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IRVING, TEXAS, September 25, 2020 – Texas-based FreeFlight Systems, a leader in NextGen aerospace applications, announced today that a recent field study has shown the 1203C SBAS/GNSS receiver unit to be one of the world’s most reliable devices in its class. The company found that this unit is substantially outperforming its originally predicted Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) in real world applications.

The study, based on actual return data from the approximately 2,500 units currently in operation suggests a field MTBF well in excess of 100,000 flight hours. This compares very favorably to the predicted MTBF of 32,000 operating hours (a more lenient measure than flight hours).

“We’re extremely pleased at the results of our August 2020 field study which yielded an actual measured MTBF of well over 100,000 flight hours,” explained Tim Taylor, CEO and President. “We designed the 1203C receiver with one goal – to provide the highest possible reliability and availability of the units in the highly dispatch critical ADS-B Position Source application.  We made it rugged but we kept the architecture simple.” Integration of multiple functions into single systems can be an elegant and cost-effective approach for many applications, but that will always compromise the reliability of the system.  It’s simple math – every time you add hardware to a box, you have more parts that can fail, you generate more heat and reliability goes down.

Taylor explained that an ADS-B Position source is a textbook dispatch critical box – and not just as a go-nogo item.  In today’s “NextGen” airspace, the aircraft is continuously transmitting the output of the box to Air Traffic Control (ATC), and there is a very low tolerance in the ATC system for any problems.  Customers who are focused on dispatch reliability realize this is an item where reliability should not be compromised, and we are very pleased that our system is delivering this outstanding performance for those customers

Since its launch in 2010, the 1203C has been installed in approximately 2,500 aircraft worldwide and was originally designed for airline transport, military, and business aviation industries. The 1203C offers full integration capabilities with many of an aircraft’s NextGen and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS–B) technology compatible systems. And in 2020, the 1203C sensor was also selected to provide ADS-B position source information for ADS-B modification and compliance program for the United States Air Force HH-60G helicopter fleet to provide a timing source for military communications requirements.

For more information on FreeFlight System’s SBAS/ GNSS 1203C or other NextGen solutions, please contact a technical expert at sales@freeflightsytsems.com or visit freeflightsystems.com.

About FreeFlight Systems

As a NextGen Aviation leader, FreeFlight Systems designs and manufactures high-performance avionics for flight safety. These solutions deliver substantial safety and unmatched reliability that is critical for modern flight operations.  Founded in 2001 and based in Texas, the company pioneered the first certified aviation WAAS/GPS receiver and their first rule-compliant UAT ADS-B system. FreeFlight Systems is now a global aerospace leader, specializing in SBAS/GNSS sensors, radar altimeters, flight management systems and other NextGen aerospace avionics. For more information, visit www.freeflightsystems.com.

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