fuel computers.
has the best, built-in Altitude Alerter on the market.
Unlike other add-on alerters that depend on the coarse
resolution of an altitude encoder, the TAS uses
baro-corrected altitude derived directly from static
Improve safety and precision of your IFR
procedures with TAS 1000’s altitude alerter.
Modern GPS systems require a baro setting input. The TAS
1000 MFDS can read baro setting from many types of
altimeters, incorporate it into its calculations, and
transmit to most GPS’s. The pilot just sets the
altimeter and everything else is automatically updated.
may save your life
Among the many features that are unique, the TAS 1000
MFDS displays Gradient. The rate of climb or decent is
expressed in feet per nautical mile. Safe IFR arrival
and departure procedures depend on minimum gradients for
safe obstacle clearance. Most pilots have little
practical experience gauging gradient. It changes with
airplane configuration, engine performance, altitude,
temperature, and wind. Gradient becomes critically
important when an engine fails. The TAS allows you to
maximize glide gradient in a single. In a twin, on one
engine, blue line speed rarely offers best performance.
However, the TAS display in feet per nautical mile is a
direct measure of climb performance under all
conditions. Knowing your gradient performance in an
emergency can make a critical difference.
temperature will clarify your icing decisions
When an aircraft is in motion the OAT probe reports a
temperature higher than the surrounding air. The faster
the indicated airspeed, the greater the error. That is
why pilots are taught icing can occur in above freezing
temperatures. Of course it can’t. The TAS 1000 MFDS
computes Static Air Temperature, that represents the
actual temperature of water droplets in the cloud. When
you use SAT, your icing decisions will be a lot clearer.
temperature, the key to your performance charts
Does your airplane meet the book? Pilot Operating
Handbook tables require temperature expressed as a
deviation from a standard that changes with altitude.
The TAS computes the required ISA temperature from
altitude, airspeed, and outside air temperature.
Erroneous temperature data will destroy the accuracy of
any performance calculation. The TAS provides the
altitude encoder woes
Inexpensive blind encoders are the most common causes of
altitude reporting problems. The TAS 1000 MFDS’s
accurate altitude information can be sent to your
transponder and GPS. It is aviation’s most precise
backup for your essential IFR instruments
Safe flight in IFR conditions demands precise altitude,
air speed and vertical speed information. With near
perfect accuracy, the TAS 1000 will serve as a standby
altimeter, air speed and IVSI, independently of the
airport with wind information
Helicopter, seaplane, EMS, and bush pilots who land off
airport can now have the advantage of real-time,
right-now wind information.
Floatplanes offer a challenge like no other airplane.
Every landing is different. The pilot alone must assess
the wind conditions and decide where to land. The
Windicator’sTM accurate real- time wind information
ensures landing directly into the wind on every
approach. Even as the winds change below the tree line
or near rugged terrain, the WindicatorTM keeps you
informed. For floatplane operations, it’s magic.
wind shear on approach
Wind shear is invisible and takes its victims by
surprise. Sudden and significant loss of airspeed can
bring even the biggest airplane down. Knowledge of
real-time wind information on short final can prevent
wind shear accidents. When the winds reported by the
tower and the WindicatorTM differ, you know there will
be a wind shift during the approach.
the winds to your best advantage on every flight. You’ll
save time and money when you do. Pick the best tail wind
or the least head wind and easily decide on best speed
or range. The dynamic display of actual fuel efficiency
responds immediately to changes in conditions so you can
assess the effect of winds even in climb.
your payload with Windicator accuracy.
Jet aircraft flight parameters based on current
conditions are immediately available on the TAS display.
You need not refer to charts, tables or graphs or
calculate anything by hand. Just turn the knob to
display V1, Vr, V2, Vref, etc for current conditions.
This information is custom tailored for your specific
Multi-Function Data List:
Density Altitude Difference
True Air Speed
Static Air Temperature
Total Fuel Flow
Total Fuel Used
Left Fuel Flow
Left Fuel Used
Right Fuel Flow
Right Fuel Used
Wind Correction Angle
Exclusive Jet Functions
Take-Off Decision Speed
Take-Off Power Setting
Current Aircraft Weight
Static Error Correction
TAS 1000 Multi-Function Data Source is several
instruments in one. Prior to Insight’s innovation,
several instruments were required to provide the
functionality now available in one small box. Fuel
totalizers have long been a part of the GA cockpit, but
air data has traditionally been available only for heavy
aircraft - until the TAS 1000.
Air Data computers evolved in jets as a component of
sophisticated autopilots, as a data source for FMS
(flight management systems), and inertial navigation
The TAS Multi-Function Data Source can
provide the same functionality for at a fraction of the
Those who fly jet aircraft are also served by the
Insight TAS 1000, as it is TSO certified to 55,000 ft
and 500 kts, and can be purchased with additional high
the TAS 1000 meets the stringent requirements of no less
that 5 FAA TSO’s, it comes with actual calibration
documents to prove it. Don’t be surprised to see
accuracy ten times better than the requirements.
TAS 1000 Altitude
An altitude alerter is
designed to warn the pilot of deviations from a target
altitude. While useful and convenient in cruise, it is
most valuable during instrument approaches. Flying step
down altitudes of GPS approaches are easier and safer
with an alerter.
Alerters are mandatory in
turboprops and jets, but troublesome and rare in piston
aircraft. Add-on alerters have been prone to false
alarms, require constant baro updating and were
frustrating to use. The TAS alerter solves these
Instead of reading encoder altitude, it has it’s own
internal source of very accurate baro-corrected altitude
derived directly from static pressure, so it performs
precisely without false alarms.
TAS 1000 has the magic baro connection that will
electronically read the baro setting right from your
altimeter. Updating the baro on your primary altimeter
updates your TAS altimeter, TAS alerter and GPS baro
too. Automatically keeping the baro settings in perfect
agreement prevents errors and false alarms. Like all
other TAS functions the alerter is pilot configurable.
You may tailor the warning band to meet your needs.
The TAS alerter is an integral function of all TAS
systems, requires no extra equipment or installation
time, no extra panel space and is included at no extra
1000 Feet Warning
When the aircraft is 1000 feet away from the selected
altitude the altitude alert you will hear one beep.
At 100 feet prior to target the TAS 1000 will activate
the altitude alert and you will hear two beeps.
Outside The Altitude Warning Band
Once the airplane is inside the altitude warning band
the TAS 1000 will enter the warning mode and remain
silent. TAS 1000 will activate the altitude alert output
and you will hear three beeps whenever the aircraft
altitude goes above or below the altitude warning band.
New Target Altitude if the pilot selects a different
altitude alert value before the aircraft exceeds the
altitude warning band, the TAS 1000 will not activate
altitude alert output (equivalent with three beeps).
Instead TAS will monitor the altitude and activate when
the aircraft is 1000 feet away from the new target
altitude selected value.
Alert warning function menu can be configured from the
list of active menus in “Configuration Mode”.
TAS 1000 Optional Encoder
Altitude Encoder / Overspeed
Insight’s TAS 1000 is an excellent
altimeter with accuracy exceeding certified sensitive
altimeters. A match box size module converts the TAS
altitude data into encoder format. A unique feature of
this module is the single cable connection to the TAS.
This small cable conveys power and signal. This
simplifies wiring and reduces complexity. Several
modules may share this data buss to provide encoder
information where needed, without running long
multiconductor cables from the nose or tail.
This can save thousands of dollars in
The TAS 1000 is TSO’d as a Mach
overspeed and IAS overspeed system, features important
in high performance turboprops and jets.
expansion module is programmed at Insight with overspeed
alerts for your specific aircraft model type.
Insight Instruments expansion module system provides
altitude information and overspeed warning information
to the pilot. It does so by receiving altitude and
overspeed warning information from the TAS 1000
Multi-Function Data Source.
TAS 1000 measures
static and pitot pressure, computes altitude and air
speed every second, and sends them to the expansion
The expansion module acknowledges every
successful reception of data, by sending back a special
message to the TAS 1000 MFDS.
module receives the data, checks for transmission
errors, converts the altitude to Gray code for use by
the transponder or GPS. From the same data, the altitude
encoder will determine whether or not it should activate
the overspeed warning.
When the pilot wants to run an overspeed test he has
to switch to this menu and push the button. During this
test, the pilot should hear the overspeed warning.
TAS 1000 -
technology you will use every flight.