October 17, 2018 – IRVING, Texas – NextGen avionics leader FreeFlight Systems and digital avionics leader Becker announced today the release of an ADS-B solution for TCAS II equipped business and commercial class aircraft. By combining the strength and integrity of the Becker BXT65XX series of Mode S transponders with FreeFlight Systems proven 1203C SBAS/GNSS sensor and RANGR RX ADS-B Receiver, these remote-mounted solutions provide TCAS II and non-TCAS II turboprop and turbojet business aircraft a complete and cost-effective ADS-B In and Out solution for the upcoming FAA January 1, 2020 mandate.
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 more than a thousand 1203Cs in service today across airline transport, military, business aviation, and rotorcraft platforms, these receivers are known for their high performance, ease of installation, operational reliability, and longevity.
The latest Becker BXT65XX ADS-B compliant Mode S transponder was designed specifically for complete interoperability with existing TCAS II systems, and provides a much-needed alternative to traditional Mode S suppliers in regional airline TCAS II operations as well as turbine and air transport operations, both civil and military.
“The FAA’s January 1, 2020 mandate remains firmly in place, but business aircraft equipage rates continue to lag due to the lack of cost-effective, high-quality, turnkey solutions,” said Pete Ring, FreeFlight Systems’ Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Through our continued partnership with Becker Avionics, business and commercial aircraft operators can now purchase an all-in-one, non-disruptive solution to equip both TCAS II and non-TCAS II aircraft without the need to completely overhaul their panel and avionics systems.”
“Our very affordable BXT65XX Mode S transponder family meets the need for clients flying in the US and also provides a path to worldwide ADS-B compliance as other countries and regions adopt ADS-B ATC surveillance,” said Armando Gessinger, Becker’s Director of Sales & Marketing. “We are pleased to strengthen our partnership with FreeFlight Systems and offer a complete solution for these operators which includes the STC, transponder, GNSS source, and ADS-B In receiver in a high-performance, reasonably priced complete package.”
The complete system meets the requirements of AC20-165B for ADS-B rule compliance and provides access to FAA provided ADS-B In services, drastically improving inflight situational awareness. The system is diversity-capable, is suitable for installation on TCAS I and TCAS II equipped aircraft, and compatible with a variety of common control heads. Additionally, the system can be installed in either single or dual configurations.
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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