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h2. CIMA approval documents and instructions

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Following a decision of the CIMA Plenary 2015, the Air Observer is considered obsolete and is no longer approved for use in CIMA Sanctioned championships.
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For both the Air observer Mini and Air Observer Micro, see the [CIMA section of the main FAI website|http://www.fai.org/microlight/flight_recorders]

h2. Air Observer Downloader

This is used to download the data from Air Observer Mini and Micro loggers to CIMA IGC format.

Installing Air Observer Downloader software is a bit tricky because the installer is pants and does not work properly, but if you follow these instructions carefully you should be able to get it to work. 
* [Download the software|^Air Observer full install.zip].
* Unzip the file somewhere on your computer.
* In the Install folder, double click on *SETUP.EXE* to run the installer.
* Once the installer has finished, go back to the original zip file you downloaded and find the file *after install/AO_MLR.exe*. This must be copied *over* the one the installer put in the install location (eg _C:\Program Files\TiltTech\AO_MLR Downloader\AO_MLR.exe_)
* Copy the two files *loggers.tsv* and *tasks.tsv* to the location where you plan to eventually save your output .igc files.
* Now you can run the downloader\! The installer should have put a shortcut in your start menu.
* Set the location where the eventual output files will be saved.
* Plug in the Air Observer, it does not need to be switched on.
* If windows asks for a USB driver you must now install it... A wizard will open, manually select the *3-USB Driver* folder in the zip file you downloaded.  The wizard should find the correct files and install them onto your computer.
* The Air Observer should now download automatically.
* Note that it is MUCH easier and faster to download Air Observers when the ID of each one has been saved and a task window has been set.
* See Annex 2 of the [appropriate CIMA approval document|http://www.fai.org/microlight/flight_recorders]  for full downloader instructions.

Note this install is known to work on Windows XP and possibly Vista.  It is not known if it works with Windows 7.

h2. Documents
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