The FreeFlight Data Converter (FDC-500) is a state-of-the-art digital to analog data converter designed to allow for the retrofit of RA4500 radar altimeters from previous generation, outdated legacy units such as the Honeywell KRA405 series.
Available for order now and shipping on March 25th, 2021, the digital to analog converter allows for the replacement of heavy, legacy radar altimeters with FreeFlight Systems’ RA4000/4500 radar altimeters while retaining existing antennas, cabling, and indicators onboard your aircraft. No panel replacements or additional antennas are required with the FDC-500.
With a significant market presence in rotorcraft and general aviation with the RA4000/4500 radar altimeter, the FDC-500 will allow similar installations into turboprops and small business jets, while keeping original analog panel indicators such as the KNI 415 and KNI 416 Altitude Indicators.
The RA4000/4500 radar altimeter has a field-high reliability and is a robust and reliable solution to provide accurate height above terrain for aircraft in harsh conditions and environments time and time again.
“In continuing FreeFlight’s mission to outfit legacy aircraft with avionics for modern airspace systems, the FDC-500 is an ideal product to add to our portfolio,” says Tim Taylor, CEO and President of FreeFlight Systems. “We know there is minimal time and budget available in keeping legacy aircraft flying and FreeFlight Systems will continue to be part of the solution in keeping these aircraft airworthy.”
FreeFlight’s TSO and ETSO-approved systems are extensively deployed in fleets worldwide. With an update rate of 25 times per second, and a built-in self-test function, the RA-4000 and ARINC 429 capable RA-4500 are installed in more than 5,000 fixed-wing and rotorcraft aircraft globally.
Operators looking to work with a more agile, results driven NextGen leader now can migrate away from costly, unresponsive providers to improve aircraft situational awareness. FreeFlight’s avionics are synonymous with high reliability, with MTBFs regularly outperforming expectations.