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FreeFlight Systems Introduces The RANGR FDL-1090-TX, A Compact ADS-B Out Mode S Transponder For Flight in Class A Airspace

High-Performance 1090ES System Pairs with WAAS/GPS For ADS-B Out Compliance; Delivers Long-Term Value As Foundation of Comprehensive ADS-B Solution

Waco, Texas, March 5, 2013 -- FreeFlight Systems introduced today the RANGR FDL-1090TX system, a compact, high-performance Mode S 1090MHz extended squitter (1090ES) transponder that pairs with a WAAS/GPS to make a rule-compliant ADS-B Out installation in aircraft operating in Class A airspace. The foundation of a comprehensive, long-term ADS-B solution, the system can be expanded with a FreeFlight Systems 978MHz receiver for weather, traffic and other ADS-B datalink services.


The RANGR FDL-1090-TX is one of the smallest Mode S transponders for GA aircraft and weighs less than 1 pound with the compact panel-mounted controller and built-in altitude encoder. The controller's intuitive controls feature positive-control knobs and push buttons for squawk codes, IDENT, VFR and for viewing ADS-B position data on the sunlight-readable, backlit LCD display. Designed for straightforward installation, the system's remote transponder may be mounted anywhere within the airframe. The RANGR FDL-1090-TX is available alone or with the FreeFlight Systems 1201 WAAS/GPS and GPS antenna in an optional certified and pre-configured ADS-B Out system bundle.

To enable ADS-B In weather and traffic, the FDL-1090-TX may be expanded with a FreeFlight Systems RANGR or XPLORER datalink receiver. The RANGR FDL-978-RX receiver is a TSO-approved system for certified installation with a compatible display.

"With the impending ADS-B Out equipage deadline, aircraft owners want flexible avionics options that best meet their specific aircraft and flying needs vs. a one-size-fits-all selection," said Tim Taylor, CEO of FreeFlight Systems. "The RANGR FDL-1090-TX provides that flexibility for aircraft that operate at FL180 and above. With our modular systems, pilots can equip for ADS-Out now and add ADS-B In datalink support at the same time or in the future. They also know that their investment in avionics is protected with a built-in upgrade path as new and enhanced ADS-B services come online."

The RANGR FDL-1090-TX is priced at $3,995 when purchased alone. It is available with the FreeFlight Systems 1201 WAAS/GPS and GPS antenna in a complete bundle priced at $6,570.

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About FreeFlight Systems
FreeFlight Systems designs and manufactures high-performance avionics for flight safety and for delivering the 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. For more information, please visit


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