FreeFlight Systems’ ADS-B solution

FreeFlight Systems has unveiled a new solution for pilots looking to incorporate ADS-B into their aircraft.
Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast, or ADS-B, is the cornerstone of the FAA‘s NextGen air traffic system which takes advantage of the ongoing advancements in satellite-based navigation.

FreeFlight Systems’ ADS-B Out System combines a 978 MHz data radio with its TSO-certified 1201 or 1203 GPS/WAAS sensor, dual antennas, and compact control head, giving air traffic controllers more accurate positional information than can be obtained from traditional ground-based radars. The system provides the operator with WAAS positional accuracy, along with the ability to broadcast ADS-B out aircraft position information over the 978 MHz frequency, according to company officials.

The FreeFlight Systems solution does not replace the existing transponder and can be installed with virtually no disruption to current avionics systems, officials add. Looking to the future, the design provides an upgrade path for ADS-B In and its associated benefits, including TIS-B and FIS-B.

With a two-year warranty, the ADS-B Out System will be manufactured under an FAA Technical Standards Order (TSO) and certified and installed under a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC). FreeFlight Systems ADS-B Out 978 MHz Data Radio Solution will be available during the third quarter of 2009.

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