Pilot Speech Recognition
VoiceFlight's VFS101 is the world's first speech recognition system to be certified by the FAA for use in civilian aircraft. The system allows pilots to enter waypoints and airways into their GNS-430/530 GPS units up to ten times faster than is possible using the tedious concentric knobs.
A short video demonstration is available to illustrate the exceptional speed, accuracy, and convenience of the VFS101 system. The true measure of the system, however, is reflected in the comments provided by customers already using the system for their routine flight operations.
BETA TEST Version of VFS User Nav ApplicationMay 20, 2015
A new, BETA TEST Version of the VFS101 User Nav Application is available below. This version restores identifiers for some smaller airports that were omitted in past versions. More specifically, three character airport identifiers that begin with a letter but include one or more digits in the subsequent character positions (e.g. X14).
If you are able to test this version with your VFS101, please report issues/results (positive or negative) to VFS101 (at) VoiceFlight (dot) com, so that this version can be promoted to the "default" version when appropriate.
If necessary, the previous version of the VFS User Nav Application can be re-installed from the VFS User Nav Page (http://www.voiceflight.com/content/vfs101-user-nav-updates).
You should see a "small" increase in the total number of waypoints in the VFS101 database as reported by the VFS User Nav application. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by these missing waypoints.
VoiceFlight VFS101 DiscontinuedSeptember 22, 2014
It is with great sorrow and regret that we announce that VoiceFlight Systems LLC is discontinuing manufacture, sales and support of its VFS101 Speech Recognition System.
On July 22, Garmin finally announced a solution to the cumbersome GNS-430/530 knob twisting that spawned the initial VoiceFlight development effort. Although we firmly believe the VFS101 provides a superior interface, Garmin's new Connext product line has had a profound effect on VFS101 sales. Despite our best efforts, VoiceFlight simply does not have the resources, equipment, or staff to continue the VFS101 product any longer.
VoiceFlight Systems will not be producing any further Nav Updates. For those customers that wish to continue using their VFS101, we have developed (at considerable effort) a Window application to build your own VFS101 Nav Updates without VoiceFlight assistance. Further details can be found here.
We have seen only a single field failure (shortly after installation) in all of the VFS101 units that were shipped. However, we are making arrangements with a distributor to hold a small quantity of additional production units to address any additional hardware failures that may occur. Details will be posted on the Support page when available.
The demise of the VFS101 is extremely unfortunate for all concerned. For our Investors that have lost millions of dollars, for our Customers that will not receive the level of support that we had intended, and for our Employees and their Families that have endured 80 hour weeks for years, frequently with little or no salary. Although of small solace, I offer my profound and heartfelt apologies that we were not able to grow the VFS101 into a viable and sustainable product line.Sincerely,
J. Scott Merritt, President and Founder
VoiceFlight Systems LLC
Approval for Aircraft over 6,000 lbsMarch 15, 2014
VoiceFlight has received an amended STC and amended AML that now include numerous Part 23 aircraft over 6,000 lbs. The Documents page of the VoiceFlight website has been updated with the revised documents. The new aircraft are listed at the end of the AML (rows #116 - #146).
GNS430/530 Main Software 5.10February 27, 2014
We are pleased to report that the existing VFS101 Software Version 3.2.3 does indeed operate with Garmin's new GNS Main Software 5.10. This configuration has been included in the Amended STC dated 5-Mar-2014.
VFS101 now certified with GNS430/530 Main Software 5.03September 17, 2013
VoiceFlight has received an amended STC that includes operation with Garmin's GNS 430W/530W Version 5.03 Main Software update. The new VFS101 software (Version 3.2.3) fully supports expanded flight plans (with 100 waypoints) and includes a new feature that allows pilots to omit intersection waypoints when entering a sequence of airways.
The Documents page of the VoiceFlight website has been updated with the new reference manuals for the amended STC. VFS101 units with the updated software are in stock and available for immediate shipment from our network of 85+ VoiceFlight Dealers.
Amended Supplemental Type CertificateJanuary 30, 2013
VoiceFlight is pleased to announce that it has received an amended STC that allows the VFS101 to operate interchangeably with WAAS or Non-WAAS GNS430/530 GPS units. The software approved with this STC also expands existing VFS101 functionality to include:
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