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).