FreeFlight Systems has received Technical Standard Order (TSO) approval for its new line of dual-band ADS-B datalink receivers. These new receivers begin shipping next month with approved model list certification for Part 23 aircraft. STC options for Part 25 aircraft will be available early next year.
The company's datalink receivers weigh less than two pounds and include Ethernet connectivity. Its dual-band RXD comes without a WAAS GPS sensor and the RXD/G with GPS. Two new FreeFlight ADS-B Out/In transceivers will also be certified soon, and these will also be available with or without GPS. All the new units are capable of diversity functionality, allowing for top- and bottom-mounted antennas that facilitate better reception, including Aireon space-based ADS-B in areas without ADS-B ground stations.
The new models also have built-in Wi-Fi for sharing ADS-B In information with panel displays and portable devices. ADS-B In capabilities include receiving free Flight Information Services-Broadcast (FIS-B) weather and Traffic Information Services-Broadcast (TIS-B), as well as information for surveillance applications and interfacing with TCAS.
“Now that ADS-B Out is fully deployed, operators can start to take advantage of many NextGen applications,” said FreeFlight Systems president and CEO Tim Taylor. “ADS-B In is the first of those to be fully available today. We are proud to contribute to the industry with a unique product that ultimately increases airborne safety."