How do the maps work?

Australian METAR Maps are run by a Raspberry Pi which is a single board computer (essentially a mini PC) with wifi.

The Raspberry Pi runs a program that connects to the internet via wifi and downloads all the METARs for Australia.

It then reads all the METARs and assigns each of them a category out of VFR, MVFR, IFR or LIFR.

Once the airport has a category the program will now know what colours the connected LED string should show for each of the lights.

The result is a map of Australia with all the METARs being shown in an easy to understand colour, in real time.

What map styles are there?

I have many styles available for each map.

I have created a guide for choosing a style that suits you here.

Map Styles

How do I connect my map to my WIFI?

Before shipping your map to you I will ask you for your WIFI network name and password so I can configure it for you.

When the map arrives it will work right out of the box.

If you move or make a change to your WIFI network you can always update your map to the new WIFI.

I can help you do it or you can follow this handy guide I created How to change the Wifi network

How can I update my METAR map to the latest version?

If you have an older version of software running on your METAR map you can update it to the latest by following my tutorial here

This tutorial will also add auto-updates so whenever I improve or fix a bug in the code you will get the update the next time you reboot the Raspberry Pi computer running your map

Do you accept credit cards?

Yes!

My website is set up to accept any credit card through Stripe.

Unfortunately there is a 1.6% surcharge due to Stripe fees though.

Do you have afterpay?

Yes!

My website is set up for Afterpay as well.

Unfortunately there is a 6% surcharge due to Afterpay fees.

Do you accept cryptocurrency?

Yes!

My website is set up to accept 10 different cryptocurrencies.

These include:

  • Bitcoin
  • Ethereum
  • Bitcoin Cash
  • Dash
  • Monero
  • Litecoin
  • Zcash
  • Tether
  • Dogecoin (My favourite!)

Unfortunately there is a 0.5% surcharge due to Plisio fees though.

Where do you ship?

We can ship anywhere in Australia or the world although I would need to get a quote for international shipping once you put your order in if you live outside Australia.

Once the order has been completed I will ship the map via Direct Freight Express, Sendle or Auspost and I will send you a tracking number.

How much does shipping cost?

It depends on what you've ordered and where it will be delivered to but here is a list of approximate prices to Metro areas around Australia excluding GST and handling for a full sized map.

HBA/LST  $ 206.75
PER  $ 97.98
ADL  $ 90.26
MEL  $ 82.45
SYD  $ 72.46
BNE  I could deliver it
Smaller maps start at around $15 and go up from there.
New Zealand price is very expensive due to COVID and having less flights (I was quoted $1400). Cheapest sea freight for a full size map was $650 last time but I was able to put 3 maps in the box for 3 different customers. Pre-COVID I was quoted $290 so hopefully it will go back when there are more flights.
How long does it take to receive my map?

All maps are built to order by myself and as I want everyone who purchases a METAR map from me to be 100% happy this means I take my time and make sure everything is perfect for you.

Depending on my workload, both flying and other orders, you could expect your map in 1-2 months but I try and have them completed as soon as possible.

If there are any changes to this timeframe I will let you know and stay in contact to make sure you know I haven't forgotten you.

Mini maps are much quicker and can be sent out a week after the map design is confirmed and sent to the print shop.

What do the METAR colours mean?

The METARs are colour coded into 4 distinct groups and 2 special events:

Green (VFR). Visibility >8km, Cloud >3000ft AGL.
Blue (Marginal VFR). Visibility >5km, Cloud >1000ft AGL.
Yellow (IFR). Visibility  >1600m, Cloud >500ft AGL.
Red (Low IFR). Visibility  <1600m, Cloud <500ft AGL.
Flashing Orange. Winds or Gusts over 25kts
Flashing Magenta. Thunderstorm/Lightning in area

How much power does a map use?

Different designs have different power draws due to the amount of LED's but I have measured a Full Size Australia Map at 2.7W or 0.54 amps.

This equals around 65Wh per day.

At 0.065kwh per day and $0.25/kwh you can expect to pay $0.01625 a day to run the map.

If you had a 20,000mAh powerbank it would last about 37 hours.

How much data does a map use?

I have measured my maps to use around 12Mb download and 2Mb upload per day

Can I have a custom map made?

Yes!

Send any ideas you can think of through to me and I will see if I can do it for you.

I love making new maps!

Can I change any settings on my METAR map?

Yes. There are multiple configuration options available. This is what you can have changed for you.

  • Brightness can be adjusted
  • Thunderstorms can be disabled
  • High winds can be disabled
  • High winds limit can be changed from 25kts
What warranty do the maps come with?

All maps come with a 2 year warranty.

Any issues after that period please do not hesitate to contact me and I will see if I can help.

I want these maps to last a lifetime for you.

What framing options are there?

There are multiple styles of frame which you can choose from. All of the frames are at least 50mm deep to hide all the wiring behind the map completely.

  • Matte Black
  • Matte White
  • Glossy Black
  • Glossy White
  • Natural Oak

Custom frames can be requested also.

Mini maps are standard A4, A3 and A2 size frames. If you have a frame in mind that you've found online let me know and we can work with that.

Cancellations and returns?

As these maps are made to order. Cancellations will be on a case by case basis depending on which map you've ordered and how far I am into the process of completing your map.

I don't accept cancellations on custom maps but can transfer the purchase to someone else if you can find someone who will want your order.

Since all maps are built to order, I only accept returns with an RMA for products that are damaged in shipping or are defective. If your map was damaged in shipping or you believe it is defective, please contact me.

Do you provide support for your maps?

Yes!

I really want you to love your map and be proud of it so I am here to help with any issues you have with the maps.

Please contact me for any issues or questions you may have.