Applied Avionics partners with FreeFlight Systems to bring cost-effective, VIVISUN® ADS-B annunciator to business and commercial aviation

October 11, 2017 - IRVING, Texas - NextGen avionics leader FreeFlight Systems announced today the successful integration of its model 1203C SBAS/GNSS sensor and Applied Avionics' VIVISUN® fault annunciator. This product pairing delivers aircraft owners and operators increased flexibility in achieving ADS-B compliance prior to the Federal Aviation Administration's January 1, 2020 deadline.

The VIVISUN® fault annunciator meets the requirements for pilot notification of an ADS-B Out failure, in an easy to install, sunlight readable, affordable package. Customers can select from three, ready-to-ship standard configurations, ranging from a basic annunciator solution to an internal dropout relay, and the ARINC 429 signal converter option. Custom configurations are also available, and in most cases ship in as few as five business days.

"We are thrilled to partner with Applied Avionics to bring more affordable and practical solutions for ADS-B compliance to the market," said Pete Ring, FreeFlight Systems' Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "We pride ourselves in the high-reliability and field performance of our systems, but in the event of an ADS-B Out failure, the VIVISUN® annunciator ensures pilots have the most accurate inflight information."

As a certified ADS-B position source approved for all ICAO jurisdictions, FreeFlight Systems' integrated 15-channel 1203C SBAS/GNSS sensor is part of a fully rule-compliant ADS-B Out system when paired with a compatible, certified Mode S Extended Squitter transponder. There are several hundred 1203Cs in service on multiple aircraft types ranging from airline transport to military, through heavy wing rotorcraft and business platforms. These receivers are characterized by their high performance, ease of installation, operational reliability and longevity. The 1203C also serves as the approved position source for TAWS/FMS, RNP and other NextGen applications, and allows customers to take advantage of the operational and safety benefits provided by the NextGen airspace transformation without the need for extensive and costly avionics upgrades.

About Applied Avionics

Applied Avionics produces rugged, high-quality illuminated pushbutton switches. The company's VIVISUN® LED-illuminated pushbutton switch revolutionized aircraft crew station lighting with sunlight readability and MIL-PRF-22885 qualification for switches. It gained immediate acceptance as the standard in aircraft crew station lighting in both the military and commercial aircraft markets. The company's NEXSYS® brand offers avionics interface solutions and includes its' NEXSYS Component Technology and stand-alone ARINC 429 Signal Converter. Applied Avionics' manufacturing plant in Fort Worth, Texas employs over 80 skilled professionals, and the company has affiliate representation in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Australia, Israel, and Turkey.

About FreeFlight Systems

FreeFlight Systems designs and manufactures high-performance avionics for flight safety. These solutions deliver substantial safety, cost, environmental, and other benefits from the NextGen airspace transformation. Founded in 2001 and based in Texas, the company pioneered the first certified aviation WAAS/GPS receiver and the first rule-compliant UAT ADS-B system. FreeFlight Systems produces a range of high quality, American-made, competitively priced systems for installation in all aircraft types.

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