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FreeFlight Systems announces Avail Performance Package to provide a complete ADS-B solution for twin turboprop aircraft

March 26, 2018 - IRVING, Texas - NextGen avionics leader FreeFlight Systems announced today that is has launched the Avail Performance Package that provides a cost-effective and complete ADS-B solution for King Air and twin turboprop aircraft. Included in the Avail package is dual 1090 Mode S/ES transponders, a RANGR-RX/G 978 ADS-B receiver with an internal WAAS/GPS, integrated WiFi, and a single control head. These remote-mounted solutions will provide twin turboprop aircraft a modular, all-in-one solution to equip with ADS-B In and Out for the upcoming January 1, 2020 mandate.

The FDL-1090-TX is one of the smallest Mode S/ES transponders available today - the unit can be mounted anywhere within the pressure vessel. The control head’s intuitive user interface features positive control knobs and push buttons for squawk codes designation, IDENT and VFR operations on the sunlight-readable, backlit LED display, and fits in a standard two-and-a-quarter inch instrument mounting.

The TSO-certified RANGR-RX/G serves as the compliant position source required for ADS-B and also provides pilots with critical ADS-B Flight Information Services Broadcast (FIS-B) and Traffic Information Services Broadcast (TIS-B) data, both modernizing the aircraft cockpit and drastically improving situational awareness. The RANGR-RX offers clients an installed solution that provides inflight ADS-B In information to a multitude of preferred MFDs, mobile EFBs, and tablet devices for viewing traffic and weather while inflight.

"With just over two years remaining to meet the ADS-B Rule, there is a lack of cost-effective, high-quality options for twin turboprop aircraft," said Pete Ring, FreeFlight Systems’ Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "This is an ideal solution for many of our clients where a non-disruptive, remote-mounted option is preferred." 

The AML STC for the Avail program is scheduled for release in late summer 2018, and will include most common twin turboprop aircraft. Clients can pre-buy the package now at a discounted rate. 

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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. 

 

FreeFlight Systems partners with Avidyne to provide ADS-B In with IFD Series

March 26, 2018 - IRVING, Texas - NextGen avionics leader FreeFlight Systems announced today that the Company will provide their certified RANGR ADS-B receivers to Avidyne customers. Avidyne will bundle an IFD system and a ADS-B Out-capable Mode S transponder with FreeFlight Systems RANGR-RX ADS-B receiver to offer a complete ADS-B solution. By combining the strength and reliability of the Avidyne series of Mode S transponders with FreeFlight Systems RANGR-RX ADS-B receiver, this avionics package will provide general aviation aircraft a complete and cost-effective way to equip with ADS-B In and Out for the upcoming January 1, 2020 mandate.

The TSO-certified RANGR-RX provides pilots with critical ADS-B Flight Information Services Broadcast (FIS-B) and Traffic Information Services Broadcast (TIS-B) data, both modernizing the aircraft cockpit and drastically improving situational awareness. The RANGR-RX offers clients an installed solution that provides inflight ADS-B In information to multitude of preferred mobile EFB applications and installed multi-function displays like Avidyne’s IFD550/540/440 product line.

"Through our partnership with Avidyne, aircraft operators can now purchase a comprehensive package that provides enhanced situational awareness through the available ADS-B services,” said Pete Ring, FreeFlight Systems’ Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "This is an ideal solution for many of general aviation clients who want to fly with the additional benefits that ADS-B In brings to the cockpit." 

IFD clients can purchase an AXP340 or AXP322 Mode S transponder with ADS-B Out and a RANGR-RX for ADS-B In at a bundled rate directly from Avidyne. The RANGR-RX ADS-B In product will be shipped and supported directly by FreeFlight Systems. 

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. 

About Avidyne Corporation
Avidyne’s continuing leadership in innovation and product design make flying safer, more accessible and more enjoyable for pilots and their passengers. The company offers a full line of panel-mounted avionics including their IFD-Series FMS/ GPS/ NAV/ COMs, AMX240 audio panel, and DFC90 digital flight control systems. With a complete range of SkyTrax ADS-B solutions, including the SkyTrax AXP322 and AXP340 Mode S Transponders with ADS-B Out, the SkyTrax and TAS-A with ADS-B In, Avidyne provides complete support for the worldwide NextGen ATC surveillance upgrade. Headquartered in Melbourne, FL, the company has additional facilities in Westerville, OH, and Concord, MA.  

 

FreeFlight Systems expands ADS-B installation options for Embraer 135/145 fleet equipped with Honeywell RCZ transponders

March 1, 2018 - IRVING, Texas - NextGen avionics leader FreeFlight Systems announced today that New United Goderich, Inc., of Huron Park, Ontario, has amended their Embraer 135/145 aircraft STC to include Honeywell’s RCZ-8XXM Mode S Extended Squitter transponders and FreeFlight Systems’ 1203C SBAS/GNSS sensor for a complete ADS-B Out solution. This amendment enables all Embraer ERJ 135/145 variants in FAA jurisdictions to have ADS-B installed with the same kit used for the Honeywell RCZ-8XXE. It also eliminates the need for the aircraft to have a Honeywell FMS, as the ADS-B system will work with any FMS available in the marketplace today. EASA validation of the amendment is expected in April of this year.

About 1,000 variants of the Embraer 135/145 are in active service worldwide. This solution utilizes a streamlined, simple design to minimize installation aircraft down time - the amendment requires no additional flight testing. Mandatory ADS-B Out equipage is in effect or is scheduled in most jurisdictions globally, with the U.S. ADS-B mandate only 22 months away. 

“This ADS-B retrofit option offers regional carriers a very compelling solution to meet NextGen requirements in jurisdictions worldwide,” said Pete Ring, VP of Sales and Marketing, FreeFlight Systems. “The 1203C is and ideal solution for transport category aircraft that delivers regulatory compliance while adding capability and operational flexibility.”

The FreeFlight Systems 1203C SBAS/GNSS sensor is a certified, high-integrity position source in a compact, lightweight package. The 1203C pairs seamlessly with certified Mode S Extended Squitter transponders to provide a fully rule-compliant ADS-B Out system. 

With several hundred 1203Cs in service today across airline transport, military, and business aviation platforms, these receivers are characterized by their high performance, ease of installation, operational reliability and longevity. The 1203C can also serve as as the approved position source for TAWS/FMS, RNP, and other NextGen applications, and allows clients to take advantage of the operational and safety benefits provided by the NextGen airspace transformation without the need for extensive and costly avionics upgrades.     

Additionally, The 1203C is available with an optional ADS-B receiver - the RANGR-RX. This product pairing provides a certified ADS-B position source as well as critical ADS-B Flight Information Services Broadcast (FIS-B) data, both modernizing the aircraft cockpit and drastically improving situational awareness. The RANGR-RX offers clients an installed solution that provides inflight ADS-B In information to multitude of preferred mobile EFB applications and installed multi-function displays.


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. 

About New United Goderich
New United Goderich Inc. is the one-stop aircraft maintenance, modification and refurbishment facility located in Huron Park Ontario Canada (ICAO: CYCE, IATA: YCE). With over 100 skilled employees and over 20 years of industry experience. They have the capability to perform almost any task within the realm of aircraft maintenance, avionics upgrades, paint, refurbishment and modifications. Providing our clients with access to two large paint bays, an interior refurbishment workshop, a composite/structures workshop, a custom cabinetry workshop, an avionics diagnostic department, and an engineering department. Their experience has grown to encompass many different models of various aircraft OEMs, including Boeing, Bombardier, Cessna, Dornier, Embraer, Falcon, Gulfstream and SAAB.  Work scopes are approved and certified by Transport Canada (TCCA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the Brazilian National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC), as well as the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

 

FreeFlight Systems adds more transponder integration options for 1203C SBAS/GNSS sensor as part of Rockwell Collins’ new AML STC for ADS-B compliance

February 21, 2018 - IRVING, Texas - NextGen avionics leader FreeFlight Systems announced today that the Company’s 1203C SBAS/GNSS sensor is now approved for installation with Rockwell Collins’ latest TDR-94/94D transponder variant. Rockwell Collins has received FAA approval of an Approved Model List Supplemental Type Certificate (AML-STC) for ADS-B Out installations across a wide range of Part 23 Class 3 and 4 aircraft with an additional Part 25 certification coming later in 2018. This product pairing provides legacy aircraft registered in the United States a complete and cost-effective way to meet equipage requirements for the upcoming ADS-B mandate. Additional foreign validations are planned to support mandate compliance in other regions.

The FreeFlight Systems 1203C SBAS/GNSS was designed to be modular and integratable with various other avionics, providing full ADS-B Out compliance when paired with a compatible Mode S Extended Squitter transponder like the TDR-94/94D. Select part numbers of the TDR-94/94D can be upgraded via service bulletin or exchange to the latest ADS-B Out compliant status. 

With several hundred 1203Cs in service today across airline transport, military, and business aviation platforms, these receivers are characterized by their high performance, ease of installation, operational reliability and longevity. The 1203C can also serve 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.    

"We are pleased to collaborate with Rockwell Collins’ on this AML STC program which provides clients a flexible and practical ADS-B solution," said Pete Ring, FreeFlight Systems' Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "Rockwell Collins’ approach is inline with our goals of making rule-compliant ADS-B operations available to all aircraft types, with minimal disruption to existing aircraft avionics, regardless of the age of the aircraft."

With the ADS-B mandate now only 22 months away, business aircraft operators need to prioritize ADS-B installations during routine aircraft maintenance. Significant portions of today’s business aircraft fleet will remain in service long after 2020, and in many cases an STC’d retrofit solution comprising of a transponder upgrade and the addition of a dedicated SBAS/GNSS receiver like the 1203C is the simplest and most cost-effective way to achieve mandate compliance.

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. 

About Rockwell Collins
Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL) is a leader in aviation and high-integrity solutions for commercial and military customers around the world. Every day we help pilots safely and reliably navigate to the far corners of the earth; keep warfighters aware and informed in battle; deliver millions of messages for airlines and airports; and help passengers stay connected and comfortable throughout their journey. As experts in flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, cabin interiors, information management, mission communications, and simulation and training, we offer a comprehensive portfolio of products and services that can transform our customers’ futures.

 

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