I've wondering if the use of a hot-wire anemometer such as the $17 Modern Device one could be an alternative to pitot tubes:



I've done some research and according to (http://www.kanomax-usa.com/news/HotWire_vs_Pitot.html) the thermal anemometer could be an alternative to the pitot tube below 5.000 fpm (91km/h). 

And here some discussion on the calibration:


I guess there are other factors into consideration such as the response time, temperature dependency, etc, but for lower speed airframes it may be a viable alternative. 

Any thoughts? 

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  • if a waterdrop/snow/slush/flake temporarily cover a heated pitot, It does not cause problems.

    With hot-wire approach I am thinking of two issues

    1: if the sensor is hit covered by a waterdroplet (and cooled) - teh IAS will increase.

    2: climbing up from a cold valley at -15C , hitting warmer air at maybe 0degC :  (any additional sluggishness in thermometer would make it seem like airspeed is much higher..(and I would not like to have higher IAS than real during climb)

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